A whimsical beaded handbag from Mary Frances Accessories is the perfect finishing touch for a red-carpet look!

Mary Frances handbags

I am distracted by sparkly things… Versailles-worthy cut crystal, gem-encrusted trinket boxes, and especially beaded handbags. I’m not sure where this obsession originated, but suffice it to say, I am a magpie!

Recently, I discovered Mary Frances Accessories and have simply fallen in love with Mary Frances Shaffer’s over-the-top beaded evening bags. Although I’ve long been a worshipper of Judith Leiber bags, at $4,000 and up, they are simply not in the budget. Mary Frances handbags, however, are much more modestly priced – between $132 – $300.

Apparently, I am late in the game, and not the first to discover this fabulous designer. Mary Frances has been named Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Dallas Fashion Awards and was one of five designers acknowledged as a ‘Star of the Show’ during Paris Fashion Week, not once, but twice! And, Mary Frances designs can even be seen on the arms of fashionable celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Teri Hatcher, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston.

In addition to gorgeous evening bags, Mary Frances Accessories also had a full line of stunning cosmetic mirrors, business card holders, and even beautiful scarves.

If you’ve got a special evening planned, visit Mary Frances Accessories for the perfect finishing touch!

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and The Best Christmas Ever! 

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