I’m not really a “bag” person but I think I have the potential to become one. However I have a few stumbling blocks to overcome. I have a good friend who sells handbags at Neiman Marcus so I often stop in to see her and look around. I like a lot of the bags, especially some of the small Chanel ones for spring. But I just can’t get past the price. Who pays $3900.00 for a small beige shoulder bag or $5,900.00 for the pink quilted one? Apparently a lot of people do, but I’m just not there yet. About 4 years ago a guy who used to do some personal shopping for me at Bloomingdales picked out a “Nancy Gonzales” bag that was on sale. I had never heard of Nancy Gonzales so it didn’t really impress me much when he said the bag was a steal at $985.00. I ended up buying it but I really don’t like it. It weighs a ton and the compartments are hard to find stuff in. But now I’m looking at a used Nancy Gonzales green crocodile bag online for $899.99 and I’m thinking, I could dig it. But then I remember that two summers ago I bought a white no-name bag at Marshalls for about $37.00. I loved it, so much so, I resurrected it for last summer . When I mistakenly carried it into Gillette Stadium last September at the beginning of football season (they have a no bag policy) I emptied the contents into a plastic see-thru Ziploc and put the white bag in the trash. Then, on my way out, I fished it out and took it home. It’s “had it” but I’m hoping to find a bag I like as much for this summer. So Kate Spade, Fendi, Marc Jacobs – what have you got? Otherwise it’s Marshall’s here I come.
So you’re on your way to a hot holiday party, a black tie bash, an intimate house party or maybe one of those big drafty ballroom fundraisers and you know you’ll be freezing once inside because even though it’s winter you are wearing sleeveless. Meanwhile outside it’s either blizzard-like, or a wintry mix of sleet and ice, combined with a muddy mish-mash of turf and ice-balls to maneuver under foot. In other words, you need to bring a few extra clothing and footwear options with you but all you have is that canvas L.L. Bean bag and it’s really not all that festive and besides, it’s still carrying traces of last summer’s beach sand, which, quite frankly, is depressing since you don’t want a reminder of what you will not see for another six months. That’s the problem, now here’s the solution – a zippered sequined tote bag. The zipper keeps things dry, it’s got party-ready presentation and believe it or not, the sequins deflect water. Get one large enough to carry a warm cashmere pashmina, an extra pair of shoes and then your boots once you’ve made the switch, your evening handbag and whatever assorted items you might need. Carry it with you all night or store it with coat-check once you’ve made the shoe switch. Call it the evening big bag theory. Find sequined totes at Wal-Mart, on line at TheFind, DanceSupply – ranging from $10.00 to $59.00. Then of course there’s Prada for $1350.00.
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