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From diaper bag to purse…

I can't deny missing a purse.  My diaper bag is extremely awesome, in my opinion, but it's not a purse.  It's bigger.  Way bigger.  Diaper bags, by design, carry mountains of supplies, snacks and toys, and I' ve only owned purses that I could barely fit a wallet and some gum into.  I liked them little...and besides, I would often have Dan around so I could fit any make-up, papers, cards, etc. in his pockets if I needed the extra space. But since the diaper bag, I find I crave space.  I love being prepared for anything and I am definitely 'that' kind of mama.  I would have kicked butt on that segment of the Let's make a Deal show.  So when I was getting ready to go back to work I decided that I needed some new clothes (the last time I wore my work clothes was around May-July 2006, and by then I found the ones I was wearing fairly ratty anyway).  I also needed a new purse.  And I decided to go BIG this time. I found a beautiful one for a decent price and snatched it up.  Yesterday morning I put in my book, my lunch, some office supplies, my glasses, and when I was finished with it, my travel mug.  And there was oodles of room left.  Oodles and oodles. But today I found myself questionning the choice to go BIG when, for the 16th time, I was having to stop to put the bag down so I could find my keys, cellphone, lip gloss, or wallet rather than blindly fish around with my hand.  It's such a pain.  But no, I will absolutely not stop using it.  It is much more stylish than carrying my lunch in a tied up Loeb bag like I did for all the years I worked at my last place of employment.  And we all know style wins out - ask any women who's had to break in a new pair of shoes or squeeze herself into a pair of jeans right out of the dryer.
April 30, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Kris - As a fellow fan of the big purse, I congratulate you on your upgrade. I was also a small purse user until I realized that I was constantly carrying my purse…and then all the rest of my stuff in various other bags (including Loeb). So, I upgraded to big purses about a year ago and now I will never go back. Today, for example, my purse has my wallet, SIGG, book, and part of my lunch. And somewhere, at the very bottom and just out of reach…my keys.

April 30, 2008 - 1:41 pm

Jen - I feel your pain in searching around for keys, lipbalm…. and my favorite finding the ringing cell phone as soon as the person hangs up. I’ve learned to never search for stuff while I’m driving either, its quite dangerous. I bought a big purse while we were in Mexico, and by big I mean I can stick the whole length of my arm into it.. so I do spend a large amount of my day trying to find stuff. But I LOVE IT! The bag I mean.


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