Cross My Body

Cross body bags are the NEW fanny pack.

Quality Fanny Pack Right Thurr
Quality Fanny Pack Right Thurr

Not that fanny packs were ever really in. And not that they’re ever even out – take a trip to Disney World and look at all the middle aged men wearing them… Quick – clean up your vomit and I’ll tell you all about the versatile, chic & easy to wear version of them.

Honestly while traveling or going out, a cross body has become a huge staple handbag in my wardrobe.

It’s a constant win because you don’t have to hold it – Hands free is always for me. I don’t want to carry more things that I have to in my hands because I’ll probably spill my green tea on myself & singe my hand or ruin my silk blouse.

Cross-bodies mean no pain – AKA it’s not weighing down your shoulder. It can’t even weigh that much because you can’t load it with every item from your bedroom like your usual daily bag for work.

It’s the chic girl’s version of the fanny pack. Which I have to say I would not hate AT ALL!!! If it was at a music festival. I was dressed in neon and listening to electronic music for hours on end. It was questionable but worth it. I’ve done music festivals with Marc Jacobs as well and it doesn’t end well.

Enjoy a few of my Favorites

Most luxe: Chanel (give meeee)

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Practical: emPOWERED

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Bright: Cambridge Satchel Company (obviously unhooked because I’m lazy – oops!)

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Carryall: J. Crew Sophie Crossbody Bag

 

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HUGE Inside with Tons of Pockets!

Inexpensive: Forever 21

Forever 21 "Subtle Thing" Crossbody $16.80 !!!
Forever 21 “Subtle Thing” Crossbody $16.80 !!!

Vintage: Floral Snaptop Bag

from Recycling Red Dresses in Saratoga Springs, NY
from Recycling Red Dresses in Saratoga Springs, NY

Everyday Going Out Bag: Gucci Soho Disco Bag

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Ultimate Favorite Bag and Comes in Endless Colors! I have this color ❤

 

With all of these gorgeous examples – please leave your fanny pack at home. I don’t care if  you’re still hungover from Coachella. Step your game into some of the new age fanny packs, “cross body’s!”

xo

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emPOWERED bag

Came across this “to-die-for” clutch that launched back in January and immediately put in my pre-order for the black color! Introducing emPOWERED.

How often have you been out somewhere and you’re phone flashes you that cute little message, LOW BATTERY. For me, basically every single day – multiple times per day. It’s bad. Probably from all of the selfies I was taking…oops. 0% = I die.

My Worst Nightmare...
My Worst Nightmare…

This “IT bag” – IT standing for “basically being a celeb because it’s such a coveted item” and IT standing for Information Technology because, THIS bag charges phones!  

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Dreams and prayers from phone over-users & over-abusers have been answered! If you’re like me, you’re constantly in fear that your phone will die and you won’t be able to reply to a message, check Instagram, Twitter, FB, Google ANYTHING…obsessed? Yes, unfortunately.

The bag’s built-in charger can take your phone’s battery from 0 to 100%! emPOWERED uses a USB connection so whatever device you’re using can get charged! iPhone 4 & 5, Android, Kindle, even cameras (who even uses those anymore, honestly?).

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The design is rather chic – can be worn as a cross-body with a long strap, carried as a clutch on date night or GNO & it’s even thin enough to be tucked into your larger day bag or work bag. It’s leather which is a bonus for me because I love leather. It’s black which is a bonus for everybody because it goes with everything. emPOWERED comes in different colors, patterns and materials and is priced at a steal of $149. The brand just launched their “Large Leather Tote” that is a godsend & perfect for students, work commuters, and people who carry their lives in their handbags!

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Posing with my new tech gear!  ashley empowered bag

Excited to use this puppy on my upcoming adventures! Also looking forward to never fearing the inability to stalk my friends, upload an artsy Instagram or look up directions when I’m lost every day of my life.

Image via EmpoweredBag.com
Image via EmpoweredBag.com

Charging complete. 100%.

White Accessories

White Accessories

For the backpack loving type (not exactly me), I just LOVE bags. This Harper Ave. “Cyclades” white patent leather backpack was screaming out, “BUY MEEEE!!!” the moment I set eyes on it. This bag is perfect for so many occasions – so obviously, campus life – during like the last 3 weeks of your semester – or if you go to school in warm climate – still basically only spring. Also great for outdoor, daytime events like a baseball game in the Spring, or a picnic in the park, walking casually around NYC, strolling through the city sightseeing & looking for a darling lunch spot, or shopping boutiques because it leave your hands free from a purse. Options are endless with this little gem of a bag. Found it at Need Supply Co. (www.needsupply.com) – my favorite shop in Richmond, VA. Wish they existed in New York. Literally has the best of everything – both men’s & women’s clothing and accessories. This store sets the standard of dressing well.

White can be difficult to wear for many reasons – if you’re like me and spill coffee/crumbs/beets every time you eat/consume any sort of food. It gets generally “dirty” from the fact that I also toss my things around on the regular. It’s long frowned upon “not before Memorial Day, and not after Labor Day” rule which is so passé because white is year round. But even so – white things are crisp, they have dimension and sharp lines. White, like black should be a staple in your wardrobe because it’s a neutral. Neutrals rule the “color” palette. If you’re uncomfortable wearing white clothing, stick to white/ivory accessories because they can have a more lasting effect.