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CUMIN inspired…. either a dash or a splash the color of CUMIN truly brings a pop… it is ever present … an effortless potency… the color is one of our ootra faves to spice up your streetstyle!! no need for a crazy pose… it quietly inserts itself in it’s own confident way…xoxo

what is an OOTRA bag?

many of you have no idea that OOTRA began with a line of bags ..designed by me….ootragirl:)

when i began the company..it was based on a line of bags that could switch personalities throughout your day..

the magical part of my design of the bags all the straps come off and can be switched back and forth..

the straps range from plain black to over the top crazy with embellishments…the purpose they actually become an accessory to your #styleoftheday…

the chosen materials are unusual…they come from Italy ..France NYC..LA …

the ootra’way i only designed a few bags ..per material..

I never wanted to see everyone with the same ootra bag..

the interiors …a surprise ..the zippers unexpected pop of color.
there are wools…tweeds…velvets..stains and leathers..

the silhouettes designed…a tote..a messenger…a back pack and a clutch…

the clutches have a strip to add personality for a cafe lunch or an evening at the symphony….without ever having to change your purse..

the hardware all designed by me .. in a matte silver tone.. inspired by handcuffs and imprinted with our ootra logo swirl…

did you know? that swirl? is my hand gesture since I talk so much with my hands..??

the hardware took 14 mths to design
the bags are cut and created in a factory in LA.. the straps and strips all handsewn in chicago..

the backpack hand cut 29 pieces to sew… my favorite!! but not the factories..
it sits in your lower back and is my fave!!

OOTRA bags..fit everyone..and allow you to truly utilize your bag as a whim ..a dash of personality ..a smile for your day…they are soft and easy to hold…they have the space and the pockets one requires to get through the day…

i would like to introduce you to my personal design of OOTRA bags for all of you!!
xoxo
ootragirl

in the woods…

sleeping in the woods…one would think would be meditative…instead i am on high alert…dont judge me…no man in the house…an honest truth from me… 

i am surrounded by thousands of acres of pines and trees….and yes….tons of sounds…
peaceful sounds..like the tiny creatures of the woods…or jungle as i think of it…
outside my windows….the sounds are playing at a medium level with the sound of the lake and stream in front of our home…and really its not any specific sounds that freak me out….
what is it then?
the darkness…the true darkness out there….there are not many spots in our lives anymore…that it is so dark..its almost lighter to squeeze your eyes shut..
it is that dark here….…truth.
there has not been the gift of the moon to light my views the past few days…only darkness….clouds..and rain…and might i say again true saturated darkness….the truest of blacks….that kind…
my overactive artists imagination is churning away…with the deepest darkest stephen king thoughts….and a script plays in my head….without the desire of one…
my intellectual reasoning knows i am fine…comprehends the facts…but in my head the artist always wins…yes..it makes me laugh at myself…and appreciate the gift of my mind…the non truths and the visions…the imagination ..the playfulness…the expanse of my “other world”.
my meditation in the morning and evening helps a great deal…but deepens my visual thoughts…on certain levels…
the daytime blooms…and i smile at myself how can such a beautiful landscape become such an isolated desolate heart wrenching scary scene out there…when the sun sets…the power i allow…oh well..
i am grateful for my choice to allow it to overpower me on so many levels…the lack of control is truly the blessing…
in my daily life as we all know i am quite the control freak..and always assessing and always…thinking and doing and creating and moving…my way…
so i allow the freakish nights to gnaw away at me…i do not want to turn my back to whatever ignites or provokes me…but i am craving my kids return to allow me to get back to evening peace…and fulfilling sleep…:)
this morning as i sit here writing…i just want to add…i feel so blessed to be here….in peace…surrounded by the most cheerful home filled with so much history..love …and memories….i crave being here for as long as possible…as long as my team can endure…tears are filling my eyes..from the gratitude of my life and every single person within… i am very very blessed….
love to every single one of you….please seek your inner peace..and gratitude and yes even your fears…for the wow and realizations it brings…there is gratitude in fear always…
xoxo
me…ootragirl