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Vaalbara Designs specializes in unique, vibrant and environmentally conscious handbags for sale handcrafted in the USA. For over 10 years, we’ve lovingly and professionally crafted Women’s Clutches, Mini/Long/Large and small Clutch handbags, Diaper bags, Messenger Bags, Tote Bags, Weekender Bags, Tote Bags, along with small run, Limited Edition Handbags and accessories. Our fabrics are collected from every corner of the world.

We’re excited to announce many additional products we’ve recently added to the Vaalbara Designs brand.  Check out our new Apparel, Home Goods, Apothecary, Accessories, and Baby products!

While we are passionate about the interrelatedness of the world, Vaalbara Designs is dedicated to local sustainability. Many of our materials, including our first -grade leather, are purchased within our community. And of course, inspired by the bohemian surf culture, each bag is handmade with love here at home in Venice, California.

A portion of every sale goes to the non-profit SurfRider Foundation, dedicated to keeping our beaches and oceans clean.


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How to Style the Bohemian Clutch

It can be tricky picking out a unique clutch for an important event that is coming up. You want something that is classic but also that makes a statement. Picking the right handbag is one thing but you also need to accessorize the right way to complete the perfect look.

When in doubt, always go with the envelope clutch. This is one piece of accessory that can go with any dress without making your look, look overdone.

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The Envelope Clutch

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The best of the Bohemian accessory is the hand woven envelope clutch. This is the one piece that allows you to get the right amount of color and a subtle pattern that would automatically work to set your dress apart from everyone else’s without overdoing it. You need to check the size to see if it is just right. For instance, if you are wearing a tall flowing dress, then the biggest sized envelope clutches in the market would get you close to a fashion faux pas. Keep things subtle and make sure nothing is overpowered.

But also make sure that you get a clutch that can hold all the essentials that you know you will be carrying around like your phone, compact, lipstick, etc. You may want to check out the clutch bags with pockets around it. A smaller bag is easier to hold throughout the occasion, which is a plus if you are already burdened with testing heels and a dress.

The Shoes to Go With

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The shoe color should be one that you see in the woven patterns of your envelope clutch. This will really make the pattern pop and make the shoes look fitting, regardless of the color of your dress.

The best thing to do when you are unsure of what complementing shoe colors to go with, always select metallic color tones like gold and silver. These can go with anything and show that you are aiming for elegance.

Jewelry

Since you will have your hands by your side holding the clutch throughout the night, go for delicate and simple jewelry. Statement pieces will confuse the attention of the onlooker. Remember your clutch is the star of the wardrobe. Do not make all of the accessories in your wardrobe overshadow each other.

At the end of the day, remember that whatever fashionable pieces you bring together to complete your outfit, try incorporating mix bold patterns with plain solid colors. If you get a hang of this styling habit, you will be able to match your envelope clutch with dozens of every day outfits; from distressed jeans to plain old tees. One hand woven clutch has a lot of use for every season of the year.

If you are looking for versatile accessories and clutches, then stop by at our store at Vaalbara Designs and check out the latest designs available right now.

The Fashion Blunders You Don’t Know You Might Be Making

Here are some fashion blunders you might not even be aware that you are making!

All Your Cool Design Bags are of Neutral Hues

Now that you think about it, every hand bag that you own is gray, brown or black. You are easily forgoing fashionable pieces that make a statement. The best way out of this fashion dilemma is to get a bag in a bold and vibrant shade. It can be your daily wardrobe’s show stopper.

Wearing the Boyfriend Jeans Too Frequently

boyfriend-jeans-bad-fashion-02fashion-blunders-boyfriend-jeansThis is one fashion faux pas that many women make without realizing it. You have been wearing it so much that you actually look like your boyfriend. The good news is that there is a solution to this. If you are unable to part ways with your baggies because they are way too comfy and you do not want to let them go, simply make a denim change, as that way you won’t have to compromise on your style choice. Check out the new flares, which are not only equally comfortable but also flatter your body. Yesterday, you might have been wearing boyfriend jeans, but now you have added a fresh spin to it.

The Floral Dress You Picked Out Make You Look Like a Curtain

boyfriend-jeans-bad-fashion-02fashion-blunders-floral-dress-kanye-kimGraphic floral prints are everywhere and they look super feminine. However, if you style them wrong, you really can have people thinking about their living room curtains when they look at you. The best way to make this back- in- style look less outdated is to match modern accessories with it.

Having Too Many Leather Pieces

fashion-blunders-too-much-leatherYou may have heard that there is no such thing as too many leather items, but if these are the only ones you have, then you have stumbled on a fashion blunder. It is great that you have deep passion for leather accessories; here is what you need to do, channel this in a new way by mixing in suede. Style it the same way you would style leather. It has a softer touch and is much comfortable to put on during the day.

