Hello everyone!! It has been a while since I’ve given a life update on here so here we go!

It has been crazy in the house of Simply Jules. My birthday is just a few weeks away and my team and I have been working extremely hard preparing something really special for the big day! I am such a fan of birthdays; I think they are such an easy and fun excuse for you to go that extra mile in pampering yourself with everything and everyone you love. I can’t get into too much detail about what we have planned, but I promise you it is pretty. darn. huge… so I can’t wait to show you. May 11th. Keep an eye out.

In other news, I have a new bag!! (As if I needed anymore…) But I will say that I was very much overdue due for a new mini. My bags are either too big which I use for work, or too small for when I go out at night that I can’t even fit my iPhone 6 Plus which is always annoying when you’re out. So finally I found this black leather cross body by COCOVANN and it is beautiful! It is that perfect in between size that can be brought from day to night effortlessly, which is the exact mission of the brand. From the office to happy hour to a night on the town, no more switching bags a million +1 times. Plus, the durability of the leather is flawless! I never understood spending so much money on leather bags that get scratched by a fleck of dust. What I really love about COCOVANN is that they value the working woman – acknowledging the responsibilities of work and life while still being stylish and chic. The girl boss meets the party girl and everything in between with this handbag and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Check out how I styled it below – a super simple and comfortable look while the bag does the talking. I’ll most likely be carrying this bag out with me over the weekend so stay tuned on Instagram Stories to watch it take on Chicago night life!

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