Snob Essentials / Inge Christopher Zena Dark Wood Clutch: You Wood

I love a bag with some mystery to it. This Inge Christopher clutch feels like something you picked up while on an exotic vacation, but – surprise! – you can buy it without picking up a plane ticket, and for under $200, no less.

Rich-looking, smooth yet textural, and as discreet as can be, the wood panels are striking and unique. Not to mention fully versatile. Best of all, nobody will ever think this is a Frugal option. This is a prime example of simple being satisfying and less being more (or at least appearing like it costs a whole lot more). It’s so gratifying when I come across a bag I instantly love, and the great price is merely the icing on the cake. I mean, you know how it is: I rejoiced when I saw the price. And so should you! On Shopbop for $180.

Wear with: A little white lace dress, like Topshop’s sweet mini, offsets dark wood for the perfect midsummer juxtaposition. (And the bag still comes in at a sweeter price). At Nordstrom for $190.

UPTOWN / Holiday Gift Guide

Palermo Clutch. Women will buy themselves a tote bag, an everyday bag, even a green bag for groceries, but feel bad about getting something a little less practical. But that’s what friends bearing gifts are for! These clutches will bring some excitement to those online dates big sis has lined up, and make the bad ones seem so much sweeter. $115

Accessories Magazine / Item of the Day

“Starlight, starbright, let’s see who we can help tonight…” Fashion is a beautiful thing, but it’s even more lovely when the designs are aimed to help the less fortunate. In the case of this Inge Christopher PBB Foldover Clutch, the charitable recipients are four-fold. The company donates 25% of the proceeds from each sale to Puppies Behind Bars, a wonderful non-profit organization that trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement purposes.  It’s a win-win-win-win situation for all involved. The midnight blue silk charmeuse clutch is accented with sparkling Swarovski Elements Crystal Rocks in the shape of stars. A framed compartment and other pockets for your needs make this a useful option. A chain handle can also be attached for versatility. Let this bag shine the way for so many in need.