SOCIAL MEDIA

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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Corlie said...

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!

The Modern Tulip said...

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

JP Lord said...

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

Kristin said...

Very cute! I like the boots too.

the surznick common room said...

Very cute! And I like your boots!

Sarah

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

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

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

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

Bekah @ re•solve said...

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!

Anna Belle said...

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!

Ashley said...

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

Laura B said...

I love that bag! The embroidery is beautiful!

Rachel Porter said...

You look so cute and western! Love it

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling said...

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... :)

brooke lyn said...

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

Patti said...

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

Haley said...

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

Jenny Fish said...

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!

The Lady Okie said...

That purse is really pretty, and so you!

Paige Gunter said...

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

Charlene Maugeri said...

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!

After Eleven Blog said...

its so...YOU!

Ugochi said...

I love it because it s beautiful!

Jonni said...

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!

AwesomelyOZ said...

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

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

I really like it!

Nicole Layne said...

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

Nicole
www.nicoletothenines.blogspot.com

Tayler Morrell said...

I love the white Tibetan pendant necklace!

Elsie Davies said...

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

Erica said...

It suits you so perfectly!!!

Lizzy said...

That is a really awesome purse:)

J Trogstad said...

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

Leia said...

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

Dressing Up For Me said...

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

http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

Lauren ONeill said...

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

Elle Sees said...

it is so you! i love that.

Anonymous said...

I like the bangled bracelets from Dali

Debbie Stinedurf said...

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

Kimberly Pullig said...

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

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

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

Robin Avidor said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Zhenya H said...

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

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

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!