I’ve been working on pulling together an apartment introduction post, but I’m not quite finished. Hoping to have something to post this weekend. Progress is being made!
Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t make big decisions lightly. Really, I don’t make too many decisions lightly, and have a knack for (over)thinking all sorts of things. Online shopping makes this much worse. Reviews! Blog posts! So many places to research every.little.thing. I doubled checked the prices for sink strainers* yesterday from the Target aisle before committing to all 8 dollars of the thing.
But because I enjoy weighing in on decisions made by strangers, and I like hearing feedback from others (shopping with the right partner is my idea of bliss), I thought I’d start a little mini-series called Decisions, Decisions. I hope you’ll consider weighing in—either with your expert opinion on my uncertainties or with decisions you’re considering in your own world, shopping, decorating, or otherwise. It’ll be fun.
So, the leather tote debate. I’ve wanted a basic leather bag—big enough to carry a laptop, small enough to still be considered a purse when getting on a plane—for many years now. I ogle them at airports. A few chic classmates carried bags closely resembling what I want, though not quite the same. I go back to this specific Olivia Palermo street style shot (carrying a discontinued Zara bag) with some regularity and fantasize about my fashionable life if only I had that bag. And possibly a metrosexual man wearing purple socks.
Requirements: basic, not too embellished, with at least one interior zip pocket. Not too preppy. As much as I like Olivia’s forearm sling look, I need one with straps long enough to slip over a shoulder. Although I am tempted by colors because I always am, and I wear a lot of black, I think a basic luggage brown is probably the best bet in terms of versatility, as Ms. P shows in the image above.
I’m headed to New York for work soon and realizing that a) I’ll need to bring my laptop to and from the office each day/into and out of meetings and b) my laptop-sized bag options include a massive Radiant Orchid Patagonia messenger bag, a Lowe Alpine backpack I’ve had since my senior year of high school, and…I think that’s it. The New York office seems a little Devil Wears Prada-lite and I am a touch intimidated.
So, it’s time. I need to up my professional game.
Quite a few bloggers are singing the praises of the Cuyana bags, but I get the impression they might have been gifted free ones in exchange for their posts—the extent to which that is happening on almost every blog I read is kind of a bummer. Some people say the Cuyana straps don’t look as good for as long, some people say the Madewell bag ages better, others say the Cuyana leather is higher quality. For sure, they all have the option of gold monogramming—I’m thinking MLE since my initials (EEB) and monogram (EBE) are both pretty lame.
So I’m leaning toward the Madewell bag since I can more easily see it in person (there’s a Madewell store in Austin, while Cuyana’s only brick and mortar is in SF), I can buy it and then take it back later to get it monogrammed if I decide I love the bag, and it appears to be a bit more structured and thus stand up on its own, hopefully reducing the number of times it falls over and spills things everywhere.
But…it’s so hard to choose! Decisions, decisions, I tell ya.
So, which would you choose? Do you have your eye on a “timeless” splurge? Do you have tricks for making up your mind in a less dramatic fashion? Inquiring minds want to know.
*I actually think the funniest David Letterman skit I ever saw was a series of Halloween costumes that are terrifying to adults. One of them was a dude dressed up as a sink strainer basket looped with spaghetti and full of unidentifiable chunks. Yep! Adulthood!