5 Things you didn’t know you could do at Duane Reade 

1. Visit a doctor, ask a question, and get answers and help for your issues and or questions. Urgent care is becoming an increasingly more noticeable trend in the city, with new offices popping up all over different neighborhoods. This has trickled down to pharmacy and drugstores, and the once empty, archaic pharmacy seating sections are now trying to revamp and rebrand;  setting up cleaner, nicer, and more approachable walk in care sections. Case in point, Walgreens and Duane Reade. Expect to see a lot more in this category from the super stores, further propelling them into a even higher state of convenience and tangibility for consumers. And if you want to make sure you never have to visit the urgent care section, head up to to the grocery aisle and buy yourself an apple. You know what they say…… 

2. Buy Designer makeup and fragrances in the Look Boutique. By now, you know that your neighborhood Duane Reade consists of much, much more then the average, typical, daily needs. Q-tips, water, some body wash; all things you can grab in a pinch, but you can also go on a makeup shopping spree and have just as much fun as you would at your local Sephora. All the brands for your lips, eyes, face, etc are lined up in colorful displays along the aisles, but with the opening and expansion of the Look Boutique, a certain elegance and look has been brought to the department, as well as dozens of new brands. But you might not know that, depending on which location you’re at, these brands can consist of high end,luxury items. A perfect example, as is for most things, is the Flagship location on 40 Wall Street. The most boasted about store, mostly due to it’s regal nature has a bit more than your average, local, Nyc Duane Reade. With that, comes a bevy of higher end items to surprise you, including an entire line of Burts Bees, and an actual library of Demeter fragrance, as well as much more. But more on that story later. For now, fill your life with Duane Reade, and a little pop of color for even the most dreary and chaotic of city days.

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3. Buy quality leggings for under $10. Among the many things that one still might not know about Duane Reade just yet, its collection of tights and leggings is a cat well worth letting out of the bag. Though you might not think of it at first, the store carries not only a great collection of leg wear, but boasts a store label brand that blows any $5 Forever 21 pair of leggings out of the water. I have previouslywritten about how great these are, as well as wearing them with my chunkiest of sweaters, and leopard-y of boots. But they can function, beyond fashion, for workout, casual or layering. At these prices, you can afford to buy a different pair for each function, proving that when you get a run in your tights, or leggings, before heading to a cheaper, mass market store, run to Duane Reade instead.

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4. Get your hair blown out – The lower Broadway location isn’t only regal, and gigantic, it’s functional. Situated on the bustling Wall Street, hundreds of financial geniuses can show off their smarts in the board room all day, and then head over to Duane Reade, to show off their tresses out of the office. Or, since this is a city that thrives on what you can get done in a one hour lunch span, see how much beautifying you can do between lunch and your next meeting.

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5. Eat  a custom made, chopped salad for lunch. The New York Times earlier this summer, started noticing something that all Manhattanites had already come to slowly learn. This is the fact that Duane Reade, the epi center of all things beauty, pharmaceutical, skin, hair, and more had expanded even further into something most New Yorkers, though done at their desk, still have to do each and every day. Eat. Most of us do not brown bag it, because if we did, then the days I didn’t, the line at Chopt, or Hale & Hearty wouldn’t be down the block. There’s Pret a manger, Metro Cafe, Cafe Europa, Chopt, Chipotle, and the list goes on and on. Usually lunch is broken down into only a few categories; salad, soup, sandwich, and the places in which we can acquire these fast meals have the same respectable categories.

But what happens when the local ‘drugstore’ becomes much much more. The ubiquitous expansion of Duane Reade throughout the recent years has brought the drugstore into the forefront of New Yorker’s needs, first with better products, makeup, then with better groceries, and now with actual lunches you can be proud to eat at your desk for ten minutes while simultaneously checking your iphone, email, and ipad.

For us, time might be on the chopping block, but luckily, Duane Reade salads now are too.

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Some BODY to Love~ How to Shop Summer Style for your Body at Sears

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I’ve always had a bit of a body complex about my height. Now, at 32, I’m perfectly content  in my size and stature, accepting of what I was given and how to work with it and embrace it. Flats flood my closet, shorts are a summer staple, and I’ve developed a lasting relationship with a slightly shorter hemline. But it wasn’t so long ago that it was all very different. So, when I was asked to go shopping at Sears and highlight their affordable, summer fashion, and how Sears style can work for you, I was reminded of a time when that might not have been the easiest feat to accomplish.

