Royal Bags for Spring

Hello my fellow ladies! 🙂 I have been diligently working on some Spring themed posts for the month of February for those of us who are tired of the cold and snow and who would like to get inspired for some Spring/Summer shopping. I decided to write my first post on purses for Spring that are inspired by the purses I have seen royal ladies wear in the past along with the purses I have seen being stocked in my local malls/stores and that have appeared on Spring/Summer fashion runways. In general I am delighted by how much color I am seeing this year because I love some color in a handbag. I have seen some GORGEOUS Kate Spade bags in my local stores that I am in love with so I am feeling inspired and I wanted to share this info with my lovely readers. 🙂 It’s a long post so it took longer to edit but I hope it makes you excited for Spring shopping!

Firstly, Floral Bags

To begin I’d like to take some inspiration from one of my favorite royal ladies: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. If you have never heard of her, she’s like the Dutch Princess Diana (although she is originally from Argentina). She has a very warm personality and a great sense of humor along with being very intelligent. I believe she speaks at least three languages fluently, possibly four. Maxima is known for her love of butterflies and she often incorporates them into her wardrobe with butterfly brooches on her clothing AND worn in her hair. I think she sees a butterfly as a symbol for good luck. But it’s this cute clutch bag with a floral pattern and butterfly that she wore in 2013 that I would like to focus on because I think that butterflies and/or a floral pattern would be cute for Spring.

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So if you would like to try a whimsical, fun pattern like Maxima Betsy Johnson has made a cute bag this year with a similar floral/butterfly pattern. It’s very feminine and fun and a good size as well. I don’t know about you guys but I don’t really use clutch bags very often myself. The smallest bag I use would probably be a small crossbody bag.

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See it here:

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Or if you would like a floral pattern that’s a little bit more subtle Coach has some pretty Spring bags as well. They have a bigger, bowler bag style…

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Or a smaller version. This pattern comes in a few different colors besides purple as well. I think they are both cute and I like the chain on this smaller version.

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Yellow

When I was shopping around this January I saw that the very first Spring items that were being put on display following the Christmas rush were some amazing Kate Spade bags in bright colors. Pink, bright green, periwinkle blue, and yellow. If I had it my way I’d get one in every color! I realized that I don’t believe I have ever had a yellow purse before so I decided to come back home and search around to see if there were any royal ladies who use yellow bags and if so, what outfits coordinate best with this bright color. Well it turns out that a cute yellow bag is a great cheerful color for Spring and can coordinate with more outfits than you may initially suspect. I think that a yellow bag looks lovely with a blue dress or even blue denim jeans, for example. Here are some pictures of some royal ladies flaunting their yellow bags to show you what I mean.

First, here is the lovely Maxima again. See how she wears yellow earrings, shoes, and a cute purse with her blue dress? I really like this blue/yellow color combination.

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But yellow can also work with neutral colors really well, too. Take a look at the amazing Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who is known for her love of understated, neutral colors like gray and white. In 2011 Mette-Marit and her husband, Haakon made an official state visit to Ghana and she wore a sturdy bright yellow Prada bag to add a splash of color to her neutral white and gray ensemble (I can imagine that it would also be necessary to wear these light colors in the Ghana heat).

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There are lots of other color combinations that would work well with a yellow purse. Pink and yellow can work together, or yellow and black. So if you are think of going with a bright, light color for Spring yellow could be a great option!

Here is a lovely Kate Spade bag. I really like the generous size with the sleek structure.

See it here:

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And here is a cute Rebecca Minkoff “Love” crossbody bag. I like the subtle quilting on the front that gives the bag some texture.

See it here:

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Here is a cute Michael Kors wallet. It’s on sale! 🙂

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Another cute Rebecca Minkoff piece. It’s called “Avery” and is a really cute leather bag with an extra zip pocket on the front.

See it here:

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I also found this “Tuscany leather” bag. The structure of it reminds me of some Hermes bags and the charm lettering reminds me of Dior bags. (But its a lot less expensive. 😉 )

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Neutral

If you would like to go with something more neutral you can’t really go wrong with a good brown bag. I think brown can be a bit less harsh for Spring than black. I always like to switch from a darker bag to something lighter when Spring comes. The key is finding a nice brown purse that has an extra bit of style or personality to it so that it stands out as something more than ‘just another brown purse’, if you ladies know what I mean. Once again, let’s look at Her Majesty Queen Maxima and her awesome taste in purses for inspiration.

Here is Maxima wearing a simple brown leather Gucci purse.

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Upon closer inspection you can see that this particularly bag has a fun handle made of bamboo. I love it!

