BEST SCHOOL BAGS FOR COLLEGE: STYLISH LAPTOP HANDBAGS

BEST SCHOOL BAGS FOR COLLEGE: STYLISH LAPTOP HANDBAGS

Stylish bags for college students need to be both fashionable and practical. Demanding course schedules have students jetting around campus, and they often need to carry all kinds of course materials to get them through the day.

That's why a school bag with laptop compartment and room for textbooks should be a top priority for any university student.

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!

WHAT TO WEAR: FALL 2017 COLORS

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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:

Fall 2017 wardrobe

WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK: SUMMER 2017

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:

summer work outfits
 Marquam Laptop Handbag

Marquam Laptop Handbag

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.

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OUR FAVORITE LAPTOP SKINS AND ACCESSORIES

At Clark & Mayfield, we're all about the laptop lifestyle. Our tech-friendly handbags are crafted to blend practicality with style. And we're always on the look-out for other head-turning laptop accessories. These are some of our favorite laptop skins and accessories that are not only useful but beautiful, too.

Laptop Skins

Why use a laptop skin? It's a great way to "dress up" your computer and give it your own unique flare. In addition, laptop skins protect the outside of your laptop from scratches. Most skins can be easily removed so if you ever want to resell your laptop, it will be in great shape.

We like the vintage vinyl decals by TaylorHe. They're affordable and come in a variety of patterns.

Another great place to look for beautiful laptop skin designs in Etsy.


Keyboard Skins

Using a removable keyboard skin is great for keeping out the crumbs and other grit that always seems to find its way into the crannies of your keyboard keys. More importantly, they're waterproof so when you accidentally spill coffee, your keyboard stays protected. You can easily remove the keyboard skin to wash it. And it gives your computer a cool look, too! 

There are a variety of different keyboard skin styles on Amazon


As a bonus, you can often find matching laptop and keyboard skins to tie the whole look together, like this city rain set:


Matching Mouse and Mouse Pad

What better way to brighten your workspace up than a matching mouse and mouse pad? Even if there's a track pad on your laptop, using a mouse can be easier on your hand and posture. We love the cute chevron design here:


Cord Keepers

Tech devices tend to require lots of cords and cables, and that can get messy. One of the best ways to keep your work space sleek and simple is to tame those tangles with a cord organizer. We like the elegance of this magnetic option, which can suction to your table or wall. Laptop, phone, printer, and charger cords will magnetize to it and be right where you need them.

What about laptop sleeves or cases?

Thanks to the padded laptop sleeves in our handbags, there's no need for an extra case! Just slide your laptop into one of our bags and you can tote it anywhere, safe and secure. 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SAFE, ETHICAL MAKEUP

Could the makeup you wear every day actually be harmful?  Most of us don't think twice when we apply our favorite lipstick or eye shadow. Unfortunately, there is an ugly side to name brand beauty products that shouldn't be ignored.

Keeping yourself informed and knowing which products are safe and ethical is all it takes. Here are some of the primary concerns you should be aware of when it comes to makeup products:

1. Toxic Chemical Ingredients

Dr. Kim Harley studies hormone disrupting chemicals at UC Berkeley. She says, "there is a lot we don't know about the long-term health effects. But we do know that if they're in our products, they're getting into our bodies." 

According to the Environmental Working Group, “Nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients the FDA has determined are used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA or any other publicly accountable institution.” Many of these ingredients, which are known carcinogens, have been linked to breast cancer.

Nanoparticles like zinc, titanium and iron oxides are often included in cosmetics. If these penetrate the protective layers of the skin, they may cause reactions with UV light that could result in damage to cell DNA. 

Unfortunately, here in the U.S., we currently don't have any system in place to regulate potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics, and products containing nanoparticles do not have to be labelled as such.

2. Environmental Impact

It's probably no surprise that the same synthetic materials that may be harmful to your body are also toxic to the environment. The process that cosmetic companies use to produce makeup can have a negative impact on the environment. The end of a product's life is another concern. Disposing of cosmetics through our bathroom sinks means they can find their way into our soil and water systems.

Product labels that advertise "natural," "organic," and "green" should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no standard definition of these terms. And note that some brands may claim to use clean ingredients, even though they make up only a small percentage of the full ingredient list for the product. 

3. Animal Testing

Humane Society International estimates that 100,000-200,000 animals - rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice - suffer and die from cosmetics testing every year. Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned throughout the 28 countries of the European Union since 2009. Currently, animal testing is still at the discretion of individual cosmetic companies in the U.S. In the majority of cases, animal tests continue because some companies insist on developing new ingredients rather than using materials that have already been verified.

