I've always been into big big bags. I don't need most of the stuff I carry around with me (like my day planner) but it never fails; the day I leave it behind is the day I need it (d'oh! My Wegmens ice cream coupons were in there!). Recently I have been seeing a lot of women with crossbodies and, truth be told, I started to get a little jealous. For one, they're small and cute (my favorite being this Marc Jacob one).
The women looked so carefree and unburdened with their tiny little purses. I want to be carefree and unburdened! There's no doubt that I need a good sized work bag. But, on my days off, I have been experimenting with small crossbodies and clutches and I like them a lot.
For one, it's less cumbersome. If you're shopping in tightly packed areas (like an antique mall) you don't have to worry about your big purse bumping into things. It also allows for freer movements. One day, after lunch, Michael and I decided to play miniature golf. Such spontaneous acts do not happen often but I was really glad I wasn't carrying my big bag like I normally do. Best of all, you can go hours without your shoulders hurting.
The only down side is that I can't carry by bottled water and I get thirsty very quickly. I'm not completely sold on crossbodies so instead of investing money into something I might never use after awhile I have been picking them up at thrift stores. My latest acquisition:
I don't know if it's patent or plastic but at $5, I don't really care. It's a beautiful bright shade of red that I absolutely love. It's actually a crossbody that I sometimes use as a clutch by tucking in the straps. It's just big enough to hold my wallet, my phone, my keys, and maybe one other small thing, like hand sanitizer or a Kind bar. It's the perfect size!