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Vote for your favorite from Vans Custom Culture competition

 

Vans Custom Culture

Growing up I loved being barefoot. The moment I got home from school I would kick off my shoes. I was always playing outside in bare feet too. Maybe that is why I am not much of a shoe person as an adult.

I have a few pairs of shoes but I usually only wear sneakers. I am more comfortable in sneakers than I am in dress shoes. I keep a couple of pairs of dress shoes for special occasions.

My teenage daughter loves shoes. She’s crazy about shoes, bags, jewelry, clothing and makeup. She’s a typical teen girl.

My daughter likes to wear sneakers just like me, but she’s more picky about the ones she’ll wear. One of her favorite brands is Vans. She has a three pairs of Vans sneakers.

Have you ever heard of Vans Custom Culture? I was not aware of this competition until recently.

Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.

This brief video gives you a little more information about the competition too.

 

Both of my kids are in high school. I am always amazed by just how talented the students are. Even in middle school and elementary school there have been some students who excelled at art.

I was good at art when I was in high school (it was my best subject). Sadly I think I lost a lot of my creativeness as I got older. These days I find that I doodle more than draw. I guess it’s because I don’t have the time like I did when I was in high school. As an adult I always feel rushed all the time too. When I was younger I took my time to do things.

Vans Custom Culture is a high school competition. Over 2,500 schools are competing for the opportunity to win $50,000 for their school’s art programs. I think this is wonderful. I fully support the arts.

My daughter was in an advanced art class at school and did very well. Sadly the program was cut due to lack of funding. I think that is one of the worse things the school district could have done. I’m sure there were other ways to cut corners. They didn’t have to cut out such an important program.

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Art inspires people. It’s also a way for students to showcase their talents. Seeing their artwork in local studios and featured around the school is a great way to boost someone’s self esteem and confidence. Art is also a way for people to express themselves and let their inner self shine. Not having these programs is a travesty.

Vans sent the participating school blank (plain white) Vans shoes. For this competition the school’s need to decorate the Vans shoes any way they see fit. When they finished they submitted their designs to Vans for judging. The top 50 entries will be voted on by the public, starting TODAY. Winners from the public round of voting will then be judged internally by Vans. Students representing the top 5 designs will be flown to New York City for the final round of judging. The winning design will win $50,000 for their school’s art programs.

Vans sent me a pair of shoes and some art supplies (markers, paints…) to decorate my own pair of Vans. Needless to say I’m not talented, but I tried.

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FYI… Don’t ask kids to help you decorate shoes with markers because they will think it’s OK to decorate their own sneakers that way. LOL!

I had some help decorating the sneakers (from 7 years old to teens).

Even though I won’t be winning any prizes for my shoes, it was still fun to do.

If you would like to learn more about the Vans Custom Culture competition, or to vote for your favorite entry, visit – Vans.com/CustomCulture. In addition, check out the hashtags #VansCustomCulture #ArtEducations on social media.

What do you think about this competition? Do you feel that not enough is being done to encourage children to participate in the arts (art, music, theater…)? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I received a pair of shoes and art supplies free to do my design. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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OGIO for women on the go

 

OGIO Bag

Being a stay at home/work from home mom for a big chunk of my life, I never had to worry much about taking all my daily essentials with me where ever I went. When my kids were little I would tote around half our home in my diaper bag, but that was many years ago. My kids are teenagers now.

Prior to getting a job outside of the home all I needed to carry with me when I went shopping and did errands was my wristlet – a tiny purse big enough to hold my wallet, car keys and cellphone. That’s it. That is all I needed.

Once I got a part time job outside of the home I suddenly realized that there was a lot I needed to bring with me. Most things I don’t necessarily need on a daily basis, but they are still good things to have on hand. Suddenly I needed room to tote around Advil, a comb, mirror, mints, TUMS, lip balm, hand cream, eye drops, handy wipes, tissue, cellphone plug, portable charger for my cellphone, iPad Mini (to read ebooks), snacks, something to drink, a pen, paper and occasionally my laptop, power cord and mouse.

Needless to say my itty bitty wristlet was no longer big enough.

Granted I don’t need all that stuff every day, but it’s nice to have these things handy in case I need them.

