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Maldives Diary.part 1

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It’s only been less than a week since I took my annual holidays, and during these special days I make sure I don’t have to think about doing anything else a part from just chilling and recharging my batteries for what’s coming up next! Every year I choose a different destination to spend my birthday and some well deserved holidays, and last year it was the turn for some backpacking in Thailand so this year  I felt the need to meet higher expectations so went and booked myself a ticket to the Maldives to enjoy aquamarine waters and coconut palm trees :D Here’s some snaps of my time wearing Varley London bikini and swim costume . For all of you who ask me where to stay, pretty much Maldives offers  a large choice of destinations, pick an island that meets your criteria for an ideal holiday or occasion, but make sure you’d like it cos there’s literally nothing else to do a part from being shipwrecked for a good few days! xxx LOVE

Parece mentira que ha pasado casi ya una semana desde que regrese de las Maldivas! Todavia encuentro arena en mis bolsillos y botes de crema(factor 50!), sin duda ha sido una de esas vacaciones que tenia pendientes y que imagine que terminaría probando en una ocasión mas especial que mi cumpleaños (ejemplo boda jajaja) pero que rayos! La ocasión es lo de menos (bueno en mi casi si porque mis cumpleaños me los tomo muy en serio, y como alguno decía por ahi este año intentando subir el listón al viaje a Tailandia del año pasado me monte un cumpleaños que mas bien parecía una festividad gitana de esas que nunca terminan!) y el caso es que justo después de Fashion Week y coincidiendo con mi cumple decidí comprarme un billete a una isla paradisiaca con un cocotero y mucho, mucho sol! (Eso si, nada de sponsors por dios que sino esto no serian unas vacaciones!) Y aquí esta el resultado de unos días maravillosos donde podéis ver hice mucho el mono y me puse bronceada( a base de muuuucha crema protectora!). Todos los que me preguntais en que atolón debéis quedaros, la verdad es que depende de lo que querías hacer y lo que esperéis de la isla aunque yo he preferido uno con un amplio arrecife para asegurar el agua cristalina y practicar snorkel. Llevo bikini y bañador de Varley London.

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Of Course Charlotte Olympia Has Christmas-Themed Clutches

Of Course Charlotte Olympia Has Christmas-Themed Clutches

We might as well go ahead and dub Charlotte Olympia the Queen of the Hyper-Literal Handbag, because I doubt anyone’s going to take her spot anytime soon. She’s done everything from golden-age Hollywood to flakey French baked goods, and now she’s here with a fresh crop of Christmas clutches.

As we learned back in October, designer Charlotte Dellal loves a holiday, and Christmas is rife with inspiration for funny little bags. This year, in addition to a reissue of last year’s Christmas Pudding Pouch, we’ve got gingerbread women, reindeer and a lil’ sprig of holly atop Dellal’s popular Pandora clutch. (The closure is usually a spider.) Check ‘em out below.

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My Christmas Wishlist

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Weather is getting colder…hearts are getting warmer…and radios are starting to play “All I want for Christmas is….”
Yay! Holidays season is just behind the corner and, of course, we need to think about the gifts we would love to find under our Chrismas tree! So, as I was used to do when a was a little kid, I’ve created my wishlist, a selection of dreamy gifts and little presents either for you, your love, your family or your friends…just to make someone happier! ;)
And you? what’s your favorite picks?

I giorni son sempre più freddi, i cuori son sempre più caldi…e le radio iniziano a suonare “All I want for Christmas is…”
Sii!! Natale è dietro l’angolo e, ovviamente, dobbiamo iniziare a pensare a cosa voler trovare sotto l’albero!
Così, come facevo quando ero piccola, ho creato la mia wishlist, ho scelto una selezione di regali: da quelli da sogno ai piccoli pensieri da dedicare a voi stessi, al vostro amore, agli amici o alla famiglia.. Giusto per donare un pizzico di felicità in più questo Natale!
E voi? Quale preferite?

