Blog anniversary + red handbag review

Happy blogiversary! Three years ago, I started this style blog, and thank you to everyone who has been around for this journey! 🙂 (And if you’d like to see straightaway if you’re the giveaway winner, scroll down to the bottom.)

Today’s outfit feels very me, with a mix of classic (blazer + red lipstick), comfy (trouser jeans + tee), and a bit of quirk (pattern-mixing with stripes + leopard print flats). My Top 10 remix item is my grey striped tee, which you can see better in pics below.

And yes, this is a photo-heavy post. But it’s my blog anniversary, and I’ll pose if I want to! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

And for today’s post, I wanted to feel classy and pretty. And how better to do that than with my new handbag from Greg Michaels? They recently offered me a choice of a new bag — you can read my review of my blue Greg Michaels tote here — and this time, I chose their Greg Michaels Rebecca in Red Envelope Style Handbag. I have nothing else like it in my closet, and I wanted to try something new.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

The bag is a classic color and shape, and I like the simplicity of the design. The leather shoulder strap is also a smart touch, as it makes the chain strap more comfortable to wear. The red color is a classic true red, and the quality of the Nappa leather — and quality overall — is very high. Also classy is the drawstring bag the handbag comes in! I also appreciate how the bags are packaged for shipping, with the metal bits protected by plastic to prevent scratches, as seen below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels red handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels red handbag

I also love the design detail of how the chain wraps in and around the top flap of the bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels red handbag

The interior is not very large, so this is most definitely not an everyday kind of purse for me. But I managed to pare down the essentials, and my phone fits in it. I like how the front envelope detail, as seen above, is also a pocket, and there are two additional interior pockets.

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels red handbag interior

The drawback to this handbag is that although it’s categorized as a crossbody, it feels a bit short on my body. I’d personally prefer it to hit just a bit lower on me. BUT that gave me an idea for how to mix up the look of this bag. Thinking about the leather shoulder strap detail, I thought it would be fun to turn this crossbody bag into a clutch. How? I pulled the chain down into the bag — the excess chain slid neatly into the back pocket — and then secured it with a twist tie. (Tip:  I threaded the twist tie through the links on both sides of the chain to make sure it held.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels red handbag tie trick

And by doing that, I now have two more options for how to wear this gorgeous handbag, by either (1) carrying it as a small handbag, or (2) by slipping my hand through the leather strap to carry as a clutch. Both ways are shown below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

And you might also have noticed new earrings I’m sporting in these pics — also from Greg Michaels! I chose the Serenity earrings — again, I went for a classic shape. I like that the size is not too big on my ears. Big enough for sparkle, but small enough to still be a bit subtle. The earrings are also quite lightweight, another plus.

Librarian for Life + Style | Greg Michaels crystal earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + red handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

Details:  Black blazer:  The Limited, old {very similar} {knit blazer option}  //  Grey striped t-shirt:  J.Crew {similar by same brand}  //  Trouser jeans:  Thrifted {similar}  //  Leopard print flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s {very similar}  // Red envelope handbag:  c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  //  Circle crystal earrings:  c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  //  Red lipstick:  Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast in ‘Cherry On Top’ {exact}

And now without further ado…

Leather wallet giveaway winner

… the winner of my blog anniversary giveaway with Greg Michaels of a reader’s choice of one of their leather wallet clutches. There were 97 entries (wow!), and I used the random number generator on the Random.org website to select the winning entry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Third blog anniversary winning entry

The winning entry was #32, which turned out to be Judi, who loved the The Jessica Signature Embossed Wallet Clutch (in black). Congratulations, Judi, who also revealed in her first comment that she’s a librarian, too! (Totally not a requirement to win, but how fun to find out!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Third blog anniversary winning entry

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the giveaway to help me celebrate my third blog anniversary! I hope you enjoyed browsing the leather wallet options, and even if you weren’t the lucky winner, you can still save 20% off your favorite piece from Greg Michaels with the reader discount code, fashionista.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + trouser jeans + red handbag

Thanks again, and I hope your Wednesday is a great one! ♥

Linking up with these lovely ladies!


Full disclosure: I received items of my choice from Greg Michaels in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.


Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Blog anniversary + red handbag review

  1. Meghan @ Hayes Days

    Happy Blogiversary! That bag is such a classic shape, I totally agree. And it’s so cute with the short strap and carrying it similar to a clutch. It’s the right pop of color too. Great choices.

    Reply
  2. kezzie

    Happy Blogiversary Jen and well done on keeping up this stylish establishment for 3years! I alwAys like to see what you’re wearing and the diverse combinations with chic attention to detail! That bag is superb! Really stylish- it names me think of the phrase, “Red letter days”, usually implying a celebration! I celebrated my Blogiversary two days ago too, although it was my 10th unbelievably!!!!x

    Reply
  3. Judi Copley

    Oh my goodness!!!! I am so excited about winning the wallet. My birthday is next month – big 49 – so thank you so much. What do I need to do?

    Reply
      1. Judi Copley

        I received both emails. Thanks! Oh, I began following you a while back after a few years of being a bloglovin’ browser after a recommendation by Franzceska (Franish).

        Reply

Please leave a comment and share!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.