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1) Nonchalant Mom has discounted their Clare Vivier Grande Pochettes to $100 from $170! I totally want a gold one, buuut I don’t need it (practicing some self control). I hope someone takes advantage of their “favorite thing of the week” promotion. See ’em all here.

2) Of a Kind released a Clare Vivier special edition yesterday. The mini sac messenger bag ($173) and coin purse ($54) comes in cheetah suede (which I personally find much more likeable than calf hair). There are only 200 “of a kind”. Check it out here.

3) New online store, Wconcept, has a promotion through December 7. 10% off $100+, 20% off $200+, and 30% off $300+. They have loads of Clare Vivier clutches and some messenger bags. Other brands to check out are PLAY Comme des Garcons (including wallets!) and Saint James tees.

Refinery29’s deal site, R29 Reserve, has a deal at Eaton Trading Co.: Spend $100 for $200 worth or credit, or $150 for $300. If you plan it well, it is effectively 50% off. Best yet, they have Clare Vivier, APC, WANT les Essentiels de la Vie to name a few brands (in both men and women’s). The deal dies on Monday, May 14, and the CV stock has already been dwindling. Now, I don’t need any more CV, but if you do, be sure to check out this promotion and read the fine print!

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I’m a big Forever21.com junkie. There are some well organized stores (like Times Square in New York), but I hate the crowds. When you shop online, you get pristine inventory and cash refunds when you mail back returns. I go through splurts when I actually like their stuff with the peak being the warmer months. I bundle orders together to return — sometimes in a big USPS flat rate box since they are all the way on the other coast. I justify the return costs with the cost of the items. They really are cheap and going to the store may cost money too. Most importantly, I always rather get cash back than credit. Besides, if you use credit on an order and then return it, it gets messy. Over the years, I’ve returned a ton but found a few loves. In general, their accessories are dirt cheap and the quality reflects that, but I was quite surprised by their new beaded accessories:

I received theĀ bead & sequin stripe clutch in the mail the other day and was impressed with the workmanship. It is a pricier item at $22.80. The tag states it was made in India. There was some glue smell so I left it out to air for a week and the smell is now gone. Don’t be fooled by the stock photos. I’d thought there was a ombre blue scheme going on, but both sides are solid navy stripes. It’s a slim clutch so you can’t fit much. I’ve been pretty preoccupied in my spare time, but may take a few IRL pictures soon. I’ve also been tempted by this bubble gum pink beaded clutch and by this shade of pink in general, but have been resisting so far because I never wear this color.

I also love thisĀ simple beaded collar necklace. Based on my experience with the clutch, I’d expect this one not to disappoint either!

Update: Here’s a new beaded clutch that is very Missoni.

If you haven’t noticed by now, Anthropologie rolls out markdowns on Tuesdays. Two of their striped Clare Vivier styles have been marked down:

I believe both are Anthropologie exclusives. The clutch is still available online as of press time, but the tote is sold out since it’s been on sale for a while. You can always try calling Anthropologie and ask them to do a search.

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Anthropologie has my favorite Clare Vivier on sale! Meet the Venice Pouch in a clean shade of white. I have one in bright pink. It gets thrown around in my purse and has held up very well. Besides, how easy is it to find a pink pouch in an sea of black?

Anthropologie is also carrying the new petit messenger sac (which is the baby version of the messenger), the blue suede simple tote (I have one in black leather), and the oversized pochette with neon stripe.

Shopbop started carrying my favorite Clare Vivier not too long ago. I’ve been shopping at Shopbop since 2005. They have since been acquired by Amazon, but now have free shipping/returns. They usually lead the pack on markdowns (in comparison with Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, etc.) They currently have Clare Vivier’s leopard clutches on sale! I love the darker one with the stripe of neon. It is a classy interpretation of the animal print trend and works perfectly with my usual palette of blacks and grays.


I also love this oversized clutch and white clutch. I already have a few of these… (see here, here, and here).

I’ve never been a fan of J.Crew’s Madewell (or Club Monaco) because it was sold in-store or on Shopbop only. Their online launch was plagued with delays, and frankly, there are plenty of other places to spend my hard-earned dollars. But, the latest Alexa Chung collection and the new store on lower Fifth Avenue (nestled amongst many of my other favorite retail chains) piqued my curiosity enough to shop on their website.

I ordered a bunch of items during the recent 25% off promotion. Specifically, there were two versions of the telegram clutch: the calf hair telegram clutch and the embossed telegram clutch. Unlike J.Crew, there are barely any reviews to be found of Madewell items online, so it was a blind purchase like many of my other online purchases. It also does not help that Madewell images leave much to be desired. In case you are thinking of purchasing, here are some visuals and my two cents.

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Update: See the full Clare Vivier shopping directory post here

Miu Miu just launched their e-shop. What is shocking… is their prices. Can someone explain why their well-selling large, black matelasse leather clutch is $470 in their e-store (2011/05/03 edit: looks like they dropped the price to $395. Much better!), but $380 at Net-a-Porter (sold out most of the time)? Same size, same color. I walked into the Soho boutique last Fall and it was the latter price. Not surprisingly, it flew off the shelves.

In other clutch news, I went to LA for some business meetings. Around the same time, I read on Clare Vivier‘s blog that they were moving into a studio and open for appointments. So, I made an appointment. Her studio is located in the hip Silver Lake neighborhood. I wish I had more time to check out the area. Next time. Her assistant patiently showed me what was available and explained the different types of leathers to me. I prefer to see the clutches in person than order online due to the different types of leathers/thickness/textures. Clare arrived later on and we chatted briefly. So nice!

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