Welcome Back & Happy New Year!

Mel Boteri

{image via Mel Boteri}

Don’t use your circumstances as an excuse to be sour. Start moving forward.  This is a new day.  You have an amazing future ahead of you.” ~ Joel Osteen 

Today is the last day of 2013, and my first post on Handbag Report in months.  I must admit that it feels good to be back in the saddle!  This year was filled with life changing events – I moved from Columbia, SC to Washington, DC for a new [day] job, found a fabulous apartment for my family in downtown Silver Spring, and experienced the unexpected loss of my beautiful mother, who I affectionately refer to as “Joanie”.  Joanie is my inspiration for relaunching Handbag Report because she was my number one supporter and we both love accessories.

Today’s quote (found here) is one of my new mottos for 2014.  I will not let my circumstances hinder my growth and ability to move forward and embrace the future.  I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of my Joanie and will cherish every last one of them.

Happy New Year and welcome to the new and improved Handbag Report!


  1. Love this! Welcome back, Staci, and Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to reading more Handbag Report this year.

  2. Thank you, Ehmonie! You still inspire me! 🙂

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