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Transitioning from warm, sun-drenched  summer days to a breezy, pumpkin flavoured autumn, with the perfect addition to a minimalistic capsule wardrobe:


designed by the Baginning team, inspired by the downtown-chic, eclectic vibes, created to effortlessly mix and match with each piece of your existing wardrobe, this will become the every-day essential you can’t live without.

I never over think my looks, I’ve always been like that. I like comfort and versatility. Pieces that I can wear year round, a timeless capsule wardrobe mindset, mixing and matching, band tees and luxe, designer dresses with a pair of converse and messy hair.

But I pay a lot of attention to detail, I savour opulence, clean lines and refined textures.

I was thrilled to add this one to my capsule wardrobe. I was looking for the perfect tote bag for such a long time and picky as I am, I had a list of things to check before I commit to a purse.

Vegan leather, no loud logos, clean lines, exquisite details, high quality materials, sturdy straps, inner pocket, extra pouch that would double as a wallet/ wristlet, soft interior, big enough to hide the body, not too big to look suspicious, satisfyingly slouchy but with a firm bottom to hold its shape, monochrome…


As  soon  as I saw this one I was ready to commit. 


And I was spoilt for choice. There’s a huge collection of impeccably minimal bags on baginning.com.

And a huge collection of statement pieces in every shape and shade you could possibly wish for. I am now pondering over a fun, sleek purse to add to my non-basic collection. Perhaps something that I could wear  with my all-black, or all-white outfits to contrast the uniformity and breathe life into a monochrome ensemble.

I’m wearing a lovely GANNI leopard print, silk shirt dress. I usually stay away from prints but come on, leopard is a neutral and  you can’t go wrong with a maxi shirt dress whatever the occasion.

I simply could not resist.

I like going a size up, a slightly oversized dress looks

luxuriously laid back

without looking shapeless. Roll up the sleeves, tie the belt to accentuate your waist, be aware of proportions.

And now you have the perfect bag to go with it…

Before I go I’d love to share the excitement of discovering a new amazing brand with you, with a fantastic giveaway.
Simply leave a comment with your email down below to be entered. The giveaway is open internationally and a winner will be randomly picked on Sunday, 14th of October.


Large Tote Bag

Soft Faux-Leather Tote Metallic

Black Double Handle Large Tote

Black Faux Leather Tote with Buckle







Until the next one,


  • Gina
    Posted at 06:43h, 08 October Reply

    I love autumn fashion and this outfit is beautiful! I love how you styled the dress with sneakers and this minimal bag. I need a new one myself! Please enter me for the giveaway.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:21h, 08 October Reply

      Consider it done Gina

  • Ann
    Posted at 06:47h, 08 October Reply

    You can’t go wrong with a stylish black tote! I love it! Please enter me as well for the twilly and giftcard.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:20h, 08 October Reply

      Yeap, it’s so classic and timeless!

  • Nancy Nick
    Posted at 06:49h, 08 October Reply

    Hahaha big enough to hide the body but not too big to draw attention, you are hilarious, lol

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:19h, 08 October Reply

      😉 I was worried noone would get my jokes

  • Julia
    Posted at 14:19h, 08 October Reply

    Love the bag! Add my email to the giveaway 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:10h, 09 October Reply

      Consider it done Julia!

  • Amila
    Posted at 16:00h, 08 October Reply

    This is a really stylish bag.It looks simple yet elegant.I am sure the material is durable too.And I enjoyed all your photos with this stylish bag.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:09h, 09 October Reply

      Durable indeed! I have been using it every single day and it looks brand new!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 18:05h, 08 October Reply

    I love the versatility of a well made oversized tote! As a mother who likes to think I still keep myself up pretty well, I’m always looking for gorgeous purses that can also hold the essentials of mom hood.

  • Lois Alter Mark
    Posted at 21:02h, 08 October Reply

    As someone who loves both a good pun and an oversized tote, Baginning is right up my alley. What a gorgeous, all-purpose bag for year-round use!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:08h, 09 October Reply

      Yes! Seriously I love it when you guys laugh at my silly jokes 🙂

  • Michelle Catallo
    Posted at 22:56h, 08 October Reply

    Being a single mom with three kids, I live in tote-world, but I still ensure it is stylish! I look for the same points for my totes: the size, clean lines, no garish emblems, etc. Oh, loving your dress as well, plus thanks for steering us to Baginning!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:06h, 09 October Reply

      Hey Michelle! I feel ya girl. I live in a tote or backpack world too, I run around the city all day woth my camera and equipment non-stop. This one fits everything!

  • Meg Kerns
    Posted at 23:16h, 08 October Reply

    I have been searching for a new chic bag- this one looks near perfect and yet so fashionable. I’d love to be entered to the giveaway! Lovely and sweet piece!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:05h, 09 October Reply

      I’ve entered you Meg <3

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:25h, 15 October Reply

      MEG! CONGRATS! You won the giveaway! I will email you right away! Woohoo!!

