Category Archives: Bags

When Luxury Economics Open The Door For More Affordable, Yet Stellar, Design


A few weeks ago. when these comments abounded with recommendations on bag designers, I thought, “Hmm, great ideas deserve a post of their own.” When, a few days later, Refinery29 featured beautiful, reasonable less-stratospherically-priced bags from a new online store called Roztayger, I realized we had a thing going on. A real, economic, strategic, trend. […]

An Object Of Desire: The Perfectly Colored Bag


I’ve been looking for a new bag. When last we spoke the universal language Handbag, I had settled on a small Bottega Veneta cross-body, carried inside a Duluth Pack. That worked very well for a city walking commute, and workday lunch sprints. But now I’m in the suburbs, and hence often in the car. Cross-bodies […]

When A Brand Surprises


Last week I posted some ideas for fancy dresses under $250, at A Practical Wedding. And of course Sky’s The Limit, Net-a-Porter Let Me At It is easy, at least in our imaginations. But if you’ve got a real event coming up, you might want some other options. You might want lavish, but at less […]

The Duluth Laptop Scout Pack, A Review


How many of you carry your laptop in a backpack? I’m guessing a substantial few. Well, here’s something to consider – a non-plastic, made in America, $125-costing, slice of history. You see, how I carry my computer matters to me. I take a 30 minute urban walk to work and back almost every day. I […]

If You Give A Person A New Bag, She’s Probably Going To Need A Hairbrush


We all have watershed moments in which we realize long-held significant relationships serve us no longer. I’m talking about purses, or, as they say now, bags. I’ve been carrying an aubergine patent-leather, luggage strap-handled number since 2010. As a usually monobagamous sort, i.e. one and only one at a time, I’ve been feeling relationship discord. […]

A Secret Trick To Dressing Up Fancy On A Budget


A big night looms. You’ve got shoes, tights, and a dress.  Jewelry, lipstick, and a coat. Not to mention one glorious scarf. Now, if I can suggest, remember your evening bag. I’ve often forgotten, and regretted my forgetting. Such a little thing, but such an outfit finisher. We all have our different approaches. Those who […]

If You Haven’t Heard Of Hester van Eeghen, I’d Expect That To Change


The backyard bird sings always now. Even early in the morning. I’m thinking Spring woke her up, not antsy raccoons, not suburban family rustlings. Every year Spring happens, and every year we are a little surprised, despite decades of bulbs, squirrel fights, and trees leafing out yet again. It would not be wrong to think […]

City Backpacks, From Classically Fancy To Perfectly Plain


It is such a joy to walk to work. I believe a new toast is in order, to wish loved ones good luck. “May you walk to work under a clear sky. May the flower stalls smell of lilies, every day.” However, this routine does require a few adjustments. While my Beautifeel shoes are doing […]

In Which I Give Away My [Empty] Wallet


In honor of my guest stint at Corporette, where women earn a living, save that living via intelligent wardrobe purchases, all in order to create new family fortunes, I thought I’d have a giveaway. A wallet. Correct symbol, no? Open to all regular readers, or even now-and-then-readers, but not to Internet pool sweepers looking for […]

5 Accessories I Don’t Leave Home Without


Sophie, at les anti-modernes, tagged me for 5 key accessories. Sturdy Gals aren’t big on accessories unless they are useful. These days I live a pared down life. If I go out for a walk, I bring my iPhone. In a pink case so I can see the dang thing in my purse. I can’t […]