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Dago pointed out the other day that it might be time for my purse to bite the dust. I’ve been carrying the same tan American Eagle crossbody bag for like three years. I love this bag. I searched for months to find the perfect tan crossbody bag and “splurged” ($30 was a lot for a purse at the time!) to get it. It has an adjustable strap and fits all of my things nicely. We’ve been through so much together. I’ve taken her to concerts and parties, interviews and networking events, work, class, and of course, shopping. I love having my arms free and not having to worry about lugging around some big tote when I’m running errands or out and about.

The first big hit it took was when the magnetic snap came off. It was a pretty powerful magnet, which was apparently too powerful for the fabric it was attached to. So, bye bye went the snap. But that was okay because the top flap was long and heavy enough to stay closed anyway.
Next the strap started to look worn. The edges of the tan ‘leather’ peeled away exposing the dull under-layer. Eventually the side of the top flap that rubs against my arm when I wear it began to show some heavy wear as well. The whole bag ranges in its shades of tan and doesn’t look as nice as it once did. I guess I was trying to deny it for as long as possible to prolong the purse shopping process.
So here we are. I’m awfully picky about purses. My mom is the kind of woman who changes her purse every time she changes her outfit, but I don’t play like that. I want one purse that I can wear to any venue or occasion, with any outfit. I want to be as hands free as possible. I want to be able to carry my wallet and my business card pouch, my phone and my many lipsticks, my keys and my collection of loose bobby pins. I want a strap that doesn’t hurt my shoulder and that hangs the bag at the perfect length across my bum.
I’ve been dreaming of bags in shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow. No matter what I’m wearing, I think a bag in any of these colors would make a statement, but could still be worn as a sort of neutral. Turns out purses really only have a splurge or save option, so I’ve divided my wishlist accordingly. Maybe I can find one of these splurge bags on Ebay, right?

(clockwise from top left)  Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Cross Body Bag // Marc Jacobs Washed Up Cross Body Bag // J.Crew Teeny Edie Purse // Kate Spade Bow Terrace Leigh //  Marc Jacobs Classic Q Isabelle Cross Body Bag // J.Crew Mini Bag

(clockwise from top left) Charlotte Russe Mini Chain Strap Evening Bag // Coopertive Inverted Arrow Crossbody Bag // Forever 21 Metal Trimmed Crossbody // Top Shop Pushlock Crossbody Bag // Merona Turnkey Crossbody Handbag // Forever 21 Heart Lock Shoulder Bag

What’s your criteria for a new purse?

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