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I Want this Bag

Last night I was doing a bit of harmless screen-shopping and I came across this Philip Lim 3.1 bag at LaGarconne. The combination of contrasting cream and black leather and bronze-colored snakeskin trim immediately caught my eye and the slouchy, oversized shape stood out amongst all of the dainty clutches and handbags. It's big enough for the usual must-have purse items plus my camera, shoes, lunch, water bottle, notepad, and scores of other stuff I

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Shoe Shopping: LaDuca Trunk Show

Last week, I received an email from Cincy Chic about a trunk show at Cincy Designer Shoes in Hyde Park. Naturally, my raging shoe obsession compelled me to make my way over there to check things out. The trunk show was for LaDuca, a line of shoes created by Phil LaDuca, who has designed shoes for everyone from Penelope Cruz to Uma Thurman. The man knows his stuff--I'd been there less than two minutes before he

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Casual Style: Back in Black (Sandals)

Remember when I was desperately looking to buy black sandal-booties and then wound up getting the gray "ugly-but-cool" shoes instead? Well, I soon realized that I still needed black shoes. I love the gray booties, and while my favorite shade is holding down about 60% of my current wardrobe, there's nothing like a black shoe to really ground a look and toughen things up a bit. Soooo

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Style Psychology: Ugly, But Cool

Have you ever been attracted to something (or someone) you never would have considered your type? You know, something that doesn't fit into your usual style, something that doesn't "look like you?" I never bothered to take psych in college, so I'm not sure if this particular condition has a name, but I do know it's happened to me before.  I still regret not buying some of the ugliest rings I've ever laid eyes on (they

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