Work + Travel: Lo & Sons Seville Tote Review

As much as I love the ubiquitous Longchamp totes, I knew I needed a new work-appropriate bag after the strap on my my black Le Pliage Neo tote ripped off – this was after a busted zipper and severely worn down edges. These bags are certainly workhorses, but I had already gone through three of them in the span of a couple years, so I was ready to switch it up.

Enter the Lo & Sons Seville tote. I own the OG tote and Pearl crossbody from Lo & Sons, so I knew I could expect a well-designed bag that was both stylish and practical. I received the Seville in Navy as a graduation gift and immediately tested it out on a five week trip through Europe.

Lo & Sons Seville Tote
From Instagram: Packed & ready to go on a 5+ week trip with the black soft shell option.

At first glance, it looks like your standard leather work tote – however, the exterior is actually one of its most distinguishing features. The Seville has a unique Shell + Design™ system that allows you to swap out the exterior leather shell for different colors by simply unsnapping the straps and pulling out the interior compartment, shown below.

Lo & Sons Seville

You can buy additional shells separately, and they’ve released a few new colors recently – so there’s definitely something for everyone. Each leather tote includes an black soft shell as well, which is a great option for worry-free traveling, especially with its luggage sleeve on the back.

Like their other totes, the laptop compartment has a strap that provides security and prevents your laptop from flopping around in the bag. There are interior pockets for legal sized documents (on the 15″ tote, specifically), smaller items and also a zip compartment for more sensitive items like passports and cash.

How I packed my Seville tote:

Lo & Sons Seville Tote

Lo & Sons Seville Tote

Yep, I was able to pack the Lo & Sons Pearl crossbody into the tote! Along with my 11″ laptop, full-sized flat iron and multiple toiletry bags.

Lo & Sons Seville Tote

The straps are sturdy and the perfect length to carry comfortably on your shoulder without having to stick out your elbow too much. As you can see below, the snap end of the strap is fed through a holster that prevents it from coming lose.

Lo & Sons Seville Tote

Lo & Sons Seville Tote

The Verdict

Overall, another A+ bag from Lo & Sons – now, time to decide on which shell I want next!

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An Honest Tieks Review: Mid-Year Performance

If you’ve arrived at this post, you’re probably wondering: are Tieks worth all the hype? During my initial research, I noticed that most reviews focused on receiving and trying on a new pair of the flats. My question was “How do Tieks hold up over time?” – so hopefully this Tieks review will help shed some light in that regard.

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DIY Marquee Letter Lights

In typical fashion, I had the majority of this post drafted right after the holidays, but haven’t gotten around to finishing it until now, a solid two months later, hah. During my annual visit to good ol’ Bakersfield, I made an obligatory stop at Michaels Art & Craft store (made easier with the help of numerous 50% off and 30% off coupons). Upon walking in, right at the head of Aisle 1 (glitter paper and Martha Stewart supplies), I stumbled upon these fantastic marquee light kits by Heidi Swapp:

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Etsy NY Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

Unfortunately, I missed the latest Renegade Craft Fair in November this year, but was luckily able to stop by the Etsy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at Chelsea Market this past weekend!

Etsy NY Handmade Holiday Cavalcade

It was a great opportunity to discover some new local shops and sellers – though the venue was on the smaller side, there were still plenty of goods and wares to peruse. Some favorites of mine included:

  1. Amber Lee Isabella HomeEtsy shop here
    Cute design-oriented prints with a variety of fun quotes and sayings – the colors used between the typography art and paintings are consistent, so it’s very easy to mix and match! Lots of NYC-related prints, perfect for decorating a new apartment or as a housewarming gift. While most of her shop consists of prints, she also has some die-cut pieces that are fantastic along with home goods.

    Kick Up Your Heels Print
    Left – Print “Kick Up Your Heels”, $20 here; Right – Gold Foil “Design the Life You Want to Live”, $40 here

  2. CynlaEtsy shop here
    Lovely hand drawn illustrations and cards made with eco-friendly and recycled materials. Per the store description – “Designs are influenced by my half-Japanese culture, nature, my travels and the pursuit of stressing less.”


    Left – Hot Chocolate Holiday Card, $4 here; Right – Rice Cooker Birthday Card, $4 here

  3. TitiluliEtsy shop here
    Pretty hand screen printed paper goods and textiles like tea towels, pillows and baby clothing.


    Left – Tea Towel, $15 here; Right – Christmas Gift Bag, $12 here

There were many other great vendors there selling items ranging from jewelry to custom flasks – the full list can be found over here!

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Because We CAN CAN Cleanse – A Review

Back in August, my friend Chin and I purchased a Refinery29 Reserve deal for CAN CAN Cleanse, a 3-day San Francisco juice cleanse. Ever since I saw the Gilt sale for BluePrintCleanse sell out within minutes (3-day cleanses were running at $180+!), I’d been curious about the hype surrounding juice cleanses. If you’re in a similar situation, I hope this CAN CAN Cleanse Review can help you make your decision!

We decided to start our cleanse on Tuesday, so our 3-day supply of juices was delivered on Monday night by a chipper and friendly guy, who had actually just finished his own cleanse (and was from Fresno – central valley represent!). Since Chin didn’t have much free space in her fridge, days 2 & 3 of her juices were also delivered to my apartment, which resulted in this:

CAN CAN Cleanse fridge overload!

The juices come in cute jars with individual labels that display ingredient information, special instructions (mostly for teas, which taste better when hot), and numbers so you know what order to consume them in. Each day consists of 8 juices, which can vary from season to season. For the summer cleanse, we had lemon-lime cayenne, green juice (x2), green pea soup, vanilla almond milk, watermelon apple lime, hibiscus tea and lavender tea. Everything was really tasty, including the green juices – and this is coming from someone who hates parsley & celery with a passion.

CAN CAN Cleanse juices all lined up

CAN CAN Cleanse juice tag

I didn’t get as hungry as I thought I would during these three days. Due to the amount of liquid consumed through these juices (and lots of water, too), my stomach was pretty full for most of the day. On the CAN CAN site, there’s a list of permissible eats, in case you’re really starving or feel lightheaded.

The first day was the easiest, since it was a novel process. I had a few stomach cramps, most likely because my stomach isn’t used to consuming healthy and nutritious greens. (MSG, caffeine, greasy foods? Stomach = a-okay. Nutritious raw veggies? Stomach = What are you doing to me?!). My body seemed to accept this reality on the second day, and the third day was a breeze. Over the course of three days, I did eat one apple and a few almonds (from the permissible eats list), which to be honest, I actually could have gone without.

Would I do it again? Definitely! I felt lighter and energized on the last day, and the cleanse gave me time to reflect on my eating habits and revise for the future. Teresa, the owner/founder, was super sweet and helpful in answering all of our questions pre-cleanse and during the cleanse. She also sent out cheery and supportive emails on each day of the cleanse, which was a nice touch. Doing the cleanse with a friend was great since we could support each other, especially during times of temptation like Taco Tuesday and Beer + Breadsticks Thursday.

If you live in or near San Francisco and are contemplating a cleanse, I highly recommend CAN CAN! Check out their website for more information: CAN CAN Cleanse

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