You Wear High Heels All the Time

fashion-blunders-excess-wearing-high-heelsIf your feet could talk, they would tell you how much they hate you. It is okay to have undying love for sky highs that make you look tall, but the best way to outshine your favorite pair of heels is to sometimes wear flat forms. They will still make you look tall, and are comfortable and not exactly heels.

For the best unique and Bohemian collection, visit us at VaalbaraDesigns.com and take your pick of our extensive collection of modern fashionable pieces.

The Wardrobe Must Haves of a classy Bohemian Chic

Maxi Skirt

maxi-skirt-bohemian-fashion-02This skirt is one item that you will mix and match with plenty of clothes that you have in your wardrobe. There are tons of ways you can style your skirt; for instance, with a graphic shirt, as a quick and comfortable outdoor ensemble with a v- neck and a floppy sun hat. If you don’t feel like wearing any of those, a flannel top would do the trick.

Ankle Boots in Neutral Color Tones

ankle-boots-bohemian-fashion-01Distressed and slouchy looking boots are popular amongst not just Boho chics but sleek and sharp styling fashionistas as well. A good idea is to go for shoe designs that are loose just around the ankles, that way they are perfect for wearing with short skirts and you can tuck skinny jeans in as well. Getting shoes with heels is entirely up to you. But make sure the heel is not too high or it would be too uncomfortable for you to sport these while walking to work, or class, or when you are attending a concert.

Hair bands and Head wraps

head-wrap-bohemian-fashion-03This is one bold style to flaunt your bohemian fashion sense roots. You get bonus points if you are cool with trying on the flower crown. Some of the fun ways of wearing these are:

  • Turbans are one of the best trends right now. They look a lot prettier on girls with wavy or textured hair than when they have hair that is pinned straight. A good idea is to spritz and scrunch it before you curl your hair for wearing the turban.
  • Hair bands are a great way to add fashion and glamour to a bad hair day. Thin elastic head bands look pretty across the forehead. You can wear them back a couple of inches past your hairline like you would a halo. Make sure that the elastic in it is not way too tight for you to be uncomfortable.

The Printed Maxi

A neat fashion statement is choosing nature inspired prints; this maxi with elegant wedges is great and appropriate for a date night. You can even try a denim vest with this if you have to wear it to a casual occasion. You can even turn the dress into a skirt by donning on a baggy sweater.

Gladiators

gladiators-bohemian-fashion-04These are the solution to every woman’s flip flop problem. Knee high gladiators may be bold and fabulous which makes them great for summer dresses but ankle gladiators are a life saver when you cannot decide which outfit you want to style the dress with. High heeled gladiator shoes are a knockout style if you pair them with a dress.
 
Check out our store at Vaalbara Designs and browse through our versatile collection of bohemian style handbags and accessories for the best statement pieces.

How To Tell That You are A True Bohemian Fashionista

Here are the signs that tell you of your bohemian fashionista boho chic roots.

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To you, Isabel Marant is not just any designer brand; it is part of your lifestyle. Also, when you are in doubt, you ask yourself what would Marant wear?

Your Shopping Sprees Speak of It

You have spent entire paychecks on pieces that talk volumes about your bohemian chic style. You may have not realized it then but that was the only style you invested in. Also, when you got home you realized that all the clothes are in your favorite floral, paisley, and tie dye color tones.

The Fringed Bag Collection Thrilled You and Hurt Your Wallet

vaalbara-designs-bohemain-fringe-handbag-02You had been waiting for something like this to hit the stores forever. You bought more than one even if you know that you seldom use them, but you know this is the stock that makes up for a lifetime longing. Same happened when they introduced the fringe skirts and jackets in the Spring 2014 collections.

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talitha-getty-bohemian-fashionista-03You are impressed that the enduring style icons to last all this time had always been Talitha Getty and Kate Moss. You also know that this is likely not going to change for a very long time, at least not in the near future. You saw Kate Moss’s wedding and cried at the perfect blend of glamour and bohemia. When everyone else was scrutinizing the vintage blue rehearsal dinner outfit, you were sitting there browsing eBay for a look alike.

You May Have Never Been To Morocco but You Have Souvenirs

The interior of your home is adorned with lanterns and far off lands inspired pillow and pouf designs. You have also been criticized by your best friend as a high end gypsy.

You Are a Magpie

bohemian-fashion-magpie-gypsy-04This is what anyone jokingly calls you once they get a peek at your dresser which is a mountain of jewelry apart from the opened jewelry box. Plus, you may deny it but everyone knows if there is anyone who would have something embroidered, pom-pommed, sequined, or beaded, it is you.