Back then, I didn’t know any tricks of the trade, or how to help my cause, all I knew was, I’m little, and in order to look better, I have to be taller. I wore platform sneakers everywhere, even softball practice, and was constantly  teased for my “nurses shoes”. I had the last laugh as 2 words changed the course of platform sneakers forever; Isabel Marant. But 17 years ago, before the Isabel Marant, there was Soda, and Hot Topic, and fashionistas weren’t dropping over $500 to rock them. I wore severely baggy pants ,and jeans with crop tops which only helped to dwarf my size even more. To me, it was less about finding ways to look better and more about having a certain look, and that look had absolutely nothing to do with flattering my body or my size. If I wore platform sneakers I’d be taller, and if I wore crop tops, at least I could highlight some part of myself that looked okay, which at that time was actually having a flat stomach. Ah, I remember those days fondly….

Back then, the extent of my fashion knowledge was mostly likes and dislikes, some instinct, and didn’t surpass the walls of my own personal taste. Today, almost two decades later, I’m still the same size in stature, but I’ve surpassed those walls, and finally learned how to embrace that which formerly stunted me.

Every petite person knows they’re petite, but we all work it differently. Some of us are comfortable wearing flats, some wouldn’t be caught dead in anything less than a 5 inch heel, some work a shorter hemline, and yet others, like the old me, hide their size all together. But all of us have at least one thing in common; the power to find our best body, and our best self, and though that power may come from within, it begins on the rack.

When I arrived at Sears, I immediately noticed, not only the array of clothes, colors, and styles, but the huge KK symbol upon entering the apparel section. Although I have to admit to not being the biggest of Kardashian fans, they’ve surprised me twice. Once, at the Sears Style blogger brunch, and then again on this day, when I realized that some of the dresses I had beelined for, were in fact, from their eponyomously named collection.

I scoured the colorful racks, from Kardashian, to Bongo, amazed at all the affordable fashion literally at my fingertips, and like a detective working a case, I was careful to investigate every little detail. If finding fashion to flatter your body type is a mystery we still strive to solve, then I wasn’t leaving until I broke this case wide open, and highlighted some pertinent, key clues, which you will find below.

1. An Accentuated Waist 

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Shoes, Tods. Belt, no name.

A dress with a slight drop, or elastic waist, accentuated with a belt can help a shorter girl appear to have a slightly longer torso. Whether you want to accentuate the middle or not, I have many friends around my height and almost all of them have at least one dress like this.

I love this dress from the Kardashian collection, and since the tea length was a little long for me, I added a pair of heels with some height to counter balance the length. There are many shapes that work for petite women, but if you’ve read any magazines at all, then you know that tea length, or a length that cuts at around the calf is definitely not one of them. Always go for slightly above the knee, or at it, and if you love something that is longer, get a hem, or get some height. Buy the dress on sale for $34.95 at Sears online here. 

2. inVEST in a …. 

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I personally love vests; I’ve been wearing mens, thrifted ones for years, but with the vest trend being huge right now, you can pick up one to suit your style pretty much anywhere. I saw a few cute ones, but immediately grabbed this cute, floral, denim Bongo version as soon as I saw it. I loved the cropped style, and feminine look, and when paired with a dress, or maxi skirt, it seems to create the illusion of length. Buy it here, on sale for only $18!

3. Rock shorts 

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Neon top, Gold sneakers, Sunglasses. All H&M

Although not all of us have the confidence to rock shorts, or a short skirt, and I was one of them for the longest time, I’ve learned to embrace both things. It’s not that I exude the confidence that once alluded me, it’s more that I’ve grown accustomed to saying what the hell, and realizing that things might not look half as bad as I once perceived them to be. Lets be clear, I’m not in any way condoning the pockets are longer them my shorts look. I think some things should remain hidden, no matter how confident, or what age you are. But, a shorter look, that I once thought only stood to embarrass me can actually do quite the opposite. And for the petite woman in summer, who has also learned how to say what the hell, not only is the shorter hemline best, but it can flatter the body and help to visually elongate it.

Sears has a million shorts in a million different fun colors, but when I found these tropical print silk style ones, I knew they were for me. I love the laid back, vacation look, and on sale for $15 they were a steal. True Freedom, $15.

4. Add Some Height 

Wedge Silver Sneakers, Target. No longer available..

Wedge Silver Sneakers 

DSC_0176If you want a little more height or to add some sexiness for a night out, wear your shorts with a pair of heels or wedges. I paired mine with my silver platform sneakers. Obviously, this isn’t a new tip. Women have long been creating the illusion of height by adding a heel, whether it be wedge, kitten, or stiletto, and though I now realize that you can still have confidence without it, there’s nothing wrong with feeling a little leaner, and taller then usual.

