Bag of Many Colors

by jennine on August 10, 2011

For the last million years, I’ve been in perpetual search of the perfect handbag. I like bags… on other people. With me, they’re often times sad appendages, afterthoughts of an outfit. It’s not that I have any adverse feelings about them, but from thinking about them as ‘investment pieces’ getting a bag has to be something that I’m absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt in love with.

Shoes, on the other hand have been a long string turbulent relationships, the comfortable shoes I’ve treated the worst wearing them out to smithereens, the impossible ones held up on a pedestal breaking my feet each time we play. Well, like anytime I’ve ever fallen in love, when it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be, the love is packaged in a way that’s impervious to any of my emotional issues.

Sounds like we’re having a therapy session? Maybe…for the last few months, I had been contemplating taking the plunge with an “it bag” even though they’re really out of my league financially. Walking down the street with my husband, I saw the perfect bag in a window of a small boutique, MIN-K, in the East Village, multi colored, structured just right. A cheery blue that would soothe the worst mood. I walked in and asked for the bag in the window. The sales assistant told me it was from Korea, so no one could spot I got it from Zara or Topshop (not that I don’t shop there) and the price was less than a pair of shoes, so I bought it, and couldn’t be happier.

Wearing: Bag: MIN-K • Blouse: Vince • Skirt: JCrew • Shoes: Miu Miu • Necklace: Norwegian Wood • Glasses: Spex Club (gift)

Photos by Nando Alvarez

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Ashe @ Dramatis Personae August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

That REALLY is a great bag, Jennine! I can see it working really well with the clothes in your closet too…the satchel shape is really classic, but the color combination makes it unique! What a lovely piece.
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Ashe @ Dramatis Personae August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

Also- you look really great in this outfit! It’s so lovely on you.
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Lindsay August 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

Oo! I love it! Great find. I love NY for the little boutiques. Rare to find a good one with affordable pieces.
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Vyque August 10, 2011 at 10:38 am

so pretty, I can tell it makes you really happy just to carry it :)
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Pemora August 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

I thought I was the only one who had this relationship with shoes + bags. Even though i own many, i often struggle with how to wear them, what to ro, etc. Compounding that is the fact that my bags have to fight for arm space with the diaper bag…Grrrrr…..

Pam @over50feeling40 August 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

This is entire look is chic…and I have to admit my eye went first to the necklace and second to the handbag…both are great pieces. This is a color combo I love right now…just cannot get enough of the different greys and silvers…leopards….and browns…I love the way the yellow and blue pop with the whole look. Finally, I really like your background for the picture!!
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DWJ August 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

I don’t know if I’ll ever find the perfect bag, that idea is always changing and morphing into something new. I sketch so many bags, I wish I could just make them myself! Maybe one day ;) But I do love that unexpected color combination, the blue is a soothing blue.
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Megan August 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

I love that bag! Totally fits your personality! U look adorable!
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GRIT & GLAMOUR August 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

Oh, Jennine, I love the bag and the outfit! Sexy and fun. You look smashing!
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AngieMontreal August 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

I have sooo many bags, but carry the same one every day, then after a few months I switch it up and commit to a different one. I wish I had the organizational skills to change it up more, but alas…don’t think it’s going to happen.
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Kim August 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Total bag crush! Love the combo of blue & tan. Good find!
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ann August 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

i love that store … I miss the East Village!
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Kid Crafts August 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The bag goes with the shoes. Nice…
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katie August 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

That bag is indeed worthy of a gasp! I think I love it even more than the Seventy Eight Percent color blocked satchels I’ve been lusting over all summer (that’s not to say that I still don’t want a Dimitri bag from them in Elephant and Ivory).
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suzy August 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

wow. that’s all i can say. i LOVE your bag! the colors and style are perfect! so sophisticated and chic and it pops out nicely. i love your outfit as a whole (of course the shoes are my downfall) but the bag really stands out to me :)
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Sweet Harvest Moon August 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

It’s pretty!
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Dawn August 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Nice! Had you told me the colors w/out a pic wouldn’t have guessed it would look that great, luv the size too.

T. August 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Great bag!! Every blogger seems to have a satchel bag, but this one really stands out!
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monique August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

love the shoe

Jill August 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Deeply dying over this whole look, but since I am a horrible handbag addict, I have to tell you, you knocked it out of the park with this one! I love everything about it, I think you’re going to get a lot of use out of it, and now I have to go to this store! I am normally not a shoe gal but I love those Miu Miu shoes. I bought a ticket to the NYC IFB Con, I hope I get a chance to meet you.

Practical Fashionista August 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

What an awesome bag - great colours and shape! And I am loving the shoes too…

Sara August 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

It’s so nice to see someone rave about a bag that isn’t a Mulberry or a Proenza Schouler. Not that they aren’t lovely, but variety is great. Looks like you’ll get a lot of use out of this bag; the colors are lovely and the size looks perfect for toting around a day’s worth of essentials. Great find!
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Urban Jungle Fashion August 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Those Mui Mui shoes are to die for !
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melody August 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hi Jennine, I really like your style, great shoes, nice blouse, and awesome bag you have there…
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Jelena August 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

Girl u’re killing me!! Seriously I don’t know should I steal your bag first or shoes!!:Dlol U look fantastic, amazing combination!!
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Ron August 11, 2011 at 5:25 am

The bags are really cute and they are very good for stylish people. I like the combination of colors and the bag looks so awesome. I like to give my girlfriend just like this kind of bag.
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Katy August 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

Love this bag and your entire overall look here! So chic and fun!! I’m especially loving the animal print skirt and the shoes! Adorable. - Katy
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shanny August 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

Nothing feels better than purchasing something your complete head over heels in love with…even if it cost your whole pay cheque.

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Courtney August 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

Love that bag! It looks great with your outfit.
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Suzanna August 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

What a charming bag! And regarding the zapatos, I’m glad to see there is someone who can wear all those fabulous styles that are out of reach of us giraffes. I’m envious but happy to see you trotting around Manhattan looking so chic and well handbagged.

Labella Luxe August 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

Both handbag and shoes are sharp!
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TheShoeGirl August 12, 2011 at 2:30 am

You are ROCKIN those shoes! <3
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