{Mother’s Day Gift Idea} The Gussy Keeps Your Fabulous Handbag Dry in the Rain

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When the weather calls for rain, I usually grab my not-so-cute tote so I don’t have to worry about ruining my favorite handbag. Now that I’ve discovered the Gussy, those days are over! The Gussy takes “rain gear” to another level – not only providing a protective cover that is functional, but one that is as stylish as the handbag it’s covering. The Gussy is a protective, waterproof patterned “umbrella” designed to be worn as a protective cover over your favorite handbags or diaper bag, work bag, or weekend tote. According to Jamie Hantman, designer of the Gussy and former Washingtonian and White House power player, “Nothing can ruin a fashion look (or designer handbag) faster than getting caught in an unexpected downpour. Women pay a lot for their purses and want (need) to protect their investments.” I couldn’t agree with her more! This week’s forecast is rain, rain and more rain so The Gussy is now at the top of my must-have-accessory list.

Hantman had the wardrobes of fashion-savvy women in mind when designing the Gussy. Styles include the navy and white polka-dotted Meredith (pictured above), the bold navy and white chevron striped Jenny, the Charlotte featuring a beautiful trompe l’oeil purse image by New York artist Susan B. Allen in either Khaki or Navy (pictured above), the Chelsea with a whimsical skull and crown design (pictured above), and the Caroline in classic black with khaki trim. It’s obvious why The Gussy received a Best New Product Award at NY Now. It measures 36″ X 16″ and has three Velcro tabs that adjust to different purse sizes, styles and handles. When not in use, it can be folded up for easy storage inside your handbag – rain or shine so you are always prepared. Shop the Gussy collection at www.thegussy.com.

Special Offer: Joanie Totes Mother’s Day Sale

Joanie Totes saleIn celebration of Mother’s Day, Joanie Totes has a special offer ~ buy two totes and save $10.00.  This is a good deal if you’re still shopping for Mother’s Day gifts.  These colorful, eco-friendly totes were designed in honor of my beautiful mother, who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune blood disorder, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP), that took her life within four months.  A portion of the sale of each Joanie Tote is donated to the Answering TTP Foundation.  The Mother’s Day special is now through Sunday, May 11, 2014 (ending time 11:59 PM).  Price: $65.00 (or buy two and save $10.00) at shop.handbagreport.com.

Ecoist Bags for Mother’s Day

Ecoist was founded in 2004 with the objective to merge design, functionality, and environmental awareness to provide stylish, useful, and durable accessories.  I’m constantly amazed at how the Ecoist designers create inventive designs from post-industrial waste. [Read more…]