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May Birthday Giveaway: Troubadour Tote from Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Troubadour Tote

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Welcome to Wednesday and it’s giveaway: a Trourbadour Tote Bag in the color of your choice from Crystalyn Kae. This is an awesome bag, it can fit a laptop (up to a 15″ Macbook), has many useful interior pockets (go see the pictures), a zipper top, and a gathered design in front that allows you to stuff the bag should you need (it can hold a water bottle and a pair of shoes, I see possibilities here). I see Crystalyn Kae bags on the shoulders of girls wherever I go in Seattle, her Topstitch Hobo seems to be a favorite (at least from my highly unscientific pole of, well, my observations) and she always has a nice big booth at UCU (a big craft and handmade goods show here in Seattle that is worth traveling for). Crystalyn Kae bags are made from an embossed coated canvas which is lightweight and waterproof (necessary here) and it can even be thrown into the washer. The bags are all made by hand in the US and it’s very good construction (I have examined it), have comfortable handles, most of them are vegan (unless otherwise noted), and have perfectly chosen contrasting lining. One of her newest items is the Pleated Clutch and I think I have a crush on it.

If you’d like to win the fabulous Troubadour Tote Bag please leave a comment with this post, and if you’d like something to chat about answer this question: Do you prefer your bags in neutrals or bright colors? Me? I have been trying my utmost to buy bags in bright colors since my wardrobe stubbornly, perhaps reliably, stays in the range of black to gray. Having colorful bags means I can accessorize to my mood without thinking too much about it. So far it’s working, I think. Alright, you have until 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 19th to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you for entering!

· comments [1,211] · 05-18-2011 · categories:shopping ·

1,211 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leah // May 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Happy Blogiversary. I can’t believe you’ve been doing this for 10 years! That’s fantastic. Thanks for all the great posts.

  • 2 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Ahhh a tote that can fit a laptop? Count me in! Love your blog btw :)

  • 3 Fiona // May 18, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! I wish I had known about blogs 10 years ago – I think they’re fantabulous!!! And I especially love yours – it was the Dahlia Brooch that caught me!!

    I’d love to have a bag in a sumptuous colour but somehow I always end up predictably with a black bag!!! What is that about…..? Love this bag by the way!!

    Hope you have a lovely day!!! I’m off to bed to rest my weary head – it’s late evening here in New Zealand!!!

    :o)

  • 4 Aisha // May 18, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I found your blog during a painful creative block and I have to thank you for providing such awesome tutorials and inspiration. It really does make a difference and your blog makes the internet a better place! Here’s to many more years of creativity.

  • 5 brie // May 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I do love a good bag! My go-to bag is brown, but I have a bright green bag that holds a special place in my heart. Lately, I’ve been yearning for something grey. Oh, bags!

  • 6 Lucy // May 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I love my bags in neutrals, because when i find a bag it’s usually love at first sight and as in any new relationship I have a hard time to stay away from my love.
    Yes I want THIS bag, cause I can feel it tingling!

  • 7 Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I’m a black and grey girl myself. I also like metallic neutrals.

    I’m starting a new masters program (my third) this fall and that bag would be PERFECT to take me from work to class.

  • 8 Little Miss S. // May 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Great tote – I have a thing about bags. I usually go for bright colours, but must admit that the one that really get to live in my collection are the more neutral colours. Perhaps it is because I love to wear colourful clothes and is therefore quite opposite you :)

  • 9 Lindsay S // May 18, 2011 at 2:38 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Love love love this bag!! My wardrobe tends to get a little funky, or stay VERY classic, so my bags vary too. I definitely have shopping trends, I’ll stay classic for a while and then go nuts… Speaking of which, that burgundy is stunning, and the orange too!
    This would be perfect to take to class with me (grad school soon, so burgundy would probably be best!)

  • 10 Alison // May 18, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I’m boring and go for neutrals. Your idea is a good one, though.

  • 11 Bri // May 18, 2011 at 2:44 am

    All my handbags are black! Some have coloured accents, but they really aren’t very colourful… I need to branch out!
    The pictured bag is both gorgeous *and* practical.

  • 12 Latonya Ramsey // May 18, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Much success and may you have many more years to come!

  • 13 Dagný Ásta // May 18, 2011 at 2:54 am

    oh that’s a beauty!!!
    I tend to get neutral colors, brown and black…

  • 14 Dhuang // May 18, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I love neutral colors! They go well with any outfit.

  • 15 Annie // May 18, 2011 at 3:04 am

    What a great giveaway! And Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for so much inspiration……….
    I tend to lean towards the bright bags. They catch peoples eye right away and they don’t notice that I’ve had the same wardrobe since you’ve started your blog. HA!
    I covet the orange bag. My fingers are crossed!

  • 16 Elle // May 18, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I like to have some of each – a couple of “professional” looking bags, but then an assortment of fun, patterned, and/or colorful other bags to pull from! Currently I’m using a yellow bag that makes me smile when I see it. I am just now starting to want to upgrade bags so they are better quality, and this bag looks amazing!

  • 17 Jen W. // May 18, 2011 at 3:07 am

    My big, daytime work/carry everything the kids might need bags tend towards neutral (ok, except for that one with bright orange flowers). Small nighttime bags are always colorful.

  • 18 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

    All my bags are different shades of brown. A bit boring sometimes but I prefer plain bags in the main. I’ve not yet found a colourful bag I love and can afford (I know!) but am always on the look out for one in bright red!

  • 19 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I love a useful bag like this. I usually have a favorite and use it until it dies. I then think it’s resurrected into my next fave.

  • 20 Cristina // May 18, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I have the opposite problem… I will get a hot pink bag and then if I’m feeling like wearing bright colors, I’ll want to wear a bright orange or green shirt, and then with the bag I just look like a finger painting. I have to tell myself to stick to black and let my clothes be bright.

    I live in a rainy place too and waterproof bags are the best!!

  • 21 Suzanne // May 18, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Neutrals for me! I am too busy to mess with changing bags around and matching outfits. I need a bag that does everything; a bag I can grab and go. One bag to rule them all…like this one!

