November 3, 2007
My new place
So if you are a reader of this blog you know I love to shop. I recently made the biggest purchase of my life when I bought my own apartment. It is a lovely 1 bedroom prewar co-op on the third floor in the prettiest neighborhood in Queens, NYC. I love the sunken living room, hardwood floors and the 15 min subway ride into Manhattan. Plus tree lined streets and Irish pubs on every corner.
So please excuse the slow down on the blog front these past few months. Instead of bag shopping I've been taking trips to Home Depot, and surfing around Bed & Bath and The Container Store.
Purchasing real estate in NYC is a painful drawn out tedious process that only works out in the end if you truly love the apartment. I was lucky to have the help of a wonder lawyer, real estate agent and mortgage broke.
I was able to fit in a few bag purchases that I'll be talking about here soon, so stay tuned.
June 20, 2007
Yikes...I've been getting so much spam through my comments form that I've given up trying to keep up with it. So if you've sent me a comment recently please resend to thebagblog AT gmail DOT com.
Also, on a happier note, TBB got a great write up recently at the Chicago Sun-Times for Fashion's best blogs. Check out our mention and all the other great must read blogs.
January 7, 2007
2007 Resolution: Update The Bagblog more!
Lack of updates recently, I've been busy with work, hanging out in NYC, the holidays and I'm pretty happy with my current bag. But I've got some ideas, some plans for new bags I'd like to purchase in 2007 so updates should pick up soon.
In the meantime enjoy this picture of the Chloe bags I spotted at the DSW in Union Square, 14th Street, NYC.
September 20, 2006
I've done some updating to my links page by removing some old sites and putting up my new favorites.
Here are some great new bag/fashion blogs that have caught my attention recently:
- Fashion is Spinach: It is not an exaggeration when I say that I love everything about this blog. Ms. Spinach has a knack for finding the cute/beautiful/unique needle in the haystack of junk on the internet. Here are some wonderful examples: beautiful photos of a San Francisco apartment, Old navy long hoodies that I am now obsessed with and spent a good two hours on the phone the other day calling every Old Navy in the NYC area until I found one in New Jersey that would ship me the brown version in a size small, antique keys for necklaces--cool!, and elbow length mittens.
- Beantown Fashion: Even though I left Boston for the brighter lights of NYC, I still like to stay updated on what is going on in my former home. This including reading Boston.com to stay updated on the news (Go Deval!) and Beantown Fashion to stay updated on what fashionable Bostonians are wearing
- Fashion Binge: I was drawn in by the review of Fall bags, but I was hooked when I read about Shopgirl and ran right out and got a copy of the movie which I have since fallen in love with and watched four times in one weekend and just finished the book. Sigh.
What are your favorite bag/fashion blogs? Bonus points for NYC-area blogs. Leave a note in the comments.
August 24, 2006
I'm always surprised when I go through my comments to see so much discussion STILL going on about things I posted over a year ago. I can only assume people are finding me through Google. I'm glad to have such opinionated readers at my site who care a great deal about the same bag related issues that interest me.
Anyway, in case you're curious here are the hot topics and most commented on entries here at The Bag Blog:
- Can you wash and wear a Herve Chapelier bag? I did!
- Bag Borrow or Steal...is it a cool idea? or a huge scam that should be avoided at all costs?
- Buying fake bags at Canal Street...innocent fun or dangerous illegal behavior?
August 4, 2006
Blue fly sale
Don't miss the Bluefly handbag sale going on right now. Some highlights are camel leather drawstring bag, decorated canvas hobo, a slick black leather tote, green studded bucket tote, bronze frame bag with pleats, and black & beige.
June 6, 2006
So why so quiet?
Things around here at TBB have been a little quiet recently. Why? Because TBB World Headquarters have relocated to New York City! That's right. I waved good bye to Boston last week, packed up all my precious bags into a Budget truck and drove over the Triborough Bridge into Queens.
So while I'm unpacking and looking for a full time job I need a little help from you. Where are the best places to shop for bags in the NYC area? Who are the best new up and coming local bag designers? I'm especially interested in anything off the beaten path or local to Queens since I must support my new borough. Or Brooklyn since I hear there are many cool boutiques. What are some good NYC-based fashion/shopping blogs? Keep the suggestions coming!
Back to unpacking...
January 5, 2006
2006 Bloggie Awards
Do you enjoy reading The Bag Blog? If so, please consider nominating us for the 2006 Bloggie Awards. Nominations are open until Jauary 10th. We are eligible for the following categories:
*Best Topical Weblog
*Best American Weblog
December 19, 2005
Revisiting Bag, Borrow or Steal
An interesting long comment just popped up over at an older post about Bag, Borrow or Steal.
Buyer beware is all I have to say!
December 11, 2005
Bag info for luckymag.com
Two interesting bag related questions from the Lucky Magazine "Ask the Editor" section of luckymag.com:
I want to purchase a good handbag and I'm looking for a timeless but hip style. What shapes and materials should I look for to make a good investment? (j.crew link isn't working, I think they meant this.
