Diane’s Tote

Published by bryanboy

CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg’s invasion of my subconscious started a couple of days ago when I saw her ostrich-embossed leather tote on the pages of the Bergdorf Goodman pre-fall catalog.

Diane von Furstenberg Addison Tote Bag

It’s beautiful, isn’t it? The colour, a deep shade of blackberry, is so rich. At $495, the price point isn’t bad either. Very reasonable as a matter of fact. The one thing that stops me from buying it are the ends of the handles (with two screws on each side) that are very prominent on the bag. They instantly gave a utilitarian feel to what looks like a luxe classic.

How can I not be obsessed when it keeps on popping up everywhere I go? While doing a round of online stores yesterday, I saw Diane’s tote at Shopbop where they have it in two colours, blackberry and saffron. Net-a-Porter is also carrying the bag only in saffron.

It’s strange that I’m suddenly curious with this piece because I’m not one of them tote or clutch bag people. I like to keep my hands-free. If memory serves me right, the only time I used a tote was a couple of weeks ago when I was running late for the airport. I had very little time to properly pack my hand luggage so I dumped my sundries and what have you in one big canvas bag. Other than that, totes are, for the most part, a Chernobylesque no-go zone for me. Why do you think I’ve never tasted a slice of this so-called manbag trend over the years? Because 99% of these manbags are tote bags! I’m no fool – no amount of publicity spinning or word-changing can masculinify (is that even a word) what essentially is a frigging tote bag!

I’m not really in the mood nor do I have the desire to buy a new bag as of late because my very reliable black Mark Cross bag has been fulfilling its purpose. Diane von Furstenberg’s Addison tote is gorgeous though but I’m gonna hold out on this one. For now.

Click HERE to buy the bag from Shopbop.

CLEAN SWEEP

CLEAN SWEEP

Published by bryanboy

Have you ever done a cleanse or joined a detox program? I haven’t. While sharing a cigarette at the Men in Italy event during the menswear shows in Milan last month, the gorgeous Aurora Sansone told me she was going to take part in a detox for the health benefits. She sparked my curiosity but alas, I’ve put the idea to the backburner until yesterday (after devouring a box of half a dozen Krispy Kremes) when my curiosity turned into a full-blown obsession, thanks to teh interwebs aka Gilt. They’re offering the 21-day “CLEAN PROGRAM” at a discount — it’s usually $425 but they’re selling it for $340. The program is relatively simple — you take a shake for breakfast, eat CLEAN-approved food for lunch and a shake for dinner. Then you take a handful of magical pills too. Gwyneth Paltrow said Dr. Alejandro Junger’s CLEAN program is “life-changing”. A search on YouTube yielded several people all throughout America, we’re taking about “real” people y’all, publish video logs of their progress from day 1 to day whatever. One woman went from size 16 to size 6 and another woman lost 35 pounds in a span of a month. All were happy with the results. And they all feel healthy and great. It’s phenomenal.
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Here’s Dr. Alejandro Junger talking to Martha Stewart about food that’s allowed (and not allowed) at the program.
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I want to do the cleanse but I’m worried how I’m going to integrate this program with my lifestyle. Finding the discipline and stamina to give up coffee, tea, alcohol (not that I’m a big alcohol drinker, I haven’t had alcohol in a week), meat, egg, cheese, etc aside… how do I carry three, 1-pound jars of powder criss-crossing continents without being stopped for suspiciously bringing contraband?