I think I’ve found my new, smaller bag, but hold that thought for a moment.
Mrs. Darsie says spring makes her wanna’ shop ’til she drops. I’m not even gonna’ look back, because I KNOW warm weather makes me want a new bag. Those of you who have been reading my ramblings for a while have been down this road so many times it truly isn’t funny. Now, I do need new clothes, I really don’t have much I should be wearing (because it’s all sloppy big) but frankly, I have to try absolutely everything on, and for a gal who doesn’t love to shop in the first place, that’s tedious.
So instead, I crave bags and shoes. They’re easy. I do have a couple of friends who sincerely try bags on, because how they fit on their shoulders matters a whole lot to them, because they have narrow shoulders, large arms, what have you… However for me, I just want to know if my phone will fit and if there’s room for my loot. I can generally size that up online or with a quick peek in person.
Anyway… bags. I’ve known for a long while (years, actually) that I shouldn’t carry a big bag or a heavy (read: leather) bag. That’s part of my love affair with Vera. Problem is though, I’m drawn to the massive leather totes like nothing else. See… I’m fairly hard on a bag. It has to hold up to Sissy’s daily inspections (usually with a wet mouth), sitting in the floorboard of the chiefmobile, etc. So, the crisp Vera fabric bags don’t hold their shape for long, and I have to make fabric selections based on what won’t show a little dried drool, soot, etc.
Enter Frill. Based on the photos in the catalogs and such, I think Vera is marketing this line for young teens, which is a mistake. When I was 14, my handbag lived in a backpack or a locker, and it sat behind me in a movie theater, etc. (Edited to add… did I even carry a bag then? I don’t recall. I remember my first Dooney & Bourke all-weather leather bag fondly, but I was in my late teens then…) NOW is when I need the laminated fabric, to ward off all that stuff I mentioned above. There’s no backpack to protect the bag from the general grime of life. I haven’t seen a locker in decades, unless you count the open gear racks at the station…
That happy blue hobo looks right up my alley. I like it in Folkloric too, and with it being laminated, I could risk the light background, but I think I’d get tired of the perky flowers before September. I also wear a lot of red in the summer, and let’s be honest; I’m not a change my bag kind of girl. I’ll grab my smart phone and my ID and shove ’em in a wristlet or a clutch for an evening out, but that’s as good as it gets.
On that note, does anyone else have the monster EVO or any of its HTC twins? I love my new phone, but it’s a tall thang, and I fear it won’t fit in my beloved black wristlet. I think a trip to my local Veraland is in order, to see what the critter will fit in.
A special thanks to those of you who’ve danced the bag conundrum with me before. What thrills you today?