Traveling has taught me to be versatile in more ways than one. Whether it’s the through the words I speak, the foods I eat, or the things I do, being adaptable is an important quality I strive to maintain. James Michener’s quote comes to mind right now: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” True indeed. Words I practice to this day.
Being an adaptable traveler also taught me how to pack. I’ll admit that I was once the kind of girl who would overpack for any trip by bringing several pairs of shoes, multiple purses, changes of coats, and a straightening iron. Yes, I’ve been that girl before. Thankfully, I’ve learned much over the years. When I travel now, I often leave most of those pretty little things behind.
Packing effectively starts with the right bag. Along with my main luggage of choice, I usually carry a small bag of some kind to keep personal items and such.
For casual travel, I like to carry a traditional purse. I look for versatile pieces that can transition from one time and place to the next, eliminating the “need” for multiple bags. On top of that, it needs to be roomy enough to fit my necessities like my phone, documents, and a notebook. It’s been a difficult endeavor. Most handbags aren’t designed with the traveler in mind, and those that are are unfortunately hard to look at. Or expensive. So, you can imagine my excitement when I received this pretty little gem from Lo & Sons.
Isn’t it swoon worthy?
I’m small by nature, so I like my accessories to be small too. The pearl measures in at 9.5″ x 7.75″. I was initially skeptical, thinking it may be too large for my liking. But after my first time toting it around, I was smitten. It’s an ideal size, really. I was able to fit everything I needed for my day trips. Granted, what I normally carry with me isn’t much. There is still a lot of room left for other things when a longer trip comes.
Understated is an adjective I like my style to embody. I like subtlety—nothing too trendy, too risque, too sparkly, too rugged, too dowdy, too tacky, etc. That’s precisely what the Pearl gives me. There’s none of that obnoxious monogramming going on, or oversized logos, or anything that might potentially scream, “Look at me! Look at me!” The Saffiano leather exterior is both delicate and durable, which is great because I don’t have to be too careful with it in areas where bumping into someone or something is likely. I have yet to test out its ease of transition. Though I imagine, it won’t be too difficult with the convertible strap it comes with. I can wear it as a shoulder bag, cross-body, or clutch. Versatile indeed!
What’s also wonderful about this particular bag is the oodles and oodles of storage it provides. The Pearl has two zippered compartments, about the size of a small tablet, ideal for my notebook and some snacks. The center has designated compartments for everything I usually carry: my cellphone, pen, and passport. I love the ease of the magnetic closure. It makes reaching for my phone or a pen a breeze. None of that zippered mess when I’m in a rush. In here, I also keep a few small items that would normally get lost in the bottom of a larger bag. Things like lip balm, hand sanitizer, and eye drops. There’s even a key leash in there.
I’ve taken the Pearl out on a few day-trips through Florida and New York City. It’s been the perfect sidekick, delivering the stylish versatility I’ve been seeking. It’ll be coming with me to Italy where I hope it’ll continue to deliver on all levels.