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Day 12

IMG_0427This part of the blog is an Easter celebration for 50 days of my favorite bags. The hardest part about my personal Easter celebration is having to tell people they can’t have one of the bags. To be clearer – the 40 day Lent bag giveaway is over; it ended on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday started the 50 favorite bag part, where i use a different bag every day for 50 days. This discipline celebrates the bags, and is an exercise in… a whole lot of things, actually. Having to switch bags daily means I can’t build up a lot of stuff. It forces me to choose and then release at the end of the day. There’s no getting into a bag rut during these 50 days. Anyway. If you asked for a bag since Easter, you won’t be receiving it. Sorry for any confusion.

Today’s bag is an old standby, my first Tignanello. This bag does it all except pay the bills. Read more here. I almost got rid of it this year, that’s how few bags I have left compared to the past. I don’t buy like i used to. I give away more than i used to. The collection is truly whittling down to the favorites. I’m thankful.

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days 40-49

It’s the final countdown. Honestly I was so far from the blog, for a variety of reasons. I completely lost count. Fortunately, i was going though the process in every other way, taking pictures of the different bags each day. Even though i knew Pentecost was close, i still thought i had another week after this. So there’s lots of great bags that i planned to use but won’t make it this year. Cool!

day 40

Thursday May 14, 2015 UGG saddlebag

Thursday May 14, 2015 UGG saddlebag

day 41

Friday, May 15, 2015 DKNY at Mardi Gras on Madison

Friday, May 15, 2015 DKNY at Mardi Gras on Madison from Plato’s Closet – had this for two years before finally using it, it is a great bag

day 42

avorio italian leather hobo

Saturday, May 16, 2015 Avorio italian leather hobo that i got at Goodwill – it’s lining has the cutest little elephants on it

avorio logo

avorio logo

day 43

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Coach from Goodwill

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Coach from Goodwill $14

day 44

Monday May 18, 2015 Hobo from Goodwill $8

Monday May 18, 2015 Hobo from Goodwill $8

day 45

Tuesday May 19, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill

Tuesday May 19, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill $8

day 46

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Wednesday May 20, 2015 Carla Mancini bag from TJ Maxx

day 47

Thursday, May 21 No-name bag from TJ Maxx for the last time - it's worn out.

Thursday, May 21 No-name bag from TJ Maxx for the last time – it’s worn out.

day 48

Friday, May 22, 2015 The Sak from St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, May 22, 2015 The Sak from St. Vincent de Paul

day 49

Nordstrom leather tote with two ways to wear. I went trapezoid today.

Nordstrom leather tote with two ways to wear. I went trapezoid today.

The other way to wear this gorgeous cognac bag.

The other way to wear this gorgeous cognac bag.

Well there you have it, one day to go, with commensurate wrap-up. Peace.

days 30-39

Two more days until my journey ends. Here are days 30-39. I rediscovered some old favorites – all but day 32 were in the blog in April and May of 2013. One I’m getting rid of due to wear. So one new one in, one old one out – it’s balanced. That’s my ode to being a librarian not in work, but in life. My collection is smaller and stronger. Amen.

day 30

Monday, May 4, 2015 Stone Mountain

Monday, May 4, 2015 Stone Mountain

day 31

never leave home without a reusable shopping bag

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – never leave home without a reusable shopping bag. This came with a Wilson’s silver leather tote bag that matches the accompanying cosmetics bag from Goodwill for $8.

day 32

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 The Sak

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 The Sak at The Society of the Transfiguration in Glendale

day 33

Thursay, May 7, 2015 Perlina from Goodwill

Thursday, May 7, 2015 Perlina from Goodwill

day 34

Friday May 8 The Sak in one of my favorite bag colors

Friday May 8 The Sak in one of my favorite bag colors

day 35

Saturday, May 9, 2015 Tignanello spectator at the ballet with Jaiya

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tignanello spectator at the ballet with Jaiya

day 36

Thursday, May 23, 2015 my first Tignanello from TJ Maxx

Sunday, May 10, 2015 my first Tignanello from TJ Maxx

day 37

Monday May 11, 2015 Cool bag from TJ Maxx

Monday May 11, 2015 Cool bag from TJ Maxx

day 38

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Lane Bryant mock croc

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Lane Bryant mock croc

day 39

Wednesday May 13 Devi Kroell for Target

Wednesday May 13 Devi Kroell for Target

days 15-19

day 15 Sunday, April 19

2013-05-12 19.06.41On Sundays, I go smaller because i can. I love this pebbled leather pink Liz Claiborne purse; I’ve had it several years and it always feels new. This is another one that i wrote about two years ago. One of these days i’m going to count how many I still have from then. Lots are gone now; gone to a better place – someone else’s closet.

day 16 Monday, April 20

2013-04-15 21.57.33This is the bag that held up this post. On Thursday, I couldn’t remember what i had carried on Monday. This morning, i decided to just look at the bags and then i remembered: this blue Prague shoulder bag. It’s one i don’t use often, and then when i do, i wonder why i don’t use it more.

day 17 Tuesday, April 21

Woven things… i’ll never get sick of you. I saw this at the St. Vincent near my house, which can be a crapshoot on a good day. That day was a good day because i got this vintage bag with a woven front and leather everything else. What can i say, it’s found a new home and lots of friends at my house. I love the Southwest flavor and of course it’s got an African bead on it – so it’s got mixed ethnicity, like me. COOL!

