Dapper Duffels: Picking the Duffel Bag

The gym isn’t a fashion show. You don’t need to be the best dressed to get the best workout, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid upgrading your look. No need to toss those old college t-shirts you love to lift in—polish your work-to-gym-to-weekend-getaway ensemble with the perfect duffel bag.

We’ve compiled a list of the five most handsome bags—from casual to chic.


Everlane The Weekender Duffel in Blue Everlane The Weekender

Just like its namesake, The Weekender duffel bag is flexible, fun, and irresistible. This waterproof canvas bag is ideal for commuters or folks on short trips—it fits perfectly under Amtrak seats or in overhead compartments. Its casual colors combined with slick leather detailing will get you from the office to the gym to the beach in one weekend flat. everlane.com, $95

Birchbox Topo Design Duffel Bag Topo Designs Duffel Bag

This world is tough, but this classic duffel can handle it. Complete with a Cordura shell, Topo’s classic bag survives everything from a jostling morning commute to the airline’s baggage carousel. A waterproof interior will keep your stinkin’ wet gym clothes isolated from the outside world, and a seatbelt-grade detachable shoulder strap gives you extra flexibility when lugging this duffel all around town. birchbox.com, $129

FORUCK Mil Kit Bag GORUCK Mil Kit Bag

There are pretty overnight bags and there are gritty gym bags, then there are GORUCK kit bags. This bag is for the heavy packer—we’re talking helmet, survival gear, and ammo. You don’t need to be a paratrooper to appreciate this military-grade quality pack. Made in the USA, GORUCK’s kit bag is waterproof, has 84 liters of space, and features tons of interior and exterior pockets for all the small things. goruck.com, $195

Task Jackson Duffel Bag Trask Jackson Duffel Bag

We know you train dirty in the gym, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the finer things in life. Hidden inside this handsome wool duffel bag is stinky gym gear soaked with an hours-worth of sweat, but the outside world only sees antiqued brass hardware and a beautifully traditional design. Perfect for work and weekend jaunts, even better for tricking your colleagues into thinking you’re sophisticated. nordstrom.com, $625

Moore and Giles James Club Bag Moore & Giles James Club Bag

Ditch the dowdy duffels, and pack this smart leather bag with all your weekend essentials. It might not appear to be the kind of bag you’d schlep to the gym, but with a water-resistant interior, the James Club Bag will keep your workout gear from stinking up the place. Zippered pockets keep your phone and wallet safe and snug, while a removable shoulder strap makes carrying this sleek duffel a breeze.mooreandgiles.com, $615

Originally published at http://www.wodlounge.com/picking-duffel-bag/

Weekly Wedding Look: Lovely Lavender

Elegant and simple, lavender is the perfect inspiration for a classic bridal look. Slip into Winifred Bean’s breathtaking Petals dress—a silk, scoop-necked bodice flows into a romantic skirt layered in lovely tulle. Bring a blush of color to this gorgeous gown by cinching your waist with a lavender ribbon. Reflect this bloom’s purple hue in your perfectly polished lilac nails, and tuck all your essentials into a lavender clutch. Contrast pale purple accessories with a dark plum Swarovski crystal necklace and black suede booties. And don’t forget your handsome groom—add a splash of lavender to his slate gray suit with a pretty purple linen tie.

WWL-Lavender-StyleWedding Features: Petals Gown: Winifred Bean | Tenoverten Nail Polish in Prince via Sephora | Khirma Eliazov “Lindsay” Clutch via Aha Life | Coralia Pendant Necklace via AUDEN | Ottavia Booties via Coclico | Plum Linen Bow Tie via Forage |

Originally posted to http://winifredbean.com/blog/2013/10/30/weekly-wedding-look-lovely-lavender by Annie Erling Gofus

Friday Round Up for WinifredBean.com

September is one of the world’s most fashionable months, with Spring 2014 collections premiering on runways from New York City to London, and now in Milan. And after weeks of work, fashion’s top models look as beautiful on Italian runways as they did in New York earlier this month. So how do they manage to look so gorgeous so consistently? Snag fool-proof makeup and hair tips from the pros who style these beauties before they hit the runway. To keep your makeup in all the right places, never skip a high quality foundation primer—try Laura Mercier’s must-have face product. If you were lucky enough to kick up your heels at a Fashion Week party or two, celebrate this weekend with cheesy, saucy carbs. Make a pilgrimage to each of New York’s 10 best pizza joints—from gouda-melted in Greenwich to jalapeno-dotted in Bushwick. Tame wild tresses with a wavy, romantic take on the classic milkmaid braid. Once you’ve mastered the sweet look, browse fairytale-inspired engagement rings online. Not your classic solitaire, this collection of rings ranges from Art Deco to simple vintage—there’s a to-die-for gem for every taste in this sparkling collection.



