12.4.12a
12.4.12b
12.4.12c
12.4.12d
12.4.12f
12.4.12e

My purse is actually not a purse; it is a camera bag. I’m sneaky like that. Which is nice especially when traveling to have a cozy place to put your camera. (Or on a nature walk as my husband said that these photos look like today. It should be said that I’ve never been on a nature walk and this is an alley.) I’ve decided that I have just a little bit of room in here though that I think I can cram in my lip gloss, phone and wallet. Because at the end of the day, the other 30 lbs I carry around in my purse is really for comfort. Of course where would I be without all of my receipts from the past 6 months crumbled at the bottom of my bag so wrinkled that they are now illegible? What would happen if someone stopped me on the streets and tried to audit me right there and I had no recollection of my past purchase history at the grocery store and gas pump? Or my half-eaten Larabar from who knows when — what if I get hungry for a stale energy bar and I have nothing? And where will I put my twenty bobby pins for emergency updos or my matchbook in case I need to light something on fire? WHERE?!

On the other hand, perhaps I shall just keep this as a camera bag after all. 

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Dress: Madewell

Shirt: Similar

Hat: Gap

Bag: c/o Ona Bags

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246 Responses

  1. Is it possible to even try and find a more comfortable looking dress than what you have on? Oh my gosh it looks soooo wonderful!
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

  2. I am LOVING that camera bag and the fact that you keep a ton of things in your purse for comfort… because I do that, too. Most recently, I’ve been moving some of it to my camera bag (because, you know, as a photographer, you never know what you’ll need). The most ridiculous thing so far? A koozie. And I don’t even feel bad or weird about it. -erin

  3. I agree with homegirl’s comment. That dress looks incredibly comfy. Cheers to the trees finally shaking their leaves.

    Great bag, btw!

  4. I love simple outfits like this! And that camera bag, I would have never known it wasn’t just some super chic cognac shoulder bag if you hadn’t given us that little sneak peak.

  5. I am in love with the ONA bags. 聽I hope some day to save my money and purchase one. 聽In love. 聽You look precious! 聽And your purse sounds like mine.聽

    1. It is quite an investment but girl is it quality. It’s so nice and well worth it if you are looking for a long-lasting camera bag 馃檪

  6. That bag is gorgeous 馃檪聽 If I didn’t already have a Kelly Moore, I would get one!

    That dress.聽 It looks gorgeous and comfortable.聽 I love it!

  7. Love the outfit!

    BTW – Which marathon are you training for!? I just ran Philadelphia and am signed up for Napa Valley in March! Eeeek.

  8. oh my goodness that bag is soo soo beautiful!! i want one for my camera! and i love your outfit as usual 馃檪

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

  9. I started following your blog because I loved what I saw style-wise – simple but chic, wearable, affordable looks… I keep following for all the above listed reasons + the fact that I think we would be friends in real life. Not just internet/blog life, but REAL life. Consider me one of many devoted Kendi-stalkers.

  10. I am lusting for that bag!聽 And I wish my alley were was neat and clean as yours! :O)

    shineisntalwaysshimmer.blogspot.com

  11. Hahaha so weird how we all carry the extra 30lbs in our bags for whatever the reason… Love you in that hat!

    Joyce@
    Sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

  12. Kendi, you seriously crack me up! I’d read your blog just for you words, even if you didn’t have super great style (which you do).
    Ginny

  13. i LOVE that bag! Have been looking for a better looking camera bag, and this definitely fits the bill! Question: where did you get your socks?? I’m looking for knee-high socks 馃檪 thanks!!

