Bag Basics

Our “now normal” means that my typical day-to-day tote once prized for its ability to handle the school run and hopping to daily meetings, is not really in my accessory rotation. Because I am working from home more and venture out less, I have re-prioritized and paired-down my in-bag essentials and therefore now only need a petite purse. Even our interviewee this week, Tricia Fairfax Hash from Tree Fairfax, talks about her line of bags that are centered around “going lightly” and clearly we are so into this idea.

FP Collection Nicolette Suede Crossbody

These small bags pictured here are super reasonable and fit my phone, small card wallet, hand sanitizer, and a rolled-up mask— everything I need to dash out. The gold bucket and Mickey Mouse tote are from Zara and the boho slouchy one is from Free People. So right now my fancy bags and clutches are getting their beauty rest in my closet (hopefully gearing up for their holiday debut!), and these cute stand-ins are really fitting the bill.

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Chatting with Jazmin Alvarez of Pretty Well Beauty

During these “at home times,” the phrase “let’s clean up!” may be triggering for some people. However, when the “clean up” does not mean dishes and bedmaking, but rather, involves our beauty routine and a vanity re-org, we are all in. Jazmin Alvarez, the founder of clean beauty resource, Pretty Well Beauty, is the soothsayer of the skincare / makeup cabinet and is here to share her knowledge on how to create a sustainable routine that will help keep you well-balanced.
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Show me your Flare

We’ve been mom jean-ing for a few seasons now and I am feeling like it’s time for some FLARE again. Flares originated in the 60s / 70’s, took flight in the 80s, and definitely made an appearance in the early aughts. Those early decades all featured the high-waisted flare (which I personally prefer), while the early 00s specialized in the low-waisted style which feels a little passé. I recently pulled out my flare jeans and was reminded how much they elongate the leg and look great with a heel.
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Chatting with Elyse Walker

When she decided to open her first store in 1999 in Los Angeles, Elyse Walker set out to create a retail experience that prided itself on impeccable customer service and superb selection. She wanted to create a store that harkened back to the places of business that she loved while growing up on the east coast—places that were simply known by the proprietors first or last name and that were always synonymous with a choice shopping experience.
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