Question of the Week

QOTW 4-5-13

Happy Friday!

Did you week go swimmingly? Has spring sprung in your area yet? It kind of did here, but it’s doing that “April showers bring May flowers” thing lately. I need sun and warmth!

What kind of purse do you carry? Do you just have one or two, or many for all seasons?

I have probably 10-12 or so purses I currently use. Lately I have been into cross-body style bags just because it’s easier to carry them. I have this issue recently of purse straps slipping off my shoulder constantly. I don’t know what it is!

I have quite a few designer bags from Coach, Dooney and Michael Kors, but I actually usually use ones from Target! I can’t do the heavy leather with hardware as much anymore as it kills my neck and shoulders. Awhile ago I was going to physical therapy for neck and right shoulder issues. My therapist picked up my ridiculously heavy leather Michael Kors bag I had been using (it was a large tote I carried everything into work in) and she was like “And you wonder why you are having problems”. Ha!

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  • April 5, 2013

    I typically prefer a hobo style purse – or anything I can wear on my shoulder. Occasionally I will switch to a cross-body. I have a bunch of handbags, but I tend to use the same 5 because they are my favorites. I do want to get a nice, summery handbag soon, though!
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    • April 5, 2013

      Me too, I am itching for a new one!

  • April 5, 2013

    I have several purses and they are a variety of types. They aren’t seasonal, just a mix. I have clutches, cross body casual bags, nice leather bags for when I am dressed up, a slouchy leather bag for those days I sport my denim, a homemade purse for when I want to show off my own stuff, and all. I don’t carry designer bags any more, a name isn’t important to me but good quality and cuteness factor is. If I do happen to buy designer, I try to pick one that the label is discreet or not clearly marked on the outside. I don’t have to advertise to anyone I am carrying Coach, Louis Vuitton, Judith Leiber,or Michael Kors. I am budget conscious and I refuse to pay over $100 for a purse. Nothing is THAT cute.

    • April 5, 2013

      Agreed, I don’t like bags covered with logos either. Or anything for that matter!

  • April 5, 2013

    I have so many purses. I used to work at Old Navy so most of my collection is from there. I have a small Coach collection, mainly wristlets and a vintage Dooney & Bourke that I got at Goodwill. But my all time favorite bags are:
    Nike leather crossbody I got at Buffalo Exchange
    Green Big Buddha satchel I picked up in Canada
    Oregon Ducks mini duffle with crossbody strap that I bought at Autzen Stadium

    I love big bags but I’ve become fonder of small bags now that I don’t need to carry as much with me.
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    • April 5, 2013

      Ah Buffalo Exchange! I dind’t know you had had them there. Reminds me of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley where I hung out when I was a teen. :)

      • April 5, 2013
        Mary W.

        Buffalo Exchange! They started here where I live. Used to go there when I was in high school…long before your girls’ time!! Ha ha!

  • April 5, 2013

    Hi Kelly! here Spring has not really showed up… is grey and dull and it was snowing until last week :P
    Purses I also have 10 or 12, I like medium to small purses, and I have an Azzaro white one for summer, also a green one from Bvlgari, for winter I prefer black, wine and chocolate brown bags, because they match my winter boots. But recently, being a mum to a 1year old I have to carry many things with me, including my baby :P, so I also prefer those with the cross body handle the leave more freedom to your movements!!
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    • April 5, 2013

      I hope spring shows up soon for you!

  • April 5, 2013

    I have a few but the nice ones are my mom’s that I’m “borrowing.” I just changed from a black Kate spade handbag to a bright and colorful Coach one.

    But in the summer I prefer like super cheap hobo bags. I have a coral fabric one that I throw my life into :) I like something more organized and rigid during the colder months. I don’t know why!

    • April 5, 2013

      I tend to use more rigid ones in the winter also. Weird…

  • April 5, 2013

    In general, one purse. It’s Fossil, heavy leather, is wearing like iron, but I’m thinking about a replacement because Fossil has one this season that I like a lot in lavender.

    I am VERY VERY VERY picky about my everyday purse, which is why I only have one at a time, and don’t change with the seasons. It’s hard enough finding even one purse that fits my long list of criteria.

    I have some dress bags that I carry when I dress up/go out, but they don’t have to carry as much or work as hard as my every day purse because i just don’t carry them as much. As long as they carry my wallet, sunglasses, and cell phone, I’m happy.

    • April 5, 2013

      I really like Fossil bags, they’re pretty nice and last forever.

  • April 5, 2013

    I decided after a certain age, after my first marriage (where I never had money), that I was going to treat myself to quality bags. So after some years, I have a collection of everything from Dooney’s, Brahmins, Coach and Michael Kors to Gucci, LV & Prada. I have mostly top handle bags and satchels and two large totes. I love & enjoy them and I switch them out at whim. :)
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    • April 5, 2013

      Nice! Of all my bags I have one fav. It’s a black leather Michael Kors covered with silver small studs that Mr. VV got me maybe 5 or 6 years ago. It’s super soft and slouchy. The handle is SO worn and the silver is getting all greyish now. I need to somehow get it fixed!

