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Top 4 Handbag Looks from NYC’s Spring / Summer 2017 Collections

Per usual, NYC Fashion Week had us drooling over the hot new handbags from the Spring / Summer 2017 collections. The designers had such a variety of styles it was hard to choose our favorites. Instead of trying to come up with an actual favorite bag (as if), we’re spotlighting the top four trends and a decidedly delicious pick from each group.

Big, Bold, Bright
Many of the looks that graced the runway in the spring / summer 2017 collections were oversized. We’re talking weekender sized bags. And if the bags weren’t oversized, they were likely brightly hued in eye catching reds, oranges, or blues. Some even got in on both trends, like this gorgeous, deep red Victoria Beckham bag .

Small, Shiny, Stylish
On the other extreme, many designers went teeny tiny with the size. Most opted for shiny metal hardware to give an eye-catching aesthetic to their designs. We’re particularly digging this John Galliano mini shoulder bag with all the bling.

Classy , Couture, Clutch
A basic clutch is always in fashion, but designers are upping the ante this season with detailed straps and fun colors and prints. Never has this classic looked as enticing. This mocha snakeskin print from Salvatore Ferragamo with its extra wide detailed wristlet is especially swoonworthy!

Earthy , Enchanting , Eccentric
The other major trend for this coming season are eccentric boho-chic details. Floral prints, nature scenes, fringe, braided straps – all are fair game for spring / summer 2017. This vibrant Emilio Pucci so embodies this trend that we’re experiencing a bit of fringe-envy over it.

Don’t see your favorite trend on our list? Let u know what we missed! We couldn’t be at every show, and let’s face it, we’re still sifting through all the gorgeous pictures and behind-the-scenes snaps from the week. Tell us about your favorite, or not-so-favorite, looks and trends for Spring / Summer 217.
This is What Divorce at 26 Looks Like
July 26, 2016 • Jenny Hendrix

Divorce sucks. Plain and simple, there it is. Even when it doesn’t happen as a result of cheating, lying or financial woes, it still hurts like hell.

That’s my story. I was married at 23 to the only man I’d ever seriously dated and found myself getting divorced by 26.

That was five (seemingly long) years ago. While there were some trust issues toward the end, we split because we just weren’t right as a couple. This is at least my take on it. I initiated the split. He may have other ideas, as I’m pretty sure we’d still be together if it were up to him. Either way, there was nothing that went “wrong” as a catalyst for the demise of our marriage.

There are myriad emotions that came along with this decision. Grief. Fear. Anger. Resentment. Guilt. Freedom.

It was like ripping out my own heart, stomping on it a bit and then chucking it in the bin.

I was losing my partner, my best friend. And I was choosing to lose him. But it was right, and I knew it was best for us. We were comfortable –– complacent –– and we didn’t challenge each other. Don’t get me wrong, comfortable is good. God knows I need to be able to walk around braless and fart without shame when in a serious relationship. But there comes a point when you realize the comfort comes merely from familiarity and not from the fact that the person sitting across the dinner table from you is your absolute comfort in the world. There’s quite a distinction.

There was a point in the last few months or so of our relationship that this really became evident to me. Up until then, most of my friends had been “our friends,” a.k.a. his friends. They were great people with whom I enjoyed spending time, but I didn’t have anyone to shoot the shit with that was my confidant. I didn’t even realize this void existed, let alone that I’d become so isolated, until I started becoming good friends with some folks from work. One person in particular became one of my best friends and a gateway to meeting other good friends.

Long story short, the gateway friend happened to be a guy. (He’s a gay guy mind you, but still a guy.)

Apparently male friends were only allowed if they were mutual friends or acquired pre-relationship status. Who knew? Not me.

The friendships I was fostering became a threat to my then-husband. Despite having never displayed any really negative relationship traits, all of a sudden, I felt smothered. There was some definite jealousy going on. My attempts to soothe his ego were feeble at best. The combination lead to mistrust on his part and resentment on mine. These feelings, coupled with my realization that we were just existing in our relationship, led us to separating.

A few counseling sessions, many arguments and about six months found us divorced.

I can’t fully explain how we got to that point. Even reviewing the happenings toward the end of our marriage don’t fully clarify why it didn’t work. It just didn’t.

At this point, I’ve healed as much as a person can from such heartbreak. It’s taken years, good cries and rows with my family to get here, but I survived. I’m stronger. And I’m ready for what’s next.

