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Seeking: The Perfect Leather Bag For The Season

Handbags are a big part of my grownup ‘fewer better things’ philosophy. Instead of stuffing my closet with trendy inexpensive purses, I treat myself to two nice leather bags each year: one at the start of spring, and another when fall comes around. This season, I’m searching for an everyday carryall in a rich neutral color or sleek black. This Hobo ‘Blaze’ converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack, so it’s the best of both worlds, with a tassel! I just wish it was a smidge bigger so it would fit my laptop, planner, and all the other stuff I schlep to-and-from the flower shop. These oversized totes and carryalls top my favorites list. And I couldn’t resist throwing in a ladylike backpack.

Filling the {Closet} Gaps

Last week, while getting ready for a ‘business casual’ event, I realized there’s a problem with my closet… It’s filled with casual work/weekend clothes, and cocktail dresses. There’s no middle ground. Rewind to my days of corporate dress codes: I had outfits for every imaginable business occasion, but nothing to wear to a Sunday BBQ. Shouldn’t I have this figured out by now? My girlfriends have similar issues. Despite our best intentions to shop for well-rounded wardrobes, we tend to gravitate to clothes that offer the most mileage for our varying jobs and lifestyles. I find myself buying stacks of jeans and tees in every shape and color. My friend has a stockpile of pencil skirts and silk button-downs for her 9-5. Ask us to dress for something ‘dressy casual’ and our heads might explode. So we, a.) panic when we’re invited to an event outside our wardrobe’s resources, and/or b.) buy something we’ll probably wear once for the occasion and forget. I think there are a few key pieces that are missing from my closet that could go a long way in filling the gap …