Archive for August, 2015

Fab Find: Cute Backpacks at Off 5th for Under $50

I love this time of year! The kids are starting school, fall is around the corner, and there are tons of sales happening. I used to make the mistake of avoiding sales if I didn’t need anything but that’s not shopping smart. If we wait until we actually need a new {fill in the blank}, chances are we will pay full price. It makes way more sense to shop the sales and save, save, save! Saving more means we get to buy more, right?! I received an Ebates email this morning that Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th has up to 70% off some of our favorite brands + 10% cash back! That’s the perfect reason to shop around for some fab finds to share!

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OffSaks-BackpacksIn keeping with the back-to-school spirit, I decided to narrow my focus to stylish backpacks under $50. Check out my top picks:

  1. French Connection Piper Leopard-Print Faux Leather-Trimmed Backpack, Price: $98.00 $44.99
  2. Saks Fifth Avenue Styler Studded Faux Leather Backpack, Price: $150.00 $49.99
  3. Deux Lux Cruz Perforated Faux Leather Backpack, Price: $130.00 $29.99
  4. Steve Madden Floraa Convertible Backpack, Price: $88.00 $44.99
  5. Madden Girl Bfrat Striped Backpack, Price: $54.00 $24.99
  6. Nicole Miller Sonya Embossed Backpack, Price: $88.00 $39.99
  7. Betsey Johnson TGIF Medium Mixed-Print Backpack,Price: $88.00 $39.99
  8. Nicole Miller Sonya Backpack, Price: $88.00 $39.99

To get 10% cash back on your Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th purchase today, sign up with Ebates {here} – it’s FREE (no hidden fees and no strings attached).

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Celebrate Who You Are with Carol’s Daughter #BORNandMADE Campaign


This month, haircare and skincare brand Carol’s Daughter introduces the #BornAndMade campaign, a new movement that encourages every girl to be who they were truly born and made to be. It celebrates the brand’s authentic story “Born in Brooklyn. Made With Love” as it honors the diverse community of strong women who have been a part of our family for more than 22 years. Now all women will have a powerful platform to showcase their individuality while inspiring others to be who they are—when there are so many voices telling them who they’re “supposed” to be.

“It’s important for girls to understand and recognize their power and the right way to use it. It’s imperative to remind them of who they are, and what they are…in the world. If I can help with that, then I’m getting up for a good reason every day,” said Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter.

Carol’s Daughter teams up with I Am That Girl, a non-profit co-founded by Emily Greener that inspires girls to love, express, and be exactly who they want to be. Together, they are creating a beautiful community of independent women from all walks of life.

“I Am That Girl is shifting girl culture. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, we are giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world,” said Greener.

“Working with I Am That Girl and knowing that our products are making a difference in the lives of young girls is everything to me,” said Price, with love.

 The campaign will also launch with a series of videos, highlighting what makes them beautifully unique. It will be supported by print ads featuring Price’s own story as well as the story behind Carol’s Daughter’s iconic beauty products. Fans of the brand will also be able to make their own personalized #BornandMadeimages online at, which they can then share across social media. Check out my image above!

The #BornandMade campaign includes some of the brand’s best-loved product lines, like the Hair Milk Collection, the Black Vanilla Collection, the Hairdress Collection and more. The easy accessible collections offer solutions for all hair types, from dry and brittle to frizzy and fragile, with a range of products developed especially for styling and defining curls. They will be available at Target, Walgreens and Sally Beauty stores nationwide as well as

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Special Offer: Support the 2015 Walk to Answer TTP Together + Win a Joanie Tote

TTP Walk

On September 19, 2015, I am joining the Answering TTP Foundation in their annual Walk to Answer TTP Together to help raise TTP awareness. I lost my mother to the rare auto-immune blood disorder, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, TTP (more on her story here), so this cause is extremely close to my heart. With no known cure, patients are living each day in fear of another relapse that could end in irreversible damage to the brain, heart and/or kidneys. Your donation will help us to raise funds for much needed international research and care.

With each donation of $20.00 or more, you will be entered to win a Be Fancy & Fabulous Joanie Tote! I collaborated with fashion illustrator Jennifer Lilya on the design, and named Joanie Totes after my beautiful mother, who I affectionately called “Joanie”. The mission of Joanie Totes is to ‘raise TTP awareness…one bag at a time’.

Visit our Walking for Joan team page {here} to make a donation.  Thank you in advance for supporting us!

