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Jord Haifa cross body clutch review

jord haifa handbag review

pictured: Jord Haifa cross body clutch c/o Jord Watches /

How cute is this convertible cork clutch! You may recognize it from my holiday handbag capsule, which I posted last week. I always love owning bags which have more than one purpose in life. The Jord Haifa has exactly that. It is a dressy clutch and it is also a dressy cross body bag. Or, if you are feeling a little disco, you can wear it on your shoulder and rock the long strap shoulder strap look which was hotter than hot in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. This is great news because it means the Jord Haifa can be worn three ways! Love that!

One of the big movements in the fashion industry right now is sustainability. Fashion designers and brands are working hard to make their products more sustainable and environmentally friendly. What I love about Jord’s handbags is that they are made from cork; making them inherently sustainable and vegan. It feels good to wear something I know is sustainable, and not damaging to the environment.

What fits inside the Jord Haifa cross body bag

It’s the ideal size inside. In addition to a zipper pouch and credit card slots, I can fit my full-size wallet, lipstick, keys, and iPhone inside the Jord Haifa. This makes it very easy to wear since I don’t have to pair down my purse essentials when I leave the house. I can throw what I need inside, and I am ready to leave the house! Love that!

The Jord Haifa cross body bag also offers luxurious design details. I love the gold flecks on the black cork, and high quality hardware. In addition, the red, faux suede lining is soft and beautiful. I love how everything works together to create a bag which looks much, much more expensive than $149! I really would add numbers to that price! It’s an amazing value.

Attention to details

The details on the Jord Haifa are absolutely amazing, and high quality. The clasp has a lock on it which snaps into place, making the bag secure yet still easy to get into. The two little knobs push together and voila! the clasp opens, allowing you access to the interior of the bag. Thankfully it’s tricky enough to keep pick-pocking fingers out of the bag. Love!

There is a strong, gold chain strap which is detachable that comes with the Jord Haifa cross body clutch. It has easy-to-snap-on clasps which go underneath the exterior flap; so the loops are hidden. This is a really luxurious feature. The straps adds additional luxury to the bag which adds security when you are wearing it hands free. I love how it looks with the strap!

You can find the Jord Haifa cross body bag online at Jord.co.

Loving this bag! I hope you do too. It would make a great holiday bag, as well as gift for the handbag fan on your holiday list!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*sponsored by Jord Watches. all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Chloe Marcie review

pictured: stripe tee / fall nail polish / Chloe Marcie size small / black joggers /

The iconic Chloe Marcie. You might be wondering why I am reviewing a bag that has been on the market for well over a decade. Well, let me tell you, it has become an iconic handbag which remains a top seller at major department stores. So, if you are looking for an IT bag with staying power, read on!

I originally purchased my Chloe Marcie over a decade ago. I loved how it had a casual, everyday vibe while feeling luxurious. The leather was thick and strong; and the craftsmanship was flawless. I found I was able to carry heavy items inside the bag, and the stitching remained secure and strong. This is when I knew, I had a workhorse bag!

The Chloe Marcie has two top handles, and a detachable strap. I have found throughout the years I switch between carrying it on my forearm, and over my shoulder. When my kids were younger, I found myself throwing it on cross-body so I could pick up my smaller kids and/or chase them. My middle child loves to run! Haha

The bag offers a convenient opera ticket pocket on the front of the bag, hidden by the front flap. Normally this type of pocket is found on the backside of a bag, but in this case, Chloe hid it under the front flap of the bag. This is actually a very nice location for the pocket since it is easier to reach for what is inside on the front of the bag, instead of the back.

The interior offers one zipper pocket, and one open pocket. These pockets are good sized, and very convenient for storing smaller items inside the bag. The top zipper unlatches at the end in case you need to put something wide or large inside the bag. This is a nice feature which keeps the zipper from the getting misaligned.

