the next generation

My first trendy bag was the Pappagallo Bag. I was probably the same age as my daughter and all the girls had them. The Longchamp bag would be it’s equivalent now. My daughter and I have had many conversations on what kind of bag she would want and we explored the Longchamp but being a product of her mother, she thinks there is something that not everyone else has that would be better for her. This isn’t just about the bag but also about making choices. I am trying to help her make choices that are hers and not fall into the traps of wanting the things that everyone else has or do what everyone else does. I want to instill in her that ultimately she is a leader and not a follower. I want to encourage her to stand strong when taking a different course than everyone else and not because of a label or a name (this is hard when you dabble in the world of fashion ~ the lines get blurred).


The stylist in me took over for Christmas. I had considered this bag for her last year but thought it was a bit much for her age. Another year has gone by and the fact that I still had my eye on this bag for my daughter’s ‘first’ says something in my world of seeing a lot and knowing what’s both classic and age appropriate.

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The ‘JoJo’ Crossbody by Annabel Ingall (available at The Shoe Hive) reminds me of what the Kate Spade original classic shoulder bag (that was my next ’trend’ bag) had going for it. The shape was simple and although it was branded, it was a little understated ~ subtle not obvious, a mantra I’ve used with her since she was 4 yrs old and invited to a birthday party where very popular but inappropriate large lipped dolls were the theme.


Fingers crossed she likes it…we have yet to celebrate our family Christmas!

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Alicia was born and raised in Alexandria, and married a local boy. She is happily married and the mother of two amazing children and one adorable and terribly smart border terrier named Dixie. Alicia has always known she was a creative. She collected editions of Vogue from junior high on and has always loved clothing and design. She studied interior design at VCU and parlayed that degree into commercial interior design, the web design, and ultimately found herself managing a local boutique and serving as a stylist to many Alexandrian women. She now has a successful full-time styling business, The Tulle Box, and makes it her business to make her clients feel great about themselves and the way they look.


  1. Susan G says:

    Great post! Love that you are teaching her to be original!

  2. alexandraannm says:

    she is going to love that bag! such a great post. i, too, remember my first major handbag purchase, which was also kate spade. i remembered seeing her on Martha Stewart one morning and I thought that she was the coolest woman ever. I purchased a black nylon shoulder bag. i’ve been trying to find one online to share with you and i just have to laugh to think that it is now considered “vintage.” although the original kate spade things are quite different from what she is doing now. i still have that bag. it’s not in great shape anymore, but i just can’t seem to part with it. maybe it will be part of a dress up closet, one day.

  3. Allison says:

    That first bag — before Papagallo (and where are those flats these days?) — was known as a Bermuda bag up North. My mother had them, as did I — monogramed and with interchangeable covers. I still love them, but doubt they would ever fit my daughter’s far more “burdened” style. Can’t fit sports gear in a Bermuda bag!

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