Braccialini: where beauty and fashion meet

Have you heard of the luxury handbag brand Braccialini? If you are a Lord & Taylor shopper you’ve probably seen some of their beautiful creations in store or online. I was lucky enough to be sent a Braccialini Tua 3D Cosmetic bag that thrills me when I open my handbag and see it inside.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

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What makes Braccialini so unique is that they have a sense of fun and fantasy combined with the practical. This 9.5″ x 6″ cosmetic bag has 3D accents that are beautifully designed and add a touch of delight to their design.

Braccialini Tua 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Iconic Braccialini, now available in 50 countries, was founded by highly-awarded, edgy Florence-based designer Carla Braccialini over 60 years ago.  Braccialini is especially known for innovative leather textures and styles, remarkable craftsmanship, and proprietary processing technologies – with new leather treatments and effects discovered every season. The TUA Division of Braccialini offers original artful handbags, both classic and seasonal.

Braccialini and TUA handbags and accessories are an editorial favorite in Europe, especially Italy. They are frequently found on the international pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Madame Figaro, Amica, Grazia and among others.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Two bags were recently designed that have 3D elements. Beauty Break shares beauty products in a cosmetic case while Business Trip has everything you need for travel time: a neck pillow, tablet, agenda, calendar, clock, tote all delightfully embroided on. The bag itself is leather while the accessories are a variety of fun materials – a cushy silky neckpillow, patent leather pouch on the agenda, as well as material for some of the great designs.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

It opens to a royal satiny pouch with a pocket and fits an amazing amount of products as well as my iPhone.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

Even the patent leather strap and zipper are quality driven.

Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch

It even comes with a dust bag and card of authenticity. How many cosmetic cases can say that?

Tua Braccialini 3D Cosmetic Pouch dust bag

I’ve had dozens of cosmetic bags over the years but I’ve never experienced one that has the beauty and durability of this Tua Braccialini pouch. It also doubles as a clutch so it makes it even more valuable, one less item to pack! It retails for $105 but Lord & Taylor is known for its sales. This would make a gift to be remembered.

If 3D isn’t your style, how about a Braccialini New Lady B Iconic Clock Pouch? This $98 cosmetic pouch is on sale for $73.50 but looks like a million.

Braccialini New Lady B Iconic Clock Pouch

Now that this brand has been introduced to me I can’t get enough of their innovative bags, wallets, and pouches. I can picture the smiles these will get if received as a gift, I know my smile is gleaming.  —  Marcia

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Introducing thirty-one – products to organize your life

Timeless Beauty Bag from thirty-one

Timeless Beauty Bag from thirty-one

Have you heard of a company called thirty-one? I was recently sent a catalog and a few products to try from a friend and I have found that catalog to be the best bathroom companion. I have about a dozen items circled that I’m lusting after. You name a room in your house or an aspect of your life that you want to organize and thirty-one has a great solution for you. If you need gifts for anything you could find it from this company. It’s a little like heaven seeing their choices.

I’m the least organized person in the world. Any former students of mine who might be reading this will surely agree. I’m a collector and I have trouble getting rid of things. A company like thirty-one would help me tremendously. The three items I have to share with you are made for a beauty lover.

The first item is called the Timeless Beauty Bag. It’s perfect for home and travel since it’s a bag that lays flat or hangs easily on a door knob or hook. We don’t travel that often but when we do we’re often at friends or relatives homes. I need to be able to have my products easily seen since you never know what the room is going to hold when you are at someone else’s place. Not only that but you can hang it up and pack on the days before travel so that you don’t leave out essentials.

Timeless Beauty Bag by thirty-one open flat

Timeless Beauty Bag by thirty-one open flat

thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag open

thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag open

This has compartments for your products as well as a section that’s perfect for makeup brushes. In the catalog they have the another great use for it- it’s hung around the back of a car seat and filled with tools for kids when you are traveling. Where I’d put makeup brushes, they put markers. Where I’d put my various bottles and jars they have videos and books. Very clever!

brush section for thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag

brush section for thirty-one Timeless Beauty Bag

monogrammed pink cross

monogrammed pink cross

This great bag wipes clean and holds a tremendous amount of items. The price is $25 which I think is very reasonable. It comes in 4 colors: Dots (pictured), Black Floral Brushstrokes, Pink Cross and Turquoise Cross. When open it’s 24.25″H and 11″W. These can even be monogrammed in dozens of styles which would make the Pink or Turquoise ones really stand out. I can picture these as hostess gifts of all kinds.

thirty-one Flat Iron Case and Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch

thirty-one Flat Iron Case and Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch

The second item I have is the Flat Iron Case which can be used for a flat iron or a curling item. The inside is thermal lined though it’s not recommended that you put a very hot item in it since it could melt. I travel with a flat iron and I usually use it the morning of travel. With this case I can unplug it, let it cool down so that it’s just warm and put it in the Flat Iron Case ($22). I don’t have to worry about the cord being ruined or about an FAA person wondering what that odd looking item is in my bag when they x-ray it.

thirty-one flat iron case in Island Damask

thirty-one flat iron case in Island Damask

It comes in 6 patterns – Island Damask (shown), Best Buds (blue flowers), Black Floral Brushstrokes, Party Punch, Patchwork Paisley and Woodblock Floral.

Patchwork Paisley

Patchwork Paisley

I saved my favorite for last. I love the Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch. thirty-one had made this pouch before but now that they’ve added the thermal lining it’s perfect for my purse. Being thermal it keeps cool things cool so your lipsticks and cream products don’t melt. To make it even better you can put this in the refrigerator to cool products even more. There’s also a larger size thermal zipper pouch that you can put lotions and sunscreen in.

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

thermal lining

thermal lining

interior of the thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

interior of the thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch

It’s perfect and I love it for my purse.  The best thing is that it’s only $15 which is amazing for a product like this. The measurements are 9″ x 12.25″ x 2″.

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch in black floral brushstrokes

thirty-one Thermal Zipper Pouch in black floral brushstrokes

This is just a touch of what thirty-one offers. There are totes, wallets, utility bags and boxes, accessories galore, purses, stationary and the list goes on.  They have Collegiate symbols and colors for yourself or gifts. There’s something for everyone in your family, even your pet.

My contact is ConstanceF and to contact her you can use this URL: https://www.mythirtyone.com/ConstanceF/. She can arrange a Facebook party or a catalog party for you as well as sell you items.

While these items were a gift from Constance you can be sure that I’ll get a lot of use out of them and I will fulfill my wishlist. Way to go thirty-one!! — Marcia