Saturday, March 9, 2013

GUESS: Spring collection 2013

GUESS, the American lifestyle brand famous for its glamorous, sexy and adventurous lifestyle, introduces a new fashion forward collection for Spring; bringing out her playful and enthusiastic nature!

So along with Qiuqiu, Sophie and Beatrice, I went to GUESS' showroom the other day and we got to check out the bags from GUESS Spring collection 2013, thanks to NuffnangSG!

From punchy colors to pretty brights, the bags from this collection come in a myriad of rainbow hues.
Large canvas totes with leather trim, and oversized woven hobos make the perfect carryalls this season.
It’s all about mix of materials, soft volumes and metal details!
By the way, all the skins you see are embellishes :) 

I absolutely love the cute bright and pastel colours because they're just immediate head-turners.
And not to mention the intricate and beautiful charms hanging on the bags, like the perfect icing to a cupcake! :D

And for this post, we got to loan 5 of our favourite designs from their Spring 2013 collection! :D
It was so difficult to choose because the selection was amazing!
There were so many gorgeous designs to choose from and I wished I could bring them all home!

But after much deliberation, I finally decided on these 5 as my top picks! :)
I think Sophie said all the bags I chose were MASSIVE hahah :p
I personally LOVE huge bags!
There were many other pretty clutches, wristlets and other smaller bags at the showroom,
but I just couldn't resist picking the biggest ones!
I'm the type of person who has to bring my (huge) wallet, a make up case for touching up, my water bottle, my bulky camera and some other stuff out all the time,
so a larger bag just makes that so much easier, and not to mention how much attention a big bag can draw for you! :p

For a good variation, I decided to pick different prints, materials and shapes of the bags :)
And at the end of this post, there is a contest you can join!
You'll have to guess which is my TOP FAVOURITE bag out of the 5 I picked, so do keep that in mind while reading this post :)
(I'm going to be honest and tell you it's quite tough because even I took a long time to decide heheh)
But it'll be super worth joining this contest because the winners of this contest will get to win a GUESS Handbag of their choice and a chance to appear in a leading local fashion magazine with their favourite blogger!!! :D
I'm so excited for it!!!
Do read till the end of this post for the full details :)

I've also categorized the bags into 5 different styles, in no order of preference, to help you GUESS which is my favourite! :)

First of all, we have the Everyday Look, with the Wilcox Carryall!

Wilcox Carryall
GUESS' softest leather-like material meets tonal colored studs that perfectly complement contemporary styles.
The result is an amazing family of handbags, great and versatile for the every day Riviera life.
This bag comes in black, white cognac, and popped with lime for a more modern, chic look. 

Instead of your usual spiked metallic studs (which are more on the punk/ edgy side),
this bag offers a more classy variation with the coloured studs and so it's more versatile and can be paired with any type of outfit!

I am in love with the shape of this bag!
It has a sleek structured shape but it's slightly slouchy at the same time from the soft leather -
it's just the perfect balance of work and play for an everyday bag.
And the surprising pop of colour of the material inside of the bag totally completes it! :D

The Wilcox Carryall isn't the only bag with this stunning interior and you'll see more of it later! :)
It definitely shows that GUESS pays attention to every single detail on the bag, from the smooth quality of the zipper to the stitching and even to the inner linings of all their bags!

For an everyday look, I always go for something easy to wear and is comfortable,
which is why my wardrobe is 50% made up of knitted tops haha!
And while the Wilcox Carryall comes in other lovely colours, I feel like black is the most versatile and will be able to match with most of my tops :)

Whether you're out on a date, for a drink, for a meeting, or just to run some errands,
having the Wilcox Carryall by your side will be your best and most fuss-free decision ever!
No more worries about your outfits clashing with your bag :)

Plus it has the perfect length of straps to sling on your shoulder!
Everything about this bag is just super convenient, and not forgetting extremely chic :D

Next up, we have the Formal & Classy look with the Huma (VG) Satchel!

Huma (VG) Satchel
This version of GUESS' Huma collection has just what the Guess girl wants.
Everything is made even more special by use of delicate details.
A precious lucite charm hangs off each bag and adds an even more feminine vibe.
Tiny metal belting pieces give the clean lines of each silhouette an added interest.
A bold Lucite personalization sits on a contrasting patch and is the latest touch of refinement. 

