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Published on October 18th, 2012 | by Celina


Russell + Hazel: Add Life To Your Work, Indeed!

Gold and leather, clas­sic ma­te­ri­als up­dat­ed with mod­ern touch­es and de­sign. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism bal­anced with style. We’ve got some per­son­al ac­ces­sories aimed at wom­en, but al­so a nifty ad­di­tion to most any of­fice or home for 2013. rus­sell + hazel of­fer some fresh col­ors and pat­terns to the oft-bor­ing of­fice and school gear line­up. The com­pa­ny, launched in 2003, is head­quar­tered in Min­neapo­lis and has the slo­gan “add life to your work”. And they have a pret­ty large line of de­signs that look more like they came from a mag­a­zine spread than a home of­fice.

Roll in­to your next meet­ing with the gen­uine leather Tablet Fo­lio. Of­fered in black, camel and gold, this func­tion­al port­fo­lio is per­fect for keep­ing your iPad se­cure and scratch free. But if you’re like me, you’ll find it even more use­ful for keep­ing track of meet­ing notes on its built-in flip top pa­per pad. With in­te­ri­or slots to store busi­ness and cred­it cards and an ex­te­ri­or zip­per pock­et to hold a to-do list or a thin cat­a­log, you’re ready to head to lunch right from the of­fice.

The case it­self is light and com­pact, al­low­ing you to car­ry it in a hand­bag for the du­ra­tion of the day. How­ev­er, un­like oth­er tablet port­fo­lios which al­so sup­port view­ing an iPad at any an­gle, this piece is built to sit on a desk and lay flat. I strug­gled to bal­ance the case on my lap and found it near im­pos­si­ble to watch a video on the screen with­out awk­ward­ly look­ing straight down. This tablet case is built for a ca­reer wom­an on the go, of­fer­ing style if not a lot of drop or shock pro­tec­tion. It’s proved durable, use­ful and beau­ti­ful­ly de­signed.

We al­so tried out the Phone Pouchette, which was of­fered in the same three col­or op­tions. Tai­lored for the iPhone, the pouchette kept my phone suit­ably pro­tect­ed, even keep­ing it bone dry in a sur­prise New York down­pour. With a small flip top notepad lined up op­po­site my phone, I was able to jot down to-do lists quick­ly and keep them all in one place. The on­ly ma­jor com­plaint: the pouchette didn’t pro­vide space to keep a pen handy.

I as­sumed that the pouchette would have cut outs for the iPhone cam­era to ac­com­mo­date tak­ing pic­tures but in or­der to suit­ably pro­tect the phone from scratch­es or wa­ter, the phone must be re­moved from the case when snap­ping your pho­tos. The de­tach­able leather wrist strap was a sur­prise, com­ing in handy more than once when I went out with friends. And with the busi­ness and cred­it card slots ac­ces­si­ble, it can eas­i­ly be used in­stead of a clutch for a night out.

Fi­nal­ly, lest you be look­ing for a per­fect gift for some­one who ap­pre­ci­ate unique cal­en­dars, we def­i­nite­ly sug­gest pick­ing up the rus­sell + hazel 2013 Tis­sue Cal­en­dar. We were ad­mit­ted­ly ex­cit­ed when we saw this at the New York In­ter­na­tion­al Gift Fair pre­vi­ous­ly this year, as this is an old-school ver­sion of the date­keep­ing de­vice. If you’re tired of the “Sexy Fire­fight­ers”, “100 New Cats”, and oth­er sil­ly cal­en­dars that might not be pro­fes­sion­al (or might look a lit­tle sil­ly on your swank walls at home), then this is the cal­en­dar for you. Easy to read, bold, sim­ple, you al­so get the sat­is­fac­tion of tear­ing each and ev­ery day away. Lay on your desk or hang up, and add a touch of class. $40.

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About the Author

Celina Kelly is passionate about New York, scarves, and puppies. She also loves writing about herself in the third-person. She graduated from Barnard College having double majored in English & German Literature. While a student, she worked with The New Yorker as part of the editorial department for ‘Goings On About Town’. Since she was not busy enough, she added a concentration of creative writing, completing her thesis project in the form of a yet-unpublished novel under the guidance of a bestselling author. Celina operates a retail store on the Upper West Side, where she spends most of her time. She enjoys being able to design, order and merchandise a new collection twice a year with the help of a talented staff of minions. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you ask her nicely, she might make you a hat!

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