I found myself looking for a new bag that would give me plenty of room for all the goodies I need to take to work with me. I also wanted something that was fashionable, but not too fashionable. After all, I’m more about what is comfortable and practical than I am about what is the “it” look.

These days I find myself looking at bags more often then I did in the past. Even when I am out and about I check out other ladies tote bags and handbags and try and picture myself using it.

I was sent to review a super cute tote bag from a company called OGIO.

OGIO has several different styles of handbags to choose from. In addition they also sell backpacks, sports bags, bags for work and travel and more. OGIO has bags for both men and women in a variety of colors and styles.

I was asked which bag I wanted to review. To be hones with you there were so many options that it was hard to narrow it down.

Here were some of my choices. All of the bags are available in a variety of colors, fabrics and designs.

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OGIO: Brooklyn
Fashionable shoulder bag serves as a laptop case and everyday purse, great for women on-the-go  

  • Special 3-button design, high visibility liner, and custom metal trims all crafted to offer women a stylish means of toting everyday accessories
  • Features a fully padded zippered iPad/tablet/e-reader pocket
  • Created with an integrated cross body shoulder strap to match today’s most popular trends
  • Hidden zippered pocket under front flap to maintain a feminine aesthetic appeal
  • Additional features include: large interior zip pocket, two large main compartments, and fully featured organizational panel
  • Available in fun colors such as Red, Yellow, Black, Tide Blue and Terra Green

Price: $40

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OGIO: Midtown
Stylish carrying case features multiple pockets and unique button design, for functionality and fashion

  • Women’s fashion bag specifically designed to cater to everyday travel needs
  • Fully adjustable shoulder strap, padded grab handle and quilted back panel deliver long-term comfort
  • Chic design aspects include high visibility liner, custom metal trims, and a variety of stash/flip pockets
  • Fully padded fleece lined laptop compartment with elastic closure fits most 15” laptops
  • Additional back padded section accommodates your tablet or e-reader
  • Padded slip pocket doubles as a Pullman luggage handle port for airport convenience
  • Available in a variety of eye-catching colors such as Red, Yellow, Black, Tide Blue and Terra Green

Price: $65

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OGIO: Pretty Gritty Collection
Functional and fashionable collection of bags boast a variety of styles matching today’s popular trends

  • Features durable and comfortable handles that support light to heavy loads
  • Contains built-in closures and zip pockets, crafted to provide maximum accessibility and accessory storage
  • Provides plush fleece padded compartments for laptops, tablets, e-readers, and smartphones
  • Monaco  Messenger design boasts an adjustable shoulder strap and distinctive stitching for a chic travel experience
  • Lisbon Tote bag carries water bottles, writing utensils, business cards, tech devices, and more
  • Triana Backpack offers a plethora of organizational capabilities as well as armor protection for various electronics
  • Available in trendy color options such as a “Bold Blue” and “Vibrant Purple”

Price: $100

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OGIO: Hamptons
Chic tote bag delivers multifaceted capabilities for the traveling, working woman

  • Stylistic details include removable decorative belt, custom metal trims, high visibility liner and three functional side flap pockets
  • Equipped with a fully padded fleece lined laptop compartment with elastic closure for 15” laptops
  • Secondary padded pocket offers a separate storage area for your tablet or e-reader
  • Two interior elastic side pockets allow for easy storage of your water bottle or earbuds
  • Includes an easy access fully featured organizer panel with zippered stash pocket for all important belongings
  • Grab handles are fully padded for comfortable carrying
  • Available in fashionable colors including Red, Yellow, Black, Tide Blue and Terra Green

Price: $70

I received a Hamptons bag (pictured/described above).

The Hamptons bag is super cute. I LOVE the button details on the side. I think it was the darling buttons that drew me to that bag style.

The Hamptons bag features a “belt” (for lack of a better description) which is for decoration. It doesn’t serve a purpose.

There are plenty of pockets on the outside of the bag, ideal for a cellphone, charging cable, portable charger, pens/pencils, lip balm and other smaller items.

The bag also features a large outer pocket. This pocket can hold an iPad Mini or e-reader, pens, pencils, lip balm, make up and other daily essentials.

