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Friday, November 21, 2014

Bag lady

I've always said that I'm into shoes more than I am into handbags, but after compiling all of the photos for this post, I think I may have to re-think that statement. Grab some coffee, and let's take a tour of Carylee's handbag collection, shall we? Except, first.

Dear Husband: If you're reading this, just close out this little browser and pretend none of this happened. Oh hey, look over there! It's a supercharged Camaro!...
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I've been wanting to do a "what's in your handbag" type of post for quite some time, and this handbag style guide by Rue La La finally pushed me over the edge to just do it already! It was interesting to read through the different types of handbags Rue La La highlighted. I wanted to take a closer look at my collection to see where I may have some holes. Where Rue La La distinguishes handbags in the following categories -- clutch, tote, baguette, hobo, satchel, luxury; I am separating my handbags into the following groups: evening, crossbody, medium sized, convertible, large, and statement.

GROUP 1: EVENING
Clockwise from top left: Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade, Vince Camuto, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors

The purpose of this group goes without saying. Something big enough to fit my bare necessities for the evening, but small enough where it's not a total inconvenience to hold. I do have a handful of other small wristlets that aren't pictured, but the black bow Vince Camuto clutch/wristlet is probably my most used. The Ralph Lauren leopard handbag is the most ideal because it comes with a shoulder strap that I can whip out if I need both hands free.

GROUP 2: CROSSBODY
Top (L to R): Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade | Middle (L to R): Rebecca Minkoff, Gucci, Kate Spade | Bottom (L to R): Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Kate Spade

Up until about 2-3 years ago, I never ever owned crossbody bags. I always felt like there was something matronly and dated about them. The very first crossbody I purchased was the green patent bag above, and it was all downhill from there. The perfect sized handbag to carry essentials with the ease of simply throwing it across my body -- not having to worry about it slipping off my shoulders, but still having my personal belongings at my fingertips.

GROUP 3: MEDIUM SIZED
Top (L to R): Chanel, Kooba, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Middle (L to R): Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bottom (L to R): Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Kate Spade

OK, so maybe I don't have a handbag problem, I just have a *Kate Spade* problem. Ooops. But their flash sales get me every time! But anyway - these medium sized bags are the crossover vehicle of the handbag world. They're big enough to carry my daytime essentials for running errands, but they're still small enough for me to take to dinner if I felt so inclined. Clearly I favor the tote style. I like to be able to just throw everything in my bag, and quickly see the contents all at once.

GROUP 4: CONVERTIBLE
Top (L to R): Kate Spade Saturday, Chicastic Middle (L to R): Foley + Corinna, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chicastic | Bottom (L to R): Foley + Corinna, Marc by Marc Jacobs

I am a sucker for anything that has a dual purpose because then I feel like I am getting two handbags for the price of one. These are also my favorite types of handbags to pack on a trip because they can expand to however much you need them to carry. And, the slouchier the better. I love the easy, laid back look of a slouchy handbag.

GROUP 5: LARGE
Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella & Dot, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff

The two handbag styles I use the most are the crossbody and these large totes/satchels. While I do have a separate laptop bag I use for work, these are the perfect carry-all  of anything and everything. I love the way a good structured handbag finishes off an outfit. I was actually surprised I didn't already have a black structured tote, which is why I recently purchased the one above from Stella & Dot.

GROUP 6: STATEMENT
Chanel Medium Classic Flap

This is why I don't consider myself a handbag lady - I really don't have many luxury or statement handbags. OK, so I do have one other Chanel and a small Gucci, but I don't own a Louis Vuitton, which I feel is the proverbial blogger bag. I don't have a Celine. I don't have a Chloe. That's not to say I never will, but it's not on my immediate wish list. For now, this bag is the mother of all my handbags. I talk more about her in this post here, and I'm not kidding when I say that she takes my breath away every time.  

