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Keep Your RFID Secure, and Look Good While Doing So With Beside-U

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Thanks to RFID technology, tin foil hats just aren’t funny anymore. You thought your neighbour was crazy, but he was actually onto something now that RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) has become a highly popular method for data transfer. And with its ever increasing popularity, there are ever increasing nefarious individuals out there who want to exploit the information they can grab off of your RFID enabled cards. What makes this technology so enticing for enterprising criminals today is that the general public doesn’t realize they have to hide their cards better, or if that’s even a possible thing to do. A simple wallet doesn’t block RFID from emitting your information to any reader looking for a hook. The good news? It is very possible and truly easy to block any outgoing radio waves from coming out of your wallet/handbag, you just need to know how. So, with the help of Beside-U, here’s how.

What’s does RFID mean to you?

While you might not be entirely sure how RFID and NFC (Near Field Communication) affects your daily life, you’ve most likely heard the terms “Tap & Go” and/or “Interac Flash” at some point, and might even have one of these credit/banking cards in your wallet right now. Its that little chip inside your credit and debit cards that lets you instantly purchase your coffee each morning without having to remember your super hard to remember PIN number before your third caffeine intake. If you magically tap your card onto a reader and have your purchase paid for instantly, you have an RFID enabled card. Have you ever needed to tap your work ID card to get you through a secure door or two? That quick tap you make with your ID card to get to the washroom means your card is chipped with RFID. Have one of those uber cool PRESTO cards for transit travel? Yep, they’re RFID chipped as well.

Let’s put it this way…

Unprotected RFID is like leaving a pie on the windowsill and expecting it to still be there.

Leaving your RFID chipped cards unprotected is like leaving a sinfully sweet chocolate cake on the windowsill and not expecting anyone walking by to take it. (Side note: I spent an hour unsuccessfully looking for a “pie on the windowsill” image, and couldn’t find exactly one. It would have been quicker going to Walmart, buy a pie, and taking my own pic at home! Ugh.)

The Current State of RFID Security

How safe do you feel, carrying your RFID enabled cards around without any kind of protection?  Hackers are relentless. Some do it for the money, others try to simply prove the point that they can. But regardless of intent, if there is a way to make the public vulnerable through use of their much loved technology, someone is working on it.  What I found while researching RFID security just this morning…

  • Norton Security suggests that “this year 70 per cent of credit cards will be vulnerable to digital pick pocketing“. (DailyMail.co.uk) Do you realize how many cards that is?? If you’re trying to do the math, that’s like (∞2 + 1)/1.43!  This is why RFID enabled bank and credit cards have a zero-liability policy in place. These institutions recognize the ease of which their cards can be compromised. The biggest question though is exactly what can be compromised. I would assume to make a card viable, they would need to gain name, address, card number, etc.  You can be unwittingly broadcasting a lot of information while waiting for your mislabeled coffee order, and not even realize the person standing next to you is trying to get more than just your phone number.
  • You can get all the hacking tech you need to become an RFID-related criminal mastermind on ebay for under $20. (MakeUseOf.com)
  • Presto cards can potentially be cloned. (ChrisWeber.me)
  • Anyone can download a number of NFC readers onto your smartphone. By downloading NFC TagInfo by NXP, I was able to find out what software was being used (MIFARE DESFire EV1) to hold my information on my PRESTO card (possibly name/contact info, definitely my account number and balance.) While I don’t have access to the key info just by looking up software info, someone familiar with the MIFARE DESFire EV1 software is one step closer to figuring out how to crack PRESTO cards and getting away with my transit cash.
    NFC Tools Available On Android
  • Beside-U handbags have RFID blocking technology built right in to give you piece of mind.

Beside-U Bags with RFID Guard

I recently got the chance to try out two beautiful bags from Beside-U. This company is relatively new to Canada; they’ve been in the market for two years now and going strong, which you can tell by just how fabulous their nylon bags are. When asked if I could review their bags, I was entirely excited to say yes, as a good portion of their bags have RFID guarded zipper pockets within. And Beside-U promises that all of their bags will have the RFID Guard feature in the near future. Current collections on their site that have RFID guards include: Endeavor, Creed, Cross, Nutopia, Tube Connection, though not all styles in these collections have the feature right at this moment. To find out if the bag you like has RFID, click on the Features tab on the bag’s page for more information.

Here’s a quick and cute video on how their RFID Guard zip pockets work.

https://twitter.com/BesideU_Canada/status/672862893600284672

Andover Tote in Brindle Grey

This baby has pockets! And MORE pockets! If you’re a lover of pockets like I am, you will absolutely love this nylon tote. Honestly, there was one pocket I didn’t notice for over a day! *swoon* I love it when my bag has sections that aren’t readily noticeable. This tote is perfect to hold everything you could possibly need for a day trip. It carries my 15″ laptop, with room to spare for whatever else I need to carry. Did I mention the pockets? Your away-office can be easily kept organized, so that you’re not mixing business cards with pens with a multitude of power/charging cords and don’t forget your mouse. I recently went to an event where I really needed my business cards at hand and I simply couldn’t find them because they were stuck below my battery chargers. I wouldn’t have had that problem if I had this tote with me instead!  The spacious RFID Guard pocket is big enough to hold a trifold cheque-book wallet.

