Currently carrying…

If you know me then you know that I LOVE a good handbag. Whether it is a big tote, nice satchel, or the perfect clutch; you can’t go wrong with purchasing a new bag! Some people just can’t walk away from a good purse. Trust me, I know a few bag hoarders! I was once included in this group! It was so bad that I had the same model bag in different colors. Seriously!! The moment I realized that my bag collection had gotten a little too extensive was when I noticed that I had no closet space on the top shelf to put another bag! I took them to Platos and created a Poshmark page and sold all of the “extras”! It was mostly my seasonal bags.

Eventually, I got to the point of where I was able to narrow down which bags to keep. It was a daunting task, but I saw it like this: Every woman needs to have at least two quality bags, a black one and a brown one. Having the two allows you to always tie your outfit together, no matter the season. (They are interchangeable, that’s for sure.) I have a few color bags that are really only used in the spring and summer, because I tend to wear much darker and deeper colors in the fall and winter.

Currently, I am carrying my Tory Burch York tote.  This bag has tons of potential. (Which is one of the reasons I love it!) This bag can be used for various reasons and occasions.  For example, if you’re a college student and aren’t really in to the whole backpack look, then this sturdy bag is more than capable to hold your books, laptop, pens, etc. For moms that are over the old, baby print, clashing diaper bag look, this could be used for small day trips. For the average, working woman (ME!!) this bag holds everything needed on a day-to-day basis.  I really love the bag and the simplicity of it. It would rank as one of my favorites. However, there is one thing I do not like. I don’t like that the middle compartment of the bag (the zipper area) is not stitched to the entire lining of the purse. It can allow some items to go over to the opposite side of the purse making it a little challenging to find smaller items. But again, this is a very minor dislike.

At any given moment, these are a few items I have in my purse…

  1. Kate Spade Forest Green dual wallet
  2. Coach coin purse that can also be a card or ID holder
  3. Ray Ban black aviators, orange polar aviators, and black wayfare
  4. IPhone 7+ phone jack (the latest feature that allows you to use an AUX cord or older headphones)
  5. IPhone 7+ charger (Emergency use)
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Nivea smoothness lip care [normaly I have Mary Kay Nourishine lip gloss]
  8. OPI and top coat polish (this varies by the color that I currently have on just in case I chip a nail)
  9. AKCESS business cards (You never know who you will meet)
  10. 2017 planner
  11. LuMee case (for the perfect selfie)
  12. Sharpies (for adding in calendar functions at any given moment)

I don’t want any of you reading this to think I am saying that a woman has to have a certain brand of purse, but these are just the bags that I like!  Here is a small list of great purses that are fabulous and of quality without the high(er) price tag.

A. H&M black purse

B. H&M Reversible

I hope that this will help you when shopping for your next purse! Good luck and happy shopping!




Casually Being Impromptu 

Don’t you just love when things happen in your life and you immediately say to yourself, “this is a future post!”? I totally had this moment while having dinner this week!  I thought the title of this post was kind of fun, catchy and pretty random at the same time. All which describes me on the daily!  I wanted to create this simple and impromptu post just to share some ideas on how to be casual and comfy for dinner dates  whether it’s with your girl-friends or with your special someone, husband, whoever.  Being cute while being comfy at the same time is MAJOR KEY for me when choosing a way to pair clothing items.  Once upon a time, I wanted to wear the highest heels and the tightest skirts.  I would be so uncomfortable! But as I have gotten older I only want to be comfy.  Can you agree?

Earlier this week, I was able to link up over dinner with one of my gal pals. She’s a charm and so was dinner at a local restaurant located in Five Points called Publico.  Great location, great interior set up, and awesome food.  It’s not an “upscale” place…I categorize it to be very laid back.  I was aware of where we were meeting for dinner Wednesday evening so I knew that I didn’t have to go for the sexy, sultry look but more of a cute, fun and casual outfit.  Although, I truly believe in the phrase, “there’s no such thing as being overdressed,” this was one of those days where I threw that completely out of the window.  I didn’t really have a process of putting these simple items together but below is sort of what my thought process was for the event:

  • wear a Fall color; nothing too bright
  • polish nails a neutral color that can be shown well in a dim area – – white
  • wear comfortable yet fashionable shoes – – based this on the weather

After considering all of these things, I came up with this outfit:

“Dress how you want to be addressed!”

Romper: Old Navy (no longer in stock)

Boots: Target (no longer in stock)

Denim jacket: Old Navy

Purse: MK Jet set travel tote

So the takeaways from this post are:

  1. When in Columbia go grab a bite to eat at Publico (check out the food blog on IG – TheSouthernBellestonian – to see food deets)
  2. Yes, you can be cute/sexy, comfy, and still work it like there is no tomorrow in an affordable manner
  3. the Iphone 7+ is capable of taking some pretty cool pictures

Hope this helps you in some way now or in the future! Don’t forget to check out my IG too – – thought I’d throw that in there! *wink*