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By Bobbie Thomas

From essential accessories to man's best friend and more, TODAY Style Editor and Professional Girlfriend, Bobbie Thomas, shares smarter ways to tote your must-have items around this spring.

Ruffit Carriers

Ruffit Dog Carriers
The Ruffit Dog Carrier.Ruffit Dog Carriers

Just when you think you've seen every idea out there when it comes to transporting your pooch from point A to point B, think again. The Ruffit carrier is a forward-facing backpack for your pet so they can accompany you on nearly every outdoor journey from bike rides to the beach, on hikes and more. With 7 sizes available, the ergonomic design is comfortable for both you and your pup. Easier to carry and more breathable than using a traditional dog carrier ( $59 for a limited time, $99 regularly).

Lens Shield

The Lens Shield eyeglass case in raspberry red.
The Lens Shield eyeglass case in raspberry red.Lens Shield

Our sunglasses can sometimes feel like extensions of our souls during the spring and summer months. Which is why the struggle to fit their oversized, bulky cases into clutches or cross body bags is real. Fortunately, Lens Shields aim to remedy this problem with their smart, slim-fit cases that slip over just the delicate lens portion of your shades. The flexible, protective cases fold in half and can even fit in your pocket when not in use. Available in three sizes and 8 color styles to choose from ( $19.99).

LuMee Phone Case

The Lumee Phone Case lights up.
The Lumee Phone Case lights up. / LuMee

We may have to say goodbye to the selfie stick thanks to LuMee phone cases. These clever cases light up to provide the illumination needed to take pics without having to turn your phone around (sacrificing the flash). They also subtly brighten up otherwise dim environments and the built-in dimmer is less obtrusive than a flash. The case comes with its own charger, so it won't drain your phone's battery and can last up to 36 hours. Available for iPhone 5/5S, 6/6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5 ( $39.95)

Our resident Style Editor and author of The Power of Style, Bobbie Thomas shares the buzz about beauty, fashion, and more here on TODAY and at Consider her your go-to girlfriend, style MacGuyver, and Wikipedia for women who you've seen in her underwear. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.