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−Handbags Every Woman Should Have In Her 40’s

Now this isn't new to you! You have been carrying things around for quite some time now. But probably not as much as you used to. You don't carry your whole kitchen sink anymore, your kids are a little older so no need for snacks to always have on hand anymore. Now your needs are a little different, so what are the handbags every woman should have in her 40's?

I Mean Business 

This Lady stirrup is perfect for a lady in this category. You have arrived you mean business and have experienced some things in life and are in the next phase. You know who you are and you're about your business. A doctor bag is truly fitting for this category.

Gucci Lady Stirrup Bag

Gucci Lady Stirrup Bag

Out With The Girls 

Is the day of the week when you and the girls go out, get fancy and feel sexy. You like a nice little clutch but more of a mature statement piece and not a cute arm piece. A sleek design with patent leather makes just that statement for you.

Jimmy Choo Marilyn Patent Clutch

Jimmy Choo Marilyn Patent Clutch

Day of Shopping 

This is great for going out shopping with your kids and everything, but it can also be an everyday bag depending on what you carry. The design is sleek and simple not too gaudy or trendy, it's just right to go with a lot of outfits and looks.

Tory Burch Mini Ella ShopperTote

Tory Burch Mini Ella Shopper Tote

Seeing the World

A nice little shoulder bag with lots of pockets and compartments but small enough not to wear out your shoulder when you are out sight seeing on all of your trips around the world. Big enough to carry all of your essentials so you don't find yourself carrying more than you need to bear at the moment.

Salvatore Ferragamo Marisol Shoulder Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo Marisol Shoulder Bag

My Daily Companion

When you don't want to think about what bag to carry and something that is good enough for daily uses and needs this Burberry is the best match up. Nice and lightweight and the pattern will go with just about anything as long as your outfit for the day is not too busy itself.

Burberry Peyton

Burberry Peyton Bag

 

Now that you know what bags may work for your lifestyle and see what is good to have for different situations, scenarios and events, tell me do you have any bags in this list or that are similar? Will you be running to the store this weekend to add any to your collection? Feel free to share below!

 

“Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.”

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Handbags Every Woman Should Have In Her 30’s

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Here it goes again, the next decade. For those of us in our 30's life may be a little different now. You may be married, have a few little mini me's running around or looking to get a promotion on your job and really getting serious about life. So what companion should you have on your shoulder during all these wonderful life events? Here is a list of  handbags every woman should have in her 30's.

Every Day Bag 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot Too Handle Hobo

Tote Em' Everywhere 

You are definitely an adult now and probably have a few kids and lots of responsibilities. Lots of things to remember and tote around with you. (pun intended). You truly need a tote that will stand the test of time and can actually never get full even with the kitchen sink in it.

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote

 

Take Me Seriously

Now if this bag does not say that you have arrived and you are serious, I don't know what would. Now depending on your personality and the type of person you are this may be too much detail for you. If that be the case you can do a Givenchy Antigona Satchel which is a cleaner design but still is a statement piece.

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Chloe Marcie Satchel

I Need A Drink 

You are confident enough to let your hair down and be the woman you are! Sometimes you just need a break from all the things you have going on and want to go out with the girls and let loose. Having that companion that reminds you to let your wild side out is just what you need to shake if fast!

Clare V. Leopard Foldover

Clare V. Leopard Foldover

On The Go

Running with the kids to all their dance classes and soccer games you can feel like a mad woman. While you need to be handsfree, you can still look stylish and put together and add a little bit of a pizzazz with an added strap, that still makes you feel young while you're flying around like a crazy lady in your yoga clothes.

Marc Jacobs Gotham City Crossbody

Marc Jacobs Gotham City Crossbody

These bags are a great place to start. If you find yourself in need of a bag that fits these different types of needs. I find as I get older and play different roles that my big tote is not always the right bag for every occasion and situation. So it is always good to have different types of bags. They are like shoes, you need one for every occasion or situation and sometimes one for each outfit. You can never have enough right, just make user you don't find yourself always buying the same kind of bag and then saying I need a bag for...

So, tell me, do any of you ladies have one of these bags or something similar? If so, do share, I love to know what my readers are carrying.

 

"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.    ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Handbags Every Woman Should Have In Her 20’s!

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When it comes to handbags and the type of handbag to buy it's always about what fits your needs and lifestyle. For women embarking on womanhood experiencing life as a new adult and living to the fullest, here are the handbags every woman should have in her 20's.

Everyday Bag 

Most single women in their 20's aren't carrying much, just the essentials. You are always on the go on dates, with the girls and out on the town. So your go to bag should have a strap, look stylish, and transition well from day to night. This Chanel is a must have essential!

