Ever since I spotted Leann Rimes with this exquisite, expensive, and elusive Chanel crochet fringe bag, I have been obsessed with a finding a bag with long, swingy fringe. Of course I really want Leann’s bag, which is the only Chanel bag I have ever truly coveted; Chanel really isn’t my style. But the fact that I’m not a celeb and I don’t make Leann’s bank makes that dream a complete impossibility.
What’s a girl to do?
Well, I hit the Internet, of course. My criteria for a fringe bag were:
- Something I could carry year-round. So cream-colored, cotton macrame/crochet, which is abundant and inexpensive, was out.
- Long fringe. Something dramatic. Hard to find. Trust me.
- No suede. Sheds on your clothes and stains if the wind blows wrong.
- Leather, but not black. I didn’t want it to look like a motorcycle bag.
- No cross-body or down-to-my-knees shoulder bags. Not practical and not me.
- Gold or warm-toned hardware, if possible.
- Under $400.
With that list I scoured the Web. I saw a lot of J.J. Winters, some Michael Kors, and scores of other bags that didn’t fit the bill in one way or another. Everything seemed to be too long, too small, or too suede.
Then I saw laid eyes on the Bonita Fringe Bag by AllSaints, which I debuted earlier this week in WVW: Striped Summer Sweater. While it will never be that amazing Chanel bag, and I wish it were a bit lighter, otherwise, this mushroom-colored fringe bag is perfect.
Despite the fact that it is so sizable, my mom said, “That’s the whole yak!” the first time she spotted it on me, I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying it. So I thought, what better than a feature on this new bag, plus a peek inside…
This is what I tend to carry on a daily basis. Since my bags are mostly gargantuan, I have puh-lenty of room for lots of things. As you can see, the black I wear so often also dominates in the small accessories department.
I always carry extra hair accessories, a pen or two, my ancient Mont Blanc travel wallet (which is shown unzipped in these shots), makeup, my phone, keys, and sunglasses.
I prefer a having an iPod and an iPhone, for two reasons. First, I don’t drain the battery on my iPhone when I’m listening to music while working out (you know I cannot be without this device!); and second, I have an iPod connector in my car, so if I want to check tweets, or text or something while at a traffic light, I can do it without being connected to a cord, and it saves me from toggling back to manage the tunes.
I always have my MOO Mini Cards with me, but I’m horrible about handing them out. Need to get on that! They’re just so cute!
Speaking of cards, how cool is this credit card? Yup, that’s my mug on it. Wells Fargo offers free personalization, so I put one of my Instagram shots on my credit card. Easy way to promote le blog. It’s a great conversation starter with strangers in retail.
Contents of my makeup bag. See more in Lipstick: Faves, Tips, and Tricks.
A few posts back, I promised to give you a closer look at these cat eye sunnies from Christian Dior. They’re a subtle cat eye, and I love the red on the inside of the frame.