I have very specific ideas about what I want to wear this fall. To a certain extent, that’s true of me all the time – I’m one of those fashion people who has developed a …
We don’t like to repeat handbags, but sometimes it seems worthwhile. So while Amanda covered this bag a little while back (read her view here), I couldn’t help but bring it up again. Have you ever scrolled through websites on an overcast day, slightly drowsy, sprits a little low, when you come across something that just lifts you up (literally would be quite an experience, but I mean metaphorically)? This was me this morning, and the object that opened my eyes was the Maje Jelica Beaded Bag.
At first glance, I loved it, wanted it, needed it for my next black tie event (as if I had one soon). But as I explored it more, I wondered: Is this bag too much? On the one hand, the bright batik pattern is like a pile of wonderful jewels, working perfectly in sync and attracting admiring gazes. Yet on the other had, it’s kind of like a little kid went crazy with the Crayola. It’s rare for me to be iffy on a bag; I usually know from first glance if I love it or if I leave it. After some hesitation, I’m liking this one. Sure, it would be hard to pair and would spend most of its time in the closet, but the intricate craftsmanship it too beautiful to pass up, as is the low price. For that (mythical) black tie party, I would totally sling this over my arm. Buy through Net-A-Porter for $171.50.
Did any of you girls have bead boxes when you were little? I did. It was really a fishing tackle box from Wal-Mart, but I bought multicolored beads and string and took it to school and summer camp with me for quite a while. My friends and I all had them, and we’d make all kinds of little-kid jewelry with them. When we weren’t making jewelry, we were endlessly sorting colors in anticipation of future creations. It appears that the Maje Jelica Beaded Bag was made with those exact same sort of beads, and it’s absolutely covered in them. Like, on all sides. And I’ve expressed some frustration with hippie-inspired bags in the recent past, but for some reason, I ADORE this one.
It’s just so cool and different, and it looks like it actually took enough work to make it to reasonably charge a couple hundred bucks for it. It’s got a ton of colors, but it’s in the correct proportion for a bag that has so much going on. It’s definitely sometimes that would hold just the essentials, but on a summery night out or a day shopping, it’d be adorable with a solid-colored dress and some flat sandals. I can barely believe that I like this one; maybe it’s because it reminds me of simpler times, I’m not sure. I certainly never made anything this cool with my box of beads. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $245.