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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!

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


Designer handbag capsule wardrobe

designer handbag capsule wardrobe

From top left: Daily bag: drawstring bucket bag (under $1000!) / Formal gala clutch: black clutch / Work bag: classic black satchel / Dinner bag: Gucci shoulder bag (under $2000!) / Daily satchel: black doctor-style satchel / Cross body bag: off-white cross body bag  / Workhorse tote: blue simple tote (under $1500!)

Everyone is always talking about creating a capsule wardrobe which is simple, and exudes minimalism. This can be achieved with handbags too! If you are trying to buy the least amount of handbags you need to get through life, yet still want them to be fabulous, you are in the right place! This is an example of the perfect designer handbag capsule wardrobe.

There are seven types of handbags you need in your designer handbag capsule wardrobe to cover every occasion in life. These bags should be classic, and in a neutral hue, which will never clash with your attire. If you are building a designer handbag capsule wardrobe, it is best to stick with black, grey, white, beige, and tan. Why is there a blue tote pictured? Well. . .we will get to that 😉

When building the perfect designer handbag capsule wardrobe, it is important to pick styles within each handbag category which are classic and will not immediately go out of style after one season. These bags need to have longevity so that your hard-earned money isn’t wasted on a trendy item. Capsule wardrobe handbags should be simple, free of adornments, and offer clean lines. I have chosen my favorites in each category, and included them in this post.

Without further ado, here are the seven bags we all need in a designer handbag capsule wardrobe!

Daily Handbag: This is the bag you want to be able to reach for everyday. Your daily handbag should be sturdy, sleek, easy to wipe down, and have room for extras. A bucket bag or hobo bag is perfect for grabbing to run out of the house. It can take you from errands to a little league game to the mall. This is the bag you will use all. the. time! I own the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag pictured above and love love love it! It is perfect for everyday use, and fits all the extra things my kids always want me to hold for them. This bag offers sturdy construction, and can handle heavy weight inside of it; such as five water bottles, an iPad, and a DSLR camera. Yes, I have stuffed those items inside, and it worked like a charm!

Daily Satchel: Sometimes you want a more structured look for everyday wear. A hobo or bucket bag might not have the right look for running from a ladies lunch to the supermarket. A structured, daily satchel made from a sturdy fabrication which offers an understated look is perfect for days when you want to look put together, but still have a hectic schedule. I own the Givenchy Antigona daily satchel pictured above and love it! I have had it for several years and always stuff it with heavy items. The leather is sturdy and can really take a beating. It cleans off nicely, and keeps on working hard for me! I highly recommend owning one as part of your designer handbag capsule wardrobe.

Evening Clutch: This Bottega Veneta clutch is on my wish list! Everyone needs one classic, formal evening clutch in their wardrobe. This clutch is ideal for gala events, cocktail parties, and anything formal. I recommend getting one with a hidden shoulder strap for when you want to be hands free. If you like to hold a drink, and grab passed appetizers-you need a hidden strap!

Dinner Bag: This is your go-to semi-formal bag for dinner, the theater, and going out in general. I love the Gucci bag pictured above, or you could invest in a classic Chanel 2.55 or Chanel classic flap.

Cross Body Bag: Everyone needs one cross body bag in their handbag capsule wardrobe. This is the bag you will use at amusement parks, for travel, and anytime you go somewhere you want to be hands-free. This Chloe bag is a classic, sturdy workhorse bag. It is also roomier then it looks!

Work Bag: Whether you work in an office, or volunteer your time, you will need a work bag in your designer handbag capsule wardrobe. This is a bag you can fit files into, looks structured, and offers a professional vibe which demands instant respect. You may even be able to fit a small laptop inside! I own the Fendi recommended above and love it! It is my go-to meeting bag and fits files, a tablet, and additional odds and ends. It is sturdy and perfect for daily use if you work outside the home. Love it!

Workhorse Tote: So, you may have noticed I advised you to look for neutral colors when it comes to creating a designer handbag capsule wardrobe. You may have also noticed the Fendi tote pictured above is blue! Your workhorse tote is the one bag where you can have fun with color. A good workhorse tote bag can act as a beach bag, a carry-on bag, a park day bag, a shopper tote, and more! You may not reach for it everyday, but your workhorse tote bag will be the large, roomy tote you reach for on weekends, when you travel, need a diaper bag, and whenever you need to bring a lot of stuff with you! Have fun with your tote, and choose a color which reflects your personal style. Mine is blue, what’s your hue?

Well, that’s it! These are the seven types of bags you need to create a classic, durable, designer handbag capsule wardrobe. To be frank, we don’t need more then seven bags, although owning more is fun! If you are limited on closet space, simplify your wardrobe, or want to maximize your dollars, seven bags will do it! I hope you like the ones I recommend, I either own them, or have been eyeing them.

Which types of handbags do you need in your handbag capsule wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy