So. Cal 20 miles from the beach
I have been using a hobo style Lucky brand bag for about 2 years now. I love the look or the brown big leather bag, but it really lacked enough pockets for my stuff . Even though it was a good size,I could not find anything in it when I wanted. I would have to constantly dump stuff out until out spilled what I was looking for.
So in my decision to be more organized I looked for this type of bag online.I just like to see what I am getting in person.. but I took a chance and I bought this one and the Merril messenger bag (which I have not used). I have been able to fit everything in here in an organized pocketed manner. Now I will have to remember where I put what.. but it stays put and doesn't end up in a big heap in a big dark bag. I know most people would not considerit as a purse but for me its about being practicle.
Because I haven't really used this type of strap around bag except back in the sixties.. I find it hard to figure which way to hang it over my shoulder? The strap bugs my neck, so I mostly just hang it over my shoulder like my old bag and that works fine for me as long as I have my hands free~! As I'm carrying a 2 yr old most the time I have been able to find my keys quickly (I store them in the outside mesh bag,which I think is for a water bottle). It has a compartment to hold your pens, lip gloss.. and Iam actually able to put my cell phone in the outside velcro pocket and find it when it rings...which is what started the search for a better bag to begin with! Aha!
I got the dark brown and love it. It even looks good after our 2 year old used a entire bottle of baby powder on it on the second day I got it. Yes I carry baby powder in it too.. or I did..
It even has a secret almost invisible zip bag compartment on the shoulder strap!!
This bag is made well, looks great but not real pretty, has room for a lot, and really is priced great in my opinion for all it has. I sew and can't imagine constructing this bag .. it is tough. I love it and has somewhat changed me,, take care .. Its long I know... Be peaceable and always speak the truth..