City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

So you love accessories. When you’re in Bloomies, do you have to fight the urge to grab every bag that tickles your fancy, grab someone else’s charge card, the run out the door screaming in glee? Have you stood at your favorite designer’s shop staring with naked lust at his latest bag? Do you have fantasies of having a Louella Bartley bag in every color?

I just found a website that will allow you to have the bag of your dreams, every bag of your dreams for just pennies! Bag Borrow or Steal will fulfill all your fashionista cravings. For a small monthly fee, you can borrow a handbag from the virtual closet for a week, a month or even a year. BBOS has three levels of membership – trendsetter, diva or princess. Each level has tons of bags to choose from, so it’s hard to make a decision, but loads of fun to “window shop.”

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For a trendsetter membership, you’d pay $19.95 a month and have access to bags from Nine West, Charles David, Dooney & Bourke, Lulu Guiness, BCBG Girls and other designers. The Princess membership costs $49.95, and you can borrow a Moschino, Lorelei, Tano, Christopher Kon, Coach, Kate Spade bag. There are other designers in that group too. So, you’re a Diva? Your membership is $99.95, and you can borrow bags from designers like Isabella Fiore, Cole Haan, Prada, Juicy Couture and more. They also have “deluxe” memberships for all three levels. The “deluxe” allows you to borrow two bags instead of one at a time. Did I mention they have gift certificates?

All the bags are originals, not duplicates, and are in pristine condition. If you fall madly in love with your borrowed bag, don’t despair, you can purchase it. Bags are in and out in less than a season. As an investment, it makes more sense to have a membership, rotate your bags whenever you want, than to give your landlord a really bad excuse for why the rent is late. Think of Bag Borrow or Steal as a money market fund, for a small investment, you get a season or three of interchangeable delights.

For this item, you’ll need a pair of scissors to cut out the picture and leave it where your sweetie can “accidentally” pick it up.

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Aren’t these earrings divine? They’re the work of Cathy Waterman. These two styles, “Love” and “Daisy” can be found at Barneys. And you know they would look great on you.

They’d probably look great mixed with one the fashions that you’ll see when the Asia Society Present: BURN IT UP: Breakout Asian American Designers in Fashion this Friday, February 4th.

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Full Frontal Fashion’s Christina Ha will be emceeing this event. There will live performances, behind the scene interviews, a fashion show and installations of photography, video and performance art. New York’s hottest Asian American designers will be participating in the event. The designers are; Maki Doherty-Ryoke for Susan Cianciolo Studio; Chrishabana, one of GenArt’s Fresh Faces of Fashion last season for accessories; Eugenia Kim, well known accessory, hat and shoes designer; Siri Kuptamethee of Indigo People; Mary Ping, this season’s Ecco Domani Foundation Winner; Tammy Tiranasar and Jean Yu.

Burn It Up gives you a unique opportunity to find what inspires these artists and see their work.

What: Asia Society Presents Burn It Up
When: Friday, February 4th, 6 PM- 9:00 PM
Where: Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York Cost
Cost: $12 members; $15 nonmembers; $7 student
Phone: 212-517-ASIA
Website: http://www.asiasociety.org/pressroom/rel-burnitup.html

Beauty Tips- I’m going to close out today’s column with some beauty tips I’ve picked up for you. Skyy Hadley of As U Wish Nail Spa recommends taking Vitamin E to help your nails grow and stay healthy. I’ve found that Oil of Olay Daily Facials Express wet cleansing cloths is terrific for taking even the most stubborn make up off your face. They’re pre-moistened and are in a re-sealable bag that you can toss in any case and take anywhere. I’m also enjoying their Daily Facials Intensive deep cleaning clay mask. Not that I like having a blue face, but it’s gentle on my sensitive skin and does a great job of whisking impurities away. For more information on those products go to http://www.oilofolay.com

Originally published February 2005
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