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Designer Profile: Sara Sozo of Sozo United Handbags

SozoUnited1While shopping on Etsy, I discovered Sozo United Handbags, and was immediately drawn to designer Sara Sozo’s concept of repurposing items in your closet to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind bags. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought an item because I love the print, fabric or color combination but never ended up wearing it. Naturally, I was excited to learn more about the talented woman behind Sozo United and her mission to bring awareness to human trafficking.
HR: When did you begin designing handbags?
SS: I started designing bags when I was 18 by cutting off the tops of jeans and embellishing them, and have been playing with repurpose concepts ever since. I didn’t turn handbag design into a business until late 2013, however. 
HR: Did you always want to become a handbag designer or did you transition from a different career path? 
SS: I always wanted to be involved with fashion and style design.  I started off by redesign and modernizing vintage pieces and moved into wardrobe design in my early 20’s. 
HR: What is the most challenging/rewarding aspect(s) of designing handbags and being in business for yourself?
SS: The most challenging thing is having an idea (or a million) and actually seeing it happen. Having a design concept in your head seems so easy until you actually face the demands of machinery, fabrics, etc.  There are so many rewarding things, including seeing the final product being a favorite of a customer’s wardrobe! But most of all, I get excited about all of the refugee women I help empower through training and employment. 
SozoUnited2HR: Choosing fabric seems like a fun part of the design process.  Where do you find inspiration when creating each bag?
SS: I love texture, color and culture. Meaning, I love prints that are inspired by different cultures – tribal, exotic skins, tusk and global inspired hardware.
HR: Describe the woman you design for.
SS: She’s consciously chic. She loves to mix and match her classic pieces with her unique pieces to express who she is with her wardrobe.  Yet, she is aware of world issues and wants to be part of positive change all while looking super chic. 
HR: Tell us more about your efforts to fight human trafficking and raise awareness.
SS: Sozo United partners with Peace of Thread, which is an organization that trains refugee women how to sew. We help give these women the ability to be self-sufficient through the skill. The women are contracted to make handbags and other sewing projects with Sozo United and other companies, allowing them to be able to take care of themselves and their families.
HR: Name five celebrities you would love to see rocking a Sozo United original.
SS: Nicole Richie, Solange, JLo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kortney Kardashian (I know that’s 6!) 
HR: What five accessories should every woman invest in?
SS: Of course, a few handbags including: a clutch that can be worn with a more formal look (preferably in leather) which then could be dressed down. A larger, carry all tote, satchel or hobo. Simple jewels that can be worn alone or layered for a little more drama, a pair of pearl earrings, and a watch that you love every time you look at it.
HR: What advice can you give to aspiring handbag designers?
SS: Have a creative and business/financial strategy. Sometimes it’s difficult for creatives to focus on the business aspect, but extremely important.  Stay true to your personal taste, but also listen to your customer – what they want and need from their handbags.
HR: What’s next for Sozo United? Are there plans to expand the brand?
SS: We are starting to move into a larger production. We will still offer handmade bags, but we are also looking to move into larger boutique and stores.  We are also currently campaigning in partnership with Peace of Thread to raise funds for a new training and  production center for refugee women in the Atlanta area. If you would like to support or learn more, click {here}.
Shop the entire Sozo United collection {here}.  10% of the proceeds of every bag is contributed to help provide training and jobs to refugee women located in the Atlanta, GA area. Bags are made to order and can be custom made upon request.

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PurseN introduces Designer Lunch Bag Collection + Enjoy 30% off your purchase {Ends Thursday}

PurseN Designer Lunch Bag

PurseN is changing the way women travel, accessorize, and organize with stylish accessories that are thoughtfully designed to make life easier for every woman on-the-go. {See my previous PurseN product features here, here,and here} The newest collection is the Designer Lunch Bag, a super functional lunch bag with 5 one of a kind compartments for organizing and carrying meals on the go.PurseN Designer Lunch BagThe compact design features carrying handles, a special pocket for storing utensils, an outside pocket for your wallet or phone and a bottom compartment for your water bottle. I have to get one! Additional features outside pocket, inside compartment with two mesh pockets, mesh bottom pocket and bottom compartment. Price: $48.00 – available in three colors: Quilted Elegance, Navy Tuxedo and Leopard. Purchase yours {here} and receive 30% off your order with promo code HEALTHY. Offer ends Thursday!

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Fab Find: Limited Edition Louis Vuitton at Fashionphile

I visit Fashionphile at least once a week to check out the new arrivals. It is the leading online reseller of pre-owned luxury handbags, offering the largest selection of vintage, rare, and limited edition handbags from the most coveted luxury designers. I decided to start posting my fab finds for anyone who shares my handbag obsession or is looking to splurge on a new statement piece. Tell me if any of these Louis Vuitton bags tickle your fancy!

LOUIS VUITTON Multicolor FringeLOUIS VUITTON Monogram Kusama Town

LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Pallas Chain

LOUIS VUITTON Leopard Nocturne African Queen ClutchLOUIS VUITTON Lambskin Monogram1/2/3/4/5 – All of these fabulous LV bags are currently available at Fashionphile!

