Summer Bag – Pamela Munson


Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 5.13.48 PMOn our recent trip to Italy, we ended up on a boat one day, headed to the island of Nerano for lunch. On board, was a darling couple, from Dallas, we had met the night before. My new friend, Laurie, had a chic straw bag that caught my eye, so of course I had to ask about it.

Turns out it’s a hand made straw bag by designer, Pamela Munson. Inspired by straw bags carried by her mother and grandmother, Pamela drew upon her 15 years in high end fashion (Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman) to create a capsule collection of “classic with a twist” straw bags. I think it’s the thick grosgrain ribbon that drew me in…but this bag also has such great shape and can hold a lot.

There are two different sizes of the Isla Bahia (pictured above) and numerous other styles. Perfect for summer – day or night!3I9A3172_grande 3I9A3116_grandeScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 10.21.08 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 10.21.19 PMScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 5.14.31 PM

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Maniac Clothing – Crazy Good

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 9.05.00 PMRecently a friend from Dallas introduced me to an amazing new clothing line, Maniac.

The capsule collection includes the basics that any wardrobe needs, but they are particularly well cut and incredibly comfortable. I admired the line on my friend and was pulled in when I heard the mission of the company, but didn’t want to share about it until I had personally tried their pieces. I have….and I’m sold! I have the slouchy, long sleeved t-shirt in white and black and the wide sleeved shrug (workhorse piece) and these are pieces I could live in every day. Ideal travel pieces.

Now, that we’ve covered the main aspect of this company, let me tell you about it’s underlying purpose. Founder, Meredith Casey, learned that her brother was diagnosed with Bipolor Disorder a few years ago. As she began to research the illness and how it would affect their relationship, she realized that it was just one of many mental illnesses that we as a society don’t like to talk about. Why do we “look the other way”, she wondered, when mental illness affects millions of Americans and in many instances is a factor in abuse, homelessness and suicide? She felt she had to do something…and Maniac was born.

Meredith combines her passion for comfortable fashion with compassion for her brother and people like him. 100% of Maniac’s net profits (yes, 100%) are donated to Dallas’s Child and Family Guidance Center – an organization that has been providing counseling and treatment to those in need for more than 100 years.

So, try the line because you’ll love it. Suppor the line because you’ll be helping those in need.Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 9.06.36 PM Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 9.03.12 PM Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 8.58.57 PM Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 8.58.22 PMWe’re all a little crazy sometimes, right?!

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The New “It Bag” – Bergen Bags

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.29.15 AMThe hottest bag out there right now isn’t a Birkin bag…it’s a Bergen bag. Yes, as in Candice.

It all started when Ms. Bergen’s daughter asked her to paint on her Louis Vuitton duffle. She posted the results on Instagram and the rest as they say….was history. Since last summer, Candice has been taking orders and painting up a storm. She loves that she is doing something new at age 70. And, I love that, too!

If you have a bag that you’ve had a while, why not send it to Candice and have her personalize it. Instant conversation piece and treasure! More info can be found at BergenBags.com!Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.06.43 PM

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