I find this a little funny that I am wanting a Prada purse right now. I was never a big fan of Prada, possibly because back when I was in Hong Kong, I have seen way too many fake ones out there, and I feel like if I had one… people would just think it’s fake anyways since it’s everywhere. Another thing is… I haven’t been a huge fan of any of the “famous” luxury brands, eg Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, etc. (I do occasionally enjoy some pieces they put out, I am just saying in general, I am not the biggest fan.) Probably because they are so over-exposed, and getting their bag just seems like I am screaming “look! I have money!”. (Just my personal opinion about how I would feel if I get those bags myself. I can totally understand and see how other people love those bags. Everyone has different tastes!)
I am just a university student who wants a nice bag. I worked when I’m in school, I pay for my rent, tuition, and even my flights to visit home. So I feel like I have the right to splurge on a bag if I really wanted it and can justify it. I want them because of their quality, and I treat them as an investment. If I spend a boatload of money on a bag that I absolutely love, and will last me forever, then I save a lot of money buying cheap, lower quality handbags over the years! Therefore I tend to gravitate toward brands that are just as great as some of the aforementioned brands, but more understated, eg. Balenciaga, Celine.
I was going to pick up the Balenciaga City bag, but the only store in Canada that carries Balenciaga (Holt Renfrew) did not import the colour I want this year! I really wanted Anthracite, but I was so so close to just getting a black one because I really loved the shape of the City. I didn’t end up doing that because if I am going to spend that much on a purse… I better love every.single.thing. about it.
So I was just browsing Neiman Marcus the other day because I was procrastinating (as usual), and this Prada Saffiano Lux Executive Tote just caught my eye. I love how simple, understated it is. Yet it’s so sophisticated and elegant. I love the shape of it, I like how its structured, and big enough to fit everything I need to have.
I also really liked the Chanel Executive Tote, and the Celine Boston Tote… so I found the Prada Saffiano Lux Structured Tote to be another bag that’s screaming “bring me home!”. It’s bigger than the Saffiano Lux Executive Tote, its more of a “square” shape. I’ve just been really into bags that shape lately.
There is one tiny problem with these two bags (for me), they don’t have a shoulder strap. I am mainly looking for a top handle bag, but it would be nice to have an option to wear them as a shoulder bag when I need to free up my hands to do more shopping. And when a bag costs this dang much, it better has everything I am looking for! So this is where the Cervo Zip Top Tote comes in.
The Cervo Zip Top Tote is similar size to the Saffiano Lux Structured Tote, but almost twice as deep (7″ vs 4″), which is a huge bonus. It is also slightly less “structured”, but it’s structured enough for me. I don’t really like slouchy bags, so I really appreciate it when purses are well structured. Most importantly, it comes with a shoulder strap! I will definitely have to check this out next time I head to Holt Renfrew!
Do you like any of these bags? Is there a purse that you would absolutely love to have right now? Let me know!
(All images from the link directly below each image)