Roomy Rustic Camel Leather Totes (Say That Three Times Fast!)

I have about four DIY projects in progress right now, but none are ready to share, so let’s talk bags.

Every day, I walk in and out of work with no less than three bags, and it is no fun. There’s this thing, see – I call it Steph’s Law. Steph’s Law states that if anything can get caught or tangled on something else, it will. I’m constantly muttering obscenities while trying to yank my computer bag out of my car, only to find that the strap has somehow wrapped itself around my emergency brake.

I really think it’s time for me to grow up and get a “work” bag, so I’m in the market for a casual, versatile camel leather tote. I’m obsessed with the color of my current purse – a Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. in Almond – so something about the same shade would be ideal. Camel is the best because it goes with black, brown, light, dark … everything!

I still have a little bit of birthday money left, but I’m trying to save some, so I’ll probably buy on the lower end of the spectrum. But some of these bags are just so beautiful, I had to share them anyway.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Roundup of Roomy Rustic Camel Leather Totes for under $350

  1. MIVO Medium Light Brown Leather Tote from Misoui on Etsy: $326.12. This bag is handmade in Warsaw. The shop also sells matching zip pouches that can attach to the inside of the toast with a snapped strap. Probably a little out of my price range, but aren’t they beautiful?
  2. Cuyana Tall Leather Tote in Caramel: $160 ($150 without the monogram). I’ve seen this one all over the place, and from what I hear, it’s for good reason. My friend Bianca just purchased one, and she says it’s “the most perfect thing in the entire world.” I’m digging it for the gold stamped monogram and the super-reinforced straps. I tend to overload my bags, so strong straps are a must.
  3. J. Crew Downing tote in English Saddle: $168 ($178 with a monogram). This one might be a little preppy for me, but the leather is a gorgeous shade.
  4. Maycomb Mercantile – The Scout Leather Tote in Caramel: $225. This bag is locally made in Atlanta, which is always cool. You can also monogram it with gold or blind embossing. I like the brass details, too. The only problem is that it’s constantly selling out!
  5. Leather totes from Joy and Surprise on Etsy: $113 for small, $118 for large. These bags come with a separate zippered canvas inner bag. I’m guessing they’re removable. My only concern is the single line of stitching that holds the straps on – I wonder how strong that is.
  6. Madewell Transport Tote in English Saddle: $168. The black version of this bag can be monogrammed, but it’s not an option for the English Saddle version at this time, which is a bummer. Other than that little problem, though, this bag is tempting. My blog pal Alex posted about it a couple months ago and got a million comments with everyone saying, “BUY IT!” which makes me think it’s a keeper.
  7. Large Brown Camel Leather Tote from MISHKA Bags on Etsy: $180. This is one of the biggest bags of the bunch, and it comes with an attached zipper pouch. So cute!
  8. Brown Leather Market Bag from Sord on Etsy: $235. This bag has two interior slip pockets – always helpful. The leather looks nice and thick, too.

Honorable mention goes to this bag from Candy Ruan on Etsy. I really like it, but there isn’t currently a brown option in the shop. I sent the owner a message to see if they do custom orders – I’ll update this post if/when I hear back!

UPDATE: Just came across this gorgeous cognac leather tote for $178. It’s currently back-ordered, but will allegedly be back in stock at the end of the summer.

So, what do you think? Which bag would you pick?

Dia de los Muertos

Happy Halloween, everybody! In honor of this very special holiday (my favorite!), I have to share two All-Hallows-Eve-approved items that recently came into my possession.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gold skull from Z Gallerie

I’ve been wanting a gold skull FOREVER. I managed to DIY some glitter versions last year, but sometimes, DIY just can’t replace the real thing. And while my new version from Z Gallerie isn’t actually metal – it’s ceramic coated with a metallic finish – it’s a lot closer than spray paint! Plus, it was only $14.95. That’ll hold me over until I can afford this one. Oh, and in case you’re wondering: Of COURSE it’s not just for Halloween! Like my glitter skulls, this thing is definitely staying out all year round.

I’ll also be rocking this outside of October:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Brass skull necklace - Monserat de Lucca Presents Defy

It’s made by Monserat De Lucca, and I got it at an amazing store called Yates & Kennedy in Provincetown.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Monserat De Lucca Presents Defy - Brass Three Skull Necklace

It’s made of 100% brass, and I’m frigging obsessed with it. Did I mention I really love skulls?

We’re packing up to move into the new house (!!!), so we won’t be doing anything exciting tonight. How are you guys planning to celebrate Halloween?

     

Nine to Five

I’m way late on posting this – it’s been an INSANE couple of days, and I can’t wait to tell you all why! – but I had to thank the lovely Shannon and Alex for featuring me in their amazing Nine to Five feature!

Every week, they feature a different blogger’s workplace style, with outfit details on one blog and a Q&A on the other. I love reading it, and I’m so excited that I got to be a part of it this Monday!

Outfit - Coral Skirt

Check out my outfit details here and my Q&A here.

     

I’m All Over the Place

Hi, guys! Happy Monday! Just stopping by for some shameless self-promotion.

  1. I’m recapping my wedding over on Weddingbee! If you’re interested, you can see all my posts here: weddingbee.com/author/panther. The latest post features an epic battle between my bridesmaids and my wedding gown’s zipper.
  2. I’m going to Chicago this week for a comedy festival for work! I’m so excited! I’ll be dusting off the old journalism skills to cover tons of shows and interview some awesome comedians. I’m be live-tweeting the whole trip from @STEPHatTBS. Follow me!

And, because nobody likes a post without pictures: Hey, look! My nails match my belt!

Neon Coral Belt and Nails
Nails: “Lightning Orange” by Gel II | Belt: J. Crew (similar)

So, how were your weekends? What are you guys up to this week?

     

I Swear I Don’t Shop That Much

I just want to discuss a few things with you guys.

First, you’ve all heard about The Shops at Target, right? I think word has spread, but just in case: Target is working with small boutique owners across the country to bring a line of their products to Target stores for six-week runs. I got this amazing coral tray for just $19.99 from the Privet House shop – which I love, and not just because the original is in Connecticut (my homeland).

Target-Privet-Coral-Cane-Round-Tray

I also picked up these navy blue seahorse bookends. I believe they’re by Target Home, though I can’t find them on the site to confirm. Either way, $9.99, y’all!

Target-Navy-Blue-Seahorse-Bookends

I’m a sucker for anything nautical, and some day, these will hold up my cookbooks on the imaginary cookbook shelf in my imaginary nautical-themed kitchen.

Next, I also would like to congratulate my sequined Coach bag: she had a baby!

Coach-Poppy-Gold-Sequin-Spotlight-Zippy

My new Coach Poppy Zippy wristlet was another early birthday gift from my mom. It’s perfect for separating out my must-haves in my massive purse, and I love that I can take it on the go if I only need a few things.

Coach-Poppy-Gold-Sequin-Zippy-Wristlet

And lastly, I just wanted to let y’all know that I finally found a pair of subtle cat eyes that look OK on me! Please observe this super-awkward photo I took of myself in my backyard.

Oakley-Fringe-Cateye-Sunglasses

They’re the Oakley Fringe. I know Oakley isn’t that hip, but I don’t really have the funds for designer right now, and plus, I tried on all the designer cat eyes in Nordstrom and they all looked terrible on me! I love how these fit my face, and what’s cool is that because Oakley is a sporty brand, they’re really sturdy and great for running. I’ve wanted a pair of cat eyes ever since I spotted the beautiful Karen Walkers and House of Harlows at Atlantic-Pacific, so I’m happy as a clam.

Have you picked up anything exciting lately?