xmas_TBS

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17 Scary Bags Perfect for Halloween

17 Scary Bags Perfect for Halloween

For many of us, Halloween was probably our first occasion to go out into the world clutching a bag. It might have been a bag meant for candy instead of a purse for our daily necessities, but a relationship to accessories has to start somewhere, and it might as well be with a sack full of chocolate and sugar. In honor of that accessories anniversary (of sorts), we’ve scoured the Internet for bags that seem the most Halloween-appropriate for us. That means anything from bags that are genuinely creepy (stop peeking at us, Fendi Peekaboo) to bags that simply look like they’d be a great addition to some sort of very high-end costume (Versace, natch). So settle in, grab a fun-size Twix bar (or a dozen, no judgment) and let these purses put you in the holiday spirit.

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Charlotte Olympia Gets in the Halloween Spirit with Creepy Clutches

Charlotte Olympia Gets in the Halloween Spirit with Creepy Clutches

Depending on your feelings about Halloween, right now is either the most wonderful or most terrible time of the year. Personally, I love it – scary movies, candy, black clothing, what’s not to like? Apparently, Charlotte Olympia feels the same way, because the brand has released two cute-as-can-be Halloween clutches. In Charlotte Olympia tradition, they are, of course, quite literal. Designer Charlotte Delal has built her brand on creating what are basically the high-fashion equivalents of the tacky Christmas sweater, after all. (Not necessarily a criticism!)

Dellal’s Halloween capsule includes two clutches, one for lovers of the brand’s most hyper-thematic pieces and another for those of us who like a little bit more balance. If you’re the former, come on down for, you guessed it, a big ol’ smiling suede Jack-o-lantern clutch. If you’re the latter, a black Pandora clutch with a lady vampire’s red-lipstick’d mouth should do the trick. I’d carry the vamp clutch year-round, personally – it’s not so obviously Halloween-tied that it couldn’t be fun and cheeky after the holiday has passed.


Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora Clutch
$1,565 via Net-a-Porter

Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora Clutch


Charlotte Olympia Boo Pumpkin Suede Clutch
$595 via Net-a-Porter

Charlotte Olympia Boo Pumpkin Suede Clutch

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Montauk Postcard

I’m spending the last few days of summer with my family in Montauk
Where are you vacationing?
Kisses!!!

What to Carry for Fourth of July Festivities, No Matter How You’re Celebrating

What to Carry for Fourth of July Festivities, No Matter How You’re Celebrating

I never have a problem choosing a handbag to go with my day-to-day outfits. After all, I have plenty of time to contemplate bags as much as I want, and like anyone else, I have my go-to options. When it comes to a special occasion when I’m outside of my normal routine – say, a holiday or special gathering – sometimes even I draw a blank. Water? Sand? Grass? Those are not things that my bag collection interacts with on an everyday basis. For the impending Fourth of July long weekend, I got thinking about bag choices and potential plans a little early.

It’s worth noting as of right now that I have absolutely zero actual plans for the long weekend after the holiday itself, on which I’m going to a cookout in a friend’s backyard. After that, my options are open, so my bag options will be too. In order to plan for all contingencies, I’ve assembled a helpful guide to successful outdoor bag-carrying, no matter your holiday weekend destination. Not a bad thing to contemplate on a Friday, huh?

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#WhatsInYourKors? Michael Kors Wants to See Your July 4 Getaway Bag!

#WhatsInYourKors? Michael Kors Wants to See Your July 4 Getaway Bag!

Now that summer is well underway, the next long weekend that we’re looking forward to is the Fourth of July. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a full-on beach party that you’ll be attending, celebrating in style is always on our minds. In that spirit, we’ve teamed up with Michael Kors to show you what would be in the ideal July 4th weekend bag. We also want to hear about what you’ll be carrying (or wish you were carrying) for the impending holiday. Tell us: #WhatsInYourKors? Below, find out what’s in ours.