Finding Home Again
July 14, 2016 • Jenny Hendrix

At some point in our lives, each and every one of us leaves home.
The word “home” means something different for each person. For some, it’s liberating. For others, it’s terrifying. There is one thing that rings true for all of us, though. It’s the search for our own place to call home.

After high school, many of my friends left for college. Some got jobs right away, and others remained undecided for a while. But at some point, over the next few years, we all moved out of our parents’ homes into dorms, apartments, or whatever place we could find to make our own.

We were all on a search to find a place that resonated the feeling of home.

Personally, I lived in my parents’ home while getting my bachelor’s degree. Immediately after graduating, I went straight to an apartment that I shared with my newly acquired husband. At first, it was exhilarating having my own space that I could decorate and make into whatever I wanted it to be. After not too much time, though, I realized that just being able to create my own space was not as exciting as I’d hoped it would be.

Having my own place did not equal having a home.

And that’s what we all do –– strike out by ourselves with all of the hopes and dreams of our young lives, assuming we will find contentment in our dwellings of choice and recreate that sense of what it means to be home.

At least that’s what I was looking for. That exhilaration I felt upon leaving my parents’ home for my first place never lead to the feeling I’d hoped it would. I assumed that cultivating a place to live with my husband would be automatically imbued with the sense of home.
Within a few years, I found that my love life was not so perfect, I was not happy at my first big girl job, and I had no idea what I wanted to do next. So, I got a divorce, quit my job, and moved from Nebraska to Los Angeles with my best friend.

I’m originally a Midwestern girl, so L.A. was a bit of a culture shock. Despite having good friends and developing a great love for the sounds and smell of the ocean, I knew I wasn’t home. Since then, I’ve lived in Denver and New York, all in the effort to find my place that feels like home.

I still haven’t quite found it.

We all move out of what was originally home. We’re just trying to find what equals home to us now. I left my first home nearly a decade ago, and I’m still looking to find that feeling again. I’m finding that, more often than not, the feeling of home has more to do with who you’re with than where you are. Good people are key. For me, family is essential.

Sometimes, it helps to remember that we all have been, or maybe still are, looking for that feeling of belonging that only home can bring. Many of my friends from along the journey have found their place, that feeling again. I have to believe at some point, we all do.

Auto Maintenance: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

The conversation is changing.

Having invested heavily in research and marketing, most automotive manufacturers, unfortunately, appear to be absent from the shifting conversation at the consumer level. The focus on COI (Cost of Ignoring), rather than ROI, is counter-productive to the entire auto community.

This shift has critically impacted our driving society to become complacent. Fear and uncertainty rule when it comes to taking care of the vehicle a driver spends so much time in. This is absurd.

A vehicle owner, content to live in a state of “I don’t know” when it comes to auto repair and maintenance, is just plain tragic.

In today’s increasingly complex automotive world, communication between the auto repair shop and the driver just isn’t working. Data shows a widening gap between what the Auto Service Professional has to say and what the driver needs and wants to hear. With the ongoing growth of this gap, trust in the Auto Service Professional has been lost.

Simultaneously, the technology of today’s cars has gone from 0 – 60 in 3.7 seconds - that’s a heck of a lot faster than your quick drying manicure. The result is difficulty staying abreast of more complex computerized vehicles.

This is the Age of the Consumer. Drivers are less informed, yet more demanding.

Here’s how it plays out. . . A driver now comes into the auto shop armed with information from well-meaning family and friends, trusted neighbors, the local auto parts store, and the oh-so-trusty internet. Some of the information is helpful and functional. Most of the information is misleading at best, creating ambiguity and causing confrontations between the auto repair shop and drivers. What we are left with is frustration and pure absurdity.

On one side, we have confused car owners (with too many options at the pump), on the other side are frustrated technicians (who get a bad rap). This ultimately leads to an industry-wide epidemic of both critical and fatal injuries due to completely preventable accidents related to poor vehicle maintenance.

Unless a positive change is offered, this negative cycle will continue to tailspin into more and more negative outcomes. Auto manufacturers need to fully educate drivers on maintenance. Consumers need to be aware that their autos won’t indefinitely function correctly without proper upkeep. And Service Technicians need a means to bridge the gap between the industry makers and drivers in order to best serve the consumer experience.

Driver education is the key.

Women Auto Know was born to be a resource of just that - women empowering other women to have a choice, and voice, in their auto care. Without judgement, auto shops participate in the Drivers Auto Know, PPA (person to person advisor) certification program to deliver auto awareness workshops in your local community.