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Boho flow

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wearing: bold golden dangle earrings / lipstick / blue boho tunic / brown train case (see review here) / spring nail polish / jeans / black high heel sandals /

Hello spring! While spring doesn’t officially start until this weekend, these beautiful days with high’s in 70’s, have put some spring in my step!

My kids had a teacher-in-service day on Monday, so I brought them up to Stanford Shopping Center for a yummy lunch at the Neiman Marcus Cafe. In addition to lunch, we made a pit stop at the American Girl store. My youngest daughter loves American Girl. She has a couple of dolls, and every book the company has written. She also enjoys their movies!

In the middle of last year, my daughter set her sights on a new doll from the American Girl store. Since she already had two dolls, I felt like she did not need another one. So, she decided to save up her allowance so she could buy the doll herself. I have to appreciate the financial planning and resourcefulness! She cleaned out a jam jar, and began collecting her cash inside the jar. She kept a sticky note with a tally of how much cash she needed for both the doll and the sales tax. Once she had the cash, I promised her we would visit the store so she could buy the doll.

I had no idea how many coins and pennies she had saved! I would have brought her to the bank to exchange the coins for bills, had I known how many she had. There was roughly $30 in coins in that jar! Oooops! She dumped the jar into her purse before we left the house, and when we arrived at the counter to purchase the doll, she dumped out the purse. I was a little embarrassed at the amount of coins. The sales assistant who helped my daughter was unfazed, and spent time counting out the coins for my daughter. My daughter was so proud of herself for saving up the money! She ended up being $0.21 short, so I threw in a quarter so she could buy the doll. I was so happy she saved up! I was also thankful the American Girl sales assistant was patient with my daughter and her coins!

Although she now has three American Girl dolls, which seems excessive to me, I am happy she learned a lesson about saving money for something she really wanted. Hopefully this lesson will continue throughout her life, so she understands saving money is more important than spending it for instant gratification. Always keep your eyes on the financial prize.

For our shopping excursion, I wore this fun and flowy boho top with my favorite pair of jeans, which my daughter photographed for me. It was perfect with the 75-ish degree weather, and glowing sunshine. What a beautiful day! I love spring!

Shop my boho flow outfit for spring:

Have you ever scrimped and saved for what you really want? What types of financial lessons have you taught your kids?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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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!

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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?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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Shirtdress for winter into spring

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wearing: gold dangle earrings / lipstick / black shirtdress (under $100!!) / caramel brown train case / spring nail polish / black booties (on major sale!)

One of the big fashion trends this spring 2019 season is the shirtdress. I saw many people wearing spring shirtdresses styled for winter when I attended New York Fashion Week earlier this month. This is definitely one of the biggest spring fashion trends to watch for this upcoming warm weather season.

I always love a good trend; especially one with a chic and classic vibe. The shirtdress offers a loose silhouette, and versatile style which can easily be worn many different ways this spring 2019 season. In these photos, you can see how I wore the dress during the day. For a cool winter day, I paired my shirtdress with booties and my new train case. It’s a simple outfit which is comfortable, and ideal for daytime activities. This outfit can go from a creative work environment to lunch with the girls to a shopping excursion; and to a museum with friends. It’s really easy to wear!

If you want to style this shirtdress for a more conservative work environment, switch out the booties for a sleek, chunky high heel pump and classic tote bag.

When it comes to outerwear on a cool spring, or winter day, look for a coat with simple lines. Since shirtdresses have buttons and a lot going on, a trench coat will add too many buttons to your overall look. While the trench coat is the “IT” coat of the spring 2019 season, it won’t work with a shirtdress. Look for a single breasted coat with minimal lines that won’t compete with your dress. A buttonless coat would be perfect too.

If you want to wear a spring shirtdress now, but you don’t have a coat that works well with the dress, try layering it instead. You can easily wear a turtleneck underneath a shritdress on top, and leggings or tights on the bottom. This will keep your look chic, and you can stay warm without a coat. Love that!

I’m looking forward to wearing this shirtdress for work, church, and weekend outings! It’s really comfy and versatile!

Shop my shirtdress outfit for winter into spring:

What do you think of the shirtdress trend for the spring 2019 season? Will you be wearing it?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*Thank you to Dawn from Fashion Should be Fun who stood out in the cold rain to snap these photos for me with my new camera that neither one of us really knew how to work. haha. Love you!

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