Dagne Dover – the Ultimate Work Bag

Treat yourself this Valentines Day with something you’ll use every day – a new work bag.

A few months ago, I decided I needed a new work bag. Mine was a huge tote bag that seemed to swallow everything inside of it so I couldn’t ever find anything when I needed it. I also never really bought myself a nice work bag; I just used a cheap computer bag that I bought when I first started my job. It was time I upgraded to something nice and professional, but I didn’t want to jump the gun and just buy the first bag I saw online. I wanted something that would hold my laptop but also keep everything organized. I stumbled upon a Dagne Dover ad while scrolling through Pinterest, and I was definitely intrigued. It was a little pricey, so I held off on buying it for awhile, but I just couldn’t find another bag that had everything I wanted. I finally bought it, and have been obsessed ever since – I even convinced some of my coworkers to buy one too!

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Here is what I love about my Dagne Dover 13″ Tote:

It’s sleek and sturdy; it fits under the airplane seat, but it doesn’t sag and it stays upright. It’s lightweight, and it looks professional. It also has a zipper, so you can make sure everything stays in there when going through the security line at the airport. Additionally, there’s a detachable keystrap, which has been more useful than you’d think – no more rummaging through my bag, searching for my keys, while standing in front of my car in the parking deck.

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It is super organized. There’s a laptop sleeve that fits my computer perfectly. There is also a thinner sleeve that fits my iPad, or a thin notebook. The main compartment fits my planner and my wallet. There is also a detachable water bottle holder, and two bigger pockets to fit snacks, lotion, lipgloss, my wireless mouse, etc.

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The sleeve side also has compartments to hold my pens, a smaller pocket that holds my iPhone and a thinner pocket that holds my work badge(s) perfectly.

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As you can see, it’s the perfect bag for staying organized and it’s the perfect bag for girls on the go. It’s stylish enough to take straight from work to happy hours and post-work dinners.

 

And now, Dagne Dover is in the process of refining their totes based on customer feedback. The new totes will have reconstructed pockets, more lightweight material, and slightly different sizing – but this also means that the current totes that they have on stock are on sale. Intrigued? Click here to check them out! Sign up for their emails and get 10% off your first purchase! #treatyourself this Valentines Day.

Dagne Dover also has a line of stylish leather bags and a new more casual line. Has anyone gotten the Ava bucket bag? I’ve been thinking about that one for awhile but haven’t seen too many reviews. Let me know your thoughts!

 

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Weekend Project – Kitchen Storage

My boyfriend and I recently moved in together, which has been really exciting because it’s given us an excuse to redo rooms and make his condo less him and more us. My old kitchen had open shelves and a lot of the houses we’ve fallen in love with (via open houses and Fixer Upper episodes) have had open shelves. He remodeled his kitchen before I moved in, and there wasn’t really much opportunity to open up the shelves. One day while sitting around brainstorming what other spaces I could redo, a brilliant idea came to mind: put some cool, industrial style floating shelves on the empty wall near the dining table. I did a quick Pinterest search and sent him an example. He was on board instantly. Now, I have more of a classic, chic style and he has more of an industrial style so it’s been fun [and sometimes a challenge] to mesh our wants together. My preference almost always wins, but this time I figured a more sturdy, wood & iron style, mixed with more classic shelf decor would be perfect. He actually found the ones we decided on, and we love the way they turned out!

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We ended up getting these 36″ wide shelves off of Etsy. Yes, we could have probably gotten something cheaper, or built our own, but we really love the way these turned out. However, I have to warn you, these were not very easy to put up. We thought we could accomplish this during halftime of the KU game…we were wrong. Nonetheless, once we finally finished we were all smiles because this little Saturday project turned out much better than we expected.