I stumbled upon this pearl-covered mini handbag somewhere on my Instagram feed, sandwiched between Milan street style snaps and baby succulents. I immediately zeroed in on this (literal) gem of a bag, for it encompasses all that I love in an accessory. For starters, it's not big enough to overpower an outfit, but it makes enough of a statement to transform even a simple frock into a full-on look — added to even the most boring of black-washed ensembles and you'd still get compliments praising your chicness. Its smaller size only leaves room for the essentials, and I firmly believe that carryalls are vastly overrated.
While it's a tad kitsch — someone raided half of the south for these faux pearls — I love anything made out of unconventional materials! Give me pearls, bamboo or straw any day over some tired leather situation. And lastly and quite most importantly, it might just be the perfect bag to take while sitting through the opening night of "Swan Lake" at New York City Ballet, sipping on a Bellini or doing anything Kate Middleton does — nothing spells class like a string — or in this case a bag — of pearls.
Shrimps Antonia Small Imitation Pearl Beaded Handbag, $685, available at Nordstrom.
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