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Staud Moreau handbag review

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pictured: Staud Moreau bag in red /

How cute is this Staud Moreau netted bucket bag! This bag started to pop up last summer when netted bags, straw bags, and wooden bags gained popularity. It wasn’t until this spring that the Staud Moreau handbag launched into cult IT bag status. The most amazing part? It is priced under $500! Love that!

I started to eye this bag last year, but was not sure which color to purchase one in. I liked the tan, but have found in the past that caramel and tan bags end up sitting in my closet. I tend to wear black, white, or colorful bags the most. So when I spotted the Staud Moreau netted bucket bag in red for spring 2018, I decided it was time to pull the trigger and buy one! I am so happy I did!

This fun little bucket bag resembles a flower pot, and for the longest time I didn’t know the official name of the bag. I have been calling it the flower pot bag! It looks like a flower pot inside of a macrame net which could be hung on a patio for decor. I think the flower pot aesthetic is what makes this bag so much fun! I have always wanted a kitschy handbag, but most of them are so specific and funky, I never wanted to spend money on them for fear I would get bored of said kitschy bag, and it would end up collecting dust on a shelf.

The Staud Moreau bucket bag offers a kitschy look without being too far out there; so I am certain I will actually wear it without letting the bag collect any dust! Since this bag is a bucket bag shape, it is super practical!

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The interior of the Staud Moreau netted bucket bag is roomy and open. The round shape, and shallow depth, enables you see what’s inside, making it easy to find everything inside bag. This is what makes the Staud Moreau netted bucket bag practical and easy to wear on a daily basis.

The two handles are comfortable too! It is easy to carry either by hand, or hung on your forearm. The leather, although structured, is smooth and soft; allowing for comfortable handles. The only concern I have about the exterior is the macrame netting. I want to make sure I don’t let it catch on anything. So far, so good! That being said, the netting is quite sturdy, so if it does catch on something, it should survive OK.

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It is easy to fit my daily purse essentials inside the Staud Moreau netted bucket bag. My wallet, iPhone, lipstick, sunglasses, and keys fit easily inside with plenty of room left for the things my kids ask me to carry for them. I love the fact that this bag is roomy. In the warmer months I am always throwing extra items in my bag such as sunblock, small water bottles, and snacks.

All in all, I love this bag! It is super easy to wear as a daily handbag, and the quality is strong and sturdy. I also love the fun silhouette, and calling it my “flower pot bag.”

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Danse Lente Johnny handbag review

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pictured: Danse Lente Johnny in black / pictured below with bag: lipstick / phone case /

The Danse Lente Johnny handbag is so cute! I started to see this bag on the street back in September when I went to fashion week. Many of them are two-tone, and the two-tone bags are the ones I saw the most often on the street. I loved the silhouette and design of the bag when I saw others wearing it, but wasn’t sure sure which color to get it in!

For the spring 2018 season, Danse Lente started showing this mini Johnny in black. I love classic black bags, and since I couldn’t decide on a two-tone version, I decided to go with a solid black one. I’m so happy I did! As you know, black bags are easy to wear; and they transcend season. This Danse Lente Johnny handbag has turned out to be easy to wear daily, without worrying about color. Love that!

I wanted an easy to wear, everyday bag, with an unique look. The Danse Lente Johnny fit the bill! Since it looked bucket style, I assumed the bag would be one open bucket; that is not the case. Take a look at the photo below-

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The interior of the Danse Lente Johnny handbags offers a zipper pocket which has ample room for lipstick and keys. It is a little bit difficult to get to, which is the main drawback of the bag’s interior. I only slip my lipstick inside of it, I throw my keys into the main compartment because it’s easier to reach them in the main compartment then in the zipper pocket.

On the sides of the bag, there are two flaps which don’t actually flap up. They stay horizontal and keep everything in your bag if it spills upside-down. They also offer good security if you take public transportation, or are in a large crowd where pickpockets are a concern. This is something I love about the bag.

There are two snaps in the entry to the bag. The main one, and then a second snap which connects the two side flaps. I don’t use the second snap; I find it unnecessary. I only use the top one, which is magnetic.

The interior of the Danse Lente Johnny mini bag is actually quite roomy. I can fit my wallet, sunglasses, keys, lipstick, and phone inside without a problem. There is still some room for other small items I might want to throw in my bag.

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The Danse Lente Johnny bag is made from structured leather. Although the flaps are stiff at first, I noticed after wearing the bag three times, they started to soften, making it easier to get in and out of the bag. I have grown to love the side flaps since they make the bag really secure; I don’t have to worry about pickpockets when I am in the city.

On the exterior of the bag, the fun hardware offers an alternative way to wear the bag. The wide piece of leather attached to the hardware actually folds up, allowing for the bag to be carried like a top handle tote. I tried to carry it this way ont he first day I wore the bag, but found the shoulder strap is much easier and more comfortable to wear. I like being hands-free with the shoulder strap. It is also long enough to wear cross body if need be. At the top of this post, you can see the two ways the strap can be configured.

All in all, I love this bag! It is a good size for days when I don’t need to carry extra items such as water bottles or cold-weather gloves. The flaps on the sides of the opening provide nice security, and the style is really unique and fun. Love that!

The best part about this bag is the price! Not only is it currently an IT bag, it is priced well under $500! LOVE!!! How often can you find an IT bag under $500! Not too often.

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Brahmin Lane Melbourne handbag

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pictured: handbag c/o Brahmin. Brahmin Lane Melbourne circle bag /

This is THE BAG! I first spotted the Brahmin Lane Melbourne handbag on Kat from KatWalkSF.com at New York Fashion Week. I told her how much I loved her bag, and she told me it was Brahmin! After seeing her wear it, I suddenly realized, this was the same bag I was seeing on guests of fashion week at all the shows. This was arguably the most popular bag on the streets of New York Fashion Week!

At the end of fashion week, I scoured my street style photos and notes. it was clear to me that this bag was on of the top ten most spotted at fashion week. Top that off with the fact that it is a circle bag, another hot spring trend, and we have the makings of an IT bag! Love that

The Brahmin Lane Melbourne bag is simply stunning. It is a structured handbag with stamped croc leather. The stamped croc is on both the front and back of the bag. The back features a handy opera ticket pocket which is a great place to put letters I need to mail. haha, It can be used for many things, that is just what I use it for.

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This beautiful circle bag has a detachable shoulder strap which can be adjusted to be worn over the shoulder, or cross body. It’s fairly lightweight, so the Lane Melbourne by Brahmin is comfortable to wear on the shoulder; but it is always nice to have the cross body option.

In addition to the detachable strap, there is a lady bag inspired top handle. I love carrying it by the top handle, it offers a vintage vibe when worn by the top handle.

Since the Brahmin lane Melbourne is on the smaller handbag side, I was afraid it wouldn’t hold very much; I was wrong! It is actually quite roomy inside!

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The interior features a credit card slot pocket, zipper pocket, and key latch. It’s very organized for a small bag, yet the main compartment fits quite a bit! I can fit my wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, keys, and iPhone with plenty of space left for Kleenex, a phone charger, or any other small incidental I might need to throw in my bag. As a mother of three, my kids are always giving me things to hold, so extra space in my bag is must-have!

This is my first Brahmin handbag, and I am quite impressed! The leather is sturdy and the craftsman is top notch. The stitches are even and tight; this is a very well made bag! Love! Now I know why my friend Kat wears it all the time, and why my Mom has another Brahmin handbag style she loves, and wears often too! I’m a new Brahmin fan!

The Brahmin Lane Melbourne handbag comes in five beautiful colors. The coconut (white) and pecan (brown) were the two most common colors I spotted on the streets of New York Fashion Week. While these colors are beautiful, you also have a choice of black, ribbon (raspberry red), and my favorite-Astral!

Brahmin also has a smooth leather version, and a blue python version; which is stunning! Drool!!

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*Thank you to Brahmin for gifting me this handbag so I could share one of the hottest bags on the streets of fashion week with you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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