  • 22 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I’d love to win! I generally have to push myself to avoid neutrals & conservative colors, but I’m working on it… yellow is one of my new favorite colors!

  • 23 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I love this bag! I have a mix of colorful and neutral and it just depends on my mood.

  • 24 Melissa M. // May 18, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I’m boring (and too practical) and usually go with neutrals. Maybe this summer I will get adventurous…

  • 25 Julie // May 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I already have my boring black, so my next bag will have to have color! I really hope I win. My bag is filled with crushed cheerios and smells vaguely of milk from toting around snacks for my little ones. Something that could go in the wash would be heavenly.

  • 26 Kelly // May 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    I am really working on expanding my bag repertoire…I tend to seek function over form, soooo boring. This one looks like a winner in both categories.

  • 27 Sarah Jones // May 18, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I love your blog, congratulations on 10 years! Most of my bags are bright colors, but the one I actually use on a daily basis is a plain brown, all the others are too small now that I have to carry snacks, sippy cups, diapers, etc!

  • 28 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Cute bag! I prefer neutral bags. Even though summer is just around the corner, I ususally am carrying a black/camel Dooney & Bourke bag, because it goes with everything.

  • 29 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I’m trying to do bright colors, too, and make it fun to accessorize.

  • 30 Kylie M-W // May 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

    I generally go for more neutral bags since it makes it easier to use them with lots of clothes.

  • 31 Meghan // May 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I usually like colorful bags. For work, though (and this looks like a great work bag), something neutral and traditional is better.

  • 32 Maria // May 18, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I usually wear a lot of black, so I love for my bags to be bright colors that pop on my neutral wardrobe.

  • 33 Ashley // May 18, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I go for bright bags because my wardrobe is also heavy in the neutral/black range.

  • 34 Elise // May 18, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I love bags in bright colors, the one I am using right now is a gold/bronze. But I do have some bags in neutrals because sometimes I need a subdued colored bag, for a job interview or other event where I need to look more put together and professional.

  • 35 tamara // May 18, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I’d love a bag I didn’t make myself! Sounds strange, I know…but ever since deciding to make my own bag, I’ve felt guilty if I *buy* one now!
    Congrats on the 10 years, wow, into double figures!

  • 36 Jamie G // May 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I love all kinds of handbags, bright and neutral. But I typically use my cream colored messenger bag.

  • 37 Toni // May 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Well, I was going to say I usually buy neutral colored bags, but after thinking about it I realized my last two have been fairly bright green. However, that tote looks like it is just about the perfect shade of brown.

  • 38 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Is bright neutral an option? My favorite go-to bags are dark red. I like that they stand out next to my mostly black/gray/brown wardrobe, and they add an extra punch of color without being crazy about it.

  • 39 Kirstin // May 18, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I’m usually boring and go for neutrals, though lately I’ve been wanting something kicky and bright for spring!

  • 40 barefoot rooster // May 18, 2011 at 4:06 am

    happy blogiversary! i tend to go for neutrals, but not black. brown, grey, even something lighter in the brown family. this bag looks both practical and hip enough for academic life. love it.

  • 41 Safraknit // May 18, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I like bright colors, but own more neutrals than bright colors.

  • 42 Annie // May 18, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Congrats on 10 years!
    I go for neutral bags. They make it easier to accessorize.

  • 43 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Oh my goodness that bag looks wonderful. I can *always* use a nice looking bag that can carry the world, since I usually have to carry the world these days.

    Personally I go for neutral bags, but that’s because I have a lot of color in my wardrobe.

  • 44 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Happy Anni!

    I have a mix of neutral and colors, but usually use plain black for everyday use. :)

  • 45 kara // May 18, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Congrats! Love the bag! Neutrals are the way to go.

  • 46 Lou // May 18, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Bright colors!

  • 47 Lydia // May 18, 2011 at 4:20 am

    10 years! wow. Well most of my bags are neutrals except for this super bright hot pink shoulder bag which i rarely use, anyway good luck to everyone.

  • 48 Lily // May 18, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I usually choose bright colors, which is a problem, because then I can never match! I love them anyway…

  • 49 bryssy // May 18, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I am a neutral loving girl but I’ve been wanting something brightly colored for a bit. It’s hard to change!

  • 50 Kristen // May 18, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I’m more towards bright colors but when I think about it, all my bags are green (except one renegade orange) so that’s not the variety one would think of with bright colors. Adding another color to the mix would be great!

    Congrats on the 10 years!

  • 51 Terri // May 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

    My bags are all grey, brown, or yellow. A bit of both but apparently I like warmth ;)

  • 52 shannon // May 18, 2011 at 4:24 am

    i prefer neutral colors.

  • 53 Susan J // May 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

    My clothes are going more and more toward neutrals, and so my bags are, too. Well, except for my current purse/tote bag which is green & orange and red. Hmmm. Maybe I’m not as tastefully attired as I think….

  • 54 Callie // May 18, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Congrats on the anniversary!

    I have recently gone out on a limb with bag color choice, to a platinum (which sounds more garish than it is). After all the miserable weather we’ve been having in the Northeast lately, I feel the need for some color in my life!

  • 55 Georgia // May 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Look what a lovely bag! I try to go for bright bag colours that way it will always brighten your day! hope you are enjoying your 10 yr blogiversary! We sure are!

  • 56 Cathy // May 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Happy Anniversary! I tend to go for neutral color bags but I definitely like the bright colors and think I need to start branching out. ;)

  • 57 carrie // May 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I’ve also been trying to lean towards brightly colored bags, but someone I feel that if it’s going to be brightly colored, it must be Absolutely Perfect in Every Way (I can’t explain why I’m more forgiving of bags in neutral colors)- so I’ve been too picky to commit to one yet

  • 58 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 4:29 am

    This looks great! I do like my bags to have a bit of color, but I usually stay away from too bright so that it goes with a variety of outfits.

  • 59 Adrienne // May 18, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a gorgeous bag! I have one brightly colored bag, and the rest are neutral and/or muted. Just depends on my mood and “needs”.

  • 60 Leah F // May 18, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I love bright colours for bags. I wear a lot of neutrals, so I can accessorize with colours and not feel like a clown.

