When I started PurseBlog in 2005, I owned 2 bags. My love of handbags has been with me from a very young age, but my collection didn’t start to expand rapidly until after this site was already up and running. As a biproduct of having carried so many different bags in that time, I’ve learned not only about the intricacies of the purses in my collection, but also what I think makes for a good bag overall. To share the results of our trials and errors, we’re introducing a new category to PurseBlog, Purseonals.

Amanda and I will get purseonal with our readers and share honest reviews of the bags we own and rate them on our Purseonals scale. We’ve come up with the five major categories within our rating system: Aesthetics, Usability + Functionality, Quality + Construction, Value, and Staying Power.


We’ve determined five essential categories for evaluating a bag, and each design will receive a rating of one to five stars for each element. The categories are as follows:

1. Aesthetics – The appearance and overall visual design of the bag.

2. Usability + Functionality – Does this bag do the job we expected it would? Is it easy to get in and out of and can you easily organize all of your belongings inside of it for whatever time of day it’s intended to be carried? Is it comfortable to carry?

3. Quality + Construction – Do the materials, including the leather, hardware and stitching, hold up to regular use?

4. Value – Are you getting what you paid for?

5. Staying Power – Is this a bag you can wear for years, or will it be a one-season wonder?

So, if you’ve ever wondered our true thoughts on the purses we own, be ready to see how each of our bags stacks up next to the others. Our first Purseonals will be coming to you next week!

  • Ashleyg

    I’m excited about this!!!

  • marinaharbour

    Can’t wait to here about it!!!!

  • annabelle

    seriously can’t wait! and i’ll be sure to ask you for questions…still have a few but will wait till you post more about your collections.

  • EVA

    is a great idea if everyone will be able to add your review?

  • bir

    ooo how wonderful maybe keep an open space for posters to add opinions and rating with a preselected menu to rate bags ????? it would be useful but in any case sounds just wonderful !!!

  • Sandra Rowley

    This is a wonderful idea. Will the reader have the option to ask you to review a particular bag? I live in Salt Lake City, great place to live for many reasons, but not for designer shoes/bags/apparel. I must obtain pretty much everything from on-line or my Nordstrom personal shopper. When you are purchasing most everything you own sight unseen, it would be wonderful to get another opinion.

  • Onewithbooks

    I really like this idea, especially #2 functionality. High end bags are great, but I find a lot of them to be not at all functional. Take for example the outside pocket. I NEED a bag with an outside pocket for my keys. I loathe rooting for my bag – and I love huge bags – for my keys.

  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

    We will definitely tweak this as we go to make this a great way for everyone to be part of it!!

    I am so excited to share this with all of you!!

    • Jackie

      So excited! All those things are things that I really do contemplate before I buy a bag. Even if it’s a 5 minute thought process sometimes…

      Also… Purseonals is a great play on the words. So very clever.

  • 19yearslater

    Yay! One of the things I love about tpf is the real owners of bags reviewing them before I decide to buy or not.

  • Shopping Lady

    Wonderful idea, can’t wait!

  • Yaayaa

    Megs! This is such an amazing and timely idea. I have made a lot of bag purchases in the last few years based on recommendations from you (on wait list now for my Celine). Some of recs have been great, others have had some teething problems so this will be fantastic!

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  • Mommy needs a new bag

    Yes, yes, yes – sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait to see your first Purseonal review!

  • Krista

    I was just looking for something similar the other day. Such a great idea! I am so excited for the first Purseonal review!

  • pg1908

    Megs, will you also be posting (soon) an update to your handbag collection? I know Vlad hasn’t taken pictures in awhile, but would love to see a more complete picture book collection!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vladi Dusil

      Absolutely, we shall put something together!

      • pg1908

        whoohoo! this makes me excited!

      • Amanda

        Yay! I’ve been wanting to see Megs’ updated collection for a long time!

  • klynneann

    This is going to be so great, I can’t wait!! I’ve realized that it’s really hard for me to judge how functional a bag is going to be for me without actually getting it and trying it out. This will be so helpful!

  • Camille

    This sounds great! Looking forward to seeing your collections!

    PS. Any hope for Gossip Girl recaps this season? :)

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vladi Dusil

      As far as I know, as GG airs at the same time as RH, we are skipping GG this season.

      • Camille

        :( Aw man!

  • agatha

    that is a great idea! I couldn’t wait to read the review of a Celine mini luggage :)

  • Rashida

    Can’t wait!

  • Lorie

    So excited!! Thanks!

  • rose60610

    Clever idea. It will be instrumental in helping decide whether to drop serious money on something or give it a pass and holdout for something else.

  • Stacy F.

    Great idea! Can’t wait to see your collections and your thoughts on said bags

  • midniteluna

    This is a great idea!especially for those of us who has enough just to splurge on a bag! It’s going to make it worthwhile and worthy for us!yipee!!!

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