Month: February 2006

Hello Pretty Little Thing

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Just when I think there is nothing new under the sun over at the ol’ Gap I see this Gap Corduroy chain bag winking at me from gap.com.

I haven’t seen this bag in person yet so who know, but the gumdrop green on the web site looks fantastic. Love, love the chain handle and the studs, as well as the double zipper. Will let you know my in person impression if any of my local Gaps are carrying this pretty little number.

My Current Bag: Old navy tote

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One my most recent trip to Old Navy I discovered that the Floral Tote looked just as good in person as it did online, and for $16.50 I had to have it. So far it has been an excellent commuting bag.

My previous commuting bag was getting a little old, and it wasn’t deep enough to fit my lunch without having to cram it in there. This bag fits everything I need during the day, with a little extra room to stow my hat, gloves, and scarf when I get to work. As predicted the straps are a little too short but the do fit over some of my less bulky jackets.

Plus this is the time of year when Boston gets cold and grey and it seems like winter will never end, and I start to crave anything brght green to cheer me up. Last year it was a Green leather tote from the Gap which I still really like. I am enjoying the “O’Donell Green” of my new Old Navy bag and the pretty flowers remind me that soon it really will be spring.

Hayden-Harnett Spring Bags

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The Hayden-Harnett Spring Collection is here. The Alfie Bird bag jumped out at me right away. I like that it is SO different from all the other bags out there, and that goes for shape and fabric. The linen looks especially nice up against the brown or white leather. And I notice there is a nice long zipper pull on the outside of the bag. That kind of attention to details makes me never want to buy a mass produced bag Target bag from China ever again.

The Alfie Bird bag probably would not be the most practical of bags to use for everyday, but it would be perfect for running errands or going out for the evening. Basically anytime where you need a small attention getting bag, but still need to fit your wallet, camera, phone and five different kinds of lip balm (maybe that last part is just me).

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But when it comes to the whole HH collection myheart belongs to Ibiza Convertible Flight Tote in olive nylon which I have been stalking online for several months now. It is basically two bags in one so I could use it as an everyday commuting bag or as a carry on when I travel. Pockets everywhere including a padded laptop pocket, two staps so I can wear it different ways, and made out of heavy duty nylon that can stand up to being banged around every day on on the subway.

A possible 30th birthday present to myself? I’m thinking about it.

Ann Veronica

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As the snow coninues to fall here in Boston I can’t help but think of the best way to spend a summer day: eating Maine lobster!

Sadly that is still months away, but in the meantime I can enjoy the print by Ann Veronica. I also like the Crab & Scallop print, and Toy Boat. The bag styles are all traditional tote bags which are a nice contrast with the bright, unique prints. I like the Marblehead Tote, Monhegan Bag, Casco Bay Bag and the Southwest Harbor Handbag (multiple outside pockets!)

A great way to enjoy summer in Maine all year round.

Old Navy Bags

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Old Navy has gotten in a crop of new bags and I’m quite happy with what I see. I like the emphasis on colorful and durable canvas prints which I think works out much better with inexpensive bags then using cheapo faux leather.

A couple weeks ago I picked up a Studded Canvas Tote in white to use as my daily commuting bag. I liked the studs and the very nautical rope handles. Turns out the bag was too big to use everyday, but turned into a handy weekend bag. The new Lucky magazine has a smaller version of this bag, but so far I haven’t seen it online or in the store.

I also like the Woman’s Floral Tote with the lovely green flowers. The straps looks like they might be too short to fit over my bulky jacket, but I could probably overlook that.

The jury is still out for me for the Crescent bags. I liked the pictures online, but when I saw it in person I thought the handles looked very cheap and the whole bag was so big it looked sloppy. But the pop of the colorful canvas print is nice especially with all the winter blacks that we have been wearing around the northeast recently.

And if your on the lookout for a small hand held bag you can’t go wrong with a Ring-Handled bag. I like the green canvas pictured above.

Not bag related: Quest for a new pair of jeans

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Lately I haven’t had so much time to think about bags because I’ve been focused on my second obsession: a new pair of jeans. Last night I paid a visit to in jean ius in Boston’s North End and thoroughly enjoyed trying on all the lovely jeans the sales lady suggested for me. She was just the right kind of helpful, answered all my questions but not at all pushy. I’m the kind of person that always feels a little uncomfortable around salespeople (do they really think that looks nice? Or do they just want to make a comission) but I felt right at home at in jean ius. I was very tempted by a cool pair from Loomstate but they weren’t exactly right. I wasn’t able to find the perfect pair, but I plan a return trip in the spring when they will be getting in some AG tapered, drainpipe jeans which I have been dying to try since they started popping up everywhere I looked. Now I know I said about a year ago I would never ever go back to tapered jeans, and I would always wear flared, but I have officially changed my mind.

Earlier this week two pairs of jeans from Target .com arrived. Sadly they were not right one bit and will be returned to the store today. I didn’t like how the washes looked and they felt very flimsy. Plus, as I have leaned mass marketed jeans from places like Target, Gap etc. don’t fit my waist and behind at all. There is always a huge gap when I sit down so I flash my underwear to the world, and when standing they bunch up around my hips. Not to mention that regular jeans are never long enough for me. Its worth it to spend a little more for a pair that fit me perfectly.

So the quest continues today, I am going to hit Filene’s Basement and see how that goes. If that doesn’t work out I’ll also hit The Tannery and Jasmine Sola sometime next week. Hopefully I can find a new pair soon so I can return to bags!

And speaking of jeans, does anyone know of a jeans/denim blog? I’ve been on the look out but so far my Google searches haven’t found anything.