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Bag 9 – taken 

Okay, I struggled with myself to let this one go. This is a vintage Liz Claiborne purse, 100% coated cotton with leather trim. I mean, it screams 80s and early 90s. And of course, all that stuff is back again. If you need a lightweight bag, this is it. The drawstring closure with the wooden beads will take you right back to your mustard oversized button down and your multi-colored loafers. Oh wait, that was me. Email me with “bag 9” at 50favbags@gmail.com and make everything old new again.

 

days 20-29

Since there are so many days, i’ll just do photos and a short post. I have been vigilant in practice, but not in sharing. To remind you of what I do during Easter, I carry a different bag every day for 50 days. Switching bags every day is both fun and a drag, but mostly fun. Forcing myself to delve into my collection and use them is the fun part, the challenging part is getting everything from bag to bag. I’m missing more stuff this time around, it seems. Nail clippers, where are you!?

day 20

Friday, April 24, 2015 Liz Clairborne Leather

  Friday, April 24, 2015 Liz Clairborne Leather – the softest leather i’ve ever felt

day 21

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill

day 22

Sunday April 26, 2015 Fossil from St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday April 26, 2015 Fossil from St. Vincent de Paul

day 23

Monday, April 27, 2015 Calvin Klein from Plato's Closet

Monday, April 27, 2015 Calvin Klein from Plato’s Closet

day 24

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Coach from Goodwill

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Coach from Goodwill

day 25

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 The Sak from St. Vincent de Paul

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 The Sak from St. Vincent de Paul

day 26

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Fossil from Goodwill

day 27

Friday, May 1, 2015 Fossil from St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, May 1, 2015 Fossil from St. Vincent de Paul

day 28

Saturday, May 2 Calvin Klein from Valley Thrift

Saturday, May 2 Calvin Klein from Valley Thrift – it’s red pebbled leather

day 29

Sunday, May 3 Baggalini from St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday, May 3
Baggalini from St. Vincent de Paul

baggalini detial

baggalini detail and the color shows up this time

 

Peace all!

 

 

 

 

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.

day 42

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liz claiborne pebbled leather drawstring hobo at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

mother’s day is a challenge for me, as my mom has been dead for 12 years. we came home from being at my in-laws for spring break the day before easter in 2001and stopped by my folks house before going home. as soon as we left, my dad took her to the hospital and she had triple bypass two days later – the day was going to have a biopsy, we later found out. when she did have the biopsy, she was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to her liver. she died three months later – 3 weeks before 9.11.

having a personal death close to that event made it almost impossible for me to grieve for her. her death was unfair to me, but some of it she brought on herself. meanwhile, here was this unimaginable, horrifying event unfolding – it made my mom’s death seem like something i should just get over. my dad imploded. i still had to parent and then help my dad. i was in a suspended, sleepless state for many, many months and years. less now than then, but i still have my stretches.

time does heal wounds, but mother’s day is still tough. this year was probably my best yet in terms of tear flow. i know it’s important for my girls to be able to celebrate mother’s day. i’m just not that into it, but i’m trying to be better.

regardless, i took the opportunity to use one of my favorite bags of hers as a phone case: i remember it having a short strap at one time but i probably wore it out. i mentioned this purse in another post, and in another, i referenced her love for tooled leather. while we didn’t always have the best relationship, especially from age 13-26, she instilled in me a love of accessories. she was really telling me to love myself. she was a nurse, so she wore a lab coat most days. but when she went to church… watch out! she believed in hooking up an outfit from head to toe, leaving no jewelry, scarf or handbag left behind. the older i get, the more i understand how important it was for her to have that corner of the world for herself. actually, it was three closets, but who’s counting?

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one of my mom’s old purses

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i used to play with this clasp a LOT

fortunately, my oldest had another concert and i was able to enjoy the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Northern Kentucky. what a gorgeous location. it truly helped take my mind off of missing mom so much. peace, and happy mother’s day to all the moms out there. i appreciate you.

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day 18

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liz claiborne green pebbled leather tote

green is my favorite color – so when green is the “in” color for a season, i try to take advantage if i can afford it. i found this liz claiborne satchel at tj maxx last year, and it’s got all of my favorite elements: multiple pockets, two sections, green, pebbled leather, hardware. it was more than i usually pay for a bag, meaning it was more than $20.

this was my birthday present to myself for my 45th. after 20 years of marriage, my husband gets “confused” and forgets what i like, so sometimes i get myself the present and don’t use it until my birthday. i don’t try to act surprised or anything – he’s usually the one surprised. yeah, that’s what he gets.

i find as i choose my bag for each day that i go for one, and then i think… maybe i’ll save this for a warmer day, or a different outfit, or other reasons not to choose it. really, i realized that in making the choice, carrying that bag is a reality, and once i do i can’t use it again until after the 50 days. this challenge that i’ve created for myself has forced me to make decisions that i have to stick to, and that’s not easy for me sometimes.

i’m a procrastinator, and i like to give myself choices and keep things open ended. so it took me 18 days to realize that this challenge is kicking my butt. but i’m determined to get to day 50 and have fun, so i’m going to try to lighten up and get back to the fun of the first few days.