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Don’t get me wrong. I love my backpack. It’s cute, polka dotted and carries all of my ish to and from coffee shop to coffee shop. Butttttt….it kinda doesn’t match anything I own. And it makes me look like I haven’t been adulting for the past five years, but rather that I’m still in the secure womb of college. 

You get my point. It’s time to get a new bag. 

If you’re in the market for a new work purse/bag/tote, consider this my gift.  There are zillion different places to look, and I get overwhelmed by all of the options.  So, you’re welcome, I just made your life so much easier. 

None of these companies sponsored this post, all of these products are sustainably made and at the end I want you to vote for which one I should get!

Alright, let’s get after it!


MATT & NAT

Baxter – Dwell Collection: $102

Well, I’m obviously in love with this color. And the price. It’s got a bit more of a professional vibe than an artsy fartsy one.  I feel like my corporate friends would love this the most. 

The cool thing about this brand is that they are committed to experimenting with recyclable materials that don’t involve the harm of animals.  Actually, all of their linings are made 100% out of recycled bottles! Too cool.

So, do we have a winner?

Fashionable

Mamuye Leather Tote: $178

First of all, I’m absolutely obsessed with this brand. Their motto is, “Beautiful products by women who have overcome.” Cue the tears.  They also are a huge proponent of creating opportunities so people in impoverished countries can provide for themselves. I could go on about this FOR DAYS.

I’m also such a huge fan of their new dusty rose color, and you can even personalize the leather. Trendy, big and perfect for lugging everything around.  Is it the winner?

Parker Clay

Merkato Signature Tote: $155

This puppy is made in Ethiopia and has a beautiful finish to it. I love how sturdy the straps look, because Lord knows I carry my whole life in my bag. They also have a compartment inside to keep things organized – something I am (to everyone’s surprise) not good at. The only issue I see with the bag is you have to pre-order it!

This company formed because of a couple’s experience adopting a child in Ethiopia. They saw such beauty in the culture and wanted to help vulnerable women break the cycle of poverty. INTO IT.  What do we think? Worth the wait?

Slate & Salt

Nubuck Leather Backpack: $170

All my hipsters unite. It’s a tote! On your back! But really, this bag is super cute, provides full back support and is also….sustainably made. I’m a fan of the dark brown color.

This company employs over 80 artisans in Kenya! Plus, 10% of all of their purchases goes directly to A Voice is Heard to support sustainable community development projects within the country. You should also check out their Chila bags – SO colorful! 

Do we think I’m hipster enough for this?


AH! I’d love to hear your thoughts below? Which one of these is your favorite?

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The 4 work totes I’m coveting right now

July 27, 2017

  1. CJ Frank

    July 27th, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Parker Clay!

  2. Jena Viviano

    July 28th, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I went with it!

  3. Brittany

    July 27th, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    You are in Nashville now, gotta stay hip! Get that backpack

  4. Janell

    July 27th, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I say the backpack too, because:
    * If you’re anything like me, you will cram the shoulder bags full of too much stuff and give yourself neck and back issues.
    * It’s SO cute.
    * My heart is in Kenya so I’m all about a company that’s supporting community development there. Thinking of ordering one myself now, so thanks for the tip!

  5. Alexandra Stephanou

    July 27th, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    That Parker Clay bag is 10/10… may have to get one myself 🙂

    I also LOVE Lo&Sons as well as Dagne Dover bags – a bit more expensive but friends have told me they are totally worth it!

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recruit the employer

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my signature program

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digital devotional

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I'm here to make sure you become irresistible to recruiters and hiring managers. In an extremely competitive marketplace, I can show you how to take back control of the job search, become a stand-out candidate and ultimately land you your dream career. Oh, and I promise to make the process fun. Yes, fun.

I'm Jena