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Apple Watch 38mm Milanese Loop

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Apple Watch 38mm Milanese Loop

Let me first start off by saying that I swore that I would not cave in getting the Apple Watch. Well, being the Apple fan girl that I am, it just took one fitting appointment with a sharp Apple associate, and I was sold. Read more!

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Céline's (Not-so) Nano

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Céline's (Not-so) Nano

It took a while for me to fall in love with the smallest version of the luggage that we all know and love so much. Photos of people gracing the Nano--whether they were celebrities or simply stylish in the street--caught my eye.

I'm usually not one for small bags, but I decided to give the bag a chance. And between the stunning pictures I browsed and rave reviews online I read, my heart fell fast for this chic, little bag.

Celine Nano

I found this beauty on a quick day-trip to New York with a wonderful friend of mine. We explored Madison Avenue and ate at Bergdorf's to cap off our shopping trip--though I do admit we did sneak in a few more stores on Fifth Avenue, post-noshing.

This black, smooth leather cross body, though small, is both very spacious and chic. If you can believe it, it fits all of the items below.

Items pictured are: Louis Vuitton zippy wallet, pen case, change purse, sunglasses (with sleeve), tissues, keys, and lip gloss. I'd like to note that in addition to all of these items, the Nano can also fit an iPad Mini comfortably.

Nano Items

Despite the bag's size, Céline does not skimp on quality. It still comes loaded with the attention to detail that the larger Minis have. This is a smooth black leather Nano and like other smooth leather bags, the entire interior is lambskin.

Empty Nano

The Nano comes with a handy pocket in the back (also, all-leather), perfect for receipts, etc. Though I have noticed that if you put something rather heavy or angled in the back, it can protrude out from the back of the bag. Because I'd like for the bag to age well and retain its structure, I ceased placing bulky items in the back pocket.

Nano Filled

Even though the bag is smooth leather (keeps its structure better than pebbled or drummed leather), there still is possibility for damage since the leather is so supple.

I've owned this for almost a month now and have been using it near-constantly. It is a well-made bag, for sure. But it isn't immune to scratches or marks. If there is makeup on my hands, it tends to leave smudges that I have to remove often. But overall I love my choice of color. Because it's black, some imperfections are harder to see.

Nano with Items

As far as Célines go, this is my most-used bag, closely followed by the two Mini Luggages. I recall wanting to use either my Almond or Linen Mini to go out to get coffee and do errands, but I always found it so large and cumbersome for such small tasks.

The Nano is just perfect for the casual outing or a dressier date.

Nano Mod Shots

Here's a mod shot for good measure. It's perfect as a handheld bag but even better as a shoulder bag or crossbody.As you can see the Nano isn't really so "nano" at all. It can fit so much!

It's funny how a bag you originally weren't a fan of becomes something that you can hardly put down! I don't regret purchasing the Céline Nano at all.

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Dream Céline: Mini Luggage Tote in Almond

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Dream Céline: Mini Luggage Tote in Almond

There is nothing worse than a collection of unused handbags and accessories. If they aren't getting enough use, they should be with someone who can show the accessories more love than I can. That being said, I recently sold a handful of pieces from my collection that haven't seen the light for a long while and saved enough money to go out and find my dream, all-leather Céline bag.

Though I have seen both barely-used and well-loved Céline luggage totes on online consignment stores, I felt that my first all-leather mini luggage should be purchased new. There is nothing quite like an in-store experience where you get to feel and inspect your potential, future bag.

On my most recent trip to New York, I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful stretch of retail in Soho. There, I was able to find stores that housed walls and walls of beautiful bags, and luckily one of them was stocked with Céline.

I tried on a healthy amount of bags--phantom luggages, the small trapeze, and a few minis. But the colors and textures available didn't entice me enough to purchase.

I was looking for a smooth or drummed leather mini luggage, as I have seen photos of heavily-used pebbled leather luggages that have puddled over time. Luggages in smooth leather retain their structure far better than its more-textured siblings.

Celine Interior

Indecisive and somewhat disappointed in my findings, I was almost out of the store when a neutral, smooth leather mini perched on a nearby shelf caught my eye.

It wasn't beige like the color Dune or gray for that matter. It was a very light green-gray that is a neutral chameleon.

The beauty of Céline is Phoebe Philo's minimalistic-chic aesthetic which comes in a wide array of colors. Like Balenciaga, Célines are scrumptious enough to own in any color.

Sometimes "Almond" looks more gray, green, or beige depending upon the colors that surround it. The leather piping is a beautiful, darker tone of the almond color, which makes the bag just breathtaking. Its gold hardware and Céline insignia complement the bag well.

One of my favorite aspects is that the bag is entirely made from the smooth, almond leather. Even the pouches inside and outside are fully almond leather. The bag is luxurious inside and out.

Celine Piping

The store was about to close in an hour, and the time to make my decision loomed on the horizon. It isn't a secret that Céline flies off the shelves. I was told by fellow bagaholics that when you see a Céline you like, go for it--lest you live with non-buyers remorse.

Though I know scratching of the light, smooth leather is an inevitability, I vowed to pay close attention to how I handle the bag, as I would any other piece in my collection.

I decided to take the plunge. This was one of the few times that I ran into one of Philo's gems without having it be a display piece or reserved.

The decision to cleanse my closet of older, hardly touched pieces to attain a bag ranked high on my wish list is one that I'm happy I made. Weeks later, I can say that it indeed wasn't an impulse purchase.

Just when I thought I couldn't love its subtlety and elegance more, my love for it grew even greater as I took it out for its first glimpse of sunlight.

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Help Us Support the Young Survival Coalition's In Living Pink Gala

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Help Us Support the Young Survival Coalition's In Living Pink Gala

At The Shoulder Strap, we really appreciate activism and spreading awareness of important causes. We'd like to share this event with our readers. This is a sponsored post, and I was compensated by Boy Meets Girl for this piece.

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Join Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl and the Young Survival Coalition to support the In Living Pink Gala

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is celebrating 15 years as a premier organization that supports, empowers, and provides hope to young women facing breast cancer. The YSC provides interactive technology, educational resources and programs to facilitate awareness and give their utmost support. The 12th annual In Living Pink gala on May 17, 2013 raises means to sustain these initiatives. Even if you cannot attend the gala, please consider donating to this organization which supports countless young women. Early bird gala tickets are available now!

Stacy Igel, Founder and Creative Director of Boy Meets Girl USA, is a fervent activist and lifelong supporter of raising breast cancer awareness. She is currently on the committee for the In Living Pink Gala and works tirelessly to bring breast cancer awareness to young women amongst other initiatives such as Bully Bust. For more information about Stacy's involvement with the Young Survival Coalition, please check out her post on her blog, Behind the Seams.

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