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Fab Find: Four Fun Moschino iPhone 6 cases

Moschino iPhone 6 Cases

I plan to upgrade my iPhone soon, which gives me the perfect excuse to shop for a new case! I appreciate the quirky new designs Moschino has which definitely stands out from the typical boring phone cases I usually see. Some may think it’s a waste of money but I beg to differ.  Why not treat your tech accessories as an extension of your personality and style?

1/2/3/4 – available at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus is offering 8.0% cash back on purchases if you shop online through Ebates, plus free shipping (and returns)!  Here’s how Ebates works:

  • Sign up {here} – it’s FREE (no hidden fees and no strings attached).
  • Look up your favorite stores on Ebates (there are over 1,700!).
  • Click the store link and start shopping! Ebates will list the percentage of cash back you will receive from your purchase based on the store.
  • You will receive a “big fat check” every three months.
  • Receive a “tell-a-friend” bonus (more cash back!) for sharing Ebates with your friends!

Note:  This is not a paid advertisement.  I am a loyal Ebates customer.  I will receive a referral bonus once you sign up through my link and make your first purchase.

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Shop with Ebates + Get Cash Back!

ebatesEnd of summer and back to school sales are happening now, and if you prefer shopping online, then you should definitely sign up for Ebates if you haven’t already!  The best thing about Ebates is that you get cash back on each of your online purchases! If you are shopping for a certain item (mattress, curtains, furniture, hotel deals, cosmetics, clothing, accessories, etc.), simply check to see if the store is a participating retailer on Ebates.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up {here} – it’s FREE (no hidden fees and no strings attached).
  2. Look up your favorite stores on Ebates (there are over 1,700, and counting!).
  3. Start shopping!  Ebates will tell you the percentage of cash back you will receive from your purchase based on the store.
  4. You will receive a “big fat check” every three months.
  5. Share Ebates with all of your friends and receive a “tell-a-friend” bonus (more cash back!) 

The weekly emails from Ebates summarize which stores are having sales, online coupons or double cash back, which is the perfect excuse to do a little shopping on your lunch break.  Before I buy anything online, I always check Ebates first so I can make money while spending money.  You’ll thank me after you receive your first check!

Note:  This is not a paid advertisement.  I am a loyal Ebates customer.  I will receive a referral bonus once you sign up through my link and make your first purchase.

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Louis Vuitton Opens At City Center DC

Louis Vuitton opens its first freestanding store in the center of downtown Washington DC, extending its long-standing relationship with the community.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of our newest store at City Center DC”, said Anthony Ledru, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas. “This store, in the heart of the city, will offer an exceptional level of service and a unique experience to local clients and visitors to the nation’s capital.”

BESPOKE OFFER – Louis Vuitton City Center DC will feature an assortment of leathergoods, shoes and accessories debuting with Nicolas Ghesquière’s Fall Winter 2015 Collection with the Petite Malle in bordeaux, the Twist lock bag in vernis noir and the Charlotte flat boot in black calf leather.

The store also will offer an extensive selection of Men’s and Women’s travel pieces, leathergoods, shoes and accessories. Other highlights include the new Pégase Légère and the Christopher backpack in black epi leather.
Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has provided special order and personalization services to its clients. The City Center DC store will offer Mon Monogram, allowing clients to customize their items with hand-painted initials and motifs. Hot stamping is possible for selected items and small leather accessories. Clients also will be able to design special order travel pieces, each made from start to finish by expert Louis Vuitton craftsmen.


A KEY LOCATION – The Louis Vuitton store is prominently located in the central plaza of the newly developed City Center DC, an area which includes luxury retail, dining and residential space with pedestrian walkways and plazas. The store façade is constructed from intricate, repeating aluminum panels arranged to represent the Louis Vuitton flower. Inside, custom fabric wall-covering and rich Oak floors in a repeating grid-like pattern create an inspiring and inviting atmosphere. A travel wall, with Men’s and Women’s luggage displayed on either side, is a centerpiece of the store.

Louis Vuitton City Center DC
943 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: 202-774-2519
Monday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday: 11:00PM – 6:00PM

Images via Louis Vuitton

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Designer Deal: Stella McCartney Falabella Boucle Tweed Foldover Clutch

Stella McCartneyI must say…it feels good to finally be back in the saddle! Having a newborn is no joke but I was compelled to share a few posts before the weekend. I’m excited to share my latest fab find – a Stella McCartney Falabella Boucle Tweed Foldover Clutch.  This clutch is perfect for fall! I love the shades of purple, red, and brown and that it’s tweed!!  Features include signature Falabella antiqued gold metal chain trim; zip pocket under fold-over top; snap-button closure; logo jacquard lining; and two interior pockets. It’s in like new condition and comes with a dust cover.  Price: $395.00 at Jill’s Consignment.

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