  • 61 Maria // May 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I have the Crystalyn Kae hobo in black & I LOVE it!! These are beautiful bags that are super well made, & vegan to boot.

    Since I love the black bag so much, I’ll have to go with neutrals over colorful bags. I’m so not a girly girl, so a basic piece is easier to coordinate.

  • 62 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I’m with you on using a bright bag to accessorize. Right now my favorite is a lime green straw bag that my mom found at Target…um, too many years ago!

    In the winter, though, I always go back to my black Coach tote. I don’t like to think about clothes/accessories that much, so it’s easier to stick with a basic.

    Happy blogoversary!

  • 63 Lacey // May 18, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I prefer both! My #1 standby, which is in use about 99% of the time, is grey. But my number 2 is a bright fuchsia. You just have to mix it up every once in awhile :)

  • 64 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I LOVE bags in bright colors. That orange is screaming my name.

  • 65 Sandy // May 18, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Definitely a neutrals person – that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a number of them. :)

  • 66 Ingrid // May 18, 2011 at 4:38 am

    All my bags seem to be green these days. Not sure how that happened!

  • 67 Liane // May 18, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I’m in the same boat as you, Megan. I tend to dress mostly in neutrals and I’ve been trying very hard lately to accessorize in color! I don’t always succeed though, old habits die hard :)

  • 68 Tracey // May 18, 2011 at 4:41 am

    If it’s got lots of pockets then I’m totally drawn towards it. After that, I guess even though my brain wants to say I prefer bright colours, reality is arguing and saying all the bags I have are brown or black…so….huh…go figure.

  • 69 Mary Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 4:43 am

    My go to bags usually end up being in neutrals but I love having a few punchy ones to grab. With this gorgeous bag, I’m thinking something fun!

  • 70 Kathy // May 18, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Congratulations! I used to only buy neutral bags but in the past year they’ve been rather colorful!

  • 71 Dona // May 18, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I love bags in bright colors. Picking up a mustard yellow or turquoise purse on my way out the door makes me smile.

  • 72 Ruth Ann // May 18, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I like bright and colorful bags. I have a lot of gear bags that are bright yellow. Not so great for keeping them clean, but everyone knows it’s my bag! And it seems that’s a color that’s often on clearance. Guess a lot of people don’t like bright yellow. Works well for me!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 73 Betsy // May 18, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Right now I’m in a bright color phase, but I’m sure that will change eventually.

  • 74 Marie Biswell // May 18, 2011 at 4:48 am

    What an awesome bag.. please save me from the dull baby bags that are out there – I could use this instead & still feel like a woman and not just a mum!

  • 75 Mikki // May 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Happy Blogiversary :)
    and cute bag. Usually I prefer handbags in neutral colours but lately ive been buying brighter ones. This one is beautiful!

  • 76 erica // May 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

    looks like a fab bag—might have to get one even if i don’t win! i seem to buy bags either in black or peacock blue.

  • 77 Meaghan // May 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I prefer to look at bags in bright colors but for some reason I always buy neutrals. Hmph. I would definitely not be able to resist this in orange, even though that chocolatey brown is divine. Thanks for the giveaway…again!

  • 78 hunter // May 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Is there such a thing as a bright neutral? I tend to go for something between bright and neutral. Usually a purple or dark red in the winter, and a yellow in the summer. I have black and brown purses, but almost never actually carry them. The colorful but slightly subdued option seems to work better!

  • 79 Katherine // May 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I love brightly colored bags. I too have a fairly neutral wardrobe.

  • 80 Cindy // May 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I generally buy my bags in neutral as I do not want to have to change out purses to match or coordinate with outfits. Brown or black are always good but I really like the green in these gorgeous bags.

  • 81 Kristin // May 18, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Mostly black and grey, but most are interesting textures (many corduroy for some reason, and I have a wool striped one that I love) or have pink or red accents. I really need a brown one – and one that’s bigger, so this looks perfect!

  • 82 Melanie // May 18, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I like bags in bright colors, but it seems like I usually end up buying neutrals! I do have a red bag that I love, but I don’t use it as often as I should.

  • 83 kayceebeebee // May 18, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I love that orange one!

  • 84 Mary // May 18, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I am definitely a neutral/gray kind of gal, but I do love green! I could see this bag working as a chic diaper bag for me.

  • 85 KarenU // May 18, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Not surprisingly predictable, I am a boring neutrals person. I dream of being bold enough to carry a bright accessory, but I have yet to do it. Thanks.

  • 86 knittingshelley // May 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

    I have bags in a range of colours from black to grey to blue to red. Bags are a necessity, at least to me, so why not have fun with them?

  • 87 jennybookworm // May 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Oh wow – nice bag! I’m thinking I would go for either the orange or the burgundy in this bag — sometimes there is something to be said for neutral/natural leather but lately the bright bright bags are calling my name – maybe because all I ever seem to get to carry are backpacks and bike panniers… !!

  • 88 Jamaila // May 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Ooo, love it! I am definitely a neutral bag sort of girl – especially because I just don’t own very many bags. I tend to have one bag for each practical use – one tiny clutch, one large everything-bag, one everyday bag, etc. I’m still on the hunt for a great camera purse, though.

  • 89 Danielle // May 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I love a good bag! I prefer more of a neutral bag over a colorful one. In the summer though anything goes. This bag is amazing and I would love to win it!

  • 90 Annina // May 18, 2011 at 5:02 am

    i love bags!! and every color to suit my mood :)

  • 91 christie s // May 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I, like you, am going for punch & pizazz in the accessory category. Why is it that some people, like me, only wish to wear neutrals?

  • 92 Liz H. // May 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I also like brightly colored bags. I’m particular to a nice sunflower yellow/mustard!

  • 93 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I’m with you- neutral wardrobe~ bright bags! I think these would hold up so much better than my usual bag (untreated cotton canvas) without having to be leather (which gives me the willies). These are great!

  • 94 Christy // May 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I love my bags in neutral colors I can match them with any outfit. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!!

  • 95 molly // May 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I have a few favorites of both but I think in the end the neutrals win out.