5. Create Unity in your Fashion 

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When you’re on the shorter side, it’s all about a symbiotic relationship between your clothes and you. Things should fit right; nothing should be too long, and that doesn’t solely mean hemlines, but also the upper region. Not counting comfort, or certain styles, most of the time, things should line up, for the same reason a high waisted skirt would look better with a crop top, then a bulky sweatshirt.

I found this orange laced top, with a slight crop, and though I would never wear it to show off my stomach, it hit the shorts at a perfect angle. Just enough to illustrate a unity between top and bottom. Not too long, not too short, and when the bottom of your top hits the top of your bottoms, that is a style relationship match made in heaven. Top, Derek Heart, on sale for $12. Buy it in coral, or another color here.

By the end of my shopping excursion, not only was I happy at how many selections I’d been given to work with, and how many fun styles I had sifted through, but, as is usually the case, that climatic moment when the register rings up that magic number did not disappoint. When everything rung up on sale, I was happy, and that turned to ecstatic when the cashier presented me with an awards card of $10, plus 10, 000 bonus points for my purchase. As a Shop your Way rewards member, which is a free membership, you earn rewards for literally every single thing you buy not only at Sears, but Kmart, Lands End and more. The idea of signing up for yet another club card might sound like the last thing you want to ever do. However, the feeling of earning a free $10 gift card, plus $10,00 points, simply for shopping for clothes, and adding more points to my account even when shopping the routine boring things, like cat food, and toiletries, well makes it worth the five minutes you will spend signing up for the card. Become a member here.

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$75 for 4 items can make a dozen different outfits!

If this was in fact, a case, then whether you’re into detective work or not, Sears makes it pretty easy to find a solution for whatever mystery you’re trying to solve. And with sales like this, you can catch some fashion red handed, pinpoint your culprit problems, and solve them with ease and style. From one petite private eye to another…..

To see more on my shopping experience in store, at Sears, and how I found all the looks above, take a look at my google plus story.

All photography by John Turck 

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The Last Exorcism of Summer ~ 10 Exercise Essentials for your Best Workout

Gonna Make you Sweat - 10 Essentials for your Best Workout

Nike athletic shoes, $100
zappos.com

Loose tank top, $69
beyondyoga.com

Activewear, $38
objexsports.com. These tank tops and sports bras come with convenient storage pockets, minus the bulkiness.

Viva Capri Pink, $97
zaggora.com. This brand make all it’s exercise clothing with a fabric technology that boasts the ability to burn more calories, due to generating more body heat. The patent is pending, but they’ve got me hooked. I want to try  them out and see if they really work, and if they do, I’m not taking them off.

Purple jewelry- 2 pocket wrist cuffs/ weights- $19.00
w8fit.com

Save Your Do, $24.95
saveyourdo.com. I’m kinda obsessed with this product, and I have literally forever been on the search for something to help me maintain my blowout and still get to work out. Apparently,actress, Nicole Ari Parker was having the same problem, and she invented a headband that claims to be made witha  revolutionary technology that minimizes sweat, and allows heat to escape, while still cooling you off. Stay tuned for a review of this product and more….

Copco – History, $8.99
copco.com. No more cracking down ice cubes in a fit of rage, while trying to squeeze them into my water bottle, or squeezing lemon in my eye while trying to push one into my bottle. These water bottles open at the middle, allowing you to add ice, lemons, fruit or whatever your fancy.

Twistbands-  Starting at $5 … available on twistbands.com 
pinterest.com. No more marks and achey ponytails with these pain free elastic ties for any hair type or length.

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband , $100
fitbit.com. This slim, stylish device is not inexpensive, but if you use the cost per day model we all love for rationalizing impulsive, expensive purchases, then this fit band will pay you back almost immediately. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned and at night, it tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you silently in the morning.
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Laces out~ 5 new fun ways to wear your shoelaces this summer

1. Try them As a belt

DSC_02792. Wear them as a hair accessory. Wrap one in a bow around your bun…

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Or tie it into your braid for an etheral effect…

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4. Make a new accessory. Tie two laces together in a bow around your collar for a bow-tie inspired style, or leave it untied, and fasten with a vintage pin.

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5. Jazz up a pair of worn sneakers and give them new pop for summer! I added them to a pair of H&M boys sneakers, and they happened to match even better then the laces they came with!

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As also seen HERE 

H&M shoelaces, $1.00 for 2 colors. 

