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Yep, my current adult dilemma is figuring out the perfect work and life bag. Oy vey! It’s such a difficulty, especially when you want a nice bag – it could mean a costly commitment. Seeing a bag online and in person helps, but I feel like bags (like cars) should be given test drives. Sure, it looks great in the store – but is there room for my laptop or will it fit comfortably on my shoulder? Oh…and that’s not the only conundrum. There are many other issues to consider…I know some of you are in the same boat!
Vashtie, NYC 2012
Although this photo was taken last year – I’ve made it a habit to use a random canvas tote for my everyday life.
My life as a freelance artist is constantly changing – sometimes I bring a laptop to work, sometimes I take my iPad Mini, other days I just grab a notebook and other days I grab it all. I need something big enough for the biggest component and yet small enough for the minimal days.
With friends and a Louis Vuitton Red Epi Leather Duffle, NYC 2005.
This bag was cute, not an everyday bag and I’ve also grown to loathe this shape by any brand
For the longest, I’ve carried random dusty canvas tote bags to all my work meetings and sometimes evening events. Sure – it gets the job done, but besides not having compartments, it lacks real style. It’s fine for everyday work, but I’m now taking meetings with Tommy Hilfiger and Heads of Companies…it may be time to step it up and “dress the part”. BUT – I also don’t want an overpriced fancy shmancy bag that celebrities have played out…someone at Jeffrey tried to get me to buy a Celine Bag that everyone and their Mama has (no thanks you).
Celine Trapeze Bag
This is definitely a beautiful bag, but everyone has it…and it’s DUMB exepensive. Like almost $3,500
Me and Oscar 2013, in Paris France. I’m wearing a DQM Tote.
For the most part, I am a frugal female. I’m not cheap, but I certainly don’t spend a lot of money on clothing – EXCEPT when it comes to things I will own for a long time. T-shirts and jeans I like to keep on the cheap side, but for staple items that need and can last a lifetime ( like motorcycle jackets and bags)…I believe in investing. A lot of these bags are beautifully crafted, but don’t seem like they will last the test of time. That’s important to me, especially if a pretty penny is attached to it.
Miami Beach 2007, me and my Marc by Marc.
This bag was incredible! As you can see I was able to carry my cumbersome old school Polaroid camera in it as well as the other necessities.
Shockingly enough, I’m open. It could be a no name bag or a high end luxury bag, I am willing to check it out. I will also point out that I believe in getting a discount for expensive purchases, only because I live in a big city and my local friends are all about a hookup.
Dinner at Lucky Strike, NYC 2010 with my baby Balenciaga.
What bags am I considering to perfect my adult work life and my immature play life? Take a look and weigh in…
SAINT LAURENT REVERSIBLE TOTE $1,495
PRO:Â I love anything reversible because you get two different looks for one price and it resembles a basic tote and that’s convenient since I’m used to that look
CON:Â There aren’t really compartments. Everything all in one big pocket can suck.
Prada Double Zip Executive Tote $1,995
PRO: This bag has a detachable long strap which can be worn for work during the day and detached at night with the shorter handles for a more evening look. It also has compartments and Saffiano leather has a longer life span than most other leathers.
CON: I debate if its really my style, although I’m leaning towards this one.
A vote between the two or something else I should consider?
Something that works for you?
Drop a line or a link in the comment section and I will check it out.
I’m open. Help your girl out! Please!
I’ll keep you posted on what happens and once I get a bag, I’ll let you know how it’s working out for me.
INTERVIEW: Ebony Magazine x Leaders Of The New Cool x Vashtie “The Tomboy Temptress” x September Issue
I’m overjoyed at being featured in Ebony Magazine’s Style/Influencers Section, written by Ericka Goodman. They let me be me and used my interview answers perfectly! My write-up is extremely kind and I’m obsessing over the title Miss Goodman gave me of “Tomboy Temptress” – owwwww! I am also extremely honored to be featured in such a historic and important September issue that features the 4 cover tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Can we all give a little bowing of heads for a moment. Whether you like Madonna or not, she has influenced music and those who followed after. I won’t name any names, but the biggest of them all have spent years being her understudy and have researched her moves only to spew out their water down version of her resume. Here, my friend Mykki Blanco gives thanks by making a cheeky video!
Protein is very proud to present Chi Raq, a film by London-born photographer/filmmaker Will Robson- Scott.
The first in a series of exclusive commissions for Protein TV, Chi Raq is an intimate video portrait of life in South and West Chicago.
