Lately, I have really been into Marc by Marc Jacobs. I already own a few, and I really like them. The leather is nice and soft and has that "smooshy" quality I love. But, it is also thick and I don't have to worry about beating it up, like I do with my Balenciagas. I have been on a quest for a few months now for my next MbMJ purchase.
When it comes to handbags, I've owned enough in my lifetime to know what kind of bag I like and what features I look for. For me, it is the following:
- Must be big enough to carry all my shit. And let me just say, I have a lot of shit. Small bags just don't cut it!
- Pockets on the inside. When you carry a lot of stuff, easy access to your most important items (keys, wallet, phone, etc.), is essential. Preferably, there is a zipper compartment on the inside and at LEAST one additional slit pocket, but preferably two.
- Must be wide enough on the bottom so that the bag stands up on its own. I do own a few hobos, but they are not me. I am much more of a satchel and tote gal.
- Should be able to be worn as a shoulder bag or a handbag. A big plus for me when it can be both. Detachable straps are acceptable.
With that being said, I narrowed down my options to a few and shopped around for a few months:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sondra
Cute bag, love the barrel shape. Reminds me of the LV Papillon (but cuter). Detachable strap is a plus. The thing I didn't really dig is that when the long strap is being worn, the short straps droop down further than the bottom of the bag. That bugged me. Yeah, I'm that picky sometimes.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Groovee
This is probably the essential MbMJ bag, and I wanted it bad. Except that I already own a Groovee. It is a tad different from this one because it is from an older season. The leather on mine is smooth, not pebbled. Also, mine is bright green, so it just screams, "Look at me!"
Marc by Marc Jacobs City
Awesome bag -- doesn't look like anything else I own. My beef was that the base was too narrow and the bag is too tall. So, unless you have a 16" piece of cardboard inside of it at all times, you couldn't put the bag down because it would fall over. Annoying, to say the least.
After all that, I had just about given up on finding my next MbMJ when I came across the *perfect* bag!
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Hatty
Perfection! It has everything I was looking for, PLUS it is the most gorgeous shade of blue. It was waiting to greet me at my doorstep when I got home from work today and it was love at first sight. Totes loves!!! I can't wait to try this baby out! But, it won't be this week -- probably next :-)