Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Moo Roo gives way to Mary Norton Inc.

Moo Roo handbags have officially been retired!

Mary Norton, the founder of the fabulous and fun brand, has launched a new label, Mary Norton, Inc. Her bags are as beautiful as always, but this line is certainly different from Norton's Moo Roo evening bags, which were whimsical and incorporated such materials as ostrich feathers, hand-dyed silk and Swarovski crystals in interesting shapes and silhouettes.

Mary Norton, Inc., sells evening bags, too, but they're sleeker and more sophisticated. The brand also offers social and day handbags and some killer heels, some as high as 4 inches. (Diva Mommies can wear heels that high, but don't pull a Britney in them by attempting to carry your baby where perched on a pair of platforms. Save the staggering stilettos for nights out with hubby. )

As one of Moo Roo's "most supportive customers" -- isn't that sweet -- I've earned a $100 voucher to use on a purchase from the company's new Mary Norton, Inc. Web site.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Reese Witherspoon is my hero, so of course, I had to check out the bag that Norton named for her. Yummy, yes, but it doesn't make my heart flutter like some of Norton's other celebrity handbags.

I'm loving Norton's use of black and red patent leather in the love the look of Juliette evening bag and the Isolde clutch.

There's something about the two-tone scrollwork design that really appeals to me. I like how the cut-away pattern creates positive and negative space. I predict that's going to be big this fashion season. Norton plays with the look with her Metallica bag and Dawn bag, as well.

If pushed to choose one favorite Mary Norton handbag, it would probably be the red-and-black Juliette or the black-and-white version. I'll be saving my allowance for one of those!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Anthony Nak blue topaz earrings at a price mere mortals can afford

I love QVC -- I'll enumerate all the reasons why in a later post. These to-die-for blue topaz earrings from Atelier Anthony Nak are part of the reason for my slavish devotion to the home-shopping channel.

Anthony Nak, if you're unfamiliar, is a high-end jewelry brand based in Austin, Texas. Celebs such as LeAnn Rimes, the Bush twins, Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP, as I like to call her) and Reese (Witherspoon) are big fans -- and no wonder. The jewelry is absoultely stunning.

And usually stunning comes with a big price tag. But not when QVC gets involved.

QVC commissioned Anthony Nak to design a line of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry for its customers -- with most pieces priced at under $100. (Anthony Nak, a fine jewelry line, is designed by Anthony Camargo and designer David "Nak"Armstrong.)

The premiere show for Atelier Anthony Nak on QVC was scheduled to run an hour, but the jewelry sold out in a little more than 30 minutes.

That's good news and bad news for you if you want a pair of these earrings. Right now, they're on waitlist, but QVC will have more in stock soon. And you can rest assured that Antony Nak will be back on QVC with more designs so the company can cash in on the huge mainstream demand for its products.

My earrings and an amesthyst ring from the same line arrived in the mail today, and I'm just (goo-goo) gaga over this jewelry.

I put the earrings on to run to the grocery store. Some people might save stunners like these for a special occassion. But Diva Mommies know that every day is a special occassion, so we bring out the bling whenever we can. Remember, you can never have too much flash or too much cash!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Bag of the Moment - Libertine duffel from Target

If it's pink or preppy or bright or bold, I covet it.

This bag certainly fits the bill. And you've gotta love the price -- $39.99 -- from the preppy-edgy Libertine line at Target.

It's officially a duffel, but Diva Mommies don't believe in fashion rules. I'll be using mine as a diaper bag and as a purse on those days when I've got a heavy load to bear.

If you love this bag, buy it up now. Libertine for Target is limited, in fact, many local stores don't even have this duffel in stock.

Give me Libertine or give me (fashion) death!