Chanel Quilted Flap Bag

Chanel Quilted Flap Bag

 

 

Bar Hoppin' 

Going out on the town, to the bar enjoying a night out with the girls, what more do you need besides cash, phone and your keys? Owning a wristlet is perfect it's no fuss to just throw on your arm and dance the night away!

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Writstlet

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Wristlet

Weekend Shenanigans

Going to the mall with the girls, doing a little retail therapy then enjoying lunch seems like the weekend agenda for young women. You dress comfortably, yet stylish in something easy to throw on to allow you to carry all those shopping bags.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cube Messenger Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cube Messenger Bag

First Real Job/ Investment Piece

This is the time in life after college, when you get your first REAL job and you definitely feel like an adult. You must award yourself, but you can't splurge too much because you haven't quite arrived yet and you may have student loans to pay off. Rebecca Minkoff's brand is a must have for young city girls.

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel

Traveling with Friends and Lovers 

I don't know how many women in their 20's love Madewell which is the edgier, hippier sister store of J. Crew. One of their staple must have's for young women is their Transport tote. Throw you stuff in it and go!

Madewell Transport Tote

Madewell Transport Tote

The top 5 must have's for women in their 20's, enjoying life and all the new experiences it brings at this stage in life. These bags are a guideline of what will get you through in all you do and great companions for your lifestyle. But be sure not to leave them behind when you graduate to the next decade, because they can be useful then to. Be sure to stop by next week to see which bags every women in her 30's should have.

 

“Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.”

 

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I’m A Designer, Not A Bag Maker!

One question people always ask entrepreneurs and business owners is "What made you start your business or build your company?" Understanding the why is so very important for what you do. Sometimes in life we lose sight of the 'why.' Today I asked myself why, I have been so focused on building a business and making custom handbags, that I have stepped away from my why. I'm a designer, not a bag maker. It's time to do an old saying, and that's going back to the drawing board.

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I want to take a step back. Being an artist first, it's time to get back to being exactly that, an artist. Sharpen my skills! Go back to creating! For a while now I have found myself making a lot of custom bags and creating bags because someone wants this color or this bag with another strap added. While that's cool and all I want to go back to making bags that I want. Design just to design, and create just to create. I want to go back to being an artist and not just a bag maker. Being creative again and perfecting my craft. I bought this book, The Leatherworking Handbook the other day and I can't wait to dive into it. I believe you should always want to be better, even though you are competing against yourself, you should always strive to improve, be your best and do your best. Whether that's learning another technique, trying something different and experimenting with a different style. When I think about Steve Jobs book, he was always trying to make Apple better, improve on the last model. That's part of being an artist, to continuously create. There is a high you get when you create and see the finished product and you want to go back to the drawing board to create more, see how else you can push the envelope and do better, be greater!

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That's what I'm doing. Going back to the drawing board and create more, create as an artist, create bags that aren't just going to be carried, but worn as art on the arm. There's an adrenaline rush in designing and then creating your design and seeing it come into fruition. I want to feel that high, I want that adrenaline rush over and over and over and over. I need it. It's time to get my creative juices flowing again.

So here I go. Join the ride with me. Be sure to check back and see what I create, watch as I build my gallery of beautiful wearable art on the arm!

 

What Does It Mean to Love What You Do?

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Love!

What does it mean to love something or someone? What does it mean to love what you do? I mean really love it? When you are truly in love, you take the good with the bad. You endure to the end no matter what. Love bears all, Love conquers all!

Right now every where you look people are talking about  Passion turning into profit and if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. Doing what you love and are passionate about is very rewarding, but that doesn't mean that it will always be peaches and cream. There will be hardships and growing pains, but if you really love what it is you are doing all that will be worth right?

Take a marriage for example. You fall in love and date and plan a wedding and then life begins. There will be days you don't want to lay in the same bed together and there will be days where you can't wait to get home and lay in the arms of your spouse. You experience life's hardships together and you grow and change together. When you truly love someone it's all worth it to stick it out because you love them. Or for parents. When you hold your child in your arms the very first time, it's love at first sight. Then you go home and there's crying, sleepless nights, fevers, tantrums and everything else. But you still love your child and would do anything for them as they grow from little kids to teenagers. You go through the growing pains with them but you know if you stick it out it will all be worth it right? That's love!

I love being a handbag designer, I love making bags (sometimes),  I love rocking my own creations, I love being an entrepreneur and making money for myself. It's a very rewarding feeling. The business part isn't always fun and there are times when a design or pattern doesn't work out the way you want or the sewing machine decides to act up and ruin my leather or when I have to go back to the drawing board to perfect a technique. But the love I have surpasses all the negatives because I love it.

What do you love? Do you wake up every morning doing what you love? Are you passionate about your job? Share I  love to know about my readers.

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