Dagne Dover Classic Tote: Is It Worth It?

 

Dagne Dover first popped onto my radar when I started to see Facebook ads for them. Because Facebook is clever and very scary, it knew that I was a prime target to be converted into a Dagne Dover customer. Not only has my handbag obsession been around for years, but I also deal with the struggle of having too much stuff floating around in my bag, and at the same time not having nearly enough room for everything I wanted to put in there.  After being convinced that this bag was perfect for me, I decided to boldly reach out to the company and tell them why I was the perfect person to write a review for them. Amazingly, they responded and agreed to send me their classic tote.  While I was sent the bag, the following opinions are 100% honest.  Remember, I reached out to them…and let’s be real here, if they didn’t agree to send me one to review, pure curiosity would have caused me to drop the money on it anyway because I already decided I had to have it.  I just want to be fully transparent here.  Ok, now we can get started. 

While 95% of the time I’m working it’s in the comfort of my own office (and sometimes my couch), there have been plenty of occasions where I have wanted to take my blog’s HQ to a different location.  Okay, usually that location is Starbucks and occasionally a meeting, but still, it requires me to pack up my things and go somewhere else.  When this happens, it’s pretty typical that I’m carrying my big purse as well as a laptop bag and a water bottle.  I’m clunky, clumsy, and take up far too much space.  If only there was a way to solve my traveling dilemma.

Enter: The Dagne Dover Classic Tote

When I first laid eyes on that targeted Facebook Ad I was instantly smitten with this tote bag. It had all of the features of any bag I could possibly want, and even a few features I didn’t know I needed.  Here’s some info on the features of this bag (we’ll get more in-depth in a second):

  • Drop Zipper Opening
  • L 13” x H 8” x W ¾” Padded Laptop Sleeve with Hidden Magnetic Closure
  • L 10 ½” x H 7 ½” Padded Tablet / Notebook Sleeve
  • Phone Pocket with ID / MetroCard Compartment
  • 3 Pen / Lipgloss Loops
  • Large Interior Zipper Pocket
  • 2 Slip Pockets (L 5 ½” x H 6”)
  • Additional Side Slip Pocket (L 4” x H 4 ½”)
  • 4” Diameter Neoprene Bottle Holder
  • Detachable Leather Key Leash with 2 interior D-Rings
  • 2 External Aesthetic D-Rings
  • Pyramid Hardware Feet

 

The Classic Tote fits everything you could possibly need to get you through a work day all the and take you all way to a night out with friends.  The coated canvas looks super chic but is also water-resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth, making it ideal for the woman on the go. 

The major sell for me was all of the built in organizational features.  Not only is there a padded laptop sleeve which fits my 13 in Macbook Pro perfectly (If you have a 15 in laptop you can get the Legend Tote), but there’s a separate slot to keep my iPad safe as well, and that section has a nice magnetic closure.  There’s a separate pocket for my phone, and in front of that, there’s a pocket for any cards that need to be within easy reach.  3 separate pen/lip gloss loops give this planner addict plenty of writing implements to choose from (because you know my Erin Condren Life Planner is likely in there too) but be warned, some lip glosses might be a little difficult to get back out of that pen loop.  I learned that one the hard way. 

There are a large zipper pocket and two slip pockets attached to the other side of the tote, as well as a side pocket perfect for an umbrella or sunglasses.  A cool feature I didn’t know I needed was the detachable key leash.  It has never been so easy for me to find my keys in a giant bag, and the leash is long enough that it isn’t a challenge to use them either. However, I’m pretty sure my favorite feature has to be the built-in neoprene water bottle holder.  I always have a water bottle with me. Literally, always.  Ask anyone I know personally.  This holder actually snaps into the side of the tote to help prevent it from falling when housing my water bottle.  Not only is that part genius, but it also keeps any condensation on the bottle off of the rest of my stuff.  I cannot stress enough how important and awesome this feature is to me.  I’m obsessed. 

