Daily Covet: Totemania

I realize my last post was also about a certain black tote. But if you remember, my current fabulous tote is on it’s way to being un-fabulous due to worn out straps that will break at the sheer mention of putting my laptop in it.

So my search has turned to frenzy and I’ve already notified my dear husband that the next gift-giving opportunity should include one of many of the great totes I’ve laid eyes on lately.

Here’s my current list in addition to that nylon HUNTER one that I blogged about the other day:

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Kate Spade Austin Varrick Street Suede, katespade.com

You can’t go wrong with Kate. She makes some pretty damn good bags. I should know, I have quite a few. I love this bag with the winged look that you can find on so many other bags, but at a fraction of the price. My only complaint is that it might be a bit dressy for my needs. I’m looking for the SAHM-everyday tote that won’t be seeing the inside of an office anytime in the near future.

 

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Zac by Zac Posen, Saksoff5th.com

This Zac Posen number is probably my favorite. It has a sophisticated vibe without being too dressy. It’s simple and roomy and the leather looks like it would feel like butter!

 

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Jason Wu Christy Leather Shopper, lastcall.com

I should give the disclaimer that this Jason Wu beauty is my actual favorite but at over $1K a pop, it’s just not a practical choice. I’d be too scared to let a snack near it!

 

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Neiman Marcus Greco Two Tone, lastcall.com

I’m a big fan of the two-tone detailing for obvious practical reasons and I love the long strap option, which I don’t have now and occasionally wish I did. A very good choice at a very good price.

 

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Cole Haan Mila Leather Tote, nordstromrack.com

You gotta love patent leather. It just makes a nice, black bag all the nicer. I love the gold hardware and the roomy handles. It looks sturdy too with plenty of room for my whole life that I lug around with me each day.

Daily Covet: HUNTER Nylon Tote

I’ve been carrying a super cool Ralph Lauren tote for several years now. It’s this shiny black leather tote with a “pinking shears” look along the top edge.

I get compliments on it almost daily and I love how it’s firm sides stand up so I can see inside it at all times. My 15″ laptop fits in it along with my iPad, snacks for post-school sports practices, swim goggles, mittens and a hat, my wallet and a small bag of personal affects.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that the handles, which are anchored by small gold-ish square hardware, are starting to wear thin. The day where one of those handles snaps is coming soon and I can’t be without a tote that gets me through virtually every day.

So my hunt has begun – no pun intended – and my top pick so far is this awesome HUNTER Nylon Moustache Messenger Bag. I love how simple it is and while I’m not a huge fan of big, fat labels on things – I do love the bright pop of red and white against the black background. I also love that there are both short and long-handled options, which is something my current bag doesn’t have.

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Girls’ Gift Guide

Friends, I cannot tell you how invaluable this blog came to be when it comes time for my husband and sons to shop for gifts.

It has become like my year-long Christmas list and makes gift-giving for this very particular girl easier than ever.

So what are some of my favorite gift ideas for girls who love to get good gifts?

See below for a few of my most favorite things. Chances are, some of these may be on your list too – so send mom, dad or your “S.O.” my way via littleblacksweats.com and have them take a look see!

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❤️ Cable-knit sweaters are everywhere this year. Pair them with virtually anything for a cozy, yet polished, style. 💛 Sui Love EDP by Anna Sui is a classic floral frangrance. It’s my absolute favorite and is absolutely on my own list this year! 💚 If she’s like me, her feet are always freezing. Update her worn-out slippers with a pair of these metallic leather and fur lovelies! 💙 The New Year is right around the corner. Help her keep the beat and her workout schedule with no-fuss wireless bluetooth headphones. 💜 Ugg is always a can’t fail gift option. Let her try out the new Classic Luxe Collection for a more streamlined version of her old favorites. ❤️ Planning to spend your bonus on her this year? Give her this multi-strand Lulu Frost statement necklace. It’ll be hard to tell if she or the necklace sparkles more.

Daily Covet: Loafing around

I can’t tell you how glad I am that loafers have come around again over the last couple of years.

As much as I love a good ballet flat as much as the next person, I absolutely adore a fine, leather loafer even more. And they are probably far better for your feet, as well, with their sturdy soles and all.

Dress up in them or dress down – either way, you’ll love the twist a good loafer will bring to an already fabulous outfit.

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Daily Covet: Anthropologie Starlight Sequin Jacket

This time of year, I am D-runk on all things sequined.

I would wear it head to toe if I was more into bedazzling during the rest of the year.

But this super adorable jacket from Paper Crown is so subtle in ivory that I could wear it with literally anything and I’m not just saying that. In fact, I might even go so far as to wear it with a black sequined mini I already own… sortof like a suit!

But more likely, I’d pair it with boyfriend jeans and satin pumps or leather shorts and a silk cami for girls’ night out.

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Daily Covet: A very Target Christmas

With two-ish weeks to Thanksgiving, I am already anticipating the pulling out of Christmas crap I use to decorate my home for the holidays each year (and I mean “crap” in the nicest way.) But really, it’s a collection of ornaments, towels, lights and much more that I have accumulated on the way to being a grown up – some items even belonged to my long deceased grandparents once upon a time.

But like all the rooms in my house, I’m itching to just blow them up and start over with a more thoughtfully curated collection of holiday paraphernalia.

That brings me to the Target holiday aisle…the one they put closest to the large aisle that takes me to the part of the store where I actually buy things we need. How on earth can I not stop for a peek at all the fun new things that have been out for the holidays since before Halloween… because that’s necessary.

This year I’m loving all the turquoise, metallics and cream that is being shown for the holidays. My tree has been decorated in turquoise for years so it’s nice to see that Target is finally catching up with me!

Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

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Daily Covet: Warby Parker Sunnies

You know me, I can’t pass up a pair of fabulous sunglasses!

So when Warby Parker collaborated with luxury brand, Maiyet, on these limited-edition “Bird” sunglasses, I also couldn’t resist putting them on my Daily Covet.

These totally gorge Italian-crafted sunglasses are made from contrasting premium, earth-toned cellulose acetate and are available in three awesome color combinations.

My absolute faves are this “Bird” striped oystershell with jet black pair. They are so retro-Hollywood.

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As always, Warby Parker makes a donation of a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. Maiyet also makes a donation to their Nest foundation that is dedicated to training and developing artisan entrepreneurs.

I may be very fortunate, but I’m desperately “in need” of these Warby Parker Bird sunnies!