Handbags have always been difficult for me. I love them on other people, but picking out the right one has always been a problem. Especially these days when we have to schlep around a laptop, sometimes a camera, smartphone…and if you don't have a car, like I don't have a car… the perfect handbag will make the difference between looking like you're on the way to the office to looking dressed up. I didn't realize this until I invested in a nicer handbag. Actually, the first “luxury handbag” I purchased was a Givenchy Pandora bag, which was on sale 50% of half off. It was nice but didn't fit my laptop.
The next bag I got was the 3.1 Philip Lim Pashili bag, and it transformed my life. It was so easy to transport my laptop, and my camera… and it was no longer necessary to carry a separate bag for blogger gear and a handbag.
We visited Saks Fifth Avenue, to test out what bags would be great for this fall. The requirement would be that it had to fit a laptop, DSLR (Canon Digital Rebel) and a smart phone. And of course look amazing.
My Favorite: 3.1 Philip Lim Pashili Colorblocked Bag ($950) :
When you get into looking at fancy bags, anything under $1,000 starts to sound “reasonable” and for it's quality, Philip Lim is very reasonable. I also have a weakness for getting something from one of his collections once or twice a year, the only “designer” I have stayed true to over the years. Even though I don't know how long the color block trend will live on for, I did love the color block bag. It is roomy and would even fit a pair of heels along with the rest of the blogger gear. No wonder we've seen this bag on a lot of blogs, it's practical and fashionable.
My Dream: YSL Cabas Chic Medium Bag $2195
Believe it or not, this bag fits everything. It's not gigantic, it's well-structured and amazingly beautiful. What more do you expect from YSL? I loved the black leather piping, the lush brown leather and the leopard print hair-calf. Even though, I'm not quite ready to spend that much on a bag, it's really one of those I would dream about. Besides, no one would guess you were toting around a laptop in that bag!
Practical & Chic: Coach Legacy Candace Caryall $398 *in-store exclusive at Saks Fifth Avenue, other colors can be purchased here.
From the looks of this, you can probably tell I'm a satchel gal. Coach has really modernized by reviving their heritage designs (is that possible?). Anyway, I love Coach's new look sans-logo and gaudy hardware. This red is the perfect red for the fall and will add a cheerful dose of color during the dreary winter days. At $398, it's a great value with the buttery soft leather, and the roominess to literally carry all your blogger gear.
Casual Friday: Gryphon Satchel (In-Store Exclusive at Saks)
Who knew Gryphon made handbags? I really know them for their trench coats. While having a fancy bag isn't necessarily “causal” there are days when I am causal, and have to schlep my laptop around. My neighborhood, Nolita, has a very fauxhemian, effortless, yet upscale vibe. I feel like this would be a perfect bag that's stylish yet unassuming.
Honorable Mention: iPad on the Sly… Dianne Von Furstenberg Harper Connect Multi-Media Bag for iPad $695
Ok, this bag won't fit your laptop OR your camera, unless it's a point-and-shoot. But it will fit your iPad, and it has a special zip so it acts as a case, as well as a handbag, so you don't have to take your iPad out of your bag. I guess it would be great for iPadding on the Subway, or something, like undercover spy work.