Multi Functional Bags Handbags Hustle Like Mom by Pamela Pekerman

3 Multi Functional Bags, Handbags that Hustle Like A Mom

Hey Mamas,

You are all kick-ass hustlers, working every corner of your cuddles-meets-crazy-meets-chaotic world, as best you.

So, wouldn’t it be nice to wear a handbag that actually works for your busy momlife, a handbag that gets that you need help keeping it all together, and can take you from work, to weekend, to grocery shopping, to day-of-play in the city, to yoga class, to the park, and beyond?

I’ve found three amazing handbags that hustle as hard as a mom.

I hope you like these handbag finds, as much as I do. And, if you already own any of them, drop a comment below or head over to Instagram and snap a photo of yourself wearing one of the below mentioned bags using hashtag #HustleLikeAMom.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – J.Mater

J Mater Handbags Hustle Like Mom

J Mater Handbags Hustle Like Mom





J.Mater is what happens when two fashion-fierce women become moms and want a handbag that looks sleek, withstands vomit (yup tested that one myself!) and controls your chaos, aka the endless about out sh*t, I mean stuff, you have to carry around on any given day.

With three zip pouches ranging in sizes small (ideal for makeup), medium (loose papers, kids craziness, whips, crayons, crackers, extra undies/diapers…) and large (laptop friendly), plus a large zip wallet and changing pad, this handbag truly has it all handled for mamas.

PS What my interview with J.Mater co-founder Johanna Almstead.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – Be BrilliantBe Brilliant Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Be Brilliant Bags Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Yes, I will be brilliant today, thanks to this multi-functional tote, ideal for the mom wholikes a bag with structure, i.e. not a slouchy shoulder bag.

The Be Brilliant Tote wins my vote for the super convenient zippered bottom compartment, ideal for a change of shoes. Go from school drop off to stiletto deal-maker, in minutes!

You’ll find lots of other zippers, compartments and takeout pouches for all your motherly roles/needs, but the spot for the shoes, that’s really the clincher.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – The ANDIAndi Tote Bag Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Andi Tote Bag Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

A fashion-tech brand that’s ideal for a mama who is most likely to drive up to daycare playing Guns&Roses, DMX, or maybe a little ACDC for her kiddos, ANDI has that coolness factor woven into every fiber of this tote.

The Cameo Pink (other metallic and bold color ways available) is perfect for the busy commuter mom – or dad, as this is a unisex-friendly style. The tote can transform from a shoulder bag to a backpack with the ease of a few clicks.

Aside from being 100% vegan, the bags are waterproof and machine-washable. I don’t know about you, but when I hear “machine-washable” I get very excited!

Drop a comment below and let me know if you own any of these bags, or have other suggestions for handbags that hustle like a mom.

Nina Garcia on Motherhood, Style, Cinderella & Confidence

Nina Garcia is the Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine, a Project Runway judge and the style voice of JCPenney. Perhaps her most important role is that of mom to two young boys. I caught up with her at the majestic Drawing Room at The Palace Hotel, where JCPenney hosted a brunch in celebration of their collaboration with Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action feature film inspired by the classic fairy tale in theaters March 13.  Of course, I had to talk motherhood and fashion because if anyone understands my need for Meaningful Me Moments and living with an Always Be Your Best You mentality, it’s this lovely lady.


Nina Garcia in Calvin Klein. Me in Elizabeth Daniel NY shirt and Tees by Tina skirt

Pamela Pekerman: How does the story of Cinderella appeal to you?

Nina Garcia: Cinderella is all about transformation and an iconic story about confidence. It’s about the power of fashion to transform a woman. The scene when Cinderella is in her gown, that’s the wow. It’s really a story that happens every day.

PP: Speaking of every day, many moms sometimes lose themselves after giving birth. What can they learn from the movie?

NG:  Moms might lose their mojo for a few months because we’re in a bubble. And it’s a beautiful bubble, but that’s where fashion really helps. Fashion has that lure. We want to get back into that dress and we want to be able to wear that beautiful skirt.

P2: Any advice for getting out of the bubble?

