Tuesday, August 27, 2013

outfit post: purple button down, black pencil skirt, black pumps

Inspiration - H&M

I have owned the same random Target laptop bag since the very beginning of college. (13 years - eep.) It is black and basic and well past it's expiration date. It has traveled the world with me, often carrying two laptops at a time, and after years of abuse it was really showing it's age.

Right before I went to DC for work in July I started thinking about how I was spending time, money & effort on my wardrobe to look polished & professional and yet I was lugging the Pig-pen (dirty kid from Peanuts comic) version of a laptop bag around. It had gotten so beat up & worn out that it was detracting from my overall business appropriate impression. (In my head I imagined clients thinking, "Why did this competent & professional project manager go dumpster diving for her laptop bag?") It was well past it's time to be replaced.

I decided to look into an investment priced bag considering I carried the last one for so long and when I travel (frequently) it's glued to my side the whole trip. My fashionable & great-at-deal-finding friend mentioned that if you keep an eye on Kate Spade laptop bags they go on decent sale a few times a year and when I checked Amazon I was lucky it happened to be one of those times! I bought the Kate Spade Calista laptop bag for half-off full price. Score! (Sadly, it's not on sale anymore.) And I love it. It's super lightweight, has a decent number of pockets and the inner lining is a polka-dot pattern. Too cute.

If you're interested - below are links to a few examples of handbag-like laptop bags that I think are both professional and cute. It took a little searching to find filter out the boring, utility-only ones but I think I found some good options at various price points.

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10 comments:

  1. I have a bag from Lo & Sons (http://www.loandsons.com/) It's not quite as "handbag" but more a laptop bag but if you are traveling a lot it is amazing - it has everything you'd want- slips over your carryon, has a zip pocket for flats, has huge front pocket for wallet and keys. I have both the OMG and the bigger one. I know they are slightly pricey but it's so worth it if you need a new bag! HIGHLY recommend them. They still look like new after three years of lugging around on planes. :)

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    1. I have heard great things about their bags! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. The lap top bag I use...sigh...the free one my husband received at a conference. Sad, but true.

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  3. Love the bag! I could use a more professional laptop case myself.

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  4. I've been itching to land a "real" job where I can justify buying a satchel from the Cambridge company, or similar source. I especially love the bright yellow, but that probably wouldn't be so professional:

    https://www.cambridgesatchel.com/us/buy/the-batchel/

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    1. Really cute! I love the colors! Maybe getting a fun color would just depend on your industry?

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  5. You make an excellent point. I travel all the time for work too and I've been lugging an ugly backpack around with me (that was given to me by my company, but still, not cute). I really should invest in a nice bag to have a more polished look overall.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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    1. My company gave us one too - and I tried to use it but it was HUGE. I could have fit three computers and some tennis shoes and a change of clothes. So even though it was nice - I couldn't handle lugging that ginormo thing around.

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