      • Meg Kerns
        Posted at 21:39h, 15 October Reply

        EEEEEK!!! Thank you! <3 <3

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 01:12h, 09 October Reply

    This sounds like a great tote bag! One of my rules for any bag is that it has to be big enough to hold my sunglasses case and my kindle. It looks like this one would be enough for both of them and everything else I need!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:05h, 09 October Reply

      Same here. If it’s not big enough to hold my camera and laptop, it’s not for me.

  • Christa
    Posted at 03:28h, 09 October Reply

    That bag is perfect. I love the shape! I’m also obsessed with your dress. Flawless!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:03h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you Christa! The shape is amazing, absolutely perfect indeed!

  • Angela Tolsma
    Posted at 04:03h, 09 October Reply

    OMG I love how you styled these photos! Your bag list sounds so much like mine! I also tend to have the no gold on all my lists as I’m not a fan of the color but that’s about it. This bag is pretty awesome and now I’m curious if they have things that will work for me!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:02h, 09 October Reply

      Take a look at their website while I enter you to the giveaway.

  • Deepa
    Posted at 06:20h, 09 October Reply

    The black classic tote looks great and goes well with your outfit too. I like your leopard print dress too.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:01h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you Deepa!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 08:39h, 09 October Reply

    I love the tote bag. Looks very roomy and stylish too. The fact that it is vegan too is a massive plus point xx

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 14:00h, 09 October Reply

      Yeap! The vegan leather was a massive yes, yes, yes point for me as well

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    Posted at 10:30h, 09 October Reply

    I am just loving this tote bag!!! It’s a classic!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:59h, 09 October Reply

      Classic with a twist!

  • Kim
    Posted at 10:48h, 09 October Reply

    That’s a gorgeous bag that is perfect for different outfits and occasions. I also like that it is roomy enough to fit all kinds of random stuff someone may want at hand. Good choice

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:59h, 09 October Reply

      It goes with everything! I love it so much!

  • Melissa Sanchez
    Posted at 12:20h, 09 October Reply

    Awesome! i would love to win this beautiful bag! I left my email when I signed in for the comment. thanks!!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 13:58h, 09 October Reply

      Hello Melissa! The giveaway is for the twilly and the giftcard. I entered you.

  • Sara Uzer
    Posted at 14:28h, 09 October Reply

    I love that tote! I’ve been looking for a new one to use for work, and this one would be perfect.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 22:04h, 09 October Reply

      It definitely fits everything you need and looks stylish af Sara!

  • Yona Williams
    Posted at 15:20h, 09 October Reply

    I like the tote because it’s a nice size. I like to carry a lot when I’m on the go. I also love jungle animal prints and have a zebra print skirt and giraffe print dress in my closet (the giraffe one is one of my favorites).

  • Joan Cajic
    Posted at 15:22h, 09 October Reply

    Love the dress looks so chic on you, just the whole outfit is winning.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 22:02h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you Joan!

  • Helene
    Posted at 19:49h, 09 October Reply

    Such a beautiful post! I love the poetry and the quotes, really charming. As for the bag, what can I say? I want it! Love the shape and this classic yet unique style. helenevlacho@gmail.com Thanks for the giveaway.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 22:00h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you Helene! I’ve entered you! The giveaway is for the twilly and the giftcard!

  • Louise
    Posted at 21:35h, 09 October Reply

    This is the most gorgeous bag I’ve seen in ages! Please enter me into the giveaway: withlovefromlou@outlook.com Thank you 🙂

    Louise x

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:56h, 09 October Reply

      It’s beautiful isn’t it?

  • Lindsay Joseph
    Posted at 00:56h, 11 October Reply

    That bag is beautiful! I need a classic, black tote just like that on my arm this fall.

  • Mariam
    Posted at 19:39h, 11 October Reply

    This bag is amazing! I love big bags where I can take my laptop and other essentials and have it be fashionable. This tote is classy and modern. Love it.

  • Kates Kreates
    Posted at 21:04h, 11 October Reply

    What a lovely tote – it’s so stylish and would go with any outfit! I need a bag like that in my life…

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 01:32h, 12 October Reply

    Your blog is beautiful – and I love this post. Your outfit and style is fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing! I love this tote, too!
    Alex xx || itsnotcomplicatedrecipes.com

  • Marjie Mare
    Posted at 02:24h, 12 October Reply

    I truly love this outfit. I like to feel comfortable and pretty. A beautiful bag is always my guilty pleasure.

  • Joshua
    Posted at 15:22h, 12 October Reply

    Cute autumn outfit. The tote is sleep and the dress in to die for.

  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks
    Posted at 01:52h, 13 October Reply

    Wow, that bag is GORGEOUS! I wish I had one just like it as well! I can see why you like it so much 🙂

  • Jazz
    Posted at 18:23h, 13 October Reply

    Such a gorgeous outfit! And I love the bag- it goes really well together.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:28h, 13 October Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • ananda
    Posted at 01:29h, 14 October Reply

    this outfit is super cute! I love how you wear the dress with sneakers and the bag is super stylish!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 18:14h, 14 October Reply

      Thank you Ananda!

  • Elpida
    Posted at 18:21h, 14 October Reply


  • Nancy
    Posted at 18:33h, 14 October Reply

    Amazing tote bag! ?

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