We know that you guys have lots of opinions when it comes to bags and accessories, and Michael Kors wants to hear them. On Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag “#WhatsInYourKors” to share photos of or links to the things you’d be packing away in your Michael Kors bag for a weekend jaunt to celebrate our nation’s independence. You can check out more about our collaboration with Michael Kors on DestinationKors.com, and make sure to watch this space – we’ll have more answers to the #WhatsInYourKors? question coming soon. For now, check out the contents of the Independence Day-themed MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote below.

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LE HOLIDAY



I am pretty sure that some of you will understand what I mean when I say that Spring hasn't really arrived to Europe yet. I check my weather app constantly and it shows zero degrees, I show my nose out the window and it feels like -3. 
In hindsight, it hasn't helped that I got really sick for almost a week and a half, so my body is really not happy about the freezing cold outside in April (!!!!)

 Its that time of the year when everyone starts planning their summer holidays and as every year, I start going all crazy about possible locations to go to; Bali, Vietnam, The Maldives, Bora Bora, the list is endless.
Thing is, this year I want exotic so I have been doing some research and I bumped into this resort in Bora Bora, too bad its so damn far, not to mention expensive, but I can always day dream myself there until I pick a place.




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LE HOLIDAY



I am pretty sure that some of you will understand what I mean when I say that Spring hasn't really arrived to Europe yet. I check my weather app constantly and it shows zero degrees, I show my nose out the window and it feels like -3. 
In hindsight, it hasn't helped that I got really sick for almost a week and a half, so my body is really not happy about the freezing cold outside in April (!!!!)

 Its that time of the year when everyone starts planning their summer holidays and as every year, I start going all crazy about possible locations to go to; Bali, Vietnam, The Maldives, Bora Bora, the list is endless.
Thing is, this year I want exotic so I have been doing some research and I bumped into this resort in Bora Bora, too bad its so damn far, not to mention expensive, but I can always day dream myself there until I pick a place.




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Special message for The Blonde Salad readers by Kate and Topshop

Here I am with a special Christmas gift for you: the video of the wonderful Kate Bosworth’s performance of the iconic ‘Winter Wonderland’ created by Topshop,  inspired by the famous piano scene with Michelle Pffeifer in ‘’The Fabulous Baker Boys’’. Kate wears a custom-made Topshop evening dress that she designed in partnership with the Topshop Design Team, the dress and shoes will be available as a special made to order on Topshop.com in conjunction with the new Topshop store opening in LA in Feb 2013. If you like the song you will be able to download it here. Really thanks to Kate for her unique hello to us!

Eccomi con un pensiero natalizio molto speciale per voi: il video creato da Topshop della meravigliosa performance di Kate Bosworth della canzone “Winter Wonderland”, ispirata alla famosa scena del pianoforte con Michelle Pffeifer in  ‘’The Fabulous Baker Boys’’. Kate indossa un vestito da sera Topshop che ha personalmente disegnato insieme al Design Team del brand e sia il vestito che le scarpe saranno disponibili su Topshop.com nel febbraio 2013 in relazione all’apertura del nuovo store in LA. Se vi siete innamorate della colonna sonora del video potrete scaricarla qui. Un grazie mille a Kate per lo specialissimo saluto che ci ha regalato!

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Daydreamin’

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Noooooooooou, I am not yet at the beach, but seriously, after the craziness of the last couple of days, I wish I was!

So, I told myself, why not post a little picture I had shot in Miami and we could talk about vacaycay (pffffff that’s how American I am becoming) and sunshine ?!!
No because with the dysfunctional weather we’ve had lately, I need it.

SO !

VACATION : Here are my projects : Beach. Beaching & boating in Corsica and beaching and surfing in Montauk.
What is funny is that before, when I was a young rebel with way too much time on my hands, vacation was the time to get crazy and discover the world, and certainly not stay in one spot on the beach like all these miserable tourists. (Have I ever told you about my hitch-hiking trip around Europe ? I have to !)

