What Bags Are Your Essentials?

essential bagsHandbags are my favorite accessory, and when I thought about doing this post it was hard for me to narrow down which styles are the most important. These three represent the first three bags I would buy if I were starting over. First, a large satchel or hobo (top left), like the Kate Spade Georgina (similar). This is my favorite style, as it can hold everything and looks great with any outfit. I put two more below that I adore- that’s how much I use this style of bag. Second, a smaller crossbody bag for when you don’t need much and want to be hands free. This (black bag) is a Coach bag from a few years ago, so again the link is similar, not the exact bag. Lastly, a wristlet (bottom) is perfect for going out. When pushed, I can fit in my iPhone, a few cards, cash, a few keys (but not the whole key chain), and a lip balm. This one is Coach, but you can find them anywhere (similar).

bonus bagsThese are my two bonus handbags that I would be sad to live without. I actually use these two and the Kate Spade Georgina most of the time, but there are definitely occasions when I need the above two styles.

The yellow one I wrote about before in my birthday gift post, but it’s perfect enough to bring up again 🙂 This is the Coach Scout hobo in light gold/pale yellow.

The pale pink is by Emma Fox. It’s from last year and I couldn’t find it available (similar). I probably looked for a year for the perfect shade of pale pink, and then a coworker found this gorgeous satchel for me at Nordstrom Rack (yes, I have people out there bag hunting for me. I have an addiction. Isn’t admitting it the first step?). I had never heard of Emma Fox at the time, but she puts foxes on her bags!! I think that my dogs look like foxes, so this makes me very happy. Check out how cute the little fox is below!

foxTell me what your must have bags are! I thought about including bags to lust over, but I just cannot look right now. It’s so not in the budget, and I don’t want to develop a crush! I know that moms all need diaper bags, and that changes everything. I have seen a few cute diaper bags, but they are tough to find from what I’ve seen.

Jillian

Pretty Birthday Gifts

birthday giftsLast week was my birthday, and I was showered with beautiful gifts! I thought I would share some with you, just in case anyone wants to add them to their wish list!

Starting with the bag: Coach Scout Hobo. This beauty was a gift from J. I have been looking forever for a pale yellow handbag and everyone at work is super envious. Between this and my puppy, I am not really even safe to leave my desk anymore.

I can’t begin to imagine where this adorable bear dish came from, but I got it from my dear friend K, and I put it on my bookshelf and filled it with my bracelets. I adore bears, so this is perfect!

A bit of Packers gear from J. The soft helmet was my good luck charm through most of last weekend’s game, but it couldn’t hold out through the end 😦 This plush football folds out and becomes a cow!! Super fun!

The last picture is three of the same body butter- Brazil Nut from the Body Shop. Panda gave me a gift card, and I stocked up. I adore this scent, sometimes I open it and just breathe it in. The Shibas also like to lick it off me, which can be a little creepy. I have to be careful around those tricksters.

love from momSome of the best gifts are experiences and love. I got a lot of that, too! This screenshot is a Facebook message from my mom 🙂 Can’t you just feel the long distance hug? My aunt surprised me by showing up at my work with gifts. What a nice surprise to see a loved one on your birthday (she also gave me an amazing orange fleece jacket)! My dad called me the night before to sing me happy birthday. I’m feeling the love.

By the way, isn’t it funny that my gifts are a mix of super girly and Packers stuff? That cracks me up. It’s pretty much a description of my life.

 

more birthday giftsMy friend MK gave me this cool Packers infinity scarf, which I love! The body butter and nail polish were gifts that came with the SPA DAY that my sister surprised me with. I am not kidding you guys, she knows how to hook a girl up. She got us facials and mani/pedis, along with these spa gifts; and took me to one of my favorite vegan places (Native Foods). It was so great to hang out with her and be pampered! My boss was out of town, but sent me these pretty flowers. I also received this Kate Spade Idiom bracelet from M (likely due to my not so subtle hint in this post!). Isn’t it just lovely stacked with my other bracelets?

 

Jillian and RileyFinally, the gift that I bought for myself- on my birthday, my adoption of Miss Riley Annabelle was complete! She is a part of our little family forever now, and I could not ask for a better birthday gift. Thank you to Denise at Shibas4Life for making it possible.

A few more gift ideas: I received a magazine subscription, which is cool because it’s a gift you keep getting all year long. A coworker wrote me an email about how much she likes working with me- how sweet is that? Another coworker brought me a smoothie book because she “didn’t want to derail my diet with a cupcake”. Gestures like these don’t have to cost much (or anything), but are so special. What is your favorite birthday gift you’ve received?

Jillian