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?”
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.
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!
Find some inspiration for your Fall 2017 wardrobe with this year's warm and dynamic color palette. Each season Pantone reports the top colors from Fashion Week, and this year's line up includes: Grenadine Red, Tawny Port, Ballet Slipper pink, Butterum, Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Shaded Spruce, Golden Lime, Marina blue, and Autumn Maple.
Below is our fresh collection of every-day wardrobe ideas, representing each of these top 10 Pantone Fall 2017 colors and featuring casual pieces from REI and Clark & Mayfield:
Wardrobe picks from left to right: La Sportiva Yosemite Hoodie, Sherpa Adventure Gear Nangpala Hooded Down Jacket, C&M Newport laptop handbag in red, C&M Stafford Pro leather handbag, prAna Loveland Wrap, Mountain Hardwear Sarafin Bomber Sweater, Toad&Co Birchbox Sweater, Smartwool Crestone Poncho, Mountain Hardwear Sarafin Wrap Sweater, Marmot Indio Half-Zip Top, Arc'teryx Delphic Beanie, Teva Foxy Low Waterproof Leather Boots
We rarely look forward to aging, which is why it's important to find new ways to celebrate and look forward to birthdays. Continuing to challenge ourselves and break out of routine keeps life fresh and fun even when the years start to add up. One great way to do this is create a birthday bucket list.
A birthday bucket list can be "40 things I want to do before I turn 40" or "30 things to accomplish in my 30th year." But it doesn't have to follow the numbers. It could also be about doing one new thing a month to celebrate turning 60, for example.
How to create your birthday bucket list
If you have the opportunity to travel for work, a business travel packing list can save you time on packing and ensure you don't overlook something important.
Step One: Choose Travel Luggage Wisely
The right business travel luggage is all about efficiency. If you can fit your clothing, supplies for work, and toiletries into a single carry on, there's no need to pay for and wait on a checked bag during your trip.
For longer or more involved business travel,
A crossbody tablet bag can be the perfect purse for women who carry an iPad, Chromebook, or other tablet. Many purses are either not large enough for a tablet - or they're so roomy that the tablet gets knocked around.
Not the Clark & Mayfield Morrison crossbody. This tablet bag with shoulder strap secures a tablet in its own padded compartment.
This top grain leather purse has organizational pockets inside for pens, phone, wallet, and other peripherals - with a zippered enclosure for safe keeping. A sleek, quick access front pocket is perfect for sliding out your phone or theater tickets without hassle.
The Morrison crossbody tablet bag is available in black, red, blue, and purple leather. Supplies are limited, so don't wait to grab yours!
"If she can do it, so can I."
This is the source of motivation that SheJumps hopes to inspire in girls around the country. SheJumps is a non-profit bringing together women and girls of all backgrounds and ages who help one another reach their highest potential through outdoor adventures and education.
Do you have the itch to travel but don't have anyone to go with? Maybe your friends and family aren't interested, or their work schedules don't allow it. As much as you want to see the world, you may not be ready to start traveling solo.
Consider a group trip designed for women!
To experience the adventure you've been waiting for, you can join a trip with like-minded ladies. Here are just a couple examples:
Living Big Travel
The Living Big team hosts both international and domestic small group trips for women throughout the year. This year's destinations include Italy, Costa Rica, Thailand, New York, New Orleans, and Kauai. Founder and Trip Designer, Mary Cecchini, is a native of Portland with a knack for detail and an enthusiasm for connecting women with travel experiences.
The duo at Purposeful Nomad host group trips for women focused on adventure, self-care, and socially responsible service. Upcoming trips include India, Ecuador, and several opportunities for a retreat in the Dominican Republic. Founders, Caitlin and Jessica, have a passion for helping women safely engage with local communities around the world.
If trip planning or travel buddies are the only things holding you back from the adventures you dream of, why not try small group travel for women?
Modern day moms are making business moves in new and innovative ways. You may have noticed the Lularoe craze, where ladies are using social media and house parties to sell clothing peer-to-peer. Others have launched Etsy shops, provided services or e-products completely online, or even started a technology handbag company for women (Yes, Clark & Mayfield founder, Lauri DeLaczay, is a mompreneur!).
