As Our Lives Grow, So Do Our Handbags

DSC_0418Let’s talk about handbags ladies!
When it comes to our daily use of bags; size matters!!

We have an intimate relationship with our daily handbags. Not only do they carry what we need; they are also one of our accessories.
A few weeks ago I was at a café and overheard two young ladies having a discussion over the sizes of their handbags…
“With this bag; I can’t fit in much any more. I NEED to get a bigger one!” Girl A said to Girl B.
Now this sounded very familiar to me; as I – and perhaps many of you too – started out back-in-the-day choosing a girly satchel.
Many women would think having a shoulder strap a big deal, but I’ve never been fussy about having a shoulder strap or only handles. I know that I can adapt to either eventually.
Well, unless the bag is going to be used during travelling, in which case, I much prefer it to be a cross-body strapped shoulder bag. I wrote about my ideal travel bag in a previous post; please take a look here!

The very reason why I moved on to a slightly larger bag, was to avoid having to carry an extra bag (often a paper fashion bag; the ones we get from our shopping) to carry my folded umbrella; a cardigan and/or the shopping.
When I finally made the jump – from a small satchel to a medium size tote with only handles – I was happy. And every time I saw my female friends turn up with one or two extra ‘supporting bags’, I had a victory smile on my face!
‘Just get a bigger bag! It makes your life easier!’ Here I saw history repeating, so I suggested.
“No, no, once you go for the larger bag; it’s only going to get bigger and bigger!” “I have a small frame, I don’t want to end up carrying a giant bag!” And so on… My friends replied.
Point taken and they were damn right – you can get carried away with size! That’s why I ended up with my current daily bag.

At the moment I’m just about to swap my yellow mustard spring/summer bag to this burgundy autumn/winter bag. And clearly, this is the size I’m settled with right now.
With a bag like this, I can fit in: my make-up bag; a small camera; a folded umbrella; a jumper; my beret; a magazine and even some shopping!
I know that I still have room to grow; I mean, to get an even larger bag, so I can then fit in my DSLR camera. However; from hearing some ladies complain about their overly heavy bag which causes their shoulders and arms ache, I think this could be as large as I go.., well, at least for now!

Looking for a perfect bag is an important mission every woman has experienced. I personally don’t believe a ‘perfect bag’ has ever existed; if so, it’s very rare.
However, when we find the size that we want, we are already half way there!

Photographed by: Christian Balven

40 comments

    • Dearest Ariel, thank you for the nomination of The Liebster Award! I’m so happy to be nominated by you!
      However, I still haven’t accepted The Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Fia and Aquileana, also The Versatile Blogger Award from Katie…
      I won’t say that I’m running an award-free blog; but I only do it when my schedule allows. If you take a quick look at the image of this post: https://vivalaviv.com/2015/02/20/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ , that image with the award logo on it was a result of the photographer’s work.., therefore I need extra time.

      Love & hugs… X

    • Haha, Julie, I swap them around because I wear darker outfits in autumn/winter, therefore; a darker shade handbag would make sense to me; or at least make sense to my wardrobe! 😉

      • Am I just lazy where my handbags are concerned….they’re all sat on a shelf in my wardrobe, like neat little soldiers and I just ignore them, using a tried-and-tested favourite…..I can just see them clamouring out “pick me, pick me” 😀

  1. I have bags in all sizes but the ones I use the most are the larger ones because all my essentials just won’t fit into the smaller clutch/satchel. The problem is the DSLR. Even though it fits into some of my bags, it makes the bag too heavy and draws it out of shape, so I find myself carrying two bags lots of the time: A regular bag and a camera bag. Looking for a smaller DSLR. 🙂

  2. That is a very pretty bag! 🙂 I’m a bit handbag crazy so I’m always switching out between bags. I love tiny little crossbodys for running errands or days when I don’t need more than a wallet and phone, and bigger bags for long shopping trips or work. I try swap out to a different bag every few days, rotate around all the ones I have! 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing it with us Mica. I think it’s great that you rotate your bags frequently; so all your bags get to be used, and that’s what they are there for.
      I do use a cross-body satchel when I’m around the neighbourhood, this kind of satchels are so handy! 🙂

    • It’s good to know that we are not alone Sophia. Actually, it’s such a common scenario when it comes to a woman and her ‘ever growing’ handbags!!!

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