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Bottega Veneta loop bag mini review

bottega veneta loop bag mini review

Bottega Veneta Loop mini bag wearing: gemstone bracelets (under $50, local designer) / Bottega Veneta Loop bag mini / spring nail polish / blazer vest / white layering tee / dark wash jeans /

How cute is this everyday bag! I love a small, cross body bag I can wear everywhere from the gym, to the market, to a luncheon, and out to dinner. This bag is that go-to handbag! Love!

The Bottega Veneta loop bag is a fabulous handbag to wear on a daily basis. It can be worn cross body or over the shoulder, and it comes in a variety of colors. I chose Parakeet, also known on the street as “Bottega Green.” This is the hue considered Bottega Veneta’s signature color. I love a signature color! I mean, who doesn’t love Tiffany Blue or Louboutin Red? I’m here for Bottega Green!

There are several size choices for the Bottega Veneta Loop bag as well as colors. I chose the smallest size, which is the mini. I wanted a bag which was minimal and just large enough to carry my essentials. The mini loop holds my wallet, iPhone, lipstick, keys, and I have just enough room for some Kleenex, if need be; after all, it is allergy season right now!

What fits inside Bottega Veneta mini loop handbag

What I love about the Bottega Veneta Loop bag in mini is that it is a no fuss, carefree bag. I just throw it on and go! The leather is soft to the touch, yet strong for everyday wear. This bright green hue makes the bag fun, and adds a little spice to everyday wear. I love a bag which brightens up my day!

While the mini size is perfect for everyday use, I can see how someone might prefer the small, medium or large size. I highly recommend choosing the size which is right for you. This is a classic, everyday bag which you will have forever. My mom has a very similar version which she purchased in the 1980s and it is still a workhorse. Her bag is navy blue, and it still looks new! She gets a ton of compliments every time she wears it. This is when you know a designer handbag is a good investment. It can withstand the test of time and still look modern years, if not decades, later.

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I really love my Bottega Loop mini bag, so I would love to invest in another one in the future. Perhaps next time I will pick one up in a neutral color, and a different size, just to mix things up. For now, I love having a piece in Parakeet, aka “Bottega Green,” and the size is perfect for my everyday life.

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Cathy

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Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag review

balenciaga hourglass top handle bag review
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Pictured: Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag in small /

Balenciaga is having a moment, and it’s more of a grown-up moment than back in the day when the moto bag was all the rage. This time around, Balenciaga is sophisticated, tailored, and offering us a handbag with classic and avant-garde fused together into a design that is both fabulous and practical. Say what???? Yes, yes, I put fabulous and practical in one sentence about that same bag. Let’s dive in…

This structured little handbag was debuted by Balenciaga a few seasons ago, and handbag fans such as celebrities, Bravolebrities, street style stars, and style setters around the globe took notice. Slowly, we have started to see this little bag pop up on television, street style photos, and around town on the streets. This is the emerging IT bag of the moment, and I am here for it!

Balenciaga is giving us a few versions of the Hourglass bag to choose from. This top handle satchel version comes in micro-mini (nano), small, and medium. I purchased the small which is just the right size for me to rock the small bag trend without sacrificing internal capacity. There is also a wallet-on-a-chain version which is also popular, and available in both classic and trendy hues. I had a hard time choosing between the two styles, but ultimately went with the top handle because I felt like the wallet-on-a-chain was too similar to other bags I currently have on rotation.

I love the Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag because it can be worn in a few different ways; offering versatility. The strap is detachable, so it can be worn as a satchel on the forearm or handheld. With the strap, it can be worn as a cross-body bag or shoulder bag. I notice most people wear it as a shoulder bag.

The Balanciaga Hourglass top handle bag in small offers a magnetic closure, opera ticket pocket on the backside (this pocket does not fit a phone-it’s good for receipts and tickets), there is a zipper pocket inside the bag, and I can fit my wallet, iPhone, lipstick, and keys inside. Sunglasses or glasses do not fit inside with these items present. Remember, I purchased the small. If you want to fit more inside, consider the medium size version of the Hourglass bag. The dimensions for the small size are 8.75″ x 6.25″ x 4″.

The stamped croc gives the bag a luxurious and dressy look which I love. It’s a nice contrast to the smooth leather, soft leather, and polished leather we are seeing from other designers. Of course, stamped exotic is a huge trend in 2022, so this fits right in, and yes, other designers are stamping their leather with exotics too. That being said, stamped exotic is timeless anyway, so trend or no trend, it’s always in fashion. Love that!

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I’m excited about this no-fuss, structured bag from Balenciaga. It is a nice contrast to the hobo trend which is hot right now. When you are not in the mood for a hobo, this is your bag!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for my 2022 IT bag trend report coming up next week!

XOXO
Cathy

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Mansur Gavriel Mini Swing shoulder bag review

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Pictured: Mansur Gavriel Mini Swing shoulder bag in flamma / black long sleeve top (on sale!) / G buckle belt (pictured at bottom of post) / dark wash jeans (pictured at bottom of post) /

How cute is this new hobo bag from Mansur Gavriel?! I am in love! This cute, soft little bag is the Mini Swing shoulder bag, and it is just the right size.

The Mansur Gavriel Mini Swing shoulder bag is a soft, small hobo bag which features a pebble leather finish, and suede interior. The bag has “mini” in the name, but it really is the size a of typical “small” handbag.

What fits inside Mansur Gavriel mini Swing bag

The Mansur Gavriel Mini Swing shoulder bag fits my wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, iPhone, and keys. I can also place a mask on top, and then zip the bag up. It’s perfect if you only need to carry around your essentials. If you need more room, I recommend looking at the larger sized hobo bag from Mansur Gavriel, which is the Mansur Gavriel Swing shoulder bag. I am thinking of picking up the larger size in ivory. The leather is so soft, the light ivory color looks beautiful.

This is a casual, eveyday bag. The Mini Swing bag looks great with jeans, urban sweats, workout outfits, and spring sundresses, skirts, and shorts. This is the perfect casual, everyday bag for the upcoming year.

Please note, the interior of the Mansur Gavriel Mini Swing shoulder bag does not feature any pockets. It is one compartment. Since the bag is small, you don’t really need to worry about losing anything. I don’t miss having a pocket, unless I am stuffing multiple receipts into the bag. Then, I fold the receipts and try to put them at the bottom of the bag so they don’t get in the way when I reach for my keys or sunglasses.

Looking ahead to 2022, hobo bags are everything. While they won’t be the only IT bag style, the hobo will be one of the top three must-have handbag styles. Both structured and soft hobos will be hotter than hot, and this bag will be on fire! Love!

If you are looking for an IT bag to be your everyday bag now, and into the new year, this is the perfect bag! Which color are you eyeing?

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XOXO

Cathy

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