How to Find Safe, Ethical Products

1. Choose brands certified by the Soil Association

By shopping these brands, you can be sure of the following:

  • Products are never tested on animals
  • Contain no genetically modified (GM) ingredients
  • Only use natural colors and fragrances from plants and flowers which are gentler on your skin and for the environment
  • Do not use silicone oils or derivatives
  • Follow the principles of green chemistry and minimize waste and pollution.
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Neals Yard Remedies

2. Read your product labels

When selecting a product in a store, watch out for ingredients like “phthalate,” “sulfate,” “paraben,” “triclosan” or “toluene.” These can be listed as either a stand-alone ingredient, or as part of a longer-named ingredient. These are not safe for your health.

3. Check your product's score

If you already have some favorite makeup products, you can see how they rate for health and ethical concerns. The Skin Deep database, by the Environmental Working Group, focuses on personal care items, while Good Guide rates just about every household product out there.

With just a little research, using the above resources, you can create a list of makeup brands and products for yourself. Granted, they will likely be more expensive than name brand items from the drug store. It's up to you to weigh the price against the other costs we've discussed here and find a solution that works best for you. 

FALL FASHION 2016: COLOR TRENDS & WORK OUTFITS

According to Pantone's Fall 2016 color report, this season's fashion color trends all exude strength but tend to be more playful than typical Fall colors. Here are the top colors to look for:

 
  • Riverside blue
  • Airy blue
  • Sharkskin gray
  • Aurora Red
  • Warm Taupe
  • Dusty Cedar
  • Lush Meadow
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Potter's Clay
  • Bodacious violet

 

 

 

Fall Finds:

If you're searching for a fresh look to wear to work, try some of these new pieces in your Fall wardrobe:

PRETTY IN PURPLE

 

Apart from being pretty, purple has richness and power. The color evokes royalty and nobility. It represents a person who is ambitious and self-assured: the leader.

Bold purple hues have long been a part of Clark & Mayfield style, and lately we've been putting together a little tribute to our prettiest purple "pins." Visit our pinterest board to see the rest!

To see all of our Clark & Mayfield bags in purple, click here!

 

Morrison Leather Tablet Crossbody - New for Fall 2015

Morrison Crossbody

A modern day satchel for urban pioneers, the new Morrison Crossbody will secure your tablet or Chromebook in padded comfort. The wide strap allows for over the shoulder or cross-body style. Tuck daily provisions, wallet and phone in generous pockets behind a zippered closure for safekeeping. 

Our Morrison collection is made with luxurious, top grain leather. Available in black, red, blue, or purple. 

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Alder Leather 15.6" Laptop Handbag - New for Fall 2015

Pretty and practical: the Alder Laptop Handbag is ideal for any occasion. Ready to keep you organized and looking great for work or play. Pack your laptop safely and keep your essentials within easy reach in the generous pockets. Slip it securely onto rolling luggage with the back-side luggage strap, perfect for conferences and vacations.

The Alder is made with luxurious, top grain leather. Available in black, red, blue, or purple. Fits laptops up to 15.6".

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WHAT TO WEAR: OUT ON THE TOWN

As the air gets more crisp and the leaves start to turn, many of us (especially in the Northwest) are rearranging our closets for Fall. For nice evenings out - a Broadway show or a charity dinner - dress up the occasion with a special coat and accessories. This year, bold collarless jackets and "coatigans" are in season. Stack heel boots provide style and height without losing stability. And structured handbags are increasingly popular, like our Irvington leather cross-body (currently on sale).

Collarless V-neck Wrap Coat by J. Crew
Reversible Scarf by Halogen
Faux pearl double stud earrings by Kate Spade
Irvington leather cross-body handbag by Clark & Mayfield (on sale now)
Claudine tall boot by UGG

WHAT TO WEAR: WINTER ACCESSORIES

Even when the winter days get short, gloomy, and cold, you still want to look your best going out and about. This is the season for cozying up with cute and comfy knit hats and scarves. (Check out scarves dot net for 50 different ways to tie a scarf.) We also found these Keysocks, a great way to wear flats or heels while still keeping warm and preventing blisters. And, of course, a Clark & Mayfield bag in a bold, royal color keeps everything you need close at hand and easy to find.

The Julianne pocketed knit scarf / Krochet Kids International
The Mia knit hat / Krochet Kids International
Patina branch earrings / Etsy
No Show Sock / Keysocks
Irvington Bowler laptop tote / Clark & Mayfield

WHAT TO WEAR: SUMMER CONCERTS

Summer concert season is upon us! Whether enjoying indie folk at an outdoor amphitheater or the sounds of classical music on the lawn, it’s important to be comfortable and stylish. We recommend wearing a hat and sunglasses for sun protection, strappy sandals, an eye-catching print and the Newport Crossbody. The Crossbody style keeps valuables close by, gives you quick access to everything you need and looks great with your summer outfits!

1. Basic Fedora / Akira
2. Newport Crossbody / Clark & Mayfield
3. Banks Sunglasses / Oliver Peoples
4. Cotton Pique Shorts in Gemstone Print / J.Crew
5. Kasie Ankle Strap Sandals / Sole Society