satchels


The return of the mini satchel

shore projects watch

They’re baaaa-aaack! Did you miss them? Or were you like me; a little bit relieved that bags got bigger so you could carry more stuff? Yeah, mini bags got old fast. So why in the world are they back? Perhaps they never actually went away. . .

While mini bags had their hey-day a few years back, many handbag fans could never jump on the trend. The mini bag requires a special kind of handbag connoisseur. One who only carries lipstick, a small set of keys, and a smaller smart phone. If you attempt to carry a wallet, sunglasses, or any other common purse essential in your handbag, the mini satchel would not allow it. It was quite unforgiving!

When bags crept up in size, taking us back to small and medium sizes, the mini satchel appeared to disappear into oblivion; until now. For some reason, there have always been hold-outs. Despite the size of handbags getting back to a more practical size, many handbag fans have stood their ground and continued to defy logic by carrying around teeny, tiny, little bags that often-times look like they would refuse a small set keys!

Designers and brands aren’t dumb, they can see a potential market. They figured out there were enough mini bag holdouts walking the streets to sustain a comeback. Boy, are they all making a comeback! Don’t get me wrong, I love a comeback story, but mini bags? Worse, mini-satchels? The structure of the satchel makes the bag harder to get into than a mini cross body bag with a nice zipper, or a mini hobo bag and the like. Satchels are often narrow at the top, right where your hand needs to reach for something. It’s a great way to chip nail polish, scratch your hand on a zipper, or become frustrated from the annoying mini opening of your mini bag. So much mini! Ugh!

Don’t get me wrong, mini bags have their place, perhaps even, the mini satchel. But, and this is a big but, there isn’t anything practical about a mini satchel. They seem ornamental to me. The only time I find a mini satchel practical is if I am dressed up for a special occasion and don’t need to carry sunglasses, car keys, or a wallet. When that is the case, the mini satchel needs to be dressy, if not formal. For those types of occasions, I tend to reach for a formal bag. Is it just me? Am I the only one who feels like one’s hand should fit inside one’s bag? Am I the only one that wants to fit my wallet in my purse?

It should be interesting to see if the mini satchel makes as big of a comeback on the streets, as it has on store shelves at this very moment.

What are your thoughts on the mini satchel trend? Is this a trend you enjoy wearing? Or are you like me, and you demand a bit more space inside your bags?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Brahmin Mini Priscilla review

brahmin mini Priscilla review brahmin mini Priscilla review brahmin mini Priscilla review brahmin mini Priscilla review brahmin mini Priscilla review

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!

Shop the Brahmin Mini Priscilla online:

You can find my black stamped croc mini Priscilla online here.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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

brahmin mini Priscilla review


Fall 2018 handbag trends: saddle bags and top flap satchels

fall 2018 handbag trends saddle bags top flap satchels

Fall 2018 handbag trends saddle bags, top flap satchels or lady bags, from top left: striped saddle bag / black lady bag satchel (under $400) / blue and black pattern saddle bag (under $400) / ivory saddle bag / cobalt blue lady bag satchel / red lady bag satchel (I have this bag in black and love it!) /

The lady bag is back; and so is the saddle bag. The top flap satchel, otherwise known as the Lady Bag, is the hottest silhouette in structured bags this fall 2018 season. When it comes to a more casual look, look for the top flap shoulder bag aka the saddle bag.

There are plenty of fall 2018 handbag trends to look forward to this season. While we have logo bags still going in full force, belt bags taking the place of the cross body bag, black bags being the color of the season, and western inspired designs on bags; the classic lady bag and saddle bag are most likely in your closet. This makes them classic enough to invest in while, not worrying about longevity over the years.

Lady bags and saddle bags are classic; this makes them sound investments when it comes to handbag purchases this fall season. A lady bag can be used season after season for dressier occasions and for the office. A saddle bag is a classic, casual stand-by which is always in style.

If you can only buy one bag this fall 2018 season, look for a flap bag. If you plan to use your bag for work, or prefer a structured bag, then the Lady Bag is your bag of the season. If you are more casual and carefree, opt for a saddle bag. When it comes to color, the color of fall 2018 is black; but feel free to grab a color or pattern which speaks to you. Sometimes the best way to spice up a neutral wardrobe is with a colorful handbag!

Shop fall 2018 handbag trends saddle bags and lady bags online:

What do you think of the top flap handbag trend for the fall 2018 season? Are you a Lady Bag fan, or more a saddle bag kind of girl? Will you be wearing this trend?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

mansur gavriel lady bag