Have you noticed all the different types of bags and all the different names for them? I know everyone (especially me!) wants to at least look like they totally know what they are talking about, but sometimes it’s confusing. God forbid we refer to a bag incorrectly, that would be embarrassing.
So, here’s the difference:
Tote: The term tote means ‘to carry’. A tote bag is inspired by a shopping bag, which is sturdy and rectangular with an open top and two handles. The inside may have zip compartments. A tote is generally held in your hand or carried on your forearm or elbow.
Clutch: A small purse that is carried by the hand or tucked under your upper arm. No shoulder straps, although some come with detachable shoulder straps as an option or a wristlet loop at the end of the bag.
Hobo: Single shoulder strap. Worn on the shoulder. Shape of bag is normally large and slouchy.
The hobo usually a large unstructured bag with a slouchy posture and curving/half-moon shape with a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. Hobo bags are made out of soft, flexible materials and tend to slouch. These bags are considered to be part of the Bohemian/boho-chic trend.
Have you ever been out somewhere and find out that you have turned up in exactly the same thing as someone else? Thankfully I never have, but that’s why when you do go out, you have to make it worthwhile and make sure you look amazing. You never know when someone might turn up wearing the same thing – and you do not want them to look better than you do! Let’s face it, if anyone is wearing the same thing, we are going to decide who we think looks better. So make sure it is going to be you!
I am L-O-V-I-N-G the braid in a major way. I loved it so much that I had all my bridesmaids at my wedding wear a braided hairstyle. The style was based on Jessica Alba’s hairstyle. Since I got married a heap of my school friends have made their bridesmaids wear a braid as well. I’m so glad I got married before them so I could be the first one!
Ever since I first saw Ever After with Drew Barrymore I would sit in front of my mirror for hours trying to perfect the braided look. I’m still not very good at it and usually need someone else to do it for me!
Tied Up in Braids
The braid really makes a statement – it’s something different and you can work it anyway you want. You can wear braids in different ways to create different styles including bohemian, hippy, preppy, pretty, sophisticated, elegant or even rocker-chick.
I am loving the ‘Bow’ at the moment. There are so many different styles and colours that anyone can find one to suit them. You can try a headband with a pretty sophisticated bow – think Blair from Gossip Girl or Alice in Wonderland, or a brightly coloured bow teamed with messy bed hair to create a rocker look or for the more daring a massive bow in front of a high ponytail.
If a Bow isn’t for you, why not try to make a bow with you actual hair instead! Here are a few of my favourites:
Bows before Hoes
Lady Gaga is obviously a major bow lover as is Paris Hilton. I am loving Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl. She is classy and sophisticated and totally rocks the headband with Bow look. Also think Lauren Conrad’s bow is simple yet amazing – and I love her! Katy Perry shows off her quirky side with a massive bow and Zooey Deschanel shows off her eclectic style by tying a ribbon into a bow and wearing it as a headband. Kelly Osborne is more subtle with a smaller bow clip however she still manages to hold onto her rocker-chick image. Rihanna has even jumped on board.
I definitely know what’s on my shopping list this week!
What is this – It must be reality TV week here! Now, what’s a reality show without the reality bitches? Here are some of my favourites!
Kristin Cavallari, ‘Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County’ & ‘The Hills’ – Kristin started filming ‘Laguna Beach’ in her junior year of high school while she was involved in an on/off relationship with senior Stephen Coletti. Lauren Conrad had also dated him and before we knew it, this love triangle caused massive drama and painted Kristin as a bi-atch! After Laguna Beach, Kristin headed to LA and made appearances in numerous television shows such as CSI:NY and Veronica Mars and even landed some roles in films such as Spring Breakdown alongside Amy Poehler and National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year. Kristin has been involved in the ‘Until there’s a cure’ campaign to raise awareness and funds for Aids and HIV reasearch and vaccine development. She has also appeared in ads for Peta. Kristin is currently staring on ‘The Hills’ where she has replaced Lauren Conrad. I was a definite LC fan in Laguna Beach but I can’t help but like Kristin now that she is on ‘The Hills’. She really seems to have matured and makes the people around her seem petty and childish.
