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The Perfect Bag

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If you have been following our blog, you might remember that I asked Santa for a big leather bag. Well, I got what  I wished for – sorta. My Santa has decided to give me a bag of my choice for this X’mas but the thing is, I still haven’t decided on which one to get yet! You see, I want to get the perrrrrfect bag, a bag that I can use everyday, regardless of the occasion, and something that I can use for years to come.

Here’s my criteria:

– Big – must fit my 13-inch laptop
– Made of leather
– Practical design
– Detachable shoulder strap
– Top zip closure
– Price
– A brand that I like

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Short-list #1: DKNY ‘Beekman’ tote

was €300, now €210 on Farfetch.com


– Big: Yes (W: 35 cm, H: 28 cm, D: 13 cm)
– Made of leather: Yes
– Practical design: Yes
– Detachable shoulder strap: Yes
– Top closure: Yes
– Price: OK
– A brand that I like: So-so

Overall comment: I like the design and the size of the bag; in fact, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. But it lacks the “wow” factor…

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Short-list #2: Ted Baker LAYALLY T tote and clutch bag

€285 on Ted Baker

– Big: Yes (W:43 cm, H:32 cm, D:16cm)
– Made of leather: Yes
– Practical design: Yes
– Detachable shoulder strap: No
– Top closure: Yes
– Price: OK
– A brand that I like: Yes

Overall comment: I like the 3-in-1 design (the front compartment is a snap-off clutch). I also like this brand a lot. BUT I don’t know if the design is going to be out of date in a year or two… Because this bag shape has been popular for several seasons already. I also have a feeling that the bag won’t look so nice when I see it in person (although it has been sold out in a lot of places…)

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Short-list #3: BCBGMAXAZRIA Handbag, Allie Whip Stitch Satchel

€399.22 on Macy’s

– Big: Yes (17″ W x 10″ H x 4-1/2″)
– Made of leather: Yes
– Practical design: Yes
– Detachable shoulder strap: No
– Top closure: Yes
– Price: So-so
– A brand that I like: So-so

Overall comment: I like the overall design and I love that there are side zippers for expansion (which means when this trapezoid shaped design is not popular anymore, I can zip up the sides and turn it into a regular shaped bag).  BUT (there’s always a ‘but’) – 1.) I’m not crazy about this brand, 2.) I don’t know if it’s worth it to pay full price for this bag.  I would kill myself if I get this bag and then it goes on sale for 50% off a few weeks later, you know?
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Short-list #4: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel

€684.89 on Shopbop.com

– Big: Yes (W:38 cm, H:28 cm, D:10cm)
– Made of leather: Yes
– Practical design: Yes
– Detachable shoulder strap: Yes
– Top closure: Yes
– Price: No :(
– A brand that I like: Yes

Overall review: THIS IS MY DREAM BAG!!! I think the design is timeless and I can use it for many years to come. Also, I like how it is not as flashy as carrying some other luxury brands. However, this is not the perfect bag because it’s way too expensive… I just don’t deserve such a bag at this point in life. Maybe when I get a decent job someday, I will reward myself with this amazinggggg bag.

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After my extensive research and analysis, I’ve discovered that it’s not that easy to find “The Perfect Bag” *sad face*. I guess out of the four options, the DKNY one is the best. But I don’t know… should I wait to see if there will be better options ahead? (or maybe the 3.1 Phillip bag will go on mega sale?)

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