Originally posted to http://winifredbean.com/blog/2013/9/24/friday-round-up by Annie Erling Gofus

1. Foundation Primer via Laura Mercier | 2. Engagement Rings via Refinery29  | 3. Best Pizzas in New York via Thrillist  | 4. Fashion Week Beauty Tips via NYMag.com  | 5. Hair Tutorial via Green Wedding Shoes |

Weekly Wedding Look: Just Peachy for WinifredBean.com

Gather inspiration for your bridal style from the blush tones of an autumn peach harvest. Start your look with the elegant Winifred Bean Calla Lily gown—a strapless bustier is combined with a classic trumpet skirt to complete a sweet and structured bridal gown. Show your soft side with pale pink and gold on your eyes, rosy cheeks, and glossy nude lips. Peach and blue heels guide you down the aisle, and don’t forget sparkly jewels to add a touch of glamour—simple peach-tones gems dangle from your ears, while a bedazzled bib necklace brings glitz to your simple style. As the sun sets and the air begins to cool, stay warm with a cashmere scarf wrapped your shoulders, and maybe a little help from your handsome groom.



Originally posted to http://winifredbean.com/blog/2013/9/25/weekly-wedding-look-just-peachy-part-ii by Annie Erling Gofus

Wedding Features: Calla Lily Gown: Winifred Bean | Chantecaille The Coral Reefs  Eye Makeup Palette via Bloomingdale’s | Suzanne Kalan Rose Gold and Salmon Earrings via Thomas Laine | Bib Neckalce via Dannijo | Chan Luu Scarf via Net-a-Porter | Andree Patchwork T-Bar Platforms via  Reiss |


Workdays are a blur, making it tough to find time for fitness. The key to squeezing a quick workout into your hectic day is to simplify: Organize your schedule, manage your time, and carefully pack the bare-minimum of gear for your mad dash to and from the gym. Skip the gym bag altogether, because these bare essentials can easily fit in your purse. Start with Patagonia’s bold green running top which features a built-in bra. Throw on a pair of light shorts, then lace up Merrell’s Vapor Glove running shoes which weigh in at 10 ounces—total. Even during a quick workout, hydration is vital! Bring along Vapur’s collapsible water bottles that roll up and are easy to store when empty. And as you wipe the sweat from your brow and head off to your next appointment, stuff your stinky gym wear into Flight 001’s handy Gym Gear Bag, which separates your sweaty clothes from the clean stuff.



Originally Posted to http://www.wodlounge.com/mad-dash-gym-pack-minimalist-gym-bag-quick-workouts/

Minimalist Gym Bag Fashion Features: Gamut Sport Top via Patagonia | GTD Running Shorts via The North Face | Gym Gear Bag via Flight 001 | Barefoot Run Vapor Glove Running Shoes via Merrell |Water Bottle viaVapur |


It’s official: The word “Mancation” has its own Wikipedia page, bringing authenticity to this bro-y word. A mancation is any “guys only” excursion taken by male friends, and what guy doesn’t like a chance to kick up his feet and relax for a long weekend?

While on mancation in Lake Tahoe this summer, any mancationer worth his salt knows the importance of packing light and sporting versatile clothes. This ensemble (pictured here) takes you straight off the airplane to Lake Tahoe’s pristine hiking trails. Rep your hometown with City Sports’ Pedal Pusher Philly tee and keep warm on those chilly flights with an ultra-soft jersey hoodie. J. Crew’s Stanton shorts look great, are cozy enough to encourage a mid-flight nap, and hold up while traversing boulders out on the trails. And don’t miss the finishing touches! Killer shades might get you mistaken for a celebrity at baggage claim, and Danner’s hiking boots are a pain to kick off at airport security, but you’ll be thanking your lucky stars you have them once you set off around the lake.

You now have zero excuses to look anything but awesome on your next mancation!

