Why I Love PurseN Handbag Organizer Insert + 50% off Sale on Select Items!


PurseN is having a sale, and trust me when I say, you don’t want to miss it!  If you like to change handbags every other day, or several times a week or month, consider investing in a PurseN handbag organizer insert.  It will change your life!  I cannot begin to count the number of times I have left the house without my wallet, keys, Metro card, favorite lipgloss, and other important items because I decided to switch bags at the last minute.  Now that I have a PurseN insert, I simply drop it in my bag-of-the-day and go!

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The insert is available in two sizes and several cute colors and prints.  What makes PurseN inserts different than other purse organizers is the adjustable sides with expandable bottom zippers, uniquely designed to fit a variety of purse sizes.  No more slouchy, sloppy bags with a bottomless pit!  The inside of the PurseN insert has 9 compartments with one large zipper pocket.  Pockets are sized to contain all of your electronics and other necessities with easy in and out access.  There is an open middle space for your wallet, make-up bag, and essentials.  The outside of the insert has two additional pockets which I use for holding extra business cards and my receipts.

PurseN IlluminPurseN also offers an illumin handbag organizer insert.  The design features a sleek built-in LED light system with a customized on/off 60-second timer.  It has all of the compartments of the signature insert, expands to accommodate extra essentials, and lights up!  How many times have you been at the movies, a bar, or a dim lit restaurant, and had the hardest time finding something in your bag?  Most of the PurseN illumin inserts are sold out due to popular demand.  However, the leopard print illumin insert is on sale now at 50% off the regular price.

Stop by PurseN.net to browse their sale items and the entire collection of handbag inserts, jewelry cases, luxury travel totes (that are the perfect weekend bag, beach bag and/or baby bag!), luggage collection and other accessories – the perfect gift for any occasion (Mother’s Day is just around the corner!).  I already placed my order and will share my reviews on other items as I begin using them.

Brand Spotlight: SK Wilbur + Donate to Before the Label Campaign


Wilbur Pack, Jr. stands by his commitment to provide bold, classic, and modern designs for today’s woman. We caught up with the fashion design veteran to find out more about SK WiLBUR and his Before the Label Campaign.

HR:  When did you first start designing handbags?  Did you always want to become a handbag designer or was it a gradual transition from a different career path?

SKW:  I first started designing handbags in 2009. I was then designing a line of clothes for plus size women and I always created head-to-toe looks for my customer.  Unfortunately the market didn’t support my endeavor and I found myself deep in debt.  I almost gave up on my career. But when Hurricane Sandy hit around my birthday, my sister offered to send me to a one day handbag workshop as a gift.  It was a sign from God.

HR:  What is the most challenging/rewarding aspect(s) of designing handbags and being in business for yourself?

SKW:  It’s always gratifying to live life on your own terms and pursue your dreams.  It’s freedom but it’s not easy.  As a new handbag designer, every well-known brand name is your competition.  Many times women want the cache of carrying a Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs or Louis Vuitton and although my designs are of equal or greater craftsmanship, my name is not yet recognizable.

HR:  Where do you find inspiration when creating each piece of your collection?

SKW:  Bold, rich color always excites me when I am designing a new piece. I also look at market trends to see what’s hot now.  Great music always inspires me.  Right now, I have Chaka Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dionne Warwick in rotation.

HR:  Describe the woman you design for.

SKW:  The woman I design for likes classic shapes and silhouettes, but with a modern twist.  She is not a “label whore”, but a woman of discerning taste who craves great craftsmanship and the personal touch.  She’s a free spirit not defined by society’s expectations, and marches to the beat of her own drum.  She’s stylish and she possesses a wicked sense of humor.  She’s not obnoxious, but confident; smart, but not pretentious; and chic, but also approachable.


HR: Which SK WiLBUR bag is your personal favorite and best seller?

SKW:  I love all my designs equally, but the small clutch from my very first season designing handbags (spring 2013) is the best seller.  This season, I am reissuing the black & white zebra print and the orange & cream zebra print, as well as introducing 4 new color-ways.  They will be available at a price point that is nearly 30% lower than when they first launched at retail.

HR:  Name five celebrities you would love to see rocking a SK WiLBUR original.

SKW:  My dream roster of celebrity clients includes Solange Knowles, Amber Riley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, and Kerry Washington.

HR:  Tell me more about your plans for expanding the collection and the Before the Label campaign?

