in the bag

I have been on the hunt for the “perfect” everyday bag for a while now. Something in gray or brown leather, perhaps…not too big, but not too small…simple without a lot of flashy hardware, but still interesting/classic/pretty…not super expensive, but maybe a little bit of a splurge considering how badly I’ve been wanting something new.

I’ve been carrying the same pewter Nine West bag since Nick got it for me for Christmas 2007 (I had asked for it…and sent him a photo and the location where he could find it at Macy’s, naturally). It is a great size — not so big that I feel like I’m carrying everything I own, but big enough that I can throw in my camera and small sketch book with everything else in there — and it has just enough hardware to be interesting but not so much that I feel like J.Lo. It has served its purpose and been a great everyday bag, but it is now looking shoddy as the straps are falling apart, so it’s about time that mama got a new bag.

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for months now, but really haven’t found anything I love. Until…I visited the glorious world of Zappos. (I won’t tell you how long I spent one evening looking at every. single. bag. on that site.) I’m not really into needing big names and although I saw some gorgeous bags from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, etc., right now I can’t justify $300+ for a bag that isn’t 100% me. I did find about four contenders for Perfect Bag 2011 that were under $175, the max I wanted to spend, so that was a great start. Zappos has free shipping and a great return policy, but I still didn’t want to go overboard, so I finally narrowed it down to two bags.

Lucky Brand Leather Stash Bag in Vintage Brown – $168.00

Fossil Modern Cargo Top Zip in Grey – $78.75

I ordered these last Wednesday, they were on my doorstep on Friday, and I immediately fell in love with the Lucky bag. The leather is a gorgeous, rich brown (and it smells good…what, is that weird that I like to smell my purses?), it’s a great size, and it has some nice stitching details to make it interesting without being weighed down with hardware. I like the Fossil bag alright, but it was touted as a bag with both a shoulder strap and a removable cross-body strap, yet the removable strap is really too short to look right if worn cross-body. And, while the size is perfect and I like the warm grey color, it’s just not all that pretty. Of course it was less than half the price of the Lucky bag, but still, I don’t love it, so it’s heading back to Zappos soon.

I am pretty excited to put all my stuff in my new bag and start carrying it around town. Ah, it’s the simple things in life with me…

Do you have a bag that you love, or are you picturing something in your head that you just can’t seem to find anywhere?


  1. I just got a new bag too! I’ve been toting around a Nine West black one but the handle was like… peeling a bit, so I wanted to get a new one. I was debating between another Nine West one… which run about $25 at Marshalls and TJ Maxx or a Coach Factory one (they actually have simpler purses that I prefer, over the trendy retail ones) for ~$150. That’s a big price difference! But last week I was browsing Marshalls (seriously! Name brands for like half the price) and decided on a geniuine leather (it seems like the ~$300 Coach purses these days aren’t even full leather!) Tignanello bag for $60, and when I looked online, including Macys, it was going everywhere else for $100!

  2. Cute cute bag! I love it :) (Although I’m shocked that a fossil bag didn’t win out!) I was just thinking that I needed to peruse their website ;)

  3. Hey Brooke! Love the bags and love you choice. I think the fossil is more my style however, not sure how much I love the color though. Is is more gray in person??

  4. @Erica, it is slightly more grey in person, but it is definitely a warm, brownish grey — not at all a cool grey like most of the other bags I came across. I liked it because it was a good neutral, but it is definitely not what I would call grey.

  5. Thanks Brooke! I may just have to stalk zappos to find a new bag as well!

  6. I think Lucky and Fossil are two brands that you can’t go wrong with for leather bags. I asked for a black, cross body bag from fossil for Chanukah and I’ve been wearing it every day since. I love it!

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