Thank goodness September is over because it’s probably my least favorite month. It’s not only the month when the most alarming, gigantic spiders come out to terrify and bring my nightmares to life, but it’s also when Southern California gets the most oppressive of sweltering heat waves. Getting dressed in that heat was a chore, so I didn’t really do it, and I didn’t want to waste any of your precious blog-reading time with endless posts of me in cuff-offs and cotton tees, so I stayed off the internets for a bit.
But one bright spot is I think all that lazy dressing brought me to my latest style obsession…going handbag-less.
It all started with an evening spent at Dave and Busters, which if you don’t know, is a restaurant/sports bar/adult arcade. The new lazy dresser in me really didn’t feel like lugging a handbag around, juggling it on my shoulder while I lay out some mad air hockey skills. Instead, I tossed on a blazer, filled the pockets with only the essentials, and headed out the door. And you know what? It was glorious! I felt so light and unencumbered the entire night, and also keenly aware of just how annoying it is to carry a handbag around as I watched other ladies shifting weighty bags from shoulder to shoulder, and searching for safe, beer-free places to rest them while they got their Pac-Man on.
So now, I’ve been adopting a much more handbag-less lifestyle, and it’s been great! My current essentials include a small card wallet with only my ID, a little cash, and my most used credit cards, my keys, my phone, and a small external battery pack because my phone battery has been acting a fool lately. It’s amazing how much junk I lugged around on a daily basis, that I rarely or never used. Of course, I still carry a handbag when I feel like it, but I’m very much enjoying just tossing my stuff into some blazer pockets and traveling light.
My favorite blazers to wear for going bagless, you ask? J.Crew of course! All those hidden inside pockets make nifty work of storing your stuff.
PSA: Shopbop has a promo going on right now where you can get 25% off a purchase up to $500, and 30% off a purchase of $500 or more with code MAINEVENT16. My picks include this great dark green suede moto jacket I’ve been wearing non-stop, my favorite Rag & Bone ankle booties, and the cutest stripe tee “with a twist”.
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Blazer J.Crew (similar & similar)
Jeans Banana Republic (old)
Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti
Watch Larsson and Jennings (similar)
Belt Linea Pelle
Jewelry Downtown LA, vintage, Catbird
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