A few more things from my Active Endeavors order last week – along with the Mike & Chris hoody posted below. The Trovata Aft Short Sleeve Hoody (I seriously have a thing for hoodies), and the Lauren Merkin Dylan Handbag.
I love Trovata, but hadn’t purchased anything from the line until now. They really have casual chic down; the entire collection is totally wearable, and timeless, in my opinion. I decided to try this hoody because I wanted something short-sleeved I could just wear over a tank top, but with character. The white adds some brightness to my outfits, without being overkill (I don’t do prints…) and the fit is good. It may be a little big, but I had to get the large to fit around my hips.
The Lauren Merkin bag is very cool – it’s my first bag by her…she mostly does clutches, and I don’t have much need for a clutch. I wanted something exactly like this – a smaller bag I could wear messenger style, that wasn’t brown. I already have a smaller Chloe Paddington messenger style bag, now I wanted something black or grey. The Dylan is washed lambskin, so it is kind of a faded black that looks almost like suede, but it’s not. It has two sections inside, a zipper pocket and two open pockets which are great for a phone and iPod. The coolest thing is that you can adjust the straps very easily by pulling the ends through – so you can wear it messenger or shoulder style (as seen above). The braided strap is a very nice touch, and I find the quality of the leather and workmanship to be superb. I did figure out yesterday after I took these pictures that my makeup bag is just too thick to carry with this bag – that’s why it doesn’t hang right messenger style. If I take it out, it falls flatter against my hips and looks much better….I will need to get a new makeup bag that’s narrower then, because that’s my key to changing out bags so often – I just move over my wallet and makeup bag, and I’m good!