With plenty of space outside of the organizational holders, this tote has room for more than I could possibly carry at once. This bag is likely to get too heavy for me before it ends up too full.  For someone with “normal” arm muscles, this won’t be quite as big of a deal, but for me, the heavier a bag gets vs the difficulty I have with it increases exponentially.  This is nothing against the Dagne Dover bag, but it’s simply something I need to be aware of.  That being said, let me show you everything I can fit comfortably in my Dagne Dover Classic Tote:

  • My 13 in Macbook Pro
  • My iPad mini
  • my iPhone 7
  • Computer charger
  • My Erin Condren Life Planner
  • 3 pens
  • a makeup bag filled with my essentials
  • my phone cord and portable charger
  • A Quest bar and other snacks
  • water bottle
  • EC hardbound notebook
  • Wallet
  • keys
  • my travel pharmacy (because I never know when I’ll need ibuprofen or Sudafed)

See? Everything that I could possibly need to survive an entire day.

After packing things up, I was very surprised to see that while the bag was indeed heavy, I found the straps did a great job of actually staying on my shoulders. This is something I have always struggled with in shirts, bra straps, and handbags. I’m guessing it’s from CMT related lack of muscle.  I was able to swing this on my shoulders and it stayed put while I walked around with it.  My biggest complaint is that there isn’t a crossbody strap option.  I mean, I sort of understand why there isn’t one (too thin and all of the weight will dig into your shoulder/neck; too thick and it looks really stupid), but there should have at least been an option. 

The Dagne Dover Classic Tote retails for $245.  While this sounds steep, it’s actually a pretty great deal for what you get.  I searched canvas totes at Nordstrom just for comparison’s sake, and it turns out that the Dagne Dover tote is less expensive and a lot more classy looking than many of the options there.  The classic tote is available in 5 colors:

  • Onyx- black
  • Dagne Blue – A deep, true blue
  • Bleecker Blush- A greyish taupe.  This is the color of my tote.
  • Prism- very pale pink
  • Jasmine- A chic pastel blue

At the end of the day, after giving this bag a try I would have definitely gone out and bought it for myself.  Not only that, but I now want everything on the Dagne Dover site.  My next mission is to get my hands on the Petite Tote (which does come with a crossbody strap!) for adventures around town where I don’t want to carry a massive tote around. All of Dagne Dover’s products look classic, chic, and perfect for the business woman, woman about town, or even the woman who mostly stays home (..me). Check them out and see for yourself. 

**Thank you to Dagne Dover for kindly providing their classic tote for my review.  I am not at all paid for this review and all opinions are my own.  However, if you make a purchase using my link, I do get $25 in store credit to go towards my next bag purchase.  Thanks for your support.**

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box | Spring 2017

Starting this year Erin Condren decided to put out a seasonal mystery box full of exclusives, sneak peeks, and product favorites.  The catch is you don’t know what is in the box until it shows up at your door.  By the time you start seeing posts on Instagram or on YouTube, the box has long since been sold out and you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on it anyway, so you have to be willing to fork over the moolah and hope for the best. The box costs $35 and ships free in the USA.  I didn’t get the winter box, but I decided to take the plunge for spring.  Curious as to what is inside?  Read on!

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“Wicked Fun” with Erin Condren

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While I don’t have enough space, cash, or desire to throw a giant Halloween bash, I love celebrating seasons and holidays, and Halloween is no exception.  I have a few decorations out, some spooky treats in the kitchen, and some of the latest Halloween goodies from Erin Condren in my office.  Only EC could make Halloween fun and functional. 

For those of you that don’t know, my all time favorite musical is Wicked. Wicked centers around Elphaba (more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda from the Wizard of Oz starting before the events that we know from the movie.  It’s brilliantly written, the music is incredible, and I’ve been hooked for years. To say I’m obsessed is putting it lightly. When I lived at my parent’s house, I color matched my bedroom to the musical’s poster.  My college senior recital was titled “Defying Gravity,” and I even got a lime green Ford Fiesta before it was cool (ok..it might not ever be cool, but there are definitely a lot more of them around now) because it was the perfect shade of “Elphaba green.”  See? Obsessed!

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When I saw one of the Halloween releases from Erin Condren had Wicked written on it, I knew I had to have the collection, so I picked up a few (okay..all) of the “Wicked Fun” items EC offered to give my office a little bit of a Halloween flair.  

My Life Planners both got makeovers to stay current with the holiday, and while my blog planner is sporting last year’s October cover, my personal planner is sporting the new “Wicked Fun” cover in my favorite wicked colors: Elphaba green (aka to the rest of the world as lime green) and good old black. 

