Monday, February 1, 2016

Get Her Something Different This Valentine's Day - Give Her An 88 Handbag!

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 For about 6 years while I was in college, I had one of the best jobs in the world - I worked at a flower shop in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though it wasn't necessarily what you might call a "rewarding job", though it did have its moments, most of my work days were spent looking at beautiful flowers and generally, making people smile. Valentine's Day was always an absolute madhouse and I remember one holiday very clearly. We weren't too far away from closing up the store when a lady arrived with a vase of long-stemmed red roses, from her husband, that we had delivered to her earlier that day at her office. She walked to the counter, slammed the vase down on and said, "I don't want these!" (Not the normal reaction you would except from a woman whose husband not only remembered Valentine's Day - but also send her roses). As we tried to calm her down, thinking there must have been something wrong with the flowers, she quickly informed us that "Any idiot can order flowers, how hard is it to pick up a phone and order roses". Long story short, after I picked my jaw up off of the floor, told her we would refund her husband's credit card, and calmly assured the next guy in line that buying flowers for his wife was a good thing, I realized this poor woman maybe had a point. It is pretty easy to order flowers. And not that it's the amount of work or money that goes into a gift that decides its value, as the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts", and what she wanted was a thought that took longer than it takes to dial a telephone.  This year, don't just stop at buying flowers for your special Valentine! Give her a gift that she will adore long after the flowers die! 88 Handbags sent me the gorgeous Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote, at no cost to facilitate this review, and not only do I have a great review to share, I've also got a giveaway!

Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote - ARV $125

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  Fashionable and convertible, Natalie's color blocked style is versatile with many colors and styles in your wardrobe. The quality of the material and construction on 88 handbags is superb; You will be amazed by the value at an affordable price!

  • Crafted with the highest quality, environmentally-friendly vegan leathers
  • Interior zip compartment and smartphone pockets; Convertible, removable shoulder strap included
  • Secure metal zip closure; Exterior metal zip pocket
  • 18"W x 10"H x 7-1/4"D
  • 4-1/2" handle drop, 17-1/2" shoulder strap drop

When my Natalie arrived I was immediately impressed by how classy this bag was. It was like instantly my wardrobe was catapulted from every day to chic! The leather is very impressive and I'm looking forward to getting plenty of wear out of this bag. I really appreciate 88's detail to the variety of tones and shades in this handbag because with this tote, I look amazing whether I'm wearing black or brown, making it ultra versatile. This bag is going to prove stellar for upcoming Spring fashions with its lighter colors but with the black touches on the handles and embellishments, I plan on using this bag during the Fall and Winter months as well! I'm also not going to lie that I've really been loving the trend of mixing blacks and browns, which means using the Natalie as the "perfect" bag to compliment those outfits is an understatement!
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There is room for everything in this tote! As a Mom, this bag is great for not only carrying around everything that I need, but also gives me space to carry all of the things my kids like to give to me to hold on to while we are out. Aside from all of the room, the Natalie also has several different compartments inside of the bag, the perfect size to hold a cell phone, sun glasses, lip gloss and more. This 88 Handbag also provides the extra strap that can be added if you want to take this tote from a hand held bag to one you can carry over your shoulder. I wish the zipper would have closed the bag entirely (there is a little open space on either end of the bag that's not sealed (a typical thing with totes), and someone trying to slip their hand into this bag would be pretty obvious. I love the zipper pocket on the outside of the bag, which I find the perfect place to keep my keys for easy access. More than anything else, I love the way this bag makes me feel. Professional enough to use when headed to the office, traditional enough to compliment church attire, and elegant enough to show off on a Valentine's Day Date Night, the Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote is the perfect gift to show her on this Valentine's Day that she deserves something special!

 Click HERE to order the Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote, normally $125, but currently on sale for $49.99

88 Eighty-Eight Handbags

I love bringing companies like 88 to my readers, not only because of their stellar product, but because of what the company itself stands for. When you purchase products from 88, you aren't just putting a smile on your special gal's face, you are supporting women everywhere! 88 donates a percentage of every sale to a charity that assists in educating women around the world.

  We believe that educating women is the key to a better world. With women educated even to a primary school level child mortality rates come down, families become wealthier, diseases are more under control and each of these women has more of a choice over her fate and future. - 88 Eighty-Eight Handbags

 Click HERE to read more about Care International, the charity 88 supports.

  The Natalie isn't the only spectacular bag that 88 has to offer! Click HERE to visit their website and check out their huge variety of purses, bags, and even backpacks! 

  88 has so many spectacular sales going on right now, just in time for Valentine's Day, PLUS, 88 would like all of my readers to take advantage of a special coupon code: OUF5L45V (Valid Feb1st - 14th) which will give you %10 off your entire order! 

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  bag giveaway

 One lucky reader will win a Natalie Taupe Color Block Tote!  The giveaway will end February 14th 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

  Disclosure: I was sent the items listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of 88 Handbags and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.


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