Autumn Backpacks

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Today was the first really cool day in Brooklyn, and during a walk in beautiful Prospect Park I started thinking about carrying a backpack again. I’ve pretty much given up on backpacks since I need easy access to my pockets, but the crisp cool fall weather is making think of giving that a second thought. Here are some ideas..

What’s in My Bag? The Go Bag Edition

Here in NYC the wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy are starting to pick up, so I thought I would do a “What’s in my bag?” for my Go Bag that we keep on hand for emergencies. I used this list from the City of NYC to put it together. The important thing about your Go Bag is to make sure you have everything in one place, and you can grab the bag and go if you ever need to!

1. Multiple flashlights
2. Batteries
3. Snacks!
3. Candles/Lighter
4. Water
5. Radio. I marked the local news stations on the dial with a sharpie.
6. First Aid Kit. We grabbed a generic one from CVS.
The bag is an old tote with some extra pockets that are great for stashing extra batteries and matches. I actually wrote about this tote back in 2004, and here it is again as my Go Bag.

What do you keep on hand for emergencies?

Menswear Watch

True story: I haven’t worn a watch since the late 90’s. Back then it was a Kenneth Cole Reaction watch that was a part of a silver colored bracelet. It was my favorite watch and when the clasp broke I called around to get it fixed but sadly found out it was beyond repair. After that I just stopped wearing watches, and started carrying a cell phone.

About a year ago I started thinking about watches again. It can be really distracting to have to check my iPhone for the time, and on my old phone it also means a drain on the battery. I also started seeing lots of women wearing large chunky menswear inspired watches, which i preferred far more to dainty, flimsy look of the typical Ladies watch.

Eventually I happened across an old Swiss Army watch belonging to the boyfriend. It had been sitting in an shoebox for years so he was fine when I brought it over to a neighborhood jeweler to adjust the band for my wrist. They quoted me $12, but when I went to pick it up they said it would actually be $10.

So score a perfect chunky menswear watch for $10!

My N.Y.E Outfit

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We spent NYE at a fabulous little French restaurant in Brooklyn. At the countdown they gave everyone sparklers for their table, and at the stroke of midnight we could see the Grand Army fireworks from the window. Here’s to more sparklers and fireworks in 2012!

What I wore:
Dress: Many Folds from Anthropologie
Fabulous silk dress with whimsical origami cranes that I scored for 30% off. However, NOT weather appropriate for winter in the Northeast no matter how many UNIQLO Heat Tech layers you wear underneath.

Bracelets: Studded leather wrap bracelets from Jcrew and Madewell.

Shoes: Frye Allie Softy pump
Beautiful to look at, but impossible to walk in. I had to swap out some sparkly Gap ballet flats for transportation.

Rings: Bamboo stacking rings with aquamarine birthstone
My Christmas present!

Scarf: My beloved Missoni scarf that I wear every day
I got mine at a sale at Filene’s Basement, but the same one was recently listed at Anthro.

Nail polish: Kennebunk-Port by OPI

Lipstick (not pictured): Red Zin by Bare Minerals

Coat (not pictured): Giant warm puffy coat from Soia & Kyo
See above note about the non-weather appropriate dress! I was still cold.

Bag (not pictured): Vintage

My 2012 fashion resolution? Buy more investment pieces, and less fast fashion!

Baggu Baggu!

I’m always in the market for reusuable tote bags and had been wanting to check out BAGGU since reading about the bags on Camp Comfort and
Wiksten.

I ended up picking up two in one day while taking a stroll around my new neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn. The duck bag was first as I spotted it hanging up at Bird on Fifth Ave. I couldn’t decide between olive or stone, but stone eventually won out.

My second BAGGU of the day was found at Diane Kane also on Fifth. Having long admired anything from No. 6 but unable to justify the prices, I was especially excited to see they still had the reusable bags from the No. 6+BAGGU collection. I love the vibrant blue color and the tiny animal print.

So far the No. 6 reusable tote had gotten the most use, and I keep it in my daily bag all the time. The duck bag is a little too tall for me to use as a daily commuting bag (everything falls to the bottom) but it is great for weekends, or as we recently discovered carrying Christmas presents around when traveling.

Next up I plan to buy the BAGGU zippered bag (animal prints!) so I can finally organize my travel and daily makeup pouches.