Who is Wearing Nena

Here we go with another week of Who is Wearing Nena! With Mother’s Day approaching we thought "why not do a post on a hot mama?" We hunted down Amelia Jones and loved what she had to say. Who better to  explain her rad life than Amelia herself! 

“Every morning at 6 AM my son brings in his "fi-fi" (blankie), stuffed dragon, sippy cup, jumps in bed with us, and our day gets started! Before having kids, I loved to travel. Standing on the top of Machu Picchu, gazing out at the beautiful ruins, the thrill of a leopard being right outside the car window while on a safari, being inspired by the incredibly talented musicians on the streets of Florence, sprinting down the street in Costa Rica searching for non existent coast guard because my sweet, careless husband got caught in rip tide for the second time. Okay I didn't love that one. Anyway, you get the point! Now that I have kids, and any of you that are mothers know, it is much harder to travel. Just because I don't do it as much, doesn't mean it doesn't burn within me. Happily, I am adjusting.

That has definitely not been the only adjustment since becoming a mom and my Nena bag has been there for all of it! From passport and sand to now diapers and teethers, it has been like a friend to me, keeping me connected to another culture while simultaneously having my back while I’m  on this crazy journey as a mom. 

I care greatly about esthetics and am passionate about design in all forms. From designing and renovating homes, making home goods, to expressing myself through the way I dress, I’m giddy when things come together in a harmonious and visually pleasing way. So, you can imagine that when looking for a bag these things were very important to me. I love that my Nena bag not only is beautiful, but I can see the integrity in the way that it was made and the materials that were used.” 

Does it get more beautifully worded than that? I love when I am able to see hip Mom’s who stay true to their style and passions even though their life style has to change  when they have kids. And her pictures are just oh so dreamy! We usually only use 1-2 photos that people send us but this time we just couldn't help ourselves! Loved getting to know another one of our Nena lovers. 

Share some love with this girl and check out her etsy shop, instagram, and blog


Nena & Co. 

Nena Kids

I know every blog post I write that I am excited about something new that is happening but I CANNOT help but tell you guys how over the top rad this is. NENA KIDS HERE WE COME!!! 

I don't have kids and I have to stop myself from buying all of the kids clothes! Not even kidding. We've designed everything from Eva Summer Dress and Momos Slippers to kids Bucket bags! Of course we've stayed true to our mission to create sustainable income to the women and men that would like to work, be creative and enjoy being paid above fair wages. Nena kids helps support that mission!  To make things even harder to resist, you can even match your little chillin and get a matching Sonia Carryall! 

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How cute would one of these matching sets be? AH! And just in time for Mothers Day. Think, cute mothers day pic! ( would love to see photos of that if anyone actually does it #nenaandco) Don't forget to head to the kids tab and Mini Sonia Carryalls at 4 PTS to check it out! 

Who is Wearing Nena

We have something fun in store for Who is Wearing Nena because we are going to start doing employee profiles every once and a while! We love getting to know all of you, but we would also love all of you to get to know us. I personally love a company 10 times more if I know more about who I am buying from and who I communicate with. So here we go. Meet Carolyn! 

Carolyn first started working for Nena & Co. on January 12th(she said that date specifically because she likes this job so much. Really. She said that.). She first heard about Nena through Instagram! I am sure that is how most people hear about us. How cool is that?! Instagram can be used for so much good and productivity like networking and maybe even finding a job/internship like Carolyn. 

This is Charlie. If you aren't about to die of happiness from this photo, you gotta change something. 

This is Charlie. If you aren't about to die of happiness from this photo, you gotta change something. 

Carolyn is a Fashion Merchandising major graduating in May and so when it came time to find an internship and she had been loving Nena on Instagram, she reached out and 2 months later she was road tripping across the country to Utah with her dog Charlie.

Now let me just say, you don't know Carolyn unless you know that her dog Charlie is her best friend. Literally they have their own hashtag #adventureswithchuckandcare (she made sure to mention that and she said quote "I don't mean to plug it but were pretty cool").

Besides spending time with her dog Charlie, Carolyn loves all things outdoors. If you come into the office Monday and you think your weekend was cool...Good try. Carolyn's was better because she is all about adventure. From rock climbing and skiing to sailing (I thought people only did that in movies) she lives a pretty rad life. 

Considering she loves all things outdoors, moving to Utah is one of things Carolyn loves about working for Nena. She also loves the fact that here at Nena we have so much freedom yet guidance. You do enough on your own that you are still learning but you still always have someone close by guiding you. I cannot agree with that enough. Here at Nena, we are encouraged to be creative. We are given a project and some very vague guidelines and we just get to go for it and have fun! But if we have questions, Ali is always right there to answer them. I think we can all agree we love that about working for Nena. Carolyn also loves the moral that Nena stands for as well as the fact that she gets to see all the new product before it gets released to the public ;) 

I don't know about you guys, but I loved getting to know Carolyn even better. I feel like every time I write a Who is Wearing Nena post I rant about loving to get to know new people but I really do. I hope if you get the chance to read the blog, that you will then get other people to start reading! We need to spread the love! As usual, we love seeing your photos with your Nena bags so continue to #nenaandco and #whoiswearingnena. Until next time! 

The tassel clutch

Prepare to be super excited because we have some pretty great news. Drum roll please.......We are now launching new Spring items! EEEEKKKK! Almost every weekend for the next couple months we are going to be launching something new. We will start advertising for it on Mondays, have a blog post on Wednesdays with more details on the new product, and then the product with launch on Fridays. When you see the new item, get ready to act fast because new items are limited and will go fast! So here is to the first item- The Tassel Clutch! 

This leather hand loomed Tassel Clutch is so fun. It is a fold over clutch so you can fit lots in there and keep it all in with zipper closure. The main body is leather with the front top flap being hand loomed fabric. Each bag has adorable oversized pom pom accents that make it so unique. The bag is about 7" H and 11"W a.k.a. perfect size for all the necessities (phone, wallet, keys, ect.) The clutch will be going for $98.00! Are you kidding? For a leather bag? Such a good price! The clutch will launch Friday and we have limited quantities so keep your eyes peeled! 

Hint: If you sign up for our email list we will be sending out an email notifying you when the bags launch an hour before we announce it to the rest of our Nena Lovers so you can get a jump on the new product before it sells out! Sign up for our email list at the bottom of the website. 

Who is Wearing Nena

Are you guys loving this Spring weather? Because we are in LOVE over here at Nena. Doesn't get much better than this. Hopefully with the weather getting warmer all of you will be getting outside even more and taking lots of pictures with your bags. Sick of me asking you to take pictures with your bags and to hashtag #nenaandco and #whoiswearingnena? Hope not because we want to hear from YOU (yes. you. reading this right now)! So get tagging! Speaking of #whoiswearingnena, are you ready to meet another lovely Nena friend? Here we go! 

Meet Melissa! We have been collaborating with her for awhile now so we are super happy to be doing a feature on her. Melissa had so much to say so I am going to let you hear it straight from her! 

"I'm a total LA girl. I was raised in Los Angeles since I was three years old and haven't left since. Art and creativity is in my veins. This drew me to achieve a college degree in Graphic Design while having an Acting career. As love for both of these continued, my soul started to draw me towards another passion. My love for style and fashion had always been there; and so, I became a fashion blogger. Bohemian street style is what I do best! When I'm not blogging, I spend my days running other companies social medias, hanging out with my boyfriend and our two Labradors, and going to auditions. Life is amazing! "

What?! Dream life. I love when people decide that they don't have to do just one thing. You can love way too many things in and life and you may not be able to decide, so why not do it all? Do you guys think it is possible? Can you have multiple careers so you can explore all of your passions?  A blogger, a mom, and an entrepreneur? Or something like that? If so, comment and let us know! Learning about people chasing their dreams is SO inspiring. Lets share our stories ladies! What do you do? 

