Tag Archives: catori

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┬áthe season.

day 11 April 15, 2015

IMG_3218

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

IMG_3261

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┬áthat ‘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.

Advertisements

day 5

Image

catori shoulder bag

the pattern of this catori bag attracted me right away when i saw a glimpse of it in this giant pile of purses at the st. vincent de paul near me a few weeks ago. cool patterned bags with a bit of color are always a fun addition to my collection, so for $3 i couldn’t leave it in the store. it’s got a long shoulder strap that can work as a crossbody. it holds a notebook and much more. if it holds my water bottle, i’m all in. this one does!

during this time, my 13-year-old was in the process of finding what she called a “hipster” backpack – really, she wanted a woven pattern like this one. so, i looked up the brand online, and found that they had some excellent choices for a reasonable price.

she ended up buying a backpack in a much more colorful pattern. the thing is we would have never found their website had i not bought this bag. we had been looking online for weeks on a variety of different sites and she wasn’t happy with anything that cost less than $60. ain’t nobody got time for that! my bag pattern is called Jewel Mesa, and is on sale for $28.75, regular price $34.50. another good deal that served me and my sweetie baby.