Posts tagged with ‘handbag’

Cuyana just released metallic totes for summer and they are perfect. They’re $195 each. 

Two Bags I Recommend:

The Fabletics gym bag is higher quality than I was expecting. It’s plenty big enough to hold anything I might need (change of clothes, towel, spin shoes, water bottle, blah blah). It looks a little darker in real life than in the photo—that’s probably because it’s not reading as shiny without direct light. I’m okay with that. It comes with an optional strap so you can wear the bag over your shoulder. I really like this and can see myself using it for a long time. One note: If you like a more structured bag, this probably won’t be your favorite. It’s quite soft and lays pretty flat when empty.  (If you haven’t signed up for Fabletics yet, please consider using my referral link.)

I was talking to a friend about Cuyana bags and she mentioned that she was worried about keeping it organized (it only has one internal pocket). I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in this post, but I’ve been using this Honest zip pouch to keep things organized inside my bag. I keep a few pull-ups and wipes in there, as well as hand sanitizer spray, lotion, lip balm, etc. Pretty handy! 

epiphanyoftiffany asked: Hi! I stumbled upon your post about the Cuyana leather tote. I'm looking into purchasing one myself but I'm not too sure about how it will hold up. Since you've had yours for about two-three months now, how do you feel about it? Is it a good, quality purchase? Thanks! P.S. All your outfits are fabulous :)

Thank you! :) 

It’s held up EXCEPTIONALLY well and I don’t coddle it. The stitching is all intact, I’ve carried it with more weight than I figured it could hold and it’s basically the only bag I use anymore. I had been going back and forth between the caramel, the black and the lighter stone color, but I figured the caramel would be the most versatile option and would hide scuffs or stains better than the stone one. (Although I still want that one!) 

I got the short leather tote (which is a perfectly suitable size for my needs), but just to change things up a bit, I’m going to drop hints about the black leather tall version for Christmas. However! If they reveal a crossbody bag between now and November, THAT would be just perfect. 

Anyway, it’s a high quality, gorgeous leather bag and I think it’s well-suited for professional and personal use, though it doesn’t have much internal organization (just one pocket). The new, larger leather shopper tote ($175, add your email to the waitlist here) might be a better option if you’ll be using it for a daily commute. 

Don’t forget that if you decide to have the bag monogrammed, it can take a while for the bag to get to you—about a month, maybe longer. It’s worth the wait though. 

gingersaysjump asked: Hi Jaclyn! I was wondering if you could help me. I'm going to study abroad in Finland for a month starting in July, and I need a new bag to take with me. I need to upgrade from a grungy backpack, but I need a bag that can fit a Macbook Pro and other things in it without breaking the bank. My budget is around $100, and I prefer totes but I'm open to whatever you suggest. Also not afraid of colour :) Thanks! - Shanae

Hi there! 

One of my favorite options for you is this Free People tote ($68). It’s available in white/black or black/cognac and can be worn over the shoulder too. It’s large but not too bulky and I love the chain detail. 

If you want a more simple design, this large zippered tote by Le Donne ($89 from $144) is a fantastic deal for real leather. It comes in four colors.

Another good option for you is ZARA’s popular Citybag. It’s available in a cream color ($99) and a red or navy color ($99). ZARA’s Shopper bag with a shoulder strap is nice and big too and it’s just $49.90! 

Here’s another great bag: BCBGeneration’s Pippa tote ($83 from $119). It’s available in 3 colors and can be worn crossbody. 

I’m not sure if this bag is QUITE big enough, but it’s an amazing deal: Deux Lux’s pebbled tote in gray or taupe ($48 from $155). 

If you don’t mind going a bit over your budget, Cuyana’s totes ($150) are amazing. They have some new color options too. 

murphysmentionables asked: Hi Jaclyn. Looking for some advice on work bags/totes. I travel extensively for work and am looking for a work bag that has a laptop sleeve/pocket and can hold a bunch of other travel essentials (snacks, folders, small toiletry bag. So bigger than a traditional laptop bag). I'm having trouble finding something that doesn't look like a regular old laptop bag, because I'd like this to be fashionable enough to use on the weekends as well. Would prefer to have a crossbody strap too. Thanks so much!

This was trickier than I thought it would be! It’s getting harder to find bags with built-in laptop sleeves (WHICH IS ANNOYING) but I think I found some that you might like. (A few have crossbody straps too.) 

