I have stopped buying luxury leather goods. They don't reflect my lifestyle anymore, and most of what I purchase or which has been handed down is still perfectly serviceable. I sometimes miss the days when I dressed better for work, but I do prefer the easier classic, sporty life. A friend calls me "preppy with edge," and while I am still not sure how I feel about that observation, I like to laugh at myself and think about renaming the blog Patagonia and Pearls. I work in high tech, so I would stand out like a Belisha beacon if I carried anything logo'd to an office where our CEO wears shorts and Keen sandals on a daily basis.
But a girl needs a handbag. So I could not resist this summery bag when I spotted it at a recent Kate Spade sale. Made of canvas with leather trim, this nautical bag has navy and soft white stripes and it is quite roomy.
I don't carry a lot. Aside from keys, I carry the basics: wallet, sunglasses, phone, music, book (tablet or eReader), and makeup.
This is pretty much it. Filofax/wallet hybrid, makeup bag, sunglasses, iPod, Luddite flip phone.
Because I work in technology, I intentionally avoid gadgets in my personal life, at least as much as possible. I still like to write things down, which is why I prefer my paper-based Filofax over an electronic calendar. The style of this old Filofax (Cavendish) has a zippered change slot on the back, and the top has an envelope for paper money and receipts. Calendar, contacts, credit cards, money ... all in one place.
My beloved Ray-Ban Dekko sunglasses are bordering on vintage, purchased in 1991. Or is 20 years considered antique?
I have many other sunglasses, but these are my favorites. I love how the temples are wide, so they completely block the sun, and yes, I have a backup pair.
As for the contents of my makeup bag, it is fairly utilitarian without too much excess.
Lipstick, retractable lip brush, thumb drive, hair elastic, liquid eyeliner, highlighter, an old Besame Cosmetics Boudoir Rouge compact that I emptied out and now use as a pill case, mascara, eyeshadow, sunscreen, lip pencil, fragrance, oil blotting papers.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into my bag.