2015 was a bit of a whirlwind for me and to be honest I don’t even know how it came and went so quickly. I was reviewing my 2015 handbag resolutions and can say I did stick to majority of my five resolutions. I had the hardest time changing my bag out, I just get so used to carrying a specific bag and if I don’t change as much as I should.

I’ve done a much better job carrying my nice bags, like my Birkins, without babying the bag too much. And one aspect that I really did a better job with this year was cleaning out the contents of my bag. I ended up buying some pouches to put items in and then I can just throw them in the next bag and get moving.

The biggest thing I can share with you about my handbag collection last year is that I didn’t buy a new bag. I know, let that sink in for a second. I did not go out and buy a new bag for my collection. There were plenty of bags I wanted but I never pulled the trigger and all of a sudden the year passed and I didn’t get a new bag. I was sent gifts by a couple brands, so I didn’t end up completely without a new bag, but overall it was a zero bag purchase year for me.

It’s funny to even say that out loud and know that I founded a site all about handbags. But over the years I’ve become very particular about my bag purchases and I end up thinking and rethinking what I want and if I really need it. That means my bag resolutions this year are a bit different, with my ever evolving love of bags and change in wants, it’s important to keep that in mind when making handbag resolutions. Share your 2016 handbag resolutions with me below!

1. Review More of my Bags

I own a lot of bags. Many of them are from many years ago but many of the styles are still current or there are current variations. My Purseonals reviews are one of your favorite categories and probably one of my favorite posts to put together because I’m able to really use a bag and share the details with you or what works and what doesn’t with it. My plan this year is to do at least 12 Purseonals, so I expect you to hold me to it if you don’t see them coming!

2. Edit the Contents of My Bag

This has been included as one of my resolutions previously, but this time it’s a little different. I am a beauty product junkie (skincare over makeup) and am always on the hunt for a product I really love. I spend a lot of time with my bags while I’m out and about and could have some of these products in one of my pouches to get me to try it more throughout the day. I also promise to review these products with you, because there are so many great things that are in the bag along with the bag.

3. Add Missing Brands and Styles to My Collection

With a year hiatus on the handbag front, it’s time to add to my collection again. There are a few bags I’ve really big eying and my last purchase was my light pink Givenchy Antigona, so it’s time to get back at it. This is probably my favorite resolution because it’s just me telling myself to go buy some new bags. But I want to be smart about this – there are a few brands I want to expand on in my collection as well as some styles/colors that I feel like are missing.

4. Feature New Designers

There are so many new designers popping up and while we all know and love the big brands, it’s great to see what new brands are coming out with. Sometimes a new brand is run by one person and other times it’s a brand that’s been around for a bit but still finding its way. I am going to set up an email address for you to share any new designers you think I should check out, but for right now leave a comment on someone you think I should take a look at for a potential review.

5. Bring You More of What You Love

I love having such a great readership that not only visits often, but also participates by commenting on what we’re posting. Your comments are not just read, but taken back to the team to see if there’s anything we can do better or more of (and the ‘love this post’ or ‘hate this post’ is just as helpful for letting us know what we’re getting right!). Please let us know your favorite posts, categories, or what you would like to see us cover so we can continue to bring that to you. This ends up being a resolution because there are some categories that I have let fall by the wayside but they are reader favorites – like Purseonals which I addressed above.

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Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago

My own resolutions are
1) to get rid of the bags I don’t use, don’t pine after when I’m not using them and that aren’t current for my style/lifestyle anymore,
2) to only buy 2 bags this year; that suede fringe bag and something small in the lines of Nano Luggage. Probably RM Mini Mab, though. The smooth leather version is lush and the price is at a level that won’t get me to fear using the bag. The suede bag has been haunting me for 10 years so it’s time to do something about it!

Lisa
Lisa
7 years ago

I bought several bags last year as I’m steadily upgrading my collection. But I still own way too many bags considering I always reach for the same half-dozen favorites. So my resolutions are:

1) Continue to get rid of bags I use only occasionally and/or don’t love and save that money for a higher-end option.
2) Buy fewer but better bags. Don’t get distracted by less expensive bags that seem “affordable” vs what I really want.
3) Don’t be seduced by the hype surrounding an “it” bag.
4)
Don’t buy any more large bags since I don’t work in an office anymore
and if I need to carry a lot of stuff I can add a tote bag.
5)
Buy only 2 bags this year: either a Lindy or Bolide (traveling to
Europe in March and hoping to find a relative ‘bargain’) but ONLY if it
is a color I love, no compromises… and a med/lg Chanel CF in red if I
can find the exact color I want.

Wish me luck sticking to 2 purchases!

Passerine
Passerine
7 years ago

I have three resolutions for 2016
1. Enjoy and use the bags I have and spend less time thinking about the ones I don’t
2. Buy quality and buy for the long-haul rather than giving in to impulse. What do I want the bag for — work, evenings, going out on week-ends? Which bag will work best for that niche and will I still be pleased to carry it years down the road?
3. Inject more color into my bag selection. I admire bags in luscious colors but seem to default to dark brown or black too often. My bag collection needs brightening.