Herschel Supply’s duffle ($70) is one of the more affordable bags I found. It has a laptop sleeve and looks pretty roomy inside. 

Banana Republic actually has a really good laptop tote ($165) that includes a cushioned sleeve area for a laptop. I don’t know if it’s large enough for you and it doesn’t have a crossbody strap, but wanted to include it. 

Hex’s laptop duffel ($100) and tote ($80) both have laptop sleeves. I love that they have water-resistant coating too. 

Charbonize’s chic laptop carryall has a crossbody strap and a 15-inch laptop compartment. It’s $186 (from $215). 

This Lole duffel ($140) was designed as a gym bag, but it has an interior laptop pocket and plenty of space for your other items. It also has a crossbody strap. 

J.Crew’s Abingdon laptop bag (in the mens section for $98) is another great choice. I like it in gray. 

Lo & Sons has some really interesting travel bags, including the O.M.G bag ($275) that I think would work great for you. 

Now we’re moving into more expensy stuff:

Tory Burch’s York tote is $295 and has an interior zipped laptop pocket. It can’t be worn crossbody, but looks large enough for the other things you’d need to take along. 

Knomo’s crossbody satchel bag ($425) fits a 15” laptop. 

Coach’s Bleeker Metropolitan bag ($598) and their Large Borough Bag ($798) both meet your specifications, but they’re awfully expensive! 

Another option is to pick up a weekender bag and just keep your laptop in a protective case inside the bag. 

I hope one of these works for you! 

Brandon told me the day before my birthday that my gift would be late and he felt very bad, but I am the most meh person when it comes to birthdays so I told him, “Don’t even feel bad! You know how meh I am about birthdays.” Anyway, the next morning he told me what he had gotten me so I’d have something to look forward to. 
AND IT ARRIVED TODAY 
It is Cuyana’s short leather tote and I feel good about having been recommending it blind to you guys for the past year or so because it is glorious. It is so well-made and appears to be very sturdy (I will report back after a month of use or so) and the monogramming is the icing on the cake. (It takes longer to receive the bag and it’s an extra $10, but it is the best $10 you will spend.) 
Here’s the thing I really love though: the color. It’s the richest shade of caramel. Caramel bags like this go with everything: They look good with denim and black (and I wear a lot of both). I love that the shape is so minimal and clean. No frills except the monogram. 
I am eyeing the tall leather tote ($150) next (when is the next gift giving occasion I can drop hints for—Mother’s Day, yes). If you have to take a laptop back and forth to work, the tall one might be a better choice. (Although I could easily fit my laptop in mine. It says “Short,” which may make you think it is small but it’s not.) 
Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a basic (NO BASIC BAGS ALLOWED) minimal leather tote that can work for commuting, weekend, diaper bagging, whatever—I am over the moon for this one already. 

Brandon told me the day before my birthday that my gift would be late and he felt very bad, but I am the most meh person when it comes to birthdays so I told him, “Don’t even feel bad! You know how meh I am about birthdays.” Anyway, the next morning he told me what he had gotten me so I’d have something to look forward to. 

AND IT ARRIVED TODAY 

It is Cuyana’s short leather tote and I feel good about having been recommending it blind to you guys for the past year or so because it is glorious. It is so well-made and appears to be very sturdy (I will report back after a month of use or so) and the monogramming is the icing on the cake. (It takes longer to receive the bag and it’s an extra $10, but it is the best $10 you will spend.) 

Here’s the thing I really love though: the color. It’s the richest shade of caramel. Caramel bags like this go with everything: They look good with denim and black (and I wear a lot of both). I love that the shape is so minimal and clean. No frills except the monogram. 

I am eyeing the tall leather tote ($150) next (when is the next gift giving occasion I can drop hints for—Mother’s Day, yes). If you have to take a laptop back and forth to work, the tall one might be a better choice. (Although I could easily fit my laptop in mine. It says “Short,” which may make you think it is small but it’s not.) 

Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a basic (NO BASIC BAGS ALLOWED) minimal leather tote that can work for commuting, weekend, diaper bagging, whatever—I am over the moon for this one already. 

