I love the back-to-school rush–the shopping and planning and anticipation. But because I both have boys and send my kids to a school with uniforms, I always wind up feeling a little short changed in the back-to-school shopping arena.

For me, fall meant new shoes and a new bag, always. In fact, I still typically treat myself to a new bag when school starts, just because.

This year, I’m totally coveting the Eva Satchel from Ellington, in Italian leather.

I have professed my love before for Ellington’s bags; they are beautifully made and well designed and will withstand even the roughest treatment. (But really, be nice to your bag; it deserves it.)

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The Eva Satchel is large enough to work as a diaper bag or laptop bag, but not so huge that it couldn’t work as your everyday handbag. The adjustable strap means that you can carry it over your shoulder or wear it across your body, while the three outside zipper pockets make keeping track of your cell phone and keys a breeze. Plus the leather is butter soft.

Seriously, you will not be able to keep your hands off this bag. I promise.

Plus, the colors are beautiful; I really want the purple, but that apple green is nice, and the red would be great with fall’s neutrals. It’s going to be hard to decide. Too bad I can’t just get one of each. -Susan

Ellington’s Eva Satchel retails for $159, which is a steal for a bag this nice. Check out their full line of totes and satchels at EllingtonHandbags.com.

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