Beside-U Andover RFID Blocking Bag

 

Odile Cross-Body in Black

This fun cross-body nylon purse is perfect for those adventurous trips across town, or if you simply need to stop by your local shop for milk. It is just big enough to hold all of your essentials, where the main pocket extends nicely with a longer zipper, so you’re not losing anything in the bottom of this bag. It has little bits of flare on the outside for a stylish look for any occasion. And I love the hook on the inside to easily find your keys when needed. There has been a TON of frigid days in the past years, where I’ve had to search the bottom of my purse for my keys with no light, numb fingers, and a tired brain. With that red bit of string, my keys now come out in seconds which is such a relief!

Beside-U Odile RFID Blocking Bag

Ready to WIN??

Beside-U has graciously provided TWO of their gorgeous bags as prizes for you to potentially win! How cool is that?!

Prize #1

Haleigh Dark Rose Beside-U Cross-Body bag with RFID Guard ($75 value)

This beautiful bag is an exclusive, not available to the general public. While Beside-U.ca does have Haleigh bags on their site, those do not have RFID Guards within right now. Be one of the first Canadians to own a Haleigh with a RFID Guard zipper pocket within!

Beside-U Haleigh Cross Body Dark Rose RFID Block

Prize #2

Belmont Blue Depths Beside-U Backpack bag with RFID Guard ($122 value)

Another exclusive bag, not available on Beside-U.ca. While Belmont bags are available for purchase on Beside-U, you cannot order it in this fabulous Blue Depths hue.

Beside U Belmont Blue Depths RFID Blocking Bag

 

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Good luck!

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Living in Superman’s Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, squees over comic art, hunts down the nerdiest places to visit and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.

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93 Comments on “Keep Your RFID Secure, and Look Good While Doing So With Beside-U

tanyab79
December 14, 2015 at 9:49 pm

I liked the Rickmansworth bag.

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jaimeb
December 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

I like the Andover Tote in Brindle Grey

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Clvn
December 14, 2015 at 10:42 pm

The Brown crossbody bag

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Mary Ann D
December 14, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Love this!!

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Erin W
December 14, 2015 at 11:19 pm

I love the Vanesa bag, super cute!

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Monica F.
December 15, 2015 at 12:01 am

I really like the Ella handbag.

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KittyPride
December 15, 2015 at 12:06 am

I like the Sandbach bag, looks the perfect size. http://www.beside-u.ca/product-p/bnu15.htm

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Rebecca Moeller
December 15, 2015 at 1:12 am

I love Mika!

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jan
December 15, 2015 at 3:25 am

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Monica
December 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

Wow, I didn’t have a clue that RFID-enabled bank and credit cards have a zero-liability policy in place. That is really scary and I definitely need to protect my information with a Beside-U bag. I will be telling my friends and family that they need to protect their info too.

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Amy Heffernan
December 15, 2015 at 6:45 am

I like the amilia!

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Suzanne G
December 15, 2015 at 7:23 am

I like the TAYLOR/ BER06 bag in Zinc Grey.

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loriag
December 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

Cherie is my fav bag.

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Sara D
December 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

The BOSTON bay is my fav!

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Sara D
December 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

LOL BAG not bay!

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Crystal Wheeler
December 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

really liked the columbus bag, but i really like them all!

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Vesper Meikle
December 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

I like the Avery messenger bag

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Darren S
December 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

I really like the Kaitlyn bag

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Matt Crozier
December 15, 2015 at 10:01 am

my fave is Minneapolis (RFID)

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Muhammad
December 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

I like the rickmansworth bag

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Tricia Cooper
December 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

I like the ‘Mika’ bag!

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Jessica Martin
December 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

Brown crossbody bag all the way!

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Bry Beverley M
December 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

Love the Odile Crossbody bag in the black..

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Kristy
December 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

My fav is the Steph

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Alison Braidwood
December 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I really like the Odalys crossbody in pink.

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Vicki Ho
December 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

I like so many but if I had to pick just one bag it probably would be Leanna.

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Karla OBrien
December 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I like the Mya….

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George
December 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Good luck!

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Logan M
December 15, 2015 at 2:23 pm

odile crossbody black

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Daryl
December 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

DAVIES / BTI-55

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Michelle
December 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I really like the Juliana cross body bag.

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Jeannie
December 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

I like the Aubrey bag the most.

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Olivia
December 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Chipped cards make me nervous for this very reason. I’ve seen RFID-blocking wallets for men before, but an RFID-blocking purse is just smart.

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Courtney
December 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

They have some great stuff! My favourite is the Deasia!

