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new season new bag

Spring brings with it a lot of things : flowers, rain, reminders about overdue blog posts, excuses for croissant park-dates, more reminders about overdue blog posts, and even stronger (and significantly more welcome) reminders that the closet needs an infusion of colour.

No matter how hard I try, it seems that over the course of every winter the wardrobe magically goths itself and nothing lighter than a medium-plus is within reach. Luckily I did manage to start a small stock pile of neon accessories which is making the springtime transition a wee less painful, but something bigger was definitely needed. And with that, I present to you my new love.

*cue angels singing*

Behold the Nella-Bella Hong Kong bag in a freakishly beautiful Turquoise. The brilliant colour instantly pumps up any outfit, but the simple briefcase-like design keeps it from overwhelming your other style efforts. With a removable shoulder strap, you can easily go from daytime hands-free carry all, to evening statement-making flat-shoe-hider. In other words, this thing was made for me.

As usual, the bag is 100% vegan, designed by one of the nicest guys you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting, Tarek Al-Azbat. And it’s only one of the beautiful choices in the Nella-Bella Spring 2012 Collection. You’ve got the gamut covered with varying sizes, including perennial favourite the London and the NB Man bags that will leave the boys in your life wondering why they tried so hard to cram every single piece of their life into coat pockets (and give me even more things to steal from boyfriend *love you*). Colours are covered here too: blue, pink, turquoise and more for the bright light seekers, with black, grey, khaki and seriously delicious caramel for the basic needs.

So to recap:
1. Spring is here
2. You need a new bag
3. Look, I found you a new bag

(Uber-keener? Head to Chinatown to find a matching ring. Score!)


a2zane has dreamt my dream

a2zane calls itself a handbag and accessories store. While *technically* accurate, this seems to sell it short. What you’ll find behind the doors here is a collection of must-have, can’t-live without, need-right-now items carefully selected by owner Zane Aburaneh.

You won’t find a drab old bag here, you will find an exquisitely tailored piece of leather that will stand out in a crowd. The latest Toronto it bag, The Cambridge Satchel, is available in a rainbow of colours, even non-neons for the faint of heart. A slew of go-anywhere Rebecca Minkoff bags are nicely accompanied by their male counterpoints, Ben Minkoff. But my heart truly belongs to the royal blue Vlieger and Vandam GAC Mini Attache.

The boys are covered with gorgeous options from duffle, to laptop and even “travels bags” (backpacks you won’t be ashamed of wearing). And for the month of November, RIMOWA luggage & briefcases are available for those really looking to travel in style.

On the accessories front, Zane continued to tug at my heart strings with neon watches and great big hunks of silver jewelry. The former, a collection of interchangeable watch faces and bands in more colours than the Satchels. It’s a fitting discovery that my favourite O’Clock watch is named 80s. Clearly designed with me in mind. The same can be said for the Elizabeth & James claw ring that had me punching boyfriend in the arm while shouting “Christmas, Christmas.” Subtlety, who needs it?

And while your girl is busy pawing at claw jewelry, the men can take their time checking out bowties, ties, wallets, and even Penny Proppers.

So to recap: bags & jewelry. neon & silver.

Zane has crawled into my dreams and made them reality.

a2zane – 753 queen street west