Sunday, November 28, 2010

What Your Handbag Says About You

Women often carry around their whole life in their handbag, but what style of bag we choose says a lot about our personality type.

In her book How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag, author Kathy Eisman says, “…it’s clear our handbags and their contents say much more about our personality than we might think. While you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’d suggest taking a closer look at your friends, family and colleagues handbags – one quick squiz might help you unlock and understand the secrets of their personality."

The styles and colors we choose give away a lot about our purse-onality type. From clutches to totes and cigar boxes to backpacks – give some extra thought to what you carry by finding out what each style typically represents and what your handbag says about you.

The Shoulder Bag

Women who wear shoulder bags are practical but also want to look good. According to Stephanie Pedersen in her book Handbags – What Every Woman Should Know (David & Charles 2006), “women who prefer shoulder bags refuse to be a fashion victim.”

The Tote Bag

Fun loving, generous and sociable are the main traits of someone who carries a tote. The wearer is youthful in outlook, with things to do and places to go, says Pedersen. This is someone with a busy life, refined, unobtrusive but definitely not passive.

The Clutch Bag

Women who carry a clutch bag are confident enough not to worry about carrying their whole life in their bag. Says Pendersen, they are not afraid to let a man carry their keys or lighter or whatever else won’t fit in their bag.

Under the Shoulder Bag

A small handbag tucked neatly under-the-shoulder implies sophistication and class, according to Cathy Feldman, contributing editor to According to Feldman, “women of high stature or who work in upscale offices would choose this style of bag.”

The Cigar Box

Currently a big seasonal favorite, cigar box purses are often carried by women who like to stand out in a crowd. Independent and self-confident, women who carry these bags are, says Feldman, “comfortable in their own skin.”

The Backpack

Casual and practical, the backpack represents wearers who are warm and young at heart. Today’s designer styles means that backpacks are no longer relegated to the countryside but are just as at home in the office, worn with business trousers or a skirt.

Bags With Buckles and Zips

Women who choose leather purses with lots of buckles and zippers are leashing out their wild sides. According to Feldman, these women tend to act before they think and are always ready for a good time. The extra buckles and zippers tend to signify a “bad girl" image.

The Crochet Bag

A homely, nurturing woman typically carries a crochet bag. Loved by both people and animals this woman is easy-going with an arty streak.

The Designer Purse

A woman carrying the latest designer 'It' bag lives an exclusive, high-maintenance lifestyle and their designer handbag is a reflection of expensive tastes and appreciation for very, very fine things. Feldman warns “guys – watch out for these girls, they tend to be a handful.”

Oversized Bags

According to in their feature “What Your Handbag Says About You”, the oversized handbag is the equivalent of a one-size-fits-all T-shirt. The wearer is a practical person who rarely swaps bags and does not see the sense in spending a month's salary on one accessory.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

How to Tell a Woman by the Contents of Her Purse

Is your handbag overflowing and a bottomless pit of random clutter or are the contents well organized, practical and minimalist?
Your Handbag Contents and You
Kathryn Eisman, author of "How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag" spent two years conducting research into what women carry in their bags. Her books lists 40 different personality types based on her analysis but she has categorized then into four main archetypes. These are:
These women are the envy of others. Any woman who can make do with a small bag carrying only their necessities – wallet, keys, phone and glasses – has mastered the art of organization and never has to wade through a pile of sweet wrappers or old receipts to find their mobile phone.
Not quite as clutter free, but still practical and focused, this woman is extremely well-organized and carries items which are sensible and practical. She likes to be prepared for every eventuality. Be it tissues or toothbrush, hair accessories or phone charger, every item in this bag has a purpose. Women who fit into this category very rarely swap bags, according to Eisman, and are likely to choose neutral colors and classic cuts which will never go out of style.
According to Eisman’s research the “creative” woman has a free spirit and “tends to rebel against conformity.” Their bag is most likely to be a treasure trove or a bottomless pit. However, the contents are still relatively organized – full but functional, even though it may appear chaotic to the casual observer. Household bills, medicines, food wrappers and other assortments of random items can be found lurking at the bottom of this purse. The Creative spirit likes handbags in bright colors, showing others that she is fun and approachable, says Eisman.
The Florence Nightingale of personality types when it comes to the contents of their handbags. These women are caring and sensitive and carry a multitude of items which are useful to others. Medicines, band aids, mints, chewing gum, perfume, tissues, safety pins and other practical items. Expressive personalities also tend to carry sentimental trinkets, photos of loved ones and a book or magazine which they can lose themselves in. Often appearing shy, don’t be fooled by this woman’s exterior, according to Eisman, there is a wild side just waiting to be unleashed!
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Handbag Trivia– DID YOU KNOW…..?


… 22% percent of women would splurge on a handbag if they chose only one designer item?

… an average woman owns at least 6 handbags?

… 3 pounds is the average weight of a woman’s bag?

… 1 in 10 Number of women willing to spend $150.00 or more on a handbag?

… $42.00 is the average amount a woman spent on her last handbag?

… The most famous handbag from Hermes was originally designed in 1892 to hold a saddle! This bag was called the Haut a Courroies, a name derived from its long straps and tall shape.

… According to a recent study done in England, the average 30 year old woman owns 21 handbags and buys a new one every 3 months!

… The famous Fendi Baguette made its debut in March 1997 and was described by a famous fashion writer as “beanie babies for grown-ups”.

… According to recent studies, the average weight of a woman’s handbag has risen to over 5 lbs!

… The very first lithograph ever applied to a handbag was done in Offenbach, Germany in the 1800’s.

… The Bolide Bag by Hermes in 1923 was the first bag to feature a zipper.

… The oldest forms of handbags were pouches, used for everything from carrying bones (used by sorcerers) to money.

… A recent survey was conducted among wealthy shoppers and it was found that men are more likely to choose a handbag based on its brand name than women.

… Right after World War II, Gucci was forced into using cane handles on his handbags because of the shortage of leather?

… Testing in a lab in Wisconsin showed that 1 in 4 handbags tested had levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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