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Proenza Schouler Hava satchel review

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Pictured: Proenza Schouler Hava satchel, medium size, black leather /  lipstick / book (so good!!) / similar wallet / sunglasses

Proenza Schouler’s new Hava satchel immediately caught my eye for the fall season. I love the structured, yet relaxed vibe of the handbag. The Hava  satchel offers a lady bag, single top handle silhouette, with edgy hardware, and contrasting stitching; making it easy to wear with with jeans, or structured office attire. Love that!

The Proenza Schouler Hava satchel comes in two sizes thus far; small and medium. For the fall 2016 season, Proenza Schouler is offering the Hava satchel in smooth, soft leather, suede, and snakeskin. The handbag has been designed in neutral, classic hues, making it an instantly classic handbag to wear now, and in the future.

I chose the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium. I had a hard time deciding between sharp white, or classic black. I decided to get black since I felt like I would get the most wear out of the hue.

The medium Hava is a great size! I can fit a novel, wallet, sunglasses case, keys, lipstick, small notebook, and a pen inside with plenty of wiggle room for additional items. If I remove the book, I can fit my DSLR camera inside the bag. It is more roomy than it looks!

Normally I shy away from satchela which are split in half inside. I prefer wide, open interiors because I can fit more things inside. The split in the Hava satchel is ideal because it leaves one large interior space, with a roomy pocket section which helps me separate small items from my larger items. Having an off-center split also allows me to fit my DSLR camera inside the bag, which as a blogger and Mother, is an essential feature I must have in my handbags!

The interior of the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel also offers a slit pocket which is great for receipts or keys. There is also a slim zipper compartment on the exterior of the handbag, on the backside. This is handy for large papers, tickets, or anything you want quick, yet secure access to.

Since this is a top handle satchel, it can be hard to secure the flap closure over the bag. Proenza Schouler has solved this common problem by including a hidden, interior chain which hooks on the front of the bag, making it really easy to secure the twist lock closure on the front of the handbag. Easy access, in and out of a handbag is also a key, essential feature. Thankfully the Proenza Schouler Hava satchel has that due to the smart little chain inside! Love it!

I am looking forward to wearing my Proenza Schouler Hava satchel in medium quite often. You can find the Hava satchel online in the small size here. The medium can be found online here.

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Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag review

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Pictured: For outfit post, click here / handbag: Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag in small / wallet / phone charger (similar) / phone charging cord (similar) / lipstick / sunglasses

The new Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag is a fresh take on the emerging box satchel trend. As satchels become more, and more structured, we are seeing box bags emerge as the ultimate in structured handbags. Thankfully, Mansur Gavriel always thinks outside of the box, and ahead of the curve. The circle bag is the most groundbreaking handbag silhouette to hit the market, and the street.

The circle bag takes it’s inspiration from the popular hat boxes of the mid-1900’s. This vintage style has sat dormant in the handbag world for several decades, resurrected, and modernized, only by Mansur Gavriel. Of course! Who else can take a classic design, add a small modern twist, and launch a handbag into iconic handbag status? No-one else-that’s who!

When I first laid eyes on Mansur Gavriel’s collection of circle bags, I fell in love. They are simple, and minimalist, yet completely different from your everyday handbag. I love the vintage vibe, and original styling.

The Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag comes in two sizes; large and small. I chose the small size since I felt like the large size would overwhelm my 5’4″ frame. I am happy I chose small, because it is quite roomy! The small circle bag holds my sunglasses case, wallet, keys, lipstick, phone, portable charger, and there is still plenty of room left over for whatever random items my kids may ask me to hold; all the moms out there know what I am talking about!

The handle on Mansur Gavriel’s circle bag is structured, yet feels soft, and comfortable; whether being hand-held, or draped over the forearm. This handbag does not have a detachable shoulder strap, so when you wear it, you need to be ready to always hold your handbag, or drape it on your forearm.

The small circle bag has a canvas interior lining. The larger version, offers a suede interior. I was surprised the interiors on the two sizes are different. I have to admit, I wish mine had suede interior. Suede interiors always feel more luxurious. That being said, the canvas is extremely durable, and high quality. I am happy with it nonetheless.

Inside the circle bag, there are two identical pockets. The pockets are slim, perfect for an iPhone, receipts, and a charging cord. They are not wide enough for lipstick, or keys. I just let my lipstick, and my keys, float within the roomy interior of the bag. It is easy to find things inside the handbag since you have to lay the bag down on its back to open it. This allows a full view of everything inside the bag. No lost keys! Love that!

The handbag is very easy to open and close. Mansur Gavriel’s Circle Bag needs to be paid down on its back when being opened, or closed. There are two zippers which can be used as you choose. The zippers are extremely smooth, and durable.

I would not classify the Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag as an everyday bag. I see it as a great bag for occasions; both casual and dressy. I find it practical for activities such as meetings, (when I don’t need my laptop), church, eating out (fits nicely on your lap underneath a napkin), the theater, etc. I would not recommend it for attending your child’s baseball game, the supermarket, or an amusement park.

All in all, I rate the Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag five out of five stars. I am in love!

You can find the new Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag online here, here, and here. More choices below.

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Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag review

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Pictured: Tory Burch Mercer handbag in ombre / wallet  / coin purse (old, also love this one) /  phone charger / charging cord (similar here)  / lipstick / ring / nail polish

I love a beautiful handbag, so when I spotted the Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag in ombre yellow, or “Sunbeam Degrade” to be exact, I knew I needed to add it to my collection. I love the ombre finish, the classic chain straps, the size, and the ease of use.

The Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag offers so many handy features; it is amazing for the price! Priced under $400, the Tory Burch Mercer handbag offers a lot of bang for your buck. The strap is adjustable; like the Chanel 2.55, it can be worn long, or doubled up for a shorter, under the shoulder look. This allows the Mercer by Tory Burch to be worn with various hemlines, as well as different types of attire. Versatile = Love!

Inside the Tory Burch Mercer, organization resigns supreme. There are open pockets which are great for small items you need to be able to find quickly. In addition to the open pockets, there is a roomy zipper pocket which is perfect for protecting small items, or if you are like me, and need a place to put receipts, it is a great place to organize receipts, and small pieces of paper.

The interior compartment of the Tory Burch Mercer offers ample room for everyday purse essentials. I can easily fit my wallet, phone, lipstick, keys, phone charger, and charging cord inside the handbag. Although the interior is roomy, the handbag itself is small in scale, so it is easy to dress up for dinner, fundraisers, or the theater.

To add to the versatility of this shoulder bag, there is an exterior pocket which is perfect for storing tickets, or other slim items you want to easily access without having to open the turn lock on the saddle bag style flap. The turn lock, by the way, is extremely easy to use, and it is sturdy. Love that!

I am thrilled with my first Tory Burch Mercer handbag. It is a classic handbag which is easy to use, and offers so much versatility; I am a sucker for adjustable straps! In addition to ombre colors, Tory Burch offers her classic Mercer shoulder bag in solid colors. This is a great shoulder bag to collect! Love!

The leather on the Tory Burch Mercer also needs a shout-out. It is pebble leather which is really easy to keep clean. With the swipe of a soft, damp cloth, you can easily whip off marks, and dirt form the surface. This is a key feature when you have three kids like me! I never know when a chocolate covered, or pizza sauce covered, hand will reach inside my purse looking for my iPhone! If I can’t clean a handbag, how can I use it daily? Thankfully, the Tory Burch Mercer can be used on a daily basis. Love that!

The Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag can be found online in ombre here, here, here, and here. It can also be found in solid hues here, and here.

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