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www.its-my-bag.co.uk This website is THE place for funky bag-a-holics like myself to be. The website sells a range of bags which are all so different and eye catching, and the ultimate accessory to have. I bought my first 'Its my Bag' bag at Christmas and this was a 'mini tote' which was just ideal for the party season, and so many people noticed and commented on my stylish small bag which happily fits a purse, phone and other vital accessories in, without being cumbersome. The Mini Tote's offered at www.its-my-bag.co.uk are currently in six designs, my personal favourites being with the one with the big fat juicy strawberry on, and the one with the cheese (parmasan!) grater on! For those of you not keen on walking round with graters on your bags, there's lovely options of beautiful scenery photos which have been excellently crafted onto the bags. My most recent purchase is the 'Sharperner' Tote bag. I LOVE this bag and it is also of the highest quality and expertley hand made. The most eye catching feature about this bag are the fabulous handles made out of a genuine tape measure - so cool. The bag has a picture of a big pencil sharpener on the side which is just different, whilst still being subtle. The Tote bags are bigger, and are great size for taking lunch and an umbrella to work in, for example. They are still not too big however that they lose their delicate nature. The Tote bags are also available in six designs (different to the Mini Tote) and designs include 'Moody Sky', 'Fluff' (looks very funky!) and 'Waves'. With the summer coming up, if you are looking for more of a beach bag, the larger still 'Oblong Tote' might be more your bag (excuse the pun!) - check out the stunning Lily design. The other types of bags offered by www.its-my-bag.co.uk are shoulder bags, envelope bags, and Triangular bags. I haven't seen any of these in the flesh, b
ut I think the Ring Pull shoulder bag may well have to be my next purchase, it looks so eye catching and could be casual or very smart depending on what else you are wearing. The envelope bags are great for travelling and such as you can wear them accross the body, great if you've got lots of other things to carry, or if clutching a handbag is just not your style. The triangular bags look so interesting and would definately be the centre of attention at any party I am sure! As the website points out, strictly speaking they are tetrahedral...but whatever their official name is, I don't think there's many such bags about! It's my Bag also offer a Commissions Service. As they say...if you have ever wished you could take your best friend to an interview with you, your boyfriend on a business trip, or your dog to a fancy restaurant...it's my bag they can make this possible - well, almost! It's my Bag will personalise any of their range with your photograph. It is not just for people and pets, but any favourite memory, scene or view that you have captured on film can be immortalised on our bags. (And they promise to send your photo back!) You can order It's My Bag bags by phone or email and I found the service thoroughly efficient and friendly. Although I had to mail a cheque as opposed to giving credit card information, this is something that I understand will be changing soon and credit and debit card orders will be possible. The prices start at £24.99 for a Mini Tote and Triangular Bag, with Shoulder Bags and Envelope Bags being £29.99, Totes being £39.99, and the Oblong Tote £46.99. You might think this sounds expensive, but believe me, it is worth the money! They are very good quality, and the designs are so quirky and cool, you will never regret the purchase. Its My Bag bags make fabulous presents and any girl would be delighted to get such a funky accessory I am sure (even if they are not so much o
f a bag queen as me!)
You know the labels; Billabong, RipCurl, O'Neill et al I like these bags in general because they are handbag-sized, but I still don't feel old enough for conventional handbags. They usually have loads of pockets for mobile phone, wallet etc. First off I had an Animal mini-rucksack. It's sort of pod-shaped and rounded and I got it in Gilesports for about £15. The usual lotsa pockets and the straps were padded and very comfy. It's still going strong but I got a new bag because the colours are a bit boring (grey and black). There's also a bigger version which is the same design but the size of a normal rucksack. Then I got a RipcurlGirl shoulderbag from a local skate/surf shop. It's beige ripstop nylon with purple trimmings and has two main section plus about five other pockets and a mobile phone pouch. I used it for taking notebooks, iPaq and everything else to college every day and all my stuff fitted in fine. The main problem with it is that when it got wet in the rain (and it rains A LOT in Swansea) the dye from the black inside lining seeps through onto the ripstop nylon and turns it a manky patch grey. The second problem was that the phone pouch didn't have any kind of fastening and was on the outside of the bag. This led to my phone being stolen when I was at a busy tradeshow. Fair enough it was my own fault for putting it in there but it's a bit of a design fault with the bag in my opinion. I also had a RipcurlCurl wallet which again was very fuctional and did everything I wanted but the zip broke on it after two weeks. After this I won't be buying Ripcurl accessories again as I think it looks nice but is too badly made. I may buy some of their clothes though if I like any of them because I'm not too hard on clothes. At the moment I'm using a grey and orange Billabong shoulderbag. It's got a main section, a front pocket, places to put money and cards
and a phone pocket on the side fastened with velcro. It's made of strong webbing the same as on expensive rucksacks and is slightly smaller than I would really like but it's very good quality and suits me fine while I am on vacation from college and is well worth the £20 I paid for it. I'd definitely buy Billabong accessories again and I'm going to get some of their clothes when I've got some money.
Hello! I've got a JanSport bag - it's very nice! Black with a brown suedey bit at the bottom! I got it from Legends, which is a shop that specializes in surf and boardwear stuff for £15. To be honest, I didn't expect it to last longer than a school year, but it has already lasted 3 years - much better than bags by Umbro etc. It came with a 30-year guarantee which is good, although I haven't yet seen the need for it! I use it for various things, including school, paper-rounds, bike rides and more - cept this probably doesn't interest you so i'll shut up about that now. It is comfortable, and simple. It comes with a pouch at the front, which is good for small, important things. It zips up ALL around the bag, rather than a tiny opening at the top, so you can fit anything and everything in it, within reason! It has funny little pully-taggy things on it which are multi-coloured - these are a bit strange but that doesn't matter! Overall, it's a top-quality bag at a low price! Make sure this is the next bag you buy!
