Little Orange Bag & Cherry Blossoms

This is a special post. A milestone, if you will. It’s my biggest collaboration ever with … Coach! Yes, the Coach. I’m now the proud owner of a little orange bag that’s going to make anything I wear with it pop.

With blogging you don’t get performance reviews or anything, so when someone big takes notice it’s hard not to get excited. It gives me that ‘I must be doing something right’ feeling. Sometimes I get doubts. Blogs are time-consuming, hard to grow, and the industry is competitive. Having your hard work recognized makes it all worth it, whether it’s by a brand or by you, my lovely readers.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to think I’m only in it for the collabs. That’s the last thing I want, though I know some people think all bloggers are freebie-obsessed narcissists. They’re definitely a perk, but they’re not everything. I see them as creative opportunities. Something to make a story from. In the beginning I’d randomly pick out locations and outfits but lately I’ve been trying to really plan my shoots.

Before blogging I tried getting into styling. I worked as an assistant on a few shoots and even did one on my own. I soon decided it wasn’t worth it. The days were long, unpaid, doing returns was a bitch, and I never got access to the photos. That’s why blogging appealed to me. It’s all the styling with much less hassle, plus interacting with great people. IMHO it’s pretty amazing that there are girls & guys out there making fashion magazine-worthy editorials without the huge team and million dollar budget. Not saying that my photos are, but that’s the goal.

I wanted to make my outfit like the bag: simple but eye-catching. I upgraded a classic leather jacket/white tee/ripped jeans look with the bright bag and corset belt. I’m glad corsets are back. My belt’s been sitting in my closet for ages because I was in a style rut with it. Wearing it casually is the perfect way to add subtle romance for those spring walks under the cherry blossoms.



  • Jessi Malay

    I love how you paired this look with that corsetted waist belt… so chic! <3

    XO Jessi,

  • Lindsey of The Nomis Niche

    Don’t you love this bag?! I have the same one and have been rocking it every day. You look great girl!

    Love, Lindsey

    • Maria

      Yes, it’s the cutest! I’ve only worn it for the shoot so far but I plan on changing that soon 🙂

  • Lux G.

    Wow, congrats! Partnering with a big brand is indeed a milestone. That is one really gorgeous bag. The color surprisingly goes with anything! So versatile.

    Love your outfit. And you couldn’t have chosen a better location for this shoot. Cherry blossoms is love!

    • Maria

      Thank you! I’ve only worn it for the shoot so far because I need a bigger bag for the day but I’m excited for more styling opportunities 🙂

  • Paola

    Lovely pics and your mini bag is everything!
    Kisses, Paola.
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    • Maria

      Thanks Paola xx

  • Monika

    Major kudos to you! Coach is a big deal and you definitely don’t have to worry about being perceived as a freebie obsessed blogger. You can always tell when someone is only interested in that and nothing else. Your content is more personal and genuine. I’m not normally an orange person but I do love the contrast it creates with the rest of your outfit.


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    • Maria

      Aw thanks Monika! It’s actually my first orange piece but I really like the colour and can’t wait to wear it more.

  • Paola

    Have a lovely day darling!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  • Christina Gliati

    Oh the bag is so sweet and I love those cherry trees! Kisses!

    • Maria

      Thanks Christina! xx

  • Inna

    Congrats babe! This orange cutie is so beautiful! I love pop of color and you styled it just perfectly. And as blogger you always need smth new – I can’t get enough of clothes and accessories =) Kisses!

    • Maria

      Thank you! It’s my first really colourful bag if you can believe it.

  • Swankyvee

    The bag is beautiful. Nice one

  • HsinWei HO

    so cool!! such an amazing collaboration! congrats !! you look really great in this pair of jeans btw. love the belt touch and amazing photos with beautiful blossoms.
    x HsinWei

    • Maria

      Thanks so much! xx

  • shasha

    This orange cutie is so beautiful.
    Lovely pics and your mini bag is everything.
    Your special post is very nice.
    Thank you so much for sharing this nice blog post.

  • Nataliy

    Just saw this collab and want to say congratulations girl!! 🙂 Always know your worth and where you’re going in your blogging business. That will allow you to take the right steps in achieving those goals.

    This cherry blossom street is absolutely breathtaking by the way! I was hoping to find one like this in Japan, but we JUST missed the cherry blossom season, so sadly I only saw particular types of tree that were still in bloom- but not all together. 🙁

    • Maria

      Thank you!! Aw that’s too bad, I love it when they’re all together and create canopies. They’re all gone now and I miss them 🙁

  • Leena Kurtis

    Very beautiful background and your bag is awesome.