  • 96 Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Bright colors all the way! I currently own three orange bags.

  • 97 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I love colorful bags–such an easy way to brighten up an outfit–but this one is so classy I might need it in brown or burgundy so that I could wear it everywhere!

  • 98 Sarah Anderson // May 18, 2011 at 5:07 am

    This is the cutest bag! I love it!

  • 99 patricia // May 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I like neutral bags with colorful accents. That said, my current bag is grey just like the weather – so depressing.

  • 100 Sarah Anderson // May 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Oh–bright colors all the way.

  • 101 Jackie // May 18, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Happy Anniversary! After years of neutrals, I’ve finally moved over to bright colors. Next step… pattern!

  • 102 Jamie // May 18, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I used to be neutral, but now I go bright… because bright colors are surprisingly neutral! My most-frequently-carried-bag, currently, is bright yellow.

  • 103 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 5:10 am

    My heart wants bright but my brain always wins out and buys neutrals.

  • 104 Adrienne // May 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Neutrals- I’m not one to switch bags to match what I’m wearing, so it’s better if the bag matches just about everything. Happy blogiversary!

  • 105 jamie // May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Neutral – I love my earth toned bags!

  • 106 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I love colourful bags, but I some muted shades for times when I have to look serious! I have sunshine yellow, pink, navy, olive, brown… and I get lots of compliments. But it does make departures more complicated when I have to move things around.

    Thanks for running these giveaways!

  • 107 Mujercita // May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I like to have a bag or two in neutral, that goes with everything, but most of my bags are pretty colors!

  • 108 Lisa // May 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    My go-to bag is lime green.

  • 109 amy h // May 18, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This bag bag is beautiful! I’m always drawn towards the pops of color and then my practical side takes over and I purchase the neutral.

  • 110 Kate in the Shade // May 18, 2011 at 5:14 am

    I vary between the two, probably because my love for bags has no bounds!

  • 111 Amanda // May 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Ooh – just checked out those clutches and man, they’re making me rethink my (usually not so enthusiastic) opinion on clutches.

    As for bag colors – easy – bright all the way.

  • 112 Mindi // May 18, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love a bag that does it’s job and looks great while doing it, and this bag, in a nice neutral, just might oust my current favorite go-to-bag.

  • 113 Remmus // May 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I am also trying to by a bag in a color. It has made so picky that I haven’t purchased one yet. I need to just jump out there and do it!

  • 114 kelley // May 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I tend to have simple, basic bags and neutral clothes with colorful cardigans and bolder shoes to mix it up more. The navy & grey in this one are great!

  • 115 E. // May 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

    I stay on the neutral side, save for the odd animal print here and there (what? leopard can be a neutral!)

  • 116 Tahra // May 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I just love bags and I collect them in any shade so when the mood it right I have a bag to match.

  • 117 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Bright colors for sure. I am still mad at my cat for chewing the handle off the super cute yellow purse I got from target, of all places!

  • 118 courtney // May 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Wow that bag is gorgeous! My most-used bags are neutral but I love bright colors too.

  • 119 Alison // May 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

    My favorite bags have been red or yellow, which I think are very versatile bright colors.

  • 120 jenny // May 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

    wow. I love a big bag that still looks good. I always go for more naturally colored bags. I like bright bags, but never seem to make that choice.

  • 121 darlene // May 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Great bag!!! I’m a neutral kind of person. Thanks for offering these awesome giveaways.

  • 122 ellen // May 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    For casual totes I love loud colors and prints, but for dressier occasions I always fall back on neutral colors (coward!).

  • 123 ellen // May 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    For casual totes I love loud colors and prints, but for dressier occasions I always fall back on neutral colors (coward!).

  • 124 ~Heather // May 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I always go for brights as most of my wardrobe is so damned drab.
    The orange and green bags are gorgeous!

  • 125 tracylee // May 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

    oh wow, I love that!
    I do prefer my pocketbooks in neutrals, if dark brown ‘croc can be considered a neutral :)

  • 126 Regina // May 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

    My best friend would love this bag. It’s got her name all over it.

  • 127 Margaret // May 18, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Just wanted to say that I LOVE this site.
    Happy Anniversary and thank you for all your wonderful posts and tips.

  • 128 Rhey // May 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I have and love some bright bags, but my go-to bags are always neutral so that I don’t have to switch them out all the time.

  • 129 Jill // May 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

    So gorgeous! I hadn’t really thought about it, but I like my bags like I like my clothes– nothing outrageous, but a *little* bit interesting. That means bags in a soft gold, an embossed black/grey pattern, etc.

  • 130 Elisabeth // May 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

    That tote looks perfect. I’m a student and not so much into backpacks so a chic bag that will hold my laptop and a couple of books is right up my alley!

    I have a huge bright yellow H&M bag that I love. It’s my go-to bag whenever I feel my outfit lacks a splash of colour!

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway and happy birthday to your blog!

  • 131 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I got a bit of both…same with my shoes. Sometimes you just have those events where blah is necessary.

  • 132 latenac // May 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Happy Anniversary! It’s funny I was actually just thinking about this recently. Currently my bags are in neutral colors but I’ve been moving to getting accessories and shoes in brighter colors to brighten my otherwise black and grey clothing.

  • 133 michelle // May 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I love this bag. I find myself eying colorful bags only to buy the neutral….

  • 134 Dawn // May 18, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I prefer the neutrals.

  • 135 Jamie // May 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Happy Anniversary, and wow, what a great bag. I’ve been searching for something big enough for all my crap, yet hip enough not to look like a briefcase or diaper bag. This would be awesome, especially in brown, cause I tend to go with neutrals for bags. I’m too lazy to change purses to match each outfit!

  • 136 Debbie // May 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I love this bag’s silhouette! beauty.
    I prefer my everyday bag in neutrals because I’m not good at switching out my purses, so I need one that will blend with everything.
    For special events I do prefer brightly colored satchels though.

  • 137 Ellen L // May 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

    ooo noice… I have a thing for neutral camel or red.. trying to keep away from black :)

  • 138 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Both! I love all kinds of bags.