December 3, 2005
This is a test entry of MT 3.2!
December 2, 2005
Recap of Lucky Shops
A few weeks ago a couple of my girlfriends and I paid a first time visit to the Lucky Shops event in NYC. We arrived bright and early but still ended up way in the back of the line.
The wasn't the end of the lines. Once inside we had to wait in line to view the "goods" then wait in line to pay and then wait in line to pick up what we had purchased. Desipte that we did end up with some great finds, and it was a fun way to spend the day. I'm already looking forward to next year's!
Jaime picked up a fine bag from Lauren Merkin with a great discount.
Tips to remember for next year: eat a good lunch, get mentally prepared for the lines and wear comfy shoes.
October 28, 2005
Now here idea that intrigues me. Maybe I have just had sailing on the brain since I am planning a New Year's Eve in Newport, RI or because I have spend the past months listening to my mom's many sailing stories. Or maybe it is because I visited Maine a few weekends ago. Or maybe it is because it is great to see something original and interesting out in the world of bags, and something that is also very New England-y.
Via the lovely Purseuing, I spotted a link to Seabags a company that creates tote bags out of used sails. The Web site doesn't have to much info but luckily, Purseuing has got all the info in her post.
The bags look beautiful, the store is located in the Old Port and I plan to pay a visit with my camera and wallet the next time I am in Maine.
Kate Spade Sample Sale
Keep an eye out for the Kate Spade sample sale which will begin on Oct 31. The sale will run for 4 days and prices will be discounted up to 65%. To enter the site you'll need to sign up for the mailing list.
Sounds like a must for all the Kate fans out there!
October 19, 2005
Cameron Diaz in "In Her Shoes"
I recently saw the movie "In Her Shoes" and couldn't help but notice the cool leather messenger bag that Cameron Diaz's character has for most of the movie. It looked leather and slouchy and might have some different colors of suede?
Anyone know the maker of this bag?
October 15, 2005
Bag N Kitty
Professor Growleypants gets cozy with my sister's tapestry bag.
September 22, 2005
Two recent articles of note:
Since mid-July, new fall fashions like shrunken brown velvet jackets and Victorian-style blouses have been gathering dust on racks at the nation's retailers.
It's almost the end of September, and for many merchants a combination of hot weather, subdued fashions in dark colors, high gasoline prices, and the ripple effects of Hurricane Katrina have made shoppers stay away from clothing stores.
You know what this means...BIG sales are on their way! I'll be keeping an eye out in the next couple of months.
Son of Cool
Has anyone seen this tote bag mentioned in this NYT article about Esprit?
A large tote bag in subtle metallic gunmetal is $29 and looks as if it might cost $400.
Sounds like it might be worth checking out.
September 20, 2005
Don't Miss TBB Flickr Group
There's some great bag photos being posted to The Bag Blog Group at flickr.com and I wanted to make sure everyone here checked it out. There are photos of all kinds of cool bags, many that are made from scratch.
Feel free to post photos of your favorite bag to the group pool. Photos of both bags made by crafty folks or a bag you bought in a store are welcome!
August 2, 2005
Banana Republic Bloomsbury Collection
Just from a quick glance at the web site what I notice first is the beautiful colors. Very rich and fall. Especially this shade of Bordeaux.
Although I like the colors I can't say much for originality. In fact, I wouldn't be suprised if Marc jacobs has a lawsuit in the works. Swap out the brass rings on the Banana bags for the silver hardward on a MJ bag and it is basically the same thing. Plus the long zip tassle looks very familiar.
Plus on a more functional level, I think it would be dificult to quickly close up all the pockets with the double rings. Looks like that would involve lost of funbling (unless those are actually magnets.)
But then again if you can't pay $900 for a Marc Jacobs bag (WHO can?) then a ~$200 Banana bag is probably a good option.
July 11, 2005
TBB on hiatus
TBB is on an indefinite hiatus. Please see here.
June 12, 2005
Housekeeping: Comments Section
I've started to get a lot of emails and comments from people that are selling a bag. Some of these are quite obvious, like a press release or marketing pitch. Those I welcome since I'm always on the lookout for new bags.
Others are clearly marketing pitches in the comments section, sometimes disguised to look like a regular comment. In the early days of TBB I automatically approved those types of comments because I thought it would be interesting info for readers. But now I've decided to keep the comments section clear of pitches, and instead let it be just people like me discussing bags they like and don't like.
However for those of you selling bags and wanting to get the word out--never fear! I've set up a special place for you to post information about your cool bag. The place is the guestbook here or you can reach it by the "Bags for sale" link over to the left.
June 6, 2005
TBB is moving!
As of early July, The Bag Blog's home office will be moving from Texas to Chicago! Based on our recent visit last week Chicago is a town that loves bags as much as we do. I saw a bag store on almost every corner, and I can't wait to get back to the city and start exploring.
