by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
Shoe, bags, glasses and make-up are all you really need to fashion yourself fancy. Seriously. I still rock patched-up, grungy black pants from high school… I love em so I keep patchin’ em up and I can just throw a semi-decent blousy shirt on and some heels and a tre chic handbag and people are like.. Whoa! You got all dressed up… You look nice… blah to the blah. I mean, I like compliments as much as the next person, but if they really analyzed my outfit, they’d find they are solely speaking of my accessories. Thank the baby Buddha for accessories! So while I want to strongly encourage all of you fashion freaks to check out second-hand stores and vintagey trenches to discover your new favorite handbag, I also will show you some fabulous new buys to whet your palate. Try this on for size: for every new item you purchase in the name of adorning your temple of flesh, buy a second-hand item. We really need to cut back on the mass production of textiles and all the other crap that is starting to choke Mother Earth out of her own lungs. Check out local artisits and craft fairs for handmade accessories. Etsy is a great place to start…. And if you live in Los Angeles, come check out the Unique LA Fest http://uniquela.com/ next weekend and enjoy hundreds upon hundreds of handmade goodies from local artists.
From least expensive to the mac daddy:
The Big Black Sackcloth from Etsy for $35.00. I love this bag for many different reasons... the most important being... it's huge!!! And cool. And simple. And affordable.
The Hansel from Basel Bag on Beklina $44.00. Very hip long and narrow design. Get your stripes on for Spring. It is also available in polka dots. And check out Beklina on the regular... they always have something cool as they feature independent designers that use eco-friendly materials.
The Twenty8Twelve Sackman Bag $57.50 from The Atticus Shop. Sadly, they are closing. But this bag is on sale! Perfect black canvas duffle purse bag for the nonchalant anti-designer handbagger.
The Elm from Matt and Nat in Yellow $220.00 just may be the quintessential Spring bag. Perfect color, nice size, partly made out of recycled bottles. Oh I love you Matt and Nat... though I think you are actually just one person.
The Plush Stripes Tote from Anthropologie for $628.00. This bag is expensive.... but it is GORGEOUS. Handmade in Italy by some lady named Maria La Rosa. This lady knows how to stitch up a bag, and if I had $628 dollars to spend on a bag right this second... I would be this bag's hag.... forever.... or at least until the next bag came along.