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day 48

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So here we are with a favorite favorite bag that I didn’t use because I thought I might use it to go somewhere, but that didn’t happen. But I did decide to go and lay hands on it. It’s looking worn where some of the stitching came loose, but I don’t care. Of course, it’s a Fossil. It’s a bag I use for weeks and months until something happens where I need to switch. It’s big, and holds my water bottle and still fits inside my backpack. The adjustable strap is long so it acts as a crossbody and a shoulder bag.

Because I knew it was getting a bit worn, I already have a Fossil backup that I found at the St. Vincent de Paul sometime in the last six months. Being honest, it’s not as cool as this one. What I love most about this bag is that there’s a place for everything. Phone in the front zipper pocket, change in the pocket in front of the phone, keys in the snap pocket, and so on. There’s so many pockets and pouches – eight total. I searched the blog and found out that i bought it on April 16, 2013 for $6. Wow.

Sometimes what I do is try to find the bag online by describing it and finding a picture that hopefully has the name of the bag, then find a replacement. Ok I’ve only done that for shoes now that I think about it, but this bag is one I would try to replace or get repaired. Someday.

Mask is by Mother, a denim company in LA. Highly recommended.

day 42

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Shopping at Clothes Mentor always teaches me something. I’d never heard of Linea Pelle until I looked up the brand while considering whether or not to buy this purse. Once I zipped and unzipped the zippers a few times and finally stopped touching this supersoft leather, I decided it was worth the $14 they were asking. Plus, I love perforated bags. Period.

Today I checked online an found this bag in cognac on Poshmark for $70. You can find others on Amazon ranging from $198-$245, unless you want vegan.

I love everything about this bag except one thing. It’s heavy. I have some physical issues that require me to lighten my load. The only way I can do that with this bag is to take off the shoulder strap and carry it like a satchel. That means I don’t use it as often as I’d like. But maybe I can carry it around the house.

 

day 41

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Here’s a bag my daughter bought for me – she actually bought one for both of us. It’s a Sherpani Soleil AT – Anti-Theft bag, perfect for travel. It’s got almost everything I’ve been looking for in a backpack, much of which I covered yesterday in my Hap Tim backpack post. The one element this bag has that Hap Tim doesn’t is that you can tuck away the backpack straps. That’s one of the most important features I seek.  But, it doesn’t have the frame opening I’ve been looking for.

It does fit a lot of stuff, though – I could get almost everything into it that i had in my Hap Tim except for a large hardbound planner. I probably could have crammed it in, and it definitely would fit if i took my purse out. Overall, it’s a really great bag – and if you want anti-theft features with cool style, look no further. Check out their website for all the safety features.  The water bottle holders are a very stretchy material that lay flat when not in use. Best of all, it’s wearable four ways – crossbody, shoulder bag, tote, and backpack. Wait, is that what’s best? Or is it that it stands up by itself? It’s so hard to choose.

Almost forgot! I reviewed this bag in this video.

day 39

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For this vintage bag, here’s a vintage post from early in the blog in 2013. This purse is a keeper and a testimony to my love of frame bags. The post I wrote in 2013 explains why. My mom really taught me to love high quality at low prices. I like to think she’d be proud of my taste in bags. Rest in peace, Mom.

 

I have a thing for frame bags. I remember playing in my mom’s closet when I was little, and finding her frame bags and just opening and closing them. Some of the hinges and closures were so cool. Yes, my love of bags began in my mom’s closet. There was a vast array of purses to choose from. She was seriously into Aigner. She also had this patchwork leather satchel in colorful neutrals – totally ’70s. I wish I knew what happened to that bag because I would rock it with abandon.

So when I saw this Oroton frame bag at my favorite Goodwill, I thought ok, this could be cool. It reminded me of something my mom would own. I got closer and touched the leather, opened and closed it a few times, and was entirely on board. Now, I had never heard of this brand, but that wasn’t going to stop me from making a purchase. I was just happy to have something that reminded me of her. Here’s another case of a bag that I don’t carry often, but I like to look at it.

I like carrying bags on my wrist or by the handles, and that’s how I carry this bag, even though it has a removable crossbody strap. The quality is impressive. So I googled it earlier and found out about Oroton. Made in Sydney, Australia, “luxury” bag makers, high-end stuff.

Then I tried to find a picture of my exact purse. I could tell from the style that it was a little older, so I wasn’t sure I would find it. And then, there it was – on ebay.com.au where the bidding began at $79 and is up to $182.50 with a little over 5 hours to go. I paid $8 for mine: score and a great reminder of someone I deeply miss.

day 37

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Ok I had to take advantage of these photos from 2013 to explain why I love baggallini so much:

  1. they don’t use capital letters in their logo – LOVE
  2. the ergonomic zippers – LOVE
  3. RFID
  4. small but hold a bunch of stuff because there’s a place for everything or it’s magic
  5. perfect size to throw into a larger tote or backpack when you’re traveling or commuting or have a diaper bag or something
  6. crossbody straps that cross MY body which means they’ll probably cross yours
  7. so well made, you can find it at the thrift store looking brand new or $4-$10 because they can’t tell the difference between this and Thirty-One or some random off brand
  8. you can also get them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls so if you need it to be new you can still save
  9. travel bags that don’t look super gonza – look it up, but the word defines itself

Love you, baggallini.

day 35

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Today is a new day – as in today, I’m sharing a brand new bag. As in, I bought it new with the tags – so rare for me! Even though the tags are still on it, all my stuff is in there. Well, not my water bottle. But it’s cool, since this is the perfect size to throw into my new Hap Tim backpack.

