Bag$

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; / For the apparel oft proclaims the man. -William Shakespeare

Traveling with expensive luggage

Although I would not consider myself a world traveler, I have done some extensive traveling in my short nineteen years of living. This includes flights to places like Guatemala, Mexico, Israel and the Caribbean (not to mention tons of intercontinental travel).

When I travel abroad, it is usually for at least two weeks. This requires at least one very large suitcase and an average sized duffel bag. Because international travel requires more security restrictions and much more extensive searches of your belongings, they are treated much more like cargo than anything else.

It is my opinion that because of the careless treatment of luggage by airline staff and security, as well as the way in which luggage is carried on airplanes, that buying expensive luggage of any sort is a complete waste of money.

Not to mention how easily luggage is lost and never seen again. Not only will you be missing all of your belongings inside the bag, the bag itself will be gone forever.

So instead of buying bags because of a brand names, buy bags because you know you will need a new one soon, especially if you travel a lot.

And think of what you could do with the money you would be saving by buying cheaper luggage. You could use it for something that will actually be worthwhile and potentially have a longer lasting life than a bag that most likely will get lost, ruined or damaged in a few uses. 

F is for floral prints

Earlier in this blog, I featured a backpack from The North Face that was decorated in a soothing floral pattern. Floral patterns are a huge trend for spring! I have decided to use this post to cover them in greater detail. If you plan on wearing a floral print bag, make sure that your outfit isn’t so crazy that it takes away from the beauty of the bag.

ASOS Spring Floral Backpack: http://bit.ly/I3JXHZ

This is the description from the ASOS website: Crafted in a cotton rich canvas fabric with floral print design. Featuring drawstring fastening to the top, fold over flap with pin buckle fastening, grab handle to the top, four flap pockets to the front, twin shoulder straps with adjustable length, and leather look trims throughout.

This knapsack provides the perfect contrast between neutral and bright colors and would match just about anything. There is plenty of room for school books, personal belongings and would even work well as a plane carry-on. Priced at $62, you are definitely getting your money’s worth.

Vera Bradley Backpack: http://www.verabradley.com/product/Category/Office/Backpack/154883/defaultColor/Summer%2BCottage/pc/638/c/0/sc/644/p/154883.uts?utm_medium=pla&utm_source=Google&mr:trackingCode=7A3CF130-3DDE-E011-8116-001517B1882A&mr:referralID=NA&origin=pla&mr:adType=pla

With almost 20 floral print choices, Vera Bradley provides something for everyone. Priced at $88, these bags are a little pricey, but last a very long time. Plus, they are machine washable, so it is easy to keep them clean.

Carrot Floral Patch Backpack: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23993264&CAWELAID=1219359429

This $69 backpack comes in two patterns, has a durable leather bottom and includes a front zipper. It is the perfect bag for school or light travel, and the website reviews were all positive.

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

E is for envelope clutch

We may not be postmen, but many girls at the University of Florida are donning clutches in the shape on envelope. There are many colors, styles and sizes. Big or small, these bags will definitely make a statement when you’re out on the town.

Yellow Envelope Clutch: http://www.saboskirt.com/envelope-clutch-yellow-p-399?osCsid=ee6ce35a00b1df234ad38061a16db2ba

This particular envelope is a steal at $38. The online Australian company Sabo Skirt also offers the same clutch in tan.

Deena & Ozzy Snap Clutch: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20932695

I love this envelope clutch for three reasons:

1)   It comes in four colors- green, brown, black and ivory.

2)   It has a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, so the bag doubles as a cross body.

3)   It has two flaps, which means more room for your stuff!

This rendition of the envelope bag is very unique and only costs  $38.

Croc Print Envelope Clutch: http://www.toryburch.com/NS-ENVELOPE-CLUTCH-%7C-COCONUT-%7C-210/8542791944,default,pd.html?CAMPID=gproductads&gclid=CLHVjau3ra8CFQaEnQod5kBpn

Out of the three envelope clutches I have featured here, this one is my favorite. It exudes class and personality! Although it only comes in a dark brown “coconut” color, the etching on the bag adds something special. This envelope clutch costs $375. If you can afford the price tag, I can gauruntee that it will add flair to your wardrobe!

