Here we are at the end of the 50 days of Easter celebrating Pentecost with a red Liz Claiborne hobo. Liz made this bag with some of the softest leather I’ve ever felt. I took these photos in 2015, which is likely when I got this bag, as it’s the earliest post I can find, but a couple of years later, I remembered that I got it for $8. A fitting choice to welcome the hot fire of the Holy Spirit.
Just look at the detail on this stitching and check out the logo – it’s thick brushed nickel with a cutout design for the LC. Below you can see the detail in the ring and studs that hold the bag and strap together. And don’t get me started about the zipper—butter with a pull very similar to the logo plate in heft and feel.
COVID-19 gave me a year where I completed all posts and most of them on the day or the day after. I’d rather miss a few days being busier and have no one get this illness. Since my only control with COVID-19 is to stay home and away from people, I need to find wins amid a lot of loss. I wish COVID-19 was the only issue that made me sad and angry, but there are lots to be sad and angry about these days. I will continue to pray for my enemies, seek joy in small things, and love my loved ones even more.
I have a feeling I’ll be back to the blog before next Lent. Making no promises, but my feelings usually hit the mark. Especially lately. Peace all and thank you for joining me on this journey I call life through my love of hauling stuff around in what I consider to be beautiful vessels.
We didn’t do a lot of shopping when we went to Spain in March. On my birthday, we went down to Toledo, where Kaia studied to meet her host mom and see the sights. Of course, some of those sights included a couple of shops. Natura was one shop we didn’t want to miss, as it was full of sustainable products. She got some cute jewelry there and i wanted to check it out. One type of bag I love and don’t see enough of are packable shopping bags that are cute. I have a red Target ones i got at Goodwill for a dollar several years ago, and I recently ripped the bag it packs into off of it, and the handles are ripping.
This Ikat shopping bag folds flat into its own pouch, and it’s not sewn into a little corner like my Target bag. I used it to carry some stuff to the car to chill out there and read. I really enjoy spending time in my car alone. Natura is a cool company with a mission. Check out their website and read about them.
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.
Today I left the house to deliver care packages to my youth group so I decided to bring this Kipling bag I got from the St. Vincent de Paul last year. The monkey is gone, which is fine with me. I love Kipling! Just like baggallini, it’s lightweight and very packable. Great for traveling. This one is red, and I love red bags. If you like to wear a lot of black, like I do, red comes in handy.
Anyway – I got this one at St. Vincent de Paul for $6.99. It retails for $119. Yeah right! Honestly, I can’t wait to get back to the thrift stores. Actually, yes I can. I can wait as long as it takes. I’m so fortunate to be home with my family, and we like each other in addition to loving each other. My middle is an amazing chef and we’re happy. Peace all!!
I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw this cute Steve Madden colorblocked purse, it took me right back to 1984. I had an outfit that this would have gone PERFECTLY with – a mustard-colored oversized buttondown tunic, colorblocked cutout loafers with these three colors plus green, and dangly fruit earrings in all of those colors, worn with red leggings, naturally. It was one of my favorite outfits, and I wore it to the airport to pick up David when he came to Cincinnati to visit me for the first time. Over thirty years later, here’s this bag. $12 at Goodwill.
Convertible clutch, shoulder bag, and tote. The goldtone chain strap is removable, so it’s a clean clutch. Add it for a shoulder bag, or for more space in the bag, carry it by the goldtone handles. Ah, so cute! I gave it to Nia, and she left it in her closet, so I asked her if it would be fair to assume she didn’t want it. The thing I did NOT do was take a pic and send it to her.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 32, your name, your address. Peace.
Update – David reminded me that the leggings were red, not black. WOW
Today Jaiya and I stopped into the Woodlawn Goodwill. I had a feeling and the feeling was right. There were two bags by Maxx and let’s just say I got one for me and one for you. Yours is a classic example of quality craftspersonship and most everything I look for in a bag. So here you are – a red mock-croc leather shoulder bag with a paisley interior, silver hardware including feet, a big magnet pouch on the front, and a zipper pouch on the back. $8 before the 10% senior discount. BOOM. You’ll see mine during the Easter season.
Email me at email@example.com with the following info: bag 5, your name, your address. Thanks!
Last week, we got an email with a link to BTS concert info. You could only have a 4.5×6.5 bag unless it was clear, and I don’t have any clear bags. Good thing I got this concert bag last week on our Chicago field trip. We had a blast!
I recently added this new Kipling bag to the family, found at the Este St. Vincent de Paul. Lots of times bags like this end up at the thrift store without their signature charm. Kipling’s bags have a furry monkey. It’s cool, and I can definitely live without it. Thought I’d try it out on a road trip. Love it.
I really appreciate their tagline – live light. That’s my plan, Kipling. I’m trying.
Today’s bag came with my swag from the BTS pop-up store in Chicago. We are going to the concert in NJ, but Nia can’t come, so the four of us road tripped to Chicago to have some fun in one of our favorite cities. We all got free wrist snap bracelets with a timely message for me, my girls, and everyone who needs it.
I’ll enjoy this bag for a good while! It’s the little things!
Sometimes the reason I give up the bag is the reason I never should have bought it: it’s too heavy. This red Fossil satchel style bag has all my favorite things.
adjustable strap with canvas on one side and leather on the other
seperate pockets and pouches for organization
back pocket for phone
So even though it’s too heavy I bought it anyway. WHY? To at least rescue it from Goodwill. I could not leave it there. It’s been hanging from my purse rack and I look at it like… maybe someday. One day last year during the 50 days I carry a different bag during Easter, I tried to use this one and I didn’t make it out the door before I’d switched to something different. Gotta let it go.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in bag 29.