The return of the mini satchel

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They’re baaaa-aaack! Did you miss them? Or were you like me; a little bit relieved that bags got bigger so you could carry more stuff? Yeah, mini bags got old fast. So why in the world are they back? Perhaps they never actually went away. . .

While mini bags had their hey-day a few years back, many handbag fans could never jump on the trend. The mini bag requires a special kind of handbag connoisseur. One who only carries lipstick, a small set of keys, and a smaller smart phone. If you attempt to carry a wallet, sunglasses, or any other common purse essential in your handbag, the mini satchel would not allow it. It was quite unforgiving!

When bags crept up in size, taking us back to small and medium sizes, the mini satchel appeared to disappear into oblivion; until now. For some reason, there have always been hold-outs. Despite the size of handbags getting back to a more practical size, many handbag fans have stood their ground and continued to defy logic by carrying around teeny, tiny, little bags that often-times look like they would refuse a small set keys!

Designers and brands aren’t dumb, they can see a potential market. They figured out there were enough mini bag holdouts walking the streets to sustain a comeback. Boy, are they all making a comeback! Don’t get me wrong, I love a comeback story, but mini bags? Worse, mini-satchels? The structure of the satchel makes the bag harder to get into than a mini cross body bag with a nice zipper, or a mini hobo bag and the like. Satchels are often narrow at the top, right where your hand needs to reach for something. It’s a great way to chip nail polish, scratch your hand on a zipper, or become frustrated from the annoying mini opening of your mini bag. So much mini! Ugh!

Don’t get me wrong, mini bags have their place, perhaps even, the mini satchel. But, and this is a big but, there isn’t anything practical about a mini satchel. They seem ornamental to me. The only time I find a mini satchel practical is if I am dressed up for a special occasion and don’t need to carry sunglasses, car keys, or a wallet. When that is the case, the mini satchel needs to be dressy, if not formal. For those types of occasions, I tend to reach for a formal bag. Is it just me? Am I the only one who feels like one’s hand should fit inside one’s bag? Am I the only one that wants to fit my wallet in my purse?

It should be interesting to see if the mini satchel makes as big of a comeback on the streets, as it has on store shelves at this very moment.

What are your thoughts on the mini satchel trend? Is this a trend you enjoy wearing? Or are you like me, and you demand a bit more space inside your bags?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment review

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pictured: Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment c/o Perricone MD

If you have been following along, you may have noticed I am a huge fan of Perricone MD skin care products. They offer intense skin therapy which helps alleviate a variety of problems with skin. When I received this bottle of Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment from Perricone MD last week, I was thrilled! I have been on the hunt for something to combat the aging skin on my arms, and now I have the weapon!

I spent my childhood on a competitive swim team, which means I was in the pool training for over twenty-five hours per week. Needless to say, my skin had a ton of sun exposure. Now that I am an adult, I am dealing with the repercussions of being in a swimming pool, with the sun reflecting off the water, for hours on end. Any product which promises to tighten the skin on my arms, leaving it smooth, is a product I want in my skin care routine!

The key ingredients in the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment formula are Growth Factor Peptide, which visibly firms skin, Micro-Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which combats crepiness, and Retinol, which accelerates skin renewal. This combination makes an amazing formula which helps tighten skin, making it look fabulous! Love!

My arms are where I need it most, so I have been using my Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment on my arms before I apply sunscreen. This ensures it absorbs into my skin. I already notice a difference in one week! Love that!

I am excited to continue using Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment under my SPF protection in order to combat aging on my arms, and in order to protect my skin as much as possible. If you are looking for a product to combat aging skin on your body, this is it! You can find Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment online here.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*Thank you to Perricone MD for gifting me a bottle of Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Fragile Skin Therapy body treatment, all thoughts and opinions are my own


Summer 2019 fitness routine and goals

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My Mom and I going for a hike during spring 2019, see full post here /

The kids are out of school, which means my schedule shifts to summer! I love summer vacation, because it means I have the freedom in my schedule to really stick to my workout routine. This means I have no excuses, I will workout five days per week!

Summer vacation means more than a free schedule, it offers beautiful weather; which allows for more outdoor workouts. I love staying fit outside! Outdoor workouts are also a great way to involve my kids in my fitness routine, since they see outdoor fitness as more of a family fun outing than a workout. haha, I have them fooled!

Without further ado, here is my summer 2019 fitness routine:

Monday: Treadmill with weights. (cardio + strength)

Tuesday: 9Round (Interval + strength)

Wednesday: Spin (cardio + interval, my daughters go too!)

Thursday: Swimming (cardio, this involves the kids too!)

Friday: Spin (cardio + interval, my daughters love this class)

Saturday: Family hike (we try to go to a different trail every week)

Sunday: rest day

It’s an easier schedule than I have created in the past. I’m keeping things low impact this summer as my neck heals from the car accident I was in last spring. This is a great schedule for keeping me fit, and rebuilding my spine strength.

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What types of workouts do you enjoy during the summer months? Do you like to workout alone, or do you involve your family?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy