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Happiness is in the Bag

I love the William Morris quote: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful”. I strive to live by this ideal, but I must confess that sometimes I slip up. For example, this past winter and spring, I carried a utilitarian black leather backpack purse around for its sheer practicality.  Useful, yes; but beautiful? Certainly not. Then, one day earlier this summer, I decided to take something beautiful that had just been collecting dust and make it useful too. I ditched the black backpack in favor of this beauty:


It’s a Gretchen Scott creation, and I love everything about it. Her tagline is: “Laugh More, Gripe Less, Ignore Critics, Say Yes, Order Dessert, Love Life!” And, honey, believe me when I tell you that you can’t just carry this bag - you have to wear the bag, work the bag, and live the bag! Every time I pick it up, I feel my mood elevate. It’s so chic-French-woman-goes-to-market, so Southern-belle-of-every-ball. And can I just tell you how fabulously jaunty and flirtatious and feminine I feel while carrying it? It’s truly inspiring. Happiness is running errands while accessorized by a purse that screams: "I'm fun! I'm joyful! I'm feminine! And, I don't take myself too seriously!" 

Here’s the best part: Inside the black and white striped and polka-dotted lining is a little hidden tag. It looks like an exaggerated version of the paper slips you find in fortune cookies. It says: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart" -Confucius 

I’m not sure if this is an accurate quote or a cute little joke, but it doesn’t really matter. When beauty, fun and function converge, rest assured that you’ll be able to carry happiness wherever you may roam...
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