Also, I love that she said, "Life is amazing!". Because lets be honest, isn't it? Just had to point that out because so much happy :) Something else that made me happy is when Melissa was talking about her Nena's and she said-

"My Nenas are like my best friends. They go with me anytime I need to carry massive amounts of stuff, which is pretty much every day. I constantly have to change my wardrobe whether it's a meeting or an audition, so they make the perfect day bag! It's also a must have for traveling!"

Her Nena is her best friend? Love it. She also mentioned how big the bags are and that made me giggle because some of our bags are seriously huge. The beach bag? Yeah. It fits a 22 year old girl. We tested it (don't try that at home LOL). But really. These bags could carry anything. 

We loved getting to know Melissa a little bit better! If you want to check out more of her stuff head over to her blog or her Instagram. Thanks for reading! 


Festival Faves

Alright ladies! It's Festival Season (speaking of, go check out our current giveaway on Instagram. It is too good to miss.)   and your Nena & Co. bag is the perfect accessory for a concert or festival. We all need a little help on outfit inspiration sometimes so search no further because we have 6 festival looks to share today that go perfectly with our favorite festival Nena's. 


We all have that simple dress that we love but aren't exactly sure how to spice up. Look no further because the Fringe Tote is the solution. Not only is it perfect for a festival because it is super durable for whatever adventure you get yourself into, but it also goes with the festival Boho style. Grab your simple dress, some chunky jewelry, and match it with your tote and you are set! If you want to try a different outfit that would go great with the fringe, try jeans, a simple tee, and ankle boots. 



Notice how she isn't at the beach and bag still looks adorable? Just because it is called the Beach Bag doesn't mean you can't take it everywhere. In fact, you should because it can fit pretty much anything. Like I am pretty sure the model shown above could fit inside her own bag.

Perfect for a festival because you can have all your needs on you at all time. In this look, we matched it with a simple white dress and fringe leather jacket but let's be honest, you can pair it with pretty much anything. So grab your jean jacket, a little dress, or even a swimsuit and your look for this one is complete. 


This is less about the outfit and more about the accessory. Let's be honest, Canon and Nikon need to step up their game and get some stylish camera equipment that comes with the camera. But guess what? They don't so we have our camera straps and they are all kinds of dreamy. They are so unique. Literally one of a kind and they give your camera a great vintage feel. A normal camera strap does nothing for your look but if you have a chance to show more of your style, why not use it? I know you all are taking your cameras on your festival getaways so grab yourself a camera strap as the perfect accessory. 


It definitely doesn't get any easier than a backpack at a concert. Just throw everything in your backpack and you don't have to worry about it after that. The backpack is also great because it is super casual. Use it for just a day at the beach or a little afternoon adventure. Shown above, we just paired the backpack with a button down and jean shorts. How simple is that? If you aren't the type to carry a purse around all the time, this is the perfect solution for you. 


The deep blue of the bag and the detailed strap? Yes, please. This is our newest Bucket Bag and it is a real winner. This bag is great dressed down or dressed up. It can be paired with a dress or would be great for a saturday afternoon out. Check out our Instagram for more styling ideas because it has been making its way all over in California with our founder Ali.  


This outfit is living proof that your outfit can have a tone going on and still be cute. There have been a lot of Instagram comments asking how to style an outfit with a crazy pattern on a bag and not have it look like overkill. It can be done. We love the black dress with pops of color because it really brings out the bag so find a simple black maxi and some bright jewelry to go with your Festival Fringe. 

Don't forget to tag us in your festival pics with your bags!  We would love to do a post on how people decide to style their Nena's for a festival so get snapping and hashtag your pictures with #nenaandco #whoiswearingnena #festivalfaves 


Exciting spring news....drum roll please....

We love our collaborations and this week we have a sale going on with Brickyard Buffalo! Wahoo! The Cadiz Momo Totes are 30% off but sale ends Thursday so head over and check them out! Momo's are perfect for the spring so you don't want to miss this. If you do miss the sale(shame), don't worry because we may or may not be having a sale coming up soon(hint).  

Happy shopping! 