 

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Whats the story, Morning Glory? My 5 steps to Skin Success every Single day

IMG_1389Step 1- Clinique Liquid Facial Mild cleansing Lotion has been my go to for years, and I still keep going back.  Clinique.com, $16.50

step 2- Jergens Natural glow facial moisturizer in medium, this particular model is literally impossible to find anywhere except the uptown Target, so every few months I make sure to stock up. You can also find it on Amazon for $8

Step 3- Elizabeth Arden optimizing skin serum is a base, that makes my skin literally feel quenched and glowing. Buy it at Elizabeth Arden, $ 49.50

Step 4- Oil of Olay Anti wrinkle day cream and serum gives my skin a luminous effect, and helps fight anti aging. I also mix this daily with my bronzer for a sun kissed, glowing effect, and it helps to break the strength of the bronzers. Buy it at Walmart for $12.27

Step 5- Specific Beauty Hydrating lotion with spf 30. Gives me the sun protection I need as a final step in my morning process, and leaves me ready to hit my coffee, and my laptop. Buy it here at Specific Beauty, $22.00

Even if I’m still in my pajamas every morning, my face feels like it’s refreshed, rejuvunated and ready for the day ahead. As I get older, my skin routine has gotten more important to me, and what used to include a quick swipe of a on the go cleansing cloth, now I make sure includes a serum, an anti aging product, spf, and of course, appealing to some vanity, the bronzer moisturizer. I’m sure there’ s women who add a lot more to the lineup, and those who bask in minimalism, but five products in about 5 minutes is really all you need in the morning; fresh faced and ready to start the day.

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Island Fare~ Give them my Reynards~ Reynards in the Wythe Hotel

wytheblogThe day I went to meet my friend for a light, Brooklyn brunch at Reynards, although we had thought about it and planned it for almost a month, the day of turned out to be a a horrible, rainy, gloomy depressor of a day. Unfortunately mother nature doesn’t hold brunch to the same sanctity that New York City does.

So, skinny jeans tucked into wellies, and umbrella in hand I set off on the L train to hipper pastures. I grumbled as I crossed Bedford, and made my way to the Wythe Hotel, losing my way once, and having to perfect the backwards umbrella dance several times.

But when I finally arrived, even through my curmudgeon, rainy day attitude, I couldn’t help but notice the charm and vintage style of the big hotel sign outside approaching the Wythe, with Reynards tucked directly inside. I dried off, met my friend and had a cappuccino at the bar while we waited for our table. It came, perfectly frothed, complete with a little heart on top.

The adorable red menu boasts their signature fox logo, and though the brunch menu was less then extensive, it offered an eclectic array of breakfast dishes that looked good enough to hit the spot. They also switch it up all the time, because when I checked the menu again, almost all the offerings were different.

The appearance of the hotel, including a visible nearby kitchen, and warehouse style inside lent itself to the charm of this brooklyn restaurant, but the delicious coffee and warm, delicious sourdough added to it’s simple chic style.

I went for my usual eggish favorite, and got the scrambled eggs with dill and scallion and creme fraiche on toast. With of course, another order of cappuccino, because on a gross, rainy day, who can refuse a yummy brunch, cool atmosphere, good talk, and cup of coffee, literally poured with love.

Find out more about Reynards & Wythe here 

 

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Elephants Gerald….

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Elephant oxford button down shirt; Jaclyn Smith at Kmart $20.  Lilac shorts, Old Navy. No Longer Available, similar at J CrewHere . Sunglasses, Cynthia Rowley, no longer available . 

Lilac sequin wedge sandals, Gap Kids, $30. Now on sale for $15. Buy them here 

Sterling Silver Peace Sign necklace, Beecharmer, $50 available to buy at my Etsy Shop Here 

All photography by John Turck 

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Island Trend Report S/S 13 ~ Junk in the Trunk~ Elephant style

Island Trend Report- Junk in the Trunk- Elephants

Cutout shoulder dress, $54.00
oasap.com

Graphic top, $26
oasap.com

elephant scarf  $145
julievos.com

Elephant jewelry, $4.80 !!!
sarahaghili.com

Elephant jewelry , $25
bcharming.net

elephant tote
Available at Figue  , $65

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5 Ways to finding your Happy & Healthy at the Duane Reade Health Fair

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year or so, you might have noticed a change in your neighborhood Duane Reade. The simple, New York City drugstore is an archaic notion. While in the past it might have been to simply stop by to grab a necessity, or pick up a snack, today the mega chain has taken on a whole new look, but more importantly a new purpose; to provide you with health and happiness. No longer to simply supply a need, but to offer much more then that, and nowhere is this more evident then in the flagship store on 40 Wall Street, which even held a Health Fair last week. At this location, health and happiness comes in the form of a giant sized Look Boutique, a nail salon, blowout bar, and massive food section including sushi. This was even more evident last week when I attended the Health Fair, and found some new ways Duane Reade is helping us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

1. Providing the best selection of vitamins, supplements, allergy relief, and more from brands like, Finest Nutrition, Ensure, Walgreens brand, and more.

