Upcycling: What to do with Old Reusable Bags

At one time, I’m sure you thought you needed that new cotton tote bag, but after only a few uses, you probably tossed in the back of the closet with the rest of the reusable bags. Now you’re left with several reusable bags that you don’t know what to do with them.

Before you toss those tote bags in the trash, consider the following upcycling tips to breathe new life into those old reusable bags.

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Storage for Out-of-Season Items

Reusable bags are great for storing out-of-season items. Even a small-sized tote can store small summer toys, while larger bags work well for bathing suits, swim trunks and beach towels. Once filled the bags can be hung from hooks in the attic or neatly stacked in the back of the closet.


Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote

The first time I saw the Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote in Yellow, my eyes were pretty much fixed on it. Essentially, a weekender bag in my opinion. With the stuff I lug around with every time I leave the house, I thought the size is perfect for me! Yes, it NOT Manila-friendly. It does not  zip close, you see. But even that did not stop me from getting hold of it.

The color of this Tory Burch Ella Nylon Tote is almost golden yellow. It’s capacious enough to accommodate all my stuff and some. The material is nylon. Hence, the name, I suppose. The handles, corner portions and the medallion are made of leather. Before purchasing, I read a review of one who bought from Bloomingdales that the leather was not exactly the best material. Hoping my being careful in handling it is going to make a difference.

Shawna’s review can be found here:
When I first bought the bag, I was thrilled – my first Tory! But after a week of use, I noticed the handles fraying beyond belief and the bag was literally coming apart. I went to Bloomie’s after this had happened, and a product analyst was there. She told me she is embarrassed to sell this bag because the quality is not up to par! I exchanged it for the Tory Nylon tote. I love this one! The quality is much better and it is much sturdier. I would highly recommend the Tory Nylon tote instead!

medallion logo detail affixed on canvas lining

Tory Burch zipper pull. I love the deep zippered pocket that houses my valuables.

The size is a dream! It can serve as a working bag that can accommodate a laptop and some (essentially the rest of your office stuff, if you must). It can pass for a diaper bag or a weekender bag even. The huge medallion face is fun too. And if you want to be discreet, you can always wear it with the medallion facing your body instead.


JML’s Turbo Cleaner stain remover took care of my Le Pliage’s ink stain

It was a couple of months back when I found that one of my Le Pliages has acquired this stubborn stain. There was no way I can figure out where it came from. It sure looked like it was ink to me and it was too brutal for me to ignore.

Specific Care Instruction for Longchamp Le Pliage:

Polyamide fabric with induction inside trimmed in cowhide leather
To maintain your product, apply with a soft brush Longchamp colorless cream regularly to leather areas.
To remove dirt, clean the whole lining using a cloth or a soft brush, with water and neutral soap (avoid water spilling over leather parts when cleaning).

Even the care instruction that came with the bag did not help. So I did what any diligent kikay would do. I checked out stores and places for stain removal stuff for the bag. Something that is safe for polyamide fabric, to be exact. Lo and behold, I found one of my favorite household brands carrying just what I need, in one of the malls I frequent. How convenient!

It claims to contain no harmful chemicals and is skin safe — 100% Eco Safe. Removes stubborn stains and works on fabric and leather. I got it for only P299.  The huge stick came with a mini. Something I can just have in my purse for emergency purposes.  🙂 I honestly did not quite expect it to work so beautifully. We all know that ink stains can be as stubborn as can be. But it did! I love that I can use this around the house and practically everything that needs stain removing. 🙂 (more…)

Rags2Riches Collaborates with Aranaz for 2010 Fall/Holiday Collection

ECO-ETHICAL STYLE takes center stage as Rags2Riches/RIIR Designer Line unveiled its Fall/ Holiday collection of signature bags and accessories. Created by premier designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan, the launch of RIIR-Aranaz’s Fall/Holiday collection is the collaboration of Filipino style connoisseurs – RIIR, Aranaz and Rajo Laurel, who graciously lent pieces from his couture collection to the runway muses of the event.

I am particularly impressed how every piece of RIIR-Aranaz collection has been meticulously-woven and comes with a tag that tells who the particular mother in Payatas made it – creating an instant bond between the maker and the bag owner.   It also uplifts the mothers of Payatas out of poverty.

the mothers of Payatas with Chin-Chin Gutierrez (RIIR advocacy supporter)


Havaianas’ Must-Hav Bags

Mega NS_Dupla

Havaianas Mega
Similar to flip-flops, an understated handbag such as the Havaianas Mega can be the most versatile item in your bag wardrobe, adding a punch of color to any outfit. Havaianas Mega comes in two orientations, with the vertical Havaianas Mega NS currently available in Navy Blue and Black, and the horizontal Havaianas Mega LO currently available in Light Green and Red. Through careful attention to detail, the solid hues of Havaianas Mega underscore flexibility without compromising fashion or style.


Havaianas Mega Printed
Havaianas Mega Printed takes the same silhouette of the Havaianas Mega and adds a playful print. With its intricate design of flip-flop flowers, the Havaianas Mega Printed currently comes in Yellow|Gray and Light Blue|Brown. The added print makes the style a perfect option for the multi-faceted modern woman with an eye for style and a need for adaptability.


Havaianas Unveils Newest Fashion Must-Hav

Genetics has gone beyond science and has found its way into fashion. Havaianas, the world’s best rubber flip-flops, now shares its DNA to the newest addition to their family.

“True to the innovative characteristic of the brand, we are introducing a new line of bags that carry the same elements as the Havaianas flip-flops,” says Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director for Terry S.A., Inc., the exclusive distributor of Havaianas in the Philippines.



Samsonite Black Label by Viktor & Rolf

Traveling in style is at its best with Samsonite Black Label’s Viktor & Rolf Sally Upright with vintage aeroplane print. It retails at P48,500 (approx.$1,055). This obviously caters to the lady traveler who would rather travel in style than otherwise. No boring patterns, because its wild lines makes up an interesting piece of luggage. This will sure no less than stand out on the conveyor belt.


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