Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Fanny Packin'

The Hands-Free Guide to Enjoying your Limbs


 Photos by Zainab T.


(Jacket: Vintage/ Pants: Topshop/ T-shirt: Maison Scotch/ Bag: Coach/ Bracelets: Hermes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, BCBG/ Shoes: Zara)

Oh my word, hi guys!!! Were you worried I’d been abducted? Robbed? Slashed at the throat? No? Well, that’s not very comforting for me. Either way though, I wasn’t, so he ha ho. 


Now now, I know what you're all wondering; that the season for florals and colors has long surpassed us as the dreary days of Fall lie on the horizon. However, it is just the beginning of summer-time in the Southern Hemisphere of planet Earth, and why not take our learnings from the Northern Hemisphere summers and cascade it down to our friends with reverse flushing toilets? 


As so eloquently encapsulated in Exhibit A above, I'm wearing a leather Coach fanny-pack over my Northern (or Southern, depending on how you're coming at it) Sanctuary. 

That's right, folks! If there's anything we've learned from this past summer, and subsequently, from the FW '13 Fashion Shows, it's that fannies are in, and hands are out. This Coach piece is designed with a belt loop at the back so you can wear it as a chic fanny pack or a cross-body bag; allowing your arms and hands the freedom they so vehemently desire. Think of all the great things your hands desired to do, but were previously bound by purse handles and such. And if you can't think of any, here's a hands-free guide to enjoying your upper body limbs:


Look! My hands are free! I am now free to engage in obscene gestual poses that aids in terrifying the innocent on-lookers (see the lady on the train behind me).



Practicing for an audition on Dancing with the Stars. Listen guys, we are fashion bloggers. We lead busy lives.  Between being photographed by street style photographers and returning all the clothes we bought just to be photographed in, ain't no body got time to break a move! Fanny-packin' allows us to multi-task; the now unshackled arms and legs are free to bust out a move at any given time. You can twerk, werq, teach someone how to do the Dougie, hell, you can even do the Macarena. Go ahead and try these dance moves with a conventional hand-bag. I double dog dare you. 


Put your hands in your pants. Where our hands were previously occupied by carrying bulky purses; they are now free to move about your body as you please. Not only are hands in the pockets directly synonymous with being chic, but can also be utilized for the manipulation of your fun zone. I call them: pleasure me pockets.



 Acting like a Bo$$. There's no better use of arms than to fold them in a manner (and thusly stimulating much needed blood circulation, previously halted by the burdens of shoulder/hand bags) that says that you belong to the cast of The Sopranos family, or alternatively, you're a douchebag. 

 Communicate with the world more seamlessly. This is how I reel in the mens.


...And if the reeling in of the mens fails, see same sex. I can now utilize my newly untanged arms and hands to greet and acknowledge my fellow Earthlings (see also: repairing damaged relationships).

Lifting heavy objects. My purse is so secure on the said fanny that I can now utilize my upper body limbs to lift items of the wheel and anchor variety (upper body strength of a kitten notwithstanding). Here are three separate ways to engage your now freed limbs in heavy haul lifting, and thusly, impress the mens with your newly formed biceps.

Shooting your opponents. I think I speak on behalf of all my readers when I say that I'm aiming for the likes of Chiara Ferragni and other Creme-of-the-crop fashion bloggers.

This is pretty self-explanatory, but the days of starvation and malnutrition are behind us. Why have one drink, when you can have two?


Enjoying a tete-a-tete with extra-terrestrial objects (or other inflatable items that resemble a p3n!5).  E.T. no longer has to face neglect and call home on it's home. Additionally, I can now prepare for E.T. : The Musical. Eat your heart out, Spielberg. 

And while we're on the subject of Spielberg.. HEY BRUCE!

Also a versatile use for the said limbs; waving your country's flag in honor. Here's to you, Canada, the land of extremely hard nipple weather and Justin Bieber infestation.


Hands may also be utilized to nurture objects of  nature. Or perhaps your children, who had previously been neglected for the Celine Boston Luggage.

