I Want This + Vanity + Wearables

Bag lust.

I can’t stop thinking about this bag. I keep going back to look at it again and again. Want, want, want, want, want. Unfortunately, even with the sale price and a discount code, it’s still $353.28, which is about $303.28 more than I should even be thinking about spending on anything right now. Sigh.

Thanks. I just needed to get that out of my system. I LOVE YOU, WOMEN’S SLOUCHY PERFORATED LEATHER ZIP HOLDALL! Someday, somewhere, somehow, I know we’ll be together. If only in our dreams.

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  • Reply Adam November 12, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    It is a beautiful bag but I totally understand about the money thing. I need to buy a new car.

  • Reply Audrie November 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Oh lord that is pretty. I do the same thing… go back and pet the object of my affection with my eyes.

  • Reply alex sunday November 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    hey, i need to buy a new car too. the cars i point out to my partner are about $90K more than our budget. luckily he does the same thing. 🙂
    very very beautiful bag. hmm, now you’ve got me thinking that i need a new one.

  • Reply Jess (the wife of an artist) November 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Orla Kiely’s leather bags are divine!

  • Reply Ana November 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    It’s pretty but SO expensive and huge! Would you use it as a purse or an overnight bag?

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 12, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Both, Ana! I carry a ridiculous amount of things back and forth to work every day.

  • Reply Cassie November 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    On a totally unrelated note, did you see the roundup of string shelves at Dos Family?

  • Reply Marc November 13, 2009 at 1:16 am

    That bag would turn you into a hunchback…you’re better off without it! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle November 13, 2009 at 1:59 am

    cute or not, why is that bag originally close to $800?! she’s got some great stuff, don’t get me wrong, but the prices are outrageous! i’d admit, i’d rather be carrying that around than a coach, so i guess the money would be worth it? my bank account shivers seeing the prices on her merchandise, though. heehee.

  • Reply Elle November 13, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Oh, man! Now I want it too!!!

  • Reply down pillow November 13, 2009 at 2:52 am

    That is a great bag – I understand why you love it so much. Unfortunately, lots of us are in the same boat right now – lots of wants, but not enough funds 🙁

  • Reply elaine November 13, 2009 at 5:46 am

    But it’s leather? somehow, I didn’t think that would appeal to you?

  • Reply Anna at D16 November 13, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Michelle: Orla’s leather bags are extraordinarily well-made. I have a half-leather one already (bought on eBay!), and it’s the best quality bag I own. I stuff it full of heavy things every day, drag it on the train, zip and unzip a million times, etc., and it still looks great.

    I know it seems like a lot of money, but I’m VERY hard on my bags and shoes, and I almost always regret going the cheap route with either of these things. Expensive bags and shoes can be repaired, too — just yesterday I had my $500 Frye boots (again, bought on eBay for WAY less than that, though!) re-soled with new leather as the old had worn through. $65 dollars later, it’s like having a new pair of boots. I’ll have them for years and years and years.

    elaine: Even when I was a strict vegetarian, I still bought leather shoes and bags!

  • Reply Jodie Chapman Photog November 13, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Get it, Anna! I own several Orla bags and they are fantastically well made. Tell you what, save your money and grab a plane to London next Christmas and pick it up at a sample sale for $100. That’s how I feed my Orla addiction. I’ll even give you a room to stay! Orla is fantastic. Sigh. Oh…just get it. 🙂

  • Reply Danielle November 13, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I have the same saddess when it comes to Kate Spade. I always leave the store with glassy eyes. Be strong! We’ll get through this!

  • Reply Lori November 13, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I would say to save up for that bad boy. 🙂 It really would last forever! Maybe if you divided the cost by how many years of use you will get, it would’t seem so pricey. Or maybe ask for gift cards for Christmas. Or… Can you tell I totally get your bag obsession??? LOL

  • Reply ahj November 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Think about it a bit more, and then go for it, I say. If something sticks with you that much, there’s a good reason.


  • Reply jennifer in sf November 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Oh Orla. How you taunt us! If you happen to see a Crayon Forest Print Tote in your dreams as well, say hi to it for me.

  • Reply Dan November 14, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Just thought you might want to know that all of the Alexander Girard stuff at Urban Outfitters is one sale! Picked up a “rain cut out” duvet for 30 bucks!

  • Reply Amy November 14, 2009 at 10:32 am

    That’s actually not a bad price for a bag, esp. one you’re going to use constantly. I say go for it 🙂

  • Reply lindsay November 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I don’t have $300 to spend on a bag right now either…but if I did, I’d rather spend $300 on one (discounted) quality item, than $100 on 3 mediocre bags…That one looks extremely versatile, and I’m sure the leather will age beautifully. Perhaps santa reads your blog???

  • Reply j November 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    gilt.com is having orla items on tuesday in the “gilt fuse” section. the items are posted at noon and go fast.
    hopefully this bag may be on it … or another you may like.
    let me know if you need an invitation to join (not sure if that’s still how you become a member)
    good luck!

  • Reply Anna November 15, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Oooohhh the lure of Orla. My friend got a bag recently and we organised a girls evening round at hers just to admire it.

    I would go against the grain and say if you can’t afford it, don’t get it. Not something that I manage to follow through personally most of the time, but it feels like sensible advice!

    I have an Orla doormat that my two new kittens have destroyed in a matter of weeks and I’m trying to be brave and not get devastated over it……….

  • Reply Lisa November 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Anna, bag lust is HARD to get over! I’ve been there, be strong!

  • Reply Deb November 16, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Oh goodness! Did you HAVE to post that?! Now I have bag lust too!


  • Reply Vanilla Press November 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Now that IS a beautiful bag!

  • Reply Sarah November 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

    100% unrelated to this fabulous bag… Do you know of any websites or stores in/ near Orange County where I could find some fabric similar to the quality and design of the fabric @ Ikea? I’d rather not have to drive down to NJ for fabric.

  • Reply Olivia November 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I like! Unfourtunately there are other things I need worse than a super cute new bag right now…but just BARELY ….:::sad face:::

  • Reply kelly November 18, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    oh i love, love, love orla bags. they are really great quality and that one looks especially dreamy.

  • Reply T O D A Y November 20, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Wehre have you gone?? I totally miss your blog, which is the best blog that i know of…and I am very picky:) Please come back…. I need your inspiration!

  • Reply Anne November 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I totally get your Orla obsession, and that bag is lovely. I was so much obsessing over one of her maxi slings. Finally, I got the reflected trees bag in green/olive, and it is really well made. However, the magnet closure demagnetised all my cards, which was a real frustration. Did anyone else experience this, and is there an easy fix so I that I can carry my Orla bag with wallet inside again?

  • Reply carol c December 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I am so jealous! that’s such a rockin bag!

  • Reply Cassie H December 30, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Dont do it. Put your money in a savings account.

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