Posts may slow down a bit as we starting packing and getting ready to move. In the meantime, if you know of any great Chicago bag stores or designers please let me know.
May 12, 2005
History of the Purse
April 21, 2005
March 10, 2005
Wonkette in Lucky's "A Week's Worth of Style"
One day in the future I had hoped to ask Ana Marie Cox, author of one of my favorite blogs Wonkette, to be a guest bag blogger for this site. But it looks like Lucky Magazine beat me to it since Wonkette is featured in this month's "Week Worth of Style".
As if snarky political posts on a daily basis wasn't enough to endear her to us already, we now also have #3 of her Fashion Rules: "Splurge on a great bag twice a year." Here here! (A quick Google search also turned up an old article by Cox about Monica Lewinsky's bags.)
Featured in the photospread is a cool brown leather studded bag by Marciano. Sadly I checked with customer service and they are out of the brown bags. The silver metallic clutch by Allison Burns is also worth checking out. Simple and smooth.
March 6, 2005
Lucky Bag Guide
I admit it, I love Lucky Magazine. In theory it is such a bad idea to have a magazine about nothing but shopping, but actually it is fantastic. I especially love when they put different outfits together from different pieces. I'm also looking forward to getting a copy of the Lucky Shopping Manual for more shopping goodness.
But if you don't subscribe to Lucky you'll want to run out and grab a copy of the April issue and turn to bag 173 for the Lucky Bag Guide. Lots of good stuff to choose from.
February 26, 2005
Other Things Besides Bags
Sorry for the lack of bag posts, as I've actually been thinking about other things besides bags (!), specifically my recent trip home to Boston to watch my mom make my wedding dress and generally trying not to stress over the wedding plans (how could my regular hairdresser be CLOSED the day of my wedding? And why did I think it was a good idea to go with "do it yourself" invitations?)
We should be returning to our regularly scheduled bag related posts as soon as I can finish up some draft entries.
In the meantime check out this great bag sites:
February 17, 2005
A talking handbag?
Not sure if I should be proud or concerned that this hails from my home state of Massachusetts:
A sensor in the bag's handle will "know" that the owner has picked it up, and then check its own contents for those things it would be exasperating to forget. If one of them is missing, a voice synthesiser will say: "Cellphone: yes. Wallet: yes. Keys: no!"
February 14, 2005
I did a little reorganizing of the categories listed over on the left. I split the "bag brands" category into three: affordable brands, expensive brands and bargain!. I define affordable as anything up to about $150. I'm sure everyone has their own definition of "affordable" and that's mine.
February 1, 2005
From Bags to Riches
January 6, 2005
Bag, Borrow or Steal
I saw a link to Bag, Borrow or Steal about a month or so ago and made a note to post it on this site. Since then I've seen in mentioned in several other places (like my Real Simple magazine that just arrived today) so I can only assume that the service is really taking off.
The idea is clevely simple. You sign up, pay a monthly fee based on the level of service you desire, and then you get to keep one handbag at a time of your choice to keep for as long as you want.
Makes sense since the "it" handbags change about every month or so, and who can afford to keep buying new all the time? If keeping your bag trendy and your wardrobe refreshed is at the top of you list, but you don't have the cash of the Hilton Sisters, then this may be your answer.
December 10, 2004
The what's in your bag? Pool at Flickr
For obvious reasons I was quite interested the second I saw the what's in you bag? photo pool over at flickr where you can not only peek at the contents of all sorts of bags, but also read commentary on what people carry around with them. I was happy to see I am not the only one that crams my bag as full as possible.
Here is my inside the bag photo. I keep meaning to redo this picture with my Canon camera, instead of the camera phone pic which came out rather dark. But you get the idea.
December 7, 2004
Village Voice: Bag of Tricks: The Year in Purses
How can you not appreciate an article that compares Louis Vuitton bags to spreading fungus? Not sure if I completly agree with that since I do have a soft spot for a crowded Canal Street shop full of fake bags. But anyway...
Is it just our imagination, or is the status of carrying a Louis Vuitton (vuitton.com) bag going down, down, down? A lot of people probably think this has to do with the glut of fakes on the market—a phenomenon we applaud—but we believe it is also due to the generic ambiance of the LV shops themselves, and the fungus-like way they are spreading all over the world.
February 9, 2004
"Do what you love." That's the advice you hear from guidance counselors/HR departments everywhere as a convient answer for job seekers/high school kids. But recently I used that advice as a suggestion to myself about a new blog. Turns out:
I love bags.
There I said it. The amount of time I spend on a daily basis thinking/planning/researching pocketbooks/bags/purses (whatever!) would probably shock and frighten the average person. So instead of letting my obsession bubble quiety in my head, why not splash it all over the internet for all to see?
Bag posts, bag reviews, bag shopping, other blog posts about bags...anything bag related.
So there you have it.
- Can you wash and wear a Herve Chapelier bag? I did!