Monday, 16 April 2018

New favourite handbag alert!

It's not possible! No way! My lunchbag handbag has been usurped by a sneaky handbag interloper?! Oh yes, yes, and yes!!

Introducing my new absolute favouritist new handbag. I didn't know it was possible to have such a handbag crush. I'd sponsor myself if I weren't already doing it. But, really, I should ask for more - I egregiously undervalue my services. Heh.

This is a vintage shiny handbag, vinyl I'm pretty sure, "A handcrafted Bernard Original, Made in Canada, Montreal," probably late '50s/early '60s. That's handcrafted vinyl, everyone. I've had this bag in my collection for several decades (yes, you read that right, from Value Village back in the day), but it never really sang to me until now. Until I wrote on it. Yesss.

One side says: "I'm not the accessory - she is!" And the other side says: "Handbag attitude." Indeed.

I hand-cut the letters and stuck them on, then decorated them just a bit with black roller-ball pen, and then sealed the whole damned thing with tape, which is what tape does. It was all a rather fiddly business and it made a big mess. I ordered my maid to clean it up. Again, I highly undervalue my services.

Below is the genuine handcrafted vinyl interior, which features two sleeve pockets, one on each side, and a zippered pocket in which to squirrel away flat, totally top-secret stuff.

I have to say, this bag was the most fun bag I've ever carried around town, and I've carried a few. I couldn't get more than a couple of blocks without someone smiling and stopping and asking about my bag. Of course, one might expect that reaction when carrying one's bag out front like a cross against a vampire or a stiff-armed Frankenstein with a dribbling baby, in a happy way of course, not a horror show way, to show it off.

No, I was just all, lah-ti-dah, swinging my handbag at my side, going about my business, but the bag cried out for attention even when I shushed her. She made me feel like a million bucks.

Speaking of a million bucks, I adore the co-star of this shoot, the Jacqueline Conoir suit - she is a local designer. It's a shame I didn't get better photos of it - I was obsessed with the bag. The black fabric has a circle motif, which you can only see in certain light.

I bought the suit a couple of years ago at My Sister's Closet and only wore it once. In fact, it was in my donate pile, but by taking in the pantlegs by about 3 inches on each side, and adding buttons, one black, one blue, a couple of inches over on the front, I've decided I love it. You can see it pre-upcycled here. It was definitely a more feminine styling.

But now guess what? I'm selling this bag! Gaaaa!!! It freaks me out! You must all know that saying: if you love something, set it free, if it comes back, it was obviously preprogrammed. Heh.

No, what I mean is, I'm ready to set this free for real. I am not kidding when I say this is my most favourite bag ever. The bag itself has been with me for decades, not an easy feat, and the upcycle has made it come alive, but letting it go will be part of a letting-go process in general in terms of my closet.

AND, I want a new camera, one that will do bokeh backgrounds. I adore my point-and-shoot, but I'm ready for something new, not a replacement, but a DSLR with a super-fast lens, which makes this purchase an extravagance I'm willing to sell things for. If I didn't want a new camera, I might not sell this, but letting-go is a good thing, right? I keep telling myself that.

I may undervalue my other services, but the bag, non! I am selling it for US$380. If you are interested in being an Accessory to my plans, heh, please email me and we can work out the details.

As my friend Mr. Wonder says, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, it's yours. Own a piece of Bag! Heh.

I'll link up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for her Visible Monday, thanks, Patti, and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for her #iwillwearwhatilike. Thanks to you as well for hosting. See you there!


  1. Love that DIY bag!!!!!!Super cute work on the suit!!! Can't wait to see you in action when you get that camera!!!

  2. Oh, you could start your own line based on that handbag. I'm serious. It's amazing, and so are you!

  3. Melanie, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I am a big collector of vintage handbags and I've written on a couple with white out! Haha, so funny. It does quickly update a vintage bag. Love what you wrote! Always inspired by you.


  4. The power suit against an artistic mural and an iconic woman dashing in front... yes , yes, and yes!
    This handbag is amazing. How cool that you rescued it from your closet and made it the star of the show. OK, of course it is not the star. You are the star. That is clear, absolutely!
    Indeed- SHE IS !

  5. LOVE this bag! I know you're selling the original but I agree you could create a whole line.

    I've been doing a bit of upcycling on a thrifted blazer tonight. Your DIY energy rubbed off on me a couple of days ago. It's good to get back to some creativity.

    I hope the bag sells quickly! It's a STEAL!


  6. Oh, I adore this bag - what a great idea to give it new life! The suit looks killer on you! I hope that will be staying in your closet, but fully support the movement of...movement in closets in general. We must always be making room!

  7. Hahaha, fantastic! Not only the words, but I just love vinyl! Great job!

  8. ohhh, I love this bag, such a fabulous idea to write on your bag and let it behaves as a Schtar! It totally rocks!. And I totally agree with Suzanne: you could create a whole line!
    Your suit looks absolutely comfy&cool, edgy and elegant!

  9. Stuff that has something to say! That could be your line.
    You look smashing. And brilliant. Way to go, Mel.

  10. Sooooper cool bag, Mel!! What a great way to reinvent a piece that was collecting dust. I love it!!


  11. Your stride carrying that bag is seriously unapologetic. YOU dear Mel will NEVER be an accessory even though you gave the bag it's voice.
    Love, Jude


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