Pretending to be someone you are not

The power of the bag is one that is easily looked over. Although the bag is a convenient case, a fashion statement and something that most people never leave home without, it is more than that.

A bag can demonstrate how you want to be portrayed to society. Although it may seem silly or even a little ridiculous, people will make opinions on you based on the bag you wear. People wear certain labels because they want society to look at them in a certain light.

When I am out with friends and see someone wearing a Louis Vuitton bag, I am impressed. The cheapest Louis Vuitton costs somewhere in the ballpark of $600, which is still a hefty price tag for something that you will use to carry your personal belongings. Yes, Louis Vuitton is known for having great quality products, but more often than not they are wearing the bag so the labels are flashing in the faces of those who pass by.

Not everyone can afford expensive designer bags, so many people find other ways to make a statement to society. Fake bags are a huge popularity, in the United States and around the world. Canal Street in New York City is one of the most notorious places to find these bags. From Louis Vuitton to Coach, they have all the fake designer bags you could want. Most of these bags are around $50 or less, which is why they are so desirable.

In my opinion, I would rather have the real thing or nothing at all. Wearing designer bags is like lying to society about who you really are. And plus, a bag should not define the person you are inside. Yes, I love designer bags, but that does not mean I need them to be happy or let other people know that I am a cool person.

Plus, getting caught wearing a fake designer bag is really embarrassing, especially if you are a celebrity. The following article discusses celebrities who have worn counterfeit bags and clothing, and how these companies were very unhappy with these celebrities.

http://sandrarose.com/2012/01/fashion-fail-justin-biebers-fake-louis-vuitton-how-we-got-the-story/

In conclusion, a designer bag does not make for a happy person with a lot of friends. To me, the art and character of a bag is what makes it enjoyable to look at, even if you can’t purchase the bag to wear.

Embracing who you are, regardless of whether you are donning the latest Louis, is something that takes courage and confidence, but is a much better look to be who you are than to pretend you are someone you aren’t.

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."  ~Judy Garland

D is for Domo

This may come across as a strange use of the letter “D” in my exploration of the ABCs of bags. Sure, there are a lot of items that start with the letter “D”, but I thought I would discuss something that makes you wonder.

Domo is a japanese television character. who gained international popularity through parody videos. If you didn’t know that, don’t worry. Before writing this post, all I knew was it was a brown rectangular animal with a huge, red mouth and teeth that looked more like triangles. After doing some research, I found out that this Domo character is actually really popular (and not just in backpack form). I have seen Domo as a stuffed animal, a laptop case and even on bedroom slippers. In my opinion, the appeal with Domo is the weirdness factor. Although I am not a personal fan of this backpack, they are a great novelty gift. Plus, Domo makes for a great conversation starter.

If you want to hop on the Domo bandwagon, here are some backpack options featuring the fuzzy, brown-faced gem:

1. THE PLUSH DOMO PANDA BACKPACK ($34)

http://www.karmaloop.com/product/The-Plush-Domo-Panda-Backpack/232406

It’s Domo AND he’s wearing a panda suit?! Your friends will definitely be staring in amazement at this backpack.

2. THE STUFFED DOMO BACKPACK ($19)

http://www.karmaloop.com/product/The-Stuffed-Domo-Backpack/213691

You can wear this backpack AND cuddle with it at night! Score!

3. THE DOMO FUR BACK SACK ($24)

http://www.karmaloop.com/product/The-Domo-Fur-Back-Sack/232407

Your gym clothes will fit nicely inside of this drawstring furry backpack.

4. THE DOMO FLAT SLIPPER ($13.95)

http://www.karmaloop.com/product/232403

I know this is not a backpack, but I couldn’t resist. Plus, they are 42% off! 

Happy Domo shopping.

