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Handbag/Manbag Pr0n

Pr0n friends, I am one beat blogger.  But I always have energy for you, especially because I got to use my new toy for today’s post: Polyvore.com.  Using Polyvore means I get to show you lots more goodies, and who doesn’t like more goodies?  Today we’re going to talk about handbags and manbags: all colors, prices and styles.  Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Red Hobos

Red Hobos

Red Hobos – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

This is a hobo*.  These are also hobos.  The hobo bag is a curious creature in the wild, in sizes ranging from just enough for a wallet, cell phone and keys, to “Excuse me, Ma’am.  Are you hiding an Olsen Twin in there?”

Hobos’ common thread is their slouchy appearance, which can also vary in degree of slouch.  The pro to a hobo bag is it’s comfy casualness.  It’s nearly always a shoulder bag, and comes in lots of variations.

The con to a hobo bag is that you risk looking like…a hobo.  Generally, the more structured a bag, the more “formal” its appearance is; the less structured, the more casual.

The other downside is that you wind up kind of throwing everything into one big smooshy lump.  Good luck finding anything in there.  Even an Olsen Twin.

All details and links are at the Polyvore link, but quickly starting in the middle and then going clockwise:

1) Kate Spade Northampton Charlie: $235.85 at Couture.Zappos.com; 2) Thugs and Kisses Oversized Hobo, $175 at LunaBoston.com; 3) Phoebe Canvas Tote, $19.80 at Forever21.com; 4) (bottom)Rebecca Minkoff red patent leather ‘Mini Nikki’ shoulder bag at Bluefly, $345; 5)Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo Bag – Persimmons, $600 at TheHipChick.com; (top left); 6)  AE Large Textured Hobo, $39.50 at AE.com.


Men's Messenger Bags

Men's Messenger Bags - Manbags, baby

Men’s Messenger Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Folks, men have stuff just like women. They need to carry their stuff places, just like women.  Isn’t it time for a little bag equality among the sexes?

I’m proposing the Bag Equality Act of 2009, whereby all men making under $250,000/year will be given a Man Bag – free!

Until my movement gains momentum however, I urge all men to invest in one with their own funds.  Few things say “I’m a grown-up” like a nice bag.

Many of them come big enough for your laptop,  they come in all fabrics and styles, and you can collect them for all occasions: work, weekend, dinner – you decide!

Again, complete details available by making with the clicky, but starting with our friend the gray man, and this time going counter-clockwise (humor me): 1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Textured Patent Zip Messenger Bag, $219.99 at Bluefly.com; 2) Mark Nason Messenger Bag, $625 at EBags.com; 3) Ben Sherman Commuter Bag, $79.00 at Tobi.com; 4)Jack Spade Greene Street Canvas Nylon Field Bag, $154 at Zappos.com.

I saved this red bag for last on purpose.  I love this bag so much, because it’s actually a daddy diaper bag! Check out the link for all the information on this DadGear Courier Retro Stripe Bag, there’s plenty of it.  I found it for $59.95 at Bagsbuy.com, and it also comes in blue, green and orange. ♥


Bowler Bags

Colored Bowlers

Bowler Bags – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Bowler Bags (named because of their similarity to actual bowling bags) are very trendy right now, and for the last few years.  It’s a fairly classic shape, so I’m expecting this style to stick around.  Remember the divine white bowler I showed you in Clearance Pr0n?

Generally a bowler is going to be a medium to large bag; they’re maybe 60% handbags bags, and 40% shoulder bags.  They frequently have shorter “drops”, but may look deceivingly long, so be sure to try them on.

Bowlers are also usually much wider at the bottom than at the top, making the bag somewhat bulky where it hits around your hip if you’re wearing it on your shoulder.  I’m not discouraging you from a bowler – I adore bowlers.  I’m just passing on my shopping pr0n knowledge. :)

Aren’t these bags adorable though?  It kind of makes you want one in every color.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, details at the Polyvore link; starting with the model and going clockwise: 1) Hayden-Harnett Trophy Bag in Blueberry, $678 at Haydenharnett.com; 2) Latico Leathers Candy Strip Bowler, $150.35 at ebags.com; 3) Vangi Front Pockets Grained Leather Bowler Bag, $261.71 at Forzieri.com; 4) Uptown Girl Bag by Big Buddha, $66 at Fredala.com; 5) Vera Bradley Black Microfiber Pleated Bowler, $50 at VeraBradley.com.


Spring Green

Green Totes and Satchels

Spring Green – by dinsquared on Polyvore.com

Don’t tell the other sets, but this one’s really my favorite; it just came out so pretty with all the springy green bags, don’t you think?

This set is about smallish structured bags; as shoulder bags,  they may be called “satchels”; as handbags they may be called  “totes”.  I call them pr0n.

Advantages: these are structured bags that can go from work to weekend, and things will more or less stay where you put them.  They may have an inner pocket or pouch or two or four, and they frequently have a space just for your cell phone!  They may be expandable, or have an outer pocket, and they’re just ubiquitous and classic.

A tote or satchel will never go out of style, you can always find it with the latest color or trend (buckles, zippers), and they’re easy to find in every price range.  If you’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring one handbag (quélle horror!) , bring your satchel or tote.

