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Guitar Straps (Handbag Shoulder Straps) From 13 Designers

Guitar straps or handbag shoulder straps have been super popular in the last few years. I am surprised it took designers this long to come out with fun and interchangeable shoulder straps. Handbag charms have been around for ages but fun and unique shoulder straps are only a recent phenomenon.

Personally between handbag charms and shoulder straps, I would rather spend my money on shoulder straps because they are actually useful, offer an alternative way to carry the bag and can change up the look. Often designer bags come with straps that are either too long or too short – purchasing an alternative strap at the perfect length can make a big difference.

Here are 13 designers that offer various shoulder straps in alphabetical order (with the exception of Fendi – because it was the first to market, I am including them first). The shoulder straps also range from $85 to $1,000+ so there is something for all budgets!

Fendi Guitar Straps
As far as I am aware, Fendi was the first to introduce guitar straps. Fendi offers straps in various leathers, designs and colors. These straps are definitely pricey at $800+; even though I don’t plan on buying Fendi guitar straps, I still appreciate the company’s designs. To me, Fendi has the most unique and fun designs out of all the designers.

Alexander Wang Guitar Straps
Alexander Wang guitar straps are true to his style: simple and edgy. The current straps available on the market all come in the black leather with metal stud or chain details. The straps retail for $250+, which is reasonable price compared to all other designer straps. I have been tempted to get one for my black Givenchy Antigona.

Anya Hindmarch Shoulder Straps
Anya Hindmarch has a great selection of shoulder straps with unique designs, very Fendi-esk, but at a much affordable price point. Anya Hindmarch Shoulder Straps are my favorite out of these 13 designers due to its design and price point ($200+ retail price).

Dior Handbag Straps
Dior currently offers lambskin cannage pattern handbag straps in black and white and four variations of J’ADIOR shoulder straps in calfskin leather. The website doesn’t discloses prices (you would have to inquire in Dior boutiques) but I would assume these straps would retail for $800+. Personally I don’t like the J’ADIOR line at all. I would prefer the simple cannage pattern for the straps but I would be concerned with the durability of the lambskin.

Kate Spade Guitar Straps
I actually have a Kate Spade guitar strap – it is plain red in pebbled leather on one side and then black & white on the other. I purchased the strap to use with my Celine Nano Luggage (original strap too long) and Givenchy Antigona (original strap too short). I love that most Kate Spade straps are reversible and are adjustable. Best of all, the straps are affordable at $128 and can be found on sale. Most straps also come with tassels that you can use as bag charms.

Loewe Guitar Straps
Loewe currently offers a few different guitar straps – my favorite is the two “braided” leather. Loewe guitar straps retail for $450+.

Louboutin Shoulder Straps
I was surprised that Louboubtin offers shoulder straps but it makes sense since the company has been expanding into handbags recently. Yet, I would have to say out of the 13 designers, Louboutin offers the most-out-there design. These designs are definitely not my style and they also come with hefty $900+ price tags.

Marc Jacob Guitar Straps
Marc Jacob guitar straps are affordable at $85+. Most of the straps on the market are textile. I like the price point but I personally don’t like the designs.

Michael Kors Handbag Straps
Michael Kors also offers quite a few shoulder straps options and retail for $98 (some are currently on sale for $39)! My favorite is the red strap with the metal grommet!

Prada Handbag Straps
Prada also offers various handbag strap designs and retails for $400+. Besides Fendi, I think Prada has the biggest selection of straps in terms of color, materials, and design.

Proenza Schouler Whipstitch Guitar Straps
Proenza Schouler currently offers four guitar strap designs: braided and interwoven leather and chain. PS guitar straps retail for $350.

Rebecca Minkoff Guitar Straps
Rebecca Minkoff guitar straps are also fun and affordable at $95. When I was debating between guitar straps, it was between Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff for me due to the affordability and reversibility of their straps.

Valentino Guitar Straps
Valentino has a few guitar strap options and retails for $895. I am surprised it doesn’t have more rockstud designs; instead the straps available currently are mostly woven straps from its Native Coutour Collection. You can also customize your guitar straps on Valentino’s website which is pretty neat.

 

Thank you for visiting! Hopefully you enjoyed looking through these eye candies! In my opinion, every handbag lover should own shoulder straps – you just need to find a design you love at a price point you are comfortable with!

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Tiffany’s Best Kept Secret: $10 Silver Polish Cream (Review)

Tiffany is known for its dazzling diamonds and beautiful silvers; yet, I would argue Tiffany’s best product is its silver polish cream – aka the magic that brings your tarnished silver back to life.

A Little Background and Other Methods I’ve Tried
I had two pieces of silver jewelry from Tiffany, a trefoil key necklace and a heart tag bracelet. I went swimming with the two pieces a few times during a cruise and the next thing I knew, the silver looked like it was over 100 years old. I tried online methods of cleaning it with baking soda + aluminum foil, toothpaste, and laundry detergent. They all help a little bit but the silver was still so dull that I didn’t want to wear it. (Note: during my cleaning process, the blue enamel on the bracelet fell off.)

Fast forward a year, I decided to send in the bracelet to Tiffany to get it polished and have the blue enamel reattached – I received a quote that it would cost $80. I said no thank you and received my bracelet back. For a while I hated Tiffany and swore to myself I would never purchase anything from there again. Eventually I decided to try again and google for silver cleaning products – that’s when I found Tiffany’s silver polish cream.

