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Cult Gaia Ark handbag review

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Pictured: Cult Gaia Ark bag natural size large

Wondering what the new IT bag of 2017 is? Look no further, it is the Cult Gaia Ark bag; and it does not cost an arm and a leg to obtain. Love that!

Normally IT bags are priced well into the four figures. Well, this cute little wooden half circle of a bag is priced well under $200. Can you believe it! I was a bit shocked myself.

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The Cult Gaia Ark bag started to emerge as a hot handbag last year. I remember seeing it and thinking it was cute, but it didn’t click until the fall season. Since the bag is basket-like, it did not seem like something I needed in cooler weather. There is something about the Cult Gaia Ark bag which evokes a vacation vibe. It feels tropical; taking you from the busy city streets to a calm beach where you don’t have a care in the world. Yes! I need this now!

Since spring has sprung, and the Cult Gaia Ark bag is in stock, for the moment, I decided it was time to pull the trigger and bring a vacation vibe to my spring wardrobe. There are several colors to choose from, and the Cult Gaia Ark bag comes in two sizes; small and large. Since I have kids, I decided large was the size for me. I also chose the natural hue since it is the IT color for this bag. Natural is perfect since it is a neutral hue which works well with any outfit or color palette. Love!

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As you can see, the interior of the Cult Gaia Ark bag is roomy in the large size. I can even fit a book inside! Since it is also a great bag for the beach, this size will come in handy since I can fit a book, a few snacks, and more. Relaxation, here I come!

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My biggest concern about the Cult Gaia Ark bag was the sturdiness of the weave. So far, I haven’t heard any snaps or creaks. It seems to be quite sturdy as it can handle the large book I am currently reading, as well as my sunglasses; two bulky items with a bit of weight. Whew!

The bag has two handles and easily sits upright, making it easy to set down without having to worry about the bag tipping over and spilling; since there isn’t a clasp. The handle is comfortable to carry, but if you need to hold it for a long period of time, I would recommend wrapping it in a scarf. Which leads me to my next thought. . .

This bag is see through! I am sure you noticed that. ;- ) If you don’t want the world to see what is inside your Cult Gaia Ark bag, then this is great opportunity to personalize your Ark bag! You can easily slip a square scarf into the bag as a liner. This will cover your purse contents and add color, or even a fun print, to your bag. I plan on trying out different scarves with the bag as the season progresses.

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If you are wondering how to get your hands on a Cult Gaia Ark handbag, now is the time! You have to act fast because the Cult Gaia Ark handbag sells out almost as quickly as it comes in stock. Remember the days of Mansur Gavriel selling out before you even knew it was there? This isn’t as bad as that, but the bags sell out in a few days, so move fast if you want one!

If the natural hue isn’t your thing, I recommend the Cult Gaia Ark bag in classic black. It is chic, and translates well into both city and beach dressing. If I grab another one, it will be a small black Ark bag. I think it would be the perfect alternative to a clutch this spring and summer season.

What do you think of the Cult Gaia Ark bag? Are you excited to see an affordable IT bag this year? I am super excited to see an IT bag which is unconventional, yet sleek enough to pair with almost anything. Plus, the price is amazing!

You can find the Cult Gaia Ark bag in stock online here.

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Best fall handbags under $1000 and under $500

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From top left: tan satchel (under $150) / leopard print shoulder bag (under $200) / bag strap (HUGE trend under $100) / navy suede tassel shoulder bag (under $500) / black box bag (hot emerging designer under $500) / classic navy bucket bag (under $500 and IT bag) / burgundy bucket bag (premier designer-great deal!) (under $600) / black embellished shoulder bag (hot fall trend under $600)

The fall season is upon us, and so are the hottest handbag trends from the runways to the street! For fall 2016, we are looking at embellished bags, saddle bags, bucket bags, boxy camera bags or train cases, and vintage appeal. Many of these trends can raise the price of a handbag; especially the embellished bag trend! It is hard to spend over $1000 on a handbag; especially when it might have a shelf life. So I scoured the web for the hottest, most fashionable, IT bags of the season-all under $1000 with some under $500 or under $200! Love that!

To sweeten the deal, many of these hot handbags are under $500, or under $200, or even under $150! How fab is that!?

