Sylvia Steininger Tote Giveaway!

Sylvia Steininger Tote Giveaway!

Austrian-born Sylvia Steininger is a professional photographer and my dear friend. You may have noticed that I have mentioned Sylvia as the photographer for many of the the photos I have featured here over the last several months. Sylvia, with her exemplary eye for aesthetics, has been taking my photos and has taught me quite a bit about the importance of lighting, backgrounds, and posing since we began working together last fall.

But photography isn’t Sylvia’s only art. She is a woman of many talents. Last year she introduced a unique line of tote bags that embody her skills as an artist, photographer, and stylist.

Sylvia learned how to sew in 2011. She worked very hard to learn the craft and once her skills were honed, she created her signature tote bag. She then went about selected her textiles. She searched high and low for the right fabrics – San Francisco, Los Angeles and online – and was underwhelmed with the selection. Nothing was speaking to her and besides, she wanted textiles that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else but on her totes.

Sylvia came up with an idea: why not design her own fabrics and have the textiles made?

Using photographs taken on her travels, Sylvia spent many hours digitally manipulating them into her desired designs. Depending on what inspired her at the moment or a certain look she wanted to achieve, Sylvia was able to take a create a variety of patterns.

This photo of Sylvia’s is of a natural rock wall. By manipulating the image, she was able to create the design for both Salzburg and Vienna.

Isn’t that amazing?

Sylvia Steininger Totes

Last October I wrote about Sylvia’s totes. I said how incredibly well-made they are with their expert construction. And that they are made with quality fabrics which are durable, resilient and both stain and water-resistant.

My own Sylvia totes have maintained their form even when stuffed full with books, large makeup bag, heavy wallet, iPad, phone, pashmina and a bottle of water.


Once I even stuffed a wine bottle in the bag along with everything else. Still, no sagging!

The totes have a zippered closure on top. I don’t know about you, but I always feel vulnerable carrying open totes with an insecure closure or none at all.

Jill of Everything Just So also has a Sylvia Steininger tote and wrote a fabulous review of the New York style. Jill has great sewing skills and really knows her stuff when it comes to structure and stitching. Be sure to read what she has to say about Sylvia’s tote.

If you read my blog regularly, you have likely seen Sylvia’s totes in some of my blog posts. Vienna was a key piece of one of my Sneaker Chic looks.


The zigzag pattern with its soft blue and gray hues looks fantastic with jeans or it can be easily dressed up.


And I love how New York, with its modern design, looks like it was made for a pair of hot pink pumps.


The vibrant shades of pinks and purples, excellent examples of  Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, really pop against the black background.


 Sylvia’s latest tote style, Salzburg, has just been listed on her site!


It’s a tote that will complement many outfits and appeal to both the woman who has a mostly neutral wardrobe and the woman with a closet full of vibrant colors.


Sylvia has generously agreed to give away one of her totes to a lucky reader of The Rich Life. Her totes retail for $195.00; the same price point as similar totes on the market such as Longchamp, Marc Jacobs and MZ Wallace.

But Sylvia’s totes stand apart from the crowd. Carefully handcrafted, made in California with unique textiles and durable fabric, a Sylvia Steininger tote will be your go-to bag whether you use it for travel, as a handbag, laptop carrier, your everyday bag or all of the above!

Final reminder! Monday is the last day to submit photos for How I Wear My: Pink. Please send your photos to with a few lines about your pink look to be featured.


Have a rich day!







  1. February 2, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    What gorgeous totes! And functional, too? How can you go wrong?

      February 7, 2014 / 9:39 am

      All of these totes are gorgeous and anyone would enjoy all of uses this for bag.
      Beautiful bags!

  2. Julia Stevenson
    February 2, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Beautiful bags, and so versatile!

  3. MB
    February 2, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    Love the Vienna! I would take this to work!

  4. February 2, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Love the pattern and colors of the Milan. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!


  5. Hallie
    February 2, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Such beautiful totes! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. February 2, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    Love the totes but I think I love your outfits more!


  7. February 2, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    all so beautiful, but I think I like the Vienna best. What a fabulous giveaway!

  8. February 3, 2014 / 2:25 am

    I do so love the Salzburg tote.

  9. Brenda
    February 3, 2014 / 4:14 am

    Beautiful bags. I love the first one you show in this post, especially with your outfit, it looks fabulous! Would love to win one.

  10. February 3, 2014 / 4:59 am

    Oh my….Capri speaks to me!

  11. February 3, 2014 / 5:19 am

    beautiful totes! and you are really chic


  12. Donna May
    February 3, 2014 / 5:28 am

    Love the colors of Milan. And I love your blog! Thank you.

