Save Money Buying Designer Inspired Handbags

When my niece gave my sister-in-law her Christmas wish list my sister-in-law said she held her breath. My niece is at that age where she wants shoes and handbags and clothes. She doesn’t have much idea of the cost of things, or if she does, she doesn’t care. I do know all about buying clothing, handbags and shoes. My sister-in-law asked for my help. She says I know where to go to get fabulous trendy celebrity inspired handbags and fashions for a fraction of the cost of the originals.

At least my niece isn’t stuck on designer names when it comes to handbags. She says things like “Mom, I want an orange hobo” or “I’d like a black satchel.” She doesn’t insist on Prada or Coach or L.A.M.B. because she knows my brother and sister-in-law would never spend that much money on a handbag for her.

I’ was able to help my sister-in-law find some great online sources for celebrity and designer inspired handbags. She’d never heard of designer inspired handbags before. What designer inspired means is that manufacturers take the best design element from the designer bag and re-work it into another bag. Talk about affordable designer handbags! It’s wonderful to see a true designer handbag for less than $200. One of my favorite affordable and trendy handbag styles is from Melie Bianco. Melie Bianco handbags have been featured in magazines such as Life & Style, Self and People Magazine.

It seems that Melie Bianco became popular when one of the bags was carried on the MTV reality show Laguna Beach and they’ve really caught on. Since then they’ve become a hit with celebrities like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Kelly Osborne.

Melie Bianco’s mission is to supply chic affordable handbags. They do this by using the highest quality faux leathers, quality lining materials and hardware. They offer a wide range of styles for every woman, and girl, of every age. Melie Bianco’s designs come in almost every imaginable handbag style, clutches and satchels, hobos, and shoulder bags. Nylon, canvas and buttery faux woven leather, patent leather are also available. Handbags are also available in croc and python as well as animal prints such as giraffe and zebra.

Another great feature of some of the online sources is that they let you search handbags by style or fabric, size, price, color and by celebrity sighting.

Along with Melie Bianco there are many other great designers such as Nicole Lee, Ed Hardy, Besso, Christine Price, Chinese Laundry and Roxbury. Bags such as the Nicole Lee Multi Colored Croc Tote and the Jessica Simpson Glazed Delia Shopper are made with quality synthetic leather which means these handbags are extremely affordable for everyone.

Ultimately my sister-in-law decided on a Primo Limited Medium Loft Tote for my niece. This is a designer inspired handbag which resembles a classic Balenciaga Motorcycle bag. The cost is only $50.00. She thought the price was so reasonable she bought one for herself too!

Way to Choose the Perfect Gifts For Her

Finding the perfect gift is always a difficult job, but the scenario gets trickier if it is for an important woman in your life. Whether it is a friend, girlfriend, wife or your mother that you are planning to gift, online portals can be of great help to you. A wide array of gifts for her is available on the online gift websites for her, and a little brainstorming can help you in making the perfect choice.

According to personality

Determining the best gifts for her according to personality type would be a wise move. This way, you can be sure that she would love the gift and also appreciate your gracious thinking for purchasing the right gift. Pick a bracelet made of recycled soft drink tabs or a recycled CD bowl for an environmentalist friend, wacky accessories or a camera for a creative thinker, a DIY garden care kit or DIY jewelry making kit for your wife if she prefers to do everything on her own, a cocktail shaker or vintage wine bottle for an entertainer. If you have noticed the new exercise freak nature in your mother, nothing would delight her more than a pair of branded sports shoes. A laptop bag or iPad cover would make a great choice for a technology geek girlfriend.

According to preference

The easiest thing would be to pick one of the gifts for her that she had always wanted! There is no way for you make a wrong choice in this manner. Those Balenciaga shoes that she had always wanted, the diamond encrusted watch she had swooned over or the Chanel dress that she had yearned for would make just the perfect gifts for her. Buy the best gifts online for the special woman in your life today!

When it comes to selecting products for ladies, it can sometimes be quite complicated to uncover the best provide. Women can seem very particular at times and often people try too difficult to uncover that unique something that she will hopefully really like. Well purchasing products for ladies need not be that difficult and most of the time the most easy products for her are often the best.

So for anyone looking for fun and uncommon wedding gifts for her, Holiday products for her, or indeed for any other situation then you have to first decide according to the above suggested points to choose wonderful products for her.

