With a simple canvas tote and a some thread, you can easily make a notebook-style tote bag. Stitch the blue lines with a sewing machine, a little wonky gives it character and then use embroidery thread to create the vertical red margin line using a simple embroidery stitch like backstitch, running stitch or stem stitch. How charming!
The gorgeous brilliant blue leather clutch, from designer Karina Hesketh, is stitched with vintage travel decals, postcards and postal marks with ivory leather tie. While the £80 price tag is a bit much for me, the whole thing is giving me IDEAS. A leather clutch that looks like a letter? Of course I need one!
(via Pinup Polly)
Feeling particularly back-to-schoolish? Then you might just want to put on a pair of socks that show your love of notebooks and pencils with these fabulous socks from Sock Dreams. Both the pencil socks and the notebook lined paper socks are available in mid-calf versions with sizes for men or women. The knee high versions of both the pencil and notebook paper socks ($18 each) are only available in ladies sizing.
I imagine seeing just a peek of the striping from the cuff of my favorite social studies teacher’s trouser leg and never knowing what a sock wit he was.
(via Sock Dreams)
Men have the advantage of having pockets in just about every garment they wear. Their trousers have pockets; be they jeans, chinos or cargo shorts (extra capacity!). Their shirts have pockets, and sometimes even their t-shirts have pockets. But we ladies face the challenge of where to put our phone, cash, cards and keys. Most women’s clothing do not have pockets and, even the items that should like jeans have these ridiculously small pockets that are almost there solely for looks. “Fashion industry, I’m talking to you! Its time to put pockets and useful additions into women’s clothes while still making them stylish!”
So sure, we can lug handbags, totes bags and briefcases with us everywhere we go, but sometimes, the need arises for a slimmed down solution.
Enter the wristlet. It is a small “portable pocket” large enough to hold those items you need for a jaunt to the grocery store, a trip to Chipotle or just around your enormous (corporate) campus. The solution for a lady’s everyday carry (EDC).
I found the Fossil Key-Per wristlet with pencil shavings pattern on Zappos for $35. It is large enough to hold the average smartphone, has pockets inside to keep ID and credit cards and a gusset on the side to keep coins and loose items from falling out. A short pen like a Fisher Space Pen or Kaweco Sport would also fit. There are other wristlets available on the Fossil site and of course other brand make other options. My co-workers carry a Kate Spade, Coach and BlueQ zippered pouch which range in price from around $10 to well over $100 at retail so there are lots of options to suit your tastes and your budget.
If there was ever a handbag designed just for me, this is it. Its made of bent aluminum handles and a wool felt by Peter Bristol. He has yet to get distribution or manufacturing partners but let’s all keep our fingers crossed that he’ll find funding soon because I need one ASAP.
(via Designer’s Block)
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After the household break-in, I had to start a jewelry collection from scratch and the first thing I stumbled across was this working scissors necklace. I’ve wanted to post about it sooner, as one office supply lover to another, but I purchased the necklace locally, and I wanted to wait until I could find a source available to all. So here it is. Modcloth sells this sweet little costume necklace for a whoppin’ $11.99. So, in the next meeting of boring rhetoric, you can reach for your scissors and tell those windbags to “Cut it out!”