  14. that camera is nothing short of AMAZING. i love it! and reading your explanation to an overstuffed bag — i laughed so hard because that is seriously the same way i carry my bags…with a bunch of WHAT IF stuff in there.聽

    -rose

  15. I have the same problem with overstuffed bags. I聽swear that I聽keep聽receipts聽that are months and months old. They’re useless but are聽completely聽necessary聽to have that my purse is full feeling. Any who, this outfit is so cute. The dress is just perfect.聽

    -Jess
    http://Jessicas-Wonderland.blogspot.com

  16. okay this is especially creepy because I AM WEARING THIS SAME THING today. madewell dress (albeit this summer’s sleeveless version), same gap button-up, and my replacement for our beloved but worn-down steve madden boots.
    is this proof that i am psychic or just stylish?

    1. We are two stylish souls that can not be seperated by the miles between us. And you are probably a psychic, I’ve always got that vibe from you.

      Get this, when I was getting ready today I thought of you and thought — this is a very Tania outfit. Then I聽wrote a dissertation.聽And on a side note — did you see that Target has our steve madden boot knock offs? I think they are like $28. My nostalgia might get the best of me and my thirty dollars.

  17. women and our purses. you described the bizarre relationship perfectly. Its for comfort. I don’t exactly know what it’s comforting me about…all that stuff that contributes to a bi-monthly visit to the chiropractor. But darn it, it’s comforting.

  18. This is one of my favourite looks from you.聽

    I’ve tried putting my camera in my bag…didn’t work out so well for me or the camera.聽

    Bisous
    Suzanne

  19. Can i just say how much I adore this look and your blog!!! I discovered it last week and I love it. Love your looks and your style.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

  20. I have a Ketti bag, and I almost got the ONA. Now I’m wishing I had the ONA. lol

  21. Our purses sound oddly similar. And I have the same ridiculous reasons for keeping anything and everything inside.

  22. Love the shoes, love the dress, love the bag, love everything! Perfect outfit for those of us push the boundaries on business casual (or maybe casual/casual) in the photo industry.

  23. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does that! I have thousands of receipts in the purse and as for hair pins, well, I won’t even go there. I love the bag though. It’s a really nice color. The dress is really cute, too.聽

  24. Is it possible to even try and find a more comfortable looking dress than what you have on? Oh my gosh it looks soooo wonderful!
    adoredlife.blogspot.com

  25. I am LOVING that camera bag and the fact that you keep a ton of things in your purse for comfort… because I do that, too. Most recently, I've been moving some of it to my camera bag (because, you know, as a photographer, you never know what you'll need). The most ridiculous thing so far? A koozie. And I don't even feel bad or weird about it. -erin

  26. I agree with homegirl's comment. That dress looks incredibly comfy. Cheers to the trees finally shaking their leaves.

    Great bag, btw!

  27. I love simple outfits like this! And that camera bag, I would have never known it wasn't just some super chic cognac shoulder bag if you hadn't given us that little sneak peak.

  28. I am in love with the ONA bags. 聽I hope some day to save my money and purchase one. 聽In love. 聽You look precious! 聽And your purse sounds like mine.聽

  29. That bag is gorgeous 馃檪聽 If I didn't already have a Kelly Moore, I would get one!

    That dress.聽 It looks gorgeous and comfortable.聽 I love it!

  30. Love the outfit!

    BTW – Which marathon are you training for!? I just ran Philadelphia and am signed up for Napa Valley in March! Eeeek.

  31. oh my goodness that bag is soo soo beautiful!! i want one for my camera! and i love your outfit as usual 馃檪

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

  32. I started following your blog because I loved what I saw style-wise – simple but chic, wearable, affordable looks… I keep following for all the above listed reasons + the fact that I think we would be friends in real life. Not just internet/blog life, but REAL life. Consider me one of many devoted Kendi-stalkers.