For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic, with a death toll in the thousands and casualties mirroring the losses experienced by the US army in Iraq war over the same period. Allowing its subjects to take centre stage and tell their stories in their own words, Robson-ScottÊ¼s film is unflinchingly honest in its depiction of life on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in America.
The full film will be released on Protein TV on 13th August 2013:Â prote.in/tv
Film by Will Robson-Scott
Edited by Luca Campanale
Music by Lee Rosevere
Producer: Bridie Woodward
Executive Producer: William Rowe
Presented by Protein
Support from Plus
I’ve been hearing great things about a brand named Brooklyn We Go Hard out of Paris. Not sure where the Brooklyn namesake comes from, either way – everything they create is tre magnifique! Luckily, the brands founder reached out to my friend Alex Sossah to gift me with pieces. I was stoked! It’s no wonder I love everything they make, it’s a menswear brand mainly and we all know how much I love to dress like a dude. Anyways, peep this adorable collaboration they made with Ronnie Fieg of Kith…
photos by ELLE CLAY.
We’ve been going to our friend Laura’s Country House in Old Lyme for the past few years now and every year we look forward to it like rain during a drought. As much as I hate leaving my city because I ended up missing it so, taking a break from New York in the Summer is a gift…no matter where you happen to go. New York residents pride themselves on the “New York Minute”, hustling and making moves faster than Speedy Gonzalez is the name of the game…which is exactly why a break is always needed. Anyways, we are all thankful to Laura and her family extended the invitation to all of us. Here is how the trip went. If you are a long-time reader you already know how we do…grilling, games and swimming.Elle Clay asleep at the wheel…she lives on the edge.
I should also mention that we all decided that Vladimir The Fraidy Cat should come with us. It would be a couple hours in the car, but then he’d be free to be in nature for the weekend. He was found in the streets of Queens and I’m unsure if he’s ever seen grass in his life – this seemed to be something he should see. You know, experience life in nature…
While we were on the trip, Young Scoozle aka Scott “Past Tense” Williams was notified that he’d be playing in a big Nike Basketball Game #SummerIsSerious, after a competitive tryout on the court. Check out how he got the news…
Shortly after this shot, we witnessed some strange things in nature…things our human eyes shouldn’t have been forced to see. It was either a murder or a rape or both…it was a violent crime between two giant bugs. Neither of them looked to be the same kind, but one swiftly pummeled the other across the court just as I was in the middle of ball handling and shooting drills (my first time thanks to my jock friends). Then the one bug carried the other bug up the hoop. It was disturbing to say the least so we bounced to get food and hang by the pool.Scoozle is ready…
Kitty was mortified for a lot of the trip, mostly because he’s already a fraidy cat but also he’s never really been anywhere except to the vet and to Brooklyn during our Hurricane Sandy refugee days. I wanted him to see nature and I thought this experience would put some hair on his wussy chest. He was stoked on it when we were in the room with him, but when there was too much noise from other rooms – he bolted. Here he is taking advantage of Elle’s lower half…
This frog popped out when I was in the hot tub and out of no where he starting hopping towards it. Suddenly he jumped in and I got so scared he would drown but then Laura scooped him out and we were all relieved that froggy didn’t die.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Mary Rich Leather Paneled Tank + Wilfred Free Leather Jogger Shorts (Vancouver Styles in Old Lyme)
During my little weekend get-away to Old Lyme Connecticut, I did a mini shoot with all the SPECIAL DELIVERY goodies that I have received! No makeup (obviously), hair (just vacation hair), lights, or lotion for that matter (I stay ashy). Just some quick fun photos taken with my not so great camera. This post features a beautifully crafted super light leather paneled tank top by Mary Rich paired with cozy leather jogger shorts by Wilfred Free (connected to Aritzia, my new friends) – both are Vancouver brands! Photos taken by Elle Clay.
These Wilfred Shorts are incredibly soft and comfy. I couldn’t find them on the site, not sure if they are sold out are unreleased (as they were gifted to me).
Either way, check out their site HERE. There are tons of amazing goodies there.
I swear to the gods above, if I ever meet King Krule aka Zoo Kid – I’m going to hold him hostage and make him sing me songs at night to ease my insomnia. This adorable ginger just doesn’t get any cuter! I also love the randomness of this video, I’m excited to see experimentation in music and music videos these days. He’s a breath of fresh air between the mundane. The song is the opener on his upcoming debut album,Â 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, due out 8/24