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LILLIAN BROWN
December 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

I like the Sandbach bag, looks the perfect size for me http://www.beside-u.ca/product-p/bnu15.htm

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John C
December 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

My favourite is the Ella handbag.

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paulina
December 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

i LOVE the Haleigh Dark Rose Beside-U Cross-Body bag!!!!! please choose me to win the giveaway please please please!!!

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Pat Drouillard
December 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

HARLOW

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Karla Sceviour
December 15, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I like the
ELIZA (RFID) / BCS89R

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Suzanne Rudge
December 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm

So many gorgeous bags to choose from, it is hard to pick just one! I really like the Lilly, the Sophia and the Hailey. 🙂

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Little Miss Kate
December 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

um, so I had no idea this was an issue! Thanks for the blog post.

And I love the Avery bag.

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Ira
December 16, 2015 at 12:33 am

My favorite is Dasia.

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SueSueper
December 16, 2015 at 12:46 am

I like to keep it small, my favourite item is the LILIAN / BCSS-08 in Dark Red.

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Ladena
December 16, 2015 at 1:36 am

WTH? You mean hackers could steal my card information when it’s in my PURSE? This is crazy and makes me feel extremely unsafe. Thanks so much for sharing this info Aeryn Lynne. I had no idea this was possible. Now I have to add a Beside-U bag to my Christmas list! What an amazing (and important) product!

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M Thompson
December 16, 2015 at 3:13 am

Love Mika and Taylor handbags. Would be wonderful to win.

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Helisa
December 16, 2015 at 3:54 am

I like the Mika bag

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kathy thorn
December 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

I like the Lilly bag.

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Darlene Schuller
December 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

I absolutely love the Dasia handbag!

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Violet P
December 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

My favourite is the Odalys in purple!

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Barb B
December 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

The Andover with RFID is super roomy and looks sleek, too. http://www.beside-u.ca/product-p/bnu48r.htm

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Edith Rennes
December 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

I really like the Juliana Crossbody

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J OB
December 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Eliza

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Sandi Tymchuk
December 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

I like the Haleigh Dark Rose Beside-U Cross-Body bag with RFID Guard best.

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Kristi
December 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

I love the Lilly Handbag.

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Liberty
December 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

I really like the ODILE. These handbags are such a neat idea.

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Suzie M
December 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

My favourite bag is the crossbody Juliana

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Tamara M
December 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm

I love the Runcorn
bag, it is really beautiful!

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DebP
December 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm

My favorite is the Aubrey

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Robyn Bellefleur
December 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm

I like the Ella handbag.

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Sharon
December 17, 2015 at 12:26 am

The Dasia

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Rebby
December 17, 2015 at 1:16 am

I love the Isabelle Bag!

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ann
December 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

I like the Ella bag the best

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Judy Cowan
December 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I really like the Austin in black. They have some great bags to choose from!

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Sandy Couzens
December 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I Really like the Church Stretton. It would be wonderful for traveling. Just the right size and would go with anything. Thank you for this Great giveaway and Merry Christmas 🙂

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Aimee
December 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Brown cross body bag- I love this style for shopping.

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Brock Matusiak
December 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm

My girlfriend would love this :). Merry Christmass!

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Jonnie
December 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

I really like the Rachelle bag

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zahra p
December 17, 2015 at 10:22 pm

I love the Haleigh especially in that pink-purple color. I am a cross-body bag kind of girl so that is my dream bag

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Kelley Moore
December 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I love the Isabel

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Aishah K
December 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm
maria
December 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm
aarone mawdsley
December 18, 2015 at 12:59 am

i like the andover tote

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LisaN
December 18, 2015 at 7:16 am

I’d love the Tuscon bag. beautiful!

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Viv Sluys
December 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

I like the Ink Blue Lilly bag.

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angela september
December 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I really like the Belper women’s travel bag!

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lorraine bromley
December 18, 2015 at 9:07 pm

My favorite is Kingsbridge

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Heidi C.
December 19, 2015 at 5:22 am

I like the Amilia bag!

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Heather A
December 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

I love the Sophia bag in red.

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Wanda Bergman
December 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

My favourite is the red Luisa.

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Jen
December 19, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I like the purple Mika bag!

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Pam
December 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

My fave is the Rachelle.

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Nicole Jubleew
December 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I really like the Brown crossbody bag

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Bo Simms
December 19, 2015 at 8:34 pm
Wendy hutton
December 19, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I like the black avery bag

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missbobloblaw
December 20, 2015 at 3:14 am

I like the Kaitlyn handbag.

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Betty S
December 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

I like the Mika just the right size

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Bons
December 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Odile Cross-Body in Black.

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Ariel C
December 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I like the Andover tote

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ivy pluchinsky
December 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I like the Aubrey handbag

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Kevin L
December 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Hmm, I’m gonna go with the Paola

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elaing8
December 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

I like the Leanna bag.

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Sunshine G
December 20, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Love the Ella handbag – and Christmas is coming,, how convenient!

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