a personal blog by erin whitlock brown


Bag Lady: F21s Studded Trim Handbag

I'm back! Did you miss me?

Feels like I'm constantly apologizing to you guys for my disappearing acts. Going forward, it's safe to say that posts will probably come only 2-3x a week until after the holidays. And even that timeframe is a little sketchy.

But you have me now. So let's get to it!

I've been searching for a new black handbag/statement bag for what seems like  an eternity months now. It's been a pretty difficult task, seeing as how I don't want to pay upwards of $300 for anything, and everything that I actually like is $800 plus. Not to mention, I don't believe in paying over $100 for "vegan" leather (yes, I'm talking to you, Zara.)

So these are the two bags that have been haunting my dreams:

Phillip Lim Pashli shark-embossed leather tote | $900


Celine Trapeze Bag | $2760

Sadly, since I'm of the working class and cannot even afford to Bag, Borrow or Steal these, I've been throwbacking it with my circa '06 French Connection oversize leather tote (let's be honest, it's really a beach bag) for months, which is so beat up that I'm not even going to embarrass myself by posting a photo of it.

Until Saturday.

Ran up on this cutie and almost squealed in-store.

Forever 21 Studded Trim Handbag | $33

Yes, it looks as amazing in this photo as it does in person. And the "vegan" leather is superb!

All for just $33 at Forever21. Might buy a second one just to be on the safe side.

Get at look at it in different lights:




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