  33. I am lusting for that bag!聽 And I wish my alley were was neat and clean as yours! :O)

    shineisntalwaysshimmer.blogspot.com

  34. Hahaha so weird how we all carry the extra 30lbs in our bags for whatever the reason… Love you in that hat!

    Joyce@
    Sip-n-wear.blogspot.com

  35. Today, I had an allergic reaction to medication and then I fell down the stairs because I’m an 80-year-old woman on the inside. Needless to say, your sense of humor provided a very welcome bright spot in my day. So does this lovely dress. And so does that hat. Thanks for that!聽

  36. Kendo, you seriously crack me up! I'd read your blog just for you words, even if you didn't have super great style (which you do).
    Ginny

  37. i LOVE that bag! Have been looking for a better looking camera bag, and this definitely fits the bill! Question: where did you get your socks?? I'm looking for knee-high socks 馃檪 thanks!!

  38. that camera is nothing short of AMAZING. i love it! and reading your explanation to an overstuffed bag — i laughed so hard because that is seriously the same way i carry my bags…with a bunch of WHAT IF stuff in there.聽

    -rose

  39. I have the same problem with overstuffed bags. I聽swear that I聽keep聽receipts聽that are months and months old. They're useless but are聽completely聽necessary聽to have that my purse is full feeling. Any who, this outfit is so cute. The dress is just perfect.聽

    -Jess
    http://Jessicas-Wonderland.blogspot.com

  40. This is the cutest outfit i have seen you in. Go for more like this. Adorable.

  41. This is grandma-pinching-your-cheeks level of adorable. But you’re tall so you manage to not look like you’re 11. For some reason, when you’re 5’3″ and under 40, it’s very easy for people to assume you’re not a full grown adult. Hopefully you don’t have that problem, because I know how you like to dress like a kid 馃檪

    Sarah’s Real Life

  42. okay this is especially creepy because I AM WEARING THIS SAME THING today. madewell dress (albeit this summer's sleeveless version), same gap button-up, and my replacement for our beloved but worn-down steve madden boots.
    is this proof that i am psychic or just stylish?

  43. Yay! I bought that dress like a week ago to wear to an engagement party later this month…now I feel super hip. The dress is so comfortable and super flattering.

  44. women and our purses. you described the bizarre relationship perfectly. Its for comfort. I don't exactly know what it's comforting me about…all that stuff that contributes to a bi-monthly visit to the chiropractor. But darn it, it's comforting.

  45. What a beautiful camera bag! I hear you on the 30 lb purse – my arms get so tired carrying unless stuff in there. 聽How does all those little things (like receipts & rubber bands) get so heavy?

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  46. This is one of my favourite looks from you.聽

    I've tried putting my camera in my bag…didn't work out so well for me or the camera.聽

    Bisous
    Suzanne

  47. Can i just say how much I adore this look and your blog!!! I discovered it last week and I love it. Love your looks and your style.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

  48. I love that dress! the shirt underneath is so cool.

    x’s & o’s聽
    Anacristina聽
    laughsandicecream.blogspot.com聽

  49. We are two stylish souls that can not be seperated by the miles between us. And you are probably a psychic, I've always got that vibe from you.

    Get this, when I was getting ready today I thought of you and thought — this is a very Tania outfit. Then I聽wrote a dissertation.聽And on a side note — did you see that Target has our steve madden boot knock offs? I think they are like $28. My nostalgia might get the best of me and my thirty dollars.

  50. It is quite an investment but girl is it quality. It's so nice and well worth it if you are looking for a long-lasting camera bag 馃檪

  51. Our purses sound oddly similar. And I have the same ridiculous reasons for keeping anything and everything inside.

  52. Love the shoes, love the dress, love the bag, love everything! Perfect outfit for those of us push the boundaries on business casual (or maybe casual/casual) in the photo industry.

  53. That is the cutest camera bag I've ever seen! You coulda fooled me into thinking that was a purse

    – K.www.boardwalksandboulevards.com

  54. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does that! I have thousands of receipts in the purse and as for hair pins, well, I won't even go there. I love the bag though. It's a really nice color. The dress is really cute, too.聽

  55. What about the one earring that has been missing a match for two weeks, or the sticky tube of lip gloss that you have to kind of half-open and then shake to get any on your lips? 聽No? 聽Just me?

