Any woman will tell you that choosing a purse is a surprisingly personal decision. When you carry the same bag every day, it starts to feel like an extension of yourself. It must protect all your most important belongings, go with all your outfits, and possibly double as a weapon if you find yourself cornered by a skeezy dude at the bar. To say your bag needs to be versatile is an understatement. In my opinion (which is, of course, very personal), this crossbody bag is perfect. Big enough to hold your wallet, cellphone, makeup, keys, and a book; small enough to not weigh you down; in a gorgeous burgundy color that works for all 4 seasons. Plus, this baby is made to last: it’s handmade in Portland, Oregon of military grade fabric that’s stain and water resistant. And if that’s not enough, you can customize the color and hardware to match your exact taste. Love. It. [$150, Two Hold]
Hipsters for Sisters is an accessories company founded by designer Debra Denniston and her two daughters. Their mission is to “liberate women from their baggage,” and they mean it, both literally — they specialize in hands-free belt bags — and figuratively — 10% of their profits are donated to organizations that aim to empower and liberate women. Hipsters for Sisters’ belt bags are not only cute, convenient, and fashion-forward, they’re also made in the USA of eco-friendly vegan leather, silk charmeuse, organic cotton, and other sustainable materials. How perfect would these be for concerts, festivals, or traveling, especially to areas where pick-pocketing is a major issue? I’m already fantasizing about wearing one for my trip to Lyon later this year — mostly because not lugging a purse around will give me an extra hand I can use to eat more cheese. Life dream status. After the jump, get the shopping details for the three fab bags shown above, and check out all the awesome, ethically made options on the Hipsters for Sisters website! Keep reading »
My current strategy for identifying my unremarkable black suitcase at baggage claim consists of picking up other people’s unremarkable black suitcases, realizing it’s not mine when someone yells, “Hey, that’s my suitcase!” and then repeating the process until, by process of elimination, I’ve alienated everyone at the conveyor belt and am triumphantly holding my own bag. This is a terrible system, but I’ve been putting off buying luggage tags because I wanted to find the perfect ones. I think I finally have: these Flight Libs luggage tags and passport holders, which are not only bright and easy to spot, but so cute and clever, adorned with travel-themed Mad Libs sentences. And at less than $20 a pop, you can buy a tag for every piece of luggage you own, an unforgettable passport holder, and still afford to order an extra bottle of wine at your first dinner in Rome. Check out all the designs at Flight 001!
FashionABLE is a company based in Nashville, Tennessee that seeks to create sustainable business opportunities for women in Ethiopia through stylish, handmade scarves and leather goods. FashionABLE is committed to creating long-term poverty solutions instead of a cycle of dependence, so they help women set up business collectives, assist with job training and education, and partner with local manufacturers to encourage hiring more women and paying fair wages. Then they step back and let the women take charge of their own destinies. As the company website states: “That means that your purchase of a scarf creates jobs so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.” Pretty awesome, right? Click through to check out some of the beautiful scarves (100% cotton and lightweight enough for spring and summer) and leather goods FashionABLE artisans are making right now!
The sun is finally coming out in most parts of the country, which means it’s time to bust out your favorite sunglasses once again. But what to do if last season’s sunnies are looking a bit boring in the harsh light of spring? Glam them up with a little DIY magic, of course. Click through to check out 10 cheap, easy ways to embellish your plain old shades!
Spring has arrived, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter. Time to invest in a new pair of designer sunglasses! Wait, maybe not. I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost, sat on or otherwise broken so many pairs of sunglasses over the years, that I now refuse to spend any more than $40 on a pair of shades. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable options that mimic the high end styles designed by Tom Ford, Karen Walker and Tory Burch. Click through for nine pairs of designer sunglasses that are hot for spring, plus their wallet-friendly copycats…