Despite the dresses and shoes I have posted, I am not — for the most part — a girly girl. My standard uniform to face the world consists of jeans, solid-color (usually black or grey) long/short (depending on the weather) sleeve shirts, sneakers of the Chuck or Vans variety and a messenger bag. It’s not that I don’t like getting all dressed up; it’s just that it takes so much more effort than rolling out of bed into a pair of jeans. However, I have been making a point to doll myself up more frequently these days and my attempts have been mostly successful and entirely enjoyable. I wouldn’t do it every day but being girly at least once a week has become a pleasing thing.
While I have leveled up in the dress and shoe departments, I am still very much a tomboy when it comes to my bag. My Eula Messenger Bag from Timbuk2 is perfect. I just throw it on across my body and go. It’s big enough without being huge — I don’t carry a lot of stuff with me that you’d normally find in a girl purse (brushes, makeup, etc) but I do like having the extra carry space for when things come up (smuggling candy into movie theaters, tossing in a light pullover when expecting the temp to drop, etc). However, when I am all chicked out, strapping a bag across me doesn’t really work. So I have been on the hunt for a .. deep breath .. purse. One that isn’t too annoying.
I found these:
..and, yup. They are pretty much exactly what I have been looking for! SUCCESS! But how to decide between the two? That question led to a fun little IM exchange with a guy pal of mine, Sanket [For the record: He’s straight.]:
Me: When I first saw these bags, I liked the skull one better. But now that I revisit, I wish it was a bigger image or an all-over pattern instead of just the two. So now I’m leaning more towards the leopard print
Me: Also, on the sugar skull thing: I dunno if I wanna take something that has cultural and religious significance and just use it as a decorative symbol
Me: That just seems so .. oblivious white person
Sanket: Does it?
Me: [from Wikipedia] Sugar Skull Tradition – Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.
Mexico, abundant in sugar production and lacking money to buy fancy imported European church decorations at the time, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit.
Sanket: That’s not too bad
Me: I mean, it’s not like taking Mohammad and making him FABULOUS
Me: But I still feel like Mexicans would look at me and be like ‘Pfft, we were into sugar skulls before they were mainstream’
Sanket: Yeah that’s always going to happen
Sanket: You’re a gangly white chick [Note: Sanket is Indian]
Sanket: You reek of OPPRESSION
Me: That’s why I feel like the leopard print would be better. Who I am going to offend with that? Leopards? FUCK THE LEOPARDS! WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT LEOPARDS!
Sanket: You won’t offend anyone with the sugar skulls
Sanket: It’s a decorative thing
Me: But I will be scoffed at!
Sanket: Yes but my point is that they would scoff at you anyway
Me: Vikings wouldn’t sco-.. nevermind, they would [Note: Both my parents are from Sweden]
Sanket: Yes they would
Me: They would be like ‘SCOFF!! SHE THINKS 60 DEGREES IS COLD! SCOFF!’
Me: And then they would hurl a pig across the room and kill something with an axe
Sanket: In winter
Me: Because they liked it
Sanket: Of course
Sanket: They are vikings
In conclusion, I am a sad excuse for a Viking and I still don’t know which purse to get.
UPDATE: I got the leopard print. Hurrah! The Era of Girly Purse has begun! Welcome, 2012.