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The Best Work Bags

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Fashion seems like it should always be fun. It’s an expression of ourselves, right? Well, there are times when we need it to be equally functional. Case in point…the perfect work bag! I pride myself on having a couple nice work bags, and co-workers are always asking for suggestions. They want something stylish, simple, and functional (pockets, a strap, easy to travel, etc). Well, I wanted to share my current work bag of late and a couple other staples that I think fit the bill. So put away that free canvas tote you got as a promotional gift, and upgrade to one of these beauties!

 

My bag: The stripe adds a bit of fashionable fun, but the color palette is still classic enough for work. The strap is a thoughtful detail for slinging it over your shoulder on heavy-load days!

(Also like this one)

 

Want Les Essentiels: Another understated yet luxurious tote that’s equally as durable as it is stylish. I ‘m partial to the camel canvas, but it also comes in black and other fabrics/leather. It’s unisex (my husband has one) and doesn’t feel like a purse, which I love! Sometimes I like taking a separate/smaller purse to work (perhaps for happy hour) and I don’t want to feel like I’m carrying two handbags.

 

Cuyana: A classic tote in the softest pebbled leather that you’ll have for years to come. Cuyana’s motto is “fewer better things” and you can definitely see the quality and care they put into their items. I’ve been a fan of Cuyana for many years and this tote was the first item I purchased from them. It’s still going strong to this day!

 

Saint Laurent: A designer option in a variety of colors. I love that the branding is subtle, you won’t feel flashy when wearing to work.

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The House

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So sorry I’ve been a little MIA as of recently, but I have great news to share! We bought a house! Between the house logistics, work and travel – I’ve had limited time to post, but I hope you all understand and are excited about even better content that’s coming to Brown Paper Doll soon!

 

So details on the house…

 

You all know I’ve been very honest about the adjustment from New York City back to Atlanta. Over the past year, I’ve missed my job in New York, my friends, and just the life that Jason and I built in the big city. While I don’t regret making the move, I’ve had to remind myself that Jason and I made the change for a reason.  We wanted to be closer to my family in Florida and create some roots in a place that would allow us to start our own family someday.  Well, a little over a year after moving, and I feel like we’ve made a huge step in that direction.

 

I’m excited about taking this new step for my family, and of course….decorating! While I’ll still be keeping fashion at the forefront, I hope to share some developments on the house with you all too! Here’s to the dollhouse and to taking this new step!

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Trend Alert: Western Details

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I recently debuted my newest pair of heels – a black suede sandal that’s right on time with the latest trend – Western details! While I do love trends, I look for ways to incorporate that don’t break the bank, because sometimes trends are over quickly and you don’t want financial regret. If it’s a pricier item, I look for ways to adopt the trend more classically so I’ll feel comfortable wearing the item in seasons to come.

 

That was the case with these lovely Maje sandals that Jason bought me in Barcelona! While I love the western detail, I feel like it’s not overwhelming and I’ll be excited to wear these for years to come. The classic silhouette and undertested black suede will fit right in with the rest of my wardrobe! Well, I wanted to share the link of where you can buy this pair – not only because they are so cute, but they incredibly comfortable! And while I’m sharing my newest obsession, I thought I’d share some other Western-inspired items that caught my eye.

 

Western Flat Sandals: If you’re not a heels person, never fear! This Birkenstock-inspired pair is comfy, cute with jeans, and right down the street on the shelves of your local Target.

 

A Western Boater: I’m slightly hat obsessed and ready to hang up my straw boater for a more Fall-friendly version. You’ll be the chicest gal on the ranch!

The Belt: Last but not least is an easy way to incorporate the western trend – the belt! Here is my favorite (more suede!) courtesy of Free People and another slightly cheaper variation from Urban Outfitters.

 

What do you dolls think? Are you on board with this trend?