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Inside features an even larger pocket. It is large enough for a small laptop. You could fill the inner pocket with other things like snacks, a reusable water bottle or anything else you might need.

I have a small HP Envy 360 laptop. I usually need to carry the power cord with me as well as a mouse (I prefer to use a mouse instead of the pad on the computer).

This is a pretty little tote bag which is ideal for every day use. The bags are very pretty and colorful, but they are not too fancy or ornate to take with you grocery shopping, dropping off books at the library or spending the afternoon shopping with a best friend.

If you would like to check out all the darling and practical bags that OGIO has to offer please visit www.OGIO.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about these OGIO bags? Do they look like the type of bag you would like to own?

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Kimberly

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

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Fashionable luxury handbags from Fricaine (giveaway ends 4/19/15)

Fricaine Bags

I have to admit that I haven’t always been interested in handbags. When I was a teen I couldn’t live without one. I carried my whole life in my handbag.

When I became a mom my handbag was replaced with a diaper bag. I think we had just about everything in the diaper bag except the kitchen sink.

After many years of lugging around a diaper bag about as big as a piece of luggage I didn’t want to carry anything around with me after my kids were older and we retired the diaper bag. From that point on I have only used small purses, basically no bigger than a wristlet. As long as it fit my wallet, car keys and cellphone that was fine with me.

I returned to the workforce last summer. I found that I needed a bigger bag to hold things I might need at work like medicine for headaches, compact mirror, power cord to charge my phone, snacks and more. From that point on I have been using bigger handbags. In fact I actually put my wristlet inside my handbag so that I can grab it and run into a store without having to take the whole handbag with me.

I have to admit that as time has gone by I have become more and more interested in handbags.

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My most recent aquisition is a gorgeous handbag from the company Fricaine. Fricaine has a lovely portfolio of bags that are sure to interest many handbag lovers.

Fricaine provides high quality, fashionable products from globally sourced exotic fabrics that accentuate the tastes and preferences of their customers. Their brand offers a refreshing fashion experience to customers by helping them make bold fashion statements. This propels them to standout in the crowd while seamlessly aligning with their social status. Their carefully selected lines of very durable handbags employ bright colors, are well-crafted and made from authentic custom fabrics and hardware. Women who carry Fricaine handbags exude an exotic and highly fashionable image that perfectly matches and complements their personal style.

Fricaine sent me their Queen’s Hand Satchel to review. It’s truly very beautiful.

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Here are some more details about this wonderful handbag.

  • High quality, durable micro-fiber leather meshes with the body made from 100% cotton using special jacquard design and printing technology.
  • This roomy, eye-catching handbag has a custom-made lining that contrasts perfectly with the exterior.
  • All hardware is forged with real gold-plated material with anti-soul treatment and has no chance of corrosion.
  • It has one card pocket, one interior cell phone pocket, one exterior pocket and one drop pocket.
  • Comes with an adjustable and detachable strap.
  • The pattern is vivid and the handbag is very comfortable to carry.

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I have to admit that the orange color would not be my first choice. I tend to stick to darker colors, like black or dark brown – only because I worry that other colors won’t match my wardrobe. I have found that this bag is so colorful that it matches almost everything I wear.

This bag is roomy. There is more than enough room in this bag to carry all my essentials for work – and the some. I can carry my iPad mini, a book, charging cables for my iPad and cellphone, snacks, beauty and health products and still have room to spare.

I like that the bag offers you the option to either hold it in your hand or carry it from your shoulder with the strap. I prefer the shoulder but occasionally it’s easier for me to hold it in my hand. I like that flexibility.

Fricaine puts a lot of love and attention to detail with their bags. When mine arrived the metal pieces were all covered in plastic to protect them from getting any scratched on them during shipping.

There are even little “feet” on the bottom of the bag to protect it when you put it down.

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The bag is exceptionally well made. I have been using it since it arrived several weeks ago and it’s still in great shape. There is no tearing, fraying or busted seams.

I’ve received a lot of compliments on my bag. Several people have asked me where I purchased it from. Even my teen daughter who is obsessed with bags (she has too many!) loves this bag and keeps asking me if she can have it. Ha! No happening. This wonderful bag is mine.

