Fashion, Handbags, Style, Summer Fashion

Best Summer Bags: Splurges and Steals!

The official start of summer is upon us and I am SO excited to be back talking about bags, bags and more bags!  I was inspired to add a post about summer bags after confirming plans for an upcoming beach getaway I am so very much looking forward to–Cabo here I come!  I’ve pulled together some fabulous summer bag styles that I am lovin’ right now and seriously considering adding to my collection.  Ok, being completely honest–I’ve already purchased a couple of these, but no real surprise there :)!  I am only showing 8 here, but there are so many awesome options available right now and I’m all about sharing when it comes to great fashion finds and style ideas and I’m so excited now to share my summer bag picks and purchases with you!  There just may be part 2 of this post!

First things first, #1, the bamboo tote– so cute!  This bag style isn’t new, but a silhouette made super popular with the Cult Gaia a couple years ago. It’s still available now as a very on fashion tote, but at an awesomely affordable price point! I snagged mine from Amazon! With such a range of price points to choose from I decided to add it to my collection! Truly super low investment and such a great look!  I have the more neutral natural bamboo version, shown below but it’s available in other colored wood styles and acrylic options, the skinny scarf is optional!  I love #2! The Rebecca Minkoff Fan Tote, this is the large canvas option, but there are SO many versions and colors of this bag– the mini, there is a nylon option, there is even a clear version! OK, 4 and 5 are obviously very similar but I couldn’t decide which was cuter, so I included both! These are from Street Level brand, but there are so many options available this season in these easy to carry rattan styles–enjoy! #6 is my absolute favorite right now and is super fun, BUT, definitely the priciest out of all the options. However,! So fabulous, I can see it being paired effortlessly with some khaki paper bag waist shorts and white tank or an off the shoulder maxi dress for a night out! Chrissy Teigen loves it too!! Links to shop all the options are below!

(left to right) – Bamboo Tote, |2| Rebecca Minkoff Canvas Tote, |3| Circle Handle Straw Pom Tote, A New Day Target Collection |4| Street Level Rattan Circle Tote, |5| Street Level Rattan Box Tote, |6| Jacquemus Le Baci Tote, Shopbop |7| Abigale Straw Clutch, Francesca’s |8| Rebecca Minkoff Kate Circle Crossbody

What do you all think of my picks? See something you like?  A new must have item?  Already have?  Leave us a comment, or even better a picture!  

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Bag Review: Henri Bendel Chrystie Embroidered Satchel

Happy Friday! 

I don’t know about you guys but I am super excited (as usual) that Friday is here!!!  Today’s post is one of our favorites–a new bag review!  And why is this one of our favorite posts to write do you ask?  Because a bag review means we have a NEW bag and we LOVE new bags!!  The gorgeous leather embroidered Henri Bendel Chrystie is our feature bag for today.

This bag is beautiful!  Pebbled leather with beautiful embroidered front detail and a fun leather tassel are the standouts.  This is a true satchel so there is no additional shoulder strap,  however the two double carry handles are very comfortable and easy to hold in hand or on your arm.  Structured but not stiff so the bag doesn’t droop when full.  This bag is great in that it also features 4 decorative but functional zippers on the sides of the bag that allows you to expand the bag when needed!  This is a large size bag, could easily accommodate everyday purse essentials, a tablet or even small laptop and a bottle of water.

The best part is that this little beauty is on sale right now during the Henri Bendel Semi Annual Sale!  We will post our favorites from the sale a bit later!  The bag retailed for $598 but is on sale now for $358!  Available in Black and Roobios Tea (love)!  I have the Roobios Tea and I love it, I’ve received several compliments already!

All about the bag:

Chrystie Embroidered Satchel

  • Pebbled leather
  • Embroidery detail on front
  • Expandable sides
  • Flap closure
  • Interior open pocket
  • Pocket on back
  • Three interior zippered pockets
  • Dimensions: 11.5″H x 17.5″W x 6.5″D
  • 5″ handle drop





  • 100% pebbled leather
  • Adjustable sides
  • Embroidered detail
  • Leather tassel accent; very substantial and stylish tassel can be removed and used with other bags
  • Versatile; great large size makes this bag perfect for work or play
  • On sale now!


  • Could get heavy once full, as with most bags this size or style.  Just be mindful that you don’t HAVE to stuff it to the brim!
  • No additional shoulder strap; I list this as a con because I know some women like the option however for me personally it isn’t an issue.   I tend to gravitate to more satchel styles and prefer to carry my bag that way– IF I’m not running around with my kids!
  • No inside dividers–not a deal breaker for me but again I often hear from clients that they like dividers or compartments inside of large bags to help them stay organized.


Bag Scorecard
Looks:  9
Value:  9
Functionality:  8
Size:  9

Overall Rating: 35/40;  Love this bag– go get yours!  🙂


What do you all think about this bag?  Love it?  Really love it?  Send us a note, would love to hear from you!

And don’t forget, check out the other great deals happening right now during the Henri Bendel Semi-Annual Sale.  Don’t miss!

Happy Shopping!





**Images courtesty of Henri Bendel site

Fashion, Jewelry, Shopping, Style, Summer Fashion

Must Have Monday (on Tuesday)!!  NEW Alex and Ani Wonder Woman Cuff!

Due to technical difficulties my must have Monday post is now being posted on Tuesday…sorry!  I was really excited about this one as well because it involved me and new jewelry!

Now–calling all Wonder Women!  Alex and Ani has  launched their Wonder Woman collection that coincides with the recent launch of the movie Wonder Woman. Even if you aren’t a lover of Super Heros but you love Alex and Ani, I think you  will love the fun pieces in this collection.

The entire collection is pretty cute but for today’s (yesterday’s) “Must Have” Monday I am focusing on the metal cuffs from the collection. So cute!  Pic below is of the exact cuff I scored (shown with my Wonder Woman t-shirt!)

Wonder Woman Gold Cuff




The cuff is adjustable and available in the signature Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes for $48! Looks great with other Alex and Ani bracelets, image above is how I wore it, shown also with my new color infusion cuff!

I love Alex and Ani, the pieces are so easy to wear and dangerously fun to collect!  See slide show below for a few other standout pieces I noted and that you must have for your collection!

Own this piece or any of the pieces from the new collection?  Like it?  Love it?  Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy Shopping!