Who is Wearing Nena

This weeks Who is Wearing Nena feature posts more photos on Instagram of her Nena bag than anyone else we know...and we LOVE it. Meet Samantha from the Blog Life and Messy Hair. Let's have her give a little intro shall we? 

" I am a 26 year old soon to be married girl living in NC that still doesn't have her life figured out. I drink too much coffee, spend too much time with my dogs, and usually have my nose in a book. I have a full time office job (I work in logistics) that I do enjoy, but I knew that I could never be content not being able to express myself in some sort of creative manner. That's why I started sharing on Instagram and through blogging. I have always needed a creative outlet. Always. Even when I was four and five I was always making jewelry or painting. I think it is good for one's soul to get their energy out in a positive way." 

Ah! Love that passion for creativity she longs for. Don't we all have that in us somewhere? Also, she said she still doesn't have life figured out. Hope everyone feels that way or we are all in trouble lol. 

Samantha carriers her Nena so frequently that she seems to have the whole "styling a nena" thing down to a science. So many feel like "How would I wear that bag? So many crazy patterns and I have no idea what it would match with." It seems Samantha felt this way too but listen to her style advice and how her view changed on things - 

"I like to keep my looks more simple or boho chic when I carry my tote or clutch- I just get a beachy/vintage vibe from these bags that I freakin love. I did however, just wear a black blazer with skinny jeans and flats to work with my tote and I loved the look! These bags are far more versatile than I originally thought." 

Totally true ladies! Those Nena's can do ANYTHING. Samantha even mentioned how perfect they are for going out to the movies because you can sneak so much candy into them (haha! insert crying, laughing emoji ). We should probably start advertising that on the website ;) 

This rad lady and many of the other women we have featured have been bloggers but we can promise you, you DON'T have to be a blogger to be featured. We want anyone and everyone to get a chance to be featured and believe me, we want to get to know you! So tag your photos on Instagram with #nenaandco and #whoiswearingnena so we can get to know you all better. 


Thanks for letting us get to know you Samantha! Share some good vibes her way and go check out her blog




Festival Giveaway!

Festival season is just getting started and we've teamed up with the raddest brands to get ONE lucky gal ready for any festival head to toe!

 WINNER TAKES ALL! Festival Fringe Purse by @nenaandco, Desert Dweller tattoo set by @flashtattoos, Bracelet set by @puravidabracelets, Hendrix Stacked Necklace set by @child_of_wild, 2 Tees by @mate_the_label, Marni sandals by @shopdolcevita, Indie top and Cai bottom bikini set by @stonefoxswim, Luci glasses by @raen! Over $1000 VALUE! Keepin' it super simple to enter,...just follow each of the #festivaltrippin2015 giveaway brands and tag 3 friends you'd hit up your favorite music festival with in a comment! Good luck!

Photo cred/model: @ZplusN *Must be 18+ years old to enter * *Contest ends 4/3 at 4pm pst!!*

Who is Wearing Nena

This weeks Who is Wearing Nena is all kinds of dreamy. We would like to introduce to you Christina from The Stella Blue Gallery. Christina first caught our eye with her simple, clean photos and her knack for incredible hand made jewelry.

When asked about herself, this is what our rad friend had to share-

"I'm a 34 year old wifey, mama, daughter, jewelry designer, and small business owner.  I'm a music junkie, an add/ocd kinda gal (which is kind of a tough when I'm making a crazy mess creating new jewelry pieces, jumping from one idea to the next and then following that up with a deep cleaning session and straightening up after my messy self), a lover of family, life, creativity, and the world around me. 

I'm driven by the desire to constantly create and design.  I always have some new jewelry design, house project, or fun adventure spinning around in my head and that keeps me moving and helps even a Plain Jane kind of day prove to be just a bit more interesting.  You have to have fun with life and honestly, that's what drew me to Nena and Company...  "Good Vibes Only". That's my kind of motto!!!"

Christina showing the stuff she keeps inside of her Nena (see what we meant when we talked about her simple yet gorgeous photos?) 

Christina showing the stuff she keeps inside of her Nena (see what we meant when we talked about her simple yet gorgeous photos?) 