I confess, I'm a bag lady! I mean to say, I own at least six bags that are in new condition and a cupboard full of old ones that I can't throw away. There are leather ones (my favourite), cloth ones, plastic ones, canvass and even straw! How many bags do you own? Go on, be truthful. How many of those are old and no longer fashionable, or just plain worn out? You can't have too many bags. There are so many different types and styles. Utility bags are a must and then there's the fashion sort and the formal sort and then you have to have all those different colours. Below you will find a definitive guide to bags as fashion accessories and essentials. RUCKSACKS AND BACKPACKS: These come in many different sizes and colours and are perfect for cramming loads of stuff into. Ideal for camping trips, walking holidays, weekends and moving digs. The most important thing about these is to make sure you don't get one that will be too heavy to carry when its full! ( I speak from experience.) The other thing to consider is whether its important to your street cred that you have the right logo on your bag. This can make all the difference when it comes to price. A4 SIZED BAG WITH SHOULDER STRAP: Ideal for all your pens, pencils, pads, files, etc. You can also keep your makeup, cash, credit cards, etc safe in here. Get one with a seperate zip pocket for your cash and cards. It makes life so much easier. I don't think image is so important here as this a distinctly practical item. I opted for plain black with a few silvery studs. However, if you have an image to maintain you will have to do a lot of searching around to find something this practical with a designer tag. A GOOD SIZED HOLDALL: This is a must as its so easy to pack if you want to take off to the sun, or snow! Get a good strong one with decent zips. I actually managed to find one with zips that you can lock. This
is perfect when travelling abroad. Mine only cost me £9.99 and its made of very strong nylon and cotton. It actually looks much more expensive as it is dark green with brown trims and strap. (This actually came from a market.) STANDARD HANDBAGS: You can't ever have too many of these. You needs formal ones, fun ones, club type ones and of course you need lots of colours and textures. most of the bags in my collection fall in this category. The above types of bag are what I find most useful but the serious bag lady can find a whole range of utility bags to collect. There are shoe bags, peg bags, lavendar bags, sports bags and even teabags (LOL) for the avid collector. WHERE TO BUY: Kookai is my favourite place but i can't afford it in here very often. River Island have a good range but it depends very much on the season. Last summer they had lots of straw and canvas ones in and they aren't really suitable if you like a more formal style of bag. C&A were one of my favourites but, alas, they are no more! Salisburys have a good range but these are mostly suitable for older women even though they do try to make themselves look trendy. Dolcis always have the latest fashion bags and shoes to match. If I am looking for shoes and bag for a special ocassion I always go here. Finally, don't forget to look round in markets. You won't get designer labels (not often anyway) but you might just be lucky.
Being a closet fantasist, my bum bag conjures up dreams of striding across dusty plains, and facing off the Chief Bad Guy, Jack Pallance, squinting my eyes against the desert sand and gripping a small cigar in my teeth. Every time I put my bum bag on I strap on a holster in my head, and can almost taste that cheap bourbon swilling against my teeth. My first bum-bag was a bright red nylon affair, bought to carry gallons of loose change in when I did my Betterware round. I felt more like a renegade window cleaner than a hired gun. What with that and the bright red shopping trolley I used to haul my catalogues around in, the image was more bag lady than bag man. I lost the devil's bum bag when I stopped my Betterware round, having grown weary of rancid pensioners front rooms and flicking the rainwater off catalogues on damp door steps. I went back to my trusty black leather shoulder bag for a while, but even I had to admit it had seen better days, especially when pulling dog-eared bits of green cardboard from its rarely cleaned out interior instead of my purse. That was still better than its predecessor, chosen purely on the strength of its bucket-like shape, and the fact that it could hold twelve cans of lager unobtrusively enough to smuggle into pubs and clubs. Its unasked for bootlegging role was the reason for its replacement with the exorcist-like green cardboard vomiter after I developed a right shoulder like a weight-lifter, and its strap snapped suddenly one night under the strain of a full load of illicit booze. Another factor may have been my pulling out a rotting banana whilst scrabbling for my cigarettes one night in the pub. It was a very deep bag, and things tended to get lost after enough bus tickets had been thrown in there. I retrieved the red bum bag from the back of the shoe cupboard a few weeks ago, and realised that I could never go back to wearing a shoulder bag. No more walking around town,
worried about teenage muggers grabbing the strap and making off with my hard earned cash, no more getting it caught embarrassingly on door handles. No more finding odd things in the recesses. The problem with the red bum bag was that it lacked a certain je ne sais quois. Coupled with my lack of a light jacket, leading to me resorting to wearing the anorak my stylistically challenged partner wears for cleaning the car, the red bum bag was only ever a temporary solution. Walking through town this week I caught a glimpse of a woman of ample proportions, wearing a grubby beige anorak several sizes too big, and with some sort of red pouch dangling from her already generous stomach. Rummaging through my bum bag for some change to give to this unfortunate creature, surely in need of a bath and a square meal, I noticed that she mirrored my every move. The penny dropped, and I rushed off to a clothes shop to buy a smart coat (Bon Marche, black wool, furry collar, short fitted jacket, £34.99), and then to the posh luggage shop. They had a selection of bum bags, including the one I bought. It is made of soft black leather, and was beautifully made in the US under the Navajo label. It cost £24.99, a lot of money for a bum bag perhaps, but should last me for years. Now I stride around town and country with my head held high, my bum bag slung on my right hip like a holster, no longer worried about muggers or aberrant door handles.