Eileen Fisher harem pants | made in the US
James Perse slub button front shirt | made in the US
Emerson Fry slides | gift from Emerson Fry to review
Everlane Petra tote in Gesso | purchased with referral credits at Everlane
Margot Wolf necklace | made in the US
This outfit is a bit of a cheat, because I’m not actually wearing it today; it was an outfit I snapped from last week, but didn’t post. Today, I’m flying back from a quick weekend trip to Orlando to visit my dad, step-mom and sister, who was also going to be there for the weekend.
On the plane today, I’m wearing my Goldsign jeans, James Perse casual tee and James Perse long fleece cardigan with my Emerson slides, AND my new Everlane Petra tote (which is exactly what I wore Friday flying out).
I’ll save my weekend packing list for another day, because today I just want to talk quickly about the Petra tote in Gesso. I’m EXTREMELY happy with it. I was originally going to get it in black, because, well, I always default to black, but I really just fell in love with the light gray for spring, and thought why not? I have a black tote that I love already, so why not add something lighter instead of a duplicate?
I used it as my carry-on tote for this trip, and then as my handbag while in Florida. I prefer to carry it with all black outfits; I like the contrast. I didn’t like it much with this outfit, to be honest. It’s large, but I needed it, because it was ridiculously hot in Orlando this weekend, and I ended up carrying one or two water bottles, my scarf or sweater for being inside in the air conditioning, along with my “essentials” like wallet, a few pouches, sunglasses and snacks. Of course, it’s large enough to hold everything comfortably and wear over my shoulder.
We were out a lot over the weekend, mostly at the Winter Park sidewalk arts festival, as my step-mom is a volunteer and board member as well as a patron, so we had access to a “patrons” tent where we could sit and enjoy cold beverages and food (Shake Shack!!) and get a break from the heat and walking around. So, Petra got a LOT of use, and held up nicely.
I did NOT treat my bag with anything yet, honestly, I’ve never done that, and I’m not even sure what to use. I’ve heard good things about Apple Guard, but treating leather always makes me nervous because I don’t want to discolor it, or change it in any way. I’d love suggestions for products to treat light leather if you have any!
She made it out unscathed, without a scratch or a mark on her, even from being on the floor under the seat on the plane. As a carry-on tote for the plane, the Petra is great, although without a top zipper, so it can’t be secured, which is a small issue. Not ideal, I guess, for the plane, but not a deal-breaker for me.
Overall, I’m ridiculously happy with the Petra tote in Gesso; I’m so glad I didn’t get the black. How boring! 😉