My summer purses in particular don't hold up all that well.
See any you like? (PS no practical considerations, please).
Adding straps to bags. This is something I can weigh in on. I was given this beautiful Chanel briefcase without a shoulder strap. I believe in juxtaposition, so I purchased one of these straps and love the combo.
New to me - inexpensive. Great way to try a style. From Mango.
One more and I'm walking away! Mar Y Sol
Summer time blues
I've solved homeowners' main summer time problem
Is there a "good time" to shop at Costco?
Another "Purse" topic: Purse organizers
I do love a purse discussion.
Love the pale gray below.
Below is my current bag, but mine is solid black. I don’t like any of the colors currently offered, but it is my perfect size, light weight, and has exterior pockets.
I have the year before last’s version of this Ralph Lauren bag. I hadn’t gone out much last summer or the summer before so it’s still in excellent shape. It’s a decent quality summer bag with a light colored lining, several interior pouches (largest one zippered) and a snap closure. Mine has a heavy brass stirrup on a leather thong as decoration instead of what looks like a tassel on the current version. Under $170 and widely available:
Me too, Sue!
I lied, I'm back.
Ella Tote from Rareform (recycled billboards). On sale $48.
Arapaho, love that crochet one. I got my DD a fringed top sort of like that from Neiman's a few years ago. She looks adorable in it but my DH always says "the 70s called and Nana wants her afghan back.'
I had such a funny experience yesterday. DH and I took a leisurely drive up to Maine, and visited some towns on Boston's SouthShore. We were in dreamy, picturesque Duxbury (lovelove). We had our dog and took her for a walk at a little park. From across the parking lot, this cute young woman starts walking toward me, asking me something. Finally she comes up to me and says "excuse me, aren't you the the Preppy Francophile?" I'm like "what?" She says "the influencer. You look just like her!" (we were unmasked). I'm like "no." Then she says "oh I was going to recommend someplace for your blog. Sorry but you really look just like her." Then we chatted a little a bit about the town and stuff, and she left.
So I get home and i decide i need to look this up.( yes, I do kinda look like her). Here comes the purse part. I'm looking around, on this woman's website and I find an old post where she recommends a totebag. It's a "nantucket toile" on a Seabag. And it's for charity. I think it's cute. Is it too silly?
Seems like you’re destined to have that bag! I love stories like this.
Oh gosh, I love that Nantucket toils sea bag. I say go for it. I have a limited edition, for a non profit seabag and I love it. Mine was for Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association. Here’s my bag, it’s no longer available, I am thinking of getting the wristlet which is still available and oh so cute
It's a pretty bag and what a great story to go with it 💙
Definitely not too silly and we need a link to that blog. And you are kind of an influencer around here.
Mtn, that toile is cute!
I’m still stuck on backpacks I can sling over one shoulder as a purse when not using as intended. Not sure I’ll ever go back to regular handbags unless it’s a semi / formal gig.
My new likes, cheap and cheerful! and so incredibly handy for traveling.
What do y'all think of this bag? Fall/winter
Ded, that is kind of you to say!
I like it, Bumble! ...but then I really like python. I bought this purse two years ago at Heathrow on our way to Greece. I made a rookie mistake, and mistook the price in pounds for $ so I thought it was less than at home. Duh! I do love it.
Jterri, the backpack/tote combo is cute!
Bumble — I like it!
For our upcoming Asheville trip, my gray bagallini backpack will be my carryon/day trip bag, and I ordered a little matching crossbody for shopping/dinners/etc when I don’t want to carry a bigger bag. Both are gray, not very exciting but practical! In general I’ve always thought of Baggalini as kind of an older-lady brand...oh wait, I am an older lady.
SueB, are not.
@just_terrilynn I really like those 2 you shared. Where are they from or can you provide links?
And Mtn, are you getting the toile one? That does in fact seem like you should.......and yes there is a resemblance. How cool preppyfrancophile~
Salonva, Yes, I am!
Dedtired, my instagram was hacked and I have not yet bothered to reclaim it. My girls sent me screenshots from instagram. What's kind a funny is that in the first pic, where she is standing is probably 15 minutes from our beachhouse!
Total bust, and I think I have to shop in person. The tasseled one, which to me looked like a rather large clutch, is enormous in person. Its proportions are clutch like, so the effect is odd. The Altazurra is too small for me and there is nothing special about the quality, i'm disappointed and surprised to say.
I like the Ralph Lauren tote from a few posts back so I looked on the RL web site, thought these were cute too. Some of these come in several different colors.
I like the denim bag because jeans are my uniform, but it comes in different leathers too.