Your Turban Wrap

You have at one or two occasions tried to perfect the turban style wrap at home. It suited you with flowers in your hair. Plus you have already decided that this is what you are going to wear at the next special occasion you are invited to.

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You have been told by one of your friends that too much colorful furs are man repellant, but you have scoffed them off. To you, they are a must have. You already have two more colors that you added for your next shopping trip. You know you are going to carry them like no one else.

When Vacationing

You want to vacation at warm places solely so that you get a chance to dress like Brigitte Bardot when visiting the beach.

Shop our handbag collections at Vaalbara Designs for some of the best and most unique bohemian style hand bag fashion.

How to Take Care and Prolong the Life of Leather Tote Bags

Here are some of the tips on how you can maintain and make sure that your trendy-brown-leather-tote-bag-1brand new leather tote bag lasts a long time.

When Cleaning

The general rule is that you start by cleaning off the dirt through wiping the bag with a cleaning liquid specifically for leather. Every day, you need to clean your bag with a soft and dry cloth; this does not take a lot more than a couple of minutes. However, this works if you want to preserve the leather material.

A lot of brands have their own guides on how to take care of their product in particular, so never hesitate to ask them about this once you buy a leather bag.

Conditioning the Leather Tote Bag

caring-prolonging-life-leather-bags-1Conditioning is more like a moisturizing phase for your leather bag, as the leather conditioner dries out in a while. You can just use a dollop of it and gently apply over the surface of the bag. You can also use neatsfoot oil or mink oil which stimulates and supplements the natural oils of the leather. You need to leave this for 10 minutes and then clear off excess while you leave the tote bag in an airy room. You should condition leather bags once a month.

Weatherproof Your Bag

trendy-stylish-black-leather-tote-bag-1Leather is a permeable material, and therefore can never be 100 percent weatherproof on its own. The best way to do this is to use beeswax cream which protects against water. Don’t go for spray protectants, as they are not as effective.

Storing the Leather Bag

Always stash your tote bag in an unused dust bag and fill it with stuffing; but don’t go for newspaper, as butter paper works better. Also, put the leather bag back in its original packing along with small amounts of silica gel so that the bag doesn’t get damp from anything around it. Moreover, let the air pass through the place twice a month to discourage the growth of mold.

Some Other Tips

Allow the water spills to dry out naturally. High heat measures like making use of a hair dryer only causes the leather surface to crinkle. Also, try not to rest your leather tote next to your jeans if you want to avoid color transfer. You need to bring it back as soon as it gets stained.

Know the Leather

caring-for-leather-designer-trendy-bagsMost of the leather bags are the ones that are vegetable tanned. Once drenched in water, they discolor super fast. Another leather skin is the chrome tanned skin which is water resistant. This is also more commonly referred to as the Wet Blue.

Looking for leather tote bags? Browse our leather and fabric handbags at Vaalbara Designs for the perfect pick that will suit all types of occasions.

How to Shop For a Clutch That Suits Your Personal Style

When shopping for a clutch that suits your personal style, the right clutch can transform your entire look. A clutch is not just supposed to hold a few basic items; it is supposed to make a statement as well. Here is how you can choose a clutch bag that is both functional and flattering.

Choose the Size That Goes With Your Body Type

It is hard to believe that clutches go with body types as clutches are basically smaller purses. But this is how it is. They are available in different sizes and shapes, and this is so that they can suit different individuals. Petite women should buy small or medium sized clutches. Women who have a tall frame can go with larger clutches to complete their wardrobe style.

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The Right Color for You

The color every woman chooses is one that goes nicely with every outfit they want to wear and whether it goes nicely with the occasion they are styling for. If you are carrying a clutch around as a substitute for a tote or regular hand bag, then you should look into neutral color tones for your clutch purse.

Clutch with Pockets

Even the biggest size of clutches cannot hold as much stuff as a handbag can. The good news is that there is a loop hole around this. Clutch with pockets will help you organize the smaller stuff like your cell phone.

Do Not Be Afraid To Pick Out Something Versatile

One way you can get the best value for your money is that you select a clutch you can wear with different styles. Another great option is that you purchase several clutches in different colors which can go with different clothes. You might be interested in some fat zipper clutches or certain prints.

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Clutch with Straps

A clutch does come with straps or a handle; this assists you to hold the accessory and carry it around. The downside to this is that it can easily become inconvenient, especially in locations where it is never practical to set your clutch down. Designers are making new clutches everyday with the ease of removing these if you are not interested. These are a much more convenient choice.

