Last year this time, I was consumed with finding the perfect bag for daily use. I finally landed with Namaste and was happy. However, it’s a heavy bag, being a big ol’ pleather bag, and so a few weeks ago, I returned to Vera. I soon ran into complications though. My stuff wouldn’t stay in the pockets where I put it, and then Sissy proved that I have no business having a fabric handbag. (Girlfriend drools and slobbers, and must touch everything…)
Friends kept raving about their Lexie Barnes bags. Lexie had been my first choice last year, but I couldn’t find a shape and fabric that I liked, so I gave up, hoping for new colors this year. (Haven’t seen any yet, so I’m wondering if she’s giving up the bag line of her business?) So, last week I went poking around and found a close-out deal, and the Redondo Tote had to come home to me.
Now, I have buyer’s remorse. Oh, at that price, I certainly can’t regret my purchase, but I sure can be heartily sorry I didn’t buy the sucker a year ago, even if the price was much higher!
I’ve only lived with it for a few hours, but I’m in Lexie love. Here’s the unsculpted version, to give you a better idea of the functional shape. I don’t know how they staged that photo, because my bag is nothing but a rectangle, no matter how I stuff it. I’m not complaining though; there’s more than enough room for a book or magazine to hang out in there without anything getting bent up!
Yes, yes… it’s a diaper bag. (Anyone need a Lexie Barnes black changing pad?) I’m sure that’s what this pocket is for, but at the moment, my Blackberry and a couple of other thin things I like to be able to grab easily are living there. I love that the lining is light and bright, and water drool resistant taffeta!
Look at all those pockets! I love pens, so three can travel at hand’s reach at all times. The pocket behind the pens runs down to the bottom of the pen section. MJ suggested putting my checkbook there, but it’s a touch too narrow for that. As of yet, the square pocket on the right is empty, but the little zipper holds my favorite lipstick.
There’s also this handy detachable key fob, but I think I’ll add a ‘beener and just use it to keep my keys close at hand. (That’s also the best representation of the actual color, on this monitor anyway.)
It’s not elegant or even refined, but it’s pretty and practical, which is much more my speed. Sorry Vera. Anyone want to wager what I’ll be carrying come fall?