  13. Charlotte
    February 3, 2014 / 5:39 am

    Beautiful totes, thanks for hosting this giveaway. I especially appreciate the zippered tops.

  14. Cheyenne
    February 3, 2014 / 6:07 am

    I love the pocket that fits the iPad! Hooray for function and beauty!

    “Paris” and “Milan” are my favorites 🙂

  15. Katie in California
    February 3, 2014 / 6:30 am

    What beautiful totes! Thank you for such a generous giveaway…I love the Vienna!

  16. Kris
    February 3, 2014 / 6:35 am

    What lovely totes! I would love to have the Salzburg which would coordinate so well with my wardrobe. And, coincidently, I will be traveling to Salzburg in September and this would be a great travel tote. Kismet!

  17. Kathy
    February 3, 2014 / 6:56 am

    I own a Sylvia “Capri” tote, and absolutely love it. The acid green/yellow, is such a great pop of color against my mostly neutral wardrobe, and the bag is so functional as well. I won’t enter the giveaway, as I already own one, and would love a chance to have one of her totes go to someone new. They’re so unique.

  18. February 3, 2014 / 7:11 am

    Great post and I love that picture of you in the striped pants with the leather jacket and one of Sylvia’s totes! You look gorgeous. Sylvia’s totes are fabulous, I am so into the New York tote and love carrying it around. Thank you for mentioning my review! Good luck to everybody who enters the giveaway, whoever wins is sure to love their new bag. XO, Jill

  19. Maureen
    February 3, 2014 / 7:25 am

    I am a fan of the Milan tote.

  20. February 3, 2014 / 8:32 am

    I am going to throw my hat in the ring and if I am lucky enough to win I will have it sent to my nephew’s address. I cannot let this wonderful opportunity go by….perhaps you can ask if Sylvia would give us some tips on photography some time
    Take care Adrienne.

  21. Susan
    February 3, 2014 / 9:17 am

    The Salzburg – love the pattern/neutral colors!

  22. February 3, 2014 / 10:34 am

    These are beautiful bags and so unique. My heart’s in San Francisco 🙂 I love that they are inspired on textiles and sculptures that Sylvia discovers. Thanks for the chance to win, Stopping by from instagram.

  23. Autumn
    February 3, 2014 / 10:56 am

    I love the Capri tote!

  24. Sandra
    February 3, 2014 / 11:00 am

    The Salzburg is my favorite. Look forward to your blog everyday.

  25. February 3, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    I adore the tote with pink in it to match your lovely hot pink pumps. The whole outfit is perfect. Your trench coat is pretty fabulous as well.

  26. February 3, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    I had no idea the history of Sylvia’s artistic background, thank you for sharing this insightful detail with us. It make her totes even that much prettier and more special. I especially loving how you embraced the new pantone color of the year.

  27. Linda
    February 3, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    what a wonderful give away. Thanks for sharing this story as well.

  28. Rita
    February 3, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    What wonderful totes. I love the Paris.

  29. Jane
    February 3, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    All the bags are beautiful!

  30. Debbie
    February 3, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    Beautiful upscale totes. Paris is my favorite one.

  31. February 3, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    What a visionary Sylvia must be! I love the totes and how she has used her photography in her design = smart chic.

  32. February 3, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    Adrienne dear-I have seen you post on these totes before but took a few moments to really look at Sylvia’s collection. Her pieces are truly amazing. I love the concept of images from travel and have done some of that with my own boutique (also on Shopify just as Sylvia’s is). She is a true artist and all of her totes are eye catching. Today the Capri is calling my name. Fabulous giveaway! I’m off to do some more sharing.
    xx, Heather

  33. Janice
    February 3, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    I love the look of these totes. My favorite is the Salzburg.

  34. Danielle
    February 4, 2014 / 4:29 am

    Gorgeous totes! I especially love the Vienna!

  35. Karen Sue
    February 4, 2014 / 4:50 am

    Love the Capri

  36. Hope Varnedoe
    February 4, 2014 / 8:40 am

    What lovely bags. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  37. February 4, 2014 / 8:51 am

    I have been looking everywhere for a tote to use for my iPad and a few other things when I am out and about. I love these totes and your description of all you can get in the bag! What I really love about these is the manipulation of the photographs to get your designs. So pretty and intriguing! I can’t afford one of these on my Rich life on a budget, right now so I am entering the contest. I have also been pinning these because everyone needs to know about these lovely bags in as many places as possible!

