Today’s TOP 5: In My Bag Now post features a stylish and pretty traveler living in the city of Chicago.  Her name is Jillian Dieter and she’s the blogger behind Cornflake Dreams; a blog all about life, style and travel.  Jillian is just adorable and she recently featured amykathryn on her blog and hosted an amykathryn giveaway for her readers.

Take a look at what Jillian is carrying in her handbag:

 transportation card / cell phone cover / hand lotion / sugar lip treatment / clutch

Thanks for sharing Jillian! Be sure to check out her blog and Facebook page.

If you like her as much as we do, follow her on Twitter and PInterest too!  Now, what’s in your handbag?!

xo, Victoria


So… how do you like it? The lovely and ever-so-talented Steph Anne from Yellow & Savvy Design created this new blog layout for us. We are thrilled!

Check out her work! You can also take a look at her personal blog here. Here’s what Steph Anne has in her bag right now:


1.Trident Gum (Sweet Cherry & Island Lime) – “OMG, this is like the best flavor ever! AND it’s sugar free…..even better!”

2.Bath & Body Works Forever Sunshine Lotion – “Perfect for summer & even smells like summer!”

3.iPad 2 with a Pink Case – “I get bored easily if I have to wait somewhere so I play games or read books online.”

4.EOS Lip Balm (Summer Fruit) – “My favorite lip balm and it’s so unique & bright that it’s easy to find in my purse!”

5.Oktak Chevron Coin Purse – “A coin purse is a MUST for me. I hate wallets that have a place for coins since they always fall out. I’m a Diet Coke addict so I gotta have my coins.”

Thanks for sharing your Top 5 Steph Anne, and thanks for all your hard work on our blog – WE LOVE IT!!!

And to all our fans and followers; we appreciate all your ideas, comments and suggestions on our blog design. Please speak your mind! What would you like to see on here?

Always, AMY & Victoria

I’m really excited to share today’s TOP 5: In My Bag Now post, featuring Ilene of Much Love, Illy blog.  

She is so sweet, her style is adorable, and her blog is addicting! Have you heard of her Much Love, Illy blog before? If you haven’t, you have to go check it out!!! Be sure to head over to her Facebook Page and her Etsy shop too – she makes the most darling hair accessories. Here’s a peek into what she’s carrying in her handbag:1 / Canon Rebel XSi  2 / Made By Hank Wallet 3 / Eucalyptus Spearmint Hand Lotion       4 / Hello Kitty Notepad  5 / Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Thanks for sharing Ilene! You’re admired by so many and we love getting inspired by all your blog posts!

We’ve teamed up with Ilene and she’ll be hosting an amykathryn giveaway on her blog starting tomorrow… be sure to head over there and enter! Happy Wednesday all!

xo, Victoria

Happy Wednesday amykathryn fans!

We’re excited to share our Top 5 post with you today because it features the lovely Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess Blog.  Have you heard of this blog before? If not, we suggest you go check it out here.  We just love this blog!  Recently, we teamed up with Elsie and are giving away a handbag to one of her lucky readers.  Go enter and enjoy all the cool things she has going on. Also, today is the last day to enter our giveaway here on the amykathryn blog (enter here). Take a look at the things Elsie has rolling around in her handbag:

1 – Fuji-film INSTAX 210 Instant Photo Camera

2 & 4 – Notebook and pen (notebook shown found here)

3 – TOPSHOP Lips in Infrared

5 – Urban Outfitters Spotlight Sunglasses

Thanks Elsie! You are fun, creative and inspiring!

So readers, what’s in your bag? Email me to be featured in our TOP 5 series.

xo, Victoria

O, how cute are Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess? They’re doing a giveaway for one lucky gal, but if you want to shop now… use coupon code MESS25 for 25% off today and tomorrow only! 

Always, AMY

As you may have noticed, amykathryn bags really stand out from any other brand. Most likely, it’s our custom printed textiles that make you notice their unique style. Every season the custom textiles are different. This time around I sprayed on a bit too much of my favorite perfume while I was drawing away. Miranda, from Parfumerie Fragonard in the south of France, inspired me for the print pattern in the Fall 2011 collection. I went to the parfumerie when I was a young, dreamy girl of 10 and then again when I was 15. So not only the scent, but nostalgia played a part in my creation of this pattern.

amykathryn uses organic cotton canvas of upholstery quality. We also use water based inks to screen print the fabric. Each piece of fabric is cut differently from the roll, making each bag unique. I love our soft and ethereal colors this Fall; Apricot, Denim, Olive and Black. What do you think of our fabric this season?

First of all, it’s my name! My name is Amy Kathryn Hall. I design textiles and handbags and created a designer fashion brand using both. The designer label is amykathryn.  To make custom textiles, I draw the printed design and have a screen made of that design. I use water base inks to come up with some fantastic colors to use to print. The silk screen is used to print on organic cotton canvas. The fabric has a pattern so the fabric in each bag is cut in a slightly different way, making each amykathryn unique. This designer brand is Animal-Friendly & Eco-Conscious. I use faux leathers that are PVC-Free. The faux leathers are much cleaner for the environment to make. (Follow our blog & stay tuned for some great DIY videos on the amykathryn process of creating a handbag.)

I have found that the amykathryn woman likes to stand out in an elegant way. She likes some of the things I do; art, herb gardens, surfing, antique shopping and the wind in my face and hair. Women that wear amykathryn love their bags to be lightweight and to organize for them. amykathryn bags look best when carrot tops are sticking out of a tote, or when moms wear them with a rattle toy attached to their messenger, or when students have their laptop in a large carry-all.

I love creating original pieces of art. I see our handbags as functional art since each handbag is limited. We have created our own style in the marketplace. Creating a brand that is set apart from super trendy styles is not easy. We want to be unique, yet we want the woman who cares about style and function to love our look. Our customers have shown us that they appreciate and use amykathryn in their daily life. Thank you for helping us grow and be recognized!

The next step in the evolution of amykathryn, is to support women around the world that make handbags. Through this website, we will start to connect designers in need of support of all kinds. We’re looking forward to making a difference in the lives of women with the My Bag is Her Bag campaign.