WHAT'S IN MY HANDBAG?
Sunnies: Tom Ford | Wallet: Kate Spade | Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff

With all those handbags, it definitely becomes a task having to transfer contents over and over again. I found the easiest way for me to manage this was to simply throw my essentials into a simple pouch - iPhone, keys, wallet, gloss (in a JCrew jewelry bag so the inside of my purse never gets gooey), powder, and pill case (for Excedrin, Sudafed, Advil, etc.) The only thing "loose" I have left to grab are my sunglasses of the day.

Other things I may end up lugging around with me are: small toiletries bag, notebook, shoe aids (see post here), camera, iPad. However, my absolute must-have-can't function-without items are pictured above.
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Whew. I'm glad I was finally able to document my handbag addiction collection for you. I hope you don't like me less now that you know I'm a hoarder. Perhaps a few of you can at least relate to the fact that certain outfits require certain accessories? I would love to hear what your favorite styles are and how your everyday essentials compare to mine!

And if this post has left you inspired to build your collection, I've selected some splurge and save options below! I may have accidentally ordered this clutch while I was pulling this shopping inspiration for you. But, it was less than $20, so that's ok right???


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26 comments :

  1. What a fabulous bag collection! I love all of your cross-body bags and the taupe Chanel is beautiful!

    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

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    1. Definitely have a soft spot in my heart for the chanel! It's such a great and unique color.

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  2. You have the best collection of handbags! Fabulous pieces!
    Red Reticule

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  3. You have the best bag collection but my all time faves are your Chanels :)

    xo
    PinkSole

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  4. Wow! I am drooling over your handbag collection! I will have to save/bookmark this post to refer back to..I love the items you use to keep the inside of your bags organized and goo free!

    www.dressed2dnines.com

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  5. Whoa.My.Gawd. I know I see your handbags in every outfit picture but I had never really compiled the list in my head of exactly how many you have!! DYING. And thanking you now for making me feel sooo much less guilty for building up my own collection a little more this year! This was such a fun post. Also loved hearing how you transfer your stuff. For me that's definitely the worst part of having multiple bags.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Yes, it's the only way I can keep my sanity!! And then I know that I have my necessities!

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  6. Fun post but I do see a trend! You sure do like Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs! There is Nothing wrong with that and you have an Amazing collection!
    xo, Lee

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    1. Yep, they're just a great quality bag for the price - especially when I can snag them on sale!

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  7. Wow!! What a stunning collection of bags, total bag heaven right now! That Chanel taupe one is stunning, I'm in love. Have a great weekend Carylee:)
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  8. These are amazing picks! I want them all! I love the Rebecca Minkoff clutch in your purse, I'm thinking I need that!
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    ~~Megan~~

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    1. Yes - you do! It's adorable and the perfect size for the necessities!

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  9. Holy moly you really do you have quite the handbag collection! I still want that leopard TB one!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. It's a classic for sure! Rounds out my collection nicely!

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  10. Carylee! What a fabulous collection. I have super bag envy right now. I feel like I need to go out and buy a bag in every color now. LOL!

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    1. Ha! Eeee oops, sorry! But thank you!

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  11. I didn't know that all those were yours #jealous

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  12. Hahah you have SO MANY BAGS! And they're all beautiful! Hey, it's a good thing to have lots of bags--means you have so much variety to choose from! I especially love that purple Kate Spade in the large bags collection.

    http://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. It's quite overwhelming seeing them all in once post. But yes, it's nice to have the perfect bag for each outfit!

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  13. Holy buckets! Wow! Such a gorgeous collection of bags!! WAY to hard for me to pick a favorite, but I do wish we lived close to each other so I could just rent bags from you, LOL!!!Although I wish I was more motivated to switch my bag daily....way too much work for me :-)

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    1. It takes discipline, I can't deny that! But it's way easier to throw a pouch in a new bag verses a ton of things. Plus, the more I change bags, the less trash I can accumulate! :)

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