It’s that time of year…

September 8, 2009

It’s that time of year again… back to school shopping! Parents everywhere are rushing around to buy the correct size binder and protractor, and the latest kicks and backpacks. Kicks… did I spell that right? Is that what kids are still calling them (shoes, for those who are still scratching their heads at my outdated slang).

I still remember back to school shopping (from the kid perspective). But for me, it was usually school clothing/birthday present. My most distinct memory was fifth grade (ok maybe fourth-I don’t know.  It’s been a while). I remember it like yesterday. I went to Caldor (remember them?) with my mother. I convinced her that I REALLY wanted that plaid skirt and matching top with the scottie-dog on it. I SWORE I would wear the knee socks and those shoes. SO WHAT if I had not worn anything but stretch pants and over-sized t-shirts with dirty blue canvas shoes over ankle socks for the past two years. I was SO gonna wear those, I insisted, as I blew the hair that eternally hid my left eye briefly from my face – just to make my point. Right. That skirt was COOL (rad? awesome? what did we say in the late 80’s?). As I’m sure you may have guessed, this outfit probably never faded from too many washes. And I was NOT too cool for school.

Thankfully, those days have started to fade from my memory. And as I’m not yet school shopping for my own children, this season and it’s sales are a bit lost on me. But the good news is that since I’m not shopping for #2 pencils and 2″ three ring binders, I get to shop for much more interesting things! Like the grown-up version of the backpack. And as it turns out, I’m currently in the market for a new bag. My old “work” bag has had a few too many lunches spilled into it, and is about to graduate (or perhaps, retire). I’m looking for one that holds a legal pad, and all those other items that I drag to work with me every day. Ohhhh – look at this one! Handmade Jaquard Bag from Ten Thousand Villages – $48. Pretty! 

Jaquard Bag

Maybe with this one,  I’ll get to sit with the cool kids at lunchtime!


Green, meet green.

May 28, 2009

Found this at a street fair in my neighborhood. MIGHT have purchased it…


I think it’s the perfect bag to carry to a Saturday morning/afternoon brunch in the summer. I bought one in brown/green, but this one is pretty too! I tried 9unsuccessfully) to find a screen shot of the green one. Too bad, since then the little play on words would have made more sense…

The bag is made by a little company called Engage Green. I found them at a street fair in my neighborhood, and the woman who sells (and designs!) them was super nice. My love for this company is threefold: 1) they are locally based, 2) their products are made from woven recycled paper, plastic, cork, cotton, and hemp, and 3) they are pretty colors!

Moral of the story: when green meets green, I am more than willing to shell out a bit of green.

About a month ago, I bought a pretty camel-colored bag from Aldo. I loved it. We had some great times togather. And after about a week, one of the snaps broke and the honeymoon was over. I plan to fix it, and in the mean time have been keeping the bag closed and “secure” with an office-style binder clip. Ghetto? Perhaps. But I’m not one to care. My roommate LOVES to harass me about the binder clip. Last night this led to an unfortunate series of events, ending in my deciding it’s time to take the financial hit and buy a better bag.  Also, a trip to a local police station. 

 Yesterday, we boarded a rush-hour, sardine packed subway togather. After we got on, I attempted in my 2 inches of personal space to put my metro-card back into my purse and re-clip said ghetto bag. Roommate decided to watch and laugh and mock. Two stops later: enter stage left bizarre woman with REALLY scary make-up.  We proceded to snicker and try not to stare. Then, roommate she realized she didn’t have her phone. She has a nice phone, so she was understandably pissed. She assumed it was at home, but somehow this turned into a minor, civil but very public “scene” between roommate and I. Thirty blocks later we made up, and went back to mocking bad fashion on the subway. Two hours later her phone calls me. Weird, since it’s sitting at home and no one is there. I answer, half expecting a ghost. It is Police Sgt. Subwayman, informing us that Mr. John Doe Stickyfingers had snatched the phone. Apparently, the whole thing happened while I was binder-clipping my bag.

Moral of the story?  It is time to buy a more secure hobo bag, so that I don’t lose my wallet and become a hobo. After last night, I’m convinced that it is worth the investment. Also, it is a fabulous excuse to go shopping! mickael-kohrs


To help celebrate Purse Shopping Day, let’s look at some pretty (albeit impractical) bags. Like this one! Michael Kors Gansevoort Shoulder Satchel. $428 on the Michael Kohrs website. The green one is my favorite!!

Late Night Bloomer

January 10, 2009

Believe it or not, I have not always had this shopping addiction. In fact, when it came to fashion (and maybe a few other things…) I was a bit of a late bloomer. I was one of those wonderfully naieve and somewhat awkward adolescents whose idea of “fashion” was my gray Goodwill mailman pants with navy clogs and an Old Navy blue striped collared shirt with the cuff sleeves cut off. Oh, and I carried a wallet in my back pocket. No joke: that was my favoriet outfit when I was 17. That, or jeans with a navy tee with (my favorite shirt) a shiny brown button-down (70’s style) collared shirt over it. 

I’ll give you a minute to digest those images and let the nausea pass.

Then, somewhere between the ages og 18 and 24, my eyes were opened to the amazing world of makeup, matching, feminine sweaters, shoes, bags, bangles, appropriate use of layering, lace, camis, cardigans, and the general concept of color. An addiction was born.

Night Blooming Bag


Speaking of blooming: check out this bag! Anthropologie’s Night Blooming Shoulder Bag, $98. I love the color and the contrast!


Can a girl ever have enough bags? Clearly, the answer is no.

Summer shopping

June 16, 2008

Found this bag while browsing one of my favorite websites, Ten Thousand Villages. Handwoven in Nairobi from from plastic packing strips. In pretty colors. Only $18! And they are so much nicer than the ugly green bags (ugly referring to the design AND the shade of green) that I use at the moment.

I love the pink one!

THE bag

June 14, 2008

I have spent a long time searching for the perfect bag for work. Has to be big enough for a legal pad, maybe even fit my computer. Has to be simple, with clean lines and nice stitching. No blatent advertising for the brand. Has to be pretty.

Pretty sure this is my winner. I actually almost bought it a few months ago. I walked in to the Coach store and tried the bag on. It was a perfect fit. Love at first sight. And then I reluctantly put it back and turned my back on perfection.