  • 139 Stephanie K // May 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I’m with you on this one, megan! bright colors all the way – nearly everything i own is black, white, or grey, so accessories are how i add a punch of color to my outfits! :)

  • 140 Dana // May 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I’d love to win this very bag, in brown. I have a few bags in bright colors, but I think neutral colored bags are the most versatile.

  • 141 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

    If you get a bright colored bag, then you have to have more of them to match different outfits! ;) I’m not picky though. I love purses/bags in general

  • 142 Elise // May 18, 2011 at 5:39 am

    i’ve been hearing / seeing a lot about crystalyn kae bags, and after reading your description i know now what all the hype is about! i try to find bags (i say bags, but i really mean the one purse that i use for everything until it dies) in colored neutrals that complement the rest of my wardrobe – i’ve gone through a navy and am currently loving an eggplant, but i think a bright mustard would be great for summer!

  • 143 Jessie // May 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Bright Colors! I love purses in yellows and greens, but this one is lovely in buttery brown leather (like) canvas!

  • 144 Leslie // May 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I like both bright and neutral colors. Sometimes the purse is a pop of color, sometimes it just needs to blend with a look. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • 145 Lydia // May 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

    What an awesome bag! I could use something to schlep my laptop around in.

    I prefer tote bags and purses to be brightly colored, if possible. That way I’ve always got something cheerful to look at!

  • 146 Terin // May 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I like my bags in bright colors or metallics…love this one :)

  • 147 Lindsay-Jean // May 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I used to lean towards neutral bags, and then shifted to colors – so much so that now I’m missing some key neutral colors!

  • 148 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I love bags in bright colors but I usually just go with a neutral because I don’t have the time to switch everything over!

  • 149 Lori // May 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Happy Anniversary! I prefer bags in bright colors, because they can perk me right up!

  • 150 Megan // May 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

    That bag is gorgeous! I love a brightly colored bag–I don’t always have the nerve to dress in bright colors, so I let my bags and shoes do the talking!

  • 151 Beth // May 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Neutral always works for me!

  • 152 Mary Mihaha // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I don’t really have a preference for bag color. Right now I have a dark brown bag but before I’ve carried a pink and even a cherry red purse. Right now I’m liking neutrals.

  • 153 Jackie P // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I LOVE colorful bags, they are so cheerful!

  • 154 Laura H // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    That bag is gorgeous! I definitely need a good brown bag… I tend to gravitate towards colorful bags but sometimes you just need a basic color. Love this one!

  • 155 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Happy Anniversary! I always buy my bags in neutral colors, because then they’ll go with everything. For a while though, I’ve been wanting a bright one to cheer me up! Same with my shoes :)

  • 156 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

    What a great size for an everyday bag. I prefer larger, everyday bags to be neutral, and smaller bags to be bright, fun colors. You know, for those days when pink polka dots are the only thing that will get you past those rain clouds.

  • 157 Meg // May 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I wear a lot of bright colors, so the bags that get most mileage in my closet are generally the neutral ones. So much easier to match to my crazy outfits!

  • 158 Kimberly // May 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I’m with you. I like my bags to be brighter colors because I do tend to dress in neutrals. But I also like a good neutral bag. :)

  • 159 Julianne // May 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I tend to go for bags that are more neutral, but I have some fun, bright summer purses I can’t wait to start using again.

  • 160 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I go for neutrals, although my two favorite bags are sort of neutral patterns. I have a rotation of 4 or 5 favorites that I swap out every few months, keeps it fresh so I’m not tempted to buy anything new unless I REALLY love it.

    The Troubadour bag is sweet, I think I’d go for burgundy. I really like that it’s wide but not too deep so stuff doesn’t get lost at the bottom.

  • 161 Jess // May 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I love a good bright bag. I have a few go-to neutrals for practical purposes, but my favorite bag is a bright red patent number. I need more bright bags though, before I wear that one out!

  • 162 Margaux // May 18, 2011 at 5:53 am

    I like to swap out my purse often so I have a few of each.

  • 163 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I always go for natural colors – tan linen and hemp, brown leather. Something about it seems so…. right. Simple, classic yet chic? Of course, I have a handful of bags in crazy prints, most of which came from the Fair Trade store and were made somewhere the likes of Mali. This bag looks fantastic, stylish and functional. I also adore burgundy shades on leather.

  • 164 Janine // May 18, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Totes bright colors all the way!!

  • 165 Elena // May 18, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I like neutrals because I usually only have one purse at a time and it has to work with everything.

  • 166 Sheri // May 18, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Bright colors!

  • 167 Christa // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I love the bag – I am a neutral bag girl because my wardrobe is invariably bright…

  • 168 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I like bright colors!

  • 169 Becky // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Bright colors!

  • 170 Kelly // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I usually go for color since my wardrobe is full of neutrals. Shoes and bags are my POP!

  • 171 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    All my bags seem to be black. I think my next one will be red or burgandy. You know, and actual colour.

    I suck at purses. My current bag is actually a camera bag from Lowepro. It looks like a messenger bag, and it fits my stuff, even when I have my camera. But it’s not really all that stylish.

  • 172 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I’m a big fan of either burgundy or natural coloured purses.

  • 173 Kristin // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I’m more of a neutral girl myself – tans especially, but black and gray also. With a nice bag, like this one, it will stand out no matter what the color, and you can use it almost anywhere!

  • 174 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I’m with you. I do bright colored bags (and shoes and coats) but have a basic neutral wardrobe.

  • 175 C_Girl // May 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I’ve been yearning for the perfect bright green bag this year, but the classics are always good–this bag looks lovely!

  • 176 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I go for neutrals, but that’s because most of my bags are used in the field – including my little solar panel covered purse. I’m nerdy that way.

  • 177 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    It’s totally unlike me, but I kind of love the orange one.

  • 178 Karen // May 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

    My work wardrobe is black, gray, and brown so I rely on a brightly-colored bag to liven things up.

  • 179 Angie // May 18, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I’d love to have colorful bags but I’m a wimp and generally go towards the neutrals.

  • 180 Jill // May 18, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I’m trying to collect a bag in every color!

