{Mother’s Day Gift Idea} The Gussy Keeps Your Fabulous Handbag Dry in the Rain

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When the weather calls for rain, I usually grab my not-so-cute tote so I don’t have to worry about ruining my favorite handbag. Now that I’ve discovered the Gussy, those days are over! The Gussy takes “rain gear” to another level – not only providing a protective cover that is functional, but one that is as stylish as the handbag it’s covering. The Gussy is a protective, waterproof patterned “umbrella” designed to be worn as a protective cover over your favorite handbags or diaper bag, work bag, or weekend tote. According to Jamie Hantman, designer of the Gussy and former Washingtonian and White House power player, “Nothing can ruin a fashion look (or designer handbag) faster than getting caught in an unexpected downpour. Women pay a lot for their purses and want (need) to protect their investments.” I couldn’t agree with her more! This week’s forecast is rain, rain and more rain so The Gussy is now at the top of my must-have-accessory list.

Hantman had the wardrobes of fashion-savvy women in mind when designing the Gussy. Styles include the navy and white polka-dotted Meredith (pictured above), the bold navy and white chevron striped Jenny, the Charlotte featuring a beautiful trompe l’oeil purse image by New York artist Susan B. Allen in either Khaki or Navy (pictured above), the Chelsea with a whimsical skull and crown design (pictured above), and the Caroline in classic black with khaki trim. It’s obvious why The Gussy received a Best New Product Award at NY Now. It measures 36″ X 16″ and has three Velcro tabs that adjust to different purse sizes, styles and handles. When not in use, it can be folded up for easy storage inside your handbag – rain or shine so you are always prepared. Shop the Gussy collection at www.thegussy.com.

{DC Event} Gilt City Warehouse Sale at Dock5 at Union Market This Weekend + Ticket Giveaway!

Gilt City Warehouse Sale at Dock5 at Union Market

The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is returning to Union Market this weekend and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner!

Gilt Warehouse Sale

Enjoy sipping cocktails with your friends during this fabulous shopping party, where you’ll find designer clothing and accessories from Gilt’s top brands – stylish shoes, jewelry, handbags, suits, jackets, denim, dresses and outerwear for men, women and children. For the home, there will be bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, decorative pieces and much more. Plus snacks, cocktails and other perks from luxury brand partners. This is the perfect opportunity to fill your closet with coveted handbags, shoes, apparel and more from top designers—all at up to 80% off retail.

Become a Gilt member {here} via my personal invitation link and purchase your tickets {here}.  You can choose from 3 different times to shop:

Friday, February 19, 2016 9-11 pm (Price: $20), Saturday, February 20, 2016 morning session (Price: $10) and afternoon session (Price: $5) and includes the following:

  • Admission for one to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale at Dock5 at Union Market Access to FastPass line for those with no coats and bags smaller than 5×7″
  • Complimentary coat check (guests must check all coats and bags/purses larger than 5×7″ before entering the sale)
  • Cocktails and prosecco
  • Luna Whole Nutrition bars and popchips potato chips
  • Sparkling flavored water from Perrier in Lime, L’Orange, and Original flavors
  • Live music by local DJs KC Higgins and Sean Peoples

{DETAILS ON THE GIVEAWAY}

Thanks to the awesome GILT team, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the Gilt City DC Warehouse Sale!  To enter, simply leave a comment in the comment section of this post.  You have until Thursday night at 11:59 PM EST. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, February 19th, and will choose the shopping time of their choice!

Designer Spotlight: Kent Stetson

I discovered these amazing clutches on Instagram, and was immediately intrigued with the designer behind the bags. Who is he? What inspired his bold and whimsical designs? How is each bag made? I wanted to know more and see more! Kent Stetson creates stunning, cutting-edge handbags by merging traditional craft techniques with high-technology equipment and materials. After studying at Brown University, Stetson took an interest in new media and hybrid digital/traditional fine art. In 2003, as a framing experiment, he presented one of his digital paintings as a handbag, and has since made bags for collectors all over the world. By blurring the line between art and fashion he wants to in some small way inspire people to live beautifully. Mission accomplished!

I saw the Peacock Clutch (one of my favorites!) up close and it is every bit as fabulous as I expected. I can honestly say that it was hand crafted to perfection. What I love and appreciate most about Kent Stetson’s collection is that each clutch has a personality of its own. They are statement pieces that will always be a conversation starter. All bags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed. Price includes shipping. All of my favorite clutches are pictured below. View and shop the entire collection at KentStetson.com.

Kent Stetson Peacock ClutchKent Stetson Peacock Clutch, Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson bagsKent Stetson Snake Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Splash Clutch, Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson handbagsKent Stetson Red Wine Clutch, Price: $198 & Kent Stetson White Wine Clutch, Price: $198

Kent Stetson clutchesKent Stetson Tiger Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Donut Clutch, Price: $205.00

Kent Stetson clutches Kent Stetson Brush Strokes ClutchPrice: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Stained Glass Clutch,Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson clutches4Kent Stetson Disco Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Take Me to Oz Clutch, Price: $295.00

Kent Stetson Clutches 5Kent Stetson Dripping in Gold Clutch, Price: $195 & Kent Stetson Haiku Clutch, Price: $195