What’s In Her Bag: Colleen

Colleen Byrnes, a member of the Social Stylate team, reveals her work bag essentials. When she is on the go between the office and meeting with clients, or behind the scenes of a photo shoot, these are the necessities she keeps with her at all times. Here’s a peak inside of her bag.

Work Bag Essentials | Social Stylate

THE BAG – I love this reversible bag from GrassRoots because it matches perfectly with just about any outfit. I also tend to cram things into my bag when I’m running around, so the large size of the bag is perfect for my every need.
THE CALENDAR – I have had Lily Pulitzer planners for the past few years and I absolutely love them. The prints are adorable and it keeps me organized day to day. Thank goodness our client, The Pink Crab, has them on their shelves at all times!
THE NOTEBOOK – TJ Maxx has always been my go to for cute notebooks. With great prices and such a wide selection of chic notebooks, it’s hard not to scoop one up! I always keep my favorite color Sharpie with me to take notes on the go as well.
THE MAKEUP – I constantly refresh my lashes, so having Laura Mercier mascara from Houppette keeps them fresh and full throughout the day. I keep a hair tie for when I am done with my locks and want my hair out of my face. I also always have a bottle of polish so my hands can be picture ready at any time.
THE GADGET – I always have to have my MacBook with me. Between being a college student and working with Social Stylate, it’s imperative to stay connected wherever I go.
THE SHADES – I tend to cycle through sunglasses pretty quickly depending on my mood and styles I want to try. Christina’s Unique Accessories & More always has the latest styles.
THE WALLET – I absolutely love my Kate Spade wallet. It not only has the functional purpose of a wallet, but it also adds a bold print to my outfit and I can carry it as a clutch for a chic accessory.
THE SNACK – Sometimes, at Social Stylate, we are on such a roll that I forget to eat lunch. I keep this Luna Bar in my bag just in case I need a quick pick me up.
THE KEYCHAIN – I don’t think I’m alone in saying I lose my keys in my large bag so easily. I love this trendy tassel keychain I found from Nordstrom that helps me keep track of my keys.


Monday Makeover: Mani/Pedi Combos


Sultry summer weather and wearing opened toed shoes increases the frequency of our visits to the nail salon. In an attempt to cut down on the amount of time we spend staring at a shelf lined with a thousand different polishes, we figured we would do some research. This great post from Total Beauty provides pretty options for your mani/pedi. They also suggest a few basic guidelines when making your selection:

  • Choose shades that flatter your skin tone.
  • Create contrast. Nothing looks more askew than two colors that are only slightly different — it makes your color choice look like an accident.
  • Don’t choose two super-loud colors. Painting neon shades on toes and fingers is too much.

What are your favorite colors to wear together?


Eco-Friendly Favorites

In honor of Earth Day, we’ve put together a list of our favorite eco-friendly brands that are making a difference in style:

1. Amour Vert: French for green love, this clothing brand is American made with non-toxic, sustainable materials with a zero waste policy.

amour vert

2. Freedom of Animals: Makes cruelty-free luxury bags with the highest quality sustainable materials in designs that are sophisticated and versatile.

freedom of animals

3. The Laundress: Offers effective yet gentile eco-friendly cleaning products, detergent and fabric care. We can’t help but love their packaging too!

the laundress

4. Raven + Lily:  With a commitment to ethical design, all products follow fair trade standards. The company’s platform “employs marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.”

raven + lily

5. Scotch Naturals: A nail polish brand focused on sustainability to provide non-toxic nail polish in a wide variety of eco-chic colors.

scotch naturals