Fashion Friday: Shaffer LA Bucket Bag

I'm always on the search for the perfect cross body bag and I continue to come across bucket bags. I had several Coach bucket bags in the early 90's that I still use today. I love the versatility of a bucket bag. It has a simplistic shape that is very functional. This is not a bag you want to pack full of things. They tend not to have inside pockets so items can get lost quickly. I end up having a few smaller cosmetic size bags in my bucket bag to make it easier to find things like lip balm, keys and my phone. I prefer a smaller size bucket bag, since I like the cross body option. I find the smaller size to be more versatile to style too. I can dress it up or down, and it's just more functional for me. If I'm traveling to a music festival, my bucket bag can easily go from the festival during the day to dinner or the after-party later that night. I found this Shaffer LA Greta bucket bag on the Zoe Report and I'm obsessed with its shape and the rich brown leather. I've found a few variations of it and a few similar styles. See how I style the Greta bucket bag on Monday's How To Wear It.

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Object of Affection: Sequined Style

Sequins aren’t generally my style. But this week, I’m making an exception. Tonight, the much-hyped ABC series “Nashville” premieres. You know there WILL be sequins (full disclosure: I’ve already watched the pilot). Whatever you think about the show, it’s going to create new buzz for our amazing city. And it’s a good reminder that, for all our parts and pieces that have nothing to do with country music, it remains a deep and vital current in what our city has been and is still.

That makes Stephanie Johnson’s recently launched Nashville Collection especially apropos. Stephanie Johnson started her business in 2000, and over the last dozen years, nobody’s brought as much style and selection to makeup and travel bags. More recently, her line’s included even more creative solutions to carry our must-haves.

Enter her Nashville Collection. Sequins done right.

Envelope-style pouches in glittery palettes of cobalt blue, pink and purple. With a good-lookin’ ombre effect that ramps up their uniqueness. Fun to throw into your daily tote for a little bling, or use as a stand-alone for a night out. And like all of Stephanie’s bags, well-made to last.


We all know this town’s so, so much more than glitz, glitter and rhinestones. But there’s nothing wrong in embracing a cliché or two — after all, we’re about to be a hit TV series. Though everything in moderation, of course, especially when it comes to sequins.

Stephanie Johnson’s Nashville Collection is available locally at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, 2154 Bandywood Drive. Owner Woo Caroland even did a special blog post for Stephanie Johnson on her favorite Nashville spots — you can check it out here.


About Cindy Wall

Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot”—i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music, and bullish on local eating and shopping. And she’s recently re-reved her blog, Paris State of Mind, where she writes about all things French.


Shop Like You Give a Damn: Gimme Gimme

Fall is in full effect and so is my hankering to fill my wardrobe with new sustainable signature accessories. All it takes is a few striking injections into your wardrobe to set the tone for the season. Here are some delightful selections that tickled my fancy this week.

This pale gold sparkles stiletto ($710) paired with classic black fabric will dress up your casual denim, but also saunter effortlessly into a chic soiree too. Stella McCartney can do no wrong broads, especially when she continues to create beautiful products without utilizing any materials from animals.

I’m charmed by United By Blue’s Bushel & Pick Necklace ($36) which pairs metallics cohesively for a beautiful everyday necklace. Each necklace is made from vintage materials and when you purchase this product, you help UBB remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world.

I have always believed that nothing pops quite like a gorgeous shade of red and this Danielle Nicole faux-ostritch crossbody bag validates my claim. The London boasts gold hardware but a teeny price tag of just $78. We don’t need no stinkin’ leather, right?

Keeping time is waaaaaay more enjoyable when you have a fun yet stylish watch to keep up with. Swatch's silicone Lady comes in an array of colors, but the classic black will work it’s way into your daily ritual. This fabulous piece is anything but normal with the thoughtful wrap design and at $50, you can score a few shades to shake things up a bit.

What recent purchases are you ecstatic about? Do. Share.










Photo credit: J Bryan Dill

Shop Like You Give A Damn: Matt & Nat Flash Sale!

Cedar was priced at $180 but on sale for $27!

Question: Who’s got your sustainable back Stella Shoppers?

Answer: Shop Like You Give A Damn does!

Are you in need of new bag?

Matt & Nat to the rescue with deeply discounted sale of cruelty-free bags and accessories. So quit wasting your time reading this and click on this link to load up.

Here are a few more of my favorite SALE items:

Mick was worth every cent at $195 but is priced to float into your everyday routine at $30!

Who needs blue suede shoes when you can own this fun faux-suede backpack for only $37? Marked down from $185!

Versatile Hendrix will certainly be a staple year round especially when you use it as a clutch. $30 is all it takes broads.

Store all of your cash and cards in style with the Ginger wallet in this beautiful cognac shade. $12 marked down from $60!

Comment below on what item(s) you purchased. Yay for sales!











Photo credit: J Bryan Dill