RANDOM: Tote-ally Overwhelmed In The Search For The Perfect Tote

Yep, my current adult dilemma is figuring out the perfect work and life bag. Oy vey! It’s such a difficulty, especially when you want a nice bag – it could mean a costly commitment. Seeing a bag online and in person helps, but I feel like bags (like cars) should be given test drives. Sure, it looks great in the store – but is there room for my laptop or will it fit comfortably on my shoulder? Oh…and that’s not the only conundrum. There are many other issues to consider…I know some of you are in the same boat!

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Vashtie, NYC 2012

Although this photo was taken last year – I’ve made it a habit to use a random canvas tote for my everyday life.

FUNCTION:

My life as a freelance artist is constantly changing – sometimes I bring a laptop to work, sometimes I take my iPad Mini, other days I just grab a notebook and other days I grab it all. I need something big enough for the biggest component and yet small enough for the minimal days.

blog_bags1With friends and a Louis Vuitton Red Epi Leather Duffle, NYC 2005.

This bag was cute, not an everyday bag and I’ve also grown to loathe this shape by any brand

STYLE:
For the longest, I’ve carried random dusty canvas tote bags to all my work meetings and sometimes evening events. Sure – it gets the job done, but besides not having compartments, it lacks real style. It’s fine for everyday work, but I’m now taking meetings with Tommy Hilfiger and Heads of Companies…it may be time to step it up and “dress the part”. BUT – I also don’t want an overpriced fancy shmancy bag that celebrities have played out…someone at Jeffrey tried to get me to buy a Celine Bag that everyone and their Mama has (no thanks you).

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Celine Trapeze Bag

This is definitely a beautiful bag, but everyone has it…and it’s DUMB exepensive. Like almost $3,500

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Me and Oscar 2013, in Paris France. I’m wearing a DQM Tote.

LONGEVITY:
For the most part, I am a frugal female. I’m not cheap, but I certainly don’t spend a lot of money on clothing – EXCEPT when it comes to things I will own for a long time. T-shirts and jeans I like to keep on the cheap side, but for staple items that need and can last a lifetime ( like motorcycle jackets and bags)…I believe in investing. A lot of these bags are beautifully crafted, but don’t seem like they will last the test of time. That’s important to me, especially if a pretty penny is attached to it.

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Miami Beach 2007, me and my Marc by Marc.

This bag was incredible! As you can see I was able to carry my cumbersome old school Polaroid camera in it as well as the other necessities.

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PRICE:
Shockingly enough, I’m open. It could be a no name bag or a high end luxury bag, I am willing to check it out. I will also point out that I believe in getting a discount for expensive purchases, only because I live in a big city and my local friends are all about a hookup.

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Dinner at Lucky Strike, NYC 2010 with my baby Balenciaga.

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What bags am I considering to perfect my adult work life and my immature play life? Take a look and weigh in…

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SAINT LAURENT REVERSIBLE TOTE $1,495

PRO: I love anything reversible because you get two different looks for one price and it resembles a basic tote and that’s convenient since I’m used to that look

CON: There aren’t really compartments. Everything all in one big pocket can suck.

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Prada Double Zip Executive Tote $1,995

PRO: This bag has a detachable long strap which can be worn for work during the day and detached at night with the shorter handles for a more evening look. It also has compartments and Saffiano leather has a longer life span than most other leathers.

CON: I debate if its really my style, although I’m leaning towards this one.

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A nice dressier and night-time way to wear the bag.photo112 photo311What do you guys think?

A vote between the two or something else I should consider?

Something that works for you?

Drop a line or a link in the comment section and I will check it out.

I’m open. Help your girl out! Please!

I’ll keep you posted on what happens and once I get a bag, I’ll let you know how it’s working out for me.

 

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