January 22, 2008

Corinna Corinna

I've been looking for a good black handbag that I can fit all my junk in, but that is also easy to carry around all day (meaning it has a shoulder strap). If I was made of money I'd probably buy this one:

It's the Chain hobo bag by Gucci and it's beautiful. It also costs twice what I paid for my first car and since we don't have a money tree growing in our backyard it will probably never live in my closet.

At one time I had big dreams for this bag. My friend Amy went on Identity last Spring and I, along with her husband and our friend Mark, were there to appear on the show as her support team and help her win the cash - 100 grand to be exact. I told her all I wanted for spending two days in a 12 x 12 secluded dressing room was this bag (and a nice vacation to some exotic island), but that didn't quite pan out...I don't think that game show is coming back by the way, and for good reason - she was robbed, I tell you. Robbed!

Anyway, I spotted a version of this Anna Corinna bag in an issue of Real Simple while at the hair salon today and discovered that Blue Bee in Santa Barbara sells it in black. It's a nice leather bag, the same size as the Gooch and about 1/4 the price. You can fill it full and carry it by the hand straps, or fold it over and use the shoulder strap.

I could save up for this one and it wouldn't take me two years. Plus, for a bag I am going to use on a daily basis and have for a long time I think it's worth the investment. A handbag is one wardrobe piece where Quality, not Quantity applies for me. I'd rather have two nice handbags than 10 adding up to the same cost.

OR, maybe this could be my push present. I'm not really serious about that, but have you heard of this? Have you or any of your friends received a gift for carrying and delivering a child? This was complete news to me, but apparently it has become quite popular. Tell me your stories - I'm so curious!

12 comments:

Christa said...

That's a good bag. I like it better than the iconic Gucci situation. Maybe that's because I'm living in Scottsdale and everyone I see w/ that bag has no taste.

Leslie said...

cute bag, but honestly haven't used a person since the "baby" arrived. Its me + diaper bag = always. So pick a cute diaper bag.

I got a pushing present, sort of. We joked that it was that...
I got a day at a spa a month after I delivered and I didn't even push it was a c-sec for me.... he's a good man!
And after a month, I needed it. Really really needed it.

Leslie said...

not a person... a purse.. wow.. Im tired.

leslie said...

i thought i had heard it all but a "push present" yikes! i think that the greatest gift for us it being able to feel the baby 24/7 during the whole pregnancy, something the dads don't get. my husband brought me flowers after our first baby, a total surprise and super thoughtful. after our second baby i was just so happy he was taking care of our other daughter, dogs, cats and keeping the house clean while i recovered!
oh and get yourself a really fabulous diaper bag (or any large bag will work) because you can use it for more this baby (and the next one if you decide to do that) and i use mine now for weekend getaways... whew, long comment!

leslie said...

oh i forgot to say that (being an ultrasound tech) i see a lot of pregnant women. women of certain cultures have told me that the more complaining and whining a pregnant woman does during pregnancy, the more stuff her husband will give her (and the more sympathy from the mother in law and other relatives) doesnt sound like such a modern idea to me, but it works for some i guess! i would be afraid my husband would just get burnt out before the baby even arrives!

:)

Bridgett said...

I never got a push present and think the whole thing's a little odd.

I've never carried a purse but believe me when you've got a diaper bag and all the 'baby crap' you won't want an extra bag. I would look for a purse that has a separate compartment that would double as a diaper bag, or just plan to use your diaper bag as a purse for a while-- and save up your money for another treat for yourself.

raya said...

Thanks for all the advice on diaper bags and purses. Though I have to say all this talk about not carrying purse does not thrill me. Is that really how it is? I have so much to learn.

Katherine said...

i'm not sure about the whole "push present" situation... BUT i will tell you the best thing you can do for yourself is to find a good quality large handbag (the corinna is perfect) that you can carry your things and the baby's things in. i'm all for being prepared, but you do not need to bring every baby-related item you own with you when you leave the house, and a giant diaper bag is just one more thing to deal with when the sleep deprivation/wacky hormone combo has already turned your brain to mush. good luck!

raya said...

Katherine I love that idea. I agree it would be nice to have a bag you can just toss in a change of clothes and a diaper or two for quick outings. Good plan : )

Jessica said...

love the bottom bag a lot, looks like it would hold everything which is so important.

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Anonymous said...

well, i'm going to weigh in here too! you definitely need a big bag with a lot of pockets. diaper bag or not, as long as it is large with pockets. you need this because you will need to bring things with you wherever you go. things like diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, your baby carrying contraption, toys, snacks, bottles, books, your wallet, your keys, your cell phone, you lipstick, etc. a dry clothed and diapered, well fed and entertained baby is a happy baby. better to be prepared. however, if you're just running into the grocery store, you don't need all that in the store with you, so it is also good to have a small bag inside your big bag in which to put the things you will need on a short errand into the grocery store or whatever.

i had not heard of a pushing present, but i think that if you start your career of motherhood with the expectation that you DESERVE some THING for all your hard work and sacrifice you are setting yourself up for discontent. a happy mother is one who finds reward in the gifts God has built into motherhood. there is nothing wrong with gifts of appreciation. there can be something wrong with a sense of entitlement regarding gifts.

shannon said...

Don't despair Raya,
I have two children and I still carry a handbag.! You don't need all that much stuff when you go out and a lot of it can fit under your pram. We just had this really handy diaper envelope thing that is a change pad and has pockets for diapers and wipes. it was one of the handiest things n my world when the babies came along.