Don't you already love her? When talking to Christina later, we talked about what she likes about Nena. She brought up such a good point. She said-

I love the fact that Nena & Co. has a purpose...  As a family, we try to make sure that everything in our life and in our home is handcrafted, sustainable, vintage, and has a history with it. When somebody comments on my bag, I take great pride in telling them the story behind my Nena & Co bag." 

GUYS! We cannot stress the importance of that statement enough. It's awesome to have a cute bag. Great. But what really matters is that you are taking part in something bigger than yourself. These bags tell a story and it is our obligation as part of Nena to share that story with everyone we meet. When you buy a Nena bag, you now have an added purpose (plus a new cute bag so yipee! ;)) Christiana explained that beautifully. 

So far we are loving getting to know these unique ladies all over the U.S. We hope you are too. We have so much to gain from all of those around us so keep on reading! All of us live such difference lives but we have so many opportunities to network and get to know each other if we only reach out. So, share some love with Christina and The Stella Blue Gallery and check out her etsy and her instagram

Who is wearing Nena

We are excited to feature our first Who is wearing Nena post! We love seeing all your photos that you tag us in on your social media, so we figured why not show that to everyone! We're so happy to see that Nena products reach far and wide to women 18 to 70 years old! There seems to be a little bohemian mama in all of us and Nena & Co. is happy to bring that out in you! Not only that, Nena & Co. is a company that is made by women, run by women and used by women so help us spread the word to other lady folk around the social media world by hashtagging #nenaandco and #whoswearingnena so we can see your beautiful photos!  We can't wait to get to know all of you!

Our first Who is wearing Nena is Brianna! 

Brianna is a family and child photographer located in Indianapolis, IN. When we asked her what she loves to do she said, "I love to laugh, spend time with my family & friends, travel around the country with my business and of course, eat good food!". Traveling and food? Yes please!

Since she travels so much for her photography business, I asked her if she ever takes her Nena with her. "I love bringing my Nena everyyywheree with me! Planes, beaches, shopping, girls' night out, anywhere and everywhere. Where I go, Nena comes with! I'm really wanting to go to Australia sometime in the near future and plan to bring it with when that happens!", said Brianna in response. 

Later, we got to talking more specifically about how she uses her Nena Day Bag ll. We love to ask people this because the possibilities are endless and people come up with some great ideas. How does Brianna use her Nena? A camera bag! How great is that? Just add some camera inserts into the bag and you have a stylish camera bag. No more of that black, clunky camera bag. Besides using her Day Bag ll as a camera case, she also uses it as a beach bag and on small little weekend trips. 

                                                           Brianna using her bag on the beach in the Dominican Republic!

                                                           Brianna using her bag on the beach in the Dominican Republic!

Love getting to know new people and getting to know Brianna a little better was great. Brianna-  we hope that you take that trip to Australia and take your Nena Day Bag ll right along with yuh! 

Show Brianna some love and check out her Instagram @briannaclaassen





Hey All!

I've got good and bad news. The bad news (to my California people) is that we are moving out of state this month. The good news is that we are having a moving sale!

Day Bags, Beach Bags and select Boots and Loafers will be discounted to 40% OFF and everything else will be up to 30% OFF!


  • Saturday, December 13th
  • Doors open at 8 am and close at 1pm
  • Address: 5142 Argosy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
  • Line to enter should be formed by the side door of the building called Get Air Surf City




Overall Forever and Always!

Can we have real talk for a second? I'm not into reading novels on blogs and so don't let the title "Blog" scare you way. I don't like to study pictures on blog either. Rather, I like to briefly take a peek at them. I don't ever want to "copy" someones style or be like them. My goal is usually just to gather some inspiration and interpret bits and pieces into my own personal style. So I hope that you can do just that. Find bits and pieces that inspire you and take it from there! 

