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The return of the baguette

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pictured from left: Prada spring 2020 runway / Fendi spring 2020 runway / Fendi spring 2020 runway /

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Do you remember the Fendi Baguette? If not, it is an iconic IT bag which found fame when Carrie Bradshaw in SATC coveted one, only to see it get stolen off her arm on the streets of New York, close to a  generation ago. That episode helped launched an already popular handbag into infamy. The Fendi Baguette was coveted around the world, and the short strap combined with the east/west design of the bag, created a handbag trend everyone needed to be wearing.

In the 90’s, handbag straps went from long to short in a decade. The early part of the 90’s offered us long straps which were leftover from the 80’s. As the decade wore on, the straps on our bags shrank until our handbags were tucked into our armpits by 2000.

As the first decade of the century progressed, handbag straps started to lengthen again, to the point where our bags offered a 70’s vibe, or cross body convenience. But, as we head in 2020, the pendulum is swinging back in the direction of the baguette; possibly fueled by Fendi’s relaunch in 2017. A new generation of handbag fans is discovering the baguette silhouette, while those of us who lived through it are ready to welcome it back.

My 5 favorite baguettes

We are currently in a state of the IT handbag type, as opposed to the IT bag. Instead of needing that one bag, made by that one brand, we are in a time when handbag style is king. This is great when it comes to individual tastes and budgets, not so great if you are a seeker of the ultimate IT item. You might have to actually choose a bag from a sea of designs, rather than be guided to that one bag, by that one brand.

It’s interesting that the baguette style is trending as we move in 2020. The spring 2020 runways around the globe offered us a different view of what’s to come in the new year for handbags. The runway handbag trends for spring 2020 included the return of the bucket bag, pleated bags, the multi-bag, the insanely over-sized cross body bag, classic 70’s shoulder bags, disco inspired bags, straw bags, exotic skin bags, and large puffy pouches shown both as clutches and as shoulder bags. Baguettes were hard to spot. How did they rise to fame at this moment? Is the 2017 return of the Fendi Baguette finally catching some steam? Or are consumers tired of longer straps, and seeking something fresh and new; because everything old is new again, right?

In the case of the baguette, you can always gravitate towards the Lord of the Baguettes; the Fendi Baguette. Or, you can enjoy this new IT bag style with a design by your favorite designer, in your favorite price point. There are a lot of options! I’m deciding between splurging on the Fendi Baguette or snapping up the Coach version in a fun color. I have always liked this handbag style, and I do own a few from back in the day; just not by Fendi. Which do you prefer?

Baguette styles online:

What do you think of the return of the baguette? Are you a fan of the short strap, or do you prefer a longer one?

If you are a baguette fan, what is your favorite way to wear your bag? Over the shoulder, inside the armpit? Or on your forearm, displayed for the world to see?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Athleisure classics we all need in our closets

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Classic athleisure pieces: black adidas sweatshirt / black sweatpants / relaxed handbag / adidas superstar sneakers / see original post here /

The athleisure trend is still up and running; with no signs of slowing down. How could it? Everyone loves being able to wear street to gym clothing, as well as comfortable looks which are un-fussy, machine washable, and feature the ultimate IT items. Another thing to love about athleisure? Classic sportswear that doubles as IT items! Love that!

If you have been following along, you may have already noticed how much I love adidas clothing, accessories, and footwear. I have been wearing adidas my whole life, and their quality is unmatched. Another reason I love adidas is that their clothing and accessories have an IT factor; and you know I love IT items!

pictured: adidas superstar sneakers (my color is currently on sale!)  / classic black sweatpants / adidas logo tee / blue tee / see original post here /

Adidas Superstar sneakers are a classic street sneaker. They have been around for years, and everyone loves them. They are extremely high quality; I wear mine all the time and they just don’t wear out! In addition, they are the IT street sneaker to own. All the teens and adults around here love them. The teens favor black stripes on white, while adults will grab any color combo they love. These are definitely the shoes to own! I love that the ultimate IT shoe is a comfortable sneaker, and not a pair of 5″ stilettos! Ha!

I also need to give these sweatpants a shout-out. They are classic addias, three-stripe sweatpants. This pair of sweats is very comfortable, washes well, and is another closet staple, everyone owns! If you don’t have a pair yet-you seriously need one! The first time my son’s baseball coach saw me wear these sweatpants he said, “Hey! You’re livin’ that three-stripe life!” Why yes, yes I am!

The black sweatshirt I am wearing in the photo at the top of this post is my favorite go-to sweatshirt. My daughter stole the blue one I own from me, and she wears it all the time. Thankfully I still have this black one! This is another classic IT item worn by both teens and adults. It is cozy, comfortable, and washes well. Love it!

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pictured:  classic addias backpack / black crop leggings / Parley sneakers (sold out, linked to similar) / see original post here /

Can we have a moment to chat about this backpack? I know it’s a sports backpack with all the features needed for sports practices, hiking, and camping; but I have another use for it. This is my ultimate carry-on when I fly! The back of the backpack has some padding on it, which protects my laptop. Since there are two sections, I use the back one with the padding for my laptop, iPad, and cords. The front compartment holds my toiletries, a book, scarf, and other items I might carry on the plane. The smaller compartments hold smaller items such as my wallet, keys, ID, and more! It also fits perfectly underneath the seat in front of me whether I am flying coach, biz class, or first class. It’s the perfect size! Plus, it’s nice to have a backpack while navigating the airport!

In addition to using as a carry-on when I fly, I use my adidas backpack for camping (I am a girl scout troop leader), hiking, road trips, and anytime I need a backpack. It’s my workhorse bag-and you know I am a handbag/bag girl 😉 I prefer this backpack over a tote bag any day. Love it!

Shop adidas classics online:

Now that I have written a six hundred word essay on my love for adidas, tell me about your favorite classic items from adidas?

Thanks for stopping by, and indulging with me!

XOXO
Cathy


Island paradise to the streets of Silicon Valley

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Outfit details: pearl earrings (similar here) / sunglasses / summer lipstick / white tee / palm print kimono (on major sale!) / snake belt / dark wash skinny jeans / nail polish / bold ring / Chloe bag / black espadrille mules / Hawaii outfit details here.

This kimono was so much fun to wear in Hawaii. I kept getting compliments on the street when I wore it, and perfect strangers don’t compliment my outfits very often!

When I got back home, I found myself reaching for this kimono often. Turns out, it’s perfect for spicing up jeans and a tee; you know I am always trying to level up basic jeans and a tee! This kimono is perfect; plus it’s super soft and comfortable. Love that!

To make this tropical kimono look right on the streets of Silicon Valley, I switched to a leather bag, ditched the hat, and wore more understated jewelry. Worked like a charm! I’m getting compliments on this kimono when I wear it here at home too. This is definitely my favorite piece of the year! Love love love!

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There is nothing I love more than getting complimented on something I wear. Don’t we all put effort into our looks? It’s nice when people notice. I always try to compliment strangers when I like something they are wearing, sometimes it’s tough to remember. Since this kimono gets a lot of attention, I am making more of an effort to remember to let people know they look good. Sometimes a little compliment can help someone have a better day.

Shop my tropical palm print kimono look:

Do you have something people compliment you on often? Please share in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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