A lot has changed in the past year. A lot. My husband and I went from being “DINKS” (Double-Income-No-Kids), to being a happy Daddy and Stay-at-Home-Mommy, raising a toddler in the suburbs on the outskirts of Los Angeles. While I have never considered myself a fashionista, per se, I do consider myself as having a sense of style. I’m a bit of a basics-girl who likes to add great accessories to give my outfit some punch. I’m a girl that loves a bargain, but I also love to splurge on a few luxury items, such as a gorgeous handbag, jewelry or shoes.

Enter Virgil Ortiz.

Oh Virgil, how do I love thee, and the stunning array of handbags, scarves and jewelry!

I feel like a kid in a candy store as I lovingly stroke the beautiful leather of the new Rez Spine tote… I am jolted out of leather nirvana as my darling toddler runs straight at me, with sticky fingers outstretched, wanting to share his PB&J, and I wonder: “Is it all over? Can my new, pared down Mommy-style co-exist with my former luxury-loving self? Or am I now destined to a life without luxury? How can VO’s bold patterns translate into my new Mommy world, where the luxury of taking the time to put together an outfit is virtually non-existent?”

I had the chance to answer these questions sooner than I thought. In my old DINK life, I was a real estate agent, and although I am a full-time Mommy, I continue to dabble in the real estate world from time to time. I got a call from the office and I had to pull together an outfit for a new client meeting, pronto!

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Let’s put aside for a moment that I hastily grabbed a dress and heels out of the recesses of my closet without double-checking to make sure the shoes were a matching pair – This tote is absolutely beautiful. The impeccable workmanship and attention to detail is simply breathtaking.

I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious it is and how I was able to load so many items into the bag. iPad, iPhone, folders, makeup kit, etc. it all fit perfectly.

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The Rez Spine tote elevated a simple and classic outfit into something very powerful. Something about the Rez Spine design gives you the confidence to walk a little taller, and raise your head up a little higher.

As for me, well, I was able to walk into a meeting feeling stylish, pretty and pulled together for the first time in a really long time. My DINK life may be lost for now, but my pared-down Mommy style, a la Rez Spine tote, has been found.