In a perfect world, I would carry Mary Poppins’ carpetbag. On the outside it would look like a chic small clutch, but, on the inside, it would magically have enough room for my computer, makeup, shakes, a wallet, and heels. In reality, I don’t like carrying oversized bags that fit all of that. I would much rather spend the day holding onto a fabulous clutch. I don’t own a lot of totes, but I do have a plethora of clutches. Recently, I stumbled upon a boutique in NOLITA with the most beautiful clutches. I didn’t trust myself to enter. That store is Clare V. and her clutches are in a word, stunning. I’m not quite sure what it is about them that sets them so far apart from every other brand. I believe that it is their easy-going size, soft leather finish, creative prints, and fun colors, and I am obsessed with them. My absolute favorite Clare V. style is the tan fold over clutch with red, white, and blue stripes. It’s my new favorite day bag because it goes with so many of my outfits. Other designs that I am obsessed with are any of their dotted bags. I can’t call them polka dots, because they are not, they are more like circles you make with a paintbrush and they aren’t perfectly round. Even though the bags don’t come cheap, they can be styled for a casual weekend look or an evening out. The options are endless and I dare you not to fall in love with just one! Upon further investigation, I found that Clare V. bags are sold on several online retail sites including their own. In the shopping world of big name stores, it is wonderful to shop in a true boutique again. To shop this collection visit www.clarev.com.