Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hands as bleak as begging bowls

It was a wonderful weekend.  Granted, we failed to get a house but we did fall in love with one - a bigger, clumsier one that had once been a bakery. 

Sydney shook the last scraps of winter out for us too. I rugged up and carried a big bag filled with emergency supplies. 

This is the late-winter-when-it-should-be-Spring ensemble. It includes a silk jigsaw dress, a woollen Jigsaw coat and a scarf I bought eight years ago and love more every winter and it obscures a smaller vintage silk scarf. You cant see the 4000 denier tights but you can see the tall black menacing boots I bought on eBay. And you can't miss the Balenciaga bag, which is one  of my favourite sacks. It could, were I a violent type, be useful for walloping persons who step out of line.  I hope it never comes to that. 

It's an excellent bag for hauling stuff, viz.

Exhibit A - a Coach change purse which holds a bill folder for credit cards and dozens of used train tickets, five different lip unguents, an excellent comb, my scrappy work phone, my Mensa-level personal phone, pellets of Ibufuren in case of a migraine, water, a bandanna should I be required to herd cattle and some bands to tie up my hair. Oh, and water. 

I love those articles in magazines where women spill the contents of their bags and explain the purpose of each item, especially when they have odd things, like spanners or a fish food, amongst the ubiquitous lipsticks and tissues. 

Alas, my possessions aren't so interesting:  Sunglasses. The ipod, for mystery and eliminating the chatter on trains on every morning.  Nonetheless my bag and its content did attract a small audience of interested onlookers. 


  1. At one point, I photographed the contents of my bag... and was relieved to see that almost everything had a purpose! It was so heavy... I had to peek!

    Its a gorgeous bag, especially for the "mom bag" category. And the boots are wicked!

  2. You're right Lawyerdoll: I haul a lot of junk but it all has a purpose! I'm always interested to see what we all carry around for the just-in-case moments.

  3. One of my pet hates is changing handbags as I resent the effort of scooping everything out of one bag and into another. My solution is to keep all those small items like headache tablets, allergy sprays, lipsticks etc in a small cosmetics bag which gets whipped from handbag to handbag in a jiffy. I had been known to use the same handbag for almost 2 years before figuring that one out (I hope that admission doesn't mean my RSS feed from this blog will immediately disintegrate).

    I love the silk dress with the boots.