Melie Bianco & The Modern Day Backpack

It's amazing, no matter how many years I live in Seattle, I'm always discovering new spots to explore. As you all know, roses are my absolute favorite – I've got at least 5 of them on my patio at home and dream of creating a romantic escape like David Austin's Rose Garden in the UK. Little did I know, right outside my backdoor I have the Woodland Park Rose Garden! I packed up my newest accessory by Melie Bianco, and headed out to to explore! 

I've constantly got my hands full – coffee, laptop, phone, wallet – for some reason I'm always struggling. While I love my little clutches and satchels, they never quite have the room I need. I haven't carried a backpack in years, but this bag changes my entire perspective on what it means to carry a backpack. It's probably because I've never had one as chic as this! This backpack fulfills my every need for daytime activities and evening explorations. 

All of Melie Bianco's handbags are made from cruelty-free premium vegan leather, and super-luxe at an affordable price. I am in love with all of the styles they offer. Their bags come in several super classic tones as well as on-trend seasonal colors, meaning there's something for everyone.

True to form, I opted for my go-to, the classic black with gold-tone hardware combo. You literally can't go wrong with it. I love how it works so well to ground this rather punchy pink and green dress in the summertime, but I know it'll be a stand-out piece for fall when I slip back into my monochromatic ways. Melie Bianco's Brooklyn Backpack also comes in a beautiful mustard yellow and taupe; either of which could make it through several seasons. 

If only you could smell these roses. We went on a super sunshine-filled day and the scent of fresh roses put me in absolute bliss. The garden is so well manicured and I love that it's free to enter - I saw so many people sitting on benches reading books and just enjoying the tranquility of the space. 

I love all the details this bag has, including a top zipper, side zippers for extra space, interior zipper and pockets to keep all your knickkacks organized, AND there's both a removable shoulder strap and backpack straps, meaning the bag converts to fit your mood. It's got tons of room, which is great when I'm packing my camera and extra lenses for a shoot.

This little shift dress by TOPSHOP is so last season, but still one of my absolute favorites. That's the great thing about a unique piece – buy it because you like it and wear it as long as you want!  It's easy, breezy, and just requires your favorite sandals and handbag to complete the outfit. I simply styled it with a dainty gold necklace for a little added shine. Palm leaves are here to stay, people. 

Extra special thanks to Melie Bianco for sponsoring this post! I can't wait to style this bag into the fall and beyond. Give backpacks a second chance and I guarantee you'll fall in love. While this may be my first Melie Bianco bag, it certainly won't be the last. 

xo