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wish list: black leather bag

wish list: black leather bag

My third wedding anniversary is just around the corner, and when we got married, my husband and I decided to stick to the "traditional" anniversary gifts (which is weird, since nothing else about our wedding was traditional). The first year is paper, the second is cotton, and the third is leather. We were pretty good about surprising each other for the first two, but decided for this one that we'd like each other's help picking out gifts. He'd like some new dress shoes, and I'd like a black leather bag - I actually don't own one. 

I have a lot of requirements of such a bag. I'd like it to have shoulder straps but also a cross body strap. It has to have easy access outer pockets. I'd like it to have a little character, maybe some interesting hardware, but nothing that will go out of style any time soon. Big enough for a notebook.  That's not too much to ask, right?

Here are a few options I'm considering (clockwise from top left, click image to link to sites): Vince Camuto Annette $298, Linea Pelle Dylan $475, Kelsi Dagger Sunham Satchel $173, and Botkier Shoulder Bag Valentina $295. Thoughts?

wardrobe staple: furla bag

wardrobe staple: furla bag

I am the luckiest girl in the world. No, seriously. I am so grateful every day for my wonderful husband. Among his many incredible qualities is his ability to buy me the perfect gifts, which as you might guess, for me often includes shoes, handbags, and jewelry.  Right now, we're apart for a month while he plays in two music festivals out west and I really miss him. It reminds me of another time we were apart, when we had first started officially dating, I want to say this was in 2005 (I should probably remember these dates, huh?). We were both playing in the New World Symphony in Miami, and he was going on a tour of Italy with a small group of musicians and the maestro. We missed each other so much. When he came back, he brought me a gift:

furla handbag treated leather st louis personal shopper

I completely wasn't expecting it, it wasn't even my birthday or anything! I'd never had a "nice" handbag before and he did such a good job picking it out. Apparently, he had the girls on the trip (Alice and Jen, remember?) help him pick it out, and even made them carry it around the Furla store, and they all thought it was so sweet that he was so concerned about getting just the right one. I love it because it's so classic, but has a really interesting look and texture because of the treatment pattern on the leather. I'll have it forever, it'll never go out of style and it'll always remind me of him. Plus, as my friend Sarah always says, because of the color it's seasonless and goes with both summer and winter wardrobes! See, I told you, lucky girl...

 

 

 

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