The term "mompreneur" simply comes from the growing trend of women who are balancing motherhood with entrepreneurship. Here are some of the benefits these women are enjoying:
- Thanks to the internet, building a business from home is much more accessible. No more choosing between an office job and staying at home.
- Entrepreneurship allows flexibility to schedule your work around other family activities.
- Of course, additional income for the family is always a plus - whether it be a small side hustle or a full-fledged business.
- It sets a great example to your kids of how to be a self-starter and follow your dreams.
- Mompreneurs love having variety in their day, using their talents and skills in multiple ways.
Sound interesting? There are a growing number of resources to support Mompreneurs in their unique challenges. If you're looking to learn more about entrepreneurship as a mother, check out the following:
- Mompreneur Media - an online magazine with useful articles for mompreneurs
- Mompreneur Show - a weekly Facebook Live show interviewing all kinds of mompreneurs
- National Mompreneurs Conference - an education, inspiration, and networking event in Canada
Our line of laptop handbags are designed to be versatile. Here are the top five most popular uses for Clark & Mayfield bags:
The perfect assistant: Work Bag
The Perfect Assistant (minus the attitude.) Holds everything without being asked. Makes you look good and feel confident. Knows what you're thinking and where you put everything, even your e-reader. Protects your laptop at all costs and organizes the details you don't have time for. Hang on tight. Good help is hard to find!
The carry all: Day Trip Bag
A present-day pioneer with creative, west coast style. Industrial metalware and sensible top-stitching paired with luxurious leather tackle all types of conditions. Tuck away daily provisions, laptop and phone in generous pockets and go forth. Westward ho!
The conference companion: Rolling Briefcase
Perfection on Wheels: This rolling laptop bag outperforms itself and radiates refinement. With classic lines, enduring metal details, and a sturdy trolley handle, this bag is going places. Whether you’re presenting to clients or rushing from one workshop to the next, organization is essential and efficiency is paramount. Stacks of pockets and two separate partitions offer padded space for a large laptop and leave room for collateral materials. Roll with it!
The travel tote: Carry-on Bag
With a flight to catch, you can’t afford to be unorganized. Compartments, padding and refinements make this bag a vital part of your travels. Leather exterior with a perfectly designed interior padded space for a large laptop and accessories. Slips easily over rolling luggage with pockets for boarding passes, passport, phone, snacks, and more. Taxi!
The every-day side-kick: Classic Handbag
Predictability is Key: Keep things as simple and classic as possible. A favorite food cart, a beloved coffee shop. Surround yourself with quality items that suit your demanding agenda. As you power headlong into your week, slip last-minute water bottles, gym clothes and keys into thoughtfully crafted compartments you can build a routine around. Simple as that.
At Clark & Mayfield, we're proud to call Portland, Oregon our home. With a laid-back Pacific Northwest vibe and all the culture of an iconic city, there are endless things to do in Portland for visitors and locals alike.
We love how Portland puts it own twist on the classic pastime of movie going. The following are 7 of our favorite quirky Portland cinemas:
Clark & Mayfield bags were designed for travel, for work on the go, and for a smooth transition between the day's demanding tasks and the times we can kick back. Collectively, our handbags have traveled far and wide on countless trips around the globe.
These are just a few of the destinations our Clark & Mayfield bags have shown up over the years:
"I need to say thanks for the Clark & Mayfield laptop bag. I've had it for YEARS. I can't even remember how many years now, but it's indispensable. I use it for my Chromebook while traveling, as my carry on, and as the repository for everyone's important stuff. Anyway, couldn't manage this Ireland trip without it, and not just because it's green. 🍀 "
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And many more...
That's not all. Click any of the links below to see our bags in action in these amazing destinations around the world:
Social media not only helps us keep in touch and updated on our family and friends, but it can also be a way to find new ideas and inspiration for many different aspects of our life.
In today's post, we're highlighting some follow-worthy Instagram accounts that can help you in real ways. Find your next vacation destination, inspire a new way to organize your office, keep you motivated to stay healthy, and more...
Holiday traditions make for treasured memories. Watching fireworks and cooking outside on the grill are classic 4th of July traditions. Here are some fun activities to bring some extra "spark" to your family's annual 4th of July celebrations:
- Join a parade and decorate a float together
- Make home-made ice-cream and rotate who gets to choose the flavor each year
- Host a red, white, and blue-themed block party
- Make a flag - could be out of fruit, or quilted, painted, or cut out of magazines
- Pick fresh fruit from a farm and bake a cobbler with it
- Read out the Declaration of Independence (or try to memorize it!)
- Hold a hula hoop contest for all ages
- Decorate your driveway with all the things you love about the U.S. in sidewalk chalk
What are your favorite 4th of July traditions? Why not start a new one this year!
As the weather warms up, it's time to break out the light-weight wardrobe and summer colors! Layering is also important during this season, as you go between hot summer temperatures and air conditioned offices. Get inspired by these work-ready, sunny outfits:
Seersucker Tie Front Blouse, Silk Postcard Scarf, Fun tassel earrings, Rosemarie Ombre Statement Necklace & Earrings, Lucky Brand Hawaiian Top, Uxcell 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan, Royal Robbins Noe Shirt, Lucy Enlightening Wrap Sweater, Nine West Keyhole Top, J.Crew Linen Rhodes Pant, Nine West Cap Sleeve Prism Dress, Anne Klein Scale Print Dress, Calvin Klein Striped Dress, Clark & Mayfield Hawthorne Leather Handbag, Sanuk Gora Gora Sandals, OTBT Bushnell Sandals
A stylish handbag that keeps up with your busy schedule is an important addition to any office wardrobe. With Clark & Mayfield totes, there's a padded sleeve for your laptop and plenty of room for the other necessities your daily itinerary demands. Choose a classic black - or go bold with cheery summer colors.
Our beautiful home town of Portland, Oregon shows its true colors in the various neighborhoods around the city. They are one of the biggest draws for transplants and visitors alike who are flocking to Portland.
Exploring at least one or two Portland neighborhoods is a must-do activity for any visitor. Walk the streets, window shop, and grab some tasty treats. Each neighborhood has its own local vibe, so you'll find that big box and chain stores are almost non-existent.
Here is a quick overview of the top neighborhoods to help you plan your visit:
North Missisippi Avenue and North Williams Street have seen serious transformation in the past decade. Just half mile from each other, these areas are a microcosm of the city's trendy, unorthodox, and ever-expanding nature. Mississippi and Williams streets are now overflowing with restaurants, quirky shops, food carts, and bars. You'll find everything from gourmet salts at The Meadow to reclaimed housing materials at The Rebuilding Center.
The Northwest 23rd/Nob Hill neighborhood can be found in downtown's "Alphabet District" - where the streets are conveniently in alphabetical order. This area has long been one of Portland's hippest neighborhoods. Thankfully, the classy boutiques and variety of restaurants here are accessible along the street car route because good parking in this popular neighborhood can be difficult to find. After browsing the shops, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a fancy dessert at Papa Haydn's, Blue Star donuts, or Salt & Straw ice cream.
Southeast Hawthorne Avenue is an eclectic, walkable shopping street in the heart of Portland's East Side. The neighborhood is home to several artsy theaters, vintage clothing shops, and tasty restaurants. You'll also find an annex of Portland's famous Powell's Book Store on this street.
Like Mississippi, NE Alberta Street is another pocket of Northeast Portland that has grown up quickly in recent years. Home to another Salt & Straw location, live music venues, and unique attractions like the Caravan Tiny House Hotel, this area is perhaps most famous for its street fairs. The monthly "Last Thursday" events, plus the Alberta Street Fair in August, are lively community happenings highlighting local artists, musicians, and food vendors.
Heading South along the Willamette River, you'll find the cozy Sellwood/Moreland neighborhoods. With a giant park, wildlife refuge, and riverfront bikeway to the West, this area has a quieter feel than some of the more central Portland neighborhoods. You'll find plenty of tree-lined streets, boutiques and antique shops, cute cafes, and family-friendly restaurants.
We have by no means exhausted the list of Portland neighborhoods worthy of exploration, but these are some of the best to get a feel for all our city has to offer. If you're looking for more detail or are considering a move to Portland, check out this full neighborhood guide.
Dads can be hard to shop for. Getting a great Father's Day gift is all about Dad's unique interests and the kind of gift he appreciates. Does he like practical, useful gifts? Does he prefer a sentimental gesture or words of affirmation? Is he into tech, the outdoors, movies, or art?
