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07 April 2014

My New Purse

 




What do you think of this new purse?

My sponsor this month is Corlie of Red Buffalo Trading. She sent me this handbag from her shop. I am consistently impressed with the unique accessories sold through this online store.

Now, us ladies are often drawn to particularly pretty things. But Red Buffalo Trading doesn't merely offer pretty things. The concept behind all of the accessories they make is that they focus on using traditional art from SE Asia to create modern accessories to wear and use.

There's a special focus on incorporating vintage embroidery created by tribes in the Yunnan province of China as well as surrounding areas. As someone who embraces embroidery as a hobby myself (remember this tablecloth?) I am especially intrigued by the stories Corlie tells on her blog about the meaning behind different stitches and about the tradition of embroidery in minority people groups. The handbag I was given is one that features a panel of vintage embroidery on the flap (similar bag available for purchase here).

Corlie so obviously loves and respects the minority cultures of Southeast Asia and the beautiful artwork that they create, and through her shop she gives us the opportunity to show off a tiny bit of that artwork through a purse, or pair of earrings, or bracelet. (Seriously, you guys, just look at this bangle!)

I so appreciate that Red Buffalo Trading isn't a mass-producer of all-too-trendy things to wear. When you order from them, you know you're getting a unique item, one made with plenty of love and respect for the culture that produced it. Read Corlie's blog for the behind-the-scenes info about her life in China and the work that goes into designing and creating pieces for her shop.

Now, I've got something special for you guys today, giveaways are rare around here but Corlie is giving away a pendant made out of recycled scrap metal from bombs that were dropped on Laos in the 1970s.


As per usual rules and regulations, this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S.A. and will be open for 1 week. I will notify the winner by email. Read the Terms and Conditions for any further rules, and have at it!



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45 comments :

  1. Thank you Rachel for being such a lovely sponsor host! I'm thrilled you like the bag, it suits you very well. Have a great week!

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  2. What gorgeous embroidery! Oh my goodness. Looks good with your outfit too :)

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  3. That necklace (and purse) are both beautiful and unique! How fun - your outfit is adorable too - loving those boots!
    xo

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  4. Very cute! I like the boots too.

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  5. i love it!! and btw, you're too adorable :)

    i prefer handmade/unique items as well. it's why i love venturing to markets or events that showcase handmade things.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  6. Your new bag is great, very Bohemian. Goes so well with the outfit. We both had Blue Plaid in mind, today. =)

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  7. Wow! This is my kind of store! I love it all! the pendant is one of the first things I would have chosen, but I like their ox bone beaded bracelets too!

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  8. What an interesting store! I'm most intrigued by the recycled bomb pendants, but there are also some really nice leather purses - I love the colorful embroidered inserts!

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  9. What a great store! It sounds like it is a perfect match for you - the bag is awesome!

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  10. I love that bag! The embroidery is beautiful!

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  11. You look so cute and western! Love it

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  12. I love a good cross body bag...loving the funkiness of that one too. I adore funky. :)
    xx

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  13. I love your bag, what a neat concept or part of her business. I will definitely enter the giveaway. Rachel xo

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  14. Yunnan is the province I studied abroad in (they do make some beautiful designs)! Love the design on that flap, and the colors too!

    How interesting about the metal the necklace is made from, I would have never guessed it! Both items are great, but that purse... :)

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  15. i love companies that put thought and love behind their products :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing your look and your giveaway with Visible Monday!

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  17. That purse certainly suits you! My sister in law might seek you out and yank it from you when you're not lookin'! :)

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  18. Wow that purse is beautiful! And I love that the items have so much meaning and culture behind each one - they truly are a piece of art!

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  19. That purse is really pretty, and so you!

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  20. That is very nice! I always love a new purse. :)

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  21. Oh man! I am loving all of the products. Especially the bags. It is hard to pick just one. I love the silk totes from Laos and the vintage embroidered leather cross-body and sling bags! What a great company!

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  22. I love it because it s beautiful!

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  23. That is super cute. That would be a good change for me... I end up getting shoulder ache from my huge purses all the time because I put so much stuff in them!

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  24. Very beautiful handbag Rachel! :) It definitely suits your personality :P Happy Monday! -Iva

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really like the pendant!

    Nicole
    www.nicoletothenines.blogspot.com

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  26. I love the white Tibetan pendant necklace!

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  27. Such a cute purse. I love it. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    http://thecookingwardrobe.blogspot.com.au

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  28. It suits you so perfectly!!!

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  29. That is a really awesome purse:)

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  30. The purse is so cute! The colors are great for summer!

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  31. Your purse is gorgeous. I like their Hmong hill tribe tote bag. All their items are beautiful!

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  32. Love everything about this look, the cute purse, your blue plaid top and your blue highlighted hair, so cool! :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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  33. That purse is just so beautiful. What makes it special is the unique story behind it and where the metal came from. The store sounds like a refreshing change from all the online boutiques selling trendy items. Thanks for sharing them with us!
    Stopping by from the WIWW link up :)
    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  34. I like the bangled bracelets from Dali

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  35. That is a sweet purse...and it's so you!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  36. I am co-hosting Friday's Fab Favorites and wanted to thank you for linking up. Love the new purse. Cross bodies are my favorite.They are so easy to just throw on and they look great.

    Kimberly
    Mascaramelodies.com

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  37. Batik bracelets from Dali. I love the nautical colors. Perfect for Spring.
    Your bag is cute. Looks Great!
    Visiting from SITS.
    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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  38. Cute bag, Love your hair! Mine is now purple!

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  39. That bag is amazing! If my big trip back to the US wasn't coming up, I'd have to buy one for myself.

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  40. Love it! Adorable new purse! And that blue in your hair - love it too!
    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

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  41. Very cool little crossbody! I'm just getting used to clutches, and haven't found the right crossbody for me. It needs to hold my Kindle Fire and my "stuff". Good for you!

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