Cinco Powell Tote (Take 30 percent off with code “KELLY30″) (c/o) / J.Crew Sweater (Sold out, Factory version here) / Franco Sarto Sandals (Old, similar here) / J.Crew Jeans / C.Wonder Bangle (Sold out, Sperry version here) and C.Wonder Bracelet (Sold out. Inspired by the Tory Burch version, but love the more affordable Lands End version!) / Michael Kors Watch / J.Crew Pearl Necklace (Factory version here) / J.Crew Pearl Earrings / Kate Spade Sunnies (Old, newer styles here)
While I’ve always wanted to be that girl who’s able to get through her day with a cute little clutch, I think I’ve finally realized that I’m just not that girl. On any given day, I’m lugging around a laptop or an iPad, tons of grading, a DSLR camera, a hefty planner, and flip flops. A quality, stylish tote–and one that can bring me from day to night–is essential.
Enter my newest obsession: the Cinco Powell Tote. Eeeee! Adorable, right? (Of course, each bag can be monogrammed, and a leather tassel and/or monogrammed tag can be added, too. Oh! And the tags can also be worn as necklaces.)
I might not currently be teaching (woo, summer break!), but my bag has certainly been put to the test this summer. I’ve packed it for city excursions, blogging sessions at coffee shops, and cross country road trips… and it’s passed with flying colors every time. I love that its handle is long enough that it comfortably rests on my shoulder and leaves room for arm movement, and that it’s short enough so that I can carry the bag at my side, too. And there are so many pockets. Two pockets at the side that I slide my iPhone into (easy access), two interior smartphone pockets, and an iPad pocket. My laptop also fits perfectly. Talk about functional.
Another reason I adore my tote so much is because it’s the brainchild of two incredibly hardworking, family-oriented city girls. Before I left New York, I met with Brooke, one of the company’s co-founders. Last week, I met with her counterpart, Lobi, who lived in NYC (and San Francisco) for many years. I had the best time chatting about the fashion industry, blogging, city life… and, obviously, their super successful business. Talk about inspirational women!