  38. Nicole
    February 4, 2014 / 11:32 am

    I love the San Francisco tote design

  39. Julie Caputo
    February 4, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Love these beautiful tote bags! And yes, very generous of Sylvia. What a difficult choice but I think my favorite is the San Francisco.

  40. February 4, 2014 / 4:44 pm

    I would love to win. I am not sure. I think I like San Francisco.

  41. February 4, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Actually, I think I may go for Capri. There is something about it that appeals. I hope I win.

  42. February 4, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Adrienne, I do love these totes. I admired your Vienna one you brought with you on our blogger trip to SF! The size and shape are perfect. I always almost use a tote exclusively for a purse lately. I love being able to put my shopping items in it. Such a nice giveaway. Some lucky gal is really going to love it!

    Also, so impressed that Sylvia designed these herself and also used her own photos for the fabric. She sounds like a very cool lady who is really talented. You are fortunate to be friends. She also does beautiful photos!

    x Kim

  43. February 5, 2014 / 3:37 am

    These totes are gorgeous and I love that she created her own her own fabrics after searching so long. The Vienna is my fave too and i love how you styled it (the pic with the sun coming up over the house) is so pretty! I always stuff books in the totes I have now and they bend and almost fall out so this is perfect. Entered and I wish Sylvia the best of luck!


  44. Kim
    February 5, 2014 / 8:48 am


  45. February 6, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I love these bags! They’re so versatile and can be used for many things. After looking at the website, it’s hard to choose just one!! I think I would have to choose Salzburg though. Thanks for another fun giveaway 🙂

  46. Miki Huntington
    February 6, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    I’m brand new to The Rich Life (on a budget) and love the blog! And what a terrific opportunity to win a Sylvia Steininger tote! They’re all beautiful but I absolutely love the vibrant color of the Capri tote!

  47. Sandra Rodrigues dos Santos
    February 7, 2014 / 1:20 am

    I love the New York! 🙂

  48. February 7, 2014 / 6:34 am

    If I win, I would choose the Salzburg! Love the design! This tote is perfect for me!

  49. February 7, 2014 / 8:39 am

    I thought a lot about entering this giveaway….I would LOVE Sylvia’s newest tote as it would go with all my wardrobe. If I were to be chosen as the winner I would have it shipped to my nephew who lives in Olympia Washington. How’s that for being creative?
    Thank you again Sylvia for the beautiful photos that you take of Adrienne who is so very photogenic and to Adrienne for her well written posts and gorgeous blog. I love the new format.

  50. February 7, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    Just shared on HinesSight Blog facebook page. Already picked out Capri for my next “Pack Your Bags”.

  51. Danielle
    February 7, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    Such gorgeous totes – I think my favorite is Paris.

  52. Andrea
    February 7, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    Great totes-I’m loving San Francisco, Salzburg, and Vienna.

  53. monica
    February 7, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Ohhh, so chic. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. LT
    February 8, 2014 / 4:44 am

    Paris! that’s the pattern for me!

  55. Di
    February 8, 2014 / 6:30 am

    Love the Salzburg – all are stylish – really need one in my wardrobe!

  56. Elizabeth
    February 8, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Love the Salzburg! Beautiful bags!

  57. Alicia Jungwirth
    February 9, 2014 / 7:56 am

    I love the Paris one! And the colors go with most of my wardrobe!

  58. Dana Daggett
    February 9, 2014 / 11:32 am

    So pretty! I think that Melbourne is my favorite.

  59. February 9, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Today when I went out with my iPad, I was REALLY wishing I had a Sylvia Steininger tote to put it in, instead of holding it in my hand, because it doesn’t fit in my purse 🙁 Did I mention that I never win anything and this would be a great way to break that streak!! 🙂

    Now I can’t decide if I love Milan more than Paris. I love them both!!


  60. Cindy Acord
    February 10, 2014 / 6:11 am

    Hi! I think the Salzburg would be perfect for me!

  61. VictoriaN
    February 10, 2014 / 10:23 am

    They are all beautiful, but I particularly like the San Francisco tote.

  62. SandraS
    February 10, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    I agree with You, Adrienne, the Salzburg would be perfect with all of my neutrals. I love it!! Good Luck to me…Keep Smiling!

  63. February 13, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    looking at the totes again, wishing again today i had my iPad in one while i was out. they are so pretty.

  64. Nikki
    February 14, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    What a cute shop! I would like the Salzburg tote. Thanks!

  65. February 15, 2014 / 6:21 am

    I get so much inspirational and helpful hints from your blog! Thank you so much!

  66. February 16, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    Beautiful bags!

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