The other day I realized how odd I looked when I walked around campus with my huge backpack. My back was hunched and I walked all frumpy! Made me wonder if I'd looked like that for the past 4 years.
I decided it was time to upgrade to something a little more elegant without going over the top for typical everyday use. And I found a lovely Navy Longchamp Le Pliage in Large
. Although it's been a super popular tote on the East Coast, I hadn't seen any around in my area in Southern California. Plus, it's an iconic French bag. Ohh la la!~
|Even Miko couldn't get his paws off!|
Beautiful range of colors
Durable and lightweight nylon fabric
Leather handle is well made
Fits the universe inside
Waterproof and cleans easily
The leather snap flap is a bit irritating when I want to close the bag quickly
No bottom or side structural support. (can make your bag look lifeless)
Because the bag is so huge, things can get lost easily
Expensive for a tote bag
Although there are a good number of cons above, I found that I was able to get around some of them. To give the bag more structure, I took a cardboard box and cut a rectangular shape that fit the bottom of the bag. I glued the cardboard piece to the bottom of a lightweight cloth bag (a shopping bag from Urban Outfitters). Then I put that makeshift bag right back into my Longchamp and the bag was instantly structured! I was also able to find my items more easily.