The Neglected Child

I’d like to apologize for the title of this post in advance. I couldn’t think of a better alternative. Did some of you think this would be a long rambling diatribe into my childhood?

I’ve been doing my usual end of year closet clean out, and I came across a bag I haven’t used for awhile – this black Bolide.


For some reason, whenever I’ve opened my closet this year, this poor guy has just been looking at me, quite forlorn. For some reason I just haven’t reached for it…I guess I don’t find it fun anymore, something that really excites me or that brings joy (do I hear Marie Kondo calling)? It just felt like such a chore to use it….something purely emotional, I just didn’t want to! I guess it just seemed too big and dark and stiff and serious. So I had all but made up my mind to go ahead and send it into one of the consignment shops, andย had taken it out to package it up, when I decided to give it once last go.

And predictably, onceย I actually used the bag, I remembered all the things I liked about it. The Fjord leather, which gives it some “souple” feel while not entirely puddling (plus it wears like iron), the thin rolled handles, which are way more comfortable than either the Kelly or the Birkin, the easy strap, the luscious lambskin interior…everything! I remembered why I was so excited about this bag in the first place, and all the things I loved about it. So of course I kept it. I just had to get over some of that inertia.

So I’d love to ask all of you over the holidays to try this as well, to just take one item from your closet which you used to love, that you don’t use anymore, but not for a reason you can really figure out…just because it doesn’t sing to you anymore. And please just try it out one more time. Maybe this is what will spur you to finally donate and get rid of the item…but maybe you’ll discover that you’ve had a hidden treasure all along! And it’s almost like getting something new again…without spending any money, even better over the holidays!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…before/after trying, and what your feedback is!

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  • Alisa
    December 5, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Personally, I prefer the Bolide to the Kelly! It’s easier to unzip than “unstrap” and I love that it’s under the radar and not screaming “expensive bag” to the average person.

    My suggestion to make your bag more fun: Add twillies in a pretty print, a bag charm or Carmen tassel. It will be a relatively inexpensive to brighten up basic black and you can change it up when you get bored. The fjord leather is beautiful so I would find new ways to enjoy it!

  • Jane
    December 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    My bolide is a little neglected too! When I’m running around, I use my Evelynes or a work tote. But your Bolide is beautiful and worth giving another try! I cleaned out my closet after reading Marie Kondo, and I have been wearing some forgotten items. It’s fun to to rediscover a few things — or finally decide that it’s time to say good bye!

  • Amy C
    December 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Such a pretty bag! And I echo the advice about adding a twilly. Love doing that! I did the same thing as you….took out my 4 year old Red Valentino bag (very neutral, non-logoish ruffled leather tote) and gave it a go. As my other bags are not exactly under the radar, I was reminded of how nice it is to carry this one….even though it wouldn’t be my daily choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ang
    December 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    What consignment shops do you recommend? Can you do a post with a list of recommendations of consignment shops for bags, slgs, jewelry, clothes, shoes, both local and online? And perhaps add in your own experiences? Thank you!

  • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life
    December 6, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I actually just did this with a lightweight Lug bag bought several years ago. I was starting to think that its time was up but I pulled it out for a few days and now I’m reminded that it’s actually quite nice to have a light structured bag. I’m glad, though it doesn’t do a whole lot for my closet clearout!

  • Vivian
    December 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Katherine, I’m glad you are keeping this bag! Hello it’s Fjord leather….I can hardly find one in Vancouver

    • Katherine
      December 8, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I think you can request for one to be brought in…or there is always Paris ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mercy
    December 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Always find your post interesting, I have bags that I haven’t picked up for a while so I might try this too. But your bolide is really good looking, so good that you keep it.

  • Ava
    December 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Katherine,

    Haha, you’d make a terrible poker player, re: “do I hear Marie Kondo calling” – I called that bluff straight away! Lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That said, while I am not surprised you didn’t part ways with your beautiful Bolide, I am surprised you don’t use it more bc it’s so “easy” (for lack of a better word) to wear.

    BTW saw that you were getting tkts to Hamilton – might I suggest getting seats as close to the stage as possible (even if a bit more pricey?) as you will be able to see more and hear things more clearly – IMO. Having seen it a few times, it makes a world of difference sitting closer to see the nuances of acting and what not. It is great and can’t wait to see what you think of it!

    The Chanel sale is underway…are you getting anything? I think I am going to try to behave and attempt a no-buy this time around. ๐Ÿ™‚