In a fit of New Years purging, I attacked my closet over the weekend to weed out the undesirables and make sure for the first of a few shopping trips I'm making in the next few months. I, like Ina Garten, am getting back to basics. I have a lot of "fun" pieces in my wardrobe but no perfectly tailored white shirt. No super flattering high quality black pants. No sexy secretary pencil skirt (well, I DO have one but it is more appropriate for evening events since 1) it's satin and 2) when I sit down the slit on the thigh takes me from sexy secretary to raunchy receptionist). And closet space is as precious in our apartment as parking spaces downtown. So time to weed out what I don't need to make room for what I do.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Taking up the most room in my closet? Not clothes. Not shoes. Freaking HANDBAGS. I own about 20 handbags, and about 10-12 clutches. It is an abomination since I really only use: my Coach Hampton Pebble Leather bag in the spring/summer and my Michael Kors Ranger bag in the fall/winter. And of course I use the clutches for going out at night. But do I need the gold metallic tote I bought on Ebay 2 years ago? No. Do I need the hot pink hobo I had to get from Nine West last year? No I do not. I don't need 90% of them. So they will be gone soon.
Taking their place though will be a bag I actually WILL use. I need is a different kind of bag. For a while now I have been interested in so called "Crossover" bags. You know, smaller bags with really long straps that you can just wear across your body and forget about? I have never had one. For one thing I am usually a "big bag" lady, which can be a big pain when out on a shopping binge. You're either constantly carrying the bag, which is a pain. Or if you put it in a carriage of some kind you're Constantly like "OMG is my bag okay. Is my wallet still in there. Is someone going to snatch it?". This is what comes of reading your town's crime blotter for fun, I swear.
In any case a crossover bag appeals to me, though it is small, because most of then can house a smaller wallet , your phone, your keys and a lip gloss. Its like a hands free clutch! The problem is that I could never seem to find a cute one. One that didn't look like my mom's passport holder
And hello woven leather, delicious silver color (that makes it seem less utilitarian) and hello decent size that can actually hold MORE than most of my clutches. It comes in other fun colors like boysenberry and poppy and of course you're basic black and brown. I happen to love a "fun" colored accessory though since I wear basic colors like black and white and gray so often. It is seriously the exact bag I have been looking for forever. And will now allow me to get rid of all my other "baggage" so to speak.
I love it.
And at $98 it's not so expensive that I want to cry. Especially since Elliot Lucca is a fabulous brand and I know it would last a long time.
What about you guys? Seen anything like this elsewhere?