Tiffany’s Silver Polishing Products
The website doesn’t have too much information on these products at all – which is a shame because if more people knew tarnished silver can easily be polished then they would buy more products. Maybe Tiffany’s strategy is to get you to visit its stores for polishing and then impulse buy more products?

Regardless, Tiffany offers polishing cloths, mitts, polish cream, liquid cleaner and the silver polish spray. I purchased the silver polish cream, which cost $10 for 4 ounces (125 mL). The rest of the post will be focused on this product. The polishing clothes would have been nice but I polished my silver with a regular hand towel and even paper towels and they work fine.

Tiffany Silver Polish Cream – Text on the Bottle
“This cream is ideal for use on lightly tarnished Tiffany & Co. products made of sterling silver or sterling silver and mixed metal to obtain a brilliant shine with long lasting protection”

Directions

  • Shake bottle well before use
  • Apply cream to Tiffany & Co. products made of sterling silver or sterling silver and mixed metal with a soft, clean cloth and polish thoroughly
  • Rinse and dry with a soft, clean cloth
  • Close bottle tightly after use and store in a cool place

Caution

  • This cream is formulated for cleaning Tiffany & Co. products made of sterling silver or sterling silver and mixed metal
  • It should not be used on any delicate stones such as emeralds, opals, corals, pearls, turquoise or on costume jewelry
  • May cause an allergic reaction for people sensitive to Octadecylmercaptan
  • Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • If accidently consumed, drink water and seek medical advice if nauseous
  • Nontoxic
  • Keep out of reach of children

Before and After
A picture speaks a thousand words, I have found other tarnished silver and took before and after pictures below:

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My Favorite Chanel Handbags

Chanel is without a doubt one of my favorite handbag brands – I love its rich history, classic designs, timeless aura, luscious leather, and fine craftsmanship. Despite the high price tags and constant (and annoying) price increases, I am still a Chanel enthusiast. Here are my current favorite Chanel bags!

Chanel Classic Flap (M/L)
The first bag on my list is the Chanel Classic Flap. Besides the minis, the Classic Flap comes in 4 different sizes: small, medium / large, jumbo, and maxi. I never liked the small or maxi and only debated between the M/L and jumbo. Ultimately, I decided to get the M/L because I don’t carry around a ton of stuff, it is considerably lighter and the size is more proportional for my height. I have been wanting a Classic Flap for years and finally after two price increases, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a M/L Classic Flap in the black lambskin with silver hardware. I love my Classic Flap and even though I don’t use it often because I don’t want to baby the lambskin I have no regrets and won’t change a single thing.

Chanel Rectangular Mini Flap
The second bag on my list is the Chanel Rectangular Mini. The rectangular mini flap with red caviar leather is on my wish list but because I have quite a few red bags, I am also considering burgundy, pink, and potentially green. Mini bags are perfect to play with fun colors! The rectangular mini is a great option if you like the classic flap design but you don’t want to pay full price. It is also the perfect bag if you like Chanel WOCs but need a little more room for your daily essentials.

Chanel Square Mini Flap
I also love the square mini – although I am pretty certain the rectangular mini will be my next Chanel, sometimes I still debate between the rectangle mini and square mini. Both the rectangular and square mini used to be $2,900 but Chanel increased the rectangular mini to $3,100 in early 2017. The price difference is not enough to sway me to a particular bag but it indicates that the rectangular minis are more popular. Personally, the pros for the square mini include: it is the original mini design, the strap length is better for my 5’2” height and it is more unique / looks slightly different than my M/L flap. The pros for the rectangular mini include: it will fit the iPhone 6s Plus easily and I can see myself wearing it for longer than the square mini.

Chanel Coco Handle
I really like the Chanel Coco Handle because it is a very versatile bag – it can be worn handheld or over-the-shoulder / cross-body. The Coco Handle comes in four sizes: mini, small, medium and large (I personally like the small size). Relative to Chanel’s other bags, the Coco Handle is more attractively priced. The small Coco Handle measures 7.3” x 11.4” x 4.7” and retails for $3,300, it is comparable to the M/L Classic Flap which measures 6.3” x 10.2” x 2.8” and retails for $4,900. The Coco Handle is much bigger compared to the rectangular mini which measures 7.8” x 5” x 2.5” and retails for $3,100. I also like how the shape and handle of the bag balance out the classic quilting to make the Coco Handle more casual. Overall, I think the Coco handle is a great bag and even though it is relatively new, I think we will be seeing this bag around for a while.

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Green on Green

Dress: Palm Leave Print Fit & Flare Dress ($13 from Shein)
Shoes: Soludos Canvas Platform Espadrilles 
Bag: Celine Nano Luggage (Vermillion)
Sunglasses: SohoS Cateye Mirrored Sunglasses

I really like the print on this dress from Shein! The material is not so great but acceptable for $13. The dress also comes in 8 other pretty prints. I wish Shein could make these same dresses with better quality and just charge more.

The length of the dress is also very flattering on petite girls (I am 5′ 2″ for reference). Also this dress could be slightly more fitted, I purchased the small size and it is loose around the waist.

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