'What's In My Bag' With ALIVE's Fashion Editor

 In Style

Our new Fashion Editor, Sarah Stallmann, is settling into her position at ALIVE and her creative fashion prowess is already inspiring personal style around the office. We pulled her away from a styling session just long enough to get a peek into her color-blocked vintage bag.


We love Stallmann’s dedication to thrifting and vintage. Her ’80s color-blocked bag is a perfect color combination for summer. “The bag was one of my very first purchases when I started to really get into vintage clothing several years ago,” she remembers, “I can’t remember where it’s from but I know I only paid about $4 for it. What an investment!”


An extra tube of lipstick is a bag staple around the ALIVE offices. Stallmann swears by the Vibrant Mandarin shade from Maybelline’s ColorSensational Vivids collection, available at most drugstores.

Stallmann’s wallet holds a special place in her heart, because she purchased it at Ziezo, a former Loop boutique she worked with that has since closed. “It’s by a really cute L.A.-based brand called Poketo, who released a collection of clear plastic wallets that featured artwork by emerging artists.” Stallmann’s dedication to promoting fledgling artists and their work is something she is very passionate about.



Stallmann boasts an extensive collection of backpacks that are regularly rotated into her ’90s-influenced style. Her coin purse is a miniature backpack from a thrift store in Warrenton, Missouri.

The pink comb accompanying the rest of Stallmann’s loot is also conveniently a knife, or for the faint of heart, a nail file. Stallmann’s a lover not a fighter though; she confesses she’s never used it for any other purpose than to brush out the occasional tangle.

The rare look into someone’s bag can open up their personal style in a way that even an outfit can’t. Stallmann’s strong personal aesthetic remains constant in her collection of ’80s and ’90s treasures.

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