You’ve really got a hold on me

I have always been more of a bag girl than a shoe girl. In fact, up until a few years ago I had very little interest in shoes – it was all about bags for me. That’s pretty much changed now – I love shoes as much as any ‘normal’ girl does, although if I had to pick, I would still pick bags.

I have an insane amount of bags, since I’ve been collecting them for over a decade. Fortunately, my taste has changed for the better since my teen years, so nowadays instead of accumulating tote bags (which I still like very much, but if there’s anyone who can confirm that there’s a limit on how many tote bags you can have, that’s me) I go for more – in my eyes – ‘grown-up’ styles. Here are a few of my babies, some of them have already made guest appearances on the blog, others are yet to be discovered…

Let’s start with this bag from Ted Baker. I really, really loved this bag from the minute I saw it. It came in different sizes and colours, at first I was split between the pink version (with a black bow) and this one, which thankfully I ended up going for. Like I said I really like this bag, although I do sort of regret getting it for various reasons. The fact that it can barely be bent makes it impractical, and the short straps make it a hard bag to hold – I can’t really put it under my armpit so I have to either carry it on in the inside of my elbow or the old school way (in one of my hands, which is nice but not for more than a couple of hours). Then there’s the size – in theory I love small bags but I rarely carry just a few bits and pieces with me. But it’s a pretty little thing, and how could I resist that bow?

I can see a pattern here, clearly I have a penchant for bows in the bag department. I spotted this bag in TK Maxx (I can’t remember the brand) last spring, and I feel like it’s one of my best buys ever. I’ve gotten so much use out of this bag, I’m not saying I’m done with it but it’s taking a break because recently I’ve been wearing mostly gold jewellery. Yes, I’m one of those crazy people who need to match the hardware on their bags with their jewellery…

Aaww, my fake Alexa. No complaints about this baby, like I’ve mentioned before it will do just fine until I manage to get my hands on the real thing…

This is probably my most ‘mature’ bag – it’s simple, classic and pretty boring I guess, but that’s what I  needed. I got it for free from Jaeger (I had a gift card!), a shop that I almost never go into, mainly due to the price tags in there but also because it’s not really my style (and I don’t think they’re targeting people my age anyway). However, this bag was exactly what I was looking for: a black, elegant, decent-sized bag that I could use mainly for work. Now that’s what I call sensible shopping…

The only ‘thing’ about this vintage Dooney&Bourke bag is the smallness of it, other than that I’m super fond of it. And the size isn’t really a problem – I just leave it for days when I’m feeling relaxed, carefree and don’t feel the need to carry half my life around with me (which is almost never)…

Now, here’s the thing – I like River Island, and I especially like their bags. A lot of people don’t seem to like that shop, but I always find something in there. And quite a few of their bags have become high-street ‘It’ pieces – remember that rectangular, patent, quilted and black bag with the chain handles and the two ‘R’s on it? Everyone – including me – had that bag, it was like an epidemic. Anyway, this tiny little thing has that element of tacky that seems to work for me – I bought it about two years ago and it’s not something I would go for now, but I still really like it and use it every now and again.

Well, this Zara bag hasn’t been getting any rest lately. I like to stuff it up and take it anywhere and everywhere. The problem with taking it everywhere though is that I see lots of people with it – the curse of buying something from a mainstream brand…

This Next bag is another regret in a way, since I’ve already got a fake Alexa and it’s really similar to my little Topshop satchel bag, but still, I think it will come in handy when (if) I get a nice job in a lush office one day…

And last but not least – actually, more like I’ve saved the best for last, six months on and I’m still head over heels in love with my satchel from Topshop. He (yes, he indeed) is like my muse – I just want to photograph him as much as possible! I can’t find him any faults – he may be small but that doesn’t stop him from being able to handle my travel size magazines. He’s beautiful on the outside and on the inside – what more can I ask for from a bag?

Oops, this wasn’t meant to be a ranting post, it was supposed to be more like a tribute to all of these bags. I might have ended up pointing out their faults, but I do mean well – at the end of the day, I love them all dearly, and I’d be lost without them.

Would you say you’re more of a bag or shoe person?

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8 Comments

  1. 24th January 2011 / 10:17 pm

    the fake alexa is gorge xxxxxx

  2. 24th January 2011 / 11:03 pm

    I love this post! Umm… I think I'm more of a shoe person! It's really hard to decide but usually when I buy a bag il wear the same one for ages until i move onto another and with shoes I can go crazy so shoes for me! 😀 Xxxxx
    P.s. Your blog looks REALLY good on an iPhone… I mean proper user friendly!

  3. 24th January 2011 / 11:13 pm

    WOw tricky question but I am more a shoe person I guess, even if lately i beocme obsessed with nice little purses!….oh so hard to decide….SHOES!

    xx

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  5. 26th January 2011 / 7:34 pm

    you have an amazing collection of bags!!! i need a good satchel in my life right about now:(

  6. 26th January 2011 / 10:09 pm

    gorgeous bags!

    and yes of course the tights are still available, check the link on the post! 🙂

    thankyou for the comment on my blog 🙂
    XOXO, BECCA
    http://www.fashion-train.co.uk

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