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The black leather handbag that takes me everywhere

Updated on June 19, 2015

When I was last looking for a good and serviceable handbag, I had several important criteria and the bag that you see here fits the bill perfectly. My first consideration was - I admit - looks. I needed something that would look good when I'm in business meetings but would also work for more casual use.

As soon I saw this, I loved the design and it fitted the appearance requirements exactly,particularly because it has a detachable shoulder strap; that makes it great for travelling.

But I also needed a bag that would hold a whole lot of stuff - I have no idea how women manage with those tiny clutches today.

You see, to me the well-equipped purse should hold everything for just about every eventuality. If you know that you have everything with you, then you'll never have that panicky 'what have I forgotten' moment.

So something with plenty of room was required but nothing to big and cumbersome to carry around. (In other words, the handbag version of Dr Who's Tardis). I like to know that I've got everything to hand. I think that's because life can be so unexpected sometimes.

This comes in two sizes and, believe it or not, I have the smaller one of the two but I promise you that I can go away for a weekend with just this bag. (Yes, I have a secret packing method that I'll be writing about soon and linking here).

And whether you're going on a business trip, a beach getaway for a few days or a city break, once this bag is properly packed, it's all I need.

I love the black because it goes with absolutely everything but it's also available in a natural brown, a deep red and a luxuriously rich burgundy.

What's in My Bag.



  • Make up bag containing lipstick, powder, mascara, eye shadow palette and perfume.
  • Bracelets and a coordinating necklace in the colors I wear most, just in case I suddenly need to be more 'dressy'.
  • Passport (you never know!), emery board, sewing kit, hair scrunchy, mini-moisturizer, deodorant. (That black round thing is a folding hairbrush with mirror. Very useful).
  • The dongle thingy that make my phone into a credit card machine. If someone wants to give me a deposit for work, I want to be prepared!
  • Multi-purpose cloth - sometimes a face flannel but the one pictured is actually on of those Swiffer sheets. You never know when you'll have to wipe up a mess or clean something.
  • Wallet with ID cards, money, small pen.
  • Sunglasses. Not shown are my keys and my absolutely essential must-take-everywhere item - the phone (I was taking the photograph with it).
As long as I these items, I have all I need. Did I forget anything? Let me know below.

Sally Girl Folding Pop-Up Travel Brush
Sally Girl Folding Pop-Up Travel Brush

I love this. The hairbrush and the mirror fold into a compact circle, the size of a very small hamburger bun. It takes up hardly any room and I can brush my hair at any time. The mirror is handy for checking or applying makeup - it's just the right size for the job.


Travelling light

I use this bag as my everyday handbag - going to the grocery store, attending meetings, it's in use every day. So you can tell that it's not large or heavy.

But I can also go away for a long weekend - or even longer - using just this one bag.

How? See the link below.

Click right here.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson


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    • Zodiacimmortal profile image


      5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I also carry a deo in my purse (usually always during the summer) I don't have a separate make up back I throw any make up type items (I don't wear it often) in the back zipper of my bag as well as nail clippers (in case one of my nails break) 4 in 1 nail file/buffer, toothpick, some candies & other assortd little items (which I think is what makes the bag heavy as if you look at what I keep other than that it's not much) Keys, always a pen pocket notebook or journal (I write a lot) and a reading book

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Mobley5: Thank you so much! It really is a lovely bag and so versatile.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens (lovely handbag!). This lens format really works.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Blessed Liez: Me too but this one is my favorite. :) Thanks!

    • Blessed Liez profile image

      Kareen Liez 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      This is a better format for Squidoo lenses. It looked really great and a lot easier for reading. And you also did great with your lens. I have a handbag collection!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      6 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DuaneJ: Thank you Duane - I appreciate it!

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      Cool format and you did great with it....even though I'm not into handbags, the focus kept my attention.


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