NG: Try to keep current and go out there. Yes, it’s nice to be in the mommy bubble, but eventually you need to come back to the real world, and this is when we are here to help. Fashion is here to help you get back into it, to inspire, to give you confidence to help you through those months when your body is transitioning from one shape to another. That’s how it happened to me. It was that moment when I said, “Wait, I want to get back into fashion and I want to be able to wear that dress.” That’s the power and beauty of being in this business.

P2: I love that you used the word “inspire”. I couldn’t agree with you more about the value and need for a style and beauty routine.

NG: Absolutely. It’s always important to be your best.

P2: In order to be your best, I think a mom needs time for herself. With your busy work and home life, how do you find time for Meaningful Me Moments?

NG: It’s really hard to find time for me because I want to be with the kids all the time. But, I do find the time. And it’s when I go for a facial, or get my hair done, or a massage, or I’ll treat myself to shopping, or go to see a beautiful exhibit. When I get back home, I feel more in tune, more confident, more relaxed, and more enriched.

P2: What’s the one item that makes you feel like a princess?

NG: Jewelry!


This crisp white suit was so elegant and on-point for spring 2015. She looked amazing!


The actual dress from Disney’s Cinderella movie, hitting theaters March 13, 2015.


The classy, cool and confidence-inspiring ambiance at JCPenney’s event marking their collaboration with Disney’s Cinderella.


1 Handbag with Many Style Possibilities, Leigh Ann Barnes

While attending the Accessories Council’s Top Holiday Picks event, back in November, I came across a new handbag designer that has crafted a bag which is ideal for busy women that love the look a new bag every day.

Leigh Ann Barnes’ satchel comes with an easy-to-remove clutch in the front. Simply turn the front two nobs, lift the leather straps, and you have a separate, use-as-you-wish clutch. The satchel, shown below in olive suede, can easily function without the clutch. If you’re in the mood for another look, maybe today you’re feeling more snakeskin than pony hair, just slip in another clutch.

Call me crazy, but I see this as the perfect solution for a gal who wants a luxury, diaper bag. There are plenty of internal pockets to store creams, baby food with small ice pack, bottles, Huggies Clutch’n’Clean wipes, etc. Use the outer clutch for your iPhone, lipstick, wallet, and other essentials. If you are worried about the practicality of a suede diaper bag, I totally get it. The bag comes in other finishes, including cork.






Photo Credit: Lasting Memories









Sexy One Piece Swimwear for New Moms on the Beach

Hitting the beach less than two months after giving birth is no easy task, even for mini gals like myself. Every woman who’s given birth knows that you can’t exercise for 4-6 weeks. Moreover, if you are breastfeeding, you have an urge to eat up a storm in order to maintain your energy level and proper milk production. So, what’s a new mom to do if she wants to Never Surrender and feel sexy? Work with the body you have NOW.

New mom poolside in Aquarella Swimwear New York Monokini

My mission, two weeks ago when I went to Miami for a bachelorette party, was clear: find a glamorous one-piece that accents my newly developed lady friends (bonus!), while synching in my tummy and hiding my excess back flab. This was my mission. Yours might be entirely different. You may have a tummy for much longer, hate how your legs look, detest the bigger boobs. The point is, for every style/beauty problem there is a solution to achieving one’s most fabulous state of beauty. (Darlings, pardon the British-esque tone in my writing. I started watching Downton Abbey during breast pumping and I find it quite marvelous to speak in such a manner.)

Where was I? Oh yes, me ;). I ended up wearing a divine black number from Aquarella Swimwear because it made me feel secure, stylish and, oh yes, SEXY, in the body I’m currently rocking.

Aquarella Swimwear 2013 (L) Calypso Maillot (R) Phoebe Maillot

Here are two other Aquarella Swimwear pieces to consider, if you want more coverage. While I’ve previously hated to spend over $40 for a bathing suit (which you can confirm with my sister, Michelle) I stand by the quality of this brand and it’s ability to keep everything that needs to be hidden, hidden, and everything that needs to be lifted, lifted!
Do you have a swimwear dilemma? Let me find the perfect bathing suit that will help you Always Be Your Best You, this summer. Leave a comment below and, who knows, maybe you’ll even get to keep the pieces I find for you!