By Lisa Penza

For the tech savvy eco-warrior, keep your laptop on you with the Targus Spruce EcoSmart™ Messenger. I quite literally go nowhere without my computer, and this messenger is both lightweight and roomy while still compact. Carry this comfortably with its adjustable shoulder strap. Plus I can feel my carbon footprint decreasing, as the bag is made of polyester created from recycled plastic bottles. Stay connected AND go green! For more information, check

My wavy hair makes it extra important to have a flat iron wherever I go, so Personalization Mall’s Personalized Confetti Dot Flat Iron Case holds my iron within my bag. Cute and colorful, this will hold both my styling tools and a few styling accessories in an extra pocket and keep everything together. Check out this and other cute personalized items at

Stephanie Johnson’s collection of bags is both stylish and handy. Coming in many types in matching collections, mix and match to create your own set! The ERELA Jewelry Clutch keeps your baubles untangled and protected, and the JENNY Train Case comes with a clear plastic pouch to ensure no surprise spills or leaks. Remove detachable mesh pouches in the ML Traveler to give yourself exactly how much room you need to pack. My favorite, the GIDGET Compact Brush Case, has slots for four makeup brushes as well as a detachable pouch for makeup storage. Small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to keep your daily makeup organized while you’re out. The designs are super chic and the bags are cute enough for daily use. Start your set at

The Epicureanist’s On-The-Go-Tote is a wine lovers dream. With summer coming, picnic and beach season starting, what better way to transport your favorite wines? I fit my favorite Riesling along with a glass for myself and my best wine buddy, a corkscrew, wine stopper and other important accessories. I can’t think of a single summer event that won’t be best served with cool glass of white wine. Check for more details!

The photographers best friend, Gura Gear’s Chobe 19-24L can be converted to fit any camera and combination of lenses, plus much more. While traveling, a camera is key to capture those memorable moments and having the right bag to carry and protect out point-and-shoots is especially important. The Chobe is more than just a camera bag, almost a portable photo lab with compartments for a 15 inch laptop, iPad or other tablet, and convertible compartments for assorted lenses. Take out the compartments and the bag can be used for daily commuting, with room for a Kindle and expandable to fit whatever you need for your day on the job. Grab the perfect camera bag at

Originally published June 2012
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