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And here is the lovely Queen Letizia of Spain with a really cool slouchy leather bag. It’s more casual than Maxima’s.

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When I think of leather bags I tend to think of “Fossil” right away. I have always loved Fossil bags and wallets. I think they are a really great quality but still affordable. This is a cute Fossil bag with fringe. I like a nice crossbody bag for daily wear and this one has a cute little leather key embellishment.

See it here:

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Coach has also made some lovely leather bags for Spring this year. I like the size of this “Crosby” bag and the classic silhouette.

See it here:

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I also really like this tote bag that Coach has produced for this season.

See it here:

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Ralph Lauren bags are really pretty, too. I like this one that happens to be on sale.

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And this Ralph Lauren purse is such a beautiful color.

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If you like Maxima’s Gucci bamboo purse, Gucci has made some colorful floral versions for this Spring. I love it! I think it has a great vintage vibe to it, like something from the 40s.

See it here:

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Or maybe this one? I like the bamboo clasp in the front.

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White is also a nice neutral color for Spring/Summer. It goes with anything, really. Here is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark showing off her white Chanel handbag. Classic and elegant.

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Princess Diana also loved a good white bag throughout her life. Here she is on an official tour of Australia in the 80s shortly after her marriage.

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And visiting the Hale clinic in London in the 90s. Diana’s style after her divorce was so chic.

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For white bags, I really like something like this Michael Kors bag.

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Or this classic, elegant H&M bag. The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Victoria, and other royal ladies love H&M and this bag is really, really affordable. It’s only $39.99! It also comes in black and would make a great simple professional bag for work.

See it here:

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AS I have mentioned, I’m a big Kate Spade fan. This Kate Spade satchel in “Crisp Linen/Cement” is so chic. It’s 40% off!

See it here:

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Or, if you feel white is too stark you could also try a nice beige or nude bag like Princess Eugenie.

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I like this Gregory Sylvia bag in “Ellington Nude.” It’s currently 26% off.

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Or this MARC by Marc Jacobs bag in “Cameo Nude”.

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But as far as neutral bags go this one that Queen Rania is wearing is by far my favorite. I love that it isn’t completely black, but black and nude/off white. I love the criss-cross pattern and I love the size. Out of all of the royal ladies throughout the world I think that Queen Rania is the best when it comes to business casual or professional clothing. She really gets it right. Queen Letizia’s bag is not too shabby, either. It looks like it may be a classic black Hermes bag. Wouldn’t you love to be a Queen? 🙂

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I don’t believe that Rania’s bag is available anymore. But here are some cool colorblock bags that are great for professional or business casual dress. The first one is a large Satchel called “Alissa” by Tommy Hilfiger.

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And then I love the structure of this Zac Posen bag. It’s very modern.

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But my dream item would definitely be this gorgeous Arabesque small top handle bag by Gucci. I just think it’s a beautiful piece and I hope to see a royal lady wearing it this season. I think it looks like a bag Queen Rania would look really great wearing. The professional, compact structure and smaller size would work well with her professional clothing. I’m in love with it!

See it here:

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Light Blue

So last Spring a decided to try something different for Summer and I purchased a robin’s egg blue crossbody bag. I got compliments on it all the time and plan on wearing it again this season. It’s such a fun, retro color. Powder blue, periwinkle blue, or robin’s egg blue always remind me of the 1950s. The pastel color is so great for Spring and I have seen some lovely bags popping up for Spring/Summer 2016 especially with Coach creating a line of cornflower blue bags this season.

Here is Queen Rania once more with a cute blue bag. It looks like it probably had a crossbody strap and she removed it for the occasion so I bet she will wear it again but with the strap next time.

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Close up!

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And I can’t help but give a little shout out to Queen Rania’s shoes because they are FABULOUS (and also probably very expensive). I’m pretty sure that they are snakeskin Louboutins.

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Princess Mary of Denmark has also been seen wearing a cute little blue clutch. This one has some lovely turquoise bead work. I love it when a clutch bag has some personality like this one does.

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Here is an example of the cornflower blue bags that Coach has made for this season. I like the color contrast between the brown and light blue.

See it here:

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I also like this small Kate Spade bag in Aqua.

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Or this Kate Spade blue and white tote bag. It looks like it would be great for the beach.

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Tote Bag

Speaking of tote bags…As I was sorting through pictures of royal ladies and their bags, I found this one of Crown Princess Victoria wearing a large gray bag that kind of looks like a tote bag. Victoria is pregnant with her second baby and this picture made me realize that moms like Victoria probably need a cute diaper bag. So I thought I would include a few in this post because some times you need a larger bag whether you have a new baby, are going to the beach, or maybe need a school bag for books.

