Inspiration - Limited
I'm in love! My new pretty pretty work bag makes my heart go pitter-patter! Love love love.
Two years ago I wrote about how I'd been carrying a beat up cheap-o Target laptop bag around when I went onsite with clients. Here's what I wrote:
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.
So being a nerdy Engineer at heart - I often lug two laptops around with me plus notebooks and other crap. While I loved how lightweight the Kate Spade bag is - my heavy duty use of throwing it around airplanes with two laptops inside - meant that the strap busted off not once but twice on me in the first six months while traveling. Grr. So I reverted back to my Target bag for another year and a half.
Until I saw this pretty pretty Tory Burch tote bag online! I decided to try again at upgrading my laptop bag and after carrying this new tote for two weeks now - I totally love it. On the site it says it fits a 13" laptop but I've been putting my 19" Macbook and my 13" work Thinkpad at the same time with no problem. And it feels like a really sturdy but still not a heavy bag. So I'm hopeful that this bag will survive my abuse for a good number of years. And did I mention I think it's pretty? :)