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Turning Heads Linkup- Teddy Blake New York Handbags- The Ava


It’s no surprise that I was quite thrilled to collaborate with Teddy Blake, a Italian leather handbag company from New York. It is a luxury handbag that is affordable!

Teddy Blake Handbags

If you have been following the blog for a bit, you know I love handbags. ( and shoes, and dresses…. 🙂 ) Let’s stick to handbags for now.

I have a collection I love and was considering adding a new Spring bag this year. Along came Teddy Blake.

I do love a structured handbag, and the shape of the Ava called out to me. Sleek, clean lines and elegant, I knew it would be my choice of bag. You know one of my favorite bags is my Brahmin, which has a similar vintage shape and structure with top handle.

The Ava comes in 8 colors, and I initially was looking for a neutral camel bag. Since they were not available at the time, I chose this dark red. I love a pop of color.

The Ava, as many of the bags, comes in 9″, 11″ and 14″ inch. I chose the 14 inch, as I wanted a bigger bag.

These are premium handbags made in Italy ( yum, Italian leather) and utilize quality details from gold high-end hardware to strong stitching.

There are 14 different styles of bags– from the sleek, chic look of the Ava, to new styles like the Chiara and Sophia. I am sure that there is a style for everyone’s taste.

I did an “unboxing” of my bag on Instastories and was so pleased with the gorgeous packaging, box and dust bag it came with. I keep all of my handbags in dust bags, and it just shows you the quality of the bag as well.

From the website:
Made In Italy
Stampatto Leather
Croco embossed leather with matching trim
Real suede interior
Gold toned hardware
9.6″h x 5″w x 14″l
Handle drop length: 3.4″
17″ to 23″ detachable/adjustable shoulder strap
I liked the addition of a shoulder strap if I needed that option. The interior is roomy and the exterior zip pocket is great for keys, makeup, just enabling extra space. 
I told you I have a growing garden of florals in my closet, and I do love them. The pinks red and navy was the perfect dress for Spring and to complement the bag. I wore a white jacket from WHBM as this day was quite cold. My Chinese Laundry ecru sandals are worn quite often in the Spring. 


Well, since we are almost 3 weeks out from getting our second vaccine, I was able to get “beautified” with my mom, sister and niece yesterday at the nail salon. My toenails needed painted, and I would get both a gel pedicure and manicure. It has been some time since I had this! Over the weekend, I got my “Brooke Shield’s eyebrows” finally threaded and boy, there was some cleaning up to do!Can you say furry caterpillar! It felt good to take care of some of those things and spend time with my family.

I have lots of appointments set up this week, as it seems everyone seems to now be scheduling them, when they feel safer. It’s time for my yearly mammogram, that was postponed last year, and I need my eyes examined as well.

I am happy, yet, sad to report the bunnies have moved on from their digs. I was checking on the baby bunnies every day and it was a joy to me. Seems the seven little bunnies are out and about with mom. It doesn’t take her long to get them out of the house! lol


This bag was gifted to me by Teddy Blake. All opinions are mine,  truthful and honest.

Ava 14″ bag in red croc C/O Teddy Bake New York.

floral dress c/o Karina Dress   ( love this new arrival in the Meagan also)

Chinese Laundry sandals – Nordstrom  ( similar with a lower heel) lower heel similar style

Brooch- vintage

white jacket- Poshmark ( White House Black Market)



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    Melanie Silkworth
    May 4, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    What a gorgeous outfit! I love the whole thing…the purse is beautiful! I like pop of colors too. So glad you were able to get out and get pampered a bit. That was first appointment I went to when I got back out too:)
    Xx Melanie

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you Mel! Oh, I was enamored with this bag! Yes, I bet it felt good to you too to get hair, pedi etc…. Hope all is well!

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    April 30, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    That handbag is such a great color and looks amazing with the dress!


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    Lucy Bertoldi
    April 30, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Oh Jess that handbag is so my style! Modern chic with a touch of vintage vibes- so perfect!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 1, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Thats what I loved too! The satchel shape is up my alley and the style. 🙂

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    April 30, 2021 at 4:49 am

    I live for florals! This dress is amazing!


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    Emma Peach
    April 29, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Such a gorgeous bag! I love the design and the colour. Pretty dress too! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

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    April 29, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    What a beautiful shade of red! This sounds like a great handbag company!


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    Midlife and Beyond
    April 29, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    What a stunning handbag Jess, pure quality and gorgeous colour. Styled perfectly with that elegant dress, love it all. xx

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    Rosemary Davis
    April 29, 2021 at 8:41 am

    This bag is fabulous! I love the colors and the fact that it is Italian made.
    Gorgeous Rec! It’s outstanding.

