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. ūüôā

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 and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  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 ūüôĀ

  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.

  21. Janet F says:

    I like Patchwork maze .

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  22. I like the Dark Allure bag.
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  23. Good Morning, If I am the lucky winner, I think I would like to have Garden Of Eden; Thank you. vicki.
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  24. i like the building hope print

  25. I really like the Rangoli Tote Bag

  26. Zan Caperton says:

    Blessed Garden! I love the design but really love all of the organizing features. It is so hard to find a purse with all of those feature.

  27. M.Clark says:

    I like the Venom clutch

  28. Rooting for Love bag.

  29. June S. says:

    I like the weekender tote that is shown up above, the third purse. It is so cute & would be great for carrying around this Summer.

  30. June S. says:

    I like the third purse from the top listed above, very pretty and would be nice to carry around this Summer.

  31. I would love the Wild-life tote. It is gorgeous!

  32. Jennifer Reed says:

    I like the Muddy Mountains bag SKU: VK503 .

  33. Debra Hall says:

    i like the Garden of life

  34. I would love the Wave of dreams

  35. Diana Stanhope says:

    I like the butterfly splendor.

  36. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like the rooting for love shoulder bag and the dark sensation shoulder bag.

  37. Daniel M says:

    i like the blue heaven

  38. Austin Baroudi says:

    The Blossom of hope bag!

  39. April Yedinak says:

    I love these! It is so hard to choose, but I think I would pick the Blue Heaven bag.

  40. Virginia Rowell says:

    If I was the lucky winner, I would choose the Blissful garden. It reminds me of my mother.

  41. Robin Wilson says:

    I love the Butterfly Splendor bag!

  42. Robin Wilson says:
  43. wendy b says:

    My favorite is the blue Hobo.

  44. I like the Muddy Mountains Handbag!

  45. Oh my! I love them all! I really liked the Dancing Tunes
    SKU: VK74

  46. Robin Wilson says:
  47. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I like the Dancing Tunes Bag

  48. Mary Casper says:

    i like the garden life

  49. donna harris says:

    I like the Blue Heaven Crossbag either one, both colors are pretty! Or I like the Hobo Handbag Garden of Life! All of the Handbags are pretty!

  50. Sarah L says:

    Blissful garden
    Thanks for the contest.

  51. Beautiful bags! I would pick the Rooting for Love Hobo bag or the Blue Heaven crossbody bag-the colours are superb!

  52. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    One of each pleaee…..
    No? Ok then how about Exquisite Charm

    SKU: VK595M

    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

  53. I like the Rooting for love handbag. They have some beautiful bags. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  54. Birdie Skolfield says:

    Dazed and amazed

  55. Lindley A says:

    I like many of them but would probably choose the Drizzle of Hope totebag.

  56. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I love the Building Hope bag

  57. Christine says:

    love the Black Mamba

  58. Sandy Cain says:

    OMG, these are stunning. They are from India, and love anything Indian! I think this one is my favorite BLUE HEAVEN :http://www.vakaro.com/blue-heaven

  59. Brutus Duffy says:

    I love the Garden of eden bag.

  60. Elizabeth Hanson says:

    I love rooting for love

  61. Nicole C. says:

    I like the Blue Heaven Bag.

  62. judy gardner says:

    garden of life is very pretty

  63. Robin Wilson says:
  64. Marcia Goss says:

    I like this one.

    Blue Heaven
    SKU: VK518R

  65. Angela Kinder says:

    Dancing Tunes is absolutely stunning!

  66. Ron Miller says:

    How fitting the bag Dazed and amazed, for the wife

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  68. Kathy flanagan says:

    I like the Blissful garden hobo.

  69. Saundra Bowers says:

    I really like the Garden of life hobo bag.

  70. I’d love to have the Three Weaves clutch/wallet!

  71. Susan Smith says:

    I like the Vivid Tones Satchel
    SKU: VK558

  72. Adriane says:

    Hard to choose! Maybe the Garden of Eden or the Dancing Tunes

  73. I would choose the Patchwork Maze Shoulder Bag

  74. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would choose the Waves of Dreams.

  75. Breanne says:

    Blue Heaven

  76. dani marie says:

    i love the butterfly marvel one.

  77. Candice Hull says:

    I love the colorful soul and so many others. So beautiful

  78. I like Garden Of Eden SKU: VK602G

  79. susan smoaks says:

    i really like the garden of eden bag

  80. Kim Reid says:

    I love the Blessed Garden, the organizer bag is my favorite type of bag to carry – thanks!

  81. Michelle C says:

    I like the Blissful Garden

  82. Robin Wilson says: