06 August 2007
CONTEST:
get your exclusive bella bags by marcía here!

The other night I was strolling around the Internets at my dear, sweet, beloved P's request, looking for what I'll call a man bag. They're quite popular here in Europe and great for the summer as pocket space is rather limited.

I picked up a nice canvas one for him at the market last week, but he's already looking toward winter and the rainy season, so I'm on a mission to find a nice leather pouch--a cross between a fanny pack and a small purse--kind of looks like a camera bag.


Anyway, I typed in "borsetta di pelle," which means small leather purse, and I stumbled across one of most wonderful sites I've seen in a long, long time: Bella Bags by Marcía
.

These are some of the cutest, most original, most fun [insert more positive, superlative adjectives here] bags I've seen, and I immediately thought of all of my wonderful readers who might also enjoy a Bella Bag or two or three, etc.

So I contacted the bella
Marcía, and starting now until 19 August, you can get your very own Bella Bag at 15% off just by entering the coupon code "bleedingespresso" at checkout!

bella bags by marcia e-party invite

These bags and other accessories make fabulous gifts--birthdays, baby showers, holidays, thanks for being my friend days, or, you know, just for yourself when you want to carry around a bag that no one you know will have.

And we *do* love to be unique, don't we?

Also, for those of you who are green-minded (go you!), Marc
ía has ultra-cool organic shopping bags made of 100% organically grown cotton that are only $14.00 a piece:

bella bags organic shopper
Here are some more of my personal favorites:

Beach Bag (now on sale!)
bella bags beach bag
Hand Bag (now on sale!)
bella bags hand bag
La Borsetta
bella bags la borsetta
Book Bag
bella bags book bag
Gym Bag
bella bags gym bag
There are lots of different, unique choices from fabric to shape--yoga mat bag anyone?--and you can even give a gift certificate so that special gal can choose her own bag.

If you don't see the exact one you want but have a great idea,
Marcía will work with you on a customized bag as well.

Also, throughout the contest, do check back on the site for new additions!

Once I saw the Bella Bags site, I was planning on featuring Marc
ía's bags on here anyway, but then I saw that I could earn a free Bella Bag by hosting an online party. I assure you, though, this is not my reason. And a contest was born.

***CONTEST***

Through this sale, if I happen to earn enough Bella Bag points for a freebie, I will randomly pick a name from those who comment on THIS POST up until (and including) 11:59 p.m. (that's 23.59 to some of you) (CEST) on 19 August; the name selected will get a free Bella Bag (I'll pay for shipping).

Each name will only be entered once in the random drawing, and you can live anywhere in the world to enter.

But there's more! Even if I *don't* earn enough points, I'll go ahead and spring for a bag myself and then pick a winner (same guidelines as above on eligibility and selection).

To be clear, that's ONE winner, either sponsored by your purchases or by mine. Bag is always my choice, though, so for your sake, I do hope we have similar tastes.

Sound good? Any questions, please leave them in the comments or email me.

As I wrote to Marc
ía, supporting creative entrepreneurs is important to me because I truly admire anyone with the talent and drive to forge ahead doing what they love.

On that note, if any of you creative entrepreneurs out there would like to be featured here (I'm looking at you Jane!), shoot me an email and we can work something out.

And to my fellow bloggers, why not host an e-party of your own to support the wonderful creative souls that surround us?


Now you should:

(1) Leave a comment here for your chance to win a Bella Bag;

(2) Tell your friends, family, and fellow online addicts to come over here and comment as well (and, you know, have a look around if they so desire); and

(3) Go over to Bella Bags by Marc
ía and buy a Bella Bag of your own. Be sure to use the coupon code "bleedingespresso" at checkout for the 15% discount, and this way you'll be *sure* to have the coolest bag to close out the summer...or already have a head start on your holiday gift list.

Happy shopping and in bocca al lupo!

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91 Comments:

Blogger Sharon said...

Oh goodie....

I am first in line!! Now I have to go and see theBella Bag site...

Sharon

Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Throw my name in...now I'm off to do some Bella bag shopping :)

Anonymous Carla said...

Sounds cool. I'm going to check out their site right now.

I like that you're supporting handmade articles...!!! :) Good contest.

Blogger nova said...

Those bags are adorable! I must comment!

Blogger chris & erin said...

Yay! I love contests...and I really love the support of more green reusable shopping bags (like in my recent post.

Also, do you know of Etsy.com?! It's a great place for all handmade stuff!

Blogger Giulia said...

OK, when you had mentioned that you were going to host a contest, I was thinking along the lines of something simple. I really like this idea. Very creative, Michelle!
That's very kind of you to offer to purchase one yourself if you don't accumulate enough points. I don't think it will come to that though because you have many readers and I don't know any woman who would pass up the opportunity to purchase a purse... especially, at 15% off! ;)

Blogger mks said...

Virtual shopping Virtual contests...what fun. Off to check out the BellaBag site now!

Blogger LaurinainItalia said...

Hmm...these would be perfect for my new job, and I trust your judgement. Checking out the site now...

Blogger Cherrye said...

Very fun idea, Michelle! You are great at this!! (SO - THIS IS ME BEING OFFICIALLY "IN" THE DRAWING...) Don't you hope I win?? No shipping! :-)

Going to check out that site now!

Blogger Amanda said...

Ooh lovely! Add me! I'm off to browse the bags now :)

London Southern Belle

Anonymous Heather said...

This is an awesome contest, and those bags rock! Can't wait to see who wins!

Blogger ignipott said...

...un saluto siculo... bel blog!

ignipott.blogspot.com

Sounds like a great company! I love supporting those who are trying to make the world a little greener!

Cool contest idea!

Blogger Ninotchka said...

Very cute bags. Considered me entered!

Blogger Fran said...

You are the greatest! Of course you know that I don't need a contest to love your blog, but enter me anyway! I am going to check out the Bella Bag site now....

Fran

Blogger stefanie said...

I keep thinking I am going to make my own canvas shopping bags, and I never do it, so I really should just stock up on something like those organic cotton ones already!

Fun contest, and lovely bags. Great idea, Sognatrice!

fantastic idea! I need a green bag for grocery/market shopping. I will check out the site.

Blogger Lisa Milton said...

Ooh, I want to play.

Thanks for the heads up. The bags are super cute.

Blogger Shan said...

Great idea! I'm throwing my hatinto the ring and now I'm off to check out the site.

Blogger Karen Beth said...

Neato! I'd love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks, Sognatrice!

Anonymous Mae said...

Oooh... I am utterly in love with that book bag. At first I loved the beach bag, but the colors of the book bag are so me. And I love books.

I have to check out the site. It just so happens my current purse had a pocket seam bust open over the weekend... mmm. :D

Blogger ViVi said...

It seems I got back from vacation just in time! These bags are adorable! :)

Blogger Jannis said...

Muy bonitos. Hay uno que me gusta especialmente.
Very beautiful. There is one that I especially like! Molto intelligente.

Blogger Paolo said...

OK, I hated this idea at first glance, but like the other P, I am in need of what we on the West Coast daintily refer to as a "European carry-all."

'Cause "murse" is so 90s.

Anonymous a far away friend said...

What a great idea !!! These bags are adorable. Internet purse parties... how modern we are becoming!!

Anonymous Aimee said...

who doesn't love cute bags?? :) what a fun contest to have for your first one.

Blogger Annika said...

It's not fair, you KNOW how irresistable bags are to women. The Bella bags are terribly cute too, I *love* the borsetta...

So, yeah. Please let me in on the contest. :)

YAY bags!!

um... if I get the one with the sunglasses and cooler, does the beach come with it?

;o)-

No worries... I somehow have every confidence that we have very similar tastes.

PS - Dragon Boat Festivalness is up on my page... took me long enough, huh?

Scarlett & V.

Blogger Kathy said...

Count me in!!! These bags look great, and well, I'm a sucker for bags!

Blogger Wendy said...

I'm in and now I'm off. Off to go shop at Bella Bags!

Anonymous jessica in rome said...

OOHHH I am lusting after the yoga bag! Cute stuff!

Blogger Deb R said...

Ok, commenting to throw my name in the hat for a Bella bag. Now to go look at them! :-)

Blogger A Novelist said...

Oh they are adorable. I must have one! Please put my name into the mix! :)

Anonymous Anastasia said...

Cute! I'm in too! :)

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

Blogger janet said...

One of these days I'm going to win something. :)

Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

nice idea! & the name is perfect too!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, whew! when I first saw the word "contest", I figured you would want us to write a poem about you using every word in the alphabet or something like that. But looking at bags--I can do that!

Andrea

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant every letter in the alphabet!

Andrea

Blogger witnessing am i said...

Sognatrice,

I just wanted to say "hi," that's all. I am bad about this contest stuff but I wanted you to know I was here, in your corner, cheering you on.

And I loved the images from Thursdays post. Such warmth.

David

Anonymous Italian Woman said...

Wow, do you know how to pick out cute bags Please throw in my name. The only thing I like better than eating is shopping Grazie

Blogger odessa said...

oh, i want to be in the contest too! i love handmade products and those bags are too cute. i'm eyeing the yoga mat bag. problem is, i don't even do yoga, but maybe if i'll buy one it will get me started. hehe.

Blogger Curatrix said...

Count me in too! Now you can see who your loyal blog(and bag)-loving readers are - there's a ton of us!

Blogger ChristinaG said...

Those are some cute bags! I'll have to look if she's got diaper bags!

Blogger Mélanie said...

italian things are the best . Italians have such a good taste. I go very quick to see this site.
Thank you to share that with us.
mélanie

Anonymous My Melange said...

Wow girl...you have been busy! I love the idea! :)

Blogger Blame It on Paris said...

Great bags! She's very talented.

Blogger laxlaw said...

They are very cute bags! Oooh, oooh, pick me, pick me! And I won't even make you pay for shipping (wink, wink)

Love ya, K...er laxlaw

Blogger JennieBoo said...

