WHERE'S MY BAG: LISBON, PORTUGAL

WHERE'S MY BAG: LISBON, PORTUGAL

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

Lisbon, Portugal

THE BELLEVUE: WOMEN'S NYLON LAPTOP HANDBAGS

THE BELLEVUE: WOMEN'S NYLON LAPTOP HANDBAGS

The Bellevue women's laptop handbag is the ideal carry-all for busy Moms on the go. Shift from clientele meeting to coaching soccer with this 18.4" laptop handbag. There's plenty of room for yoga pants and your 5th grader's art project!

The Bellevue is available in Black, Bordeaux Brown, Navy Blue, Deep Teal, Pesto Green, and Purple. Bonus: each handbag comes with a matching clutch.

WHERE'S MY BAG: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

WHERE'S MY BAG: ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Melissa D. Jones, a traveler, artist, photographer, storyteller, foodie and creative entrepreneur. Living for adventure and new experiences she's photographed her way around all 50 states and 45 countries (still counting!) and wrote her travel knowledge into a book Women with Wanderlust: A Guide to Roaming to help inspire a world with more roamers.

Bordeaux, Port, Burgundy: Wine Colored Handbags

Bordeaux, Port, Burgundy: Wine Colored Handbags

Clark & Mayfield is proudly based in the Pacific Northwest, just a short drive away from the Willamette Valley's beautiful wine country in Oregon. Inspired by our surroundings, as well as this season's Pantone colors like Tawny Port, our latest laptop handbags for women give a nod to those grapes of the gods.

INTRODUCING THE NEW REED LAPTOP HANDBAG FOR WOMEN

INTRODUCING THE NEW REED LAPTOP HANDBAG FOR WOMEN

Our freshest laptop handbag design has arrived just in time for the holidays! We're excited to introduce our newest addition to the Clark & Mayfield laptop bag collection for women: The Reed.

The Reed handbag is light in weight without being a lightweight, thanks to the textured polyester nylon exterior. It holds all your daily essentials, plus a large laptop (up to 17.3").

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

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According to productivity expert (and Portland native), Charlie Gilkey

"While planning can seem quite basic, mastering the basics allows you to master ever-greater challenges, and, conversely, not being able to plan effectively keeps you from doing the truly great things you’d otherwise be able to do."

Setting yourself up for success starts with planning out goals that are SMART. SMART stands for:

  • Simple - it's easy to understand
  • Meaningful - it's important to you
  • Actionable - there's a specific action you take to complete it
  • Realistic - it's achievable with your given resources
  • Trackable - you can measure or track your achievement

Other versions of the SMART goals describe them as: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Whichever acronym you prefer, being intentional about your goals and setting yourself up for success from the planning stage will make a big difference.

Here are a few other tips for staying true to your resolution:

  • Consider what challenges and obstacles may get in the way and come up with a plan, in advance, for how to avoid or overcome them.
  • Look at your calendar and make sure there is a specific time each day or week to work on your goal.
  • Break your goal into smaller steps. Then map out a schedule, taking into consideration the other parts of your day or week that may take time and energy away from the success of your goal.
  • Tell someone else about your goal who can hold you accountable.
  • Don't let the first sign of failure be an excuse to give up. Remember why the goal is important to you and pick back up where you left off.

What has successfully helped you keep a resolution or achieve a goal? What you recommendations would you add to our tips?

 

 

GREAT GIFTS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS

 
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When jetting off to new destinations, your travel accessories should help make the trip more effortless so you can focus on enjoying the journey. To make your next voyage a breeze, check out our top picks for handy travel gear that is sure to delight:

Rustic leather sketch journal Stitched by hand and customizable with a hand embroidered monogram, this journal gives the sense that a great expedition has begun!

Compact portable USB charger Avoid losing charge on your electronics during long trips with this lipstick-shaped battery charger. Adds 4 hours of talk time to your phone on the go!

Globe bracelet Hand-made cuff bracelet with globe outline, crafted from your choice of Brass, Gold, Rose gold, Silver, or White gold.

Florious eco-friendly packing cubes Save time repacking by keeping your clothes neatly organized in this set of three heavy duty, recycled nylon packing cubes. 

Mini travel hair dryer With luggage space at a premium, there's no sense lugging around a full size hair dryer. Get a compact version that still packs a punch.

Flipbelt This sleek, machine-washable Spandex-Lycra belt conceals four pockets that lets you tuck in phone, keys, or credit cards. Wear it under your travel clothes or over work out shorts.

Wrist wallet bracelet Here's the perfect, feminine alternative to the awkward neck pouch wallet. Secretly carry your cash in style inside the inner pocket of this soft leather cuff.

Clark & Mayfield carry-on bags Whether it's a rolling briefcase or an over-the-shoulder tablet bag, we have just the bag you need to take your life on the go with ease, comfort, and style.  SHOP NOW>

 

Can You Write Off Your Laptop Bag?

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Do you own your own business, or carry a laptop or tablet to work? Then don't miss the opportunity to write off a new laptop bag on your 2017 taxes. Many of our bags are on sale through the end of the year - an opportunity for even more savings if you buy now.