  • April 5, 2013

    I have close to 10 purses, but I rotate my “main” purses [the ones use daily and take to work] and then I have a “going out/errands” purse. Mostly Coach…if I am going out to run errands or to a public event/show/theme park, I use a small purse or a crossbody purse to make sure I don’t lose anything.
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    • April 5, 2013

      I always rotated my work bags (which were larger tote styles) and my weekend ones.

  • April 5, 2013

    Spring is slowly coming here, we are getting a few days of warmth and then we have some snow and so on. Any rain we have gets turned to snow. Its been like mid 40s this week and there are only small patches of snow left.
    I have a few different purses I switch up depending on what my outing is for the day. I have a nice chain purse from Vera Bradley that works perfect for little trips out to the store and such. It’s pretty small for anything other than just that though. :) Then I have a bigger tote-like purse thats perfect for more intense shopping & trips. haha. I do like my Vera though because of the cross body style.
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  • April 5, 2013

    I have a lot of purses, but in reality I only use three of them. I always have a “main” bag in some shade of tan, that looks nice enough to go with everything. I have a small cheap pink bag that I use when carrying very small things for short amounts of time, and a black and red tartan one that I keep in my car as a backup of sorts.

    I prefer crossbodies becase I’m less likely to leave them behind at places, lol. I’m not really that into purses so I’ll only really buy a new purse when the one I use regularly is worn out and broken. I never really spend that much money on them either.

  • April 5, 2013

    I switch out every couple of days, since all my bags tend to be kinda loud (emerald crinkle patent, textured metallic yellow, solid winter white with silver hardware, turquoise with silver studs, and so forth) and definitely don’t fall into the “go with everything” category.

    Style-wise they vary, but always A) big B) no pleather or plastic C) no gold/brass hardware D) NO PROMINENT LOGOS.

  • April 5, 2013

    I have about 10 purses but the one im loving right now is a Betsy Johnson doctor style bag. Its black trim with black and white lace covered in clear sequins. Its really pretty and always get compliments on it.

  • April 5, 2013

    I have a small Dooney that I carry…sometimes. I’m more of a wallet with a chain kind of person. Though I do have my eye on one that I saw a few weeks ago that is a gorgeous blue color.
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  • April 5, 2013

    during the summer i use this lil flimsy knit bag i got from a thrift store for 3.00…it’s The rest of the yr I have a Relic bag(which is fairly small but can carry a good amount of and i have a hobo bag carry a lot of crap..but of course it’s cute too. the last two bags are from my roommate’s sister who always giving her fantastic stuff away.

  • April 5, 2013

    thought i mention…when i carry the hobo bag–i carry a smaller purse inside of it–lol. I don’t remember ever spending much on a bag–all of mine have been free gifts from Boston Store, gifts, or from my roommate’s sister. Yea, guess I

  • April 5, 2013

    I have two bags that are the great loves of my bag-carrying life: my Saddleback Leather satchel, which cost me a weeks pay (it was my 30th birthday gift to myself. Seriously though their bags are so worth every penny. It does a lot of traveling with me, and I carve the name of every place its accompanied me on the back.) And theres my everyday purse, which is a hippy-saddle-style thing with woodgrain burned into it. My husband made it for me. I’d seen a girl in college with one like it from a vintage store and lusted after one for many moons, until hubby and I both got into leatherwork and realized we could just make the thing. Its beautiful and big enough for exactly everything I want to carry, and its usually all I wear..unless I have to attend some fancy thing. For that I have a cool hand-beaded purse I got as a wedding gift in Taiwan. No matter what bag I have on, anyone who asks about them is liable to hear a story.
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  • April 6, 2013

    I just have one and it’s a medium sized crossbody

  • April 6, 2013

    I have a few purses but I only really use one of them. It’s a brown faux leather purse that I got from Target a while back. I think it’s from the brand Mossimo. It’s a cross body bag with a long strap. It reaches a little below my hip when I wear it but it can be adjusted. It has a few zipper compartments on the outside and one on the inside. I love it since it is perfect for everyday use, but it is starting to get worn out. I’ve seen similar ones at my local Target, so I’m probably going to think about buying a new one soon.
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  • April 7, 2013

    It is a hobo bag for me and it is a black leather studded one. Having more than one bag for me is stressfull I am crazy like that haha.

  • April 8, 2013

    I have too many purses, but always seem to justify buying another one. I have a lot of leather purses from Leaders in Leather (they have a sample sale here in Dallas every fall where you can get $200+ purses for $25-30!), some Dooney & Burkes, Fossils, a few other brands… but lately I am hooked on Vera Bradley purses. They even have a word for people like me who like all kinds of colors of purses… skittles! lol.
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