What I Wore: Scruffy Knees, a Bag of My Own, and a Giveaway!

I just wrote about having a Bag Of One’s Own, you know, like the Hermes Birkin or Kelly. Now I have one, the “Not Dead Yet Style” tote, courtesy of Cafe Press and brilliant artist Anne Bray. More details below on how you can get your own custom tote, and even win one!

Here’s a casual Spring look, not very trendy but colorful and cool enough to make me happy. The dark floral dress is thrifted from Molly Mutt, as is the skinny patent belt. The coral cardigan is from J.C. Penney – yes, I ventured back in there after a year’s absence and found a couple of keepers, like this MANGO piece.

I’ve worn my yellow bangle to the nubs, and I’m looking at Etsy for an additional one (I like these). The simple black pendant was thrifted for under $5; I think it’s vintage 70’s and I think I owned it before ☺. Floral sandals by Kenneth Cole complete the look.

Cute look. Knees not ready for Prime Time! Must spa.
My own “It” bag, I has it.
Closer look at Anne’s fabulous artwork. It’s a nice canvas bag too; I used it on an overnight
trip and it’s perfectly sized.

I “designed” my own tote at Cafe Press. You just go to this page and upload the graphics you want. It’s so easy, and as you can see, the results are pretty fab. It’s a cool site for ordering custom tee shirts, statement sweatshirts, mugs and pajamas, too.

Cafe Press is offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader. All you have to do is:



    • Leave a comment below with your email address 


  • That’s it!

I’ll draw the winning entry randomly on May 23rd and Cafe Press will send the winner a gift certificate for her own personalized treat. Good luck!

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  1. I'm a follower on bloglovin. Love the design on the tote. THanks for the giveaway,

  2. oh this is such a cool drawing! wow definitely love the canvas bag. And your dress is just perfect for spring! Love!


  3. Great bag, Patti! I wonder if people do a double-take when they see you carrying it? It looks so much like you!

  4. Patti, I think any outfit that makes you happy is a good trend. I hear you on the pendant necklace, there are so many items I see thrifted which I truly want and know I owned at one time. Now, for the bag, brilliant idea to have Anne's drawing printed on it. I'm definitely going to copy that idea.

  5. ooh, Patti! What a faboo idea!!!
    Pick me 🙂

    ps (when I went to comment on G+, the posts are set on private) – not sure if u meant to do that or not..
    Have a terrific weekend!

  6. Great bag! Great skirt!
    We've been going to JC Penney lately, too – my daughter has found several cute things in her teeny tiny size.

  7. The Best. There can't be anything as cool as a bag with your name on it. I'm in complete admiration. No one deserves it more than you do … you make it all happen for so many. Go Patty, go Anne!

  8. Cafe Press is so handy. I did tote bags, T shirts and hats for a family reunion, and I love them! Putting Anne's picture on yours is such a good idea.

  9. Hi Patti, I follow via Bloglovin'. My email is celusayo65@gmail.com. Your bag design is awesome. Great job. I love the look you've put together…but where's your pretty face? I miss your curls and smile. 😉

  10. So great Patti!! The bag AND the outfit. That belt is too great, what a score.


  11. A gorgeous outfit, and who needs a Birkin or a Kelly bag now the the Patti has arrived?! What a great idea, it looks wonderful. xxxx

  12. Oh Anne,
    I would purchase a bag with my sketch…let me know what to do!!

  13. Your bag came out really cute! Love it!
    Should we do a bag with the entire cast of characters from my April sketchathon?

  14. What a sweet bag! I love your pink cardi – great colour on you!

  15. So cute! I love it. Anne is very talented.
    I follow you on GFC, Facebook and I am leaving a comment. My address is adrienne (at) therichlifeonabudget (dot) com

  16. Very much digging the shoes, and the design on the bag is so… YOU!

  17. What a great bag! Anne's illustrations are fabulous, and I love yours.

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