Handbags

Tom Ford ‘Jennifer’ Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

I jokingly refer to myself as “the bag lady.” Except it’s not really a joke. I carry way too many bags. On an average evening, I return home from work (and daycare) juggling my purse, my laptop bag, Westley’s backpack and lunch bag – plus any shopping bags I’ve accumulated that day. And I need to have at least one hand free to prevent my fearless two-year-old from darting into the street. So I’ve been searching for a crossbody bag to help lighten my load and free up my hands.

The crossbody I want should be work appropriate, but casual enough for weekends. I also need a one that is roomy enough to accommodate my hoarder tendencies, but not so big that I can never find what I’m looking for.

jennifer aniston tom ford flap over handbag purse

After some window shopping and exhaustive Google searches, I finally found my brainchild brought to life…on the arm of Jennifer Aniston. Her ubiquitous Tom Ford Flap-Over Bag was exactly what I had dreamed – well, minus the $3,000 price tag. I was so frustrated because I love everything about this bag (particularly the fold-over, zippered flap) and knew I’d be hard-pressed to find a lookalike in my price range.

So I continued my search and found these similar styles:

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body BagAnya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag, $895
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous
Cons: Hello, this bag is $900! And at 11. x 6″, it’s on the small side

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha BagMarc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Natasha Bag, $458
Pros: Roomy and bird embellishments are cute
Cons: Bird embellishments also make this bag a little less work-appropriate and $500 is still more than I want to spend

 

Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Devin, $398 (now on sale for $199!)
Pros: High quality, versatile design and available in a variety of colors
Cons: I’m cheap and it’s too close to Christmas for me to splurge on this bag, though I might snatch it up if I spied it at an outlet store

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q - Natasha Crossbody Flap BagMarc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q – Natasha Crossbody Flap Bag, $368
Pros: Similar to TF bag and closer to my price range
Cons: Still more than I’d like to spend and very trendy (I see this bag on women at least once or twice a day)

Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover ToteEmma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote, $207
Pros: Looks expensive, but totally within my price range
Cons: Not wild about the “convertible” aspect of this tote/crossbody

michael kors bedford tassle shoulder bag

Michael Kors Bedford Tassel – Medium Convertible Leather Shoulder Bag, $298
Pros: Has the same style and vibe as the Tom Ford bag, but at a reasonable price point. Also love that it can be worn not the shoulder or crossbody. The tassel is also a nice touch.
Cons: Not a fan of the Michael Kors name plate on the front flap.

Fossil Preston Flap Crossbody Handbag

Fossil Preston Flap, $198
Pros: Nice looking bag, good price point, 100% leather, comes in a myriad of colors.
Cons: Again, not a fan of the “Fossil” stamped on the outside.

Vince Camuto Baily Crossbody

Vince Camuto Baily Crossbody Bag, $178
Pros: Looks similar to the Tom Ford, comes in other colors (including a black quilted style).
Con: Doesn’t look expensive.

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Messenger

Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Shoulder Bag, $450 (now on sale for $315!)
Pros: Nice quality handbag. Looks expensive.
Con: Expensive

b makowsky laurel flap over handbag

B. Makowsky Laurel Glove Leather Flap Top Crossbody Bag$158
Pros: Similar look (and it also comes in rose gold, which is a favorite of mine). The price is right too.
Con: That brown stitching has got to go.

 

lodis dahlia joelle hoboSo – long story short (too late), I almost settled and bought the Kate Spade bag. But the shopping gods intervened and led me to the Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo (sorry…no longer available). It’s the spitting image of the Tom Ford bag (down to the zippered flap and expandable gusset) for just $268!!!!!! I can’t believe my luck.

Rebecca Minkoff is On Rent The Runway

My favorite handbag designer, Rebecca Minkoff, is now on Rent The Runway. Her popular Minaudiere clutches retail for $325, but you can adopt one for 4 days for just $35! Yes, ma’am!

It’s perfect for all your upcoming events – from weddings, to cocktail parties to nights out on the town. In a festive array of colors and embossed leathers, these clutches are beloved by celebrities and fashion girls alike.

While you’re at it, you might as well rent a dress and some jewelry to compliment your arm candy. Here are some promo codes to help you get started:

First time renters, take $25 off any rental order of $75 or more. Use promo Code at CJ25OFF at checkout. Coupon expires 8/31/12.

Whether you’re a new customer or a Rent The Runway veteran, this promo code should sweeten the deal. Get 20% off your next purchase by typing RUNWAY at checkout (expiration unknown).

Happy renting!

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Winner of the Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch Giveaway

Sorry for being so late announcing the winner, y’all. I just started a new jobby job and I’ve been hella busy. Anyway, the lucky lady who will receive the Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch (valued at $275) is….Tahnee!

Congrats, Tahnee. I hope it was worth the wait.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Be sure to check back soon for the next giveaway. And special thanks to Lauren Merkin and John Frieda for sponsoring this contest.

Until next time…

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