I love this faux leather slouchy tote from Topshop ($84). A shoulder strap is a must-have lately for me too. (I am chasing down Isobel constantly/the retrieval is a two-handed maneuver.) 

natashacurrently asked: since this college grad is about to enter the world of working professionals, I'm in the market for a bag that is both super handy and can carry all my work day necessities [toiletries, notebooks, computer, etc.] and is stylish enough for both work and days off. and since I have no idea where to even begin the hunt, I thought I'd turn to you! and since I'm poor, $100 is pretty much the top of my budget. thanks!!! xoxo

My favorite all-purpose leather tote right now is from Cuyana. It’s above your budget at $150, but it’s real leather, a classic shape and perfect for work or weekends. (My birthday is coming up and I have given several hints. Hints like: I would like this Cuyana tote for my birthday.) The only downside is that it doesn’t have a zippered top. 

ZARA has some great affordable handbags too. Their new Citybag is a good option and they have it in red or navy for $99. You can wear it crossbody too. The Shopper bag ($69.90) is available in black and can also be worn crossbody. 

YOOX is another favorite spot of mine to find affordable leather goods. This George J. Love tote is $98 (from $245) and has a fun leopard interior. I’m a huge fan of this roomy Parentesi bag ($95 from $179). It’s available in hunter green or red leather. This oversized Parentesi ($98 from $192) has a crossbody strap and comes in gray or black. 

Where to find a gym bag:

Got this question in my Tumblr inbox:

long-time reader, first time asker… on the prowl for a durable gym bag… ideally something more “chic” than “sporty” but at the end of the day, let’s be honest: it’s carrying my sweaty clothes and running kicks (possibly a yoga mat too?). not wanting to break the bank but wanting a quality bag. thank you so much! — littlemisshappyhour

I use my Lululemon bag for the gym (and they do have really cute bags), but I’m on an anti-Lulu kick right now so I’m going to try and give you some other options. (They’re also really overpriced SO THERE’S THAT.) 

Fabletics has a cute black/blue gym bag for just $32! If you want to sign up, please consider using my referral link. (Thank you!) 

I am LOVING this Eddie Bauer gym tote/weekender. It’s $70, but it can also carry a yoga mat. It also has a separate pouch for carrying water. 

Gap has a gym bag that’s marked down on clearance right now to $30 (from $50). 

I don’t know if you saw this recently on my blog, but Target has a C9 by Champion gym tote that’s almost identical in design to the Lululemon bag I use. It’s only $30! 

Two more options: Zella’s quilted duffel ($88) gets great reviews and has a separate spot for shoes. I’m also a big fan of the design of this Athleta gym bag ($79). 

Zappos has discounted two really nice North Face gym bags. The first is a yoga tote (with yoga-mat carry across the top) that is now $65 (from $89). Love the gray and pink color. The second is a slightly smaller, less structured tote for $56 (from $70). 

I keep hearing really great things about Manduka’s yoga mats. They range in price on Amazon for the PROlite version, but are about $50-$70, depending on what color you want. If you don’t want to spend that much, I recommend checking at local Marshall’s or TJMaxx stores. They usually sell high quality yoga mats for next to nothing (check the brands/reviews online before purchasing).

sparklydrinks asked: Hi Jaclyn, I am writing to see if you have advice on a wristlet/wallet combo that I could use when I am not lugging around a diaper bag on the weekends. I am looking for something with credit card pockets and space for an iPhone and a lip gloss. Ideal, but not necessary, is a window on the outside for my train pass. Vera Bradley has some cute options but I am wondering what else you could find!

One of the best options I found for you is this Neiman Marcus phone wristlet—it’s just $27.50 today! (It was originally $80.) It’s leather, green and meets most of your specifications. If you aren’t a fan of green, there are other colors available too. 

I love Henri Bendel’s $68 wristlet too. It’s a neutral camel color, leather and fits a phone and 6 credit cards. If you don’t mind spending a little more, Tory Burch’s wristlet ($125) has a smartphone pocket and the leopard is really fun. 

Fossil has a fantastic (and affordable) selection of wristlets that could work for you. Their Sydney metallic carryall is on sale for $33 (from $46) right now—I love the gold! The Sydney mini organizer can fit a few more items and is $118. They also make an iPhone-specific wallet both in solid colors ($55) and prints ($45). Can I also suggest a small crossbody bag, like this one ($88)? Hands-free is always nice.