I’m so surprised that I never blogged about Envirosax or LOQI and that’s why I’m taking the opportunity to do this today. I believe being environmentally conscious is a good thing, which means decreasing our use of plastic bags and such. My neighborhood has also ceased the recycling of plastic shopping bags and have required us to discard them along with our regular trash. A number of local shops have begun charging for their paper shopping bags so I’ve had to remember to include some reusable totes in both my purse and car for just in case. I’ve even gifted a few to my parents for their grocery trips and have given several as stocking stuffers over the years. I find that the Envirosax and LOQI brands make bags of the perfect size, are sturdy, and offered in attractive patterns.
We were really there for my husband… to help him find a day hiking backup at Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna, New Jersey. It’s one of those times when you find something special for yourself too ;). Fairly often I find myself slightly dehydrated and fatigued on longer hikes despite bringing along a bottle of water. No longer do I have to take such conservative little sips hoping to reach the car before running out of water. I believe my new Raven will definitely level the playing field for me. There’s also ample space to carry other little necessities AND I was able to find it in a lovely purple violet (Royal Purple) as well! Because I’m a stickler for cleanliness, I bought a perfect fit Osprey Bite Valve Cover for it. The cover is compatible with other Osprey products like a few of their water containers etc. Recently I purchased a raincover to protect my backpack from inclement weather; its ever so slightly big but it’ll do. Both the bite valve and raincover were purchased from Amazon.com.
For any of you who own anything from Cleobella’s famous Mexicana collection, I’d love to hear from you… It looks like a lovely product to own and I can imagine a hardworking artisan lovingly pouring hours into its creation… Please let me know your thoughts below. XOXO
This time all that glitters is gold! With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection. I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit. You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)… Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below. Had to snag that baby up!
My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags. I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.
Many years ago when I first began my graduate program, I carried a very handsome and dependable Perlina black leather backpack. I remembered one snowy night, quite like today, I decided to walk home rather than to wait for the bus (which was uncharacteristically delayed). The backpack had survived my walk through the harsh weather much to my surprise and delight. As soon as I arrived home, I toweled off the snow to preserve the leather. Pictured below is one which looks identical to mine. One feature I loved most about it besides its buttery soft leather was its very convenient side-zip.
These days trying to find a nice leather backpack feels like trying to search for a needle in a haystack. Only every once in a while will you find a really special one (sorry if it sounds overly critical of me). Wish I didn’t allow Rebecca Minkoff’s to get away a couple years back =(. Just recently I spotted one by OrYany and can see for myself why it has received such rave reviews!
I’ve finally discovered the joy of crossbodys after putting aside a long time bias towards those extra large satchels. It’s a choice of carrying your essentials versus all those what-ifs (which many times do not come to fruition) and especially a no brainer when shoulder and backaches are concerned. Minkoff and Lanvin does it in style, I must say! Light, aery, unburdened and ready to shop, shop, shop ;)…
I’ve been loving crossbody bags recently for the obvious reasons (hands-free option and when a big heavy bag isn’t preferable). They are great for date nights (especially theater nights) and when you need to carry only necessities for classes or on errands. Here are two favorites of mine:
Rebecca Minkoff Classics MAC Crossbody Clutch:
“Oversized clip-lock boldly details the front flap pocket of a lightly textured leather clutch designed with an optional chain strap for versatility.
Top zip closure.
Exterior zip pocket under flap.
Protective metal feet.
Interior zip, wall and cell phone pockets; key clip.
Lanvin Metallic Chain Crossbody Bag:
“Signature ribbon-detailed chain strap completes the utterly feminine look of this metallic lambskin bag.
Bronze quilted lambskin and self piped trim.
Chain shoulder strap with black leather top and ribbon detail on side.
Recently my husband and I traveled to England and Wales. I brought my Vera Bradley Viva La Vera Weekender as my carry-on and really loved this bag for its generous pockets and ease of carrying. It kept all my belongings well organized and nicely accessible; with the added plus of being made with cheery patterned, soft but thick quilted fabric reminding me of the comforts of home (think quilted-comforter). I’m also very interested in the Grand Traveler in Folkloric for a short domestic getaway. Other great prints include the Watercolors, Happy Snails, Mocha Rouge, Sittin in a Tree, Deco Daisy, and retired Peacock (which can still be found on e.g. eBay and perhaps other places if you looked hard enough).
I’m lusting over Onna Ehrlich’s Francoise Croco Bowler and Dawn Croco handbags! They are so gorgeous, roomy, and look well-made! Simple design- I love that because some handbags are wayyy overly designed… ugh… I’ve only seen these two particular bag styles offered no more than once or twice in sample sales. Both times I missed out =(. Drat!