My New Purse

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I usually purchase a new bag a year.  Most of the time I get them on eBay so I can get thye style and quality I desire at a price I can stomach.  My last purse was this baby from Junior Drake.  The two prior were from Banana Republic.

The Junior Drake purse got paint on it from the remodel (argh!) and I could never get it off without ruining the finish.  It also doesn't have a long strap so I can't put it over my shoulder along with another bag or when I am wearing a coat.  Not too good if you are also carrying a baby.  I was using my chalk-colored purse from Banana Republic but it was getting dingy and really… chalk is a fancy word for white and I hated carrying a white purse this late in the season.  My previous Banana Rpeublic bag was a tumbled brown leather and a wonderful shape, but one of my bottles of milk that I had pumped at work exploded in it during a commute home and now it is destroyed.

So it was time for a new bag.

I wanted something that would go with brown as well as black, something that had specific pockets where I could store my cell, my SmartTrip card for the Metro, hang my keys so they could easily be reached.  I wanted a bag that I could carry in my hand, in the crook of my elbow or over my arm even with a bulky winter coat.  I wanted a bag that was not from an obvious designer or brand, but didn't look cheap and hokey.  It also had to be less than $200.

This is what I decided on:

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(yes this picture was taken in a fitting room at Ann Taylor)
This is the large foldover hobo from Fossil in grey leather.  My sister says that it is a brown-tinged grey, and it may be but it is definitely not brown and not black.  The hardware is brass, but very subtle so it doesn't clash with silver.  There is the front pocket which has a magnetic closure, a back slash pocket and an interior pocket with a zipper (from which I clip my keys).  Big enough that this bag looks sloughy while holding two full cosmetic bags, a wallet, a camera, a cell, and a book; yet not so big it looks like a bed pillow under my arm.  I don't usually use the long strap, but I find it useful when carrying Emerson.  When put across the body I can still easily access the pockets with one hand.
So this is what I am currently wearing.  I didn't like it at first but it has really grown on me and I love how it is very subtle and not an obvious style, trend or season.
Next purchase… a winter coat.  I still have my long quilted black coat but I would really like a wool coat this season and will get one if the price and fit is right…  any suggestions?


  1. October 14, 2009 / 9:41 am

    I do still have the purses… that may be something to consider. I did look for someone to clean up the grubby white/chalk one but the price made it more than the bag originally cost. But I should keep looking.

  2. October 14, 2009 / 9:25 am

    Oooh, do you still have the ruined purses? Because there are “purse hospitals” you can send them to who I have been told work miracles!

  3. October 13, 2009 / 4:36 pm

    JCPenney has some great wool coats! I got one from there last year in a pretty shade of red.

  4. October 13, 2009 / 2:21 pm

    It’s utterly GORGEOUS. Well chosen, lady!

  5. October 13, 2009 / 12:39 pm

    I just bought an ivory wool coat from Old Navy and I love it! It’s knee length with tulip sleeves – I plan on using scarves/gloves/hats to change the look of it with punches of colour!

  6. October 13, 2009 / 10:50 am

    I have this coat from Lands End right now, in black. Great commuter coat and has held up nicely. I will check out their wool styles.

  7. October 13, 2009 / 4:41 am

    I bought a knee length wool coat at Banana Republic a couple years ago and still love it and wear it.

  8. Tonya
    October 13, 2009 / 2:26 am

    I was also going to say Lands End. I bought a camel wool coat this year and it’s really great quality.

  9. Jane
    October 12, 2009 / 11:51 pm

    Drooling over a bag. I need a small clutch to put in my work tote- I always manage to have just a wallet when running errands after work.

    Lands End has some great coats- even a few trendier ones. Their quilted “dory” jackets are really light and really warm.

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