a *Better Life* Bag.

Have you gotten something in the mail that you immediately love so much that you drop everything and put it on?

That’s what happened when my Better Life Bag arrived. 

I’m so impressed by Rebecca’s business. In her words, there are two focuses of Better Life Bags.
Better Life Bags has two purposes. 
  1. Involve my customers in the design process.  Each bag is designed by you!  I have basic styles that are customized further by your choice of fabric and add-on options.  Each bag is unique and essentially one of a kind!
  2. Give back to those in need.  We started by loaning 10% of every purchase to low income entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva  and were able to loan over $2,000 to the people you see here.  Incredible.  NOW, we hire first generation immigrant women in our community who otherwise could not work outside the home.  We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families.  Each bag is lovingly made with their hands and each purchase gives respect and dignity to their lives.”
After I received my bag, Rebecca and I e-mailed back and forth and she mentioned that the woman who made my bag took her earnings and bought beds for her children, who were sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

I was speechless. And so grateful for the opportunity to help someone that I’ll never meet provide beds for her children.

And I’m reminded of it every time I wear this bag, the “Molly”.

It’s the perfect mix of neutrals and pattern to go with nearly any outfit. And the size is perfect for a crossbody bag.

If you are in the market for a crossbody like mine, or a small pouch or a e-reader case, or practically anything, check out Better Life Bags. You get to customize it so it’s perfectly tailored to what your preferences. How often is that an option when you are shopping for something?

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Comments (59)

  1. Posted January 4, 2013

    This is amazing! Such a blessing to look adorable all while helping others. I might have to order one (or 20) of these, so cute!

    xo~Bethany @ theclassybee.com

  2. Sabrina says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    That bag is stunning! And I love the concept of the company too!

  3. bnfunky says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wow, what a cool company with a sweet mission πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wow, that’s awesome! That brought tears to my eyes.

    And the bag is gorgeous! It looks so nice πŸ™‚

  5. Posted January 4, 2013

    The bag is gorgeous. I really love the background information you provided on the company. It sounds like such a fantastic idea and such a wonderful program. Going to check out their website now!

  6. Posted January 4, 2013

    Great to hear that this company is local to me.

  7. Posted January 4, 2013

    want one now.

    xo – heather
    This Life Is Yours Blog

  8. Lex LB says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    What a great opportunity!

  9. Jenn D says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    What a great concept! I’m definitely going to look into them. Love the bag you chose!
    With Luck

  10. Alissa says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    I really like the straps and handles on that purse!

  11. Posted January 4, 2013

    This bag is SOOOO cute! I totally want to get one! And what color do you have on your nails in the picture? It’s super cute too.

    • Kate says
      Posted January 4, 2013

      It’s called Miami Beet by OPI

    • Posted January 4, 2013

      I’m so glad someone else asked this! I adore that color on your nails, but felt so silly asking in response to such a lovely post! That bag is adorable, and I can’t wait to go browse their website and find out more about the company. Oh, and I also can’t wait to go to Ulta this afternoon and buy some Miami Beet! πŸ˜‰

    • Kate says
      Posted January 4, 2013

      Never hesitate to ask!

  12. Posted January 4, 2013

    uhhhh it’s called The Molly?!?!?!?! i think this bag and i are meant to be.

    • Kate says
      Posted January 4, 2013


  13. Posted January 4, 2013

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely checking this out right now.

  14. Posted January 4, 2013

    Very cute bag, and such a great story!

    When you ordered the “Molly”, did you make any changes to the bag? It seems to look a little differnt in your pictures than what they have on the website.

    • Kate says
      Posted January 4, 2013

      The leather on mine is newer, more of a caramel-y color!

  15. Posted January 4, 2013

    very cool in all possible ways

  16. Yvonne says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wow! I’m going to have to buy a bag for myself, my sister, my niece, and my mom.

  17. Posted January 4, 2013

    Love it. Taking a look at the site right now!

  18. Lauren says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    This is amazing!! I’ve been looking at the website and am considering getting one as a transitional diaper bag for my toddler/purse for me. What a wonderful cause! Thanks for sharing!



  19. Beth says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    These bags are fantastic – more many reasons! Thanks for the introduction to them. I think I may be sporting one in the near future!

  20. Posted January 4, 2013

    Love the bag! Where did you get your cardigan? I’ve been looking for a longer one for forever!!

    • Kate says
      Posted January 4, 2013

      j.crew factory! πŸ™‚

    • Posted January 4, 2013

      Do you remember the color name? I’ve been looking for a sweater in this shade FOREVER. I found one that is more orange, but might look more pink in real life.