By the way I think I'm obsessed with the GUESS logos on each of the bags!
They always look so detailed and classy, I can't take my eyes off them!

One look at the Huma (VG) Satchel and I visualize the prettiest, most elegant and sweetest office girl/ lady you'll ever know!
From the one-of-a-kind thin straps to the sleek metallic details to the super cute lucite flower pendant,
this bag is quite the epitome of style meets class, with a pop of girlish charm.

I love how all the bags I chose from GUESS Spring 2013 had lots of small compartments for me to store important items.
The problem with having big bags is having all your stuff in a huge mess sort of clumped together inside the bag
and it sometimes takes forever to look for a smaller item like your wallet or handphone.
So this is where the little compartments come in handy :)

The most unique feature about this bag that stood out to me was how GUESS managed to make a bag this big not lose any of its delicateness!
The Huma (VG) Satchel easily exudes the femininity and sleekness of a bag half its size!
To me, this bag screams "I'm a hard worker, but an extremely chic and trendy one ;)",
and it's simply perfect for work or school!

The Huma (VG) Satchel plus a soft structured blazer = perfect!
I'm a huge fan of Korean fashion as well, and the beautiful contrast of cream and black colours on this bag would undoubtedly be one that most Korean fashion enthusiasts would love!

I also paired my outfit with a GUESS gold chain double wrap leopard print watch :)

Now it's time to lighten up, and add a little more flavour and spunk to things with the Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel!

Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel
Leandra Saffiano is feminine in its solid version.
Plays of pastels are combined with touches of pop patent colors.
Enamel contrasting personalization combined with a rhinestone Guess script charm add extra interest and pop against the solid body materials.

I chanced upon a bright pink coloured wall when I was out the other day (in a brighter shade of pink than my room's!)
and it was the perfect backdrop for the Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel!

Young, fun and sassy - these are the words that come to mind when I look at the Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel.
Being a girl isn't always about wearing flowy maxi dresses or having soft, gentle dispositions.
Sometimes, being a girl is all about having a great time, being loud, and just feeling comfortable in your own skin! :)

The Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel has the right amount of sass, bling, sweetness and attitude that a girl can ever ask for!
Plus the moment I opened the zipper of this bag, I think I just went to heaven and came back.
Pink and white polka dots! Are you serious? I LOVE IT!!!

Never thought that a denim jacket would go well with pink?
Well, think again! :)
I love how adding the Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel to my outfit allowed me to dress so casually in denims (usually it would look a bit boyish), but still brings out so much girlish vibe!
Best for hang outs with girlfriends, or doing my favourite past time - shopping - because I think that when you're dressed comfortably you can walk a lot more and shop better! :)

The colours... omg it's so stunning I want to cry hahah! :')
The Leandra Saffiano Large Box Satchel can easily make any older girls/ ladies (like myself) feel young again,
and that feeling is absolutely refreshing!!! :p
This is also an ideal choice of bag for younger girls who loves fashion and like to dress up, but don't want to look too mature for their age! :)

I also loaned a black wristlet from GUESS from the same range to show how else you can match it :)

And what's a sassy girl without her blings? :)
I completed my outfit with a blinged up adjustable ring from GUESS!

Every girl needs to feel Confident & Sexy once in awhile, and I think the Tisbury Tote brings out this style completely!

Tisbury Tote
The most beautiful shades of coral, blue and naturals entwine in a sophisticated play of panels to create elegant colorblocks.
The Tisbury collection is freshened up by touches of pops on small handle charms and handles.
A two tone personalization gives her the latest wow factor and satisfies her craving for high fashion.

Among all the bags I chose, this one looks the most exotic and has that sexy flavour to it!
Embossed animal skins or prints will always be in style and I can't get enough of animal / reptile prints :D

And because this bag is so eye-catching and flashy, it's certainly a bag you'd carry on special days when you feel extra confident, want that added star quality to your outfit and when you know you'd love the extra attention! :)
To name a few occasions when I feel like this:
My birthdays, when I do something really drastic and outrageously fabulous to my hair at the salon, when I feel like pampering myself the entire day and set all work aside etc!

Again, GUESS shows their dedicated attention to the most minute of details!
The gold heart-shaped handle charm with engraving on it is simply precious.
Another reason to love this bag more! :)

My favourite part of the Tisbury Tote is actually the contrasting colours and embossing of the panels, which gives that high fashion edge to the bag :)

This is my favourite picture of the Tisbury Tote! :D

Last but definitely not the least, embrace your inner bombshell with the Azadeh Small Box Satchel!