Sundance often has interesting bags, too. https://www.sundancecatalog.com/category/footwear-and-bags/all+handbags.do
Mtn, tthat woman looks a bit like you but definitely not a dead ringer. I would never have approached you based on that resemblance. You are much prettier and im not saying that to be polite.
Thank you, Ded. I would say she "reminds me of me", mostly in the bottom center pic with the white button down, LOL!
I took back the Anthro purse back today and even the salesperson said "the scale is all wrong."
I have had people (strangers) tell me I look like different celebrities and sometimes it’s just puzzling. What did that person see in me that made me look like X? Sometimes I can see it; but it’s funny/weird when I have to google someone and try to see what the resemblance is. Mtn, I don’t think I would have said you looked just like that woman — but maybe from a distance, at a certain angle...
Lol definitely not twins but I do see a resemblance. ( no, I wouldn't have mistaken you for her or her for you but.... )
Disappointing about the Altuzarra bag - I was giving it serious thought but wanted to wait for your impressions.
When I was younger, people used to think I looked like Ann Margaret. So when a stranger came up to me and said "Oh, my gosh, you look just like someone, I can't think of who...", I totally expected to hear the inevitable "Ann Margaret". Imagine my disappointment when she said, "Yes, the woman at Albertson's - the assistant deli manager". Um, okay...thanks?
Still cracks me up that I'm totally expecting a famous actress and get the assistant manager at a local grocery deli.
Any new purse candidates?
LOL, Rubyclaire, that is too funny. When I was younger, some people said Marguax Hemingway. I have had a few people say Chelsea Handler. And now its a random blogger. Like Sue says, sometime you just don't see it. But I love assistant deli manager!
ANyway, back OT. I bought this purse today.
Rubyclaire, that made me lol lol!
I bought this one recently and I think I can use it through different seasons. MTN so you've got your python! And Spanish I love that strap
Sue I still have my eye on that Lauren perforated one it's gorgeous
Bumblebee, that is really pretty!
Bumble! 30% off at Macy’s rn.
Ha don't I know Sue! But I already bought something from Dillard's right now
I love this Rag and Bone tote
Local I love handbags with color and that's pretty! Nice for fall.
I'm seriously eyeballing this one right now for spring
Mmmmm I like that color, but why just Spring. That woulb be awesome with a black wool coat Winter
Yes I can see it looking good with a lot of winter things unfortunately most of my winter coats are various colored puffers.
I'm not sure I own anything black, minimal if anything.
I saw the most interesting pleated leather bucket bag at Target today. Only $30 and was very similar to the one linked below. I can't find it on the Target website. I love geometric bags, if I won the lottery I would splurge on something from Loewe.
Target has lots of cute stuff!
M, I really like that you have a 30 year old bag. I have some and also hope my current bags, will look good for a long time. They are well stored.
Target does have some great stuff right now! I had never looked at their handbags before, mainly because I've never been into purses and only bought expensive ones that would last for years (I had a black Coach with the divets on the bottom which I happily carried around for a decade).
But I'm in need of something to tote around town, and particularly now that farmer's markets are back up and running. I was in Target yesterday evening and spotted these two... nothing fancy, and right up my alley.
I really liked this bag at Target last week. If it had longer handles, I would have bought it.
I'm not sure why I love purses so much but they seem to be a luxury that I like more than a lot of things like salon or spa visits, premium sheets, sporting events and most restaurant meals.
I get to enjoy the handbag in simple pleasures like grocery shopping and yes I do like grocery shopping and going to the garden center.
I like a variety of purses for different seasons and outfits and the intrinsic beauty of the leather and detail.
Perfect purse has to have a shoulder strap, lots of compartments, zipper top, ABSOLUTELY no logos, average size. I never heard of this Burch guy until this thread. Anyway, yes, the item also has to spark joy.
This Burch guy...
And I did buy that pink Kate Spade bag, I need to stay off of this thread! That's two now!
Question for those who use bags with one snap or magnetic closure at the top—-do things fall out easily? That’s what I’m imagining. I currently have these in my Amazon cart—trying a new style won’t break the bank. The one on the bottom also comes with a lace-look overlay which is pretty but seemed too ”fancy.”
I find things fall out of unstructured bags more than whether or not it has a tight closure at the top. Generally I won't buy bags that won't sit upright for the most part unless it's a crossbody that lays on the side
Mtnrdredux_gw what a coincidence that you resemble the preppy francophile and there she was in your neighborhood ! i couldnt resist looking her up on insta and believe it or not she is all over my neighborhood as well. i actually think she may live near by . i like the bag but other than that she’s alittle over the top preppy for my taste .