According to The Edit on Bloglovin ... "one of the Hautest It-Bags of the season" is the Chloe Hudson bag pictured below. I love it. But at somewhere between $2290.00 (CAD) at Holt Renfrew and $2800.00 at Nordstrom... well... I think I'll drill down a little more. Even the sale price at Farfetch is $1667.00. Yikes. Maybe I don't love it quite so much.
|Chloe Hudson bag on The Edit|
German designer Philip Bree's PB0100 bags on MatchesFashion.com
I saw this shot, below, on the fashion blog Who, What, Wear. I like the size of these bags. They are a bit too lady-like, though. Perhaps it's the smooth leather, or the hardware, especially the one on the right, but I can't see wearing them with my down coat.
|Black cross-body bags on Who, What, Wear|
I saw this cross-body, saddle bag from the Canadian company Mackage, at Nordstrom in December. And I loved it then. But since I hadn't done my research, or looked at and eliminated other options, I didn't buy it. You can't rush these things, you know. But, last week, once I'd eliminated the choices at all the other stores, I hustled back to Nordstrom to have another look at the Mackage bag. It's exactly the right size, and although it's quite structured, the pebbled leather makes it more casual, and less dressy. I love the chunky black hardware, especially the chevron decoration on the side. And the whole tidy, unfussy, kind of polished edginess of it is ...well... just perfect. I'm gushing, I know.
|My new tidy, edgy, perfect bag from Mackage|
My new bag will look good with my Vince turtleneck and my leather pants.
But for most days, I need my new bag to look good with jeans. Or with my beige Tory Burch cords, and a turtleneck, and my black Cole Haan ankle boots. Look Ma, no hands.
And, of course, it is January. And January in Ottawa means frigid temperatures, so I'm going to be wearing my down coat most days for a while. And this bag is great for that. Not too dressy. And with a strap that is long enough to allow the bag to slip easily on and off. Over my big down coat. This is key. Let me explain.
|Happy that my new Mackage bag looks great with my down coat|
Yep. I'm loving my new purchase, folks. My not too big, not too fussy, polished yet edgy, "haut it-bag." Doing all that "drilling down" paid off. And I don't foresee any cross-body bag provoked cursing on the horizon. I can't promise there won't be other cursing... I have been known to explode into epithets on occasion.
I usually take my blog photos with my i-pad mini, and I've been having trouble with the little "home" button which takes me back to the main screen. I will click it and get Siri..."How may I help you?" So I have to click her off and click "home" again. And when I was taking shots for this post, I did this about three times in a row. Argggg. And then I did it again. "Oh...bleep...bleep!" I said emphatically. And before I could click again, up on the screen I read..."I don't speak to you like that." Wow. Busted. I yelled to Hubby who was in the kitchen: "I think I've just been told off by my my i-pad." Next thing I know, she'll be speaking in my mum's voice..."Oh Susie, watch your language."
Now it's your turn, folks. Do curse-producing accessory malfunctions happen to you? Been shopping lately, have you? Any perfect purchases you'd like to share with the rest of us?
Linking up this week with: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Style Me Wednesday at Shopping My Closet, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs,