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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.

staud alice bag review

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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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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Cathy

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Mansur Gavriel Train Case cross body handbag review

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pictured: Mansur Gavriel Train Case in saddle  /

One of the most popular handbag styles right now is the train case. We are seeing designers create round, oval, square, and rectangular versions of the classic train case in 2019. While designers are loving the train case handbag style, consumers are gravitating towards it more and more every season. Remember when circle bags emerged as an IT handbag style back in 2016? Well, the train case takes the travel bag concept a step further with variations in design and size.

Mansur Gavriel has been one of my favorite handbag designers for several years. They make their handbags in Italy by skilled artisans who have been crafting leather goods for generations. While their bags are top quality, their prices are remarkably affordable considering the excellent quality with which they are made. The Mansur Gavriel Train Case is no exception. This is a sturdy, well-made bag which can easily be a work-horse; without looking like one! Love that!

I purchased my Mansur Gavriel Train Case earlier this year, and brought it to fashion week to wear for the first time. I loved being able to carry it like a traditional train case, by the handle, while also having the option of using the shoulder strap when I needed to be hands free. The shoulder strap is detachable, and can easily be coiled and stored inside the handbag. The top handle, is equally practical. It can flatten, which helps it pack easily inside of a suitcase without wasting space. It was really easy to travel with!

Mansur Gavriel Train Care interior capacity

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When I was at fashion week, I carried around my wallet, lipstick, point-and-shoot camera, iPhone, and sunglasses. At home, I carry around those items too, as well as a set of keys. Everything fits nicely inside the bag, with plenty of room to spare. There are also five, slim pockets inside of the Mansur Gavriel Train Case. These pockets are helpful for organizing small items, but will not fit a phone. They are also too wide to be used for cash or credit cards. The pockets are great for stuffing items such as extra Kleenex, securing lipstick, and keeping small objects such as coins from slipping around inside the bag. Large items will all need to go into the middle of the bag. Since the train case is wide and not too tall, nothing can get lost inside; it is easy to see what you have inside the bag and grab it without making a big production.

Mansur Gavriel always uses soft leather. For the train case, Mansur Gavriel uses soft calf skin which is treated to be a stiff and structured silhouette. While the train case appears stiff, the leather is still soft, and can scratch easily. You can see the indentations inside my bag from repeated use. The dents are inside the bag and do not show on the outside, but they are reminder that this isn’t the bag you take to your daughter’s soccer game and throw on the grass. This is a bag you keep care of.

All in all, the Mansur Gavriel Train Case is a fun handbag to add to one’s handbag collection. While the train case silhouette is a hot trend in handbags right now, the style is inherently classic. This makes the train case by Mansur Gavriel a beautiful investment bag to be kept and enjoyed for many years to come. It will always have a vintage appeal, as well as an understated look.

This bag can be carried for casual occasions, as well as dressed up and worn to a tea, shower, or ladies lunch. It is very versatile, and packs easily in a suitcase! Love!

The Mansur Gavriel Train Case is selling out quickly for the spring season, if you love it, snap one up now! You can find it in stock online here.

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Cathy

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