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Hello my Style star sisters. Yes, Spring has sprung and the April showers have long worn out its welcome. Now, the good weather has come just in time for Memorial weekend. Break out those flowy dresses, sandals, and great accessories. I must admit I’ve always loved great accessories and this season does not disappoint. What I’m most excited about are the hand bags. Yes! What woman does not love a great well-made leather, suede, printed, fur, faux fur, round or square shaped bag? Whew! I can go on and on. But, I’d rather show you some of my favorite hand bag trends for this season. 

                      Handle With Care

Ok, so I’m fell in love with the Gucci Dionysus bag. The bamboo round handle really makes this pricey gem a stand out. So, classic and sophisticated. But, the price? This bag retails at close to $2,000 depending on the material and hardware. 

Of course, as a budget star and fashion investigator  (my new term), I will not and can not buy this bag. But, no worries. I recently bought the most fabulous well-made leather bag that resembles the Dionysus bag. I took a chance by ordering this bag direct from Italy. It arrived less than a week later and I was beyond pleased.

Fabrizio Leather Bag 

This bag is sooo beautifully crafted. The handles are real bamboo. The smell of new leather hits me immediately when I opened the box. It also comes with a letter of authenticity and a very nice storage bag. For just $169 plus shipping you can get this gem at www.florenceleathermarket.com

               Circles and Rings Galore 

I happen to love all the different shaped bags of this season. My absolute favorite is the circular handle bucket bag by Simon Miller. This lovely bag comes in many different colors and handles. The tortoise shell handles are what makes this bag special.  It’s priced at more than $300 and can be found at Barney’s or Nordstrom. 

But, I found this stylish circular handle bag at Nordstrom Rack for just $34.99. Style does not have to break the bank. 

                     I like Transparency 

Ok, I had to think about this for a moment. A bag where anyone can see all my personal stuff. Lipstick, oils, potions and those sometimes embarrassing items we don’t like to talk about. But, on second thought, I find some styles are cute and not too revealing.  All price ranges are available. This Staud Pvc leather tote cost $210. 

This pink bag is from Madison West. For just $34.99, you don’t have to display all your goodies since the bag is not fully transparent. 

I also found the brand Loeil has a great take on clear bag trends. Check out this lovely transparent bag. Sleek and sophisticated. Priced at $142. 

                     Not Your Average Bag

Cult Gaia does it right. This bag is so architecturally chic and interesting that many will double take at first glance. 

Tortoise shell Cult Gaia bag and other styles can be found on line from $200 and up. 

As you can see my style star sisters, the hand bag selections are endless this season. And, remember, with a little research you will find many affordable and timeless styles.

Your style star sister,