Fringe Benefits

One of my favorite positions that I’ve ever held was when I managed the buying and product development for the Footwear and Accessories department at Sundance Catalog. It was my first big job in the fashion industry and I have been hooked ever since. And not only did it reassure me that I was meant to have a career in the retail world, but it also instilled in me a deep love for handbags (which I’m sure my hubby is especially grateful for). 😉

That said, I designed the below bag with my agent partner in Italy a couple of years ago. And of course since the Italians are much more fashion forward than we are, we were a little too far ahead of the fringe curve. So while it was always one of my favorite designs, it wasn’t featured in the catalog until after I’d departed.  But with fringe popping up all over the place this season, I was happy I held onto my original sample. So while I’m still on the fence about fringed boots (and sweaters, for that matter), I can definitely rock a fringed bag.










Instagram Filter:  Nashville

Faux Leather Jacket:  BarIII for Macy’s, similar, similar, similar

Grey V-Neck:  Victoria’s Secret Pink (best t’s ever)

Jeans:  Gap

Pink Necklace:  TJMaxx (old), similar

Sterling Monogram Necklace:  Birthday Gift

Watch:  Michael Kors

Sunnies:  Target

Fringed Bag:  my design for Sundance, similar, similar

Pointed Toe Pumps:  Nine West

Another thing I should note in this post  is the importance of owning a great biker jacket.  They are a perfect fall staple and a simple way to dress up a t-shirt, a great piece to throw on when running out the door, and an easy way to sass up an otherwise sweet outfit.  Leather or vegan, depending on your personal preference and price range, there is sure to be a style just right for everyone this fall.  And with the progression of man-made materials, the faux options available this season are better than ever with many that could pretty much pass for the real thing.  Fantastic style without breaking the bank?  Count me in!

Happy Hump Day!


11 thoughts on “Fringe Benefits

  1. Carissa Kidd

    I love that this blog highlights cute pieces at affordable prices. It’s a reminder that you don’t need to break the bank to feel stylish.

    1. Thank you so much! That was a big part of the reason why I started this blog-to share that being fashionable doesn’t haven’t to cost a fortune. So it means a lot to get that feedback! THANK YOU!! xx

  2. Katie LaValley

    Your shoes in all your blogs are so inspiring to the less fashionable (me!)! These bright pink pumps make me want to head out the door right now and get a pump or wedge in every color! I love the purse! I am not a fringe fan, but that purse is fun and classy all at the same time, and has all the right contrasting features with the fringe, the shape (I LOVE THE SHAPE) and the silver bullet/buttons on the strapping. I would totally rock that purse!!! Kudos to you on such a great design!

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