Mancation Fashion Image

Originally Posted to http://www.wodlounge.com/versatile-style-mancation-airport-lake-tahoe/

Mancation Fashion Features: James Perse Lightweight Jersey Hoodie via Mr. Porter | Philly Pedal Pusher T-Shirt via City Sports | Stanton Short Cotton-Twill Shorts via J. Crew | Cromwell Sunglasses via Warby Parker| Danner Light II GTX Hiking Boots via REI |

Vineyard Style for Winifredbean.com


August 13, 2013

Warm afternoons shift into cool evenings as the sun sets over a Napa Valley vineyard.  Be inspired by the rich greens of grape vines and deep burgundies of Merlot as you plan a vineyard wedding.  Evoke the shades of irresistible wine: Bring deep purples and burgundies into watercolor-printed stationary and playful blooms in your bouquet.  Use cork-framed escort cards to guide guests to long wooden tables accented with bowls of purple artichokes.  Create your own table numbers by wrapping wine bottles with burlap and adding numbers with a little sparkle.  Then send your guests home with custom-made wine or provide baskets of soft scarves to warm your guests against Northern California’s evening chill.

Originally posted at Winifredbean.com by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo Credit: Table Centerpieces and Table Numbers: Inspired By This

Vineyard Bridal Style for Winifredbean.com


August 12, 2013

Growing grapes and mashing them into wine seems so simple, but there is a beauty and complexity to this ancient drink.  Rows of green vines and stacks of wine-stained barrels create a romantic setting for a late summer wedding.  Start with Winifred Bean’s Audrey gown: Luxurious silk crepe drapes elegantly over the shoulders and cinches at the waist evoking early 20th century screen siren sophistication.  Gather inspiration from the color of Merlot—a rich red on your cheeks is reflected in a deep burgundy on your nails.  Channel a Sonoma sunset with ruby-gemmed earrings framed in brushed gold.  Sip on sparkling wine as you wander the vineyard in deep red heels, and prepare for chilly Wine Country nights with a steel gray shawl to warm your shoulders.


Originally posted on Winifredbean.com by Ann Erling Gofus

Image compilation created by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo Credits: Dress: Winifred Bean Audrey | Earrings: Chan Luu via ShopBop Nail Polish: Essie Nail Color in Bordeaux via Macy’s | Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Sandals via Shoe Scribe | Scarf: Stella McCartney Python-Print via Net-a-Porter Blush: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee via  Sephora

Safari Rendezvous Bridal Style for Winifredbean.com


July 29, 2013

Replace wedding bells with lion roars at your safari-inspired wedding. Add a touch of rugged glamour to Winifred Bean’s luxurious chiffon Sweetheart gown with a multi-wrap leather belt. Pack all your safari essentials in a softened leather clutch as you kick up dust in the Serengheti with strappy leather wedge sandals. Add splashes of color to the Sahara with emerald green and gold on your eyes and answer the call of the wild with an exotically hued bib-style necklace–blues, golds, and greens in this statement piece pull together a safari chic look flattering on any bride.


Originally posted to Winifredbean.com by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo compilation by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo Credits: DressWinifred Bean Sweetheart | Clutch: Tri-Lock Leather Purse via TopShop | Belt: Leather Multi-Wrap Belt via ASOS | Necklace: Nocturne Win Necklace via Shopbop | Eyeshadow: Sephora + Pantone Shadow Trio in Eclipsed via Sephora | Heels: Steven Midori Strappy Sandals viaShopBop

Barnyard Bash Wedding Style for Winifredbean.com


July 22, 2013

Once simply a home for horses, barns have been reclaimed by brides as the perfect venue for tying the knot.  Start your country-inspired look withWinifred Bean’s Flounce gown, boasting gorgeous taffeta, a classic silhouette, and pockets for an added playful touch.  Walk down the aisle with a bouquet of delicate daisies and a brass bracelet embellished with ombré crystals.  After the ceremony, swap your veil for a gold and brass laurel wreath headband that pairs perfectly with your coral lipstick—the same shade as a country sunset.  And of course, no beautiful barnyard bash is complete without fancy footwear: kick up hay in unexpected Art Deco-inspired pale mint leather heels.


Originally posted to Winifredbean.com by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo compilation by Ann Erling Gofus

Photo Credits: DressWinifred Bean Flounce | Daisy Bouquet: Haile Wossen of Anthos via Southern Living | Bracelet: Lulu Frost Sunburst Bracelet via Shopbop | Lipstick: Mango Butter Lipstick in Coral via Korres | Headband: Laurier Headband via Eddera | Shoes: Pale Mint Leather Heels via Rachel Simpson