I have a dilemma! I've been on the hunt for a new bag. As you all know, if you read my previous post "Because Life Happens...", I'm working so I wanted something specifically as a "work bag" but being that I'm a mommy I also want something with a lot of space that I could take with me when I went somewhere with the boys, too.
I'm currently rotating between my Henri Bendel Jetsetter Black Convertible Canvas Backpack & my Michael Kors Rhea Medium Backpack. I love the space & functionality, but I want something a little 'dressier' for work. Nothing that screams, "I'm carrying around 500 diapers, and chasing after babies." I LOVE these bags, don't get me wrong, but these were purchased specifically to make toting around little ones easier, I want something classy & sophisticated, that's timeless, preferably black or neutral.
A couple weeks ago I was in Dillard's & purchased the Michael Kors Daniela for $198 + tax, which is a beautiful crossbody, in "Fawn" - a new color this season, but I returned it the next day. It was just too small... I liked the idea a crossbody but it just wasn't what would work for me. Although it had compartments, side pockets & even slots for cards, a zipper compartment for money, etc. & beautiful chain detailing on the straps I couldn't handle it. All I was able to fit in it was my wallet OR iPhone 7 Plus, kleenex, hand lotion, lip gloss, oil blotting sheets & a pen. That's essentially all I NEED, and although I could have just put the contents of my wallet in the zipper compartment, I didn't like that idea. The thought of loose change staining this little bag that I paid $200 made me cringe. and if I'm carrying a bag I'd like to put my phone in it... I don't know, the whole thing was just a mess! LOL So back it went & the search continued...
I don't want a backpack, and I guess I don't want a crossbody either. I'd like a satchel with a shoulder strap, with enough room to carry my planner for work, my wallet, iPad & all my other day-to-day junk I carry around. If I could fit my MacBook in it, perfect, but that's not necessary! Like I said, I'd like it in black or a neutral color, something that's timeless, durable and would work long-term, regardless the time of year.
I have a few bags in mind, but I was wondering if you guys would help me out & give me some suggestions or help me pick one of the four options below. I don't want anything loud, overly branded or too expensive. Nothing over $500 please, unless it's a STEAL! I don't want to spend a lot, but I have certain criteria I'm looking for, and it comes with a price tag. Hopefully these examples give you an idea as to the style I like... I've been stalking Michael Kors, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sak's, Dillard's, etc. online - they all have different sales, offer different colors or types of leather, but I'm still undecided... and Michael Kor's bags are being excluded from everyone's Friends & Family sales! *insert crying face*
I'm torn between ordering online or shopping in stores. With it being a pricey purchase, I would love to earn cashback from Ebates (click here to sign up & earn $10), but I also feel like I should see them in person & decide which one, if any, call to me... I'm so cheesy, I know, but I don't want to settle. I don't know guys, tell me what YOU think... I've already harassed all my loved ones & they're getting sick of me! ;)
Comment your pick or leave your suggests! Thank you!
Photos found at: MichaelKors.com & HenriBendel.com
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