Always Go For Quality Material

A clutch that is made from quality materials is one that lasts a lot longer than an average purse. If you are going to use it regularly, then this makes it all the more important. Choose a leather clutch for work; it is durable and withstands daily wear.

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The Clutch That Can Hold Everything You Carry

The other way to choose a clutch, besides body type, is you choose one that you know won’t burst holding everything you need. You should always keep in mind your own personal tendencies when it comes to buying a purse.

If you are looking into buying versatile and top quality clutch bags, check out our collection of Clutches at Vaalbara Designs.

What to Wear at Venice Beach

Venice Beach Fashion

Every style hound will tell you that New York is the place to be to witness and flaunt the latest urban fashion. That being said, there is really nothing quite like Los Angeles and particularly Venice Beach fashion, as the style there will expose you to a blend of high fashion and the familiar low key California cool.

Here are all the pieces and style tips that make for a chic getaway to Venice Beach.

Daytime Couture

venice-beach-fashion-05If you plan on just chilling at the beach, you might want to try a printed blouse with the back open. This goes nicely over a bikini top or a simple tank top. Even though the sun will be shinning bright at the beach, you will see everyone donning on fall fabrics and materials like leather all the time. For instance, the leather pants cut into shorts and black boots with statement buckles on them. If you are tall enough, this style could work wonders for you.

Another cool idea is to get retro movie star sunglasses and a pendant necklace. There you go, that’s all you need to show that you put careful thought when styling your wardrobe.

Blending in the Surfer Fashion

venice-beach-fashionAs a visitor, you will see for yourself that LA beach is never text book out of a magazine fashion scene. When you are at the beach, you will see that there are groups of people from literally everywhere. Therefore, any style that you choose, if you carry it well, will fit you right in. LA beach is not your average surfer destination where everyone has a Patagonia jacket. People may surf for sport but they do not let that define them.

What to Wear In the Evening

You know you should be ready for some glitz. Your star piece should be a little flirty dress with an edge. You can also add a metallic piece for extra glamorous power like a bronze clutch. Complete the look with simple black platform heels.

Nothing Wrong With a Bit of Season Mix

venice beach fashion You might have brought particular pieces in your wardrobe for winter or for summer. Venice beach gives you the perfect opportunity to flaunt a combination of the two. You could have gladiators and a hooded charcoal top to pull it off.

For Men

A fun t-shirt always works if you are a tourist and have a knack for starting conversations. Get sunglasses from a hot label though, they are all you need to outshine your style sense.

If you are looking to buy stylish handbags for all seasons and styles to get your venice beach fashion style, visit us at Vaalbara Designs.

Leather Handbags Are Back

Handbags rate as the number one item when we talk about popular ladies accessories. Instead of being used as a mere fashion statement, having a classy handbag is a must have nowadays. Handbags are used in plenty of different styles by both older women and teenage girls. But that does not stop the accessory to serve a functional purpose as well. The most popular handbags these days are leather handbags which come in different styles like canvas, cowhide, morocco, etc. Here we have listed the best picks of leather handbags. Read on to find out!

Elegant Black Leather Handbags

The elegant black handbag has been made sleek enough for you to flaunt it with pride wherever you go.. The bag is almost always shaped in a rectangle adorned with golden accessories and looks nice with metal helpers.

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Hobo Purse Bag

This is the bag to have if you want to look stylish, but are more into small things. The bag is made out of a soft leather material. It may have studs all around it, but other than that, it is elegantly simple. Hobo purses have enough capacity to store money pouches, cell phone and cosmetics. They are not that roomy as most trending leather handbags.

Leather Totes

Right now, they are a knockout, mostly because they go with almost every outfit in stores. The leather tote bag can be used for different occasions; it is spacious enough to hold your books if you have a class, or all the stuff that you carry to work. If you are a mother, then no need to carry a separate baby bag. There is room enough for you to style your leather tote as a baby bag.

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A tote bag is designed with exceptional straps for the shoulders that make it easy to carry the whole thing. The bag itself is designed to distribute the weight of the contents just right.

Leather Backpacks

leather-designer-back-pack-04Flexible straps are always the most important feat of the timeless leather backpack. Most often you will see that these flexible fronts and sections make it super easy to use bags. Something you know you will fast get used to once you buy them. Buckles and tiny pouches make this bag multipurpose. The leather backpack is perfect for casual occasions.

The Unique Designer Leather Bag

Every year, a label would launch a new line of handbags and these would come with some out of this world knockout designs. Some of these would be designed for complementing your party dresses, while others to match with your work outfit or to go with a casual setting. Some are designed to be multipurpose which ups the reasons one should invest in these unique designer leather bags.