Fricaine is offering 30% off your purchases from their site with the discount code FRICAINE30. 

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Fricaine has also offered to give lucky reader one of their pretty Duchess Shoulder Bags (pictured above). Thank you Fricaine!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 19, 2015 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 comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win the Duchess Shoulder Bag from Fricaine?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*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. 

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Take care of all your holiday needs at JCPenney

 

Easter

I can’t believe that Easter is less than a week away. It’s almost April! Wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday? It would seem that way.

It’s time to shake the snow off our boots and pack them away. It’s spring time. I am so looking forward to nicer weather.

Did you know that you can find many items to complete your Easter, or freshen up your look for spring, at JCPenney?

JCPenney was kind enough to send me a few items from their fashion and home collection that are ideal for both Easter and spring.

Whether you are looking for the perfect Easter ensemble, or to update your spring wardrobe, JCPenney has got you covered. From beautiful Easter dresses to sheer pastel blouses – JCPenney has something for everyone.

Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse

I received a beautiful lightweight spring blouse that would also be great for Easter. I received the Liz Claiborne Beaded Floral Blouse. I absolutely love the floral appliqué. It makes the flowers have a 3D look to them.

The blouse is sheer and comes with a matching tank top. This top could be dress up or dressed down. It would look equally as nice with a matching skirt or your favorite pair of jeans.

Sadly the blouse wasn’t in my size so I am unable to wear it. I did pass it on to my stepmother. She really liked it.

To go along with the blouse I also received a beautiful, and colorful, necklace – Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace.

Mixit™ Multi Pastel Floral Statement Necklace

To round out the look I received a bag, also from Liz Clariborne, that I can’t stop looking at. I love it! It’s so pretty and perfect for the spring time.

I received the Liz Claiborne® Undone Satchel. The bag is available in different colors including black, white, petal (an peach-like color), clear water (a light turquoise color) and in a print. I received the print.

Look how lovely this bag is. I love it! Love it! Love it! Not only is it so pretty it also has A LOT of pockets and places to put things on the inside. It’s more than enough room for what I need.

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In addition to great fashions, JCPenney has plenty of great items for your home, including items that can be very useful for the Easter holiday, such as the JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate.

I really wish that we had the opportunity to dye Easter eggs this weekend. They would look so nice on this charming egg plate. I can picture using this as a centerpiece on our holiday table decorated with colored eggs.

This plate is also a great way to serve deviled eggs which is a popular dish at barbecues, picnics and backyard parties.

JCPenney Home™ Whiteware Egg Plate

Another delightful product that would look nice a holiday table, or simply enjoy year round, are the Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers.

My photo didn’t turn out so well so I included another photo for their website.

Not only do I plan on using these colorful tumblers for Easter I also plan on using them year round to serve orange juice (or any kind of juice) in.

I just love the colors. They are so pretty.

Spectra Set of 4 Tumblers

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Lastly, if you are planning on hosting family or friends for the Easter holiday, or any time throughout the year, you’ll want to make them feel right at home and provide them with everything they might need for their visit. That would include freshly washed sheets, comfortable bedding, clean towels and maybe even all the little things they’ll need such as toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.

I think it would be a nice idea to put all the things your guests would need in a pretty baskets, such as the Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket. I also received one from JCPenney.

The basket is currently available online in Espresso (the color I have) and natural.

Creative Bath™ Chunky Weave Towel Basket.

I plan on putting hand towels in our basket, or maybe fill it with shampoo, conditioner and body wash and put it in our bathroom closet to make things look more neat and organized.

Our cats even like it. They think the basket is for them to sleep in. LOL!

I love all the wonderful items I received from JCPenney. Of course they offer consumers so much more than Easter items and things for spring time. They have plenty of items for house & home, great fashions, jewelry, shoes and so much more.

To find a JCPenney location near you visit www.JCPenney.com. You can also find them on all the social media sites (the links are found at the bottom left of their website).

Do you shop JCPenney for the holidays?