  • 181 Danielle // May 18, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Congrats on the Blogiversary! As for the bag – you had me at ‘washable’ :)

  • 182 Ivete // May 18, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I tend to buy black or gray bags for everyday, and evening clutches in bright colors. I guess because my going out clothes are usually black!

    Congrats on 10 years of blogging, my own 10 year anniversary is later this year too!

  • 183 Stephanie Cirar // May 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Neutral bags seem to be my thing. Changing handbags, for me, takes some adjustment and throws me off my game for a few days, so I like something to go with most everything. And to be tough!

  • 184 Whitney // May 18, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I think I like the navy bag! I generally go with neutrals, unless I can find something to match my shoes :)

  • 185 Vicki // May 18, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I love Crystalyn Kae bags. I used to always carry black bags, but lately I’ve been branching out a bit. I’d love a bright blue or green bag!

  • 186 Cinda // May 18, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I’m attracted to bags with bright colors. At this point I must need new bags in neutrals and brights. I think I own 3!!

  • 187 BettyG // May 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Red is a neutral, right?

  • 188 Susan // May 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I go for neutral colored bags because I don’t own many so the ones I do own need to go with everything and anything I wear.

  • 189 pawdua // May 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Happy Blogiversary. Love your log. I generally like a neutral bag, but around March I generally find myself looking for the brightest color I can find. Next year I’m going for hot pink.

  • 190 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Absolutely love this bag! absolutely Love your blog!

  • 191 Lisbeth // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Oooh, lovely. I always go for brights or jewel tones – green or peacock blue seem to match most everything in my closet.

  • 192 cck // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Oooh! I have one default purse (in a neutral), but I love funky and bright!

  • 193 Bonney // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I love a bright splashy bag and I have a few but I find myself carrying a neutral bag most of the time. This bag is lovely!

  • 194 Katey // May 18, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Neutrals–they go with everything! I don’t switch my bags out a lot so that’s pretty important to me.

  • 195 Elise // May 18, 2011 at 6:07 am

    ZOMG this bag is beautiful! I like to wear a lot of neutrals and cool colors so I always go big and bright with accessories–earrings, shoes, bags, you name it. That orange bag has my jaw on the floor. Pick me, little randomizer! Pick me!

  • 196 Jennifer // May 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Beautiful! Purses are my weakness. I always at least 3 neutral on hand and 2 brights in rotation.

  • 197 Molly // May 18, 2011 at 6:09 am

    I too wear almost all black and grey so I like to have bright colored bags.

  • 198 Brandi W // May 18, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Cool bag! I am not picky when it comes to the color of my bag just as long as I can get what I need and an extra diaper for the little one in it I am good!

  • 199 Beth // May 18, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful bag! I love bright and bold, but am never quite daring enough and always end up with neutrals. My practical side always beats the dreamer in me.

  • 200 Tina-Marie Venus // May 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I prefer bags in neutrals for the most part, which allows me to be spicy with my clothes.

  • 201 nadia // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    definitely bold colors…it adds a pop of color to your wardrobe

  • 202 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I’m going with bright colors now, but I used to be more in favor of neutrals,

  • 203 Cassie // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    So cute! I go back and forth, I love bright bags and then end up frustrated that they aren’t very versatile. So I get a neutral one too. :)

  • 204 Karin // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Oooooooooh, pretty!

    I love BRIGHT bags, but I tend to use my neutrals more. I just moved countries so I’m low on purses… so maybe I’ll be thinking about the bright vs neutral question a bit more after my paycheck ;)

    BTW, congrats on your wonderful bloggy accomplishments :)

  • 205 Susie // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Try as I might to be adventurous, I usually end up with neutrals. But I would LOVE this bag in orange! Awesome color!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • 206 Mary B. B. // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    My sister shared your site with me about 9 years ago. Since then you have been on my “FAVORITES” bar and enjoyed ever since. Thank you for the huge effort to keep us inspired through crafts, cooking, decorating, etc. I was going to just enjoy your posts this month and not enter but this one today put me over the edge.:)

  • 207 Angie // May 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I don’t think I have a neutral bag, what fun would that be?

  • 208 cab // May 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    It’s been a great 10 years. Thanks for your energetic contributions! This is exactly the bag I’ve been looking for!

  • 209 H // May 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I definitely have been gravitating to more neutral bags: I like to carry the same one for quite a while, and would rather not have to worry about whether it goes with my other clothes.

  • 210 Marcy // May 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I like both! In this case I’d have a hard time deciding between brown and that delicious orange.

  • 211 Catherine // May 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I tend to buy both neutral and colors for my bags. I like choices :P It’ll be very hard to chose which Troubadour tote — I like them all!

  • 212 Adrienne B // May 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I try to choose muted colors that will work with my jackets. Green, blue and yellow- no pink, red, orange….

  • 213 Lindsey // May 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I love this bag! I have traditionally been a neutral bag person, but lately I’ve been trying to step it up and add some color. :)

  • 214 cam // May 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    In my ideal world I’d have an assortment of shapes in purple, grey, brown and red. And, some Orla Kiely too.

  • 215 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Love that bag. I tend to keep it neutral, but would really like that to change. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 216 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Such a cute bag! I like neutral bags and so I’d probably opt for the black or navy. Too bad my grad. student budget isn’t friendly to picking up one of these babies. So rare to find a bag that will fit my 15in Macbook!

  • 217 Lea // May 18, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I always get black bags- it’s time to go bright! Also thankyou for such a wonderful blog!

  • 218 Mary K // May 18, 2011 at 6:21 am

    I like and own both neutral and bright bags. Right now I’m carrying a plum-colored bag that I love!

  • 219 Scarlett // May 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I love bright bags. My daily (since I carry my laptop everywhere) is a red satchel from Cambridge Satchel Company. The only neutral bag I own is, interestingly, my black beach bag.

  • 220 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I like bring bags. Usually bright spring green!

  • 221 Margo // May 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Longtime reader first time commenter – love the blog – big fan of the bacon cups!

