IT’S WRAPPING SEASON

Okay, everyone keep calm. This is NOT Christmas gift wrap related!

Leather accent jewelry trends have been huge for the past few years, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. (And I’ve brought some corn for popping………okay, I’ll stop! I just can’t wait for Christmas okay.) Last year’s Slogan bracelets from Chanel got my vote for favorite wearable leather accessory. This year, my pick has to be the new leather wrap bracelets from Henri Bendel!

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These can be styled casually with your jeans and tees, sophisticated worn as singles with a simple black maxi dress, or they can be a statement piece when you pair a few or all of them together.

This collection in particular is ideal, since all of the pieces have been designed to be worn together. All of the colors are basically Fall neutrals too. As for the metals, gold and rose gold-plated brass, and rhodium plated steel have been used to complement certain shades.

Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Dark Green $88
Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Dark Green $88

Gold continues its upswing in popularity! I love how they chose to style the rich gold tone metal with the deep greens and burgundy hues (one of this season’s “IT” colors).

Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Dark Red $88
Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Dark Red $88

This bracelet does wrap multiple times around the wrist and features an adjustable buckle closure. I love the tiny petal and rhinestone accents.

Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in black $88
Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Black $88

Black and silver can arguably be worn with anything.

Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Rose Gold $88
Petal Triple Wrap Bracelet in Rose Gold $88

Rose gold anything is still the most sought after trend in metal jewelry, and it goes beautifully with the camel colored leather.

Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Dark Green $98
Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Dark Green $98

These padlock bracelets are my favorite! When I wear statement jewelry, I tend to only wear the one piece and not much else. Either a chunky necklace or bracelets.

Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Dark Red $98
Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Dark Red $98

These are rather bold on their own, but I think I would stack a few of the gold toned hues together with my beige Cynthia Rowley cashmere sweater. These will add so much character to any otherwise plain neutral clothes you have in your wardrobe.

Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Black $98
Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Black $98

If ever there was a bracelet to compliment the Stella McCartney Falabella bag in black with the silver chains, this would be it. If you are into the rocker chic look, this would be perfect!

Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Rose Gold $98
Padlock Leather Wrap Bracelet in Rose Gold $98

I am loving the clasp on this bracelet too, with just that one single rhinestone.

Petal Rivet Wrap in Dark Green $78
Petal Rivet Wrap in Dark Green $78

These dark green and red options they did a little differently, by using coordinating dark green and red rhinestones with the leather.

Petal Rivet Wrap in Drak Red $78
Petal Rivet Wrap in Dark Red $78

At first glance, the petal accents on these remind me a little of the shapes on the Louis Vuitton logos.

Petal Rivet Wrap in Black $78
Petal Rivet Wrap in Black $78

These bracelets are by far the easiest to put on with a button snap closure.

Petal Rivet Wrap in Rose Gold $78
Petal Rivet Wrap in Rose Gold $78

I did wonder why they didn’t do these with the matching shades of rhinestones. Oh well, they look fabulous either way!

I hope they keep these around for next year in new Spring colors! Which style is your favorite?

THE UPTOWN SATCHEL GETS A NEW SKIN

Sometimes you just want an understated satchel, with not too much fuss or muss. It says polished, classy, and elegant. Plus, it saves you when you overcompensate for the lack of details in your accessories, by wearing those brightly colored floral print overalls. (Yes, I saw those in the store. That’s a no and a no for me!)

The Uptown Satchel from Henri Bendel is just that; polished, classy, and elegant! I loved their original pebbled version, but then they revamped the bag a few times with an Ostrich and Crocodile embossed leather. I love exotic skin embossing on an understated bag. It gives it just that little bit of extra detail, without looking overdone.

Their latest Lizard collection keeps the bag classic, but gives it that little bit of trend factor.

The Upton Lizard Satchel in dark red $550
The Upton Lizard Satchel in dark red $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in Dark Grey $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in Dark Grey $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in khaki $550
The Uptown Lizard Satchel in khaki $550

I just love this Lizard embossing! It is a perfect in between for those who don’t want plain, but also don’t want a bold look. The structured shape is ideal. This large version of Uptown Lizard Satchel will hold a ton of stuff and would make a perfect work bag. There is tons of space and organization inside, with a magnetic close pocket on the back of the bag as well. The sides are also expandable, which is helpful if you tend to be an overstuffer. I love the simple turnlock closure in the front with minimal hardware everywhere else. The gorgeous neutral color options are Fall season ready!

The Uptown MIni Lizard Satchel in dark red $328
The Uptown MIni Lizard Satchel in dark red $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in dark grey $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in dark grey $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in khaki $328
The Uptown Mini Lizard Satchel in khaki $328

For those of you who may not want such a large bag as the original, the Uptown Lizard Satchel also comes in a mini version. The mini has all of the same features of its larger counterpart, just in a more compact package. I have seen the mini worn as a crossbody and it really is a perfect size, if you prefer to wear your bags that way.

The only fault I can find with this bag is……..which color?

IT BAG ALERT: THE SCHOOL BAG

We exist in the era of the cross-body! We’ve seen the reemergence of the saddle bag and the messenger bag. We’ve seen all shapes, sizes, and designs. If the bag has a strap and you can put it across your body, then it’s a cross-body. (Technically it needs to be a manageable size, however).

So what could they possibly come up with next? The schoolbag! From what I am seeing, the schoolbag seems to be 1/3 messenger bag, 1/3 small satchel, and 1/3 lady bag. A love triangle of an accessory!

The designers at Henri Bendel have gotten a jump, and an extremely creative one, on this trend with the newest additions to their West 57th line. Featuring detachable cross-body straps, saffiano leather construction, a top handle, and a very functional size, these lady-like bags will be your new go-tos for a myriad of occasions, casual or formal. Wear these bags with the strap attached for some shopping or traveling, or take the strap off for an evening bag.

West 57th Schoolbag $278
West 57th Schoolbag $278

Classic black! Simple, sophisticated, elegant; an accessory staple.

West 57th Floral Applique Schoolbag $350
West 57th Floral Applique Schoolbag $350

Chic marries whimsy with this “perfect for that Summer garden party” bag. This bag is designed in a pretty pastel pink saffiano, with the beige and green floral appliques intermingling with one another.

West 57th Schoolbag $328
West 57th Plaid Schoolbag $328

Burgundy is going to be a key playing colour for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons and plaids tend to compliment the shade. With a cream, green and blue plaid printed saffiano, you will be able to pair this with so many neutrals.

West 57th Charm Schoolbag $328
West 57th Charm Schoolbag $328

 Neutral camel coloured saffiano leather is paired with a contrasting black cross-body strap and top handle. This bag also features a detachable charm, so you could easily turn this into a more casual bag.

If I were a betting gal, I would say this latest revelation in cross-body bags could very well turn into a revolution for the world of accessories!