Did You See the Dope Handbags I Purchased When I Shopped Small?

Hey Cuties,

I’m a shopper for sure, and the world knows my heart is for Target. However, I also pride myself on supporting small business owners. I have eclectic taste and I shop all over. During the Christmas season, I make a concerted effort to support small businesses. Women Business Owners in particular are killing the game. Get it Girls!

Photo Credit: National Association of Women Business Owners {NAWBO}

See, I didn’t make this stuff up. I’ve got the receipts from the National Association of Women Business Owners.  Now that you know how powerful you are and how important your business let me share what I’ve purchased.  This is me shouting out some of the dope gals I’ve supported. I found out about every single one via social media. If that is you peddling your products on Facebook and Instagram keep going.

Rachel Stewart Jewelry: Mix Tape Clutch rachelstewartjewelry.com 

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Rachel Stewart Jewelry Mix Tape Clutch

This clutch is made of soft suedette and vegan leather back and it is fully lined and it measures about 12 x 8 1/2.

As a child of the 90’s that grew up in the Bronx, New York at a time when Hip Hop was emerging, I had to have this one.

Kashmirvii: A Different World Clutch www.kashmirviii.com

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Kashmirvii Different Clutch

One of a kind accessory that’s sure to turn heads. Size 12.5 x 8.5, Made from 100% Polyester, Canvas feel, Lightweight, but very durable.
YKK zipper with metal teeth. Full printed design on both front and back.

A Different World is still one of my favorite shows of all times. I remember sitting in front of the TV as a kid watching every single episode with my sister. I still binge watch them on Netflix. As an adult know Whitley & Dwayne remind me of Babe and I and that makes me giggle a bit. I had to have this; I can’t wait to style it up.

Cierra Lynn: I Carry Nothing But My Self Worth Clutch www.theartistcierralynn.com & society6.com/cierralynn

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Cierra Lynn Collection

Organize your life with our Carry-All Pouches. Available in three sizes with wraparound artwork, these pouches are perfect for toiletries, art supplies or makeup. Even an iPad fits into the large size. Features include a faux leather pull tab for easy open and close, a durable canvas-like exterior and a 50/50 poly-cotton black interior lining. Machine washable. Size 12.5″ x 8.5″.

I’m a sucker for something that is different yet so me. I love the name of the collection, I certainly carry my self-worth but this is a dope reminder. I also purchased a t-shirt with this print. I will share those at a later time.

Yvette Crocker: Pixie Chick Argyle Jumbo Tote Bag www.yvettecrocker.com & www.yvettecrockershop.com

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Yvette Crocker Pixie Chick Argyle Jumbo Tote Bag

These tote bags were exclusive for Christmas.  Babe purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. I squealed like a school girl when I unwrapped it.  I’ve been following Yvette’s work since 2009 and I am honored to have one of her pieces. Fun Fact: Yvette’s art work has been displayed at New York Fashion Week.

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Don’t worry, I only have a slight handbag addiction

Lifestyle Blogger MimiCuteLips is sharing the unique handbags she purchased when she shopped small for the holiday. Yvette Crocker, Rachel Stewart and more.

Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.



Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

Join the discussion

  1. Taylor

    yasssss! those bags are LIFE. Such a great article! In 2017, I’m vowing to support more small and black owned business and this is a great start!

  2. T. Espinoza

    You might wanna hide those the next time I come around. You might get got for those first two. You know how I feel about Whitley and Dwayne.

  3. Nay

    Let me tell you something about these bags….. they are perfect. Its a great way to end our 2016 year and enter into 2017 with all the melanin magic we have. Our pop culture is poppin!

  4. Carissa

    Love the bags! But then again I always love your style!! I supported a lot of small businesses on Etsy this year but I need to seek out personal sites as well!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Carissa. I love when I can find quirky things that are so me. I’m a sucker for Etsy, a couple years ago I did the same thing all on Etsy.

