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Cross body phone cases spring 2020 handbag trends

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New Year, new handbag trends for spring 2020! There is a new small, cross body bag in town, and it’s not a silhouette we have seen in quite some time. Enter, the cross body phone case for spring 2020.

You might be thinking, “I have way more than a phone to carry around when I want to be hands-free!” Well, that’s not a problem here; as long as you don’t mind carrying light. This north/south mini bag offers room for a phone, a small wallet, a set of keys, and a lipstick. You can also forego the wallet altogether, and use the built-in credit card slots to free up room in the bag. I am more of a wallet person,  so I prefer squeezing in my mini-wallet, but it is nice to have options!

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I won’t lie, this is a tight handbag. As a mom, it does not leave me any room for when my daughter hands me her phone to carry, or my son asks me carry a baggie of goldfish crackers. That being said, this is a great mini bag for days when I want to be hands-free, and lighten my load.

There are several handbag trends for the upcoming spring 2020 season, but the cross body phone case is one which is new. It isn’t continuing from another season. This trend will replace your larger, east/west cross body bag from years past.

I chose the Gucci phone case as my bag for rocking the mini cross body bag trend because it offers a classic, vintage vibe. I am always feeling the 1970s, so this bag evokes a vibe which works well with my current ’70’s mood. Love that!

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What are your thoughts on the new cross body phone case trend? Is this a bag trend you plan to wear?

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Cathy

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Valentino VSling handbag review

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There’s a new IT bag in town! The Valentino VSling has all the makings of an IT bag, and it is already being sought by supermodels, celebrities, and handbag fans everywhere. I was on a wait list for the bag in black; and it was worth the two month wait! Of course, if you would like one of the seasonal colors, you can snap one up right away!

The Valentino VSling is a fun little bag which offers a convertible strap. You can wear the bag long or short. See below for how it looks both ways when worn:

In the photo on the left, I am wearing the bag with the strap long. In the photo with my Mom on the right (isn’t she cute!), I am wearing the strap short. I prefer wearing it long, but for certain outfits, the shorter strap looks better. It’s a matter of preference, and I love having the option.

In order to shorten the strap, there is a hook which surprisingly stays snugly in place.

As you can see in the photos above, the hook latches on to the rectangular loop, and it stays snugly in place throughout the day. The reason I prefer the longer strap, is due to the fact that it gives my hand a resting place, haha. When the strap is shorter, I don’t have a place to rest my hand while I am walking. You can see how I like to rest my hand on my bag while I walk in the full photo a little ways up in this post.

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The bag appears larger than it is. The interior is quite small, so I switch to a smaller wallet when I wear it. With the smaller wallet, I can still fit my phone, lipstick, keys and sunglasses inside the bag.

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The sunglasses go on top of everything in the bag, which is why I am showing two photos of the interior with my items inside. You can see in the first photo what is on the bottom, and the second photo shows everything inside with the sunglasses placed on top.

The exterior lock is really easy to use. The logo flips down and the flap is secured by a magnetic snap. Although it’s a two step process to get in and out of the bag, it makes it really secure, plus it’s actually quite easy to use.

I am in love with my new Valentino VSling shoulder bag. It’s a great bag to use during the day when you want to carry a light amount of items. It is also great to use as an evening bag. The leather covered logo makes it versatile enough to move from day into night. The brass hardware on the strap isn’t overpowering either, so you can wear silver jewelry without clashing with your bag. Although mixing metals is a thing, and looks amazing when done right, sometimes handbag hardware can overpower jewelry; this bag will not compete with your baubles. Love that!

All in all I rate the Valentino VSling handbag five out of five stars. No complaints! This is a chic bag to invest in. It is projected to hold IT status this year, and well into 2020. Plus, it has a classic look to it which might help propel it into classic bag territory once another IT bag moves onto the scene. There isn’t anything gimmicky about this bag. It offers a timeless vibe.

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Cathy

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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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