A few years later, oh man how I understand the miserable tourists. To me now, my vacation dream is to stay in one spot, eyes closed, mouth open.

SUN : Well I am saying that, but I kind of hate doing nothing on the beach – so I promised myself to learn how to surf. They say it’s good for the abs.

So, SPF 3000 from dawn till dusk. I have a few lotions I’ll show you.

SWIMSUIT : Well, Eres and Lisa Marie Fernandez (so chic to go surfing), of course !
(Well, the “of course !” is easy to say, less to do – HELP !!! IT IS THE SCARY TIME OF GOING TO TRY ON A SWIMSUIT ! GULP.)

SWIMSUITTOP : Or whatever you call that – Is my new summer concept. Usually, I always have an oversize cotton button down with me, with long sleeves to protect me on the beach when I am doing activities like playing paddle ball (a favorite) or building castles (a woman’s gotta do what she’s gotta do).
So I have a button down, for when circumstances call for an emergency dive, (like, say, my ball falls in the water).

But that was before. This year I am becoming a swimsuitop pro. Like the one in the picture, with it’s hippie vibe. Don’t you love it ? It comes from Ace & Jig.

And that’s that for the moment ! More about my summer project later.

So, tell me, what are your summer projects ? Your swimsuit projects ? Your SWIMSUITOP project ?

What, you’re going hitchhiking around Europe ? Soooo boring !!!

9 Things: St. Patrick’s Day Handbags

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags st patricks day green handbags

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days when everyone claims they’re Irish. It’s fun to celebrate St. Patty’s Day because to most of us, it means wearing green, drinking green beer, eating green shamrock cookies, and having an excuse to kiss people. In all actuality, I am quite Irish, hence the name Meaghan Mahoney. I stick to eating lots of green goodies and wearing my favorite green accessories.

Irish or not, you don’t want to be caught without green incorporated into your wardrobe on St. Patrick’s Day. I picked out the nine best green handbags to wear for the holiday and carry throughout spring and summer.

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Chloe Paraty Small Python Bag
Chloé Paraty Small Python Bag | $2,835 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Small Patent Leather Clutch
Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Small Patent Leather Clutch | $325 via ShopBop

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Olivia Harris Zip Front Trapezoid Satchel
Olivia Harris Zip-Front Trapezoid Satchel | $495 via Neiman Marcus

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Reed Krakoff Leather Shoulder Bag
Reed Krakoff Leather Shoulder Bag | $990 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Mulberry Bayswater Textured leather Bag
Mulberry Bayswater Textured-leather Bag | $1,250 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Kate Spade New York Melinda Leather Satchel
Kate Spade New York Melinda Leather Satchel | $398 via Neiman Marcus

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Coach Classic Shoulder Purse
Coach Classic Leather Shoulder Purse | $198 via Coach

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Botkier Leon Small Satchel
Botkier Leon Small Satchel | $425 via ShopBop

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Pour la Victoire Marlow Tote
Pour la Victoire Marlow Tote | $395 via Neiman Marcus

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentine’s Day

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse

For some reason, Louis Vuitton hits it out of the park for Valentine’s Day better than any other brand this side of Cartier. (Not that Cartier does anything in particular for the holiday, but, you know, DIAMONDS.) Vuitton always has a few heart-shaped small leather goods on hand at this time of year for the occasion, and this year’s V-Day vernis is striped in red and pink (it also comes in a darker jewel-toned version). If you think the lady on your list has enough key holders, wallets and bag charms to last a lifetime, Vuitton also has a couple jewelry options. We’ve picked a few of the best after the jump, and many of the options are $500 or less. The entire range can be found at LouisVuitton.com, and remember, the big day is only a week away.

