A mild November means the leaves have been able to hold on just a bit longer than usual and I don’t mind at all. I love the bright reds of late fall. The EXTREME sunlight, on the other hand, gives me a headache, but it makes for beautiful photographs, so it (sort of) balances out.
Chicago-based Greenheart Shop sent me their lovely little Ikat Crossbody to review this week and I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. I thought it was going to be slightly too small to carry all of my stuff, but the multitude of storage pockets (3 inside, 1 outside) make it easy to keep track of my phone, wallet, altoids, keys, lip balm, and ibuprofen (for the sun induced headaches). Plus, it’s fully lined in a contrasting fabric and accented with pebbled leather. The price tag may seem hefty at $85.00, but the quality is exceptional – you can tell skilled artisans were behind the design and production. The brand behind the bag, Opportunity Collection, provides survivors of trafficking in India and mentally challenged artisans in Kenya fair wages and job training.
I’m always a bit biased toward Greenheart Shop, because I got a chance to visit their physical store in Chicago in June and had a wonderful time. The selection is well curated and the women behind the company are knowledgeable, passionate, and down to earth.
If you’d asked me a year ago to review an orange-hued anything, I would have said, “No, I don’t wear orange.” But I’m really digging all the warm, earthy hues that are popular right now. I finally understand why my mom has always loved orange, too: it looks good on us. Plus, I’ve accumulated a nice little selection of pinky-peachy tees and sweaters over the past several months and orange is a natural accent color.
I’m off work for the week starting tomorrow, but I’m posting a million blog posts (as in, two more this week) so stay tuned.