So tell me, what will you be utilizing your unchained hands for?

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  1. You WERKED! those prints : )
    Love the outfit and your pictures are hilariously gorgeous.

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  2. Rox, I missed you and I love you! This post is timely. I have been lucky; Mr Fascinata bought me a Chanel bag in Paris (I know) and prior to the purchase I was getting around the traps in Paris with a leather 'bum-bag' as we say it (I know) anyway......today I said to my good GF...this Chanel shoulder bag placement is hard work due to the slippery chain. Shocking. .beautiful colour in your outfit!

  3. Unchained habds, what a blessing.. I will use to eat without spilling all over me....
    Its still summer in my country too, this outfit is perfect, loved your jacket..
    Keep in touch,

  4. Ooo, I can't go back the the fanny pack of the 80's, but I have been eyeing that Coach bag in blue.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  5. wow, gorgeous! :) these colours are sooo amazing, I'm in a better mood now :)


  6. Haha, love the pictures! Not sure I'll graduate to fanny pack levels of cool, though :)

  7. Your photos are just too much fun for words, incredible! I seriously want all your clothes and shoes and accessories. I love how you decided to incorporate a pop of yellow with the wonderful bag.

  8. Wow! So powerful and colorful! Love your pictures!
    Wishing you a perfect week!


  9. This post is so nicely written I love how you tied everything together. Also you look beautiful xx


  10. As a Canadian, I take offence at the Justin Bieber comment:P
    But seriously, that fanny pack is awesome. I'm probably the only person on earth who's always loved them.

  11. Oh man! I almost bought those Zara heels and now I wish I did!


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  12. Love the colors! These floral patterns look beautiful on you! So pretty and full of fun. What a great day out and about! And your fanny pack is brilliant!

  13. Stunning pics! What a chic look! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  14. This is too much fun. Love all the pattern layering!


  15. Fun, beautiful photos, as always! You look amazing! The double floral print is stunning. Love how cheery and colourful you always look :)



  16. 1) love your outfit, the colours are effing amazing
    2) your posts always make me smile with your great photos, you have fun. It's awesome.
    3) hands free! love it

  17. Greetings from the southern hemisphere! Today did not involve nipples of the hard variety at all, in fact I sat in the sun and am now lobster-fied >:(
    I totes rock a fanny pack (cross body bag) on a daily basis! I find it super conducive to shopping, a task that requires all the arms you got! In my case, only two :-/
    PS I am in LOVE with this whole outfit - you sure know how to ROCK some color :-D

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  18. How beautiful and colorful, dear! You look really amazing! I love these photos :)


  19. Hahah funny post and your outfit is very cool! You didn't tell us you're going on a vacation like last year so I was wondering what happened to you. Also, I like your goal with the likes! So I'm gonna keep on liking, following and commenting on your blog! Good luck!

    Sun and Sany

  20. Hehe, that bag is so cute! And such a fun, modern version of the ones people had on 80's and 90's. I would actually wear that :) And, I love that colorful look, it's so amazing on you! ♥ xoxo

  21. what a funny post!
    I really like your style and your blog.
    we can follow each other.

  22. You are the only person who makes the fanny pack look totally glamorous! Love this entire outfit and you always rock. Have a great week gorgeous!

    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

  23. Great pics and an amazing outfit! :)


  24. Yaay!!! At last a new post has been born. Huhh?!... You need to know how i waited for a new post here on your blog. I kept on visiting lol At one point i just had to Chill out. Hehee.. No doubt you always rock in suits. You look super lush.

  25. i suddenly feel inadequate by my lack of arm functionality today....you opened my eyes to everything ive been missing hahaha!!! ps how on earth do you make a yellow fanny pack look sooo good......actually considering one now.....as if my husband didn't already have enough to complain about. you look stunning as usual :)
    brooke @ what2wear

  26. those pictures are so fun and full of life

    will you like to follow each-other

  27. This post is SO hilarious! You always make me smile so much! I love that you are chic and trendy and fabulous but you also have a wonderful sense of humor!

