I go through phases. First it was make-up, next it was handbags, it’s always been shoes, and now I’m a little obsessed with jewelry. Although I’ve been aware of Stella & Dot for a couple of years, I really never paid attention until (1) I started my jewelry phase and (2) a cousin became a Stella & Dot stylist. I was holding out pretty well on not making my first SD purchase until the bags launched a week or two ago. Another favorite of mine, ikat emblazons so many of the styles. It was all over. I caved and ordered the ‘How Does She Do It‘ tote. It came today, along with another little bauble: the Gilded Arrow Bangle in silver.
Uh, oh. I really, really like both pieces…as in I want more “like” both pieces. I plan to use the bag as an overnight bag when the baby is born, but it’s a manageable size for carrying just as a handbag/purse too. The fact that it snaps down to collapse in size also makes it pretty terrific for every day. I don’t think the handles are real leather, which is kind of a bummer, but it kept the price reasonable. I guess that also means it should clean easily. And although it really doesn’t matter much in the scheme of things, the interior is really pretty.
The Gilded Arrow Bangle was a total impulse buy but it’s pretty amazing too. I’ve tried a few other arrow cuffs and bangles that have actually scratched me. If it scratches me, you know it’s going to maim a child who brushes up against it. This bangle has nice sharp-looking edges but feels very rounded.
Overall, thumbs up for both pieces. I probably will go back and order the Travel Case later. If the bags are as durable as they seem, it will be nice to have some coordinating companion pieces for the future.