Traveling for business more and more recently, I have come to the obvious, almost embarrassing, conclusion that over-sized American Apparel canvas tote bags and the like are really not appropriate professional travel ware. As much as I loathe to admit it, I am really not that sexually provocative, hot mess of a young thing who the brand markets to, and, indeed, have at least the semblance of a few responsibilities and occasionally should present myself as a functional adult. On occasion. I have some fabulous, mildly used but well cared for, pieces of luggage from my father, who trotted around the globe a few times; however, when it came to laptop and general carry-on pieces, I was lacking. Recently, I have acquired a few bags that stylishly serve me well on the airplane: a large and rather pragmatic red tote from Michael Kors and a large camel leather purse from Tommy Hilfiger. In each, I can stow away extra pairs of pumps, my camera, random work-related electronics, jewelry, and the like.
Earlier today, my sister sent a link to this bad boy and I am quite smitten; I would obviously carry this as a clutch, and would be equally willing to collect my make-up items into its beautiful bowels. Alas, I am attempting to save, unfortunately rather unsuccessfully, for a few upcoming surprises, so a treat such as this must wait.
(image taken from Scout & Catalogue)