(ABOVE) The Kate Spade Hayes Street Small Isobel bag comes in this Guava shade, and also in Black, Saffron, Warm Cognac, and Cement.

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May 6, 2017 / Video Post Notes

The Goldilocks-Perfect Size Small Handbag

When I saw this Kate Spade Hayes Street Small Isobel, I couldn’t wait to order it. It’s not inexpensive at $328, but it’s such a classic shape and size that I know I will have it for a lifetime if I take care of it.

I fell for the color first–Guava–because I love color. I also wanted a bag that could be either dressy or casual, and this fit the bill. I see myself wearing it with heels and a refined sheath or shift dress–a black dress would be lovely. Also with dressy pants/skirt, blouse, and heels. To make it more casual, I’d pair it with jeans and boots or block-heel sandals. In this post, I’m in a casual, monotone outfit.

If you don’t like Guava, it also comes in Black, Warm Cognac, Cement, and  Saffron. (See the links below.)

Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog!

~Janis Lyn Johnson


(ABOVE & BELOW) Kate Spade Hayes Street Small Isobel, Guava. (Also in Black, Saffron, Warm Cognac, or Cement at  Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s,)

Why I like this bag: (1) The structured, top-handle style and Goldilocks-perfect size of small make it so versatile. It’s a great size for wearing with a refined dress, suit or dressy pants/skirt and blouse–with or without the shoulder strap–but it also is large enough for me to carry my card case, phone, keys, phone charger, lipstick, mirror, and my bottle of homemade salad dressing. Yay!  (2) The pebbled texture means it’s less prone to show small scratches/marks–and can be worn dressed down, with jeans and a tee. (3) The four gold feet keep the leather on the bottom of the bag from coming in contact with dirty/greasy surfaces. (3) The detachable shoulder strap allows the bag to be worn hands-free. (4) The loops for the shoulder strap are hidden inside the bag, so they don’t show if you don’t want to attach and use the strap. (5) The workmanship and quality are top notch, which means this bag, if taken care of, will last a lifetime. (6) The tassel bow! (7) The zippered center pocket provides a safe place to keep my card case and keys. I love, love, love this bag!




(ABOVE) Warm Cognac.


(ABOVE) Saffron.


(ABOVE) Black.


(ABOVE) Cement.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Leave off the shoulder strap for a refined ladylike look or add the shoulder strap for a more casual feeling.



(ABOVE) In the video I’m wearing an Hermes Clic Clac H Bracelet in white, and Satya PearlRose Quartz, and White Jade Stretch Bracelets. 


(ABOVE & BELOW) In this video (and photograph), I’m wearing Hemp Organics Berry Lip Tint and Hemp Organics Rose Lip Tint, both of which are USDA certified 95 percent organic. (For my review of these two lip tints, see my “Favorites, April 2017” post.)

Hemp-Organics-Colorganics-Berry-LipTint  Hemp-Organics-Rose-Lip-Tint

WHAT I WORE (Clothing)

PINK TOP: Isaac Mizrahi (See full-length photographs and video of me wearing this top here) / CREAM TOP: Cloud Nine (Similar in Split Neck, Bateau Neck) / PANT: Trina Turk (Similar Ann TaylorTalbots).

WHAT I WORE (Jewelry/Accessories)

BELT: Ralph Lauren (Similar Color Ralph Lauren Here, Here; Talbots Here, Here) / BRACELET 1:  Hermes Clic Clac H Bracelet / BRACELET 2,3,4:  Satya PearlRose Quartz, and White Jade Stretch Bracelets. 

Note: The Talbots Friends & Family Event has been extended through Sunday! Receive 30 percent off your entire purchase. Use Code FRIENDS30 when you check out.

MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)

FACE MOISTURIZER: MiEssence Rejuvenating Moisturiser / LIPS/EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: Zuzu Gluten-Free Dual Powder Foundation D-7 and D-24 applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here / LIPS:  Hemp Organics Berry Lip Tint and Hemp Organics Rose Lip Tint / CHEEKS: Gabriel Vibrant Pink Powder Blush / EYESHADOW: Gabriel Color Classic Matte Nude Eye Shadow Trio / LASHES: 100% Pure Ultra-Lengthening Mascara, Black Tea. (Some links in this post are affiliates. More information here.) 

NOTE: 100% Pure Is Also Available in the UK, Europe, and Canada! Here are the links: 100% Pure Europe100% Pure UK100% Pure Canada

YouTube Video

Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Talbots-Side-Ruched-Tee  Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Talbots-Bateau-Neck-Tee

Split Neck              Bateau Neck

Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Ralph-Lauren-Tri-Strap-Belt  Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Ralph-Lauren-Saffiano-Leather-Belt

Tri-Strap Belt           Saffiano-Leather Belt

Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Talbots-Covered-Buckle-Belt-Sienna  Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Talbots-Gold-Buckle-Belt-Spring-Sienna

Covered-Buckle Belt       Gold Buckle Belt

  Classic-Fashion-Over-40-50-Ann-Taylor-Devin-Fit-Crop  Classic-Fashion-Over-40-Talbots-Hampshire-Double-Weave-Ankle-Pant

Ann Taylor Pant             Talbots Pant