23 most excellent totes

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If a tote can’t fit a laptop, I refuse to see the point of it existing, so I’ve only included ones that are on the bigger side here. This croc-embossed one is especially sophisticated.

A cool quilted tote from MZ Wallace, who I know a lot of you are fans of.

Everlane’s Day Market Tote is just a good classic bag at a decent price.

This wool tote from Lauren Manoogian is so damn chic.

This one from outdoorsy brand Fjallraven converts into a backpack, which is nifty.

I like the safety orange carabiner attachment here for your keys and such, and the contrasting straps as well.

Clare V’s Simple Tote is just fantastic in navy with black stripes.

I am crazy for this woven leather number—it’s a little bohemian, but still polished.

And how cool is this pleated leather tote from Mansur Gavriel?

This metallic nylon tote is well-priced and even kind of edgy, in a Missy Elliott kind of a way.

Such a good slouchy tote that’s also quite nice in the olive.

I really dig the striped strap on this zipper tote: so sportif.

Here’s a sturdy and tomboyish canvas tote that’d be good for travel.

The exterior pocket here is actually a pouch that is attached to the bag magnetically.

This denim tote from Baggu is so super-sized that you could fit a weekend’s worth of stuff in it.

And here’s another one that would be good for travel—due to the proliferation of interior pockets—from Tumi.

I still really want a Longchamp bag, and this one’s a pretty ideal size for lugging around all my stuff.

I usually prefer a tote that’s narrower than it is wide, but the wideness of this one is what makes it appealing.

Madewell’s Transport Tote is just a good, basic, well-priced everyday bag. I also like it in the canvas.

Here’s a nice solid vegan leather option.

I really like how narrow this one from Cos is.

This bag is waterproof, which is cool, and it comes in a few good neutral hues.

And finally: this army green bag from Andi just looks super-versatile.

 

 

A bunch of colorful sweaters

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Things are getting pretty drab out there, weather-wise, and we still have so much winter to get through, and so why not throw on something bright and cheery instead of succumbing to the relentless grayness of it all? This asymmetrical-hem sweater is a good starter piece if you’re not used to wearing brights.

I like the unexpectedness of the yellow on this cool cashmere Breton-style sweater from Kule.

The fuzzy texture on this Theory alpaca sweater is fun, and the color combination of the stripes reminds me of a Pendelton blanket.

The spacedye on this short-sleeved sweater reminds me of Missoni, but it’s actually from Cos.

Just a nice, rich green on a well-priced alpaca-blend sweater.

I am loving the combination of stripes and tie-dye here.

A nifty, oversized colorblock cardigan that looks mighty cozy.

I like the loose knit on this one, and how the stripes sort of fade into each other.

The purple stripes here really pop against the more neutral-colored ones.

A half-zip sweater with a very sportif feel.

This pink zebra-stripe number is not left in a lot of sizes, but it’s so good I had to include it anyway.

Thick rainbow stripes give this one a playful vibe.

A super-inexpensive cashmere V-neck in a nice rich blue.

This purple leopard print reminds me of sweaters I owned in 1985.

Just a nice deep red turtlemneck that’s way marked down.

Vertical stripes against a chevron-stripe knit make this one nice and statement-y.

I always like rainbow stripes on a black background, and they look especially chic on this wool and cashmere number.

A deep fuchsia hoodie for kicking around on the weeekend.

I’m just a fan of the cool color combination here.

A  green zebra print that’s loud in a really good way.

I love safety orange, and think it looks especially great on this waffle knit recycled cashmere sweater.

 

 

A few things that are getting me through the winter

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Not to be gross, but my nose runs like crazy when it’s cold out, so I’m always sure to have a hankie on my person if I’m going outdoors. I especially like Liberty of London handkerchiefs, which you can get right from the source, or somewhat cheaper on Etsy.

I’m going through a big matcha phase, and am obsessively devoted to this stuff, which is super-easy to prepare: you don’t need special matcha tools; just add hot water and stir.

My lips get wicked chapped this time of year, but not since I started using this ultra-rich lip sleeping mask, which, as the name implies, you’re supposed to apply before bed. But I slather it on any old time.

I know I have banged the drum about Uniqlo’s Heattech longjohns before, but I can not overstate what a difference they make, warmth-wise, when I wear them. And they’re ultra-thin, so you don’t get added bulk. As soon as temperatures dip below 40 degrees, I’ve got them on.

I found these Nili Lotan cashmere sweatpants marked way down at the big Barneys sale (they’ve since sold out there) but I daresay they’re worth paying full price for: when I first got them, I just wore them in the morning to walk the dogs, but now I wear them all day long—they’re that good. And currently, they’re on sale in the camel, if you’re interested.

I love Bombas socks—they’re comfortable, and nicely cushy in the sole, and pretty indestructible too. Recently, I got some of their merino wool knee-highs, and love them. Also: for every pair sold, Bombas donates a pair to the homeless community.

I bought these Ugg high top sneakers on a whim, thinking they looked cozy and cute, and they have more than exceeded my expectations: they are indeed very warm, and deeply walkable, and I even think they look like they could be Rick Owens. Plus, that platform sole adds a nice bit of height.

When I’m not wearing the above kicks, I’m in my fleece-lined Vans high tops, which are even more comfortable than the Uggs.

Neither of those shoes, weirdly enough, is fleece-lined in the sole, so I add these fleece insoles for added warmth.

If I don’t moisturize my body every day in the winter, my skin does scary and gross things, but I hate how long it takes for most moisturizers to sink in. This stuff, however, absorbs super-fast, and smells like a Caribbean vacation.

This hairspray eradicates static, which can be such a problem this time of year, and does a good job of fighting frizz too.

 

 

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