Overalls. What can I say other than I'm a 90's chic! If I could, I would have worn my Gap overalls every day back in the day. I'm pretty sure I wore them at least once a week alternating between my cut off shorts and oversized flannels of course. Fast forward to 2014 and overalls are back!! I love this pair from Zara because of how feminine they are with a fitted slim fit and long wide pant legs. If you're thinking of trying out overalls again, you might want to consider this pair cause it feels like there is a little more glam to them and makes them feel a little bit more grown up! Let me know what you think!

I love Totes. They are hands down my favorite bag to carry around. The Cadiz Huipil Tote has a particularly comfortable shape that makes it really easy to take every where. The Cadiz Huipil Tote still has that one-of-a-kind charm so you'll never see another girl with the same bag on her shoulder!


Bag: Cadiz Huipil Tote by Nena & Co.

T-Shirt: James Perse

Overalls: Zara

Day Bag for Auction!!!

Hello friends! Today we are auctioning a day bag on Instagram to help raise funds for learning supplies to schools in remote villages in the highlands of Guatemala. 100% of the auctioned item funds will go directly to buying the supplies listed below and Nena & Co. will match the final auction price. The information below is all in Spanish but the numbers speak for themselves at bottom this document and give you a good idea as to many items we need to buy! A LOT! But not more than we can all handle, right! We are trying to purchase supplies that help with child development while at play such as coloring books, coloring pencils, games, etc. The photos below are actual students enrolled in the schools we would like to send supplies to! 


"HERE'S TO THE MAKERS" - Textile Traditionalist

I've been working with Scoutmob.com to get a couple of Nena & Co. bags in their shop and I'm so excited to finally see them up! Scout Mob only uses artist who take part in design of the actual product that they sell. I love that they tell you a bit about the designer and the process of making the since most of us don't realize the how much love and labor that goes into handmade pieces. So shout out to Scoutmob.com and thank you!

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January 2014 100% Peace Pilgrim

Our Peace Pilgrim campaign is to promote all those good people out there that do good and touch the lives of others. I know there are plenty of Peace Pilgrims out there and Nena & Company wants to know and recognize them! Every month we want to hear from you and will pick a winner at the end of each month. The only stipulations are that you can not nominate yourself and the person you nominate must have an Instagram account. Send your nomination to peacepilgrim@nenaandco.com!

That being said, we are excited to announce our #nenapeacepilgrim winner for January! @meggo86 sent us a sweet email, introducing us to Rebecca & her husband, who had a 1 year old foster baby placed with them last year. When they found that his big sister also needed a home, they welcomed her to their family as well. Rebecca quit her job to fully embrace her new role as their mother. Upon finding out that their foster children's birth mother was expecting late last year, they brought home the brand new baby, taking them from 0-3 children in under a years time! We are humbled by @bexjomac's selfless & loving spirit, their willingness to create a family for these sweet siblings & wish them all the best in their desire to adopt all 3 children soon! Changing the course of these little lives is a sacrifice we greatly admire, so we are happy to announce @bexjomac as this months #nenapeacepilgrim! 


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Manuela the designer, artist, and Peace Pilgrim

Finally! The long awaited Dual Leather + Huipil clutch is here and I've been dying to share them with you. I can't go anywhere without someone stopping me to ask where I got this clutch. Its a showstopper!

The design and quality speak for itself but let me tell you about my co-designer and friend, Manuela. My mom and Manuela became friends many years ago and being an entrepreneur herself, my mom told me Manuela's story and skills and suggested I work with her.

Manuela is a survivor of the Guatemalan civil war that ran from 1960-1996. How do I summarize 36 years of genocide and corruption towards the Mayan people in a single blog post? Most people don't even know it happened! Up to 700,000 people died or went missing during the war, including 190,000 to 250,000 people who "disappeared". I think the numbers speak for themselves. The civil war left many families fatherless and without a main bread winner. But Manuela didn't let the great tragedies in her life stop her from creating a brighter future for her family and those within her reach. She used her crochet and sewing skills that she had learned as a young girl to teach widows of the war how to design and market creations to tourist.  Manuela is a survivor. Manuela is a PEACE PILGRIM.

The photo below isn't the best but its the only one I could find of us working on our projects together. She's just the littlest lady you've ever met but has the biggest heart.