Handbags


5 bags from last year you can wear this year

Staud Moreau Bag

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How cute is this little flower pot in a basket bag! It jumped onto the scene last year as a hot IT bag, and it has reappeared this year as a must-have bag for resort, spring, and summer. While the red color is no longer available, neutral hues such as brown and white are available. This year, you can also find a mini version, and a new oblong tote version. The Staud Moreau can be found in the perfect size to fit your lifestyle this year, why not jump on the bandwagon? This is a comfortable bag to carry, and it has a really roomy interior. I love the natural fibers against the structured leather; it’s a nice juxtaposition, don’t you agree? You can snap snap one up here.

Staud Shirley Bag; any size

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The clear tote with corresponding pouch inside has become a huge trend, and the Staud Shirley started it all over a year ago. This clear tote doubles as a stadium bag during football season with the removal of the interior pouch. I also find this bag handy on rainy days since it is made from PVC. The Staud Shirley is all over the streets, and so many brands have copied it’s look. You can find it everywhere! If you want to have the IT bag that started the trend, it is surprisingly affordable. You can find all sizes priced under $500. The little one I own is priced under $300, love that! You can find the Staud Shirley online here.

Cult Gaia Ark Bag

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The Cult Gaia Ark bag is the bag that keeps coming back! Despite introducing new wooden bag styles last summer and this summer, the Ark bag is the purse everyone keeps buying. You can update yours with a scarf inside, or tired to the handle. This is your resort bag, your hot weather, and your fun bag. What’s even more fun about it? The natural color, pictured here, is priced under $200! Love that! You can snap one up here if you haven’t already.

Two new classics to add to the investment bag list

OK guys, sometimes an IT bag moves from trendy status, to classic status. We have watched everything from Mansur Gavriel move into this category, and now there are two new movers and shakers who are on the classic list. So make room next to your Chanel 2.55’s, your Hermes collection, and your Judith Leiber clutches, there are two new must-have investment bags in town; and you might already own them!

Gucci Marmont Lady Bag or Shoulder Bag

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Did you jump on the Gucci Marmont movement during the logo trend? If so, you made a good decision. The Gucci Marmont collection has moved into classic territory. It is no longer a fleeting trend. The Marmont collection can now enjoy a space on the shelf with your Chanel 2.55 and your Chanel Re-Issue. The lady bags and shoulder bags are classic, iconic, and slightly more affordable than Chanel’s collection. Why not invest in one if you haven’t already! Pull out last year’s Marmont! It is now your investment bag.

Givenchy Antigona Bag

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I am pretty sure I have already told you about the Givenchy Antigona turning into a classic bag. If not, I want to tell you again. The Givenchy Antigona is now a classic! It’s an understated investment bag that speaks to those of us who want a quality workhorse in our handbag arsenal. This fabulous bag is strong, roomy, practical, and chic. No-one can put theirs away. Everyone who owns one continues to wear it over, and over again. This is a fabulous work bag, workhorse bag, and more. I own it in two colors and I have been wearing it non-stop for four years. This bag is my everything, and it is for so many other bag fans too. The Givenchy Antigona was once an IT bag, now it is a classic IT bag which holds strong re-sale value and street cred. I spotted it all over the streets at New York Fashion Week in February, and it continues to grace the sidewalks everywhere I go. If you don’t already own one, snap one up! While seasonal colors are fun, classic black or brown will carry you through the years. This is hands-down my favorite bag. You can find yours online here.

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There you have it! Five bags you might already own, which are still hot this year. If you already own one of these bags, you are set for the year! If not, I recommend snapping up the one that speaks to you. Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Staud Alice Bag review

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pictured: Staud Alice Bag in blue with stamped croc / black dress / espadrilles /

One of my favorite bag styles for the spring 2019 season is the unique shaped tote. They comes in all forms, including train cases, circles, squares, flower pots, and more. While the Staud Alice is not specific to the spring 2019 season, it is part of their ongoing collection, this is the season when it caught my eye.

The Staud Alice bag is an unique shaped, mini tote bag which features a medium length strap, and large interior mirror. This cute little bag is perfect for pairing with spring and summer dresses, feminine ensembles, and this season’s influx of ruffles. It has an edgy yet feminine vibe; which is a vibe I love.

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Blue is my favorite color, so while I spotted this bag in ivory, black, brown, green, and red on store shelves of several retailers, the one that stole my heart was this blue version; which I could only find online online here.