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I have been obsessed with the bound journals that EC released this year, so when I saw “Wicked fun” was offered as a journal cover as well, it went into the cart in the same custom colors as my ECLP cover.  This journal proudly bears a quote from my favorite song in the musical, “Defying Gravity.”  Not only does the journal make me smile, but it’s great for writing down my ideas for various Halloween festivities.  

While my planners and notebooks rarely leave the office, the EC Halloween offerings can be used in other parts of the holiday too.  

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For some baked goods to serve at a party (or just to myself and the Mister), I had my sister (who is the baker at Deanna’s Delights) make and frost some yummy, festive cupcakes for my acrylic tray. While many people don’t necessarily think of purple as a Halloween color, I find it goes perfectly with my “Wicked Fun” acrylic tray insert from EC. I customized the colors so they felt a little more “Wicked the musical” and less wicked witch with the giant wart on her nose, and the purple and orange treats matched perfectly.  

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Holiday Tip: Add a few drops of food dye to your frosting or cake batter for an extra festive feel.  You can give something as simple as boxed cake and canned frosting that extra special flare. 

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EC also has a gift label for every occasion, and Halloween is no exception. I decided on some with the bats to complete my Halloween collection, and they’re perfect for labeling the cookies I’d love to give to friends for the holiday. All you need is a clear plastic bag and delicious treats to put in them. Ta da! A cute, personal Halloween treat.  

As with most EC products, the personalization and customization of their products is practically limitless, and Halloween is no exception.  If you want to get your hands on these wicked fun goodies before they fly away, you should head to the site and order soon.  First-time customers can rel=”nofollow” sign up using this link and get a coupon for $10 off their order.  

What are some of your Halloween party or home decor tips? 

*I was sent these products in collaboration with Erin Condren, but all opinions are my own. Using my referral link also grants me $10 credit to EC.  Thanks for supporting my obsession and my blog*

2017 Erin Condren Life Planner & Accessories

The 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner Walkthrough and Review

The countdown is almost over and planner addicts everywhere are on the edge of their seats waiting for this moment.  The launch of the Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner is tomorrow!  I’m here to tell you a but about hat you can expect from the updates to the planner and some of the new accessories. 

As you probably know, one of the many joys of getting an ECLP is that you have options to choose from like what cover you want, how you want it personalized, and even what layout you want the insides to have.  This year, there are more ways to customize your ECLP than ever.  Read more

NEW Recollections Planner Inserts at Michaels

Recollection Inserts

By now there’s a chance you have heard that Michael’s stores have brand new planners and planner inserts by Recollections showing up in store.  I happened to see a fellow YouTuber’s video when she saw them in store, and I knew I had to hunt them down.  I managed to find the Recollections planner display in a store not too far away (they seem to be rolling out now, but aren’t available everywhere yet) and while I looked through all of the insert options, I decided to only purchase a few that were the most relevant to me at this moment: Goals, Inspiration, and To Do’s. I didn’t get any of the planners because I currently use my Erin Condren Life Planner and I have a personal sized Filofax Malden, so I didn’t need one.  Although, since the planners are only $19.99 and it’s easy to get a 40% off Michaels coupon, I’m sure I’ll own one at some point.  Read more

Everyday with Erin Condren

Everyday Erin CondrenIf you are into planners or organization at all, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard of Erin Condren.  This brand is taking their niche world by storm.  It’s no surprise to any of my readers or Instagram followers that I am in a serious relationship with my Erin Condren Life Planner.  She is my schedule, a creative outlet, a list keeper…she’s my baby.  Undoubtedly, when someone hears the name Erin Condren, their mind automatically goes to the Life Planner.  I want to expand your horizons just a little bit.  There is an entire world of Erin Condren products out there besides the Life Planner.  While many of the products are great for using with your LP, they also have many stand alone purposes. Let’s explore.

Every Day With Erin Condren

If you take time to check out the EC website, you’ll notice the multitude of products outside of the one tab specifically for the Life Planners. Notebooks, calendars, home decor items, organizational items, and more flood your screen with endless possibilities for every day use.  Here are a few ways I use my Erin Condren Products every single day.

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Leonie Dawson Create Your Shining Year in Life 2016 Goals Workbook

Leonie Dawson 2016 Goal Setting Workbook for Life will help you create the best 2016 ever.

Goals are a very important thing to many of us.  We all have goals. Some of us even create action plans to help us reach those goals.  This time of year, a lot of goal setting resources are released to coincide with the new year. Brilliant marketing: get them while they’re making new year’s resolutions.