    Xo, Hannah


  28. great post, I have those exact same zara shoes!!! love them!!

  29. "Here's to you, Canada, the land of extremely hard nipple weather and Justin Bieber infestation."

    Haha. You're so funny and cute as a button!

  30. Roxy how much fun are you having, you are killing me, this is so great and fanny pack all the way girl!

  31. Felt in love once again with your inspiring, motivating, bright, happy and funny pics :-) ... Especially the one with the lady on the train is so awesome :-) ... And why not wearing flowers in fall? I LOVE wearing flowers in fall, too! And why not wearing pink in fall? I LOVE it :-) ... Let's break mainstream rules and wear clothes feeling us happy :-) ... - Kisses from Vienna,


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  32. you look so cute! i love seeing you being silly!

  33. OMG great to see you back to rock our worlds Rox.....seriously I missed your snarky-ness! And thanks for keeping up with your promise of being true to yourself & giving us real-life poses. Thanks too for giving us a rare glimpse of summer via your yellow purse & floral outfit!


  34. wow you look amazing! love the outfit


  35. A'propos your question; sure! Your photo with flag is beautiful, I'm fascinated to Canada! :D

  36. LOL Rox you are so much fun. I love your line "this is how I reel in the mens". As someone from the end of the reverse flushing toilets, this whole new stylish fanny pack trend is completely new to me. I'm not sure I'll be wearing one ASAP but I'd love to spend a day out with you. You have way more than your share of the fun :D. Have a great weekend! sparkle2day.com

  37. haha, this is such a fun post! You still haven't convinced me to give up my hand held or cross body bags, but you have given me a giggle! :)

    Away From The Blue

  38. Beautiful look, a shooting with lots of fun!
    I followed you already btw. ;)

  39. Gorgeous outfit and photos!!! Love your style darling!


  40. You look absolutely fabulous dear!
    Mafalda ❤

  41. Hi dear
    Thanks for your comment some weeks ago on my blog
    So funny outfit

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  42. such an amazing outfit!

    Wanna follow each other on GFC/FB and Instagram ?

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  43. Gorgeous look and hehe looks like you had TONS of fun shooting these photos ;)


  44. Hey hey! Welcome back my love! I have missed you and your bewitching words ever so! Now I hate fanny packs, or as we call them here in the Southern Hemi bum bags! Ok I hate them. Like hate, hate them. Buuuut this brilliant article may have somewhat sold me on the idea. If not for acting like a bo$$, reeling in guys (if that fails, stylishly clad girls) or shooting down opponents then meeting with inflatables and extraterrestrials totes had me! Like that silly seen from Jerry Maguire, you had me at hello.


  45. Perfection you know, i love all the items about you

    Happy Monday :)

  46. That is definitely a fun way to wear your bag! Plus, it's so cute, I'm sure it would look awesome, no matter how you hold it (or don't hold it!)
    Chic on the Cheap

  47. amazing!!! and congrats to the photographer!! <3

    Thanks for stopping by! New post in BLOG.THE.DREAMS.COM kisses!

  48. Glad to always stop by your blog space. You're so hilarious, I love these fun photos. The outfit is simply spectacular, I love the vibrance and everything about it, esepcially the bag dear. xx/Madison

  49. haha, i love the look on the train drivers face. i think s/he is impressed with the use of your hands and has since ran out to buy a fanny pack - which i am sure will be perfect for holding train tickets. i have been wanting one myself for awhile now and this is way better than the ones from the 80's. xo

  50. LOL! Entertaining commentary per usual hunni! Love your pics and the pattern mixing. I can't go back to the fanny pack but it looks tempting you ;-)

  51. Lovely photos dear also very funny :)

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  52. Love the boldness of the colors in these pictures!!! Amazing.



  53. - Thank you so much for the comment lovely! I love your blog, followed you <3


  54. You look stunning as always:) That is such a rad pant suit and you pull it off beautifully. I love reading your blog just for this reason...you have the best style! I love where bright colors and loud prints like this. Life is too short for boring clothes lol.