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    Southwestern Desert Living
    April 29, 2021 at 8:36 am

    That is one one of the prettiest bags I have seen in a long time! I love your look with it! I’m so excited too as I have a hair appointment next week and have been scheduling all the things that are way past due! It is so good to feel safe again.

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    Graceful Rags
    April 29, 2021 at 1:43 am

    I love the dark floral dress, and that handbag is gorgeous!!

    Miles of smiles,


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    Cheryl Shops
    April 29, 2021 at 12:52 am

    That’s such a gorgeous bag—I can’t wait to see how you style it in future posts!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    April 28, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    I have been eagerly awaiting this post and I have to say your Teddy Blake bag is gorgeous and I’m glad the nude was sold out, because the red is such a perfect color for you! It looks great with your summer dress. I go for my second vaccine on Wednesday and I’m a little nervous and ready to get it over with, so I can be fully vaccinated!!! I bet it is so nice to do some normal things again.


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    April 28, 2021 at 2:26 am

    I love Teddy Blake bags and yours is gorgeous! It look fab with the dress!

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    April 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    You look beautiful! Love these fun florals on you too. I’m fully vaccinated today (yay!), so I’m headed to get a pedicure soon too. I really can’t wait!



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    April 27, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I adore that style of handbag and the color you chose is fabulous. It is a standout piece in any look. And you’ve done a great done of pairing it with a gorgeous dress. You look so chic and modern. Well done, Jess.


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    April 27, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Teddy Blake has truly amazing bags! They are such good quality and absolutely gorgeous! Glad to hear you were able to get some self care in there! Sounds so relaxing!

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    April 27, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, I love a red handbag and that one is absolutely gorgeous!! It looks perfect with your dress and accessories—styled beautifully, of course!! Thanks for sharing, Jess.

    xx Darlene

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    Jacket Society
    April 27, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Such a beautiful handbag, love the color and the shape. Looks great with your outfit and your pretty floral dress which looks amazing on you.

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    Nicole Mölders
    April 27, 2021 at 10:37 am

    That bag is very pretty and elegant. It will add posh to every look and goes with so many pieces in your wardrobe yearround. A perfect choice! Love the dress you are wearing. Thanks for hosting the party every week.

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    April 27, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Beautiful handbag! Hubby saw a bunny in our yard earlier this week but I haven’t seen it yet.

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    April 27, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I’m a huge fan of Teddy Blake and your bag is beautiful! Love the color!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    April 27, 2021 at 7:19 am

    I love my Teddy Blake bag and I know you’ll love yours too – they are so well made and just beautiful! Glad you got to get out to some appointments! Thanks for the link up Jess!

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    April 27, 2021 at 7:16 am

    That’s a lovely red bag and it’s so nice with the floral dress! What a shame your appointments had to be postponed last year! it’s good you are able to have them now. I guess it was hard when the hospital system in the US was overwhelmed with everything 🙁

    Thanks for the link up 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well! We spent the public holiday yesterday exploring a park and trail we hadn’t been to before 🙂

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    April 27, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Oh my word that bag is a winner! What a color and what a fabulous complement to your dress. Looking wonderful in the sunshine!

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    April 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    That floral dress is gorgeous and that bag is quite the compliment to it.

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    April 27, 2021 at 5:51 am

    Jess, what a gorgeous handbag! I love this dress on you, too. The colors are so bold and beautiful. I really like many of the Teddy Blake bags I have seen recently. They are so pretty! Thanks so much for the feature today! That was a wonderful little surprise!


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    Anna Marcus
    April 27, 2021 at 5:50 am

    I am also a handbags girl and love your new addition Jess. I’ve checked the website, they have great range there

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    April 27, 2021 at 4:46 am

    I’m in love with the rose print and the bag – just the right color and size, looks fabulous! xx

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    The Grey Brunette
    April 27, 2021 at 4:15 am

    The handbag is gorgeous, Jess! I love the colour and it goes so beautifully with that stunning dress. You really do look beautiful (sans Brooke Shields eyebrows LOL that made me laugh!!).
    I would be so sad to see the bunnies go, but I guess that’s life!
    Suzy xx

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    Vanity And Me Style
    April 27, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Nothing cheers me up more than a new handbag Jess. I can tell you are made up with this new beauty! Your dress is gorgeous too xx

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    April 27, 2021 at 2:45 am

    What a gorgeous bag! I love that they are made in Italy and come in a variety of colors! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!


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    April 27, 2021 at 2:26 am

    That is a beautiful bag, great proportions too! How good is it to have al those things done isn’t it. I have to take a mamogram too, but I’m not going to the hospital before I have had my vaccination. Thanks for the feature, what a lovely surprise on this sunny morning.

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