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Diamond Days

blog_beauty1Scandinavian designer, Lotta Jansdotter, has done it again with her new(ish) line of purses, totes, and small pencil bags. This one is our favorite. With cascading lines of mustard yellow colored diamonds, it’s made out of linen, with an inner pocket and leather straps. Sized 13-inches by 14-inches, it has plenty of room to work as a day bag for your trek around the city. It’s stylish, innovative, and offers a design and color that will genuinely go with anything. If you haven’t discovered Jansdotter yet, now’s the time—her website, Jansdotter.com offers a series of original products created by this writer and artist, who, interestingly enough, years ago attended Cabrillo College. Jansdotter is a sweetheart, and an inspiration. Her books teach crafters how to make their own projects. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, you have to stop by her studio/store to pick up fabric scrap bags, stationary and much more. Each time I’ve been there (three times so far), I have plunked down a nice chunk of cash and came out with a load of fun new things and projects to start working on.
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