If you like to travel, you will like this feature! The Chloe Marcie flattens out like a pancake. No joke! This is a really easy bag to travel with since it can go inside of a suitcase and lay flat. I don’t know how many times I have been packing for a trip and wanted to bring an extra handbag, only to find the one I wanted to pack didn’t fit inside my suitcase. This one is perfect! It has become my go-to bag to throw in a suitcase as an extra handbag. I love traveling with it since it can fit a lot of items inside, and I can wear it cross-body. Those are good features for a bag to wear while sight-seeing and exploring a new town.

I feel like my Chloe Marcie was one of the best handbag purchases I have ever made. It is an everyday bag which is strong and versatile. I can travel with it; and since it is strong, I don’t have to worry about it around my kids. Of course, I love a good IT bag. The Chloe Marcie turned from a trendy IT bag when it was first introduced, to a classic IT bag you can still purchase and wear now. Plus, it is priced under $2000. That’s rare for an IT bag!

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I have the small size Chloe Marcie in black, and it is over ten years old. I also love the grey version, which is a pretty alternative to black. The small size is quite roomy, but if you carry a lot of things, you might want to size up to the medium. If you prefer smaller bags, the Chloe Marcie comes in a cute cross body bag without top handles. It too, is a classic IT bag!

Do you have a Chloe Marcie? Have you been eyeing it over the years? If so, I hope you decide to invest in one! It is a great bag and a longtime favorite of mine. Love!!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

My Chloe Marcie, photographed for a blog post back in 2012.

Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette review

baguette trend spring 2020

pictured: Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette in red /

I love finding a handbag which fits into multiple categories. The new Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette is not only on trend, it’s a functional bag that serves multiple purposes. Love that!

One of the big trends for spring 2020, and 2020 in general, is the return of the baguette. We are seeing baguettes everywhere! This fabulous baguette by Rebecca Minkoff isn’t just your average baguette, it’s a convertible baguette. Oh yes, it’s three bags in one! Love!

The Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette is a cross body bag, it’s a retro under-the-arm shoulder bag, and it’s a clutch. Yup, that’s right! You can wear this bag on casual days as a cross body bag, amp up your look with a ’90’s shoulder bag vibe, or pair it with an evening ensemble. So while we are sheltering-in-place right now, it’s the perfect bag to wear cross body while going to the grocery store or pharmacy. You can also wear it cross body while taking a walk outside. Then, when the economy starts to open back up, you can wear it as a clutch to go out to dinner or a party. You can also wear it with the shorter strap over your forearm or shoulder. It’s a lot of looks in one, for a reasonable price under $250. Love that!

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I love how this bag has two detachable straps. You can detach the one you don’t want to wear, or leave them both on and allow the one you aren’t using to drape down; giving the bag a street style vibe. So fun!

It also has a magnetic closure, so you don’t have to fiddle with the clasp as shown. That’s actually cosmetic. The hidden magnetic closure makes this bag easy in, and easy out. Perfect to wear everyday. Loving that!

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The interior of the Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette offers just enough room for daily purse essentials such as wallet, lipstick, phone, keys, and sunglasses. It also features an interior slip pocket which is great for receipts, business cards, cash, or credit cards; in case you decide to not carry a wallet.

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The Rebecca Minkoff Edie Baguette also has an exterior opera ticket pocket. This is great for receipts, and other slim objects you might want to reach for, or put away quickly, without opening up the bag. There are so many reasons why this bag is functional and practical, while still being on trend.

rebecca minkoff edie baguette

This is a fabulous bag to wear right now, and into the summer, fall, and winter seasons. It will definitely live longer than the season. This bag will also save us all money in the long-run since it is three bags in one! Plus, it fits into the bright bag trend, baguette trend, and multi-color trend for the spring and summer seasons.

Shop the Rebecca Minkoff Edie baguette convertible handbag online:

I’m loving this bag so much this season! It’s part of my spring handbag capsule wardrobe too. What do you think?

You can see it styled at Rebecca Minkoff’s spring 2020 New York Fashion Week presentation here.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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