Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr



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,



  1. Gina says:

    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 says:

      Consider it done Gina

  2. Ann says:

    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 says:

      Yeap, it’s so classic and timeless!

  3. Nancy Nick says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      😉 I was worried noone would get my jokes

  4. Love the bag! Add my email to the giveaway 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Consider it done Julia!

  5. 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 says:

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 says:

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

  8. 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 says:

      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!

  9. 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 says:

      I’ve entered you Meg <3

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

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

  10. 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 says:

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

  11. Christa says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

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

  12. 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 says:

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

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Deepa!

  14. 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 says:

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

  15. Reesa Lewandowski says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Classic with a twist!

  16. Kim says:

    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 says:

      It goes with everything! I love it so much!

  17. 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 says:

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

  18. 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 says:

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

  19. 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).

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Joan!

  21. 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 says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      It’s beautiful isn’t it?

  22. Lindsay Joseph says:

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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

  26. Marjie Mare says:

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

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

  28. Jazz says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you so much!

  29. ananda says:

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

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Thank you Ananda!

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  31. Nancy says:

    Amazing tote bag! ?

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