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse
Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse, $500 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings, $460 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case
Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case, $360 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder
Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder, $350 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet
Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet, $815 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet, $580 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentine’s Day

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse

For some reason, Louis Vuitton hits it out of the park for Valentine’s Day better than any other brand this side of Cartier. (Not that Cartier does anything in particular for the holiday, but, you know, DIAMONDS.) Vuitton always has a few heart-shaped small leather goods on hand at this time of year for the occasion, and this year’s V-Day vernis is striped in red and pink (it also comes in a darker jewel-toned version). If you think the lady on your list has enough key holders, wallets and bag charms to last a lifetime, Vuitton also has a couple jewelry options. We’ve picked a few of the best after the jump, and many of the options are $500 or less. The entire range can be found at LouisVuitton.com, and remember, the big day is only a week away.

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse
Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse, $500 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings, $460 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case
Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case, $360 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder
Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder, $350 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet
Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet, $815 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet, $580 via Louis Vuitton

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Handbags that say “I love you”

Valentine’s Day! If my informal research is any indication, you probably think of it as either your favorite holiday or the worst day of the year, but no matter which you choose, it still comes around once a year, every year. And if you’re in a relationship, that means that you still have to find ways to gently guide your significant other toward the right kind of Valentine’s-appropriate gift. We have a few ideas, obviously, and they’re all shaped like handbags.

This Valentine’s Day Gift Guide is our first of two, and it’s for the partner that wants to hit this Valentine’s Day out of the proverbial park (or who simply has an enviably large discretionary budget and wants to spend it on you). From $270 to $2595, we’ve got plenty of red and pink bags that make great gifts and that will remind you of a very happy V-Day every time you use them.


Valentino Mini VaVaVoom Shoulder Bag, $1695 via Net-a-Porter


Fendi Baguette Shoulder Bag, $1260 via Neiman Marcus


Marc by Marc Jacobs Bob’s Memphis Satchel, $530 via Net-a-Porter


Kate Spade Rosa Tote, $425 via Neiman Marcus


RED Valentino Ombre Chain Clutch, $550 via Saks


Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Linen Tote, $2595 via Net-a-Porter


Jason Wu Kate Python-Embossed Clutch, $895 via Neiman Marcus


Reed Krakoff Mini Atlantique, $1190 via Neiman Marcus


MICHAEL Michael Kors Margo Shoulder Bag, $270 via Net-a-Porter

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the bags of our fave Chinese American designer, Alexander Wang

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon, everyone! Since our cultural knowledge of the traditions of Chinese New Year is admittedly somewhat limited, we thought that the best way we could join in on the festivities would be by highlighting the work of one very talented Chinese American designer – Alexander Wang. After all, what better way to celebrate a culture than by appreciating the contributions of its people?

Wang’s bags are likely familiar to most of you already, but he’s done something a little different for Resort and Spring 2012 – he used color. The man known for black and grey did an admirable job of brightening things up and even incorporating a print or two for the new season, and today seemed like a perfect day to feature several of our favorites. Take a look after the jump and let us know how you’re celebrating in the comments.


Alexander Wang Rocco Satchel, $875 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, $795 via Net-a-Porter


Alexander Wang Marion Shoulder Bag, $650 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander Wang Raphael Shoulder Bag, $730 via Net-a-Porter

The Six Best Bags of Halloween


Halloween is, by far, my favorite holiday. Everything about it – the brightly colored wigs, the over-the-top makeup, the elaborate costumes, the slutty hosiery and shoes – appeals to my inner drag queen, and ladies, my inner drag queen is especially glittery. When you combine those tendencies with my penchant for black and my preexisting love of fun size candy, Halloween and I are like a match made costume-closet heaven.

I still have no idea what I’m going to wear this year (I have a green wig. Give me ideas based on that in the comments. This is a serious request.), but I do have a few ideas on what everyone should be carrying in order to properly embrace the Halloween spirit. Whether you’re attending a swanky costume ball (I wish) or a kegger at your friend’s sketchy apartment (slightly closer to reality), I have assembled a group of bags to keep your hands and arms occupied, both on Halloween and well beyond.


