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Chloe Aby convertible shoulder bag review

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Have you been longing for a new IT bag from Chloe? I know I have! It has been a few years since I have seen a new handbag style from Chloe that caught my attention. Perhaps it has to do with what I need in my wardrobe, or maybe it is design driven; whatever the case, Chloe has caught my attention with their new Aby handbag for the upcoming fall 2019 season.

Introduced for fall 2019, the Chloe Aby handbag is both a throwback to Chloe’s first IT bag, and a nod to the future of the design house. Featuring a Chloe Paddington lock, a well-loved feature of the IT bag which launched Chloe onto the IT bag stage, the Chloe Aby offers a bit of nostalgia without repeating something that was hot in the past. Love that!

Around 2005, the Chloe Paddington launched onto the IT bag scene. It was an ordinary, soft and casual satchel with an extraordinary detail; a heavy Chloe lock. The lock is what caught everyone’s attention, and soon, the Paddington was the hottest handbag in town. To illustrate how popular this bag was, there were fake Paddington’s roaming the streets; just like the ever popular swap-meet Louis’s we have spotted for decades. This bag was on fire!

Then poof! The IT bag market heated up and the Paddington became yesterday’s news. When that happened, there was something dated about the lock, and people shelved or sold their Paddington’s in favor of newer styles. Chloe reintroduced the bag about 5-6 years ago, in the hopes of re-igniting what once was, but like the Fendi Baguette and the Dior Saddle bag, they were over before they attempted to re-start. <sigh>

But for fall 2019, and I hate starting a paragraph and sentence with the word “but,” but seriously, it has to be done! For fall 2019, Chloe has defied the odds and designed us a fabulous, casual satchel bearing the Paddington lock. The Chloe Aby satchel comes in two sizes; small and medium. I fell in love with the bag as soon as I watched the fall runway on You Tube. I knew instantly this bag needed to be in my wardrobe. I love the nostalgia mixed with the modern design. Plus, it looked like a workhorse! Love that!

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The Chloe Aby handbag is a great choice for an everyday bag this fall 2019 season. Not only that, it has the makings of becoming the next IT bag. After all, the handbag market hasn’t had a stand-out IT bag in quite some time. The Chloe Aby is ready to fill that void.

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If you are looking for a solid, everyday bag, the Chloe Aby is it. The outside of the bag features a top handle, which is a hot fall trend, and also a shoulder strap. This gives the bag a casual look and versatility. It also has a soft silhouette which offers just enough stiffness to hold it’s shape without slouching. That really is the best of both worlds!

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Inside the Chloe Aby, there are two main compartments which are roomy enough for a small book, bag of snacks for the kids, gloves on cold days, and more! Between the two main compartments there is a slim zipper pocket which is great for important papers, or theater tickets. In addition to large areas, the Chloe Aby also offers a slim interior pocket which is great for placing tickets, receipts, or a phone. It’s very practical and handy!

My one complaint about the new Chloe Aby bag, is the clasp. It is magnetic, but it also has to be lifted up and slipped down to get the top of the clasp out of the bottom lock. It has taken some practice, and I have gotten the hand of it, but just keep in mind you may to fiddle with it a few times before mastering the security of the magnetic clasp. It’s really easy to open when wearing the bag cross body; which is a plus! Other than that, the bag is easy to reach into, and practical for everyday use. This is why I chose the Chloe Aby in black. Black is a great, classic hue which will be easy to pair with any outfit I wear this fall season and beyond. The Chloe Aby is not going to be a one season bag, this will be a handbag which sticks around for several seasons; hopefully it stands the test of time like the Marcie! I really love this bag!

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What do you think of the new Chloe Aby handbag? Will you be investing in one? If so, which color is your favorite?

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Cathy

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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.

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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?

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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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