creative office style Nov 21, 2016



This is a public service announcement to every woman, EVERYWHERE.  If you have a pulse and have ever left your home or plan to do so in the future, LISTEN UP.  I have officially unearthed the number one, greatest, BEST TOTE BAG OF ALL TIME.

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell at you.  



Ladies, let me introduce you to your new best friend, the Lo & Sons “Seville” tote bag.  It comes in two sizes (13″ and 15″) and has an ingenious design that allows you to change shells whenever your heart (or wardrobe) desires!  I got the 15″ black saffiano tote and an extra shell in light grey saffiano leather and have honestly not stopped using them since I brought them out of the box.  They have tons of different shell options (check them out here) but I really love the saffiano exteriors because they wear like iron and never look scuffed up despite getting a pretty serious daily beating.


The light grey is a great neutral alternative to my black shell, but there are tons of great colors and you guys, the convenience of not having to pull out all of your stuff when transitioning from one bag to another is a godsend.  As you can see below, the inner bag just easy pulls out of the black shell and slips into the new one.  The reinforced snaps of the handles make the bag totally secure, so you’d never know they’re two separate pieces when you’re carrying it.  The design is so classic and clean, finished with the perfect touches of gold hardware making it the ideal work tote bag or travel bag.  Stylish?  Check.  Functional?  Oh we’re just getting started…


Ok let’s just talk for a minute about the POCKETS.  Lordy.  They legit thought of everything—padded computer pocket with extra securing clasp, a sleeve for my iPad, compartments for a pen and/or lipsticks, zip pockets for my wallet, a built-in lanyard for my keys… I could go on for days.  I’ve literally never been so organized.  Whoever designed this sucker needs to come in and take a crack at my closet.


The best part about this tote bag is that without feeling like you’re carrying around an aircraft carrier, you can fit a Mary Poppins-level amount of stuff in this sucker.  I mean, just look at all the stuff that I put it in this thing, and honestly, there was plenty of room to spare.  I’m telling you, it defies physics.


They have two really cool videos on this page that show you how to change shells and also how much stuff you can fit into these bags.  I find them both completely mesmerizing.  It’s very strange.


ALSO! For those of you who travel a lot for work or play, there’s a major added bonus: each tote comes with a “luggage sleeve” which you can see in action here.  If you scroll down on the page, you can see how the sleeve allows the tote to fit perfectly over any carry-on luggage or suitcase.  Game.  Changer.


They also have lots of other cool bags and accessories, and I snagged this wristlet zip pouch which can connect inside the Seville tote.  Whenever I’m running out of the office for a quick coffee or lunch, I’m typically just grabbing this thing.  It’s super convenient and perfect for holding my phone, some cash, a credit card or two and a subway card on the go.


Moral of the story: if, like me, you’re always on the hunt for a great travel or work bag that’s beautiful, versatile and amazingly functional, well, look no further.  Oh, did I mention they’re having a sale on them right now?  Run don’t walk y’all.



SEVILLE TOTE BAG: c/o Lo & Sons  |  LIGHT GREY SHELL: c/o Lo & Sons  |  ZIP POUCH WRISTLET: c/o Lo & Sons  |  CHUNKY TURTLENECK SWEATER:  Ralph Lauren (also HERE)  |  SATIN SKIRT: Vince  |  SHOES: Saint Laurent (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Smoke x Mirrors  |  WATCH: Daniel Wellington (similar HERE)  |  RINGS: c/o Mejuri  |  EARRINGS: similar HERE  |  BRACELET: c/o Brandy Pham

Thanks to Lo & Sons for partnering on this post!

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  1. Rach says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about that tote! It is definitely the perfect working bag! I love your chunky knit turtleneck!

  2. Natali says:

    Oh wow!! You’re my fashion guru!!! 🙂 Such a gorgeous woman with so much style!

  3. I N-E-E-D that bag! I always hate changing my bags because I will inevitably forget to migrate something over when I do. It seems like this bag would solve all of my problems–and I love how classic and chic these totes are. I’m definitely heading over to peruse their site…now.

  4. Christina says:

    Love this post! One thing I am left wondering, what nail color are you wearing?

  5. Soraya says:

    Me encanta el look y el mega bolso ni te cuento, es una pasada.

  6. I need a new tote for University, thanks so much for sharing!

    Abigail Alice x

  7. Marina says:

    Great review! Love the mix of textures in your outfit.


  8. Brenda says:

    Thanks for highlighting this tote – I just bought one with the shell. It’s a great buy at 50% off for their Thanksgiving sale.

    Love your blog and your fashion advice

  9. bella says:

    You look classy in this vintage vibe,such a stylish outfit

  10. Jessica says:

    This bag has everything that I need for a work tote!! I really want to get one but have read a couple of reviews that said the stitching unraveled and wasn’t sturdy. Have you experienced any of this?
    I love your blog and I’ll take your word on it! 🙂 Definitely trying to take advantage of their 50% off sale before it ends!

  11. Funny, I was staring at this bag and salivating all day yesterday. But I have a question from anyone who has one…could I also fit a light jacket in there? How about a pair of gym shoes? I know, crazy question….but I am looking for a beautiful leather bag that can fit my laptop AND that stuff.

  12. Brenda says:

    I ordered one too – and am just loving it so much. I ordered the black 15 ” Seville with a red shell – – it is really ingenious and fits so much, including my 13 inch iPad. It feels so good on my shoulder and I love all of the organizational pockets and the padded laptop/iPad area. I’m a huge fan – thanks, Mary!

    PS I love their videos too. I watch them over and over again 🙂

  13. Linda says:

    Do you find the RL sweater super itchy? If so, any tips on how to soften it up?

  14. Sarah Bergquist says:

    My laptop is roughly 15.5″ long and 10.5″ wide and I’m about to cry that it won’t fit in this. Do you think it would?!

  15. Lauren says:

    I am strongly considering the Seville Tote (especially since it is 40% off right now) and was wondering if yours is still holding up 2.5 years later. The biggest problem I have had with other bags is that the straps break, and am on the hunt for a stylish, sturdy, multi-functional leather laptop bag that won’t fall apart after 1 year of travel/work/fun.

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