For self-employed individuals, bags used for business purposes - like carrying your laptop - can be deducted as a supply, just like computers and cell phones that are used for business purposes. For employees who incur unreimbursed work-related technology expenses, these purchases may be itemized as employee business expenses.

Remember that the IRS requires deductions to be a "usual, necessary, customary, and reasonable expense for your type of business." If items or utilities are used partially for personal purposes, then you won't be able to deduct the full amount as a business expense. It's always a good idea to check with a tax professional to ensure your deduction is valid.

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BEAUTIFUL BLUES: LAPTOP HANDBAGS FOR WOMEN

BEAUTIFUL BLUES: LAPTOP HANDBAGS FOR WOMEN

This season at Clark & Mayfield, we have added more bright and beautiful blues to our collections of laptop handbags for women. We're excited to announce that our newest color in the line is a deep teal, perfect for adding a pop of rich color to your day! Deep teal is now available in the following styles...

NEW: CAMEL LEATHER TOTE BAGS FOR LAPTOPS

NEW: CAMEL LEATHER TOTE BAGS FOR LAPTOPS

The color camel is hot this season because it has a richness and refinement without drawing too much attention. It adapts easily to different color palettes so it can play "neutral" or be an accent color. Camel is classic and timeless, so you can wear it all year round.

We've added camel leather tote bags to our new Fall/Winter 2017 line up, including our Stafford Pro leather laptop bag and Hawthorne leather laptop tote. If you're searching for a camel color leather handbag or purse that can also carry your laptop, look no further!

WHERE'S MY BAG: TUSCANY'S ETRUSCAN COAST

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Our “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield handbags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle is currently traveling with the Clark & Mayfield Stafford Pro laptop handbag in deep teal.

Tuscany's Etruscan Coast

When most people think of traveling to Tuscany, names like Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Cortona probably come to mind, with their rolling hills of vineyards and charming medieval villages. But Tuscany's Etruscan Coast, stretching south of Pisa along the west, remains relatively unknown.

The Etruscan Coast has become a paradise for cyclists and gourmands, thanks to its stunning Tuscan landscape and abundance of fresh, local produce. In the province of Bolgheri, French-style wines have rapidly made a name for themselves over the past 40 years. Whereas all of Tuscany can boast of rural beauty, culinary delights, and quaint towns, the Etruscan Coast tops this off with the element of the sea. In fact, its beaches have become a popular place for Northern Europeans to escape in the summertime. 

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Although beach-side towns do see crowds in the summers, tourism in this area is surprisingly mild and sight-seeing can be enjoyed in peace.

Cecina

Italian gelato is a highlight no matter where you go in Italy. In the town of Cecina, you'll find specialty flavors like pistachio or blackberry.

To learn more about things to do in this area, visit our Guide to Tuscany's Etruscan Coast.

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Why We Went

This part of Tuscany was not on our radar at all, but a friend of ours connected us to a woman in Castagneto Carducci who hosts cooking classes in her home. She regularly hosts volunteers to assist with the classes for groups of bicycle tours that come through town; in exchange, she provides room and board for volunteers. We really enjoyed the opportunity to stay with her for about six weeks this Fall, becoming part of her family, learning how to cook, and exploring the area in our free time. 

Tuscany

MOTIVATION SECRETS FROM THE FOUR TENDENCIES BOOK

MOTIVATION SECRETS FROM THE FOUR TENDENCIES BOOK

How would you like to make better decisions, meet deadlines more easily, suffer less stress and burnout, and engage more effectively with others? According to author and happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, the Four Tendencies framework help us overcome one of the big daily challenges of life: “How do I get people—including myself—to do what I want?” 

EXTRA LARGE LAPTOP BAGS FOR WOMEN 17" +

Womens large Newport shoulder bag in blue, black, grey, purple, and red. Extra large Morrison leather laptop bag in black. Extra large Marquam rolling laptop briefcase in black, red, or blue.

Womens large Newport shoulder bag in blue, black, grey, purple, and red. Extra large Morrison leather laptop bag in black. Extra large Marquam rolling laptop briefcase in black, red, or blue.

Finding extra large laptop bags that still have style is not easy. That's why Clark & Mayfield set out to design large leather laptop bags that can replace that clunky briefcase and turn heads like a cute tote bag. 

Clark & Mayfield Extra Large Laptop Bags for Ladies

Our classic collection of large computer bags include widths of 17.3" or 18.4" to fit bulky laptops, files, and other necessities. Styles include women's laptop shoulder bags as well as women's laptop briefcases with wheels. These are perfect for transitioning between the office, work travel, conferences, family commitments, and social outtings. 

New extra large laptop bags for ladies are coming to Clark & Mayfield this Fall, so check back for more styles!

Hawthorne large leather laptop shoulder bag in black, purple, blue, and red (also available with wheels)

Hawthorne large leather laptop shoulder bag in black, purple, blue, and red (also available with wheels)