I love all of these; I want to bring them all home with me, and I don’t usually like green!  Starting with our fine headless model and going clockwise: 1) Chloe Ande Small Expandable Canvas Tote, $1375 at Net-a-Porter.com; 2) Cole-Haan Small Village Box Tote, $170.82 at 6pm.com; 3) Merona Green Tote, $17.99 at Target; 4) Michael Kors Push Lock Shoulder Satchel, $378 at MichaelKors.com; 5) Kate Spade Noel Small Coal Tote (Green), $123.55 at Zappos.com; 5) Olivia Harris – Grey and Green Leather Tubular Satchel Tote, $495 at ShopKitson.com, and finally – 6) Tory Burch Patent Burch Tote, $395 at saksfifthavenue.com.

So there we are.  I’ll be using Polyvore more in the future to show you how to put together outfits, or examples within a category or just because I’m bored and you’re a semi-captive audience. :D Really, thanks for being here, poppies.

Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a post on…something.  But Monday is always the latest edition of Pr0n Plus!

As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?

A couple quick notes my pr0n popsicles: *a hobo is  a term that’s not really used any more because it’s actually a homeless person.  Homelessness is a serious issue; please don’t throw things at me because I made a joke.
A huge pr0n shoutout (sh0ut0ut?) goes to thefind.com, which is this amazing website where you tell it what kind of product you’re looking for, and you can narrow it down by color and/or price and/or store if you want, and it pulls from more sites than you could possibly find in a lifetime.  There’s also like.com, but I find that I like thefind better.  (Get it? Yeah…Sorry.)
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Found Pr0n

Hello again, my little pr0n friends! Your friendly blogger got home from work early due to “inclement weather”, started surfing the web and simply had to show you all these goodies! So today’s pr0n is titled: Found Pr0n: The pr0niest stuff I found on other blogs.

O M G!

First take a look at this “Keybag” by Joao Sabino, found via My Fashion Life.Tell me this bag isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! According to the website, “Keybag” is a container built with 393 keys from computer keyboards. It comes in black, white, red and pink.  The designer says “The intention is to generate a shape from fragments (keys) without loosing [sic] the bond to the original object.”

The bag, which comes in red, black, white and pink is lined in nylon (so yes, it’s a functioning handbag) and sells for 145 Euros, which Google was kind enough to tell me is about $190. Buy this and be the envy of all your friends.


I don’t want the men in my life to feel neglected. Luckily, my pal over at RetroHo is showing quite possibly the most beautifully crafted leather bag I think I’ve ever seen. For $325 you get this hand-stitched shoulder satchel modeled after a WWII Belgium Map Case.

From the website: “There is nothing else on the market like this. Each one takes a few hours to complete. One solid pieces of cow hide is stitched with heavy wax cording to form the satchel. We had all the hardware cast in white bronze. Comes with all leather adjustable

stIve died and gone to heavenrap with shoulder piece, dull silver rings and collar buttons. Hand-stitched detailing throughout. Oiled and edged. 9 3/4″ X 11″ Best of all it’s made in the U.S.A. Hey, nobody ever said looking good came cheap.


Going in a completely different direction, I simply had to show you guys one of the pictures I found of the Spring/Summer 2009 line of lingerie purveyor Agent Provocateur, via EverydayFacts.  Honestly, my little pr0n fiends do check out the rest of the “Virgins Collection”.

This is a white halter-neck waistcoat in a cotton pique with tailored cups for support and cleavage.  The back has a small gold belt to accentuate the waist.  The high fitting black cotton shorts feature white side ribbon detailing and detachable suspender straps. Cotton over the knee stockings are sold separately for $40.

Sadly this “Frankie” waistcoat and shorts set will set you back a cool $690. But great deals are to be found in their sales section.

Over at The Fashion Archives I was introduced to the online store Juma, and their lovely organic clothing. In particular I liked this “Kalina H JD4F07″ houndstooth cotton/silk tulip dress.  I have a friend in NYC with the cutest little “hipster” haircut that would totally rock this dress (she knows who she is).

With the tulip skirt, it’s not for the pair shaped among us, but life’s not fair sometimes. But it’s just a stunningly crafted dress with boat neck, wide waist band, and black and white houndstooth check. (Is a houndstooth a check or a print? Anyone? Bueller?) So take your long, lean self over to Jumaonlinestore.com with $217.30 and tell them The Fashion Archives and I sent you.

Looking at the larger pictures on the model, it may not be quite as tulipy as it appears, so don’t let that scare you. Take a fashion risk, and be eco-conscious at the same time.


Pr0n friends, I want you to know that I looked HIGH and LOW for a fabulous full figured fashion blog to link to, and hopefully feature something from. But I could not find ANYTHING that met your blogger’s standards. (If you know one, please comment!) Be it hearby resolved that once a week we will have “Pr0n Plus” Because everybody loves a BBW.


However, for tonight I must leave you and forage for food. A hungry blogger is a cranky blogger.  Please think of me kindly, and when you do, think of these Chloe suede Olive Green sandals found over at It’s a Shoe Life.

What’s a measly $950 when you’re talking about Chloe sandals, right?

Unlike most pr0n, I encourage you to share this widely. As always, it was good for me; tell me: was it good for you?

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