As you may know, D Magazine recently moved our offices from the Highland Park area to downtown. And many of us are now parking in garages a few blocks away from the office forcing us to re-think our entire morning routine. I, for instance, had to find a way to get my three inch heels, exercise clothes, work documents and various beauty products to and from my car. (Yes, I’ve become one of those people who walks in flats and changes into my sassy shoes once I get to the office. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.) For a few days I tried an old stand-by, the backpack. But that just didn’t work. Not only did I feel like a sixth grader but it was too casual and often heavy causing me to awkwardly lean forward as I walked. Are you picturing this? Right. Not pretty. Fortunately, I happened to stumble upon a bag that stole my heart from the moment I saw it. I had been searching for a backpack alternative and focusing on messenger bags when this GogoGear“Sophie” rolling tote came, quite unexpectedly, into my life. It was sheer perfection. It had a retractable handle, two sets of Rollerblade-type wheels, lots of pockets, big interior sections and most important of all, it was fashionable! From quality leather to cute hang tags this bag has it all. Now, I can carry everything I need without fear of losing my mojo, and without looking like I need a walker. I’ve gotten many compliments on it, even from men. Lucky for us several local stores carry various GogoGear pieces – Gigi & Company, Kid Biz, Lou Lou, Mary Beth’s Boutique, Cotton Island, Ten Monkeys, The Fitting Room, The Gypsy Wagon and The Write Invite. These fantastic bags come in a number of sizes, styles and colors. They even have a kid’s line that includes adorable rolling backpacks, lunch bags and messenger bags. Whether we like it or not, we have to admit that image counts. So ramp yours up with a sleek tote that will make you look chic at the office, the airport or on a week end road trip.