Here are a few ideas for where to start, with links to more complete gift lists from four trusted companies:
For the outdoor adventurer or athlete: REI Father's Day List
Gifts starting at $15, including:
- DoubleNest Hammock
- YETI Cooler
- Osprey Backpack
- Bushcrafter Knife
- FitBit Watch
For the techie or DIY guy: Amazon Father's Day List
Gifts starting at $7, with daily deals including:
- Shower Speaker
- Virtual Reality Glasses
- DEWALT Drill Kit
- 3D Doodling Pen
- Bluetooth Headphones
- Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For the one-of-a-kind, finer things: Etsy Father's Day List
Gifts starting at $25, including:
- Custom Cuff Links
- Monogrammed Dopp Kit
- Personalized Map
- Personalized Beer Labels
- Reclaimed Wood Charging Station
- Best Dad Ever T-Shirt
For warm fuzzy family mementos: Pinterest DIY Father's Day List
- Hand-painted Grilling Plate
- Photo Collages
- Hand-made Cards
- Heart-shaped Bacon Breakfast
- Favorite Snacks Gift Basket
"I've traveled alone to dozens of places, and come to the conclusion that solo exploration is one of the best ways to learn and challenge oneself. It's a great way to re-center, to escape from the details of daily life that can distract us from our own big picture and to come back with a new sense of self-sufficiency and purpose."
~ Jill Filipovic, "Do yourself a favor: travel solo at least once" / The Guardian
Solo Female Travelers
Women traveling alone is not new or unusual. In fact, solo female travel bloggers are plentiful, sharing their own real world examples on the internet.
Lisa of Girl About the Globe has traveled to 70 countries on her own. Full-time teacher, Lindsay, recently took a year off to do a Round The World Sabbatical. Shannon of A Little Adrift also did a round-the-world trip, but she just kept on going! Stephanie travels frequently for her work with international humanitarian organizations. As for domestic travelers, Jill works from the road full time with her Vespa, RV, and laptop - as do many other solo female full-time RVers!
These are just a few examples among thousands. Some travel full time, others take solo trips on occasion, others have picked up and moved abroad.
What do solo female travelers need to know about safety?
Safety is often a top concern for women traveling alone. Here are some tips and advice from other women travelers:
- Follow Your Instincts - Trust your gut and if something feels sketchy or uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation asap. Safety is more important than politeness. So be kind, but don't worry about hurting someone's feelings or seeming rude in order to minimize your risk.
- Travel During Daylight Hours - Whenever possible, plan your transit and move about town before the sun sets. Ask locals which areas are safe and what they recommend doing if you need to get from place to place at night.
- Blend In With The Culture - Most travel crimes are "crimes of opportunity." This means, you can greatly reduce your risk of becoming a target by blending in and looking confident about where you're going (even if you have to fake it). Let respectable local women be your fashion inspiration - avoid wearing revealing clothing and expensive jewelry.
- Stay Connected - Make sure someone back home knows your travel itinerary. If you're traveling more spontaneously, use social media to stay in touch. If you're serious about going off grid, consider getting a personal locator device.
- Research your destination - Every city and culture has its own unique concerns. Make sure you're aware of any frequent scams and unsafe neighborhoods to avoid. Don't let these reports scare you too much, but just be aware of them. Also, the more you can plan ahead and make back up plans, the less likely you'll be to end up somewhere you don't want to be.
Best Solo Female Travel Destinations
According to Travel + Leisure, the top international destinations for women - based on safety and accessibility - are currently:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Munich, Germany
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Salzburg, Austria
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Saba, Caribbean
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Melbourne, Australia
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Okinawa, Japan
- Norway's Fjords
- London, England
Although safety is certainly a concern for women traveling solo, most have found that it doesn't have to be a scary experience at all. In fact, the biggest challenge most solo female travelers report is decision fatigue. Being on your own means you are 100% in charge of your day. You decide where to eat three times a day, where to sleep, what to do, how long to stay, who to talk to, and more. It's a challenge, but it can also be a truly liberating and transformational experience.
Have you ever traveled solo? Would you consider it? Where would you go?