Friends and fashionistas, my apologies for the spotty posting over the last year.
A third baby and a new post at a boutique public relations firm has kept me from doing what I really love to do most often, which is BUY STUFF, of course.
But I had to make time for this amazing Issey Miyake Prism Rainbow Tote. I am truly in love with all things “totable” as my young family is constantly on the go.
From business trips to playdates, I am always on the hunt for fabulous totes that make me look like I put some effort (even if I didn’t) into what I am wearing… and toting. This makes my skinny white jeans, t-shirts and Chuck Cons super chic in an instant!
I saw these MZ Wallace bags at a dapartment store here in town last year. I carried it around the handbag department for awhile, while I tired to decide if I should buy it or not. I didn’t end up doing it. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I thought I shouldn’t spend the money at the time (I think I was supposed to be Christmas shopping!)
Several MZ Wallace bags showed up on one of my favorite blogs this morning, and renewed my interest. I hopped over to www.mzwallace.com to check out the most recent selection and fell in deep love all over again.
Yes, I know I am handbag crazy this weekend, but I had to post this Black Bedford w/Black Oxford Ava tote because it will make an amazing fall/winter bag this year. And it’s spacious enough to stow mittens, hats and more, should winter decide to show up in the Midwest this year.
Each handbag, tote or envolope-style clutch is made from certified organic cotton, dyes that are free of heavy metals and are sustainable from the inside out. Not only that, the company’s mission is to raise awareness for organic cotton and its positive impact on people and the planet.
Cute, practical and good for the earth — what a concept!
I love totes. I’d rather carry a tote during the summer than almost any other bag. They are ideal for stashing flip flops when you want to start out wearing high, wedge sandals. Store sunscreen, snacks and drink pouches for the kids. Or toss in your cardigan for all the places that are highly air conditioned on a hot, summer day.
This Meredith Wendell Curved Tote is perfect for the “tote of the day” job. Of course, it’s in my favorite color, and the “braided” in handles are a cool, contrasting navy. Interior pockets, with and without zips, let you stow those smaller objects, which tend to get lost in oversized bags. And the flat bottom means you can set them upright without everything dumping out.
This cute bag also comes in gray with salmon-colored handles and an apple green (a close 2nd favorite!) with honey-colored, natural leather handles.
I found Clare Vivier bags on a cool blog I get updates from almost daily. Clare Vivier’s first creation was born out of the need for a more feminine laptop bag, which could accomodate her computer and personal affects while she traveled often for her job in French television.
Clare Vivier’s extensive collection of clutches, totes, iPad cases and more will WOW! you with vivid color and beautiful materials. Below is the Tropézienne sac that put Clare and her gorgeous bags on the map, and a few of my other faves too! (Photos credits from seevivier.com)
At 14″ x 15.5″, these are roomy enough for the beach, the farmer’s market or just to and from work. Of course my fave is the Paris one, but there are other ones too, like the weekend getaway trio with Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Hamptons on them.
I love them so much that I want them all. One for $22 or three for $30. You do the math.