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Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag!

Move over James Brown… Mama’s got a brand new bag!

If this clutch could sing, I’m sure this would be it’s signature tune.

I was recently introduced to The Susan Tancer hand-painted artisan bags by my East Coast bestie, Lolita Cruz.  Lolita has been spotlighted by the Menopausebarbees in the past (  and as I described in that post, Lolita’s efforts led to me pulling the NASDAQ Bell, meeting President Obama, and a feature on our Time Pieces, Tutu Time, which my mom and I launched getting into InStyle Magazine.  So, when Lolita says for me to slow down and check something out, I know it’s something good!

When Lolita introduced me to Susan and we connected, I checked out her site, and I was immediately attracted to the originality of each design.  The fact that 10% of proceeds from all sales benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center was music to my ears!  So when Susan told me to select a style, speaking of music, I had to go with the guitar! With The EMP Founder’s tribute coming up to honor Joe Walsh, I can’t wait to rock my bag!  Yes indeed, Mama’s got a brand new bag, and you can too!  Read our spotlight today on  and follow her at susan_tancer


Today’s Monday Spotlight Designer Susan Tancer


Susan Tancer Studios creates a line of hand-painted and crafted clutches, totes and weekenders that are one-of-a kind and versatile – the foolproof accessory to create a conversation buzz. The designs are unique, individual pieces of art, hand-signed by the artist. From fun and funky to sophisticated and chic, customers select those that suit their personality or mood of the day; but don’t be surprised if carrying one of these beauties boosts your state of mind.

Eco-friendly and crafted in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, our bags are sustainable and kind to the earth. Each is hand-cut from natural canvas, hand-painted in original bold and colorful designs, meticulously sewn (with a hidden magnetic closure), then sealed in various coats of varnish and stain to mimic the look, feel and textures of leather. We repurpose vintage brooches and embellishments from our travels, continuing to collect the most interesting pieces.

Susan can be found painting day or night, the canvas and paint are never left behind on her travels.   She believes that art should inspire; many of her customers say that wearing her pieces makes them feel creative, radiant, and confident.

Susan Tancer Studios handbags are available at the following locations: Acorn’s [Highlands,NC], Boutique Bellissima at Cosmo & Co. Salon + Spa [West Palm Beach, FL[, Marilyn Greenberg Jewelry [Bethesda, MD], Negril Treehouse Resort [Jamaica], Pure Soul [San Juan, PR], Salamander Resort & Spa [Middleburg, VA], Sharla’s [McKinney, TX], Tara Moore [Palm Beach Gardens, FL], The World Residence at Sea, and Trump National Golf Club [Jupiter, FL].