SKW: Before the Label is a crowdfunding website dedicated to emerging designers.  I was really impressed by their platform because instead of giving donors a small token of gratitude for their money, people who donate are actually helping to launch a product.  The great thing is that nobody is charged unless the campaign is successful.  I am offering an extraordinarily chic handcrafted tote for 40% less than the retail price so I can quickly raise capital for my company.  If I successfully reach my goal by March 28, then everybody wins.  If I don’t reach my goal, I collect no monies and nobody gets a bag.  This campaign will give my business a much needed shot in the arm to properly market my bags.

HR:  What advice can you give to aspiring handbag designers?

SKW:  Aspiring designers must figure out what makes them special because that is what is going to make them stand out.  Since emerging designers just can’t compete with established brands, they must be creative with marketing, production, and selling.  Stick to your vision, but be flexible. And above all, aspiring designers must not give up.

Click {here} to donate to SK WiLBUR’s Before the Label campaign.  Shop the entire SK WiLBUR collection at skwilbur.com.

Brand Spotlight: Mel Boteri by Melanie Mueller

MelBoteri1I first met Melanie in NYC (thanks to BagServant founder Lenka Gourdie), and have been inspired by our brief encounter ever since.  Melanie is the Founder and Creative Director of luxury handbag company, Mel Boteri.  Naturally, I had to get the scoop on how Melanie launched such a successful business in a relatively short period of time.  

HR:  When did you first start designing handbags? Did you always want to become a handbag designer or was it a gradual transition from a different career path?

MM:  At the start of my career, I honestly had no idea that I would one day become a handbag designer. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, my first job out of college was as a Compliance Officer for a financial institution here in Atlanta. Although this experience was educational, I knew it was not the career path I was meant to pursue. I decided to go back to school to receive my MBA, and during my studies at Emory’s Goizueta Business School I had the opportunity to work with the Marketing & Business Development team for Zac Posen. It was during my time living and working in New York City that I had my “aha” moment after seeing a clear void in the marketplace for custom fashion. I specifically saw an opportunity for made-to-order fashion unique to each woman’s individual style and personality versus one-size-fits-all, mass-produced goods. I laid the groundwork for this new way of shopping during my last semester at Emory, which is when I also began teaching myself the process of designing and constructing handbags. It was about a year and a half of planning and designing before I officially launched Mel Boteri with my first line of handbags in the fall of 2009.

HR:  What is the most challenging/rewarding aspect(s) of designing handbags and being in business for yourself?

MM:  There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of handbag brands out in the world, so one of the most challenging aspects is standing apart from the competition and convincing individual clients, retailers, press, etc. that you are the best of the bunch. The most rewarding is when these individuals, retailers and the press actually acknowledge you as such and they begin to share your brand and story with genuine excitement.

HR:  Where did you find inspiration when creating each Mel Boteri bag?

MM:  It is hard to pinpoint one source of inspiration. I think Coco Chanel said it best: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” So as long as I am living and breathing, I am receiving inspiration.

HR:  Describe the woman you design for.

MM:  I have fashioned a muse for myself, and this woman I have created, my ideal client, dictates many of the business decisions I make and inspires many of my new designs. She is an independent, confident woman, a natural trendsetter with discerning taste. She is passionate yet practical, and prefers to wear fashion that is a true extension of her unique personality and style. She stays up to date with what’s “on trend” and the next “must have,” but strictly uses this as inspiration to be the best-dressed version of herself.

Bespoke-Mel BoteriHR:  Tell us more about your bespoke service. 

MM:  All of the handbags and accessories you see on my site, www.MelBoteri.com, are customizable to meet your specific needs – meaning you can select your leather, hardware finish, handle strap length, add pockets, take away pockets, the list goes on and one to create a one-of-a-kind, luxurious piece. Through our bespoke service, you experience a full level of personalization. From sketch to finished product, you work one-on-one, with me through all of the details to create the handbag of your dreams.

HR:  Name five celebrities you would love to see rocking a Mel Boteri original.

MM:  Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Massenet, Michelle Obama, Rachel Zoe and Beyonce

HR:  What five accessories should every woman own?

MM:  An everyday statement bag, a day-to-evening perfect clutch, black power pumps, shades to complement the shape of your face, a signature piece of jewelry.

HR:  What advice can you give to aspiring handbag designers?

MM:  Fashion is a business first and foremost, so unless you have a very trusted partner who will handle the day-to-day operations, educate yourself on every aspect of business that you possibly can.

Visit MelBoteri.com to view the entire collection, and be sure to connect with Mel Boteri on Twitter, Facebook, the Mel Boteri Blog, Pinterest and Instagram.