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.
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.