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What’s in Your Bag?

My handbag usually ends up like a bottomless pit!  It holds everything from a wallet, my phone, keys, receipts, change, lipstick, and lactaid pills (you never know when you’re going to eat dairy!).

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Here’s a snapshot from my line of handbags.  How much can you fit into your clutch?  It’s all about the pockets for me!  I designed and handcrafted this handbag as part of my upcoming line.  The leather is a crocodile printed cowhide – so amazing and a limited edition!  I haven’t released the details about my new collection, but if your interested be sure to come back and visit my blog, the best place for updates.

Accessorize with Mesh from Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis Calysto Bracelets via INSIDE Whiting & Davis

Whiting & Davis has been around since the late 1800s.  They specialize in accessories and jewelry crafted of metal mesh and boy oh boy, do they do it well!  I guess after 135 years, you would tend to be the best of the best.  In 1892, the first mesh handbag was hand woven by Charles Whiting.  He took the art of chainmail and turned it into a fashion statement.  This look has held on and evolved with every decade.  They’ve recently updated their website and revamped their logo for a more modern look.  Not only can you shop, but you can learn about the history of the company and check out modern fashion trends on their blog!  I wonder if the founders ever thought that the company would still be styling mesh 100 years later.

Known for fantastic handbags, the new collection of Whiting & Davis does not disappoint.  Offering clutches and shoulder bags, they have a piece for every occasion.  The dazzling mesh of Whiting & Davis makes their handbag the perfect companion on a night out, cocktail party, or other evening affair.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.  Naturally I leaned towards a vintage look.  The vienna and peacock handbags remind me of pieces from their 1920s collection because of the silhouette and painted on prints.

 

 

 

When it comes to jewelry, Whiting & Davis may be most famous for their serpent style cuffs and bracelets; however in the new collection you can expect bold colors along with timeless classics.  A glimmering mesh piece of jewelry can make a statement day or night.  I love everything, but here are a few of the pieces that I’m lusting after.

 

 

I am a Whiting & Davis freak.  When it comes to vintage W&D, I have several of their handbags from different eras and some pieces of jewelry as well.  Thank you to my lovely grandmothers who have the best style and were willing to pass their Whiting & Davis pieces along to me!  One of my grandmothers kept her Whiting & Davis handbag from the 1950s in the original box!  I’ll have to do a style post sometime soon to show you the glamour that has been passed down to me!

Do you have any pieces from the iconic design house?  Tell me about them in the comments section!

Style Icon Lauren Bacall

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Lauren Bacall was a dedicated actress, a talented singer, a true beauty, and a style icon. Her film debut in Howard Hawks’ To Have and Have Not made her famous, especially with the iconic line, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?  You just put your lips together and blow.”  Her marriage to Humphrey Bogart in 1945 brought great happiness.  The two met on To Have and Have Not and could not deny their chemistry for one another.  They went on to star in several other films together after their marriage.  In the years after his death in 1957, she became the ultimate single, working mother as she went on to further her film career.  In her nearly 70 year career, she worked on 72 films and was heavily involved in the theatre.  She was an admirable woman, an inspiration of hard work, and utterly stylish.  Here are a few of my favorite snapshots.

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