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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Liebeskind: Berlin’s #1 Bag And A Celeb Favorite Comes To The US

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The “Liverno” in faux snake skin by LIEBESKIND. (Photo credit: Liebeskind)

I recently discovered the #1 handbag line in Berlin, Germany, which always intrigues me because I love owning something no one has yet or that is unique.  The “Livorno” bag from Liebeskind is my new spring bag in tan faux snake skin leather with coral stitching and is the perfect bag for everyday and anywhere.  The bag has many pockets inside and an easy zip compartment for access to phone, keys, and other necessities. It also comes with a expandable strap so you have the option of carrying it over the shoulder.

European trendsetters have known about Liebeskind since early 2000, and now the line is available in America. The bags are quickly becoming a favorite of Hollywood A-Lister’s including Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Ashley Olsen to name a few.

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Elina Stone bag by Liebeskind (Photo credit: Liebeskind)

The collection of accessories and bags from Liebeskind are distinct and casual in design.  The “Livorno” retails for $295 and is also available in beige, turkis, coral, and light grey colors. High standards are maintained as each bag is handcrafted and undergoes a meticulous process of riveting, braided, flex leveled or soaked and made of the best leathers in the world. Available at top retailers including Fred Segal, Planet Blue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and other specialty stores nation wide.

There are so many bags to choose from, such as the gorgeous Elina Stone (vintage) in grey made from 100% cow leather, the Cannes Beige or Cannes Sand, the large metallic Aspen Grey and the adorable smaller cross body bags in metallic called Jill Silver.

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Cannes Sand bag by Liebeskind (Photo credit: Liebeskind)

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