I’ve been looking for a new purse for six months. I know, #firstworldproblems and get a life and check your privilege, Carrie. But what is the deal with bags these days? Am I the only one who is on an endless quest for a not-too-big, not-too-small, not goddamn cross body bag that I can carry in my daily life? All I want is a nice, preferably leather shoulder bag that isn’t a weird color, doesn’t have studs or gigantic hardware and isn’t really cheaply made. I would take faux leather, if it doesn’t have a weird texture! I would buy it anywhere, from the thrift store to ASOS to a local boutique.

Oh yeah, and it can’t be too expensive. Sorry but $300 handbags are not in the budget of this freelance writer. A few years ago I splurged on this bag from Bali ELF, the most I’ve ever paid for a purse or bag. It’s custom-made, gorgeous and juuuuust a little bit too big to use every day, unless you want to be constantly digging for your lip balm and frantically searching for your phone while you can hear it ringing, AHEM. It’s nice for the airport, though! But it seems that these days, there’s no middle ground between teeny tiny bags that basically only fit a wallet and a phone and cavernous tote bags you can hear your voice echo inside.  For the last few months,  I’ve been using a slightly shitty medium-sized Roxy hobo bag I got at Marshall’s but it’s on its last leg.

So tell me, friends. What’s the most amazing bag you’ve ever had and where did you get it? It obviously doesn’t have to be something that’s available today. I’d love to hear about the incredible vintage bag you scored at a flea market in London or the hand-me-down kisslock purse your grandmother gave you. Let’s talk things you carry things in!

P.S. Yes, the above is the purse the teenage Carrie Bradshaw carries on The Carrie Diaries. Have you watched the show? It’s surprisingly amazing. The show is set in the 80s and features straight talk about abortion, an out teenage boy, a teenage girl following her career AND romantic dreams and of course, awesome clothes. It’s on Netfix. Go watch it, snowed-in people!

Photo: The Carrie Diaries, CW