My hands down, absolute favorite accessory is handbags. I always splurge on these items because you can carry them so many outfits and good quality handbags last forever! When I discovered Rue La La's Handbag guide on their blog, I was hooked and also inspired to post my favorite types of bags and what I carry in them. I know lots of people think it's silly to change your bag according to your outfit, but I'm a firm believer that the bag should complete the outfit.
As an elementary teacher, my day starts early! I'd love to say I am prepared and change bags every night, but that doesn't happen. Lots of times, I'm not inspired to pick out the day's clothes until my hair is in rollers and I'm standing in front of my closet. I needed a way to quickly empty the contents from one bag to another. I learned this little trick from Barbra Walters on The View. She puts everything into small bags so she can easily transport her things. Genius!
Look how neatly everything fits in! No more digging in the bottom of the purse for spare change or a pen.
Tory Burch Small York Tote (my current favorite! The small size is perfection) // Kate Spade iPhone Cover (So pretty, but REALLY shows fingerprints) // Lilly Pulitzer for Estee Lauder (old) // Kate Spade wallet (old) // The Husband's Secret // Gucci Sunglasses (Spring 2014)
Here's what I keep in the small bag. If I'm carrying a tote, there might be two small bags, but for the most part, this is what's with me daily.
I am *forever* needing a charger for my phone, so I started keeping one in the bag. Lifesaver!
Now let's talk about my favorite types of bags! When I was looking at the handbag guide on Rue La La, I discovered what I liked and what just didn't work for me. Let's start with the clutch.
This little darling is found on the handbag guide, but I just can't do this small of a clutch. In fact, for my life, it isn't practical. I don't find myself at many fancy parties that would call for this type of bag and theres no way I could carry everything I need for a day at school in this tiny bag. My clutches are more along these lines:
After reading the handbag guide, I realized my favorite type of purse is most definitely the tote. I couldn't live without my neverfull. It is a teacher's (or every girls!) dream bag. Perfect for carrying home all the books and papers to grade
What's your favorite type of handbags? Have you discovered Rue La La's Handbag guide? If you're a handbag lover like myself, you'll be hooked!