Azadeh Small Box Satchel
Large front and back patches of sting ray embellish soft new volumes.
Azadeh combines a different skins for an interesting colorblock result.
Python trim in contrasting colors on handles and smaller detail gives the last touch of wildness.
A suede fringe tassel as a charm gives a touch of hippie chic, along with a earthy stone circle charm.        

Although the Azadeh Small Box Satchel is the smallest out of the bags I've chosen (but definitely this isn't the smallest in the GUESS Spring 2013 collection),
it is in many ways as awesome as or maybe even more awesome than its counterparts! :)
A comfortably slouchy shape, splendid sting ray embellish, contrasting python trim, colourblocking, lots of charms, and a dazzling shiny logo of GUESS on it - this bag is everything a girl can ever ask for, and so much more!
The Azadeh Small Box Satchel is a bag that allows you to have everything at once without being an overkill,
and I'm personally all about being greedy and wanting every sort of style, texture and attitude all rolled up into one hahah! :D

I chose this as the bombshell bag because it's plain sexy, fun and super fashionable!
The colour combination of the Azadeh Small Box Satchel is girlish, but the use of pastel hues made the bag look super pleasing to the eyes.
I can totally imagine all the trendy and pretty girls sporting this bag, and I'm hoping that by carrying it too,
I'd fit into that category hahah! :p

And let's not forget how effortlessly gorgeous this bag looks in pictures too!

A marvelous prop for girls who like to take a lot of pictures, especially of their outfits! :D

There are some clothes that make you feel exceptionally pretty, and it's the same for bags too :)
The Azadeh Small Box Satchel is every girl's best friend because just by carrying this exquisite bag alone makes you feel super pretty already! :D
For me, if I owned this bag, I'd probably add a few more unabashedly obtrusive and huge charms to it
(think pink, fluffy and makes subtle jingly sounds when you move it around),
just to make it more personalised!
I think it'll be really fun to always be on the search for more pretty charms to add onto or swap around this bag!

Alright, now that you've seen all the 5 different bags that I've chosen, it's time to GUESS which is my top pick! :)

To take part in this contest, you will have to create a story board inclusive of:
A picture of the bag (taken from my blogpost)
♥ A picture of yourself
♥ Any other apparel(s) you think matches the bag
And post it onto your Instagram!
You must also include the hashtags #GUESSTote and #RachellTan for your entry to be valid :)

Some of my favourite phone applications for creating collages / story boards are PhotoWonder and Photo Collage.
Don't be afraid to use your creativity and add on cute frames to the pictures, sparkly effects and what not! :)
You are allowed to post MORE THAN ONCE (must be a different story board), and if you're really determined to win,
you can even guess all 5 bags as my favourite, as long as you make a nice story board for it hehe! :p
That will definitely increase your chances of winning!
Here's a very basic example of how you can do it!

Sample entry for Instagram contest:
#GUESSTote I think this is #RachellTan's favourite bag!
Contest ends on 24 March 2013, so do hurry!
This contest is awesome because the winners of this contest get to win a GUESS Handbag of their choice,
and a chance to appear in a leading local fashion magazine with me!
So if you like me and want to be on a magazine with me, please join this contest so we can go for the photoshoot together! :D
It's going to be soooo fun and exciting, I can't wait!

This is optional, but I think it'll score you lots of extra brownie points if you could head down to GUESS and GUESS Accessories store to view the new Spring 2013 collection and maybe pose with the actual bag for your story board! :D

You can find GUESS and GUESS Accessories store at:
GUESS Marina Bay Sands
GUESS Takashimaya S.C
GUESS Accessories Store Raffles City
GUESS Accessories Store Vivo City
GUESS Accessories Store Bugis 

Good luck for the contest, and I look forward to meeting the winner! :D

Hope you all have enjoyed this blogpost, and if you like what you see,
the GUESS Spring collection is now available at all GUESS and GUESS Accessories store along with a coordinating assortment of accessories including footwear, watches, belts and small leather goods! :)
GUESS is extending a 10% discount on the Spring 13 Collection handbags to my blog readers, yay!
All you have to do is to quote #GUESStote upon checking out :)
Promotion period is from 8th - 24th March!

Thank you for reading, love you all!

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