Are you looking to spruce up your fashion or home for the spring?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Get ready for fun in the sun with UV Skinz

 

Sun

After a brutally cold winter it feels like “summer” when we hit 50 degrees these days. Fifty degrees is still very cold, but it’s a lot warmer than the 2 degree temperatures we had just weeks ago.

Even though it was only 50 degrees yesterday I wore a short sleeve top to work and when I left I didn’t put my coat on. Ahh… warmer weather feels so good.

Warmer weather means short sleeves, tank tops, shorts, capris and flip flops. It means that we shed the many layers of clothing we’ve worn for the past few months in favor of more skin baring clothing. We also spend more time outside.

Exposing your skin to the sun is fine for  few minutes each day. It helps your body with an important vitamin – Vitamin D.

Exposing your skin to the sun can also be very harmful and downright dangerous. Too much sun can prematurely age your skin, give you sun burn and even skin cancer.

Did you know that you should always wear sunscreen even in the winter months? Any time your skin will be exposed to the sun for more than 10 minutes you should apply sunscreen. During the winter months when you are covered up you should consider wearing sunscreen on your face and neck if it’s exposed in any way.

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Growing up I never wore sunscreen – ever. As an adult I am paying the price for that. When I was younger there wasn’t s much information about the potential harm from the sun’s rays as there is today. My kids always wore sunscreen. They are teens now and don’t always apply sunscreen, even at our insistence.

When I was a young girl I had skin poisoning several times, sometimes swelling up to the point of non-recognition. My cousin’s remember one time when that happened and we were camping. My whole face ballooned up because I had really bad sunburn.

As a result of too much sun I had to have many “suspicious” moles and marks removed from my skin. And let me tell you it was NOT a pleasant experience. It hurts – A LOT. I hope and pray I don’t ever have to go through that again.

I hate wearing sunscreen. Its ooey, gooey, sticky and slimy. I’m always on the look out for alternative products that will help me to protect my skin.

I have heard of clothing that is made in such a way as to block the harmful rays from the sun. Sunscreen alone is not always enough.

Did you know that 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed each year? That is scary! Not only that the incidence of melanoma in teenagers has increased by 100% over the past 10 years.

UV Skinz, the leader in UPF sun-safe clothing, which blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. Their products are certified to have upwards of UPF 50+ sun protection. They have products for babies, children, women and men including plus sizes (yeah!) and accessories.

I have never tired clothing made to protect you from the sun. I assumed it would feel weird, stiff and not very comfortable.

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I was under the false impression that UV protection clothing had some kind of chemical or residue on it to protect you from the sun. That is not the case. The material the clothing is made from is so tightly woven that the sun’s rays simply cannot penetrate into the clothing, therefore blocking the harmful rays from getting to your skin.

UV Skinz let me try out some of their clothing to see for myself how it feels. I received a pair of capri pants and a swim top that looks a lot like a sports bra. I’m not one to hang out at the pool or beach too often so I wanted something I could wear that could get wet and dry quickly if I decided to go into the water, but at the same time look like clothing so I could wear it to take a stroll on the boardwalk too.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the clothing was very soft and light weight feeling. I thought maybe it would feel a bit heavy seeing as how the fibers are tightly woven together. The clothing has a very lightweight feel to it. It kind of reminds me of parachute material. I think that is great considering on stifling hot and humid days I certainly do not want to wear heavy clothing. UV Skinz is lightweight and breathable and very comfortable.

Sorry that I don’t have any photos of me modeling the clothing. I’m not keen on having my picture taken, most especially anything that shows off my plus-size figure.

The products I received to review are the Swim Bra (black) and Swim Jammers capri-like pants (also in black so they look like a set).

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Of course I don’t look as wonderful in the clothing as the sexy model does. LOL! Plus she’s wearing shorts. I have the Jammerz which are more like capris because they come down to my knee. The above picture makes them look like shorts. They really look like this.

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These are super comfortable to wear. So much so I could easily wear them around the house (I wouldn’t wear the top “as is” – I would put another shirt over it). I can wear the pants just about any where (except work). I like that my legs are covered up and protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

UV Skinz are not just for the beach or the pool. Their clothing is for most any activity you do outside in the sun whether it’s golf, walking, hiking or simply running errands around town or playing with your dog in the backyard.