  56. These pictures are beautiful! I love the color of your boots.

    -Erica
    sweetendeavours.blogspot.com

  57. Today, I had an allergic reaction to medication and then I fell down the stairs because I'm an 80-year-old woman on the inside. Needless to say, your sense of humor provided a very welcome bright spot in my day. So does this lovely dress. And so does that hat. Thanks for that!聽

  58. This is the cutest outfit i have seen you in. Go for more like this. Adorable.

  59. This is grandma-pinching-your-cheeks level of adorable. But you're tall so you manage to not look like you're 11. For some reason, when you're 5'3" and under 40, it's very easy for people to assume you're not a full grown adult. Hopefully you don't have that problem, because I know how you like to dress like a kid 馃檪

    Sarah's Real Life

  60. Yay! I bought that dress like a week ago to wear to an engagement party later this month…now I feel super hip. The dress is so comfortable and super flattering.

  61. What a beautiful camera bag! I hear you on the 30 lb purse – my arms get so tired carrying unless stuff in there. 聽How does all those little things (like receipts & rubber bands) get so heavy?

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  62. I love that dress! the shirt underneath is so cool.

    x's & o's聽
    Anacristina聽
    laughsandicecream.blogspot.com聽

  63. What about the one earring that has been missing a match for two weeks, or the sticky tube of lip gloss that you have to kind of half-open and then shake to get any on your lips? 聽No? 聽Just me?

  64. These pictures are beautiful! I love the color of your boots.

    -Erica
    sweetendeavours.blogspot.com

  65. I love the idea of layering chambray under a dress – didn’t think of that before!聽 The bag is great.聽 I hate not having my camera on me, so it’s always best when you can combine.

    Camera bag? Purse? *insert mysterious voice* Nobody knows…

    I mentioned you in a new post on my blog regarding bloggers that inspire me.聽 Hope you’ll take a moment to check it out!

    Melanie
    Style to Stage

  66. Super cute. Looks very Coach. Might check them out for my next camera bag. Thanks.聽

  67. First of all, I’m dying of laughter, everything from the 6 mths of聽receipts聽to the half聽eaten聽Larabar is totally me 馃檪 Second of all, I just heard of these bags and now am seriously coveting one (never mind聽that I don’t even have a serious camera yet 馃檪

  68. I love the idea of layering chambray under a dress – didn't think of that before!聽 The bag is great.聽 I hate not having my camera on me, so it's always best when you can combine.

    Camera bag? Purse? *insert mysterious voice* Nobody knows…

    I mentioned you in a new post on my blog regarding bloggers that inspire me.聽 Hope you'll take a moment to check it out!

    Melanie
    Style to Stage

  69. Super cute. Looks very Coach. Might check them out for my next camera bag. Thanks.聽

  70. I know I’ve said this before, but you are the best!! I love your blog and your commentary beats all!聽

  71. First of all, I'm dying of laughter, everything from the 6 mths of聽receipts聽to the half聽eaten聽Larabar is totally me 馃檪 Second of all, I just heard of these bags and now am seriously coveting one (never mind聽that I don't even have a serious camera yet 馃檪

  72. I know I've said this before, but you are the best!! I love your blog and your commentary beats all!聽

  73. Love the bag! I’ve wanted an Ona for quite some time! Also, I really love how you layered the chambray shirt with the dress. I need to try that out sometime! I just posted about my celebration of 1 year of blogging 馃檪 Stop by if you have a chance, Kendi! I’d love to know what you think!

    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.

  74. I'll just keep the romance going in my head of the photos being taken on a nature walk 馃槈
    xo Jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

  75. Love the bag! I've wanted an Ona for quite some time! Also, I really love how you layered the chambray shirt with the dress. I need to try that out sometime! I just posted about my celebration of 1 year of blogging 馃檪 Stop by if you have a chance, Kendi! I'd love to know what you think!

    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.

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