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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.

days 11 & 12

Last night was hectic. That’s all I’m saying.

So today we have two bags. And I freely admit that I took bag 10 to the office to get my stuff. We’re in doing whatever hours.

Today I’m featuring these two bags selected by my husband David from the back of my closet door where all my favorites hang.

Bag 11 is a gorgeous white woven bag by Cole Haan. I’ve never used it – one day. I got it in the last year from the St. Vincent de Paul on Este for $14.

Bag 12 is by guess who – there’s a key – yes, it’s Fossil. I use this one a lot. Coated cotton canvas in this cute pattern… it’s the one I kept and I gave one in a different pattern away this year.

Ok y’all, peace.

day 10

Aaahhhhhh Fossil. Once I start carrying this bag its hard to stop. It’s got all of my favorite things: pebbled leather, handles and an adjustable strap, and color blocking. Got this at the St. Vincent de Paul for $12.50 a few years ago.

day 5

Bags are not up for grabs. That’s a Lent thing – it’s Easter now!

Today’s bag is a vintage Fossil backpack I found at Goodwill and actually paid $20 for but may have gotten 50% off. I brought this bag down and put my stuff in it, and looking at it made me want to go somewhere. So I decided to drop off a bag to my friend who claimed bag 1.

On my way home, I took my favorite route that I used to take all the time when I picked the girls up from high school. As I drove through, I marveled at how bright nature looked. Look at these trees! Even at dusk, they were glowing. After I turned the corner, I stopped and snapped this pic of where I’d just been. I’m really glad I stepped out for these few minutes. I hadn’t been out of the house since Easter.

This backpack has two large compartments and a smaller pocket in front and on the back. The squared-off corners allow for more stuff to fit than rounded backpacks. It even fits into my laptop backpack. I dig it!

day 2

If you’ve been with me any day before today, you know one of my favorite bag brands is Fossil. Yes, I love rocks and bags, and Fossil ties those loves together. There’s another reason I love Fossil bags – her name is Joy.

You might recollect me talking about Joy in past posts. She was my neighbor, aunt, confidant, mentor, teacher, and most of all, dear friend. She took care of me when I was young and treated me like a peer once I grew into adulthood. We loved to sit at her house and talk. She was a stay-at-home mom who worked harder than anyone I knew. She loved to shop from catalogs – we would sit and read them together, or she’d show me what she was going to order to see what I thought.

We also loved to go shopping together – mostly thrift shopping and to TJ Maxx. Notice a trend? Joy and her family had one car for several years, so I’d pick her up, and we’d go out for the day. She always treated me to lunch. Joy taught me so many things – how to eat healthy, exercise, and, most of all, that I need to create a corner in the world for myself.

When she died, I was beyond devastated. She left her husband and three sons, so when they were ready, I went over and cleaned out all of her closets. Several other family and friends had been through her purses, which was selfishly tough for me. I would have liked to have a couple of bags we’d bought on our adventure or that I’d given her. Just like her, they were gone.

Several bags remained, including this Fossil shoulder bag. I never paid attention to how many of the brands of bags she had were ones that I also liked. Even though this bag is smaller than the ones I would usually carry, and I almost gave it away during Lent, I kept it. I really do believe that you don’t need material things to remember a person. But the three bags I kept still smell like her. One of them still had tissues, mints, throat drops, and an emory board. Rest on, my dear friend. Rest on.

day 1

IMG_1588Preface: the giveaway is over – you have until Monday evening April 13 to choose from unclaimed bags before I take them to Dress for Success.

Happy Easter!!

Starting today, I celebrate my collection of bags for the 50 days of Easter, which ends on Pentecost. For the past eight years, I’ve carried a different bag every day for the 50 days of Easter. Changing bags every day is no joke! Even though I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to continue my practice. One thing I’m doing in my work life at Forward Movement and Calvary Episcopal Church is staying consistent in our messaging. I think I need to do that for myself, too.

Today I was thinking about this – It’s Easter – and my family and I had dinner together, but we did not dress up. We thought about it but decided not to. Which makes me wonder – why do we dress up? Why do we put on our Easter finest? Do we do it for others, or for ourselves? Maybe now is not the time to ask this question when my mental state is not the best, because the answer would probably be different. Anyway.

Today’s bag is from Fossil. I used it to deliver chocolate crosses to my youth group. I got this messenger bag from Goodwill in the last six months or so. It’s canvas with leather trim, with a padded laptop sleeve and an adjustable strap. Very gender neutral, which I love. Not that David will ever use it – he has his own bags. Yeah, that I bought for him.