Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Saint Francis Couture Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts Just For Her

Saint Francis Couture

The holidays are the perfect time to treat the lady on your list to a luxurious gift. Many women will tell you that they can never have enough bags or shoes – so I’d like to introduce you to a company called Saint Francis Couture, who offer all sorts of items for the fashionista on your list!

Saint Francis Couture carry stylish shoes, bags, apparel, and accessories – and though most of their designs feature fun animal prints, this fur is strictly faux: Founder Tere Albanese started the company because she felt the world needed an upscale, cruelty free shoes and accessories boutique.

Africa Big Bag

Africa Big Bag – $85.00

I received a complimentary Africa Big Bag to review, and at 19″ wide by 12″ tall and 6 1/2″ deep, the name is no joke: This is one large bag! Perfect for weekend trips and carry-on, I knew right away that this bag would come in handy. We often head over to Portland to stay with family for a day or two, and I’m not going to lug over a huge suitcase for just one night; so I usually ended up packing my clothes and toiletries in grocery bags. Not exactly chic! The Africa Big Bag is the perfect “In-Between” bag for just these sort of outings – an extra big purse that you can carry your necessities in.

My bag has traveled to two different states so far, and it’s been a great thing to have. I first used it to pack my things for WordCamp, and I also brought it along on my recent Seattle trip to see Maroon 5. I used this bag to carry my clothes, hair products, flat iron, and all the other essentials of travel. It didn’t quite fit everything I needed for WordCamp, so I took an extra bag along with me on that trip; but it held all the items I needed for Seattle, so all I took for that outing was my Africa Big Bag and my big makeup tote!

I liked the zippered pocket inside the bag and also the outer side pockets – I can definitely see where those would be handy in an airport for keeping important items handy. The only thing I could suggest to add is perhaps a wider opening or more compartments, just to make it easier to locate your items without having to rummage through the whole bag.

I love the look of this bag and how chic it is to tote with me on my travels – this really suits my personality!

Africa Ankle Boot

Africa Ankle Boot – $58.00

I also received a pair of matching Africa Ankle Boots. These shoes run very small; the product page advises you to purchase a whole size bigger, so I told them I would probably need a 9 since I usually wear an 8. The boots I received are 9 1/2, and they are still extremely snug! I wore these just long enough to try them on and take a picture – unfortunately, I injured my knees at the gym, and I can’t wear heels again until I recover. :( They feel so tight that I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wear them because of the size, but again, I only kept them on for a minute because of my injury. However, you can always return or exchange your purchase if the size doesn’t work out. And I do love what a chic ensemble the shoes and bag make!

My Saint Francis Couture!

My bag & shoes from Saint Francis Couture!

Products from Saint Francis Couture are available on their website and also in several brick and mortar retail stores – click here to find a location near you.

13 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Saint Francis Couture Review

  1. First of all you are so beautiful! Second, what an insanely rockin bag!!! Going to check this out for my sister who is far more stylish than I. ;)

    Lee

  2. I could seriously rock the heck outta those boots at my next pretrial hearing (I’m an attorney, not a defendant!)! Those are awesome, and so affordable!

  3. You really look so stylish! They the boots and the purse…ohh,this is gorgeous !!!!! Wow, thanks for sharing this. The bag looks really big which i totally love. Very nice indeed.

  4. How cool! I love that they only use faux fur and are about the cruelty-free products! Good to know that the shoes run small-but what an ensemble!!

  5. Great boots! After two years of being pregnant and then chasing a toddler, I don’t know if I can wear heels anymore!

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