In my backpack quest, I discovered the brand Sherpani. They make sustainable backpacks and ones for anti-theft. I recently got the Soleil AT from my daughter as a gift.
Now, I’m a fan of TJ Maxx. It’s known. Thank goodness, after their site was down for a couple of weeks, it came back up – but for browsing only. I loved it! It feels great to love a company that takes care of its employees and has the good sense to put them before their economics. The site finally came back up for shopping around a week ago, but only taking a few orders a day.

One of the companies in their family is Sierra, and one day they had a link saying, “if you really want to shop, go over there.” So I did. I searched for backpacks, and along the way, found this bag. The pattern is one I liked a lot – c’mon, I’m an 80s girl who loves colorblock – and it’s from Sherpani’s essentials collection, which is 100% recycled. They also do work to clean oceans, called the blue verve project. The bag was on sale for $24.99, around half off. I decided to try it.

The verdict is – I love it. It’s got an adjustable crossbody strap, two zipper pockets on the front, a side zipper on the back with an open pocket outside. Inside, a zipper pocket and two open pouches for phone and whatever else you need to keep organized. It’s even got the nerve to be RFID protected.

It’s the first brand new purse I’ve owned in a long time, and I plan to enjoy it. I’ll let you know how it holds up in about a year!

day 32

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Ah, I remember finding this one at St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Washington for $6. I just saw one online for $165. Woven kilim style carpet bag with a doctor bag style hinged closure by T Cappelli in Plano, Texas. Complete with four brass feet, and a detachable crossbody strap, the brand is recognizable by the single ring on the handle. These bags were made in the 1980s, which is just my style. Well, usually. I grew up in the 80s, so let’s just say it’s my style era. Last year, I wrote: I enjoyed carrying it today and got lots of comments on it. I had it full of stuff, and the magnet closure did not fail. Can’t wait to carry it again in the future. This picture was taken in my office last April.

day 31

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You know how i feel about baggallini. I love this line of bags. The zipper pulls alone make them worthy of my love. My parents were going to name me Elaine for my middle name – but if they were going to name me something starting with E it should be ergonomic. Anyway, this bag is called the everywhere bag, albeit an older model. The new versions cost $99!!! Yeah, I’m good with my thrift store version. These bags are perfect for travel, and here’s why.

The bag has small pockets on the front the perfect size of a phone and lots of zipper pockets inside and out. On the back there’s a pocket that closes with a magnet, but you can unzip the bottom to slide it over your suitcase. The strap adjusts to go from shoulder bag to crossbody. I took this on our trip to Spain in March and it was the only purse I took with me. I like the color a lot and it went with everything. Wait, I think I might have taken one other bag – a smaller black baggallini crossbody!!

Still on my backpack quest, so now I’m going to start making comparison and review videos. Yes. I’m there. So this photo is on top of the Solo NY Parker women’s backpack that I’m going to review/compare to the Sherpani Soleil convertible backpack.

day 25 – the halfway point

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Cheers to another good baggallini. I took this one to the Episcopal Communicators conference in Denver last year, which would have been in Savannah last week. I’m telling you, baggallini is my favorite travel bag line as far as nylon bags go. They are so cute and functional, with excellent security and RFID protections in their new bags. If you get one at the thrift store, check to see if the RFID tag is in there. Many of the bags come with a detachable wristlet which is RFID so you can hook it to your keys or put it in your pocket and keep it light. Another thing i love about them is that baggallini does not start with a capital b. I have a thing against capital letters. I don’t capitalize my name if i can avoid it, or I but spellcheck will do it or me. Sometimes i don’t feel like fixing it.

Anyway, I got this one at the St. Vincent de Paul, i think. But if you want a newer one, find them at TJ Maxx or other discount stores or online shops like 6pm.com. Much respect to TJ for still having their website closed.

day 18

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Here’s a woven crossbody bag with a brown woman weaving that I found at Goodwill years ago. I can’t express how much I love this bag. It’s art. One day during the giveaway I asked all three girls to bring down a bag and i was going to get rid of one of them. One of the girls brought this bag. I was like WHO BROUGHT THIS DOWN HERE?!?!?! As a result, I got rid of a Vera Bradley bag that I would have NEVER given away but this is what happens when you get your kids involved and want to see it through. UGH. I learned an important couple of lessons. 1. I can get rid of something I want – that’s the name of the sacrifice game. 2. Don’t ask the girls to do stuff sometimes.