Spring has sprung, pastels, florals and all things pretty surround us like chirping birds and fresh air. As we shed the excess layers and ideally the excess winter plump that kept us warm and cozy during all those snowstorms, our excess baggage, those heavy suedes and latticed leathers (oh how I love my vintage BV saddle bag) are no longer needed. And would totally clash with that Vetta swing dress. You know the one I’m talking about. So let’s focus on the bags. Better yet, lets look at how other cool green mujer are going to stuff all their stuff into those little purses.
Catherine, New York City
This indie-filmmaker and bride to be has her finger on the city’s art and culture pulse as well as her watch – she’s always on the move and time is as much a commodity as her watch and films are. In her 70’s referenced synched messenger with the fringe tassel (hence the 70’s), you’ll find her wallet, phone, Moleskine notebook (she’s hip to technology, but prefers pen to paper for impromptu notes), and digital camera. You’d also find her son’s overdue kids library book (she digs library story hour), miniature bottle of her DIY rose water-spritz and anti-bacterial hand gel. She shakes a lot of hands.
Annick, New York by way of Paris
This Parisian transplant knows a thing or two about making striking yet subtle fashion statements. I call it a “je ne sais quoi” and she calls it accessorizing. In her CoCo before she was Chanel by the sea woven tote, you’ll find a pairs of vegan stilettos and a pink velvet sachet with a few pieces of natural jewelry – beaded statement necklace, metal cocktail ring, or a wooden bangle. These few items amazingly transform her capsule wardrobe - a uniform of white button down or Bretton striped shirt, and pencil skirt (in a wide variety of colors and fabrics) from work meeting to a fancy playdate at the Met. You’ll also find a copy of The New Yorker, Altoids, slim gift-wrapped bars of imported french chocolate (emergency hostess gifts) and her daughter’s birthday invites to be mailed. Modern old-school.
Olivia, San Francisco
Always en route during the spring season for work and pleasure, (Olivia is the event planner for a major non-profit) she has overnight and weekend packing down to a science. She reminds me of Grace Kelly in Rear Window who seductively manages to smuggle glamour night wear and next day refreshers in the most discreet little leather case. Olivia is loyal to the soft weekender that she can comfortably carry through massive airport and train terminals and can be stowed above her seat. In her bag; a classic cashmere throw, black jeans, jersey knit dresses for day and evening meetings and events, and her must-have Molton Brown travel set. Great for flight delays, long journeys and hotel or imagined downtime, her Kindle her ipad, her kids playlist (so she can sing them to bed over the phone), and her baby girl’s stuff bunny. To keep her safe at night.
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