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. 

FRINGE TOTE 

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. 

BEACH BAG 

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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. 

CAMERA STRAP

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. 

BACKPACK

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. 

BUCKET BAG

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.  

FESTIVAL FRINGE 

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 

BRICKYARD BUFFALO

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

 

 

 

MOVING SALE SATURDAY DECEMBER 13TH!

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!

DETAILS

  • 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

SEE YOU THERE!!

xx,

Ali

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! 

PROJECTS FOR COGNITIVE AND MOTOR LEARNING SKILL

"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.  

Day One of Twelve - Guatemala

We made it! Took a red eye out of LAX last night with Jeremy (my husband) and my Mom and Dad and made it to Guatemala City by 6am this morning. I was so excited that I the tiredness never set in until right about now.  We kind of have our favorite spots picked out from previous travels here so we went straight to Antigua where we love to stay, dropped off the bags and and then were off to work - and play. 

The drive to Chichicastenango was about 3 hours people! But well worth it.  I was able to sort through all the beautiful Huipiles (hand-loomed tradition womens shirts) and work with my craftsmen who were ever so gracious.  I'm coming out with several new styles which you'll die when you see. I can not wait to get them in my hands.

As I visited the with the boss, Donna Tomasa and Don Juan, of these craftsmen they told me that when Nena & Co placed its first order it was a blessing from God. Donna Tomasa got teary eyed and let me know that their home was burned down and they didn't know what they would do to recover their loses.  Tomasa pointed to the people in the room making Nena & Co. bags and said you have given all of us work to do.

I just really wanted to share that because it put in perspective that Nena & Co. is bigger than me and you and thinking something is cute. It really is helping feed families and that motivates me more than anything. That's all for now...more to come!

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The Gift of Water

I've been struggling to push myself to write on the blog. I just don't feel that excited about writing the little everyday things I have going on and I don't know that anyone else would be that interested either. Or at least I can't figure out a way to make it interesting for you. I feel kinda bad and a little embarrassed that you have to watch as I go through these growing pains of figuring out "my thing"  and I've read over and over that you should write about what you know - what things you feel passionate about. Well, I'm on to my next thing!

When I started Nena & Co. it was with an admiration for the beautiful tradition of hand looming that the Maya women in Guatemala have passed down for generations. These same women have families that struggle with poverty and all the conditions of life that poverty entails and I have been toying with ways that we can all give back or help!  The reality is that there are a million ways to do that and I'm going to try my hand at several projects until Nena & Co. finds the right fit or... I may just keep hopping around from project to project.

Nena & Co. is a tiny business and I get overwhelmed with the idea that we can't really make that much of a difference but then I remember the story of the starfish and how the boy helped them if only one at a time (or something like that).  So that's what I'm going to focus on for now. One family at a time or even one person at a time! It will make a difference. 

Here's the first of many projects; One of life's most crucial necessities is WATER! Right? Right. I can't count the amount of times my poor Aunt Lubia, who works with indigenous people of the highlands of Guatemala, has gotten sick from contaminated water she's had to drink while visiting them.  Lubia's not the only one that's getting sick from the water.  I learned that 1 child dies every 20 seconds some where in the world from drinking contaminated water! This is the only water that is available to some of these Maya people! Long story short, my sweet brother introduced me and my Mama to this amazing water filtration system called Lifesaver Jerrycans! The LIFESAVER® jerrycan carries 18.5 litres of water (at one time) and allows users to process up to 20,000 litres of clean sterile drinking water. By purchasing your Nena & Co. bag you have enabled us to purchase 2 of these Lifesaver Jerrycans that we will be taking to Guatemala this September and donating to families that are in need! Give yourself a good pat on the back! I am so excited about this and I can't wait to get down to Guatemala to get them in the right hands. A big thanks to Nena & Co. bag lovers every where! And stay tuned to whats next!


Lifesaver Jerrycan

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Poppin colors

A little background about myself - I grew up in south south south county San Diego. The exit to our house was one of the last US exits before you got to the border line to Mexico. Needless to say I was surrounded by a diverse community where hip hop ran ramped. I was totally into it. When my husband and I talk about music influences, his are like Pearl Jam, Guns and Roses and mine were more like SWV, Boyz II Men, and Tribe Called Quest. It's music that makes you want to move! I am a coordinated person but have never been known to be a great dancer, however, I was pretty sure I had a good shot at being a "Fly Girl" dancer on the show  "In Living Color." The show J-Low got her start with before she went big time! My point is, if you get what I'm saying right now, then you'll get a lot of the way I write, think and dress. If not...I think you'll catch on anyway. The 90's are back! Right?! I just can't get enough.

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Pink Beauty

Oh Heather... you're a vision in those patterns and that pink!  Heather is a friend and a talented independent producer with an eye for beauty. She was recently spotted at a floral workshop in LA hosted by blogger DesignLoveFest.com and she brought her Nena & Co. bag along for the fun!

xoxo Heather!

PS I posted this around July 13th and may have missed the "publish" button. Sorry I've been keeping this gem to myself! 

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UTAH Trunk Show went off the chain! ...or something.

No really, Nena & Co.'s first trunk show could not have been better! We introduced 63 new styles which was fantastic because there really was something for everyone. I had to say adios to a few I had my eye on but they went to capable hands. It's weird that my heart kinda sinks, just a little, when I see a bag go because I want everyone to know how much each bag means to me. I tried to take the time to explain how each bag is made and who made them which is a big part of why I'm so passionate about Nena & Co. but there were more people than I could get to. That's a good problem!

We're back home in Southern California and its good to be back. Gearing up to get all these new weekender and day bags up on the site so ya'll have something to look at! Stay tuned....

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