I have always been a lover of handbags (I was taught not to say “purses”)- every since I started working for Nordstrom in the Handbag Department in 1990.

I had a buyer/manager named Carrie Forrest who was the epitome of what you’d expect from a Nordstrom buyer. She was tall, very thin, and absolutely gorgeous – with a heart of gold. She taught me everything she knew about handbags, and until I was promoted to Dept manager of another Department (Hosiery, thank you very much) – I sold many a Dooney & Burke, HCL, and Sharif bag.

But I can’t find a decent handbag to save my life today. At least, not one that is *cheap* enough for my tastes.

Until now. I was browsing The Avenue and stumbled across a couple of really, really cute bags – I need your help deciding which one to purchase! They are all relatively *cheap* (Carrie would have killed me if I used that terminology in her dept!) – it’s just a matter of deciding which one.

The zebra tote:

The slouchy hobo:

The giraffe print:

Which leads me to the question – do you call them handbags or purses? (This is the really important question, you know)

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9 Comments on Fashion Friday it’s not, but I need your help

  1. nicole
    March 6, 2009 at 8:38 am (14 years ago)

    They are all good looking handbags, but I like the giraffe one the best. I really want of my own, but I will probably miss out on that trend.s I’m in a no-buying season right now. 🙂

  2. Jendi
    March 6, 2009 at 9:09 am (14 years ago)

    I heard somewhere that if your shape is curvy it’s better to carry a more structured handbag. sIf your shape is straight it’s better to carry a floppy bag. sDid you ever hear that? sIs it total bunk?
    Here’s my bag-s

  3. Headless Mom
    March 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm (14 years ago)

    Karen, I swear we share a brain. This is the second post in as many weeks that you beat me to!
    I say purse but when I was a chapter consultant for my sorority after college I traveled in the Northease and they called them pocketbooks. Weird!
    I’m usually not one for animal prints but I voted for the girraffe.

  4. Guest
    March 6, 2009 at 6:22 pm (14 years ago)

    I say purses.s 🙂

  5. Peggie
    March 7, 2009 at 5:34 am (14 years ago)

    I was taught to say pocket book! I live in Texas now and they think it is funny.

  6. Lisa
    March 7, 2009 at 11:37 am (14 years ago)

    I was also taught to call it a handbag.s But I now say purse.s My purses are too big to be called handbags (since I could carry the kitchen sink around in what I carry!).s I read that if you are a bigger girl then a big purse is more flattering, so I carry the biggest purse I can find!s LOL!s Lisa~

  7. mzzterry
    March 7, 2009 at 11:58 am (14 years ago)

    I have seen way too many of the giraffe print bags around here, so I voted for the zebra, I like to be different! I would be afraid to use the white, I mistreat my PURSE by throwing it around the car to often. I don’t think I have ever used the word “handbag” in realtime sconversation! s

  8. Gina
    March 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm (14 years ago)

    The giraffe! What a great bag. Be sure and order through a portal like Ebates to get cash back. They give 6% back at The Avenue.

  9. Dorothy
    March 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm (14 years ago)

    I call them purses now but I grew up in the New York City area and called them pocketbooks for a great many years.s People just look at me strangely if I say that in the Midwest.
    And I love the shape of the white, slouch hobo!

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