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Clutches in Asia

As promised, below are some snaps of clutches from my travels.  The best of the lot is from the shopping mecca of Kuala Lumpur.  There was one store devoted entirely to clutches.  It was in every conceivable color and style, though leaning toward the evening and special occasion clutches.  I managed to snap two pics before being admonished.  Almost all stores have a “No Pictures” policy.  I don’t know why exactly because I adore their merchandise!

I must apologize for the poor quality of some of these pics.  As you might recall, my trusty old camera broke and I was using one of my much older back-ups.  It didn’t do well in florescent lighting and I could not get it to stay in focus unless I was absolutely still.  Guess a good camera is on my Christmas list!  Enjoy and I hope these clutches provide some inspiration!

I LOVED these wallet and coin clutches. The stripes and clear sequins were really cute!

This clutch is a cake! How lovely are these cupcakes? My 6 year old daughter would be thrilled to have these for her birthday party!

Leatherette clutches with embroidered musical motif at a mall kiosk.

Cute hand-embroidered coin clutches at an airport kiosk.

Hand-painted clutches of girls in hanboks at a Seoul, South Korea handbag shop. These were pricey but gorgeous!

Orange is a HOT color in Asia. I’m seeing everywhere, from Tod’s handbags, to Nine West shoulder bags, to this impressive boutique.

A clutch and handbag shop in KL, Malaysia.

I snuck another shot in before getting admonished for taking photos!

Clutches and shoes.

If you have any pics of clutches from your travels, contact me at my online shop or Etsy shop.  Would love to see them and I can post them!

 

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August 10, 2012 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Clutches from my travels

Since moving temporarily to Viet Nam, my family and I have done a bit of traveling.  And every time I go somewhere, I see clutches.  They are tremendously popular in Asia and the styles run the gamut and can range from $5 to hundreds of dollars.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of every clutch that I saw.  Sometimes I would forget my camera, or my camera ran out of batteries.  Many shops do not allow cameras so I couldn’t sneak a snapshot in many times.  In every Asian country I’ve been to, all the shop girls stick by you like that Pretty Woman scene where Julia Robert’s character is in the shop and the girl is thisclose to her.  I also lost a trove of photos from our Hong Kong trip, but here are a few snaps of clutches from my travels.  I hope this variety will inspire you if you are ever in a creative rut.

**This just added.  I forgot these lovely mini leather clutches sold at the Emperor’s Palace gift shop in Tokyo, Japan.**

Coin clutches in Hong Kong. These were made with faux leather and appliques. They were quite good but I didn't like the small kisslock balls. Hard to open.

Evening clutch in Tokyo, Japan. This was quite expensive and handmade. It was in the boutique's main showcase.

Evening clutches from another shop in Tokyo, Japan. These were priced around $100 USD. Really nice variety for evening wear.

Coin clutches in Tokyo, Japan. Made from sequined fabric. I love the bead trim. Priced around $15-20 USD.

I hit the motherlode in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This specialty store sold evening wear and clutches. I was able to sneak in one photo before being hollered at. "NO cameras!" These were quite pricey and didn't look like there were many sold since these are special occasion clutches. The delicacy of the crystals and fabric and the bulkiness of some made them not very functional to me.

A flamingo clutch at The Bird Park gift shop in KL, Malaysia. The inventiveness of this clutch was quite evident.

I really quite liked the symmetry and shape of this one. It's cute and functional.

Did I mention that the panda is my favorite animal? I checked one thing off my list: I got to see real pandas (in Hong Kong) for the first time. This lovely panda clutch was well done, but again, the small kisslock made it awkward to open. There's a cute lion one behind it as well.

On the cheap end was this coin clutch. It was poorly made and quite stiff. Not functional at all. Shame, really. I liked the look of it though.

This was a nice mid-range price clutch. The strap was a bit long but the silk-like fabric had lovely pale pink blooms. Clutch in Malaysia.

April 12, 2012 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Because I WILL lose some memories …

I just started a personal photo blog to document the places my family and I have been to and will be going to.

Feel free to follow and comment.  In fact, I would LOVE it if you would!  It’s a personal blog mainly focused on my kids and travel.  You can read about it here.

I started this blog because I am a huge picture-taker.  (Not a great one, just from a quantitative stand-point.)  It has been my belief for years now that I cannot rely on having my full faculties – namely memory – when I’m older.  So I have lots of photo albums.  But printing pictures out and getting them shipped to my home in Ho Chi Minh City is non-existent.  Oh, how I miss Snapfish!  So as I was editing the photos, I thought that I would put the main photos on a blog so that all my family – namely those not on Facebook – can see the photos.

You will see posts on my travels and sights and sounds in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC, where I will live for another 2 years), other cities in Viet Nam, Bangkok, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore …  It’s our family goal to save money in all areas so that we can spend it on traveling and gaining experiences with the kids.

Just another WordPress blog.

Just to warn you, because it is a personal blog, my language may be salty.  I’m going to keep it to a minimum since the kids will be seeing and reading this blog.  I hope you will get a chance to do some traveling as well.  A change of scenery does the soul some good!

~Winn

March 22, 2012 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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