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.