Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In Praise of Purses

OhMommy posted about her purse, and tagged all of us to show and tell.

I used to be "a bag is a bag" kind of person. Until a friend started selling the Beijo Bags and I got hooked. Ain't it purty?



I'll go ahead and 'fess up that this one is just a week old for me, so it's not filled yet with too much junk. There's the inevitable checkbook and wallet (a Beijo wallet, but I couldn't handle it being too matchy-matchy so it's a different color):



And the rest of it:



Let me explain the gum. I actually have a pet peeve about gum; I totally hate it. However, I'm also an idiot and accidentally purchased gum instead of breath mints. To remind myself that I'm an idiot, and in hopes of not making the same mistake twice (which would make me an insane idiot), I'm making myself chew the gum and finish it before I buy breath mints. The good news? I finished today! The bad news: I forgot to go to Starbucks.

You'll also note the lack of cosmetics. It's not that I think I look great without them; it's just that I give up. After I put on a little foundation and eye shadow in the morning, I'm totally done with it, and avoid mirrors for the rest of the day.

The Aleve is an absolute necessity. It's the only thing that works on my frequent headaches. The sunblock is mainly for the girls - I'm so glad that's pretty much all I have to carry for them anymore! The lip balm gets used when I remember I have it.

I love the cell phone pockets that are now the norm for purses:



As much as I'm sure you were all just dying to see what's in my purse, I had a reason for wanting to do this particular post.

I have a colleague that is very jealous of the fact that women get to carry purses. As much as I can rant about gender inequalities, I got to admit, we do have the upper hand when it comes to this. He's been searching for a man-bag for a few years now, and still can't find one that doesn't make him look stupid. When it comes to what is acceptable for us to tote our must-haves, I very much enjoy being a girl! Praise the purse!

14 comments:

Kori said...

I have a friend who wears linen pants AND carries a "man bag," and he isn't even gay! But yeah, I can see how that might be a problem to find one that doesn't look terrible. As for my purse? Won't take a photo, won't post about it becuase I have a wallet, a couple of pens, a diaper and wipes (becuase you never know, plus I am so over the diaper bag thing!), um, some mints...and a shitload of old receipts. Noting too interesting.

abrightfuture said...

I had never heard of Beijo bags before this post here but I, of course, googled them and -- oh my -- How cute!! And sassy!!

And I totally agree...we've definitely got the advantage when it comes to being able to carry a purse. But I think the peeing standing up thing evens it out.

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Tara R. said...

I love me some purses... I buy them more often than I buy shoes... which is a lot. Women definitely rule where it comes to having a cool tote to carry all our junk.

Law Student Hot Mama said...

Man - I've got NOTHING in my purse. A wallet, *CARMEX* (I feel you on that stuff - it's awesome!), a compact, keys, and iphone. That's it!

Single said...

Oh my... I have way too much stuff in my purse. It's cute though. A friend of mine bought me it after my other one was stolen back in December.

I've pretty much given up on makeup too, yet I carry it. I don't know why. I *never* reapply during the day. But I bet I have at least three compacts and lipsticks in there.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

ohhhhh I see a quarter!!!!

The Immoral Matriarch said...

My purse is full of broken crayons and grocery store receipts. Not as interesting, eh?

cablegirl said...

I'm totally a purse collector. I have about 7 or 8 and use maybe 3 or 4 regularly.

Depending on the size of the purse I either only ever have a wallet, keys and phone... or add a book... or add diapering necessities and toys.

Kate said...

Before Audrey I didn't carry a purse - I had a wallet in my back pocket, a lighter in my front pocket and a pack of cigarettes in my jacket pocket.

Then I found myself pregnant and out went the cigarettes. Then I had the baby and I found myself in need of a bag in which to carry diapers and other things, hey they make things just for that purpose amazing! Now I stock the diaper bag every Sunday with snacks for the week, and make sure to have a few diapers in the car. There is very little of "me" in the bag.

Karen MEG said...

Your purse is so chic! I love it!
My husband likes my purse too, because he often puts his wallet in it ... for me to carry. Lucky him!

LunaNik said...

Wow your purse is clean. I've had the pics of my purse downloaded for days now but can't bring myself to post them out of sheer embarassment. Seriously. I carry way too much crap around with me!

Huckdoll said...

Cute bag...and so tidy! Now I officially can't do this meme before I clear out the receipts and garbage :)