My apologies for my blue-tone photos taken on top of a white tablecloth. I think my DSLR might be near the end of it’s life, and not even photoshop could save the blue-tone of these pictures. If you look at the top and bottom photos taken with a a black dress, you will see the true blue color of this bag. Those photos were taken with my point-and-shoot, which is a a Canon GX7. Love it by the way. . .but I digress. . .

My Staud Alice Bag is petite, and does not offer a lot of wiggle room inside. That being said, it has just enough room to carry daily purse essentials such as a small wallet, keys, iPhone, lipstick, and sunglasses.

What fits inside the Staud Alice Bag

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pictured: Staud Alice Bag in blue stamped croclipstick /

The interior of the Staud Alice Bag has a triangular type shape. The bottom is narrow, and it widens as you get to the opening at the top of the bag. In order to fit my daily purse essentials, I stacked my my lipstick and keys at the bottom, followed by my mini wallet, phone, and sunglasses. I always put the sunglasses on top so they don’t get squished. This stacking method allows the bag to close and secure.

The closure of the Staud Alice Bag is a magnetic snap which is easy to open and close. It is fastened on a tab which is easy to grab and open. As long as what you are reaching for is on top of your stack, this is an easy bag to wear daily since it offers a simple way to get in and out of the bag.

You can wear the the Staud Alice Bag on the crook of your arm, or you can wear it hand-held. If you need to put it over your shoulder for a moment while running for a Taxi or chasing your toddler, it can be done. It is not comfortable to wear on the shoulder, that is only a temporary way of carrying it. I recommend wearing it hand-held, or on the crook of your arm.

The best thing about the Staud Alice Bag is that it is priced under $400, and has a IT factor to it. Love that! There are very few IT bags on the market with an affordable price tag. If you are looking for a seasonless color, snap up the black, brown or ivory. If you want to have a little fun, this bag currently comes in blue, green, and red.

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Which color is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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Off-White camera bag review

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pictured: Off-White camera bag converts from cross body bag to belt bag / full outfit post here /

As much as I love fun and trendy handbags, I tend to stick with conventional colors and designs. Not this season! I looked at my current handbag rotation for spring, and decided I needed something a little bit different, and fun, for the upcoming warm weather season. Bring in the convertible camera bag by Off-White!

Off-White is an edgy, mens’ and women’s brand which is new on the fashion map. They have an urban vibe, which is part luxury, part street style. If you like urban street style with a dose of luxury, Off-White will be your new go-to brand! The company offers a range of handbag styles which are functional yet fashion-forward. I love how the brand pushes the envelope. So, when I see something I like, I want a little piece of it.

As we move into spring, and eventually summer, I start to think about my warm weather lifestyle. During the warmer months, we take more vacations, and do more family activities which require un-fussy accessories. A handbag which offers a hands-free option, is the perfect way for me to enjoy vacations, sight-seeing, and family activities. When I noticed Off-White had this convertible camera bag for the spring season, I decided it was my way of enjoying the Off-White brand, and getting something fun yet practical at the same time. This was a good purchase!

My Off-White camera bag has turned into my go-to bag. I find myself wearing it roughly five days per week. I love the comfortable, seat-belt material cross body strap. This Off-White camera bag also features a second leather strap, which easily attaches to the back of the bag to turn it into a belt bag. While I am anti-belt bag, I have to admit this is a nice feature to have; just in case I need to wear the bag that way!

The camera bag by Off-White features two interior slit pockets, a secure zipper closure, an outside pocket which is nice for tickets and papers, and two detachable straps; one cross body strap, and one belt bag strap. The handbag is small, yet fits everything I need on a daily basis such as a wallet, lipstick, keys, sunglasses, iPhone, and a small point-and-shoot camera.

Off-White Camera Bag interior

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pictured: Off-White camera bag with black/white diagonal lines / lipstick / lip balm / sunglasses / iPhone case / wallet /

The exterior of the bag features a detachable paper clip, which if removed, gives the bag a more formal look. You can really make this bag your own by moving or removing the paper clip, and wearing the strap of your choice. I love all of the options this bag features!

Another thing I love about my Off-White camera bag is the quality. This bag is made with sturdy materials, and the stitching is top notch. This is definitely a hearty bag that can be used for travel and everyday wear. I’m starting to think I need to pick up a couple more in additional colors! I chose the black/white stripe version, but it does come in seasonal colors too. Love!

This is a fabulous bag to add to your collection. It’s priced just under $1000, and offers what we all need in an everyday, small bag. Since it is a convertible bag, it’s like two bags in one! So, if you were thinking of buying a belt bag, and a cross body bag, you can save some money and look at this convertible, two bags in one option! Love it!

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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