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.
Here’s a bag I really love even though it’s not a crossbody or backpack. But c’mon – it’s FRINGE. Ombre fringe. And blue isn’t even my favorite color – but who cares? This bag is LIT. It’s a Holding Horses tote by Anthropologie that I found at Clothes Mentor. If you don’t know about Clothes Mentor – you should check them out if you like bags. They have great bags from lots of brands including high-end designer bags. Clothes Mentor is in the Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet family but for grown ass women. I also love them for clothes, and sometimes shoes – gotta be careful with resale shoes, people.
Today’s bag is a Banana Republic tote that I got a few years ago for $8 at Goodwill. Love this tote! This picture is from last year on this same Sunday, taken in the youth room at my church where i work as the youth minister. Of course we met remotely on Zoom today. But usually we would be here, eating donut holes and honeycrisp apples, talking about the Way of Love, sitting in our Ikea chairs they chose. We have such a good time.
Anyway this tote is really great – two pockets on the outside, and one on the inside. Great for travel as it packs very well. It’s very sturdy and stylish. Can’t wait to get back out there and use it in the world. But then again, I can wait as long as I need to. Stay safe.
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.
Here’s one I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago by Echo. I got this same bag in two different patterns and used the other one more than this one. I couldn’t even give it away because the design wore off the top of the bag. This one is in much better shape. It’s great for carrying all my stuff, including a laptop, as long as it’s in a sleeve. There’s a cool outside pocket that’s only attached at the top, which makes the perfect phone pocket.
Full disclosure: I almost quit the blog a couple of days ago. I haven’t talked about COVID-19 much, but my husband and I are high risk. Anytime one of us coughs or sneezes, we’re looking around like, “who was that? Are you ok?” So it’s a very stressful time for everyone, of course, and we’re no different. The other day, one of us got sick, and I felt like the blog was irrelevant. But, we still have lots to be thankful or and to celebrate in this Easter season. I’m grateful we’re all doing ok and managing our symptoms, taking our medicine, adding health practices, and doing our best to lose weight and keep stress down. We have to do everything we can to be proactive so that we can minimize our risk factors. Take care of yourselves and each other, friends. Take care and peace.
Fringe. I don’t always love it, but when I do, it’s likely on a bag. I bought this brown Raj fringe bag at TJ Maxx at least seventeen years ago, probably more. It’s a fun bag, but a bit of a black hole (meaning it’s cavernous with not a lot of organization inside) and I have another bag with fringe that I like a whole lot better. Even though I have loved this bag for years, it’s time to let it go.
I admit that I thought I would never get rid of this bag. I have a friend who really loves this bag and she said if I ever get rid of it to let her know. I was like, “yeah, girl, right… I’ll do that.” So I did that, but it’s up for grabs to you, too, because it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.
One of my Lenten learnings through the years is that we don’t need all of this stuff. The more I give away, the more I want to give away. The more bags I give away, the better I feel. Many of you practice generosity during Lent; I love seeing what you’re doing. I pray that I can continue to be this generous throughout the rest of the year.
If you like this bag, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info: bag 11, your name, your address. Thanks!
I know I should link a lot of these posts to their previous posts, because I wrote much more about them in the past and I’m forgetful. This time I’m doing it. I carried this bag yesterday and today; I really enjoy it. Click the link above and see why.
I got this bag years ago at the Tri-County Lane Bryant. It’s so cool; I remember when I bought it someone else bought the other one that was still there, and someone else tried to talk me out of it so she could buy it. Ummmmmm no. That was around 16 or so years ago.
Today I used this echo tote I got at TJ Maxx a few years ago. I had a black and white one just like this and I have a large overnight bag in this brand. Very lightweight and fun. I particularly like the handles and adjustable crossbody strap. Fits a laptop and all of my other goodies.
It’s Easter, and I’m celebrating the 50 days of Easter with 50 bags. None are available for giveaway or sale.
My Banana Republic tote carried organic apples and donut holes to youth group meeting today along with a laptop and all of my other stuff. We planned for our Heifer Fair next Sunday. I got this at the thrift store, I think. Need to read the blog to remember. Front pocket is great for phone and/or keys. It can be a bit of a black hole, so it’s better with a smaller purse inside.