i had a rough day today – i was sick all day and couldn’t pull it together. at least i got my kids where they needed to be. i grabbed this bag to drive j to school this morning, pick her up and pick up n from work. it looks so small, it surprised me by fitting my stuff and water bottle. until today, i’ve just enjoyed looking at it and wanting to use it, and now that i have i’ll definitely use it again. the lining is nice, too.
i got this bag at goodwill because it had this cool bottom. it was brand new, got it for $6. by the way – when i give a price, if it’s from goodwill it’s usually the 50% off price.
so i admit, this started as a purse rescue – but now it’s officially part of the family and not getting sold.
yesterday, i mentioned all of the things i do on mondays – i forgot to mention thrifting. don’t ask me how i could forget! mid 40s mental meltdown, who knows. but it is definitely one of my favorite monday activities that is not just limited to mondays. hello, sale weekends!
well, this is a case of a very, very lucky find at goodwill. maybe a couple of years ago, i saw this bag hanging on the rack at my favorite goodwill. the leather looked real, and when i saw jil sander stamped on the front, i was pretty sure it wasn’t a fake. so i checked inside. the interior is just as luxurious as the exterior. there’s a low pocket that acts as a divider, and a zipper pouch reserved for my phone. the straps are long, and it holds my water bottle – win. it elevates any outfit and, well – it makes me feel special. all that class for $10.
i saved this bag until the second half of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the first week. mondays are my day for errands, dr. appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. i also try to catch my friend jill for a commiserative chat about our hs seniors. realization of the day – life comes at you fast. take it slow as often as you can. peace.
i was excited to bust out purse i got a few weeks ago at st. vincent de paul’s. this whole east-west thing with purses having a trapeze shape is happening right now, and while i think it’s cool, i’m not so into my purse looking like you should be trying to tuck in the sides. so when i saw this purse i thought ok, i’ll rock the shape but in this cool pattern and for $3. score! wore it to church today, which is always fun. today was our heifer fair – if you don’t know about this wonderful organization, check them out at http://www.heifer.org.
back to the purse. once i saw the pattern, it was mission: no bag left behind. here are a couple of closeups of the boat and trees. the handles are wire covered in black tubing with leather top handles. the inside has 3 pockets, which help. this is definitely a purse i’d use for a special occasion or for sunday, but it’s just not practical enough for everyday wear – it doesn’t hold my water bottle, and you know by now that’s the dealbreaker.
my girls really like this one, especially my youngest – she’s been waiting for me to use it for several days now. she’ll have to find something else to think about – like whether or not she packed her dance stuff in her backpack. hmmm?
i let my three each choose a bag for today. i ditched their choices for this bag. i got this michael michael kors bag at my birthday party and purse swap this year. my friend chris brought it, and she got a dooney & burke that i rescued from goodwill and a red patent leather maxx new york that i hardly used and no longer wanted. what a good deal. i would never buy this purse for myself, but it was fun to carry today for errands and then the party. and it’s got green leather. right?
the soiree was at a friend’s house whose home overlooks the river. it’s on a steep hill, and fortunately i could justify stopping short of the front porch to gaze upon the ohio river, but really i didn’t want to be huffing and puffing as i walked in the door. as i caught my breath, and inhaled deeply several times, i considered the other side for a few moments. it made me thankful to be living in 2013.
so i took thie picture of today’s bag on the steps of this amazing house, a historical landmark here in cincinnati. i had a great time with my friends, all the while feeling thankful to be present and in the moment. the time passed too quickly, as usual. tgff. thank goodness for friends.
bag from Eric Carle Picture Book Museum in Amherst, MA
Stone Mountain hobo
my youngest is paying attention to what i’m doing. this morning, as i sat and stared, she and remarked, “you’re halfway done, mom!” “go choose a bag,” i responded. she brought this bag we got from the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum. i will tell the eric carle story another time, but i steered her in a series of questions that led to her choosing the stone mountain bag: “get a green one. not that green one. not that green one either. yes, that’s that’s the one!”
i got this stone mountain bucket style hobo at a.j. wright maybe 10-11 years ago. it reminds me of spiring.
it was hard to get up, being back on east coast time again was rough. my body is still in burbank. so when i overslept this morning, i couldn’t even think about what bag to choose. so i chose one of my to 5 of all time, this no-name black patent pleather bag with handles and a long strap. first of all, the pleats are cool looking, second, it holds a loooot of stuff and still looks polished, third, it was $19.99 at this tj maxx in w. hartford, ct.
i remember seeing it and grabbing it, along with a beautiful bag sort of like day 12. it was much more expensive. i decided on this one, and in line, someone tried to buy it from me. i knew then that i made the right choice.
the strap is like a belt, so it’s a crossbody and handle bag. bonus. it’s a bit cavernous inside, but that’s ok for me – and there are 4 interior pockets and pouches. i have used it so much, with it being cheap and faux it’s going to go eventually. i don’t want to be there when that happens.
my eddie bauer backpack comes to the rescue once again. my brown leather laptop bag’s strap broke, so i went to my old standby. it takes a licking and keeps on hauling all of my stuff. i remember getting this at the eddie bauer outlet store in jeffersonville, oh several years ago – maybe 10 or more – because i loved the color. while green is my favorite, and i love purple too, there’s nothing like mustard or yellow to brighten my mood.
when my oldest n was a toddler, she was diagnosed with asthma. i read that yellow is good for asthmatics in some book about decorating with color. i can’t remember why, and i didn’t mention it to her. when we moved into our house a couple of years later, she announced that she wanted to paint her room yellow. so we did! i don’t know if it helped her asthma or not, but i can’t say that it hurt. within three years, her symptoms were virtually nonexistent. we never repainted the room. i don’t mess with stuff like that.
so i’m home again, after several long and productive days. so this photo is of the bag where i will soon be – in my bed, hitting a z. thanks be to God. peace.