  21. Posted January 4, 2013

    What a great company! I love it when you buy something and can feel really good about your purchase because you know it’s helping someone!

  22. Posted January 4, 2013

    The bag is so cute, and what a great company! I’ll have to check them out.


    Kristina does the Internets

  23. Holli says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    I love the idea and simply must get one! Thanks for sharing the story of a great company!

  24. Lauren says
    Posted January 4, 2013

    This bag is fabulous! I am really loving bags with hints of leather right now and have been carrying this one around non-stop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/116065355/extra-large-leather-and-linen-tote
    Thanks for sharing about such an amazing company- I look forward to checking out their website!

  25. Posted January 4, 2013

    Saved this website for future purchases! Hopefully they ship to Canada. Thanks for sharing Kate πŸ™‚


  26. Posted January 4, 2013

    Thanks for sharing such a great product and company! Though I’m trying to curb extra spending, I’m definitely going to save this for future purchases!

  27. Posted January 4, 2013

    I love your design and I love companies that give back!

    Actually I am currently hosting a giveaway for CampusBookRentals.com which donates to Operation Smile. Stop by and enter if you can!

  28. Posted January 4, 2013
  29. Posted January 4, 2013

    Love your new bag and those riding boots! They are both super cute!



  30. Posted January 4, 2013

    Love the bag, boots, the whole outfit! I just put my order in for my own custom bag!

  31. Posted January 4, 2013

    So awesome! I love the bag and the cause – it’s definitely a win win!

  32. Posted January 5, 2013

    Fashion with a Mission! Got to love it.
    Are these families in the United States?
    I need to check out the website. πŸ™‚

    Jenny Leigh

  33. Posted January 5, 2013

    LOVE IT! I had the same feeling about a bag recently. I got a Grateful bag (www.gratefulbags.com) for Christmas and couldn’t wait to use it. I admit that I used it before Christmas, then gave it to my mom to wrap so I could open it. I love anything monogrammed, so I got the Abbie & Maggie. All these bags have such cute names, just like your Molly. πŸ™‚

  34. Posted January 5, 2013

    LOVE! I want one so bad!

  35. Posted January 5, 2013

    where did you get your boots? ive been looking for some and love these!

  36. Posted January 5, 2013

    kate – love the bag! how long did you wait between ordering and actually getting the bag? thanks! jarrin

  37. Posted January 5, 2013

    Rebecca is awesome! I love my better life bag!

  38. Corinna says
    Posted January 5, 2013

    What a great bag and an even better story! Love their ereader cases. I was wondering where you buy your supplies for making jewelry?

  39. Kelly says
    Posted January 5, 2013

    Your outfit TOTALLY rocks!! Love the colours and layers πŸ™‚

  40. Posted January 5, 2013

    i love your outfit! you always look so classy πŸ™‚ xx

  41. MFRANZ9 says
    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great gift idea….putting smiles on 2 people at once. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

  42. MFRANZ9 says
    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great gift idea….putting smiles on 2 people at once. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

  43. chel says
    Posted January 7, 2013

    Just ordered one!!!
    Fell in love with her stuff, her message and her cute little family πŸ™‚

    how long did it take for your bag to come in??

  44. Carrie says
    Posted February 8, 2013

    Kate, where is your boyfriend cardigan from that you are wearing in this post?? So cute. I love the length. Thank you so much for sharing useable beauty tips, but even more so – for sharing your heart with each of us women who read your blog. Such a needed encouragement! God bless,

  45. SLP says
    Posted March 7, 2013

    I’ve been hunting for a new crossbody for weeks! Going to check this out right NOW because once you find a purse you love, it’s nearly impossible to find another! Thanks!

  46. Erin P. says
    Posted March 8, 2013

    Where did you get your boots? They’re great! I’ve been looking for a nice pair of boots forEVER!

  47. Posted April 12, 2013

    I’m ordering the laptop bag! I also did a post on them. Great minds think alike.


    Love your blog! XO

  48. Posted May 4, 2013

    How do you feel about the size of the bag? I’m deciding between the Molly & the Beverly and I’m just wondering what you think of yours regarding size and what you can fit inside. Any insight you have would be very helpful! Thank you!

    – Michelle

  49. Posted July 16, 2013

    Beautiful bag. Also try samsonite small bags http://store.samsoniteindia.com/small-bags.html

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  51. Posted January 2, 2014

    I loveee the white stripe/blue cover. How much did yours cost? I’m going to hint to my husband that I want this for my birthday LOL. Hopefully it’ll fit my laptop (Toshiba Satellite).


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