    XO Melissa

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  55. you look like too much fun and so pretty! rad blog! I would love if you checked out my blog/followed! ~Gabriela

  56. So beautiful you are!!! Amazing colorful outfit!!!
    I love your blog!!! Let`s follow each other? ;-)


  57. i love the fact that ur so beautiful and u can be funny with ur cute post as well! <3

  58. Love the pics! It look you had so much fun hihi

    I really like your blog, what about following eachother with GFC, bloglovin and/or twitter? :)

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  59. hi dear, thank's for the comment! I'm following you on GFC (769) I'm waiting for you =)

  60. great colourfull Pictures!

  61. This entry had me DYING! you are too funny! & boy, do i WISH summer was just beginning! the dreary cold front seems to have just hit in NYC & i miss summer weather already :( i definitely could not pull off full on floral but you kill it ;)
    xx Corinne

  62. ha ha, you are hilarious. I dont have one of these bags, but I guess if I carried a bag where both my hands could be free like this, I'd use them to go shopping and pick up and try on all my favourite shoes and bags! You look great by the way, I love all the colour!


  63. Love this perfect floral suit <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  64. omg you are beautiful and you have a great sense of humour :) if you visit my blog please tell me what camera you use!!
    thank you!
    maybe you want to follow each other?
    let me know :)


  65. Pretty cool pics and I think florals are great for Fall, as you said commenting my post ! You asked that we follow each other: I am following you on Bloglovin ! :) Kisses

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  66. I'm loving this head-to-toe fancy floral look! The pop of yellow does just the trick ;)

  67. Lovely total floral look! I must say those shoes are fab because I have the same pair in black.


  68. Love your outfit it's so pretty (: x , thanks for commenting on my blog! I love your idea of following each other, do let me know after you follow me so I can follow you back (: x


  69. Great outfit!



  70. Haha, really fun and cute pics! That bag is indeed great, being handy and super pretty at the same time! I would probably use my free hands for even more iPhone pics :D

  71. Aww, stunning pics! You look super awesome as per usual.


  72. Roxie have you been taking drugs while no posting? You are getting really mean and I love it!
    I've been using those kind of haga for a while now they are incredibly comfy.
    I am glad to read you back dear.

  73. Hahaha I am laughing so hard right now. I love this post - you are so funny!

    So glad you stopped by - I will definitely be following you!

  74. Girl, this post was hilarious! You are just so funny! After the birthday party, I was like where did she go. So glad you're still blogging. I missed your posts. Rox, your suit is amazing. What a beautiful print and colors. I love Coach bags and that yellow one is fabulous. Now, I'm thinking about getting one. HaHaHa I love that punch of color. Love the lemonade pic and the bystanders faces are hilarious. Girl, give me a crossbody anyday. I do not like to be bogged down. You're just gorgeous girl! GORGEOUS!

  75. Very fun pics & lovely lovely outfit!

  76. amazing pictures, so funny
    and love your bag
    sure, let's follow each other on facebook!


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  77. this is a show stopper! omg the photos really look, especially with the outfit. the whole atmosphere and the background did participate and made your outfit way better!

    love always,

  78. These photos are way too adorable - the one with the flag tops it all!

  79. You never cease to amuse me. This post is great. I've also been a crossbody fan for pretty much my entire purse-utilizing life. They're just so useful and let me do other things, like use them as a weapon if they have a chain strap (I love those ones)!


  80. Hilarious post:) but I must say I like fannies...and having my hand free. I've never really liked bags and purses (blasphemy I know, if this was a Peter Herbert novel someone would scream abomination at me just this second)

    So Justin Bieber is from Canada?( I have to admit I admire myself a little for managing not to know at least that...though like most people I have a lot of useless info in my head.) I'm not sure does the fact that Margaret Atwood is from Canada helps to redeem the country's karma record. It would take more;)

    great photos, great outfit:)

  81. Lovely!


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