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2. I was lucky enough to get a huge Women’s Daily Pack, from Finest Nutrition that contained not only multivitamins, but fish oil, calcium and a month’s work supply of vitamin health.

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3. Information on neck, back and joint pain is available, and daily products are offered in store, but on this specific day, even more help was on hand. Doctor’s office, Steven Moalemi provided info and outlets for assistance in the form of chair massages, personalized by your own info.

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4.  The Dr Scholls personalized orthopedic self standing machine is always on hand, in store, to help you create your profile, and find the right designated product for you. They offer 100% satisfaction or your money back. I had my friend test out the goods to see what they would say, and though a purchase wasn’t the end result, some new information was, and it was cool to see how their self center worked. Find a Dr Scholls kiosk in your Duane Reade here

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5. Nail Bar. Okay, I know this one is a bit of a stretch, but tell me right now what woman hasn’t needed a mani or pedi asap, in order to look better, or just feel better. Sometimes the best way to healthy is through a little beauty medication. No prescription necessary….

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For more on this story, check out my Google Plus story here 

And to see more on Duane Reade and their weekly specials and offerings check them out on Facebook 

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The BeeFive ~ 6/7/13~ 5 FaBEElous Weekly Obsessions

The Beefive - 5 faBEElous Obsessions this week- 6/7/13

 

I literally can’t stop listening to this. I am fully aware of the tepid reactions, and mixed reviews for the movie, and soundtrack, but I happened to have loved the movie, and am completely obsessed with the soundtrack, especially the Lana Del Ray, and Florence Welch tracks. But it on Amazon here for $12.00

My New Chanel Espadrilles. Amazing how astute, and planned breaks from shopping, and spending can be erased in one sheer moment of obsession and desires. Thus is the case when I decided, after months of biting my tongue, and holding back, that I , in fact, must have these shoes. After a frenzied search at Saks, Bergdorfs, and online, I went to the source on 57th street and 20 minutes later, bag in hand, and a slight bout of shame from my empty wallet, I exited the store. I might have lost the battle of fashion deprivation, but at least my feet will look amazing. The shoes are pretty much sold out literally everywhere, but fear not, if you want to take a gamble you can always try ebay.

Ever since we watched the movie, Take Shelter early this week, I seem to have developed a slight obsession with the lead actor, Michael Shannon. Not only do I highly recommend the movie, but just as carefully crafted as some of the scenes are, is the performance Shannon delivers. He has a strong presence on screen, and though he’s not traditionally handsome, there is something quite striking about him. Only furthering this obsession is the fact that in one more week, the whole world will be able to experience him as he hits the big screen in the highly anticipated Man of Steel, as the lead villian, Zod. As a major Superman enthusiast; already excited about the opening of this movie, my new love for Michael Shannon only helps to further my obsession.

The Stinger- Food Buzz

Breakfast for dinner has always been one of my favorite meals, but usually in the form of a late night diner, after a long, night of nyc partying. Today, that term means the same thing to me, but it’s execution is light years from that late night diner, and rather, a family meal. And though I don’t always make it, this week it was calling to us.

In addition, ever since I started my own t shirt line/shop on Skreened.com I’ve become slightly obsessed with thinking of new ideas, and creating t shirts every day. So, I figured why not combine my two obsessions this week? Below, is the child of that idea. And since McDonalds just revealed their new Late Night Menu, I figured I better get a jump on, before they not only steal my whole idea, but even my favorite phrase. Okay, fine, so I didn’t exactly come up with the idea of eating breakfast for dinner, I’m not that delusional, but as far as I know, I did create the “schtick”, and those Golden Arches can’t take that away from me, right?

 
 
Thursday Friday tote

I was ‘lucky’ enough to meet some of the team behind Thursday Friday back in April at Lucky Fabb West, and even luckier to get the chance to pick out my favorite one. After going straight for this one – the Diamonds bag, I brought it home, but like so many items I buy, rather then jumping right into it, I watch, I wait, and then I pounce. But since the day I decided to break it in, I haven’t stopped using it. This week it came with me to a meeting, a store event, dinner, and a picnic on the Hudson River. Big enough to fit my tarp blanket, magazines, and everything else, but so light, and easy to carry. The site offers this, along with many others, and I am already picking out my next one. I am also insanely excited to start using my other item, the Luggage bag, a smaller, cosmetics pouch. Stay tuned, because once it comes out, I’m sure the obsession will take over quickly.  Buy mine here.

 
 
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