Hand painted handbags from Vakaro (giveaway ends 6/28/13)



I’m not necessarily a “girly-girl”. I don’t have a closet full of shoes and I don’t have shoes, belts and handbags to match every outfit I own. I’m just a simple girl, so I keep things as basic as possible. However that doesn’t mean for one moment that I don’t like, or enjoy, pretty things. I can’t walk past a jewelry store at the mall without something shiny and sparkling catching my eye. 🙂

I have friends (including my daughter) who own numerous handbags. My daughter has so many that we had to pack some away and store them in my father’s basement. Many of my friends are like that too. I never see them with the same handbag twice.

I do like handbags, but I’m not obsessed with them. I have a few that I use on a regular basis. I swap them out depending on my need. I have my every day bag, my larger tote bag, my “date night/night on the town” bag and a couple of others.

I tend to go for smaller bags compared to huge, tote size bags. My daughter loves the huge bags so she can carry around her entire life in them (ha ha). As for me, I keep them small because I only carry around a few basic things (cards, cash, phone, keys, chapstick, lotion…).

Recently I was asked if I wanted to review a beautiful hand painted bag from Vakaro.com. I was asked to visit the site and pick out one I wanted to review. That was easier said than done. I have about a half dozen bags that I really liked. It was hard to pick just one. I finally picked the one called Butterfly Marvel. I happen to love butterflies, and a dear friend of mine nicknamed me “my precious butterfly”, so it seemed only fitting that I pick a butterfly themed bag.

Vakaro Handbags

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Because the bags are hand painted I was prepared for some variations in the design and colors. I was very surprised to find that the bag looked almost identical. There was even more parts of the bag that were hand painted that were not seen on the website.

This is not a huge bag. It’s an average size bag. It measures 8″ L x 3.5″ W and 7″ H. It might be an average size but it sure has an ABOVE average amount of space for all your stuff. It’s surprisingly very roomy.

It even has a mirror on the side flap (a nice size one too!).

Check out all the spaces available with this hand bag. Please note that I took these pictures before I put my stuff inside. I didn’t want people seeing photos of my debit card and other personal items.

Bag 1

Bag looks identical to the one on the site.

Bag 2

Two outside pockets. Great for sunglasses and cellphones.

Bag 4

Hand painted throughout.

Bag 5

Plenty of room for cards and a checkbook.

Bag 6

Plenty of slots and even a built in change purse.

Bag 7

Inside pocket also hand painted.

Bag 9

Plenty of room inside including a zippered pocket.

I love that they paid great attention to detail and made sure there was more than enough room for everything most people would need to carry with them in their bags.

I love the design. I especially love the metallic accents throughout the flowers and butterflies. It really makes the design “pop”.

The bag is very soft too. Sometimes when you have a brand new bag they are stiff. This bag feels like it’s been well loved for years. It’s very soft and pliable.

I’ve been using this bag exclusively for a couple of weeks and I get a lot of compliments on it. Almost everyone compliments me on the design and how colorful it is. When I tell people it’s hand painted they find that amazing. A lot of people have asked me where I got the bag from too.

Vakaro offers different types of bags including Hobo, Satchel, Weekender, Tote and more. Here are a few more examples of the types of beautifully hand painted bags you’ll find at Vakaro.

Blue Bag Flower Bag

Tote Bag

Because each bag is hand painted (colored) there might be some differences. Some pieces are also limited editions due to the personal nature of each design.

All of these bags are leather. I know some people are against leather and animal products. I personally don’t use products made with fur, leather or anything that was tested on animals. With five cats, a dog and fish it’s clear that I am an animal lover. However I don’t judge people for their choices. I’m in my mid-40’s and have never owned anything made out of leather. I don’t think this one bag is going to make me out to be a horrible person.

To check out all the available designs visit www.Vakaro.com. The prices shown on the site are NOT US dollars. To find the US dollar amount click on the drop down menu found on the top right corner (where is reads INR) and change it to US Dollar).

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are interested in making a purchase you can get FREE shipping to the US using the code SHESCRIBES.

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One lucky reader can win a Vakaro bag of their choice (up to $85.00 USD). Thank you Vakaro!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on June 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will  have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please check out Vakaro.com and the come back here and comment on which bag you would like to win if you were the lucky winner.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Vakaro will be providing the prize.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. anne conover says:

    I really like the Blossom of Hope crossbody bag. It’s gorgeous!

  2. anne conover says:

    From Antica Farmacista I would love to try the Green Fig diffuser! Yankee Candle used to make a fig candle and it was always my favorite but they stopped selling it 🙁

  3. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I love the nectar Wish Hobo Bag! These are just beautiful!

  4. I love the Garden of Life handbag.

  5. Lavender and Lime Blossom sounds amazing!

  6. What a neat idea! I love the peacock clutch

  7. So many pretty bags to choose from! One I particularly like is the Blossom of hope bag.

  8. Julie G says:

    Promise of Rain is unique and quite lovely.

  9. I love the Black Mamba!

  10. Nature Joy

  11. Diana Shenderovich says:

    love Garden of life

  12. Margaret Smith says:

    I love the Dancing Tunes tote. What beautiful work on all of these. Love them!
    Thanks so much.

  13. Starr Greenwell says:

    I really like the Nectar Wish, SKU: VK21144

  14. Julie Cutshaw says:

    Wow, so many choices. I liked the garden of eden the Green color and dragon flies are so nice thanks sewitupjulie@gmail.com

  15. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d choose Dancing Tunes!

  16. Estelle S says:

    I love the Garden Of Eden bag! It’s a few dollars more than $85, but I would gladly pay the difference if I won.

  17. Michelle H. says:

    I think I would choose the Garden of Eden.

  18. Crystal W says:

    I’d choose the Three Weaves wallet

  19. I like rooting for love bag.

  20. Kelly R. says:

    I like the Blessed Garden cross body bag.