When shopping for a fall handbag under $1000, there are a few things to keep in mind this season in order to ensure the handbag you purchase is 100% on trend. Look for one of more of these trends in a handbag when you shop this fall season: 1970s vintage inspiration, embellishments, thick shoulder straps, suede, saddle bag silhouettes, single top handle satchels or lady bags, and also dark colors such as black, grey, hunter green, burgundy, burnt orange, mustard, and shades of brown. Classic autumn is in!

If you are wondering about size this season when looking for the best of the fall handbags under $1000, don’t worry about it! Any size goes. Fall 2016 is all about totes, roomy hobos, any size of shoulder bag, any size single top handle satchel, and any size clutch. You cannot go wrong! If you plan to buy a basic color such as black in the hopes that the bag carries you through 2017, then stay away from mini bags. Spring 2017 will be moving away from mini bags.

Another hot trend for the fall 2016 season in handbags is the personalized strap. You can find funky, fun straps for under $1000 in the shopping widget below which easily attach to any one of your satchels at home. It is an inexpensive way to update you current handbag wardrobe without buying a new bag. I bought this one for fall. So excited to use it on my black satchel, which you can see in action here.

There are also several IT bags which are hot on the street this fall, and under $1000! You can find Mansur Gavriel’s iconic bucket bag in stock online here, and this hot boxy bag from an emerging designer online here. I really want to get my hands on the small version in black. Isn’t it cute!

So many fall handbags are under $1000 this season, and so many of them happen to be from hot, established and iconic designers, as well as emerging designers to watch. This is a great season for handbag shopping! Love that!

What is your favorite handbag style this fall 2016 season? Are you more of a shoulder bag girl? Or do you prefer the structure of a single top handle satchel? Perhaps you are feeling boho and gravitate towards fringe or tassels? Or perhaps you love chic and interesting designs such as embellished bags? I have found myself leaning towards saddle bags, buckets bags, and single top handle satchels. List your favorites in the comment section below!

Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

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Proenza Schouler Hava satchel review

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Pictured: Proenza Schouler Hava satchel, medium size, black leather /  lipstick / book (so good!!) / similar wallet / sunglasses

Proenza Schouler’s new Hava satchel immediately caught my eye for the fall season. I love the structured, yet relaxed vibe of the handbag. The Hava  satchel offers a lady bag, single top handle silhouette, with edgy hardware, and contrasting stitching; making it easy to wear with with jeans, or structured office attire. Love that!

The Proenza Schouler Hava satchel comes in two sizes thus far; small and medium. For the fall 2016 season, Proenza Schouler is offering the Hava satchel in smooth, soft leather, suede, and snakeskin. The handbag has been designed in neutral, classic hues, making it an instantly classic handbag to wear now, and in the future.

I chose the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium. I had a hard time deciding between sharp white, or classic black. I decided to get black since I felt like I would get the most wear out of the hue.

The medium Hava is a great size! I can fit a novel, wallet, sunglasses case, keys, lipstick, small notebook, and a pen inside with plenty of wiggle room for additional items. If I remove the book, I can fit my DSLR camera inside the bag. It is more roomy than it looks!

Normally I shy away from satchela which are split in half inside. I prefer wide, open interiors because I can fit more things inside. The split in the Hava satchel is ideal because it leaves one large interior space, with a roomy pocket section which helps me separate small items from my larger items. Having an off-center split also allows me to fit my DSLR camera inside the bag, which as a blogger and Mother, is an essential feature I must have in my handbags!

The interior of the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel also offers a slit pocket which is great for receipts or keys. There is also a slim zipper compartment on the exterior of the handbag, on the backside. This is handy for large papers, tickets, or anything you want quick, yet secure access to.

Since this is a top handle satchel, it can be hard to secure the flap closure over the bag. Proenza Schouler has solved this common problem by including a hidden, interior chain which hooks on the front of the bag, making it really easy to secure the twist lock closure on the front of the handbag. Easy access, in and out of a handbag is also a key, essential feature. Thankfully the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel has that due to the smart little chain inside! Love it!

I am looking forward to wearing my Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium quite often. You can find the Hava satchel online in the small size here. The medium can be found online here.

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