Thursday, January 17, 2013

Marianne: Clare Vivier Messenger Bag

This is not a super exciting outfit. It's a lot of black, under the field jacket you've seen me wear one hundred times before, with a scarf thrown in for good measure.

Oh! But I am wearing my new Frye Veronica Short Boots, which I have been wearing almost nonstop and let me tell you, I am not really sure how I've made it so long without a pair of short moto boots. I kind of can't stop wearing them, they are so comfortable and stompy and just tough enough, but I can still wear them to work. Perfection.

But enough about boots (is there such thing as talking enough about boots?), in my handbag trifecta post I mentioned that I got a new bag. And you know we love new bag day around here. Over the holidays I was given a gift card and decided I'd use it to splurge on a new bag. I have been admiring the Clare Vivier messenger bag for a while, it seemed roomy, but lightweight, and I've been itching for a navy bag. I will be honest and say that I didn't think they are worth the $363 retail price, so I've been watching eBay and keeping an eye peeled for a discount code.

So, when I found a 30% off and free shipping code from a really random website, I took the plunge. That was an over $100 discount, and I knew from my eBay research that these bags are selling for over $300 used on eBay, so if I didn't love it I could make money on it. Crafty. I'll admit that when I first got it, I was unsure. It didn't seem as big as I had hoped and it's so slouchy there is no shape to it.

However, after a week of carrying this bag, I've kind of fallen in love with it. It holds a ton of stuff, without ever looking ridiculously huge. It is so butter soft that I can't stop touching it, and I love the touches of gold in the hardware. Because it's not lined, it's really light, and I just added a pouch on the inside for smaller essentials.

I think it's one of those things that will just look better with age. It's simple, a great color, and fabulous leather, and it's quickly becoming my favorite bag. Just like that.
So what do you think about my new purchase?

top: Old Navy Maternity (similar here and non-maternity version here)
pants: Paige Union Corduroy Jegging- on sale! (similar non-maternity corduroy jegging for < $30)
jacket: Doki Geki (high end similar here and inexpensive similar here)
boots: Frye Veronica Short Boot (less expensive similar here)
locket: House of Harlow Medallion Locket
scarf: Fred Flare Zebra Crossing Scarf
bag: Clare Vivier Messenger Bag (another cute leather messenger for under $200)


  1. That is a gorgeous bag! I have a Clare Vivier travel bag (it looks very similar to yours, except much larger and a camel color) that I got on a great sale from Anthropologie last Christmas. It might be my best sale purchase to date.
    I love the navy color of yours, and the slouchiness.

    I have a bag-related yet off-topic question for you: as an almost-first time mom (due in 3 weeks), what do you recommend for a diaper bag? I don't see myself carrying a purse and a diaper bag, so I'm thinking that I'd like one large satchel-type bag that can fit my personal stuff (wallet, phone, small cosmetics bag) plus all the junk for the baby. Suggestions? I love your style, maternity and non-maternity, so I thought you'd have great ideas. Thanks so much!

    1. Aw, thank you! And congratulations on the baby-to-be. As far as diaper bags, I am still considering this Baggu backpack:
      It's cute, and lightweight, and I'm due in June so it seems summery and appealing. And my husband won't be embarrassed to carry it, either. I'll probably pop a clutch into it with my stuff.

    2. Thanks so much for the super fast reply... that's a really cute bag. And the backpack style (hands free!) is a really good idea. Thanks for the suggestion!

      I am loving the Trifecta series. You two are my favorite bloggers!

    3. You're welcome! I like how inexpensive the backpack is. I also really like the under $200 messenger I linked to above. The pockets are nice and it's a good size, but I'm probably not spending that much for a diaper bag. Let me know what you end up with and good luck!

    4. Diaper bags (plz note my extensive knowledge and understanding of the American language) from Elodie, SkipHop and OiOi are very popular over here - I had a friend who had a supercute bag in green corduroy that looked just like a normal bag, and she had it mostly for herself. It just had extra pockets.

    5. Thank you for all the brand suggestions, bani! Sorry to derail the topic from beautiful bags to bags you put gross things inside :) I'll investigate the options and report back!

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