Looking in All the Wrong Places

My purse is my home away from home. (My “mobile” home?) And like a home it needs to be the right size, have the right number of spaces in the right place and be energy-efficient.

I’ve previously chronicled the seemingly lifelong quest for the perfect purse, so I won’t repeat that lament.

I’ve sought “purses” in accessories departments (obviously), luggage stores, craft stores (the totes might be suitable but they’re usually flowery), computer stores–in fact this one, a Liz Claiborne laptop case that I got half price (and it didn’t wear well) now stores my old laptop. But I hauled it around England as a purse/carry-on/snack bag.


Too big, too wide, too heavy.

Too big, too wide, too heavy.

Other failures:

Really nice, lots of pockets, but not big enough inside.

Really nice, lots of pockets, but not big enough inside.


Plenty big, no pockets.

Plenty big, no pockets.

Nice souvenir, big enough but too floppy.

Nice souvenir, big enough but too floppy.







Finally, success!

The quest is over!

The quest is over!

Size: big but not too big; microfiber so it’s not too heavy and it’ll be easy to clean. It’s attractive.

Pockets: One large enough for both sunglasses and my tiny umbrella, so I’m good for all weather; its mate on the other end holds a large water bottle.


Front pockets include three small ones, one for my phone, one for wipes, tissues and other emergency supplies; one for notebook, pens, biz cards etc.


Other side a big pocket for a book or magazine.


Inside: Pockets for pills, phone charger and ear buds, meds, snack, sunscreen, hairbrush. Oh, and room for my wallet.


Wait, there’s more: what I call an “outrigger,” a small detachable bag for when I want to leave the purse behind and just take a few items.


Extra bonus: a small waterproof pad. I think I’ll leave it in the car for sitting on damp ground.


Can you guess where I got this miracle of design? A picture in a Target ad caught my eye. “Wow,” I thought. “That looks like it would work.” And it was on sale!

My husband calls it my baby bag. At least it’s not a Gerber brand diaper bag. I finally found the right department: Infants.




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