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Q. I was lucky enough to get a new iPad for Christmas. Now I need a fancy new case. Can you recommend some?

A. Lucky you! I, for one, cannot live without my iPad — and dressing it up in fancy new clothes somehow makes me love it even more. There are a variety of options ranging from handbags and clutches to cases and sleeves, depending on your needs. I prefer a case that keeps my iPad protected at all times, but I lust after less practical styles like the Z Spoke and Marc Jacobs crossbody bags and the Rachel Roy clutch below. Since you didn’t tell me your budget, I’ve recommended a few in every price range. Enjoy!

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In case you haven’t noticed, vintage-inspired satchels are having a serious moment this season. Reminiscent of classic menswear totes and briefcases, these iconic vintage silhouettes suddenly seem so fresh and modern and pair easily with a variety of looks. Fossil has designed a collection of perfect heritage bags with its Vintage Revival collection. Crafted from hand-burnished heirloom leather, the collection pays homage to timeless design with impeccable detailing that only improves with age.

Each of the Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags are made with rich leather that has a stunning variegated finish that is burnished, stitched and finished by hand. The luxury high quality leather is virtually unseen elsewhere at this price point (bags range from $128 to $298). Fossil has updated the collection for fall with exotic crocodile-embossed leather, giraffe-printed hair calf and rich colors like butterscotch, rust, pecan and spruce green.

Vintage-inspired satchels are not only timeless and very much on-trend right now, they’re also versatile, easily moving from work to weekend to after hours. We’ve put together a daytime and nighttime look below to show just how adaptable the style is.


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Q. I’m going on a beach vacation at the end of summer and I’m in search of a pretty straw hat that folds flat to pack into my suitcase. Can you recommend some?

A. Smart girl bringing a hat with you on your beach vacation, you can never be too careful when it comes to sun exposure. We found a great variety of rollable and packable straw hats that spring back into shape when you’re ready to wear them.


Q. I’m looking to invest in a nice bag that I can wear to work, out to dinner and on weekends. In other words, one bag that I use all the time. My maximum budget is $500, can you recommend some good 24/7 bags?

A. Absolutely! Our favorite bags to wear everyday, everywhere are medium-size satchels since they easily transition from work to weekends (and everywhere in between). If your wardrobe tends to consist of mostly neutral colors like black, brown, tan or grey, you might want to consider investing in a bag with a little personality, perhaps a pretty animal print or a rich red hue. If your wardrobe tends to be more colorful or print-heavy, then a neutral bag is your best bet. Here are some beautiful satchels to consider:


mother-bride-jade-look.jpgQ. My son’s wedding is in April, afternoon nuptials, evening reception. The bridesmaids’ color is plum, the mother of the bride is wearing black. My dress is a dark jade—it goes great with my grandmother’s amethyst jewelry, but I can’t seem to decide on the right shoe/bag combination. I have a vintage gold sequin clutch, but the gold sequin shoes that I ordered in the picture are more of a rosy gold, so not the same color as the clutch. Should I opt for plum accessories or gold—or mix them? (My look is pictured here.)

A. Congratulations on your son’s upcoming wedding! Your dress and accessory options are lovely. The jewel tones you are working with look beautiful together: jade, amethyst, plum and gold.

As mother of the groom, you will likely spend most of the reception and all of the ceremony without your clutch, so your primary focus should be on choosing the right shoe for your dress. Personally, I prefer a gold shoe for a spring wedding, as the plum shoes have a heavy, wintry feel to me, though they would be perfectly acceptable to wear with the dress in April. In the photo you’ve provided, I prefer the lighter gold shoe with your dress, and it also works well with your sequin clutch — it’s ok if your golds are not exactly the same tone.


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