  • 222 Blair // May 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    What a lovely tote! Seems like it would be practical for lots of…toting. And, of course, happy blog birthday! This has been one of my absolute favorites since I started reading blogs. Congratulations!

  • 223 Sarah M // May 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I try to go bright! I don’t like switching my purse too often, and I find bright colors go with everything. Current bag is hot pink, but LOVE the orange troubadour tote.

  • 224 Karen // May 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I try for a bold color in my bags because I usually wear a lot of black and grey and at least want SOME color in my wardrobe!

  • 225 Meghan // May 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Bright colors for sure! It adds a pop of fun :)

  • 226 Megan // May 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I usually stick with brightly colored bags. Just busted out my yellow handbag for spring!

  • 227 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    great bag!

  • 228 Sheila // May 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I usually go with brighter bags in spring and summer, and more neutrals in fall and winter. Theres just something about a nice brown leather bag when the weather starts to cool down.

  • 229 Maggie // May 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I love bright colors because they do at a pop of fun, though the bag I’m carrying right now is black, which makes me sad sometimes.

  • 230 lonna // May 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

    lovely bag!

  • 231 Deirdre // May 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Love all the bags. I love to look at bright colored bags but when it comes to actually making the purchase it is always a neutral color. I guess my practicality kicks in.

  • 232 Elizabeth // May 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I love bright bags, but I try to have some staple neutrals that can go with anything. The Troubadour Tote is very cute!

  • 233 Austen // May 18, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    When I buy a bag, I go for black or brown, because they’re usually more expensive and I want to get a lot of use out of them. But if I’m sewing a bag, I go for bright and cheerful – because I know that when I get tired of it or the season changes, it’s not going to cost me too much to switch it up. I’m really intrigued by the idea of using coated canvas for a bag.

  • 234 Jillian // May 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I lean towards bright colors. So much so that I don’t currently have any neutral bags and I should.

  • 235 Whitney L. // May 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Happy 10 years – so exciting! I lean towards neutral bags but should probably start opting for some color as my wardrobe is pretty limited in that area.

  • 236 Katina // May 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Neutrals are just way too easy to wear with everything – I love bright colours, but its like – nothing matches!

  • 237 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I love brightly colored bags – I also wear tons of black and gray, and it’s the perfect balance!

  • 238 Elisha // May 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Ten years, wow! Congratulations!

    I usually get neutral bags, so I don’t have to worry about if they match my outfits.

  • 239 Aeliel // May 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I tend to prefer my bags in neutral colors, since I usually wear colorful clothing. (And I don’t want to run the risk of clashing if I just grab whatever bag my wallet is in if I have to go out in a hurry.)

  • 240 hnahk // May 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    gahhhhhhhhhhh i am drooling over the clutch tooooo…for my big every day bag, i go with neutral colors. i like to be safe but for little bags (like the clutch) i love the pop of color.

  • 241 jenlyjen // May 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I guess my answer is – yes, and yes. I have a mix of neutrals and bright colors. But my favorite is the brights; they cheer me up!

  • 242 Amanda // May 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Bright colors to diffuse by NYC uniform of black and gray clothing!

  • 243 mollysusie // May 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Squeeeee! I love that bag! And I like bags in all colors, neutral and bright. What a great find … thanks!

  • 244 Dalila // May 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Delicious bags, M!
    I prefer neutrals but I have some red boots so I would consider getting a red bag to match.

  • 245 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I have the same problem – my closet is mainly dark neutral colors, so I like to have accessories that pop!

  • 246 Gita // May 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    This is a gorgeous bag! As to neutrals or colors, well, I think it’s good to have both kinds of bags! I rarely wear an all black bag any more, since I no longer live in NYC. But I have a leather one in a kind of merlot color with a black strap that I wear a lot. I also have patterned bags made of Japanese fabric by Echino and I love them with neutral dresses or, even, patterned things. The key is choosing a pattern that has neutralish colors or colors that go with things you already own. It’s surprising how it can work.

  • 247 krista {urbanite jewelry} // May 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I tend to enjoy neutral bags but have recently branched out into purples and teals in lovely shades. My purple bag (2 years old from target, actually) still gets me compliments to this day!

  • 248 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

    What a lovely bag!

  • 249 april's craft nest // May 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

    happy birthday! i used to tend toward only black, but i have ventured out. my latest little hand bag is orange.

  • 250 Jolene // May 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I always think neutral colors would be best…but generally grab a bright color because it makes me smile.

  • 251 Meg // May 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I usually go with neutrals since I wear colors and I’m also lazy about switching out bags daily. But I do have one or two bright ones that find their way onto my shoulder here and there!

  • 252 Erin N. // May 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I love brightly colored bags. hot pink, teal, electric blue… I tend to wear blocks of color anyway, so I can usually match up a bright bag without too much clashing.

  • 253 Dinah // May 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I love the idea of the coated canvas. Please pick me!

  • 254 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This bag looks great. I like both neutral colors and fun colors for bags. So I can choose one depending on my mood for the day. You gotta have the classic colors, but it’s also fun to have some crazy colored accessories. Right?

  • 255 stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Great bag! What a great way to celebrate!

  • 256 Lynn Jones // May 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Nice giveaway! I’m sure the lucky recipient will be thrilled. Lately I’ve tried to go with colorful bags to liven things up.

  • 257 Amber Mc. // May 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    GASP! I want that bag…in orange. I’m sure it will show up in my dreams.

  • 258 Liz // May 18, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Nice looking bag. Thanks for this blog. It gets my crafty part of my brain working. :)

  • 259 Kerry // May 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I love all different color bags. I feel like you should definitely have a nice bag in a couple neutral colors, but aside from those go for brights! I bought a bright mustard yellow bag recently that I LOVE.

  • 260 Dell // May 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    My bag right now is black, but only because I got a great deal. I really like bright solids. They jazz up any outfit.

  • 261 Trisha C // May 18, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Goodness gracious that is a pretty bag!! I’d be torn beyond belief between the green and burgundy ones. Lately I like slightly clashing colors in my wardrobe. I think approaching 30 has me acting out. :D

  • 262 Meg // May 18, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Always neutral for me!

