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Staud Mini Shirley bag review | stadium approved handbags

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Staud Mini Shirley handbag | stadium approved handbags / ring / nail polish /

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!

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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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Brahmin Mini Priscilla review

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pictured: Brahmin Mini Priscilla black stamped croc satchel c/o Brahmin

As you know, I am a huge fan of Brahmin handbags. So, when Brahmin announced their new fall 2018 collection, I instantly fell in love with the new mini version of their beloved Priscilla satchel.

Despite it’s small stature, the Brahmin Mini Priscilla is quite roomy. As you can see in the photos above, the Brahmin Mini Priscilla easily fits my wallet, sunglasses, phone, lipstick and key with plenty of room left inside the bag. The interior of the bag offers a slip pocket and lipstick pocket, along with a zipper pocket. These are great for placing your phone inside the bag, or keeping smaller items neat and tidy.

The exterior of the mini version of the Brahmin Priscilla offers a hidden pocket on the back of the bag which is great for keeping a phone handy, theater tickets, or anything you want to reach quickly. The shoulder strap is detachable and easily clips onto the front and back of the bag. The strap is also adjustable so it can be worn over the shoulder or cross body. Love that!

I love detaching the shoulder strap and wearing the bag as a small satchel when I am more dressed up. It’s very chic and offers a semi-formal look. When the shoulder strap is attached, I feel like the bag is perfect as a daily bag, or as a casual purse. I love the versatility!

The croc stamping offers a high gloss which is very modern and chic. I love the elegant look of the bag; and all the compliments I receive when I wear it! This is a great workhorse bag if you don’t need to carry files or a laptop. It works perfectly for day-to-day life and can easily transition into the evening. Love!

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*thank you to Brahmin for partnering on this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote review

summer 2018 tote bag

pictured: Summer tote bag c/o Brahmin /

Raise your hand if you are constantly on the quest for the perfect tote. My hand is waaaay up! A few weeks ago I attended a dinner in San Francisco hosted by handbag brand Brahmin. The event showcased their new summer collection. After the event, they gifted us with this beautiful Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag. To say I was thrilled, was an understatement.

This tote bag is perfect for both the office and playtime. Keep reading for my full review!

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This Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag is a beautiful yet sturdy tote which can be worn for a variety of activities. It is roomy enough to carry a DSLR camera or a laptop, yet compact enough to not feel like a large beach tote. It’s perfect for the summer. I can fit a water-bottle, a wrap for when the fog sneaks in, my camera, and more. This tote is already getting a lot of use by me, it will definitely be getting a ton of use this summer season!

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The interior of the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag has just the right amount of pockets. There is a roomy zipper pocket, a key fob so your keys can easily be found, two slip pockets which are great for lipsticks, a phone, or receipts, and a slim pocket which is just right for your favorite pen.

This isn’t a tote you will have to worry about allowing it’s contents to spill out. The bag offers a chic magnetic closure which is easy to open and close. Love that!

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The exterior of the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag offers a roomy pocket on the backside which is great for a phone or anything you need to reach for quickly; such as a passport, plane tickets, theater tickets, and more. The underneath of the tote features four brass feet which help the bag stand up straight and keep the leather clean if you need to put the bag down. There is also an understated label plate and chic hanging logo; which is understated as well. The stamped croc pattern looks real and gives the bag a fabulous richness. Love!

The exterior of the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag also offers side snaps which alter the silhouette of the bag, and can make interior larger or smaller depending on how much stuff you need to put inside.

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With the side snaps closed, the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag offers a smaller interior capacity which is great if you aren’t carrying a ton of items. It also slims down the bag, making it really easy to wear over the shoulder. This is also a great way to help keep items inside from slipping out if the bag tips over.

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It almost looks like two different tote bag styles doesn’t it! With the snaps left open, the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote bag offers a more traditional, rectangular design which is wide open and roomy. This is ideal for carrying a laptop, folders, and other items you may need for the office. Love that!

All in all the Brahmin Julian Melbourne tote is a fabulous workhorse tote which can easily be used for the office and other, more enjoyable summer activities. 😉 It’s priced under $300 and comes in several  beautiful colors. It’s amazing how affordable it is considering all of the luxurious features this tote bag offers. Plus, the construction is exceptionally strong and high quality. Love!

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*thank you Brahmin for gifting me this handbag. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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