I’ve been doing heavy duty accessory research for the past while. Drilling down on accessories, as the politicos might say. Ha. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. I hate that expression, actually. Anyhoo, I’ve been looking for a new purse, a small cross-body bag. Not too small, not too big, not too lady-like, with just enough embellishment, and into which I can fit at least half of the stuff I haul around in my bigger bags.
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|
I saw these bags by German designer Philipp Bree on Matchesfashion.com. I love the clean design, and the colours are gorgeous. PB0100, as the line is called, was new to me; you can check it out here. Listed at $860.00 CAD, these small cross-body bags are much more affordable than the Chloe. But still more than I wanted to pay. Not that I was in any danger of actually buying one; I was only doing research, looking for inspiration. Not shopping…yet.
|Black cross-body bags on Who, What, Wear|
So with all this research under my belt, knowing pretty much what I wanted and what I didn’t want, I hit the streets. Last week, I did the rounds of the Rideau Centre and environs. I tried on numerous bags in numerous stores. They were all too big, too tiny, too fussy, too cheap looking, or too expensive. Except one. One was just right… to quote Goldilocks.
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|
Or with a skirt and jacket, like this pencil skirt and long jacket with leather trim from Elie Tahari. I tried this outfit with a silky white turtleneck and my Stuart Weitzman loafers. And then noticed that I do look a tad… uh… ecclesiastical.
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|
Two weeks before Christmas, I was grocery shopping wearing this down coat and my large Marc Jacobs bag worn as a cross-body. I tried to remove the purse over my head in the store, and ended up blocking traffic in an aisle for two or three painfully embarrassing moments. The not quite long enough strap caught in the big collar of my coat, dragging the collar up over my head like a hood, and since my coat was unzipped, and my scarf hanging loose, the strap then wound itself in my scarf. I thought I might abort the attempt, but it was far too late to turn back now. So, I staggered around blindly, trying to untangle myself, cursing inwardly, getting redder and redder in the face, while a growing, and increasingly impatient, crowd of shoppers tried to squeeze by me. Let’s just say that the first thing I did with my new bag when I got it home was practice taking it off and on over 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?