Hey, Style Mavens! This week’s Top Five Friday’s feature is proof that a leap of faith and authenticity takes you a long way, and Cortnie Elizabeth is living proof of that! In September 2010, Cortnie launched her brand, Love Cortnie, after having a week’s worth of practice making handbags. ABSOLUTELY insane, I know. Starting her new journey with just 3 handbags on Etsy she has now turned her brand (which started off as a simple sewing session with grandma) into a purse utopia! From majoring in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland to pursuing her degree from FIDM, Cortnie took her time and remained true to herself. In an interview with Busy Yoga Mom, she explained how she could never find the purse she saw in her head. She knew she wanted a bag that was like a clutch, but bigger, better, and more fun! She has a plethora of designs ranging from belts, to clutches, to fanny packs and basically any vibe you’re feeling has a bag that vibes right with it. I love how each purse has its own identity, yet it’s versatile enough to wear with multiple looks. Her handbags are super vibrant and colorful! Literally, purse heaven, let’s just get into it because I’m pretty excited to show our Style Mavens all this dopeness…

Cotton Candy Mongolian Fur and Leather Drawstring mini

Pocket Calf Hair Mini Waistbag Reverse Cheetah/ Dalmatian

Queendom Mini Bucket bag

Springbok Foldover Clutch

Roll Down Spotted Calf Hair Clutch

Now that your jaws are dropped, don’t forget to leave a comment on your thoughts about this story! Team Row A Seat 1 would love to see what our Style Mavens have to say. Be sure to follow Cortnie Elizabeth on Instagram: @cortnieelizabeth and her business page: @lovecortnie for her dope aesthetics, custom purses, and new releases. Don’t be afraid to try something new while you’re at it. Ciao, Bellas!