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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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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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2017 Designer Shoes on My Wish List

Time to share the pretty shoes on my wish list this year! My goal in 2017 is to buy more shoes that are comfortable (aka lower or no heels). I love high heels and will continue to buy them but I need to buy more shoes that I can walk around in all day. My “flawed” logic used to be that boots and high heels are more worth the money than flats which will wear out sooner. My “revised” logic is that good investment shoes are simply the ones that I wear often.

Chanel Espadrilles
If there is one thing that YouTube or Instagram will make me buy, it will be the Chanel Espadrilles. I have been eyeing these espadrilles due to three reasons: they are supposed to be super comfortable, they elongate the legs like no other and they are a classic from Chanel. I especially love the two-tone leather Chanel Espadrilles, either the black-and-nude or the black-and-white. The holdback: $700+ price tag – until I can swallow that price tag, I will continue to buy more affordable options but the Chanel espadrilles are definitely on my wish list.

Aquazzura Spin Me Around Sandals
I have been obsession with Aquazzura shoes for the last six months and constantly keep an eye out for sales. I own two pairs of high heels from Aquazzura and will definitely be purchasing more – the Aquazzura Spin Me Around sandals are on the top of my list. I love the block heel, the simple strap across the toes and the gold straps around the ankles. Block heels are my favorite – they are comfortable and add a couple of inches. These sandals will go with many outfits and I will definitely wear them a lot. Hopefully I can find them on sale soon!

Louboutin Pigalle 100mm
The original Louboutin Pigalle in 100mm are so hard to find (especially in size 35.5)! Most retailers only carry Pigalle Follies and So Kate pumps. The Follies have an even narrower toe box and I can’t walk in So Kate’s 120mm heel. So my hunt for the Louboutin Pigalle 100mm in either nude or black patent continues. I actually find the Pigalle in 100mm to be somewhat comfortable!

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Flats
My latest obsession is the Nicholas Kirkwood Beya flats. These flats come in so many stunning colors but my heart is set on the blush pair. I love three things about this flat. One, the leg-lengthening effect of the pointed toe design. Two, the cut of the heel with the gold accent; it makes the heel more unique and feminine. Three, the leather is incredible! Heck, I even like the two large stitches on the front part of the shoe for some reason. There are a lot of dupes for these flats – one of them is the Me Too Audra Loafer flats. I ordered the Audra Loafer flats in size 6 but they were way too big, I would need to get a 5 but the smallest size I’ve seen is 5.5. If you are interested in the Nicholas Kirkwood Beya flats but you don’t want to pay $425, then check out the Me Too Audra Loafers – they are well made and comfortable!

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Loafers
I’ve liked the Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats for a while but because my old logic that expensive flats are not worth it – I never allowed myself to add these to my wish list. I recently found a block heel version of the Kitty Loafers which is makes the shoe more “worth it” now for me. The block heel version is not as popular as the flats but a great alternative for girls who are interested in a slightly higher heel!

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