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Friday finds: a sleek little Alexander Wang backpack

Two things I thought I would never wear after middle school: backpacks and sneakers.

Granted, I realize these items have been in style for a few seasons, but what can I say? I'm a late convert.

The reappearance of both in my wardrobe was not much of a conscious fashion statement so much as my back just really, really hurt. Between sitting at a desk most of the day, carrying a toddler and being 6 months pregnant, I had pretty much given up on my lovely little designer bags. Sprinkle in a couple of long haul flights and I could have sworn I'd cracked a rib.

I got to the point where I was taking Uber pretty much exclusively just so I wouldn't have to carry my wallet around. Then it occurred to me that there are some seriously gorgeous backpacks on the market these days.

Take, for example, this lovely little Alexander Wang number. It's surprisingly big which means it can hold my iPad and a few documents along with a few mom-necessities.  At almost four pounds, I don't think my chiropractor would exactly approve, but it's got to be a step in the right direction. Right?

I just adore the tan leather and gold hardware, it's sleek and minimalistic and free from any oversized logos or obvious branding. For a busy day on the run, I'd carry it with a pair of tailored shorts, a bright silk shirt and gorgeous flats.

It's an easy, laidback look that is going to be polished enough for any grown-up errands but still comfortable enough so you'll be ready to play hard.

Makeup can be left to a minimum. I'd go with a tinted moisturizer, mascara and a sweep of liner. Don't forget iPhone 6 Plus for the ultimate multi-tasking.

Pictured: Alexander Wang Prisma skeletal leather backpack, Diorshow Extase mascara, NARS Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer, NARS eyeliner stylo, Karat iPhone 6 Plus case, Boutique Moschino high waist shorts, VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Keeper of the Flame, Alexander Wang Lara suede flat (on sale!).


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