I guess I’m a purse girl

I didn’t realize until lately how much of a purse person I was until I compiled all of the purses I owned. I’ve decided to do a little history on them and do mini reviews on each of them. Love the backdrop of the photos, these were taken on our balcony, the glass has this sea green tinge to it. Whether it’s aged like old rustic bookcases or it’s meant to be that way, I’m not sure. But I like it.

Nine West Yellow[Purchased in 2007] I remember exactly when I bought this purse. It was my first year living in Ontario and I was having Graphic Design interviews with companies. I didn’t own a car at this point and after my interview I popped into the mall and headed to Winners. I saw this Nine West purse and immediately purchased it. See what was in my purse back in 2008!

Banana Republic clutch [Purchased in 2008] I was shopping on Banana Republic’s website without realizing it was located in the USA. I called the BR store in Toronto asking them to ship it to me. When it came, I didn’t realize how small it was. But now it’s one of my most favored purses/clutches that I own.

Nine West Red [Purchased in 2009] I bought this one at a place similar to Winners called Labels. See what was in my purse back in 2009! I rarely used this one, I felt it was a little too boring for me.

Danier Crossbody [Purchased in 2009] I knew I wanted something I could cart around with me like the Banana Republic clutch shown above, but didn’t want it on my wrist all the time. So a small cross body to store a few cards, cash and a cell phone is perfect for this small bag.

H&M Bucket bag [Purchased in 2011] This was my first purse that I picked up at H&M and was soon to be my carry-all for everything. It’s pretty massive and things get lost in it. I use this on more during the winter now, as I don’t mind if it gets beat up since it was only a $20 purse from H&M, so it’s not real leather ;)

Furry Winners Bag [Purchased in 2011] I bought this on a whim when browsing Winners with my sister-in-law over Christmas Holidays last year. I don’t know what possessed me to buy it. But I did, and I wore it for the entire 2011 winter. It was definitely a statement piece.

Christmas bag [received in 2011] My brother and sister-in-law either gave this one to me for Christmas or my birthday a year-ish ago. I’ve only used it a handful of times, I do like it but forget that I have it.

J Crew Bag Brompton Hobo [Purchased in 2011] Ah, my most expensive splurge on a purse. I picked up this beauty while I was down in California last summer for BlogHer11. It has a zippered compartment on the rear which the sales lady had me sold once she told me it stores the ipad 2 perfectly in the pouch. This was my go-to purse all last summer.

J Crew Bag Baby Brompton [Purchased in 2012] Would you look at that? A mini version of the Brompton shown above. This is made out of suede rather than the leather one I own. I bought this at the J.Crew store in Y0rkdale Mall while shopping this winter. I’ve only used it once, but I need to remember that my dark blue jeans are a no-no when wearing this. Jeans stain suede! :(

 Zara purse [Purchased in 2012] Love this as my everyday purse if I don’t care what I’m doing. This purse was purchased in the spring of this year. It’s already falling apart at the straps. I need to go get this fixed. Rather annoying don’t you think?

Fossil Purse [Received in 2012] AH! My new favorite purse! Finally another pop of color to add to my collection of neutrals and browns. I use this purse daily, or if I want to switch it out I use the grey Zara one above. But those are my two purses I use regularly. I’ve blogged about my Fossil, and also showed you what’s inside my purse!

Are you a purse girl? How many bags/purses do you own?

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What’s In My Purse?

My brand new purse is a Fossil brand and it’s from the new collection called the Explorer. This is the Explorer flap.

Don’t you want to see what’s inside? Keep on viewin’!

The purse I have is such a beautiful fresh salmon color. Perfect for the summer which is just right around the corner. There are a million and one pockets in this bad boy, and often things get lost. Mainly because I don’t have a specific compartment for my things yet. I need to remember which pouch I’ve stored my wallet, etc.

  1. My coupon envelope
  2. Toiletries bag from Glymm
  3. iPad 2
  4. EOS hand lotion
  5. Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer
  6. EOS lip balm
  7. Juicy Couture wallet
  8. Nature’s Path granola bar
  9. Sample of Chanel’s Chance
  10. My BlackBerry

I filmed a video over the weekend so you can get a closer look at the purse and the in’s and out’s of it. See below:

What’s in your purse?

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My own Fossil haul

Remember just a few weeks ago I did a blog post on my co-workers Fossil haul, where she purchased two gorgeous watches? It’s now my turn!

I was debating between three watches, and when I went into my local Fossil store I had a difficult time choosing between the last two.

I’m so excited that we now have a Fossil store in the local mall. The girls working there definitely know my co-worker and I, as we were inside the store together at least once a week over the month of May. I really did love the rose gold one on the far right. I may end up going back for it, since Fossil watches are inexpensive and are really so versatile, plus they last! It’s not like the watches are $400 and I need to make a huge investment. The watches range from anywhere between $95-$125. They look great on your arm, plus you don’t have to worry about blowing your budget with these pieces.

What one did I end up going for? The brown stainless steel stella shown in the middle.

My watch arrived the day that I left for Newfoundland. Isn’t the color a beauty? Love the chocolate brown stainless steel. During my lunch break I rushed over to the Fossil store and had my watch sized to my wrist and purchased this rose gold bracelet to go with it. Just tell me how amazing it looks on me. Tell me! :)  Whenever I glance at it, I catch myself staring at it. Is that weird? It’s like I’m staring at an engagement ring on my finger. But it’s a watch. Watch lovers will agree with me, right? I hope so…

Shown above are my other Fossil Stella’s. You’ll notice they have crystals around the edge of the face, which is unfortunate for a clumsy person like myself. I always manage to drop my watches, or bang them against door frames, thus the white one which is the oldest (purchased in 2009) — has three crystals missing. When I went into the Fossil store, I was telling the girls working there that I had some crystals fall out, and she handed me a form to fill out.

I can mail my form and watch away to the Fossil office in Toronto and they can replace the missing crystals, for a price of course. But for me, who wears a watch on almost a daily basis, I think it’s great that they offer that.

Otherwise, I was thinking of filling in my dark empty spots with white out so it wouldn’t be that noticeable. Talk about ghetto fixing jobs by yours truly, hey?!

I spoke with a marketing specialist at Fossil in Toronto over the telephone about the up and coming trends for Fall 2012, and while I’m still partial to the Boyfriend style watches, she mentioned that the new trends we’re going to be seeing for the fall are slimmer leather watch straps with smaller faces. Almost a retro looking watch, like the Flight collection on Fossil’s site. I’m not the biggest fan of the collection myself since I love big chunky watches on my pinner wrists. But I know people who would wear them. Would you?

Fossil just came out with a new handbag line called the Explorer.

I was deciding between the large explorer tote, the middle sized explorer flap, or the small explorer crossbody. So I got the best of both worlds. Smack dab in the middle, the explorer flap in pink.

I really need to be careful with this type of leather. I wore some Forever 21 cheap jeans with my Fossil bag and the dye from the jeans stained my purse a little. Silly rookie mistake on my part. I knew it would happen. It’ll never happen again thank you very much. The purse was a huge hit with my family and friends when I brought it down to Newfoundland with me. I was hesitant on even showing people it because I didn’t want it to get scuffed or dirty. But then clearly remembered I messed it up a little when I wore it with my stupid blue jeans.

I always love it when people show what they carry around with them day-to-day inside their purses. So, I’ve decided that rather than just show you the purse hanging off my arm, or just modeling it for the size. I also decided to show you what I carry inside my purse. That’s always fun for the nosy people (like myself) right? Stay tuned for my next blog post tomorrow: Whats In My Purse? But if you’d like a sneak peek of it, click here :)

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