Here is Victoria with her gray bag. I think it may be Prada because Victoria really like the brand. The day after her wedding a photographer got a picture of her luggage before the went on her honeymoon and she had Prada luggage.

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And here is an older picture of Kate watching William play polo. I think it was before their wedding. On official engagements Kate tends to stick to a simple black clutch bag but on informal occasions she has been known to carry really big bags like this one.

And in this picture of Kate at the airport after her tour of Australia she is using what appears to be her beloved Longchamp bag. I saw another picture of baby George in a stroller with this bag attached to one of the handles so it is possible she uses the bag as a diaper bag as well. I don’t want to post the picture though because I don’t post paparazzi pictures of children out of respect for their privacy. But the bag is big enough that it can definitely work as a diaper bag.

Here are some cute Longchamp bags including one that looks a lot like Kate’s. They are more affordable than I was expecting them to be, too.

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If you wanted to use one of these bags as a diaper bag, this one in pink would be so cute if you have a baby girl.

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Or maybe blue for a boy?

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So many colors to choose from!

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It’s also nice to have a cute backpack option for school or travel. I have also seen diaper bags/backpacks that are unisex for both men and women. So sometimes moms use backpacks as diaper bags. Longchamp makes backpacks, too. This one is in the same simple classic colors that Kate likes.

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This brown leather Tory Burch tote bag kind of reminds me of the type of bag that Kate would wear for polo. It’s simple and nice and a nice size.

See it here:

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I also like this Cole Haan tote. It’s on sale for $99.

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Or if you’d like something with a pattern, this sole society bag is very versatile and only $65.

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As far as diaper bags go, there are lots of really fashionable options. This Marc Jacobs bag comes with a foldable changing bag.

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I have watched some parenting vloggers on Youtube give some great reviews on “Ju-Ju-Be” backpack diaper bags because of all of the different compartments inside and because of the fact that the patterns available are unisex so both mom and dad can use it. This one is the most popular.

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See it here:

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This bag is also by Ju-Ju-Be and also has great reviews. It comes in many different patterns and colors.

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Until I did the research for this post I didn’t realize just how many designers make beautiful diaper bags. Here is one by Burberry.

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And here’s one by Gucci. It comes in pink and blue.

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And another by Gucci. So pretty.

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Patchwork Trend

Lastly, when it comes to predictions for what will be trendy for handbags this Spring, I say you should keep your eye out for this cool patchwork trend that I have seen on runways and in stores. So many designers are creating patchwork pieces for their collections that I am sure we will see some royal ladies wearing this trend come Spring time when royals are busier with foreign tours and more official engagements.

So here is one example by fossil. I like the splash of red in the design. It’s also 40%.

See it here:

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I have seen some really pretty patchwork pieces in the 2016 Spring collection for Coach. This black piece is so sexy. Everyone needs a good black bag and the patchwork design offers the bag some stylish texture. I love it.

See it here:

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There’s also a version in the cornflower blue that Coach is featuring so much of this season.

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They also have the patchwork design in a smaller “wristlet” piece.

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They also have a really pretty floral patchwork wallet.

See it here:

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The “Swagger” design also comes in “Fog”, a pretty neutral gray.

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Prada has also produced some great pieces for this season that feature this patchwork trend. Take a look at this small crossbody bag.

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And another medium sized crossbody bag. I love the camel color.

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The camel color also comes in a small tote bag. This is another bag I could picture Queen Rania wearing. Or maybe even Princess Victoria considering how much she loves Prada.

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And check out this lovely suede patchwork bag by Chloe. Such a lovely piece.

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This is another awesome little bag by Chloe.

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And one more piece by Chloe in “Caramel”. So gorgeous.

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See it here:

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But a dream item for me would be this gorgeous tote by Fendi.

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I can’t wait to see what cute bags royal women will be wearing this Spring and I hope that I have inspired you to do some shopping of your own. 🙂 Don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook, please! ❤ For automatic updates every time a new post in published remember to click on “Get Notifications, See First” on My Frugal Lady’s Facebook page.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

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Queen Rania Young Entrepreneurs Meeting, August 12 2015

Queen Rania of Jordan met with young business entrepreneurs today who are beneficiaries of  tasmeemMe.com. Queen Rania received her degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo, Egypt before her marriage to then Prince Abdullah of Jordan. Since becoming queen, she has dedicated much of her time to promoting the education of young girls and women and to encouraging young people who are venturing into the work force for the first time.

 Queen Rania

Here is a similar professional look:

I have a great amount of respect for her and love that she is using her platform to encourage young people.

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady