holidays 2021

BAF Weekly IT List

BAF Weekly IT List from top left: puffer coat (IT brand and style, avl in other colors) / foundation powder / G buckle belt / small soft hobo bag / holiday nail polish / sparkling earrings (under $50, great gift idea, local business!) / faux fur boots / soft grey satchel / lug sole boots (water resistant) /

Hey baby, it’s cold outside! This puffer coat is so cozy, it’s become an instant IT item! I picked one up in vegan black leather and it’s so cozy and comfy; stay tuned, it will appear on the blog Monday!

Winter weather boots are hot right now. These faux fur boots are super cozy and these practical, yet fashionable, lug sole boots are perfect for inclement weather. Love!

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Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for more holiday and winter coverage in December.


The return of the soft hobo

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Wearing: sunglasses / large hoop earrings (under $100) / small red soft hobo bag / black long sleeve top (on major sale!) / fall nail polish / G buckle belt / dark wash skinny jeans / ivory faux fur boots /

Well, the return of the soft hobo bag is here! The last couple of years we have watched as the structured hobo bag remerged from IT bag hibernation. As it became one of the most important styles in the handbag world over the past year, the soft hobo decided to join it, and return to the world of must-have handbags; and I’m here for it!

The soft hobo is the ultimate street style IT bag. This handbag style has a naturally casual vibe to it, and soft hobo bags also happen to be extremely popular as an everyday, go-to handbag. This makes the soft hobo bag very common on the streets, and well loved by people everywhere. This is the people’s handbag.

Soft hobo bags were extremely popular in the 1990s, and they trickled into the early 2000s. Sadly, they were replaced by the rise of the structured satchel which enjoyed popularity for well over a decade. As the structured satchel moves back into office-gear, the hobo bag remerges as the bag to own.

Hobo bags are fabulous because they are lightweight, can be worn on the shoulder, and can easily be placed on your lap, or behind you on a chair while at a restaurant. They are easy, everyday handbags which generally fit everything we all need to carry around on a daily basis. Love that!

Structured hobos reemerged first, and they were a great transition from the satchel since they offer a structured silhouette which can be worn casual or dressy, as well as with office attire. As we move into 2022, we are looking to expand our hobo bag wardrobes, and the soft hobo bag fits the bill. This unfussy handbag style gives us a go-to, casual look which has an effortless, chic vibe. Plus, who doesn’t love the soft fabrication of the hobo bag?! Love!

Although I have a large, soft black hobo in my archives, I wanted something smaller, with a pop of color. My clothing choices have been neutral and dark lately, so adding some color to my capsule through a handbag seemed like a fun way to jump into the soft hobo bag trend. Isn’t this a pretty red?

I love this small, soft hobo bag for everyday use. You can check out my review here. It has an effortless chic vibe which I love; especially when I really don’t want to try! haha

This top and jeans are my go-to look right now. I have been changing it up with different shoes and handbags. I wore this look to go Christmas shopping with my daughters the other day, and we also popped into Din Tai Fung for some yummy dumplings. My bag fit nicely underneath my napkin, on my lap. If you are always wondering where to put your bag when you dine out, check out my post about it here.

What are your thoughts on the soft hobo trend emerging for the new year? Are you excited about it too? Do you plan to rock it?

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BAF Weekly IT List

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BAF Weekly IT List from top left: convertible bag (IT bag under $300) / caramel structured hobo bag (IT bag on sale! under $500) / designer IT bag / G buckle belt / sparkling earrings (local business, under $50, use code BayArea15 to save 15% site-wide) / dark wash skinny jeans / black top (on sale!) / lug sole boots (water resistant) / foundation powder (I swear by this!) / holiday nail polish /

The holiday season is in full swing, and a few of the IT items we all love are on sale! Love that!

This fabulous, structured hobo is a new style from Mansur Gavriel which debuted in September. It will be a huge IT bag as we move into 2022. A few fall colors are on sale; while the hues which will part of the 2022 collection are full price. If you love one of the autumn hues, snap one up! I have the caramel bag and I love it.

This black top, and these classic jeans, are perfect capsule wardrobe staples for a holiday and winter closet. They are elevated, everyday casual pieces which can be styled so many different ways! The black top is on major sale, and I find myself wearing mine all the time. It’s comfy, fashionable, and easy to pair with a scarf or wear under a jacket if the weather is cool. Love!

Red nails are huge right now! This new holiday red from Chanel is a hot color right now. It is also a great nail polish classic to keep in your nail polish collection. You can see my full review here.

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I hope you are enjoying the holiday season, thanks for stopping by!