Kristin Cavallari - 'Laguna Beach The Real orange County' & 'The Hills'
Olivia Palermo, ‘The City’ – Olivia started filming ‘The City’ to pursue and acting career and get comfortable in front of a camera. She grew up between the Upper East Side, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. Believe it or not she is actually the only native New Yorker on the show! She has taken part in many charity events in New York and is signed with Wilhelmina Models. This socialite refers to herself as a ‘social’ and apparently does not like being portrayed as the villain on ‘The City’ insisting that she isn’t as bad as they make her out to be. I have to be honest – I have never rolled my eyes so much at one person in a half hour in my life! We all know that this reality show is somewhat staged and these girls are asked to do things they might not usually do but come on, how can someone be portrayed as being so fake all the time? I’ll give her one thing, I do like her hair. I also think her style is amazing, but who picked it out for her? Who styled and pulled the look for the Elle cover?
Olivia Palermo - 'The City'
Spencer Pratt, ‘The Hills’ – Spencer first appeared on television with Brody Jenner on “The Princes of Malibu’, acting as a manager/publicist/agent/stylist. His friendship with Jenner introduced him to his role on ‘The Hills’ where he met Heidi Montag. I don’t know how anyone actually liked him or how Heidi actually puts up with him. In the beginning he ruined all her friendships with cast-mates as well as bestie and house-mate Lauren Conrad. He was rude, controlling, obnoxious, infuriating and barely tolerable. On the 20th of November 2008, Spencer and Heidi eloped in Mexico for publicity and married again for real on 27th of April 2009. They dubbed themselves as ‘Speidi’. Spencer has also been in ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of Here!’ with wife Heidi Montag where they were criticized as being childish and self-centred. They quit the show after four days and then changed their minds and returned to the jungle. The left again shortly after due to Heidi being hospitalised with a gastric ulcer. He is the reality villain that everyone loves to hate, yet he has still managed to manipulate the game and self-promote himself to quite a lucrative level of fame by association.
Spencer Pratt - 'The Hills'
So there you have it, these are the reality bitches that we love to hate. I can’t help but tune in every week to see what happens next!
While we’re on the subject of Reality TV, Whitney Eve Port is another girl who has made it to my list of style dolls.
Whitney Eve Port
I instantly liked Whitney when I first saw her on ‘The Hills’ working at Teen Vogue and People’s Revolution with Lauren Conrad. We then followed her from ‘The Hills’ to her own spin-off reality show, ‘The City’ where she started working at Diane Von Furstenberg. Now back at People’s Revolution designing her clothing line ‘Whitney Eve’. She has had plenty of opportunities including modeling, runway, countless magazine covers and Interviews and cameos on Entourage and Family Guy.
Everybody loves Lauren ‘LC’ Conrad – including me! Ever since the reality TV show, ‘Laguna Beach’ aired on MTV I wanted to make friends with LC. This girl next door totally has it together.
We all know her from the beautiful ‘Laguna Beach’, to ‘The Hills’ in Hollywood, LA. Toting her Chanel handbags (Love!) and stylish wardrobe she landed herself on my list of style dolls. I was and am Team LC all the way – when she had drama with anyone I had her back.
Lauren 'LC' Conrad
She is the designer of clothing line, ‘The Lauren Conrad Collection’ and has partnered with Kohl’s for the, ‘LC Lauren Conrad Collection’. She is a best-selling author who has two books published – L.A. Candy and Sweet Little Lies. A third book in this series called, ‘Sugar and Spice’ will also be coming out. She is set to unveil her top style tips in her very own style book called, ‘Lauren Conrad Style’. ‘L.A. Candy could also be coming to the big screen! What can’t this girl do?
She has made it and seems to be really happy and I really couldn’t be happier for her.