For years and years I never carried a purse. They were bulky and annoying and why would I burden myself with that? When the kids were small I carried a diaper bag and that further cemented my distaste for large, heavy bags. After I no longer carried a diaper bag around I opted for my usual wallet only routine. At some point I got a little sloppy with my wallet. My wallets were never enclosed so when I put a receipt in there it would fold out and around the wallet edges. Add several hundred receipts and ~voila~ my wallet looked like an accountants desk at tax time.
At some point a few years ago I decided I would carry a purse. A small, fit-my-wallet-and-keys-and-possibly-a-mint-or-two kind of purse. And, if I was only going to carry around one purse I needed it to "go" with my entire wardrobe. Brown it was. I've been carrying around a brownish purse for some time. Yet, over the past year or so, I've started looking around at other purses. I see cute pink purses, orange purses, red purses. I don't like the ultra slouchy purses no matter the color, but a largish purse would fit my frame nicely and a bright color would make me all kinds of happy.
I've started having purse envy. The problem with this new-found lust for a portable life carrier is that purses cost money. I often find myself at the mall, walking around JCPenney (they tend to have some really great sales), looking at the purses, and though they are on sale for $20 or so I just cannot bring myself to spend that kind of money on a fashion item. I mean, I don't tend to spend that much on a pair of pants. Purses are not a ~NEED~! Are they?
I went to a purse party last night held at a super cute boutique store in Lehi (who knew?) and took my daughter with me. We perused the little store and were eyeing all kinds of loveliness. Purses of all colors, soft salmon, bright orange, the perfect red. A few gorgeous greens.
Problem: All purses ran in the range of $100. No-Can-Do! I came this close to calling H. and asking for a budget, hoping he would be his usual super-nice self and tell me to buy whatever I wanted (probably knowing deep down that there was no way I would decide to add a pricey little number like that to my wardrobe).
Instead I bought S a cute little pair of earrings ($10) and myself a ring for 8.50. Don't get me wrong, my ring is super, duper cute. I love it. It is a little cream-colored open rose on a sterling silver base. You don't actually see the base, it just looks like the ring is sitting atop my hand, adorning me with femininity and floral loveliness. Thank goodness the item in the store I thought was the ultra-cutest was also the cheapest! And my ring looks so nice with my fingers painted a deep wine color. I do have to wait for the ring to get shipped to me because they were out of my size...Boo!...but I am now awaiting my new arrival with great anticipation as I look at my ugly brown plastic-ey purse that still holds my wallet, keys, and a few mints.