Remember the sultry way that Marilyn Monroe sang that song claiming that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? I always related particularly well to its title, because I was a jewelry obsessive for years. After wearing my first faux “bling” dance outfit as a young girl (a glitzy tutu at dance recitals), I was hopelessly hooked on gems and jewels. That is… until I was introduced to my first Beijo handbag.
Beijo, the Portuguese word for kiss… seems a perfect name for this mesmerizing handbag line. Founded by Susan Handley in 2002 (seen here to the left), a talented handbag designer and single mother at the time, Beijo seemed to have been “kissed” with good fortune, popularity and a breathtaking level of devotion from its customers and network of Independent Sales Consultants, alike.
Held ever so proudly in her hand was a fabulous red, high gloss, patent leather type bag. Aside from its rich red tone and long lean rounded straps, the simple elegant silhouette was perfectly named (Over The Moon) for its fluid, half-moon shape. I was absolutely smitten! It was love at first sight! My long and enduring love affair with Beijo Bags had begun.
One of the many reasons that Beijo Bags quickly became the objects of my desire, was the amazing range of colors, textures and finishes that were always available. Twice a year Beijo would launch a new collection, introducing a fresh palette of materials, profiles, hues and tones into the line. Fabrics include a high-wear, high-shine patent, a soft suede-like material, and a soft man-made leather. A number of the styles and color shades offer multi-toned metallic hues and pearlized fabric effects.
Case in point: Beijo is one of the few bag brands where I get to select from five shades of green, four shades of blue and a virtual rainbow of other pantones, including luscious names like Cabernet (a deep wine color), Butter Cream (warm yellow), Coined Copper, Coral, Lemon Drop, Pumpkin and Platinum.
You might say that my next impressionable encounter with Beijo Bags came (as do most memorable moments in life), when I was least expecting it. I had been asked to speak at a charity luncheon in Irvine, California. Throughout the lunch service, I noticed a number of women stepping out of the banquet hall for extended periods of time.
So, there I was standing in front of a Beijo Handbag Booth, competing with thirty or forty other women anxious to purchase Beijo Bags! The excitement in the air was palpable. We were just like kids in a candy store, engaging in our favorite ‘guilty pleasure’; handbag shopping! It was then that I realized: Beijo handbags were no longer my own best kept secret. The word had clearly gotten out. Beijo was becoming a rock star in the world of handbags!
Which brings me back full circle to the million dollar question___
Might a Beijo Handbag be ‘just the ticket’ to a woman’s daily search for joy, happiness and contentment?
Not sure? Then consider this:
- What other item in your closet provides the morale-lifting, ego-boosting, soul-quenching satisfaction of carrying a handbag you really and truly love?
- Which of your possessions in life represents the ‘whole you’ better, defines your unique style more definitively— or highlights your personality more clearly—– than your esteemed handbag?
Okay, I will admit having as strong an emotional attachment to my wedding ring, my three dogs and the charm bracelet I inherited from my mother…but the truth is, there are few things more gratifying than owning a handbag that you really adore and cherish. You know, those that you love “truly, madly and deeply“?
Yes, you guessed it; I am one of those ultra devoted and loyal Beijo Bag fans. Beijo is “the” handbag brand that has given me the thrill of owning not one, but many bags that I covet and wear proudly on my arm. In fact, forget costly therapy, hold the expensive spa treatments… and push back that appointment for color, cut and highlights. I’m headed over to a Beijo Home Show in the neighborhood where I’ll be engaging in every woman’s most enjoyable and therapeutic activity of all: handbag shopping. I’ll have fun mingling with my Beijo “Band of Sisters”, nibbling on a few refreshments, and hand selecting the perfect Beijo’s for each of my friends and family members. And, oh, by the way— I’ve decided to indulge my handbag passion yet one more time. I’ll be adding a few wonderful new bags to ‘My Beijo Collection’. Because just like jello, there’s always room for one more Beijo!