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Break all the rules and pick a piece that screams about your personal style and taste. You can go through our leather handbag collection for the latest and coolest designs in leather purses and bags.

Tips To Perfect Your Bohemian Style

An onlooker will describe Bohemian Style as free spirited and retro inspired. If you are not used to matching the things in your wardrobe that shows this, then here are a few ways you can add a little Bohemian flair when you are styling your outfit.

Oversized and Laidback

The Bohemian style is all about baggy and oversized silhouettes. This does not mean that you will look unflattering. For instance, if you are planning on wearing an oversized top, pair that with a fitted T shirt or a fancy top.

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Layering

This is one technique that stands as the key for Bohemian style. Layer as much as you please. For instance, get a ravishing skirt and top, and then top that with an equally vibrant coat. Plus, layering is not just a rule with your clothes; you can layer on bundles of necklaces and bangles.

Printed Pants

With so many printed pants out there right now, this is the perfect time for you to mix and match prints with your tops. For instance, stick to floral prints but consider different kinds of these prints to style your pants and top.

Flared Pants

It is up to you if you want a subtle or dramatic look with your flared pants. To make the modern flared look work, make sure that you add layers to your clothing. Though without it, you would look just fine.

Accessories That Make a Statement

Invest in a cool pair of sunglasses or statement necklaces to add the Bohemian flair in your wardrobe. They need to suit you and still be able to stand out as the star element.

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Get the Fringe

Next time you are out shopping, choose clothes that have fringe accents. Think about it, fringe matched with a kimono sweater makes for the perfect fall look.

The Scarf

Pick out a cool embroidered or printed scarf. Don’t wear it around your shoulders; instead, wear it on your head. This is one way you can add pizzazz to the overall look. Plus, this idea works wonders when you are having a bad hair day.

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Lace is All You Need

Most of the times all that you really need is a basic white lacey dress that channels your Bohemian style. Get a long sleeved dress that extends to your knees.

Floppy Hat

This is not just a beach accessory. The floppy hat is a renowned Bohemian chic accessory and can go with any kind of clothes.

 

Flower Crowns for All Occasions

This was a style element that we seldom saw in the Bohemian genre. But now, thanks to the audience in music festivals and some famous fashion bloggers, the flower crown is close to being the unofficial trademark of the Boho- chic style.

If you are ready to flaunt the Boho-chic style, check out the Bohemian accessories and handbags at Vaalbara Designs.

Everyone Has Their Own Perfect Tote Bag

perfect-tote-bag-vaalbara-designs-01Before you go and buy a tote bag, it is important that you know the different types of totes and which one best suits your needs. Every tote is designed for a specific activity. For example, a tote can be used for going to the gym, while another for storing textbooks. Some of the things that you will need to consider when choosing the perfect tote bag include checking what bag is needed for, how frequently it will be used, and what size of the bag would be perfect for the intended use.

The Use You Will Put It To

To know what kind of tote you want to purchase, think about how often and where you will most probably be using the tote bag for. How the bag is being used determines what size you need, what design would be suitable and what material should it preferably be made out of. For instance, if you want a bag that carries tons of small items like your cell phone, wallet, keys, and pen, a good idea is to get a tote that has plenty of small pockets that can separate items and also keep them safe.

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The Size of the Bag

Size has always been an important factor when you are shopping for any accessory. Before you decide on a tote bag, think about how many items you carry it with you every day and compare the sizes of different bags that you have your heart set on. A tote bag that is very small won’t be much use to you except for maybe flaunting the design. But then again, if you know you are not in the habit of carrying around a lot of stuff, getting a large and spacious tote is pretty useless.

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The Closure of the Tote Bag

Like a lot of bags, totes come with different closure methods like clasps, buttons, ties, and zippers. If a buyer needs a bag that can close off completely, getting a tote with zipper is a great idea. Some bags have zero closure which works for bags like beach totes. That being said, if you are using a tote bag on a regular basis and carrying valuables like your cell phone and wallet, then a much better idea is to get a bag that closes up so as to protect your valuables.

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The Materials

perfect-tote-bag-vaalbara-designs-05One of the important factors that goes into choosing a tote is the material it is made up of. This affects the bag’s style as well as its durability. The very first tote bags were always crafted of canvas, but today, these bags are made out of plenty of different types of materials like leather, polyprophylene, and cotton. The choice of what material you should get depends a lot on the taste of the user and the style along with what purpose you want the tote bag to serve.

If you are looking to browse and purchase a new handbag, check out our amazing Tote bags collection at Vaalbara Designs.