Office Supply

A trend around my workplace is the Office Pouch. A pouch is a great way to stash all your necessities when you’re dashing from meeting to meeting.



Security card, phone, reading glasses, pen, lip balm. The list is endless of what women need at any moment and especially during marathon meetings. If you attend meetings with your laptop a pouch will keep your stuff organized and neatly tucked away until you need it.



Here are some chic pouches to carry in style.

This navy pouch with a feather print is oversized and will carry all your necessities. It’s ideal for marathon meetings or all-day conferences. This beautiful floral mini pouch is great if you travel to the US for work. It will keep your receipts and currency separate from your main wallet. It will even hold your ID if you are a Nexus member. Both these pouches are from Indigo which is a great source for trendy accessories at reasonable prices.

This Louis Vuitton bag does double duty as a wristlet organizer and an evening bag if you’re going out after work.


Finally if you review proofs or documents with clients/business partners, you probably carry a lot of pens, highlighters, clips and possibly tape. This Herschel pencil case will carry all that and more with style!

What’s the trend at your workplace? I’d love to know!

Carrying Style

After visiting the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and seeing the selection of vintage bags available I thought I would blog about them. A vintage bag adds originality to any outfit. If you’re dressing on trend or classic, carrying a vintage bag will set you apart.

Here are some examples of vintage bags and styling ideas for them.

IMG_1333When Miuccia Prada took over Fratelli Prada she began its’ transformation into a global brand by designing a line of nylon handbags, briefcases and backpacks. She decided to work with Procone nylon which Prada used to line their luggage. The fabric was difficult to work with but worth it in the end as the line took off and demonstrated Miuccia Prada’s talent for merging the industrial with high fashion. These sporty, casual bags elevate everyday looks.
portfolioUp your interview or work style with a vintage portfolio. This example by Fendi holds a tablet to review your resume or presentation, as well as, a pochette with all your personal items. Think of it as a sleek and sophisticated carry-all.

round_Fendi_detailfendi_roundThis Fendi round bag compliments both casual and work wear. It holds a lot and has a great strap feature along the inside edge to keep small items from swimming around.

A great modern version of this design is by 3 Lily pads.  Fiorella Di Lorenzo creates functional yet stylish bags. This line is a modacarta favourite!Canteen-R-S1_Front-670x653

Here are 2 vintage options for evening. I use this Gucci bag for most events because it holds everything I need without restriction. For a more formal occasion I have this lovely 1920s version of a wristlet. It has elegant beadwork and is held by delicate strap on the back.beadedbead_detail


Photo Credits

All by Lori Tonizzo except

Prada Bag – from The Little Book of Prada by Laia Farran Graves

Canteen Bag – from 3 Lily Pads website

I hope you enjoyed this exploration of vintage handbags and styling. As always, I’d love to hear from you!