It’s approximately 27 degrees outside in Atlanta right now, and when you consider that we’re usually in the mid-50s in December, I’m sure you can understand how much of a shock that was when I left the house this morning. I’m currently wearing double layers and huddled under a blanket, but I’m also hoping that the sunny, cheerful Bottega Veneta Large Check Shoulder Bag can help keep me warm.

I’ve been looking at this bag for quite a while, trying to decide if I can get on board with the multicolor check pattern that criss-crosses the white leather background. And I think I can! This bag doesn’t fit in with my normal personal style, but it sure does make me want to fast-forward to late May and linen dresses.

I have a feeling that this bag is going to divide our commentariat, but I’m going to stick to my guns – it’s fun! It’s bright! It’s different! Bottega Veneta puts out a fine assortment of bags, but most of the pieces that would be suitable for daytime wear tend to be conceived along very narrow aesthetic lines. This green and blue check represents a bit of departure for the brand’s lovely lambskin totes, and the way that the colors fade in and out on the white squares of leather is unique and beautiful. Now I just need a gauzy maxi dress and a mojito. Oh, and a tropical locale to make this color scheme work. But that’s it! Christmas and my birthday are just around the corner, so someone forward this post to everyone I know. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $3300.

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