If you’re going to a party where you will most certainly not be the coolest person there, but you would really like to be the coolest person there, the Christopher Kane Laser-Cut Leather Clutch can send you in the right direction, outfit-wise. Plus, since it’s orange, it doesn’t need to specifically match whatever lame costume you put together at the last minute with leftovers from the drug store. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $530.


Remember that fancy-pants Halloween ball I mentioned? Well, if you’re going to one of those, a bag like the Judith Leiber Web Crystal Minaudiere, which obliquely references its arachnid origins instead of going for a literal visual translation, is the way to go. Like most of these bags, this is hardly a Halloween-only option. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2495.


If you want your bag to mesh with your costume, the Christian Louboutin Artemis Shoulder Bag would be a great option. As long as you’re going as a 70s street punk or a post-apocalyptic lady-warrior or something. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1995.


If you’re attending a party where things be messy, whether it be a result of little kids and Halloween crafts or your idiot friends and a bunch of beer, this holiday-appropriate, budget-friendly Rebecca Minkoff Skull Tote would work beautifully. Remember, patterns hide stains! Buy through ShopBop for $250.


If your costume is glam instead of scary, one of the Lulu Guinness Lip Clutches might be just the thing to set the over-the-top mood. The design comes in a plethora of different finishes, and odds are that you’ll be able to find one to fit your ensemble. Buy through Lulu Guinness for $710.


If you’re going to trick-or-treat with your little goblin, the Chloe Madeline New Tote is not only gorgeous in an autumnal shade of orange, but it’ll fit the giant sack of candy when the kid gets sick of carrying it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2295.

Labor Day, a crossbody bag and the silliest tan line I’ve ever had

I should start by saying that I’m not a tanner. I’m naturally very fair and have no desire to change that, and even if I did, the desire to engage in the sort of extended outdoor activity that creates a tan is also not really in my wheelhouse. Among the reasons that I chose to move to New York is that I’m comfortable having only a casual relationship with things like grass and trees.

That being said, I put on my best maxi dress and headed to watch the QuickSilver Pro New York surf competition on Long Island with some friends this past weekend, because who can turn down a trip to the beach on the last weekend of summer? Of all outdoor places, the beach has always been my favorite. But since I’m not much of a weekend warrior, my preparations for a day outside were…insufficient. For the next six months, everyone’s going to be able to tell what kind of handbag I carried this weekend.

I could have sworn I bought a bottle of sunscreen at the beginning of summer. If I did, I have no idea what I did with it, but I couldn’t find it on Sunday morning when I was scrambling to make it to Penn Station on time. (Mornings, like the outdoors, are another thing to which I’m ill-suited.) “That’s fine,” I thought. “New York is full of drug stores! I’ll go to the Duane Reade next to my subway stop.” Except, naturally, that’s the only Duane Reade I’ve ever encountered that’s not open 24 hours. I went into the K-Mart at Penn Station, but inexplicably, it only sold clothes. It’s been a minute since I’ve been inside a K-Mart, but most of them sell toiletries, right?

And so that’s how I ended up on Long Beach with no sunscreen, a strapless maxi dress and a crossbody purse. I managed to stay inside or shaded most of the day, but my skin is very fair and total coverage is impossible at the beach. Surveying the damage the day after, one thing is very apparent: Don’t wear a crossbody bag when you’re going to be outside all day. Perhaps those of you who are more acquainted with such activities learned this long ago, but I now have a stripe of pale skin running diagonally across my sunburnt chest.

So ladies, take note. It might be too late in the season to prevent your own crossbody-related problems, but it’s never too early to prepare for next summer. A backpack, a tote bag, one of those big things made out of woven hard plastic that has to be carried be hand – almost any bag you can think of will lead to less sunburn embarrassment than a crossbody at the beach. Learn from my mistakes, because my tans fade slowly and I’ll have my stripe for six months. Although I suppose that if anyone were to be semi-permanently marked by her handbags, it’s appropriate that it was me. As far as I can tell, my problem can only be solved by wearing that same bag every day to fill the gap, but luckily, I have it in two colors.