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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 47

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TJ Maxx teaches me a lot about shopping at the thrift store. The reason I find so many excellent bags is that I know what to look for. Sometimes, I end up buying a few bags from TJ. This Maurizio Taiuti called to me from the clearance rack for $39 at least nine or ten years ago.

Animal prints really never go out of style, and even if one particular print makes a comeback it’s never wrong to wear something that celebrates the beauty of nature and creation. It’s got a long crossbody strap and a slip pocket just the right size for my phone. Here it is in 2019 when I was out there for Episcopal Communicators in Denver at Starbucks when Sandra wanted something sweet after lunch.

day 46

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I must tell you I love getting these photos from my media archive of the bags in different places other than my home. This bag is a favorite by Jil Sander, a brand I only heard of by reading Vogue magazine back in the day. These bags retail at around $1,500, more or less. It made me wonder when saw it at Goodwill if maybe it was a fake. I remember thinking then the same thing I think today: Who would fake a bag by a brand lots of people haven’t heard of? And if they did, who would fake it with a suede interior?

The interior zipper pocket divides the bag so it’s not a cavernous hole, but not black because the interior is a light tan suede. The long straps go well over my shoulder but also allow it to work as a handbag – it doesn’t drag the ground. Thank goodness for my old posts to remind me that I paid $10 for this pebbled leather beauty.

As I did in 2013, I saved this bag until the end of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the beginning. On that 2013 Monday, I shared: Mondays are my day for errands, appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. I also try to catch my friend Jill for a commiserative chat about our high school seniors. Realization of the day – life comes at you fast. Take it slow as often as you can. Peace.

Now here we are at home, sheltering in place, and my youngest is now a senior. I’m a huge fan of NOT saying time flies. 2013 feels like seven years ago. Don’t let time fly. Slow down, pay attention, and savor it. Making the decision to do that 10 years ago changed my life dramatically. Allowing time to be exactly what it is – one minute is sixty seconds, one month is four or five weeks, one year is 325,600 minutes. It’s up to you how you experience it. Peace.

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 27

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Yes yes y’all – DKNY for your Friday. I love these pics with my old van that we donated to charity last month.

This is a really cute bag, I call it my safari bag. I’ve never been on a safari, but whatever. Cotton khaki with cognac leather trim, two outer zipper pockets and a hook closure. Very roomy inside, and a long crossbody strap which goes across MY body means this is a keeper.

 

day 21

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One way I cope with this current situation is to not take new photos of these bags, but go into the photo library and find ones I took last year or before. This Rebecca Minkoff tote was photographed two years ago at Procter, my diocese’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Center. This tote was $5.99 at the thrift store so it was a no brainer. So well made and the leather is beautiful.

Today proved to be great – woke up at 11:41 am after many sleepless nights this week, got to visit with my dear friend Jill in the driveway – both wearing masks and more than 6 feet apart, and had a small zoom party with friends. And Kaia made chocolate chip cookies. Blessed.

day 20

Kipling. I love this purse and it’s in my usual rotation. Particularly great for traveling because it’s light and the rectangular shape holds a lot more stuff than rounded bags.

This week I would have been in Savannah for the Episcopal Communicators conference. I bring this bag every year to that event for the reasons stated above. Hope to be in person soon. But not too soon.

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.

bag 34 – claimed

Jaiya and I had a great trip to the Woodlawn Goodwill, and I’ve given away all the bags I got there – except for this one, which I’d intended to keep. It’s easier to give up new bags than ones I’ve gotten attached to, so here we are.

Maxximum brand black pebbled leather with whipstitching and silver hardware. If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@email.com with bag 34, name and address. Also don’t forget to check the blog for unclaimed bags. See you Monday

bag 27 – claimed

Here’s a Kipling diaper bag I found at St. Vincent de Paul on Este recently. All the baby stuff is gone from it so I didn’t realize it was a diaper bag til I got it home.

If you like this bag email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 27, your name, your address. Thanks.