New Year, New Handbag

Happy New Year my fav people in the world! Every January 1st I take the opportunity to get a fresh start, a chance to make myself a little bit better. Last year, I tried minimalism, I tried a spending ban and I tried a new business venture. Some worked and some didn’t, but I realized that challenging myself to do new tasks (like changing career paths) is easier than trying to stop myself from participating in undesirable behavior (like constantly spending my money). This is frustrating but hey isn’t that what life is all about? If it was always a cakewalk it would be so boring.

One of my most loved and treasured Christmas gifts this year (or I guess it’s technically last year) was a new handbag from my Lobster (Mike), he knows that I’m not really a shoe person but I love me a good handbag and so he surprised me with a beautiful plum Marc Jacobs Gotham City shoulder bag. The only gift I had asked him for this year was a card wallet from Michael Kors (so that I could use a smaller wallet for my smaller handbags, a no brainer!) but he decided that with my love for all things Marc Jacobs and handbags specifically, that this would be the ideal gift for me, his lovely wife. He was right!

This bag is a small structured shoulder bag (can be easily worn cross body), the bag itself is made from pebbled-leather and features a color-block fabric strap. It is a flap-top with magnetic closure, it has a front zipper pocket and a patch back pocket (also magnetic closure). On the inside of the bag there is one zipper pocket along the back of the bag and two small cloth pockets (for cell phone or cards, lippies, etc.).

I love this bag so much! It is not an exceptionally roomie bag but I have come to appreciate smaller, more structured handbags since I became a mama (if I’m toting baby stuff I put it in a diaper bag and so I prefer a small crossbody purse to schlep around my things as opposed to having two large bags to carry or one massive purse with my things and kid things mixed together) afterall, the only things I really need to carry are my phone, keys, cards and some lip products. This bag fits the bill, it is simple, elegant, classic and convenient (the magnetic closures allow for one-handed access and no zipper means my stuff won’t be falling out unbeknownst to me.)

My bag was purchased from Hudson’s Bay and the color that Mike chose for me is called iris (a medium plum color) which as a February baby (amethyst birthstone) I have always been a fan of anything purple. I have typically played it safe over the years with regards to the colors I chose for bags; with neutrals being my best friend but lately I have branched out and bought bags in persimmon, navy, and blush as well as a tri-colored bag. There are a few other versions in the Marc Jacobs Gotham City collection; the Gotham Leather Hobo, the Gotham Saddle Bag, the Gotham City Bucket Bag, the Gotham City Small Nomad Crossbody Bag, the Gotham City Wallet Bag and the Gotham Leather Tote, as well as several styles of wallet that match the design of the bags. The bags retail for $355 up to $670 CAD but there are many on sale as this collection has been out since late 2015 to early 2016. This bag collection is also available at Nordstrom, Shopbop and Farfetch.

Let me know what you think of this bag and also tell me what’s your fav gift you got for Christmas or any other holiday this year!


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