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Okay, so while these aren’texactly the same, the color and shape of both bags caught my eye. They vastly differ in price, so I knew this would be an interesting comparison!
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The Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013 Studded Florence Bagis white-hot for the spring. Made of 100% calf leather, it has a southwestern flare with its swirly studs and an urban appeal with its gilded python-motif lock. There are two top handles and an additional shoulder strap for carrying ease. This Florence bag is a great addition to a bright, spring outfit–I’m thinking: bright blouse and white skinny jeans… While obviously fabulous, this will put you back near $3,000USD. But if you are in love, then what can I say?
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This is the Oscar de la Renta Tote from the Neiman Marcus-Target Holiday Shop Collection. The bag is quite structured. It’s constructed with floral printed coated cotton canvas and on either side of the bag there are snaps to either make the bag wider or tighter. Unlike the bag previous, it’s not as detailed in construction and is rather simple, but what can you expect for a price point under $100? And with the Oscar brand to boot? Though the collection wasn’t particularly successful, this bag’s price is incredibly reasonable, though not a showstopper. The Neiman Marcus-Target collection is no longer available for sale at Neiman Marcus, Last Call NM, or Target, but there are plenty of these available on eBay both under, at, and over the original price of $59.99. I do own this bag, and it’s perfect for a spring/summer school tote. You can definitely fit notebooks, some textbooks, your essentials, etc. Just try not to get it dirty!

Stephanie Viggiano is a current graduate student of Media Studies at The New School and is founder of the accessories blog, The Shoulder Strap.