For the last 3 years I have purchased the Leonie Dawson Create Your Amazing Year workbook series.  There are two different books in the goal setting set: one for life, and one for business.  Today, I am focusing solely on the workbook to help you create your amazing life. The business book will come later.

Leonie Dawson is a hippie chick from Australia who has a thriving business in helping others achieve their goals in life and business. She seems to be a very free spirit, full of life and color, and her workbooks reflect that personality.  While I have never taken any of her courses, nor do I subscribe to her uber spiritual (in the tarot card reading type of way. I am a religious person, though.) way of living, I do know that I love these books and use them as a bit of inspiration to help get myself ready for making the new year the best year ever.

Inside this stunning book you see brightly colored, glossy pages.  I find that writing on them with a Sharpie pen or my Pilot Frixion pens works best for me.  The book is bound by a metal coil.

Leonie Dawson Create Your Amazing Life Workbook

The first section in the Life workbook is the 2015 closing ceremony, where you reflect on the past year and accept that it’s over and time to move on to 2016.  Then the goal setting for 2016 starts.  I find this reflection on the past year quite helpful, as it allows me to praise my successes and vent about things that didn’t go the way I would have liked.

Leonie Dawson 2016 Create Your Amazing Life Workbook

Your life goals are divided up into 13 different sections:

  • Creativity
  • Soul
  • Mind
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Body
  • House
  • Travel & Adventures
  • Finances
  • Community
  • Self-care
  • Support
  • Dreams

Each section allows you to focus on that specific area of your life by asking you questions to get you to ponder each subject deeply.  Some sections are larger than others, but no matter the size, each section gets you thinking about what you’d really like to achieve in the new year in that area.

Many people don’t often think of things like “self care” as a part of life worth setting goals for, but if you think about it, many of us would be so much better off if we actually did take time for a little self care.  If we improve in that area, how many other areas would naturally reap the benefits from us giving ourselves the rest and recharging we need and deserve?

Leonie Dawson create your amazing 2016 workbook

Each section also contains a resource page, which is new to the 2016 edition of the workbooks.  Leonie offers great book and website suggestions for areas such as finances, creativity, career, and more.  Some pages have you doing activities other than writing. For example, the body section has a page with two blank bodies on it.  One one, you’re supposed to write or draw how you feel about your body now, and on the other you do the same thing, but with how you want your body to feel.  It’s something a bit different and lets you look at things a little differently.

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Throughout the book there are other awesome pages that help you get creative and thoughtful juices flowing.  Just to name a few:

  • 10 Things I Want to Celebrate About Myself
  • 100 Things to Do in 2016
  • My Mottos
  • My Shining Habits
  • What to Do When Things Suck
  • My Medicine Bag

All of these are in there with the hopes that it will help mentally keep you fired up and ready for anything that might get in the way of achieving your goals.  I think the Create Your Shining Year in Life workbook really covers everything when it comes to getting you ready to set goals and make plans for the new year.  Its a resources I love using. After it’s all filled out I plan to look back at it every month and check in with myself to see how I’m doing.  With plenty of note pages in the back, it will be easy to write up action plans to help achieve my goals.

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The Create Your Shining Year in Life Workbook is offered in several bundles and formats.

  • Spiral bound book only: $24.95
  • E-book only: $9.95
  • The Life Bundle (Contains printed and digital book, the 2016 diary/planner, a wall calendar, and a to-do list pdf): $42.95
  • The Biz Bundle (Contains everything in the life bundle plus a printed and digital copy of the Biz workbook and an extra wall calendar): $64.95

This book makes a great gift for yourself or a loved one that you know is looking for a little extra goal setting motivation for this year.  We all could use a little extra help when trying to lay out and plan our goals and New Year’s resolutions, and this book is a great (and fun) help.

Howe Cute 4 U | Spotlight on Etsy

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Get really for some ridiculously cute paperclips for you planner on this week’s “Spotlight on Etsy” post.

Howe Cute 4 U is an amazing little Etsy shop full of cute, well put together paperclips that are sure to make any planner addict smile.  I honestly wish I knew how these were made, because looking at mine I can see a ton of different layers of materials. The paperclips are lightweight and thin, but they have a 3 dimensional quality about them that gives them a little bit more “wow” factor.

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