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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.

Which color is your favorite?

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XOXO
Cathy

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Mansur Gavriel Protea bag review

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pictured: Mansur Gavriel Protea bag in blue with navy interior / nail polish / grey faux fur coat / purple scarf /

If you have been here awhile, you know I am a HUGE Mansur Gavriel fan. I have been collecting their handbags steadily over the past several years, so it comes as no surprise that I have found another style to acquire; the new Mansur Gavriel Protea bag in blue with navy interior. I am in love!

The Mansur Gavriel Protea Bag is a bit different than other handbags we have grown to love from the New York brand. This bag is soft, lush, and relaxed; the yin to the traditional bucket bag’s yang. It is a must-have for any Mansur Gavriel fan; or handbag fan for that matter!

The Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel offers the same dual coloring that put MG on the map five years ago. With the contrasting interior color, the bag is instantly elevated from a regular, slouchy drawstring bag, to a must-have basic which is anything but basic. It is currently available in black with flamma interior, blue with navy interior (the one that caught my eye), yellow with blush interior (almost went with this one), red with yellow interior (this one is on fire!), and blush with medium pink interior. Like the bucket bag, the black with red interior sold out quickly and is currently wait list only. You can get yourself on the list online here.

There are two sizes of the Mansur Gavriel Protea handbag currently available. You can find the regular size, which is the one I purchased and am featuring in this post, or you can find a mini size which is great for everyday too. I went with the bigger size because with my kids, I never know how many things I might need to carry with me. That being said, I think I could have survived with the smaller size too; I just wanted to be safe.

What fits inside the Mansur Gavriel Protea bag

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Inside my Protea bag: lip balm / lipstick / phone case / sunglasses / wallet /

The interior of the Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel is quite roomy. I normally carry my wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, lip balm, and phone with me. With these essential items, there is still plenty of room to add items my kids no longer want to carry; or we acquire throughout the day. You would be surprised how many cookies and phones end up in my bag when I am out with my family! haha

In addition to being practical, and beautiful, the new Mansur Gavriel Protea bag is lightweight. I can pile a lot of items inside the bag and it is very lightweight; much more so than the bucket bag; which was the previous IT bag by MG.

There are drawstrings on the sides of the bag which can be individually adjusted to cinch the bag more or less; depending upon your mood. The sides of the bag also have hidden magnets which can help give the bag the illusion of being slimmer than it is.

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These magnets can be worn open, which is how I leave them, or cinched together to close up the bag a bit. This is very soft and luxurious to the touch, love it!

I love the slouchy silhouette of this bag, and how it gives off a relaxed vibe. The open top makes it easy to get in and out of, while the magnets and drawstring help you close up the bag to make it more secure. This is definitely going to be my go-to bag this spring season. I am starting to think I might need to purchase the black with red interior too! It is such an easy to use bag, and I love how it looks; why not own more than one!

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What do you think of the new Protea bag by Mansur Gavriel?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Staud Mini Shirley bag review | stadium approved handbags

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OK, the clear handbag, or PVC trend seemed like it might be fleeting, but in fact, it is not. PVC bags are a huge trend, which is showing no signs of dissipating. I always wondered, “why would someone want to wear a clear handbag? People can see what’s in your bag!” Well, I have joined the PVC handbag trend and it was a great decision! Let me tell you why. . .

My daughter cheers for her high school football team, and her high school was invited by the 49er’s to play their homecoming game at Levi’s Stadium. This is a huge honor and opportunity for the kids. It could be the only time in their lives they get to play in a professional stadium. The opportunity was very exciting! For the students and parents attending the game, it was exciting too; the drawback was when we learned we needed to adhere to professional stadium rules, which include professional stadium handbag guidelines. Oh boy! Put away those Louis Vuitton Neverful’s ladies! They are not allowed.

I have attended games at professional stadiums before, but I always brought a teeny tiny little Valentino Rockstud bag. which doesn’t even fit my wallet. Last time I wore it to a Raider’s game, they almost confiscated it saying it was 1/4 inch too wide! Which I knew it wasn’t. It was within the guidelines, but who wants to argue with security and almost get a designer bag confiscated!? I would never have seen it again. Thankfully I was able to get them to re-measure it and let me in the stadium with it, but I vowed never to risk bringing it again. Which meant I needed a new game day handbag.

Since I found out we needed to adhere to Levi’s Stadium rules, which means a clear bag under 12″ x 6″ x 12″, I went shopping for the perfect stadium approved handbag I could re-wear. Thank you so much to Staud for designing the Staud Mini Shirley bag with it’s removable pouch! Since sports stadium’s require the clear, PVC handbag to have zero color, this handbag by Staud turned out to be a godsend.

The Staud Mini Shirley bag is well within the size guidelines for a professional stadium handbag, and the removable pouch means it can be re-worn for occasions which do not require a clear handbag. Love that!

Stadium approved handbags | clear handbag for professional stadiums

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The Staud Mini Shirley bag is extremely roomy without the pouch inside. I found there was plenty of extra room inside the bag after I placed everything I needed inside; which included lipstick, chapstick, wallet, keys, and sunglasses. My kids were able to hand me things during the game which fit easily inside the bag. Love!

Staud’s Mini Shirley bag is very sturdy, and easy to carry. If I needed to free up my hand, I could slip it temporarily on my wrist, that was great for juggling food, or holding something for someone while they take off, or put on, a sweatshirt. This turned out to be the perfect stadium handbag! I can’t wait to wear it to a 49er’s game next month, and for future professional sporting events throughout the year.

Staud Mini Shirley bag review with removable pouch

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On days when I am not attending a sporting event at a professinal stadium, the Staud Mini Shirley bag is perfect for day to day activities. The pouch also fits all my essentials such as my chapstick, lipstick, keys, wallet, and sunglasses. This is a really cute tote bag which is easy to clean, and perfect for rainy days. I never wear my leather bags in the rain, so this bag is perfect as we move into our rainy season here in the San Francisco Bay Area. PVC can get wet wet wet, and it will be fine! Love this!

Of course you know me, I love a good trend and an IT bag. Coincidentally, the Staud Mini Shirley bag has current IT bag status. It is the most sought-after PVC bag on the market. The Mini Shirley by Staud was spotted on the streets of New York during fashion week as one of the big favorite handbags of the fashion set. It also comes in two sizes, the mini which is stadium friendly, and a larger version known simply as the Staud Shirley bag. There are also several colors to choose from, so if black isn’t your thing, you can find this bag in a color you like. Love that!

The Staud Mini Shirley bag is a fabulous bag to buy now and wear during the rainy season. It is also the perfect bag for game day! I love a professional stadium approved handbag! Don’t you?

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Cathy

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