I have been carrying three bags for work: my Adidas gym bag (one of those duffle type bags), a lunch bag, and my small Kate Spade purse (Jackson Street Small Kieran). I am lucky enough to be able to commute into downtown Pittsburgh since my mom goes through the city on her way to work, but getting out of the Jeep in the middle of Grant Avenue during rush hour was highlighting my clumsiness and getting myself tangled in straps. So my mom suggested that I get a larger bag that I could fit my small purse and my lunch bag in.
If you know me, you know I love purses. I went into research mode right away. I was checking websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohls, and Amazon. Pinterest was also an excellent tool to see suggestions on the type of purse corporate women carry for work and what they keep in it. So I started making a list of what I should keep in the purse as well, because instead of a bag where I’d put my purse and lunch bag in, I’d just buy what I’d need for work. Target’s great for that type of stuff.
I dragged my mom along with me to look at purses because I need a second opinion on stuff like this, especially because I had a feeling that I would be buying a more high end brand. I didn’t necessarily mind spending the money because then I knew it would be good quality and it would last. However, I can be weird with money sometimes and knew I would have to justify it to myself.
We went to Nordstrom, Tory Burch, Tumi, and Kate Spade. By the way, if you go to the Tumi at Ross Park Mall, they have a salesman who was amazingly helpful. I wish I had gotten his name! I decided to go to Kate Spade at the last minute, figuring it wouldn’t hurt to browse. Our saleswoman was really helpful, too. She showed as a bag that she thought fit the description of what I was looking for, and I thought it was a good possibility. But then the saleswoman told me to hold on a second, and she brought out another bag.
Another thing that you should know about me is that I love bows. I think they’re a great accessory, as both hair clips and jewelry. The first thing that I noticed about the bag was the huge bow on the front. My mom did too, and she said she knew what I was picking at that point! What’s interesting is that this bag is the Haring Lane Kenna Yoga Bag (Haring Lane Kenna Yoga Bag ). That’s right, it’s a yoga bag. But the saleswoman said that many business woman buy this bag. It honestly seemed perfect. The bow actually had two pockets on each side where you can slide a yoga mat in. On the inside, there was a zippered pocket, two side pockets, and two netted pockets for water bottles. Trying to gauge the size, I put my small purse inside and saw that it fit, so I knew that a lunch bag would. Thinking about what else I needed to keep in the bag, I was fairly confident that I would be able to keep everything in it. It also had an interior zipper closure which was really nice. A couple of the bags didn’t have closures. And, at $298, it was cheaper than the other bags I had looked at and it was bigger. It was a basic black and looked like a classic style and would look chic with anything. So I bought it.
So far it has been working magnificently. It’s been much easier carrying only two bags around, especially because they have different strap sizes. They don’t seemed to get tangled at easily. But everything fits so well! On Friday, I was able to throw in some work documents and a full size legal pad in there no problem, along with my flats and rain jacket. There was no thought to it. My lunch bag also fits in there very well.
What do I keep in there? I have the basics of hand sanitizer, a compact mirror, lip balm and lipsticks. I actually bought a cosmetic case from Amazon (Find Here ) for those items and keep them in one of the side pockets. My umbrella and 32 oz water bottle fit in there; it’s nice to throw my water bottle for the gym in there in the morning. I also keep general things like my work ID, work keys, wallet, lint roller, gum, hand moisturizer, bus pass, tissues, sunglasses, an extra charger and wall outlet, tissues, a small first aid kit, pens, and some basics medicines. I have more than enough room if I need to add anything like a sweater or shoes or who knows what!
I get more use out of than just work. Although I already had another yoga bag, there’s other things it’s good for (although I won’t be surprised if I use it for yoga just because it’s so cute) I can use it for. At my fire department, I’m on the board of directors as the Membership Representative, and I can fit in my MacBook, iPad, notebook, and 3 inch binder. Between that and the quality of the material, I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. The pockets on the side of the bow are useful too. On one side I keep a water bottle just in case I forget mine. On the other side, I keep my planner (the Happy Planner), a small notebook (I need this to jot down random thoughts and make lists to keep myself organized!), and my Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (also highly recommend). This bag is quality, classic, and keeps me organized. It might not be meant as a work bag, but it is fulfilling its purpose perfectly. It is versatile. I highly recommend it. I love the style of Kate Spade, and you can’t go wrong with a bow!