In terms of putting my resolutions into action, I would like 1) large, seriously stylish work bag that I can carry to events where I mingle with senior management 2) a true evening bag 3) a work/going out bag that’s not black or dark brown, and 4) one work/fun week-end bag. The bags for each of those categories that I have my eye on
1) LV Montaigne GM in empreinte leather (yes, this one is black)
2) Jimmy Choo Sweetie (and happily I already have this one in a gorgeous metallic plum fade color, it was a Christmas present I bought for myself in Milan)
3) LV New Brea MM (a late 2015 reinterpretation of the older Brea style), probably in Amarante, although I might go for fuschia or will see what Prada or Gucci might have…maybe even a new (to me) brand
4) Balenciaga City or Velo bag in blue or a fun color

Sandy
Sandy
7 years ago

I made a resolution a few years back to only purchase one bag a year and to make sure that bag was going to be relevant for years to come. This was due to some mistakes years ago…purchasing on impulse. The one thing I truly love and look to you for is Intel on new bags or new versions of bags. For example the Intel you just provided on the Givenchy logo bags…please keep that a big part of your posts, love the information!

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

We always want to bring you the latest news on bags and brands you love so we will!

Vbogaert
Vbogaert
7 years ago

I’d like to see much more of the lesser known or less popular bags by Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Bottega Veneta, the Row, NinaRicci, Valextra…. Even Balenciaga, Chloe and Dior don’t seem to get enough coverage, whereas it seems there’s always a post about Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy…. I know their bags are popular but maybe that’s because they get an inordinate amount of coverage.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Vbogaert

Totally will do 🙂

Sparky
Sparky
7 years ago

Could you do a post on bag pouches and practical bag accessories (not decorations)?

I read about the handbag raincoat here on PB and bought one. Such a great idea. It’s come in handy in unexpected downpours!!

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Sparky

Yes! This year we are focusing more on what goes inside the bag than we have in the past!

Jess
Jess
7 years ago

I have already downsized my collection and sold some bags over the last months as I
had to raise funds for my first Chanel bag. Although it was sometimes hard not to give in impulse buying, I am glad I chose quality over quantity. This is the way I want to continue and so these are my resolutions for 2016:
1. Get rid of all bags that I don’t use anymore.
2. Stay away from too colourful bags. Don’t get me wrong – I love colour, but turquoise or yellow bags just don’t work for me and these have been the bags I have sold recently.
3. Only buy bags that are on my wish list. To get on the list, the bags have to meet some criteria (Is it a colour that will complement my wardrobe? Is it a decent size? Does it have a zip or flap closure? Do I need the bag?)
Wish me luck!

SydneyEastCoast
SydneyEastCoast
7 years ago

I would really like to see something on bags for work. Not just totes but well thought out bags that a senior executive can use in a male dominated industry. Not flashy but luxe and practical; fits paperwork and essentials but isn’t a briefcase. I imagine a bag that takes away work stress as it is so buttery and gorgeous and makes bad days at work feel better.

Thank you!

Mille
Mille
7 years ago

Your should take a look at the Loretta bag from the Swiss (?) brand RODTNES. Apparently the brand started out with this particular bag and an intention to reinvent the work bag for women. It’s functional and has a laptop compartment but it’s also soft and stylish – and is really a lovely handbag! I don’t have it myself (yet) but I am seriously considering it. You can see it here: http://www.rodtnesbags.com/product/loretta-laptop/ And I read about it here: http://design-milk.com/loretta-laptop-bag-by-rodtnes-bags/

Ellen
Ellen
7 years ago

Strong second – would love to see more “work” bag ideas that are big enough to carry a lot but are not just a tote a la Longchamp or the Neverfull. Thanks!

Passerine
Passerine
7 years ago

Hi Sydney, that same type of bag is the top of my list for this year as well. After looking at more than a dozen bags from “serious” designers, i narrowed my list down to two candidates: the Dior Lady bag (large) in black patent calf leather and the Louis Vuitton Montaigne GM in black empreinte leather. The Dior bag is gorgeous and has a top zip, but I found that it wasn’t quite big enough and it was a little difficult getting stuff in and out. the Montaigne GM turned out to be exactly what I need. It’s fairly expensive, about 3000 euros, but will look good for years and while stylish, it also has a strong business look. It’s not strictly a tote. There are several reviews on YouTube (for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgwMo6HxtE4 ).

Grace
Grace
7 years ago
Reply to  Passerine

Yes! More on stylish work bags please, especially those that can be used for a laptop.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
7 years ago

I miss the What’s in Her Bag posts. Vlad’s pictures are amazing. Which leads me to my next request-more pictures from Vlad!
My only resolution this year is to get another Chanel. Thinking of going the vintage route.

Jess
Jess
7 years ago

Yes what’s in her bag is very helpful especially if you’re not sure which size to get. I’m always wondering if my sunglasses case will fit as I don’t wear sunnies on my head. I have been looking on youtube for what’s in my bag for particular brands like the Pandora Givenchy, wasn’t sure to get the small or medium then I ended up with both. It’s also paved the way for getting a few different pouches so more can fit instead of one chunky wallet.

Imgoingbroke
Imgoingbroke
7 years ago

Going vintage Chanel is ALWAYS a good choice. Go for it Lena!

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Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago

On it!! Vlad will def be photographing more this year to share with you all – we have some great features that we want to work on and they all need Vlad’s photography!

Lori
Lori
7 years ago

I would love to see new French bag designers featured, such as Moynat (who has been around forever, but is new to me). I feel like there are wonderful bags being made in Paris that aren’t the big brands and would love to know more about them. Also, great post! As always.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Lori

Totally! Will def look into it and add to the list!

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