Today’s bag is by Zina Eva, a designer I’d never heard of before I googled them to find out about this bag. They are expensive, and have mixed reviews. But nonetheless, I am happy with this bag at the price point of $8. What can I say, I’m a sucker for top-handle bags.
What’s cool: wooden handle, triple magnetic closure to make sure your stuff isn’t too heavy to keep it closed, and the beautiful suede lining. What’s not as cool: the exterior doesn’t look as real as it actually is. But, when it’s full of stuff it has a nice rounded shape on the bottom with the structured top – I think it looks classy. THere’s also a detachable shoulder strap – not long enough to crossbody for me. Overall, it’s pretty. Who knows, could end up in the giveaway someday.
Ok, well… yesterday, I took a sabbatical from Facebook and other online stuff because while I love being a mom, the whole Mother’s Day is not my thing. I have three dads, and I had three moms plus a bonus mom/friend/confidant/mentor/role model, Joy. First, there’s my mom and dad who raised me. Then there are my biological parents, who bore me. Then there are my in-laws, who treat me like their own daughter. All of my moms are dead, including Joy. It’s rough.
Every day is mother’s day, just like that McDonald’s 365 black campaign. I’m fortunate to have girls who love on me all the time. And i mean i am REALLY fortunate, which isn’t the same thing as lucky. I put EVERYTHING into being the best mom I can be. Don’t get me wrong; i get lots of eye rolls. And i fail. But even the shitty stuff stays all good.
So here I am today with a bag for yesterday. I got this no-name bag at goodwill for $12. This bag decorates my room. It’s been sitting on the top of my bookshelf for years. Now and again, I’ll dust it off and carry it. Then, it goes right back on the shelf. I love beads, so I love looking at it. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Some folks like framed art and I’m some folks. And some folks like wearable art, and I’m some folks too.
Here’s a cute woven bag from J Crew. I was in high school in the 80s and Pappagallo bags were a THING. Of course, we had no money for that, so I had a knockoff brand with not the same number of buttons so it was OBVIOUS that it was fake. I still loved that bag, though.
So when I saw this at Goodwill it reminded me of those days so I bought it. The reason I take most of my bag photos on the same door is so you have an idea of the size and scale of each bag. If the doorknob looks big, the bag is small. Hence, it’s up for grabs, cute as it is.
I use lots of bags for other purposes – my vintage Fossil collection holds my scarves and jewelry. Bags are art to me, and this one fits that category well. Spring is coming, this bag will get you right in the Spring mood.
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I found this no-name bag at Goodwill in Connecticut last year when we went out during the girls’ spring break. My mother-in-law was not doing so well, and we wanted to help my father-in-law as much as we could. Hiking at West Hartford Reservoir 6 and thrifting gave me solace.
Wooden triangular handles, faux lock, adjustable strap, pebbled pleather, gold hardware, and most importantly – my favorite color, green. I carried this last Easter. It’s a very unique bag, perfect for Spring.
I found this bag at Goodwill last year and was attracted to the wooden handle. It’s by Zina Eva, who i’d never heard of, and when i looked her up, the bags were upwards of $200+ retail and even on eBay $65 for a smaller one than this. Embossed patent leather, lined in suede, with pockets inside and the one on the outside perfect for a phone, not too heavy, and the water bottle fits. WIN for $8.
I stopped by Goodwill today – these pics were taken in the parking lot of the Woodlawn location, where i went after trying to walk at Glenwood Gardens but freaked out because of all the people there. I found three bags that i would have purchased in the past but didn’t buy today. Earlier i’d stopped by the St. Vincent de Paul on Este, and left these three bags there. Really nice but… i don’t need them.
Please note: Lent is over, and so is the bag giveaway. Check previous posts to see if a bag is available. If it does not say claimed, it’s still up for grabs til April 6.
I found this no-name bag at Goodwill in Connecticut last week, mistakenly placed in the backpack section. People love to hide stuff and in this case, i got lucky. Wooden triangular handles, faux lock with a key that doesn’t seem to go with the bag, adjustable strap, pebbled pleather, gold hardware, and most importantly – my favorite color, green. It looked great with my white Easter dress. The flowers from the altar were given to my dad, and he gave them to me for our Easter dinner table. I took this photo on the steps of my church, Calvary Episcopal in Cincinnati. Happy Easter!