C is for Crossbody

I appreciate a good cross-body bag because they free up your hands and allow the weight of your bag to be evenly distributed. They come in a range of size, color and price. I found a super cheap, yet stylish version at Forever 21 here, priced at $19.80: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_handbags&ProductID=1000036534&VariantID=

I found another cross-body option at H&M. This bag has a funky pattern and an adjustable shoulder strap. Buy it here for $17.95: http://www.hm.com/us/product/98323?article=98323-A

This Tory Burch clutch (link below) can be worn with the chain as a crossbody (more bang for your buck)! I love this bag. It is so simple and elegant. Although the cost is $325, I think it is definitely worth it.

http://www.toryburch.com/METALLIC-LOGO-CLUTCH/50009805,default,pd.html?dwvar_50009805_color=721&start=18&cgid=handbags-clutches

B is for Balenciaga

Started by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1918, his clothing and accessories were worn by Spanish aristocracy. An essential item in any celebrity’s closet, the Balenciaga “City” handbag is a popular designer item. Known as the classic Balenciaga staple, this exclusive purse costs around $1,500. Public figures such as Princess Marie of Denmark, Khloe Kardashian, Monica, Lucy Liu and Sofia Vergara are just a few people who have been spotted carrying this bag.  Almost a century old, this fashion house is here to stay. Although it may be a little pricy for the average consumer, the bags are still fun to look at. To take a closer look at the company’s products, check out the website: http://www.balenciaga.com/en_US/

The ABCs of Bag$

I am so excited to explore the ABCs of backpacks and handbags with the world! From now on, a lot of my blog posts will discuss a topic that coincides with a letter in the alphabet. The topics will range from designers that I like, to different types of bags and much more. I will still be re-blogging other cool stuff I find, as well as posting any information on cool stores and sales.

So to start off the ABCs of Backpacks, I am going to begin with ANIMAL PRINT!

Obviously everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but here is a quick list of how I feel about animal print:

1. I love animal print.

2. Animal print bags and backpacks are a great way to spice up a boring outfit.

3. Do not wear an animal print bag if you are wearing animal print clothing. It looks silly. I know that may seem obvious, but you would be surprised what I see around campus.

Here are some links to some great animal print backpacks you can find online.

1. MEI ANIMAL CRAZY DAYPACK: http://zozo.jp/shop/atmos/goodssale.html?gid=1198511&rid=

I love these backpacks because they are so wild! The animal print canvas is matched with bright colors. If you buy this backpack, you are guaranteed to be the only one rocking it. The price is about $89.

2. JOYRICH FAUX RABBIT BACKPACK: http://www.karmaloop.com/product/The-Faux-Rabbit-Backpack/177751

This backpack is great because it is a neutral color so you can wear it with almost anything. It’s fuzzy, which I love because it gives dimension to any outfit. It is fake fur so no bunnies are actually killed to make this pretty backpack. This bag is currently 50% off on karmaloop.com so act fast!

3. JANSPORT INNER BEAST COLLECTION: http://jansport.com/js_product_detail.php?cid=10&pid=TWV3 (link to Jansport to view the bag)

http://www.bagking.com/jansport-reversible-backpack.html?utm_source=jansport.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_term=TWV3 (Link to BagKing to purchase the bag)

This backpack is pure genius. For one, it is reversible so you are less likely to get bored with it. One side is a very mild animal print, and the other side is a vibrant zebra or cheetah pattern. I love this backpack and it is a steal at around $50. Jansport also makes this reversible technology in a duffel bag form. It is around the  same price as the backpack. http://www.bagking.com/jansport-inner-beast-duffle.html

I am excited to see what the journey through the ABCs of bags and backpacks brings to this blog! 

~Allie 

rosa-ohsa:

Prada


THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!! I feel like a kid in a candy store when I look at this backpack. It is chic, yet urban. Click the photo and you can read more about the backpack and Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. This backpack is super exclusive and only very high end stores (Such as Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman) will be carrying them. 

rosa-ohsa:

Prada

THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!! I feel like a kid in a candy store when I look at this backpack. It is chic, yet urban. Click the photo and you can read more about the backpack and Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. This backpack is super exclusive and only very high end stores (Such as Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman) will be carrying them. 

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