I’m obsessed with large everyday clutches. Some women find them cumbersome or are afraid they are going to lose them, but the trick for me is just to never put it down. I always tuck it under my arm if I need both my hands and usually this works just fine.
I saw this Zara tote online and I actually did not know it could be used as a clutch. I thought it was just a tote with an optional cross-body strap. I loved the color and so I went ahead and ordered it. It wasn’t until I was playing around with the bag did I realize it was also a clutch! I took a look at this straps on the side of the bag and thought it was such a weird placement for straps, what could possibly be its purpose?? Then I realized itwas very similar as my 3.1 Philip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch. Eureka! If I was unsure about keeping this bag before, I am certainly not now!
I have been obsessed with finding a leather vest since winter. I really didn’t want to spend a fortune, but I did want it to be real leather. I finally found my match with this Danier vest that I had been stalking since I saw it in one of their stores. I wish the hardware was silver, but I’m fine with gold as well. It’s quite “biker-ish”, and if I’m not careful to mix up the textures I look as if I’m about to hop on to my Harley. It’s great with my new silk pants, though!
Finally, I have gotten around to writing a full review on my beloved 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel per reader request. Truthfully, I never really considered writing a review on this because I didn’t think anyone was all that interested, plus Elle does a pretty good job of it here. But I supposed, everyone loves to read as many opinions on something as they can, so here is my take. I fell in love with this bag quite a few years ago. I don’t have a whole lot of disposable income (thank you, student loans!), so I am very selective when it comes to splurging on items. I generally allow myself one big purchase per year, usually, for my birthday. My birthday is in November, so I have had this bag long enough to write a good review on it.
Size: I have the full-size satchel and it’s big. And I like it that way even on my small 5’1 frame. I’m not a huge fan of small bags, I’m of the belief that I should “go big, or go home”. Measured it is: 15″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″.
The vertical zipper is functional giving a little more room at the top, if necessary. Personally, I don’t need that much space.
There is a 5″ drop from the top of the bag to the handstrap. The hand strap is not long enough to wear comfortably over the shoulder like a tote:
I have the ability to do it, because my arms are the size of toothpicks, butit isn’t all that comfortable. Personally, when I’m carrying a lot of heavy stuff, I like to use a tote. This bag on it’s own is kind of on the heavy side. It’s fine for me because I’m used to heavy bags, however, when I start tossing things in there like, an umbrella and a lunch (which for me is usually in a glass container), this thing gets crazy heavy for a daily commute that involves a bit of walking. For that reason, I generally only carry this bag when I’m not carrying a lunch. Actual weight empty is about 2 lbs according to several websites, although I did not weigh this myself. It does come with an adjustable cross-body strap but I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to cross body bags, as they they tend to hurt my shoulder. I didn’t measure, but if you refer to retail websites, they say the strap measures 19″ to 23″. It also has a little clasp around the handstraps, which is a nice detail. I rarely use it, but it’s nice to have that option when you set the bag down.
Quality: This shark-embossed leather is extremely durable and resists scratches. At first, I thought I had wanted the smooth leather, but I realized it was too hard to keep scratch-free so I opted for the textured version, and I don’t regret it. The bottom, like most other bags will sink if too many things are carried, so I put in two pieces of cardboard in the bottom to hold its shape. Also, when storing, if you don’t hang the bag, the sides will have a tendency to sink over time despite being a made of a very thick cowhide leather. It is also fully lined, with what appears to be a reasonably thick polyester-like material. Overall it’s very sturdy, however, I will mention the closure is prone to scratches, which is probably not a surprise. Also the ability to close it can be a bit annoying for some. For me, I don’t really care if I can’t shut it in a snap. If you line up the clasp properly it close very easily, but sometimes you do have to fumble around with it, particularly if the bag is mostly empty.
Look: As I mentioned, I love the look of this bag. It’s a great size for me, and it’s both work appropriate and has a bit of edge, as well. The inside is also black, so it’s not always the easiest find things inside. It has one small zipper pocket inside where I can fit my train and work passes. Is it classic? It depends on your style, I suppose. I do not purchase handbags that often, and I do see myself using this for years to come. I’ve always loved a minimal and edgy look and I don’t think that will ever change. It is still also sells out on many websites season after season, so its popularity doesn’t seem to waning.
Overall: I’m very happy. I do wish I was able to carry it more often but I am unable due to its weight with all my daily “junk”, but I still love it. If you would like to buy one, check it out below. 3.1 Philip Lim comes out with awesome variations every season. Some more photos for good measure: