Sunday, July 31, 2011
What's in the Bag
I usually carry the featured handbag from June to September. Then in October I switch out to my Coach black pebbled leather hobo. I also have black and brown leather satchel handbags from Coach. The brown one is very old - from the early 90's. I like lighter handbags in the summer, though. It's hot enough without toting leather around. Straw or canvas seems like the way to go. I like Coach - they're expensive, but you get what you pay for - I use my black pebbled leather hobo almost every day from October to June, and it still looks good. I've had it for four years now.
I think I've said before that my theory on handbags is that a lady should have at least three: A fall/winter everyday leather bag, a dress leather bag, and a summer bag, of a lighter material, like canvas, cloth or straw. If you want, you can throw in an evening clutch, if you go to a lot of glamorous evening events, and a light-colored leather dress bag for the spring/summer months. If you go to the beach or on picnics in the spring and summer, you should get a sturdy tote bag - LL Bean makes good totes, and you can design your own, and have it monogrammed with your initials or name (see bag above). You can also use a large tote for going to the farmer's market. A budget-conscious option is to use the reusable shopping totes you can get for $.99-$1.99 at the supermarket or drugstore, or use the free ones that some stores give away with purchases. Aerosoles recently had a gift with purchase where I received a fleece blanket and a colorful cloth tote with my online order. Cosmetic companies are good for that, too. They always seem to be giving away tote bags with their gifts-with-purchase or bargain purchase-with-purchase (like where you get a $155 gift set for $35 or something like that - I am not wise to the ways of the cosmetic counter - I only know enough to know I should stay away from it!).
Of course, if you're vegan, or just want cruelty-free products, you can get good bags in nylon, vinyl or pleather, canvas, cloth or straw or even recycled rubber - there are so many eco-friendly materials to choose from.
Anyway, it's getting late in the morning, and I have to do my weekly day-of-beauty ritual. Once a week, I try to give myself a facial mask, exfoliating salt scrub, condition my hair and moisturize from head to toe. I should probably moisturize every day, but sometimes I'm just too busy and the schedule does not allow for those extra minutes. Or I'm too tired, LOL.
Have a great week, everyone!