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Hobo Bags and Vacation Days

May 16, 2011

Today is my last day in Boston for three weeks. I’m heading out to sunny California for a little vacation and to take a class. After the last couple weeks of insanity and little sleep, the vacation is much needed. Since I’m really trying to take this time to re-coup and re-energize myself I’ve asked a number of blogger friends to guest post on ModlyChic while I’m away. I’m likely to pop back in on occasion with some outfit posts, but for the most part I’m giving the floor over to these stunning ladies. (Ok well, tomorrow’s post is on packing light, so Wednesday will start the guest posting.)

I look forward to coming back to ModlyChic refreshed, re-energized and ready to tackle the blog with a whole new outlook and attitude. For those of you FBFF participants those posts will still go live every Friday as usual. Oh the joys, of pre-posting.

Tip: There is nothing wrong with stepping away from it all to focus on you and what really matters.

Dress: Target
Cami: Forever21
Shoes: Payless
Bag: BambooBlue
Earrings: Francesca’s Collections

PS… What do you think of this bag? Adorable – right? Two of my younger sisters are trying to raise money for a service trip they are taking at the end of the summer, so after a little thought they decided to put the family’s creative bent to good use and make these reversible hobo bags. They spent the last month cranking out bags and have now created at Etsy shop, called BambooBlue, to showcase their creations. I’ll be taking this one with me to California, since it is perfect for the beach and fits everything you would ever need. And since it is reversible it will go with almost everything I’m packing. And it rolls up to be tiny, taking up hardly any room in the suitcase. Pretty sweet!

Want to know what else is pretty sweet? I twisted my sisters’ arms and convinced them to create a custom-designed ModlyChic bag for a giveaway! It’s about time I rewarded all you lovely MC readers. Thanks for sticking around, encouraging me, leaving comments and creating a community. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. They created this one: (It’s unique, one-of-a-kind and won’t be sold on the Etsy store.)

Want to win the bag? It’s pretty simple… leave a comment below. You have until May 22. You commenter will be chosen at random to receive the tote. (And if you love them and want to purchase a tote for yourself, your best friend, daughter, mother, babysitter, boyfriend’s sister check out the shop and place your order. I know my sisters will appreciate it. Huh… maybe I should charge them commission.)

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  • Reply Pam@over50feeling40 May 16, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Loving the hair cut more and more…have fun on your trip!!
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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

      You and me both. I had a slight moment of panic as he was cutting, but it really is a great cut.

  • Reply Martina Lynne :: The Life Academic May 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    VacYAYtion! Enjoy some sunshine, pretty please. And congrats to your family for being crafty, entrepreneurial, and charitable.
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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Yay is right!! This time away is so needed.

  • Reply cheerios May 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    love love the hobo bag!! cali cali sun… ohh my, may i come with you too!? have a great 3 weeks vaca and i look forward to reading your post!! =)

    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Let’s hope I get to see a lot of sun. it is northern California and that isn’t exactly the warm spot. But it will be better than rainy Boston for sure.

  • Reply Nicole at Mommy Moxie May 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yes, your short hair is so chic! Love it!

    The bags are adorable-I hope your sisters sell a ton for their trip. I would love to have one to tote to the pool this summer…checking out their site now… :)

    Enjoy your vacation!
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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

      They are perfect to take to the pool. Is you Disneyland see something you likes yesterday, she loaded more designs this morning and will be updating it again in a couple days.

      • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        LOL darn you auto correct. Obviously I am not talking about Disneyland. Sorry.

  • Reply Shang May 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Love the bag! Can’t wait for your packing light post tomorrow. Have a great trip!

  • Reply scarlet's walk May 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm


    have fun on your trip!
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  • Reply Rence May 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I was just about to ask about the bag when you answered me :-) Nice! It’s really great looking and of course versatile. And those wedges are looking great 😉
    Boohoo I won’t see you before you leave for Cali but have fun!!!!!!!! xx

    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Rence, bummer I am not seeing you before you head home for the summer. Just think Madrid – you better be there.

  • Reply Dancing Branflake May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Okay, your hair is AMAZING! I love it so much! And this whole outfit is just perfection on a plate. Love that bag.

    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Aww.. thanks. It turned out to be a great cut and oh so perfect for summer.

  • Reply Krysia May 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    You look awesome! The hair, the dress, the peeptoe shoes, the bag, it’s just the perfect getup. Very chic! Enjoy Cali;)

    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

      You are too sweet. Thanks.

  • Reply Anja May 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    have such an amazing time in California! enjoy every second of it. I would love to get one of these bags!!

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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Anja! Aren’t the bags adorable? My sister posted new ones this morning and they are even better than the original few that were posted.

  • Reply Krystle May 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I love the bags!! I will definitely check out their Etsy shop! What a cool idea!!

    You hair is so chic and you just look gorgeous!! Have fun in California!! I know you will… it’s so beautiful there almost ALL the time!! I’m super jealous! :)

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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Thanks! I’m still trying to get used to the cut. But so far so good. And I am really really looking forward to this time away. Yay!

  • Reply Bella Q May 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    You look like Cate Blanchett to me here, and there is no higher compliment in my world.

    Enjoy your time in Cali, and your time off! (PS: I’ll will soon be dedicating a photo to you on my blog. Hint: it’ll be perfect to welcome you back)
    the Citizen Rosebud
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    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Aww… thanks hun. I’m flattered. And can’t wait to see what you are posting about.

  • Reply Emily Hinderer May 17, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Woohoo! Thanks for posting about our Hobo bags!!! Everyone check back frequently because we are constantly making more and adding them to our page! We do custom orders as well for a completely one of a kind purse!
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  • Reply Maggie May 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I love this bag, the hair, the giveaway and the fact that you are getting a vacay. You deserve it!

    • Reply katy_rose1 May 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

      Thanks Mags. I’m excited beyond belief.

  • Reply Lain May 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Love your new haircut! Very chic.

    Also love the bag. I am a huge fan of large, washable canvas bags for travel.

  • Reply Rlutz May 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I absolutely love the shorter, blonder hair…you look amazing!
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  • Reply Rochelle May 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Your new haircut is adorable! I think it is adorable and love how well you pull off short hair! That is so cool that your sisters made a unique bag just for the giveaway. Have fun on your vacation!
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  • Reply Louise May 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Adorable bag! And I didn’t even recognize you with your new haircut– it looks fantastic.

  • Reply Rachel May 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve always liked the idea of hobo bags (I have 3 currently but they’re all pretty small), but it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve learned how they can really look good! I would LOVE this bag to add to my small, but growing, collection! I looked through the Etsy shop and I may just get one whether I win or not. Thanks for the introduction!
    Hi! I’m Rachel and I’m Not the Modeling Type.
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  • Reply Audri May 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Apsolutely LOVE the bag! Would use it all the time.

  • Reply Kate May 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Super cute bag! And I absolutely adore the new haircut, Katy! I hope you are enjoying your time here in Cali. The weather is actually quite lovely today!
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