La Borsetta is my favorite!

"Hook me up Sognatrice"!

:)

The "Hand Bag" is gorgeous!!! What a contest - thanks for the fun!

Blogger martie said...

My daughter in Kentucky has a bag that looks very close to these and she got in online.....maybe it's a Bella Bag!

Enter me too, please!

Blogger Karina said...

These are great bags! There's a store about an hour from me that allows you to pick your own patterns and create your own bags, and this reminds me of it...but the bonus is with these, I can shop on-line! ;-)

Off to visit Bella Bag!

Blogger somepinkflowers said...

clicked on the link
to Bella Bags first
and
it is all pinky over there
so i'm going back....

:-)

PS-- you are having such fun
with all this, aren't you?

i love that you do...
because
WHY NOT?

Anonymous Enza said...

Bags are my weakness!!! I am off to do some Bella Bag shopping. My husband is going to ban me from Bleeding Espresso! :)

Blogger JT said...

Hmmmm...Can never have too many Man purses! :)

Blogger KC said...

What a great contest! Count me in. Those bags are great, I especially like the pattern on la borsetta. I think I may order one of the large totes to use as a diaper bag.

Blogger Beckie said...

Oh, count me in! I am headed over to check out the rest of the bags. Very nice!

Blogger Heidi said...

How fun!! These bags are awesome!!!

Blogger Mimi said...

You have made my day. I love bags!

Okay, I'm a total purse addict and proud of it! Some people love shoes, but I'm all about handbags. :-) Count me in on this contest for sure!

Christina

Anonymous Carol said...

OMG, how wonderful is this! I'd love to be included in this contest, please. Now on to shopping. Thank you!

Blogger twofistededitor said...

The site is fantastic - thanks for turning me onto these bags (not like I need any more purses to covet, but oh well).

Considered me entered!

Anonymous Lulu said...

Wow...how generous of you! I would love to be included in your giveaway. Lulu loves a good bag.

Anonymous susan said...

And I've been keeping an eye out for some sort of "manly bag" for my husband to keep his stuff in. Thanks for the site, I'm off to visit and see if it will work. (and maybe I'll win one too!!!)

Blogger Bongga Mom said...

Haven't visited your site in a while... how great that you are doing giveaways now! And what nice bags, I'll have to drop by their website now. And please enter me in your contest too!

Blogger Tracy Crowe Jones said...

Me, too! Me, too! Love the bags...and the blog.

Blogger metalia said...

Ooh! They're adorable; count me in!!

(P.S. My word verification code was "urkll". Hee!)

Anonymous Tina said...

I can't remember if I commented or not. well, here it is just in case. :-)
Yay for bags!

Blogger Erin said...

I love those bags!!! I'm in. Now I'm off to check her website...

Blogger Amanda said...

hoo her bags are adorbalew

Blogger Carter-Ann said...

oooh, tres jolie! Count me in please!

Blogger A said...

Good stuff Sognatrice! Love the bags...I am a city girl now so need all the handbags I can get. :)

Blogger Matty said...

Wonderful idea! Count me in too. Would love one of those delightful bags.

Blogger Tartine said...

Oh how I've missed your blog... I have to start reading again. Darn work! Anyway, put my name in the hat!

Blogger Louise said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE BAGS!! Count me in....great idea!!

Blogger darlene said...

what a neat idea!!....ok i'm in!!... hee hee

Anonymous jennifer said...

wow! cute bags! This contest is a great idea -- for you & Bella Bags! I had never heard of her. Since I am lucky enough to live where Bella Bags sells, I will probable also check out her bags at the SOWA open market.

Anonymous Kelli Estes said...

Pick me! Pick me! [waving my hand madly in the air]

These bags are so cute! I'm going to go surf the Bella Bag site right now...

Blogger Dana said...

Great contest! The bags are fabulous. I especially love that they're handmade. It adds such a special touch.

Anonymous Megan said...

What a great idea! I love the polka-dotted beach bag! It would have been perfect to have while sitting on the beach and watching the helicopter fill its bucket in the Ionian Sea:-)

Blogger Linda said...

What a great idea.

Love contests.

Linda

Anonymous kailani said...

Count me in please!

Blogger softdrink said...

82 comments! Holy guacamole!!

Her bags are so cute...especially the polka dotted ones!

Blogger megg said...

Hey! The odds are getting VERY long now! Please count me in for the contest!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all in for your contest. Love your site!

Blogger Joanne Rendell said...

beautiful bags! thanks for popping over to my blog too.Your blog is great, by the way. I'll be coming over again!

Blogger Becca said...

The website has some very cute bags! Add my name to the pot and keep me updated if you come across more goodies such as this. :)

Blogger smtwngrl said...

Toss my name in the hat, please! I'm heading over to Bella's to browse now!

Blogger Serina Hope said...

What cute bags. Throw me in too. I am going to go see what else they have.

Blogger chest of drawers said...

Great idea!!!

Blogger 1lifelonglearner said...

Cute bags - looking for a computer bag for an oversized laptop. Going to check out bella bags. I'm in !

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