Shoes Trends For Spring-Summer 2009

Shoes are currently becoming the top fashion accessory which is made more obvious by the exotic shoe trends anticipated for spring/summer 2009. Designers have created some of the most stylised shoe styles ever that will force fashionistas to max out their credit cards even in the time of the recession. To help you choose the most fashionable shoes and keep you up to date with the Vitoria Beckhams and Paris Hiltons, here is a quick guide to shoe fashion trends for 2009. Read this to find out about the hottest shoes that’ll help you sizzle your way into summer.


Models’ legs are becoming even longer as we move further into 2009, not that they need it though, due to the extreme high heels that are dominating the fashion scene. It’s been reported that famous shoe designer, Christian Louboutin is all set to launch heels higher than 7 inches this spring. Stylists warn that fashion-conscious women will really need to have great balance if they wish to keep up with the shoe fashion trends for 2009 summers.

Stilettos to rule – According to stylists, spindly stiletto heels are to hold their prime position in the shoe world, and this time they are armed with a few extra inches on the heel. Women who are a bit hesitant of the trend will find some solace in the fact that a few inches of a platform are being incorporated into the shoe design in the front of the shoe, so that it makes it easier to manage the thin and very high stiletto heels at the back. Designers giving artistic expression to stiletto heel shoes include Balenciaga, Chado Ralph Rucci, Yves Saint Laurent and DSquared2.

Platforms retain their place – Ladies who find it hard to strut in stilettos will be relieved to know that platforms have retained their position as part of the 2009 summer shoe collection. What’s more, designers have displayed platform heel shoes that have a classic appeal and are far from boring. Colorful platform pump shoes adorned with fringes are expected to be hugely popular this coming season.

Exotic feature heels – The most aesthetic part of 2009 spring / summer shoe trends is the arrival of feature heels. Shoes with feature heels are fast becoming popular amongst celebrities. Basically, the heel is not merely a structural support but rather it becomes the most aesthetic and graceful part of the shoe. Some very delicate feature heel shoes have been designed by Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and Bottega Venetta. According to stylists, it is wise to invest in shoes with feature heels as they are likely to retain their artistic worth for long.

Thick chunky heels and tapered heels – Shoes with thick chunky high heels, wedge heels and tapered heels are also very much a popular choice for spring/summer 2009. Tapered heels start thick at the top and taper down, often with a curve, into a stiletto-esque point at the bottom. Designers promoting these heels include Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, and Chanel.


Peep toe shoes – Open toe or peep toe shoes will be a hot look this summer. Open toed shoes are more popular in pumps and sling back shoes and according to many stylists, peep toe shoes look very seductive as they provide a glimpse of your toe cleavage. Compliment your high heel open toe shoes with a gorgeous skirt or summer dress and really show of those legs of yours.

Pointed toe shoes – Razor sharp pointed toe or peeked toe shoes are also back again in trends. Pointed toe shoes look particularly seductive in pumps and ankle strap sandals. High fashion shoe designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga¸ Chado Ralph Rucci etc displayed razor sharp pointed shoes with spindly stiletto heels on runways recently. A-list celebs like Victoria Beckham and Sara Jessica Parker have already embraced the style.


Gladiator Sandals – Both gladiator heels and gladiator sandals are very much in fashion for summer 2009. It is predicted that the heavily strapped and heeled versions of the sandals will be hit amongst girls. For maximum impact, opt for gladiator shoes in knee-high or mid-calf styles in flats or heels and team them with simple outfits like spring shorts or short skirts.

Fringed shoes – The folk inspired fringed shoes that gained entry last winter will still command a strong place in the shoe fashion world. High heel fringe ankle boots with peep toes will be a particularly enticing look this season. Fashionistas recommend a short dress with fringe booties for a seductive bohemian look. Some of the high profile fashion designers who seem to be very much in love with fringes include Gucci, Balmain, and Anna Sui.

Ankle strap shoes – Ankle strap shoes are expected to be a huge hit and in all probability a must have shoe this season. For special occasions opt for ankle strap shoes with sky-high stiletto heels and pointed toes. Some designers are also going for triple ankle strap shoes embellished with buckles. Spikes, chains and studs are further being utilized to enhance the glamour quotient of the shoe. Designers fond of ankle strap shoes include Gucci, Oscar De La Renta and Pucci.

Caged Boots – Caged boots are rated as the most sensational fetish shoes in the current season. Super sexy fashion icons such as Rihanna and Beyoncè have already adorned their feet with a pair of YSL’s metal caged booties. Beyoncè was recently also noticed wearing colorful and very innovative caged boots by Balenciaga.