Here are must a few more examples of UV Skinz clothing.

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If you would like to see what UV Skinz has to offer you can visit them online at UVSkinz.com. They offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50.00. You can also find the brand on social media (all links are found on their home page).

What do you think about UV Skinz? Do you have any experience dealing with the harmful rays of the sun? Do you make sure you and your family are always protected? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

 

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Baggallini – fun, colorful and fashionable bags

 

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Baggallini Avenue Tote in “Ocean” color

 

I have a confession to make – I never really was into bags. When I was a teenager I did like bags that were big enough to carry all my “stuff.” When I became a mom I traded in my bags for diaper bags. As you know, diaper bags are huge because you have to stuff them to the max with anything and everything your baby might need.

After years of toting around diaper bags, and finally being able to carry a regular bag again, I opted for teeny, tiny bags. I often joke that my purse/pocketbook is a “wallet on a string.” That is because they basically only hold my car keys and wallet – that’s it.

For many years tiny bags have always been OK with me. It wasn’t until I went back to work outside the home that having a larger bag became a necessity again.

I like to carry things to work with me like my laptop (to get some blog work done if I am working a double shift – it gives me something to do on my long lunch break), snacks, my wallet, keys and other necessities. Needless to say I need a big enough bag to accommodate everything.

I used to use a small tote bag for my stuff and put my laptop in a grocery bag when I had to work a double shift, but it was bulky and didn’t exactly provide me with protection for my laptop. What I needed was a bag big enough to carry everything I needed AND was fashionable.

I was sent to review a bag (pictured above) from a company called Baggallini. Baggallini offers consumers totes, handbags, backpacks, shoulder bags and travel bags.

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I was sent to review a Baggallini Avenue Tote bag. I received the bag in the color called “Ocean” (a bright blue). The bag is also available in several other colors and patterns.

At first I wasn’t sure how well this bag would fit my stuff. As soon as I received it I took everything out of the bag I was currently using and put it all into the Baggallini Avenue Tote bag. To my surprise it fit all my stuff – and then some!

There is a special pocket on the inside that fits my laptop perfectly. There are also two other pockets on the inside to hold your cellphone (or whatever else you want) and even slots for pens/pencils or make up.

Even with a laptop, the power cord, and a few other things there is still ample room in the bag for even more stuff if I needed it.

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Inside my bag are snacks, essentials, my laptop, laptop power cord, iPad Mini and a smaller purse I use with just my wallet in it. As you can see I have plenty of room left.

Inside my bag are snacks, essentials, my laptop, laptop power cord, iPad Mini and a smaller purse I use with just my wallet in it. As you can see I have plenty of room left.

One features I really like is that adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap. My previous bag didn’t have a shoulder strap and I really wanted a bag with a shoulder strap to make carrying it easier. Sometimes I stop for coffee and hot chocolate for me and my boss. I need both hands to carry them so having a bag with a shoulder strap makes things a lot easier for me.

The strap is 52″ in length and could easily be used as a cross body strap too. The bag also have 11″ drop shoulder straps.

There is also a back pocket that converts to slide securely over a suitcase handle which makes this a great bag for traveling with too.

The Baggallini Avenue Tote is made with lightweight, water resistant nylon and measures 13”W x 12”H x 6”D.

Not only does this tote bag fulfill all my needs it’s also fashionable. I get a lot of compliments on this bag.

I’ve never considered myself much of a bag person until now. Baggallini has many beautiful bags to choose from. Even someone like me who doesn’t go crazy over the latest and greatest “must have” designs found several on the Baggallini website that I would very much love to have.

Here are a few other bags I like.

Baggallini Bags

Baggallini has so many to choose from in a variety of styles. There is something that every Baggallini shopper would enjoy. They also have bags to fit most budgets, ranging in price from $17.00 – $200.00. The Avenue Tote (the one I have) is priced at $99.95.

If you would like to check out Baggallini please visit www.Baggallini.com. You can also find the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube). All social media links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about the Baggallin Avenue Tote? Do you enjoy purses/handbags? What’s in YOUR bag?

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Kimberly

*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.

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