November 26, 2014

SUSU Handbag

Disclosure: SUSU Handbags provided me a Melissa Handbag in the color of my choice to facilitate this review. This post was created in partnership with eAccountable.

Some women are shoe people. Others are handbag people. I’m definitely in the latter category. While I love great shoes, it’s handbags that really catch my eye. So when SUSU Handbags asked me if I’d like to check out one of their designer handbags up close and personal I hesitated for a nano-second before I said yes. I’d seen their bags around town and loved the classic styling, which made it very difficult to figure out which handbag I’d like to try.

Named after the founder, SUSU Handbags are classically designed and styled with elements you’d expect from a high-end handbag. I’ve been collecting handbags since CycleGuy got me my first Gucci bag when we were in college. But the Melissa bag from SUSU Handbags is my first red handbag!

When I switched to the Melissa, I realized it’s the first handbag I’ve used in a long time that does not have outside pockets. Many of my older handbags are like this, but I think as cell phones became part of our life many handbags were created with outside pockets. Not to worry, though, there are two soft pockets inside. I have an iPhone 6+ and a Samsung Note 4 so I use the larger pocket for my phones and the smaller one for my keys. If you have a smaller phone, it would fit perfectly in the small pocket. It’s also nice to have a zippered pocket for my lipsticks, pens, and receipts. From the photo you can see my daughter’s drum sticks peeking out of the bag. There is plenty of room to carry everything you need. Even if that includes things your kids should be carrying.

SUSU Melissa bag

The handbag is really well-made using 100% Genuine Saffiano Leather with beautiful piping, substantial hardware, and good balance. The bag has little feet on the bottom, if you were to put it on the ground. And the inside is lined in a soft cotton fabric. I use it daily and am always getting compliments. The red really does draw attention, but so does the classic design. Something else I really like is that the SUSU stamped into the leather is very subtle. I have a few handbags that are emblazoned with logos but  when I want something classic and elegant, logos are the last thing I want splashed all over my handbag. And like all luxury handbags, yours will come with a dust cover.

This would be a great every day bag and would be terrific for travel because it sits nicely at the elbow or held close under the arm with the handles over the shoulder. It also comes with a detachable cross-body strap to allow you to use it in a more hands-free way. Whether you go for a classic color or one with a pop, the Melissa bag is one you’ll appreciate for many years to come.

But SUSU Handbags has so many different styles. Whether it’s a tote, crossbody, satchel, or clutch you’re sure to find something that fits your style. And just in time for the holidays, SUSU Handbags will be available at 40% off with free shipping on 11/28/14 with the code BLACKFRIDAY. I have my eye on a few styles, I’m sure you’d find something perfect for you too!

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November 25, 2014

Big Hero 6 Girls

Admittedly, I’m not up on all things Marvel Comics. Other than watching a few of the cartoons growing up, Guardians of the Galaxy was the first mainstream Marvel movie I went to see. Even the, when I went to the Guardians of the Galaxy screening I took my friend with me because she was more familiar with the franchise and would be able to explain things I didn’t get.

When the Big Hero 6 movie marketing started it was all focused on the lead character, Hiro, and the robot Baymax. And while it’s great to finally see a positive male Asian lead character, that was pretty much a given with the Big Hero 6 story. The same with Baymax. Afterall, this is a Disney movie. Which is why I didn’t go to the screening. I really wasn’t in the mood to see a superhero movie about men (even if they are really boys) saving the world from imminent destruction. Even if it had a soft, lovable, squishy robot turned killing machine, turned lovable robot.

Then the movie came out and I read a great article by Bob Yamtich about Big Hero 6 and giftedness. And I figured it was worth researching more. Everything focused on Hiro and his band of superheroes. But there are girls in the movie. Girl superheroes. Smart girl superheroes. Science-minded, brilliant girls! Characters that really can be role models for young STEMGirls like BabyGirl.

From my research, both Honey Lemon and GoGo Tomago are very different in the comic version. The writers didn’t have to make them equal in the movie. But they did. I’d like to believe it was a conscious effort to create both women as equals with respect to their male counterparts.

This might be the first kid-focused movie to have strong women scientist characters BabyGirl can relate to. Girls across the country have few, if any, STEM role models in movies. But Big Hero 6 changed that. Honey Lemon was a very talkative college co-ed with a love for chemistry. But she is also feminine and smart, described in the press materials as an “effusive brainiac”. GoGo Tomago is described as “tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist.

So what was it that brought these two characters to the big screen? I’ve not read anything about their character development or why the writers and developers chose to change-up these characters from their original. I realize much of their original back story wouldn’t work given that the Big Hero 6 movie is set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo at the local University. Since the characters themselves are kids, much of the original story had to be re-written.

Long before Frozen hit the big screen, this movie was moving forward in development so we can’t even say that Big Hero 6 needed something for girls to like coming off the blockbuster hit. Somewhere, someone realized that maybe the girls in the movie could be equally as capable, smart, and awesome as their male counterparts. And for that I’m thankful.

Whether there was anything consciously done to create these STEMGirls I really don’t know. What I do know is that if they keep this up more young girls will see that staying with science, technology, engineering, and math are cool. That they, too, can create things and be superheroes.

For now, though, I’ll let everyone else focus on Hiro and Baymax while I talk about Honey and GoGo. Because, just as people talk about how Hiro and Baymax really come to life in this movie, I’ll be talking about how these two female scientists not only came to life but also helped stoke the flame that burns inside a new generation of girls who believe being smart is cool and amazing.

Have you seen Big Hero 6? If not, do you think you’re going to see it now?



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