day 18 Wednesday, April 22  

I like big bags and i cannot lie. But, this one almost went into the giveaway this year, because as much as i love it, it’s a black hole. This huge Margot black pebbled leather tote is almost a weekender; IT’S GIGANTIC. and if i’m saying that, it really is. I couldn’t part with it so of course i grabbed it for a work day. EVERY time i need my keys i need a search party or three arms. But what can i say – it does it’s job of carrying all of my stuff beautifully.

day 19 Thursday, April 23

Jaiya’s pick – this gray bag i got at Clothes Mentor, which i you haven’t heard of it, is like Once Upon a Child or Plato’s Closet for grown women. YESSSSSSSS! Plato’s Closet is a great source for purses, but they have this annoying habit of hanging them on skirt hangers, which of course RUINS the leather with a pinch mark. DUH people! Clothes Mentor is the bomb. I got this bag for $18 and of course searched it and found it still for sale for $200+. The taupey gray goes with lots (except brown) and has a convertible set of clasps which makes it smaller. Of course I unhook those babies and TOTE IT UP.

days 10-14

I hope you’re enjoying your Easter season, wherever you are. I’m thankful for that harsh winter which has ushered in a gorgeous spring!

I decided to do this in batches so that people wouldn’t be confused about them being up for grabs. But to be honest, I don’t like it as much.

day 10 April 14, 2015

Jaiya picked this one for me today. This Jil Sander bag was at the IMG_3205Goodwill in Mt. Washington a few years ago. I remember someone asking me “are you sure it’s not a fake?” I’m thinking, who would fake a Jil Sander?! But how I know it’s real is that the inside is make of leather too. It’s a gorgeous dome bag that i featured two years ago.

I love when these things become trends; this year dome bags are back. So in March and April I see what’s happening in bag trends thanks to another passion of mine, magazines. Then shop my closet and make my selections for the season.

day 11 April 15, 2015

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Ok I have a thing for woven bags. It’s just cool to me. I’ve done a couple of weaving projects and i respect the craftspersonship entailed in weaving. Much has to go right for the pattern to work, especially a pattern like this middle piece with the person. There was NO WAY this was staying in the Goodwill.

It’s tall enough for my water bottle, and the strap adjusts to be a too-long cross body so it’s a winner all around.

day 12 April 16, 2015

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Ah, Fossil. I’ll never get sick of you. And i won’t have to, since i have a growing collection of Fossil bags. I got this one last year at the Goodwill and let me tell you: it was $10, half off purses, AND there was the matching wallet inside. So it was worth it for the wallet ALONE, but i got this cool coated cotton bag too. It’s got a lot going for it – it’s roomy, but not oversized; holds my water bottle, iPad and all my junk, and is waterproof. This day i was in no mood to choose an outfit, so i let the bag choose for me. Ended up in all navy because the bag wanted to be the star.

day 13 April 17, 2015

IMG_9163Friday, and i let Jaiya pick again because… well just because. I did ask her not to get anything too small; i had to go to work. She chose this paisley Echo bag and i just smiled. Seems like I can get everything under the sun into that bag. I have another one with a black and white pattern that i got a couple of years ago. They were priced right at TJ Maxx. I could carry my 15″ laptop in that baby. In fact, i have a third Echo that ‘s a weekender. They’re very lightweight, coated and colorful fabric with seatbelt-style straps. This is the kind of bag that makes a monochromatic outfit fabulous. Also great for travel. Sigh – see you in a month or so.

day 14 April 18, 2015

IMG_3266Today was one of those Saturdays where I didn’t leave the house until late afternoon. I was headed to the Woodward track, so i grabbed this colorful St. Vincent find from a couple of years ago. It’s by Catori, a Sun ‘n Sand brand. I tracked this one down online and found out that they were still selling it. I took it to Episcopal Communicators a couple of years ago since it’s so portable. i love the pattern and it’s actually a cross body on me, so for around $4 (I forget) it’s a welcome addition to the collection. When i look back on the blog from two Easters ago, i realize i’ve given away several of those bags. I’ll count one of these days. But this is one i didn’t even consider giving up! It’s got that front phone pocket. Critical.

bag #36

I love this color a lot. It goes with everything; it’s just so classy looking. I searched and searched for a bag this color and finally found this one at TJ Maxx last year. It’s by Steve Madden and I paid $30 for it. It’s a four-way convertible bag in that it’s a shoulder bag, a crossbody, you can fold it over or carry it by the handles, and it has a zipper vented bottom. It’s just so cool.

I really like this purse, but I found one the same color at St. Vincent Depaul. It’s a vintage Nordstrom leather bag and is so beautiful that it makes it a little easier to give this one up. Email me at 50favbags@gmail.com if you like it. TAKEN. thanks. 

day 47

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hype satchel hanging out at Music Hall after the May Festival concert

i remember the summer well – 2007. i was looking and looking for a white purse to no avail.  then i found this hype purse at tj maxx. i’m almost embarrassed to say how much i paid for this bag. but whatever. $100. or does $99.99 sound better?  i had just gotten promoted to homework center manager at the library, and i felt like for once, i could go for it. i was wrong.

don’t get it twisted – i really like this purse. it’s busting out with charm all over. whip-stitched, drawsting, satchel style, lots of buckles and pockets. but the thing is heavy. that summer, i ended up with a neck strain and my ortho doc partially blamed this purse. he wanted me to get rid of it. i gave him a look and he said “never mind. just lighten your load.”

now, i carry it sporadically and don’t overload it, which is sad, because it can really hold a lot. so, be careful what you wish for. it could be a pain in the neck.