It’s the MARCH edition of LET’S LOOK!
Er, but it’s April 15th.
Yeah, Erika and I were on vacation for the March edition and then we came home to well…um…chaos, so we punted until TODAY!
This is our monthly “look” at little aspects of our lives. (If you’re a blogger, make sure you blog and link up!)
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at our bedside tables.
In February, we looked at our winter wardrobe.
In April, we looked at how we typically celebrate Easter.
And today, we’re looking at inside our bags and purses…
…kidding 😉 . I mean…it’s a funny quote, but please don’t take any of this too seriously!
Today’s post is all about bags and purses and well, I’m a collector of such things, so today, we’re going to take a little look at what I love, why I love them and I’m answering your questions from Stories along with one short little video where I share some bags from your FAQ.
I’ve always been a bag girl 🙂 . I was the kid that gave zero thought to her back to school backpack but spent hours pouring over the Dillard’s catalog picking out the right back to school purse. I bought my first designer bag as my 30th birthday gift to myself. Andrew and I both decided to do something special the year we turned 30, so I bought a Louis Vuitton and he had Lasik eye surgery. Clearly, one of us is a little more shallow than the other…I mean, who cares if you have to wear glasses? 😉
Here I am buying my first bag for my 30th birthday.
After that, it kind of became my thing. When I asked you girls on Stories if you had any bag questions, YOU DID! Holy moly, you did! I would say that the majority of the questions followed the same theme (if not completely the same), so I went through and tried to pick as many as I could that answered the majority of your questions. I also made this little video here which answered your top questions. I wanted to be able to show you several of the bags as I explained why I love each one. Ready, set, here you go…
And then, here are some more questions and answers (in no particular order) about me and bags…
I’m the queen of texting Andrew pics of bags I like. Ha! I’ll see one, text him a pic and then (I’m guessing), he saves them/refers back to them because he always gets me bags I like. Sometimes, he surprises me with bags (in very thoughtful and creative ways) and then other times, we go pick one out/get them together. It’s always a little different, but it’s our thing. Andrew’s “gifts” are hunting things/snowboarding things…and so we do the same for him, but if I’m being honest, picking out his stuff isn’t nearly as much fun as mine 😉 .
I have a pretty wide variety of bags from different designers (Burberry, YSL, Gucci, Chanel), but I have a soft spot for LV bags because they’re French, they’re very sturdy (he started his career designing durable luggage), and I think they’re beautiful.
Just about every day! I know I probably sound nuts, but in my head, a bag is a “fall/winter” bag or a “spring/summer” bag. I know. I’m so weird. I base that on color/texture, but that eliminates half the bags each morning (as it’s not in the right season). After that, I pick a bag based on functionality for the day (do I need a crossbody to keep my hands free or do I need a larger bag to hold all of my stuff because it’s one of those kinds of days). And sometimes, I pick a bag because it makes my outfit pop…
…I pick them for all of those reasons and by now, I can switch out a bag in less than a minute, so it’s really no big deal.
Totally! I love my Barrington Bags! I used these as diaper bags when the two little girls were younger, I use them at every single sporting event for my big kids (they hold so many things for game time like bottles of water, snacks, light jackets, coloring books, fans…all of the stuff we need for a day at the ball field!). I use these to haul stuff to dance recitals, traveling, road trips, all of that stuff. I got these next two questions several times too, so let’s just answer them all three together below…
…and then this one…
…so here is my favorite Barrington tote…
…I like the St. Anne Zippered Tote.
I like the size, the fact that you can wipe out the inside, that it zips, it’s not heavy…I like everything about it!
I always buy mine directly in their stores (not online).
I don’t have a single bag that looks old and/or damaged. A big part of that is because I take great care of them, but another big part is that they’re very well made.
I have officially reached that sweet, sweet spot in life where my kids don’t need me to carry a darn thing (all the praise hands!). Back when they did need me to carry their things, I just used the larger totes/shoulder bags way more often than I did a crossbody. When I have busy days and am running from errands to appointments to practices and therapies, I’ll always bring a tote that way I can haul my MacBook, Kindle, etc.
I went into the closet and decided this was the one I would suggest…
…I know this probably sounds crazy (a common theme lately…), but I really do remember where I’ve purchased each and every piece. This crossbody in particular is a fun memory because my mom and I went into Gucci while in Boston and each bought this bag (she bought it in black). That was really fun! This one (in either color) is great because it’s neutral, can be dressed up or down, large enough to fit several things and zips closed. I love it!
Wellll…I’m going to say Louis Vuitton. It’s classic, it’s simple, it’s versatile…it’s my fave.
I never used a traditional diaper bag…always large totes that could work as a purse if the kids weren’t with me or a diaper bag if they were. Skip Hop was a brand I loved when K and S were little. I had a solid black one that worked for everything. When Ashby and Madeley were little, I had a Barrington bag with stuff for them when I needed to drop them off at places (like church, my parents’ house), but other than that, I just tossed their things whatever tote I was carrying at the time. I’ve never carried two things at once (a purse and a diaper bag).
I do! For me, I can be wearing yucky workout clothes, dirty sneakers, a baseball cap and no makeup…but if I have a bag, I have elevated everything 😉 . I always have one!
When I purchase a bag, it’s classified in my head as fall/winter or spring/summer (same with wallets), so I switch them out accordingly.
I have several large totes for traveling but this one here has been more places with me and is my favorite…
…my trusty Neverfull GM. (I like the MM for every day use but the GM for traveling because it’s bigger…see video for a comparison of the two!). My most recent bag (happy anniversary to ME!) is also a large tote for traveling. I went looking for a picture of it and found this one here at the airport…
I like a big, open, tote for my carry on bags.
I like them all, but my very favorite is the “damier ebene” which is this dark brown/chocolate checkered print.
Functionality! If the handles don’t work over my shoulder, the bag doesn’t close the way I want it to…if I am messing with it too much in the store, then I won’t pull it out and use it at home. I want one that’s functional, so if you use a tote 90% of the time, don’t buy a designer crossbody, buy a tote.
Carefully! I personally always use a lightly damp rag to wipe away any marks/dirt I might find on the bag and then my dustbuster thing to clean out the inside.
My answer will always be…
…the Neverful MM (medium size!).
I have shelves and drawers for my bags. I always store them stuffed if they need to hold their shape (I don’t want to damage the leather by creasing them if they’re not supposed to be folded over), cleaned out and emptied.
Both! Sometimes, Andrew gives them to me as a gift, other times, I buy them for myself. I’ve never received one from any other person…so they’re always bought by Andrew or myself.
Yes, I change them out daily! (See question above!) If you missed the video, these are the little zipper pouches I use inside my bag to keep things tidy…
Aren’t they so cute?!
I edit! I have this post here…
…from a while back that explains what’s inside my carry on bag.
I’m positive I thought more about the purchase of my first bag than Andrew did his laser eye surgery 😉 . I knew I wanted one in the damier ebene print because I was just drawn to that over the monogram (it was LV’s first print by the way, not the monogram), and I knew I wanted one that zipped closed and had gold hardware. That’s what lead me to that first bag.
Yes! This one right here is my favorite…
…I’m not sure that they make this one any longer, but this was the very first one I thought about when I read this question. This bag is special because it’s the only one I’ve ever purchased at the flagship Louis Vuitton in Paris, so that’s a fun memory.
Whew! I mean to tell you, did we talk enough about bags today?! I feel like we did!
Next month on Let’s Look, we’re looking at “our weekend”. For the love, I hope it’s a more normal looking weekend than what we’re having right now. Don’t forget, if you blogged today too, link up below!
I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow!! xo