• 3 Unique Fall 2021 Bag Trends You're Going to Absolutely Love

    This blog is for all you Fall lovers out there already breaking out your sweaters and booties. Wondering what the latest bag trends are for the upcoming fall season? I've got you covered! The vibe can be summed up in one word... TEXTURE. Keep reading to see what 3 of the hottest styles of the season will be...
  • How I Always Find Time to Crochet Even When I'm Super Busy

    Ever since I started Bags by Bento I get asked often, "How do you have time for that??" Honestly, finding the time for anything as a work-from-home parent is a challenge! Here are my top hacks for finding the time for creativity no matter how busy you are...
  • Having Trouble Shopping Secondhand? Here are My Best Tips for a Successful Thrift Store Haul

    Bags by Bento is all about sustainable fashion and one way to shop responsibly is secondhand. I've been shopping at thrift stores for as long as I can remember. My mom is the ultimate bargain shopper so I guess it's in my blood. I hear my friends often say they have trouble finding anything at secondhand stores. It's not just about luck. I've collected my best tips to help take your meh thrift store finds to fabulous secondhand success!
  • How to Easily Read a Crochet Pattern Like an Expert

    When I first started learning to crochet, I was very intimidated by the concept of following a pattern. I thought patterns were for experts only. I got brave one day and decided to dive in headfirst with crochet patterns. I learned several things that will help beginners jumpstart their pattern reading skills and skip the hassle of trial and error. Here are my best tips...
  • The Top 3 Life Lessons I've Learned by Age Thirty

    I turned thirty!! I've been processing this milestone with copious amounts of champagne and a spontaneous body piercing. Don't get me wrong, I'm pumped to be thirty years old. But, it's brought up some thoughts about my twenties that have taken extra care to process. I tried my best to capture these thoughts in a way that makes sense for anyone who might benefit from the ramblings of a thirty-year-old...
  • 4 Easy to Make Natural Dyes and Fabulous Ways to Use Them

    I'm quite the foodie. This time of year is one of my favorites because of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season! The only thing about fresh-picked produce is that it doesn't keep for very long. I hate wasting food so I started playing around with how to use up food instead of throwing it out and I came up with food dye! I obviously didn't invent this idea. People have been using food to dye things since the dawn of time (I might be exaggerating). It makes sense to go back to our roots (See what I did there?) and create beautiful colors with the excess food we have. Here are my three favorites foods (and one drink) to dye with and some ideas for how to use them...
  • Do You Have a Useful Bag Style Guide? I've Actually Got You Covered!

    I don't know about you, but I have quite an obsession with bags. It should come as no surprise since I started Bags by Bento. Some people love shoes, clothes, or jewelry. I happen to be infatuated with gorgeous purses. I decided to take my passion and create a bag bible so you can find the perfect bag style for a particular outfit or occasion...
  • Don't Know How to Use Excess Yarn? Here are Some Fabulous Ideas!

    Crafting can be incredibly therapeutic. It's also fun to make things for other people! But what about when a project doesn't work out or you buy the supplies and never get around to using them? Do you have a stash of unused yarn? Do you ever throw away projects that didn't turn out? If so, then stick around! I have some tips for crocheting responsibly by reducing waste, using more sustainable materials, and using up scrap...
  • 10 Amazing Crochet Trends to Elevate your Personal Style

    When you hear crochet you might think of your grandma's couch throw or a pastel baby blanket but crochet is actually on-trend right now! You might not even realize some of the gorgeous clothing & accessories you've had your eyes on are crocheted. I've put together a list of the top ten crochet trends so you can find outfit inspiration & fall in love with the crochet items of your dreams...
  • A Quick Step-by-Step Guide to Accessorizing Confidently

    I’ve always been a big fan of accessories. You can make a simple outfit really stand out with the right pair of earrings or an adorable bag. There are heaps of options out there and it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to choose. I’ve put together a step-by-step guide to choosing the right accessories for a particular occasion or outfit so you can feel confident and amazing!

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