  5. Zuqueta

    I. Want. All. Of. These. A fellow blogger started a guide for supporting small businesses. But maybe one for women entrepreneurs would be great too!!

  6. Elle Em

    Very original and cool. The cassette handbag, definitely had me fooled.

  7. Elle Em

    Very original and cool. The cassette handbag, definitely had me fooled.

  8. KenyaRae

    These are so cool! I love them. A great way to shop small. I am a bag lady!

  9. Terri

    These bags are everything! I must have that different world clutch. Like you, I’m all about supporting female business owners.

  10. candy

    Your bags are fun and unusual. Finding something different is what is great about shopping small business. I tend to support local business and local women who run theses businesses.

  11. Joanna

    These are really cute and funky bags. Loving the first two. Ladies are definitely doing it big with the small businesses. I’m trying to expand mine.

  12. Jasmine Eclipse

    Supporting smaller businesses is a great idea. My family owns a business, so I always try to give back and support small stores instead of big box stores.

    All the best for the new year,

  13. lisa

    These are all great bags! I love how original they all are. Beautiful. I love supporting small businesses.

  14. Heather S-G

    These are all great finds (I’m a sucker for bags). I want to get that mix tape one for myself!

  15. Destany

    Oh my goodness that A Different World Clutch is gorgeous!! I loved that show, and I feel it’s never talked about enough pop culture-wise.

  16. Franc Ramon

    These are really artistic bags. They are really very creatively done.

  17. Charlotte Emelia

    The tote bags are absolutely amazing and cute. I love the Cierra Lynn one- great message too. Thanks for sharing

  18. Kimberly

    They are so cute!! I only carry a clutch. Are these sold online? I want to support this business.

  19. Heidi Dee

    I LOVE those bags! Definitely agree with supporting small businesses though- Etsy is always my first stop when I’m looking for things!

  20. mitch

    I am glad there is an organized movement to support small businesses. A lot of the products are more personal which makes for a better gift. Also, you get to support local folks which is always good for the neighborhood!

  21. Pam Wattenbarger

    I love shopping with small businesses! The mixtape clutch that you purchased is incredibly cute, I love it.

  22. Tanya Barnett

    I have the Martin bag from Kashmirr. I will definitely pick up the mix tape one from Rachel. Too Cute.

  23. Stephanie Cooper

    I saw that Different World handbag and it was a wrap for me! I’m a purse fiend so whenever I see a cute purse I HAVE to have it. I’m making a note so that I can go back and purchase that purse! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    Now that Whitley and Wayne clutch is too cute! I love these!

  25. ricci

    Those bags are adorable!! I love the tape one!!

  26. Lucas Cool

    I love how you combined your passion for shopping with your influence to promote small business. This was an very multi-faceted of you. Keep up the Great work.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Lucas, I believe in using my voice responsibly. I’m so proud of these business owners and I don’t even know them personally.

  27. Liz Mays

    Oh whoa! These were some really good picks. I like the artwork on all of them. I need to start browsing independent business owners’ shops more often.

  28. Rebecca Swenor

    Shopping at the small businesses really helps everyone out. These are awesome handbags and I really like the cassette tape one. I actually love the handbags that are unique. Thanks for sharing these awesome handbags.

  29. Sara

    These are some great purchases! I just love the mix tape bag, it is so adorable! I also got some great deals when I shopped small.

  30. Amanda

    I try to shop small as much as possible. When you support a small and local business, you support a family and help someone fulfill his or her dreams. THere’s nothing better!

  31. Chubskulit Rose

    What unique styles and design. It suits your personality. Shopping locally is what we try to do most of the times, it helps our community.

  32. CourtneyLynne

    Omg what cute handbags!!! I love the one that looks like a cassette!!! Too cool!!

  33. Lisa Heath

    I shop small a lot – and these bags are incredible! I usually do a lot of cosmetics and jewelry but now I think I need to do some bag shopping tomorrow

  34. kendall

    Wow, these are super original and cute! I love shopping small, you can really find some great deals and supporting small businesses is great!

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