Mini bags are everywhere right now, and with good reason. Small and compact, they keep all your essentials (credit card, red lipstick – you get the picture) on hand without the bulk of a large tote. Meaning you can go from the bar to the dance floor without missing a beat, or spilling that drink. The three clutches that will change your weekend routine? All right here.

Three DVF Mini Bags You Need Now

1. The Gracie Clutch
Known for its front-flap design, this roomy foldover bag is a day-to-night must – just throw flats inside.

2. The Sutra Clutch
With a structured silhouette and oversized chain link clasp, this pint-sized box packs a big style punch.

3. The Lytton Clutch
Done up with sequins and a signature twig clasp, this small but mighty minaudière is an evening out’s best friend.

Our Diane von Furstenberg Boutique opens Friday, March 21, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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March 21, 2014

The best part about a PANDORA bracelet? The options. With charms in materials from gold to colorful glass, each bracelet you build is bound to be unique. Sometimes, however, having so many options can be a little overwhelming. But not to worry – our Fashion Director, Jackie, is here to help you get started. Just take a look at her tips below.

PANDORA Tips from Jackie Nasser

Step 1: Choose Your Foundation
“Start with a basic gold, silver, or leather bracelet. There’s no wrong style, so just opt for your favorite.”

Step 2: Pick a Theme
“This is the fun part. Pick a meaningful hobby or style, and then stack on the charms. Feel free to mix metals and shapes – there are no rules.”

Step 3: Add Some Color
“Lastly, sprinkle in pops of color to add interest to your bracelet. Just stick to two or three hues for a cohesive look.”

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Tuesday, March 18, at 11AM ET.

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March 18, 2014

Loading up on jewelry is a must this season. So to get you stacking like a pro, our Fashion Director, Jackie, is dishing out her accessorizing tips.

Tips for Layering & Stacking IPPOLITA Jewelry

On Necklace Layering
“A standalone statement necklace is great. But a few layered together? That turns heads. Start with a one-strand necklace and wrap it around twice. Then, add a shorter pendant necklace – the bigger the pendant the better. Don’t be afraid to mix textures. Just stick to one color story.”

On Bracelet Stacking
“When it comes to arm candy, there are very few rules. Choose a wide statement bracelet to be your stack’s focal point, then pile on four or five thinner styles, all in the same metal. See? Easy.”

Our IPPOLITA Boutique opens Wednesday, February 19, at 11AM ET.

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February 19, 2014

Bow ties. Pocket squares. They’re outfit-making finishing touches that look simple enough, but actually require a little skill. Not to worry, though. This year, you’re totally going to pull them off – with the help of this step-by-step guide, that is.

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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January 1, 2014

She has every last PANDORA Murano glass charm. And she’s already filled up two bracelets. What she probably doesn’t have? One of these extra-special luxe charms. Made of 14k gold and dotted with shimmering diamonds, these baubles are sure to rank number one on that holiday gift list.

PANDORA Luxe Charms

14k Gold Floral Lattice Charm with Diamond
Perfect For: Your sister or niece with the green thumb

14k Gold Precious Memory Charm with Diamond
Perfect For: Your sentimental mom or grandma

14k Gold Big Hearts Charm
Perfect For: Your special someone or BFF

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Friday, November 29, at 11AM ET.

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November 29, 2013

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She’s always the first to try out a new trend. Her mailbox is filled with every fashion magazine known to man. And when it comes to commuting, this fashionista wants two things: a seat on the train, and a stylish way to listen to her music. Meet these sleek Swarovski crystal-studded earphones. But, wait for it – she can actually personalize them to match her outfit. One day black goes best, the next? She adds the interchangeable embellishments and she’s rocking bedazzled earbuds from suburb to city center. Boom.

Our 24 Hours of 24 Fixes: Holiday Edition Part I Boutique opens Friday, November 29, at 8AM ET.

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November 29, 2013

Pearls are a longtime classic, but finding new ways to wear them can be a challenge – until now. All you need is a long strand (about 64 inches) and this step-by-step knot guide. Just read, tie, and, in moments, find yourself the proud owner a totally unique statement necklace.

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November 26, 2013

Forget about size, silhouette, or season – it’s what dresses the outside of your bag that matters most. As long as it fits into one of these three categories, that is.

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Prints & Patterns
Allover-flower patterns and abstract looks not right for you? Not to worry. Add drama to your handbag routine (without overdoing it) by going with a subtle check.

Bold Colors
No fall wardrobe is complete without some vibrant harvest hues. Opt for a bright orange or energetic red to bring life to the sea of black winter coats.

Black
Always classic, it’s crucial to keep an LBB (little black bag) in your arsenal at all times. A staple black bag also elevates cozy knits, dark-wash jeans, and cashmere alike.

Our Parisian Love Affair: Hermès, Chanel, & Louis Vuitton Boutique opens Friday, November 8, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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November 8, 2013

Whether it’s Google Glass, the Samsung GALAXY Gear watch, or Apple hiring Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to oversee retail operations, the convergence of technology and style is apparently here. Now, as Fashionista tells us, “Wearable tech is getting a fashion-y makeover from Michael Bastian, Rachel Zoe, and more.”

Fash-Up: Rachel Zoe Takes on Wearable Technology

Zoe, Bastian, and others – including Mara Hoffman, whose design is pictured above – have paired with eBay to create limited-edition tech bracelets that double as USB chargers. Maybe it’s just us, but the charger has never looked so good.

Read the source article at Fashionista.

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November 4, 2013

All crystals are created equal, right? Wrong. At least, that’s what I found out after a little digging. But how can you tell the difference between a pretty glass bead and, say, a stunning Swarovski crystal? Just look for these three simple characteristics.

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Shape & Appearance: All beads should be a uniform shape with the same number of facets, regardless of size.

Color: The shade of each bead is around 99.8% accurate. Meaning? They should all appear to be the same exact color, inside and out.

Logo: Look for the little swan. Since 1989, all Swarovski crystals and jewelry feature this recognizable logo.

Our Swarovski Boutique opens Sunday, October 27, at 11AM ET.

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October 27, 2013