  • 263 Robin // May 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

    It depends on the bright! I love a good mustard yellow, but for a bag this large I tend to go with a neutral.

  • 264 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Congratulations on 10 years!

    I love colored bags so I don’t have to switch them up very often. My favorite is a red leather drawstring shoulder bag. But, honestly, I love anything with pockets. This bag looks fantastic–holds a waterbottle and a laptop? Wow!

  • 265 Madelyn // May 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I have two bright red bags, but other than those, I prefer to have neutral bags.

  • 266 cindy // May 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    my go-to bag right now is a bright cerculean blue since I also wear alot of black/grey to work. I also have a couple of pink bags too. I would love this tote in orange or grey!!

  • 267 Karen // May 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I love having bright bags for pops of color. A pink or yellow purse is killer with an all black look.

    That being said, my current bag is black.

  • 268 Nia // May 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I’ve been on a neutrals kick lately.

  • 269 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Definitely bright colors, I pretty much only wear grey.

  • 270 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

    That bag is amazing. I love my bags in bright colors because my day-to-day wear is so neutral

  • 271 Adrienne // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Since my wardrobe (if you can call it that) is mostly black and blue, a bright bag is a treat, especially during the gray winter.

  • 272 Terra // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I like bright colors, but I always have one neutral standby

  • 273 CatMyers // May 18, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m a neutral. Although I’ve been known to carry a red bag too.

  • 274 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I always end up with neutral bags despite all of the colorful bags I spot people toting around town.

  • 275 Krista // May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Goodness – lovely bag – so happy I started following your blog…
    While most of my bags are black, I actually love coloured bags – bright blues, reds and purples… sadly they are not in my collection however.

  • 276 Cathy // May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I wish I could say bright colors but… I seem to be stuck in the neutral zone. Maybe next buy (win?!) will be bright!

  • 277 Jenny // May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I’m drawn to colorful bags, but my neutral ones definitely get the most action.

  • 278 Whitney // May 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Happy blog-o-versary!

    My absolute standby bag is a huge orange crossover. It’s so bright that it actually ends up looking like a neutral. Once you hit a certain point, it’s almost like the bag stands alone!

  • 279 jeanne // May 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I like bright colours for my totes…my husband can find me in a crowd. Love this tote you are offering!

  • 280 Ariel // May 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    ooh I love the bag in burgundy! I only have black purses except for my abundant collection of brightly colored le sportsacs which I can’t unfortunately use for professional events!

  • 281 Karen LaVoy // May 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    As long as I have one good black bag that “goes with” everything, I try to do other accessories in awesome fun colors!

  • 282 veronica // May 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    i always buy neutrals since i don’t buy new bags that often but i did go for a slate gray recently. daring! this is a beautiful bag!

  • 283 cat // May 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    In theory I would like to stick to neutral bags, because my wardrobe tends to be bright, but somehow I always fall in love with the colorful bags. These bags are so great!

  • 284 conny // May 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Total perfection! I’m a total bag lady–can never have too many. I love bright bags.

  • 285 Jaimie // May 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I love bright, bold colorful bags, mostly because my wardrobe ends up being blacks, greys, neutrals. And these bags are great, I have been coveting for years now!

  • 286 meanliving // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Bright colors, for exactly the same reason you mentioned!

  • 287 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I buy them bright, but get sick of them so fast I am switching to neutrals

  • 288 J Strizzy // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 am

    What a great bag! I find myself drawn to bright and interesting colors for bags, but then when I’m actually putting together an outfit I get gun-shy and go with safe neutrals a lot of the time.

  • 289 Nomi // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I like bright. All my pants, shoes and coats are gray or black or brown, so I can totally get away with bags in a crazy color.

  • 290 Clearly Composed // May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I so need to break out of the black bag rut and her bags are simply divine! :)

  • 291 Lindsay von // May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Gorgeous! I try to buy bags in colors but I’m actually on the search for a new neutral bag since I’ve worn the one I’ve had to death

  • 292 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I think I like mine bright, but I also wear a lot of bright clothes. No, definitely bright :)

  • 293 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I love bright bags! That orange Troubadour Tote is lovely!

  • 294 herschel // May 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    BRIGHTS! I normally wear neutrals, so a bright bag is a nice successory!

  • 295 Megan // May 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Wow! I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for ten years and I just found your site. Love it!

  • 296 Anne // May 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    As I loaded up my newest bright bag this morning I had a fleeting thought that I might have a bit of a bag issue- the never ending need for another. So this giveaway is pure serendipity!

  • 297 liz f. // May 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

    i usually go with neutral bags, only because i tend to change my mind often and it seems to happen more frequently with brightly colored bags. but, of course, sometimes i can’t resist a cute, colorful bag!

  • 298 kayduh // May 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Brights!

  • 299 Homa // May 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Huge fan of her bags! The glazed fabric feels awesome! I like neutrals best.

  • 300 Elsa // May 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Like you, Megan, I’ve decided to start buying my accessories in bright colors — not only because it gives a pop of color to my (almost inevitably black, gray, and blue) outfit, but because if a [bag/hat/pair of gloves] is brightly colors, I might actually be able to spot it in the tumult of black clothing that is my closet.

    All my current handbags are black, but the next one I choose will be a splash of vivid color, because a bright magenta or orange or green shoulder bag would help me shave a minute off my “just-one-second!” searching before I leave the house.

  • 301 jennifer e // May 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I normally get neutral colors, but I do have a few that are bright citrus colors. With this tote, the orange looks fabulous, so I’d actually go for it.

  • 302 Michi // May 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I need that bag in my life!

    I also stick with neutrals, because I’m fickle. I like to change up my shoes and will wear brightly colored shoes but only if the rest of my outfit is all black. I think that’s the New Yorker in me.

  • 303 Whitney // May 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I’m a neutral girl!

  • 304 Belle // May 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    The brighter the better! Thankfully, my mom shares the same affinity I have for colors and she tends to hand down some great bags.

  • 305 natalie // May 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I love a bright bag!!!

  • 306 Heidi Devereaux // May 18, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I’m with you. A bright colored handbag just adds a pop to an outfit!

  • 307 tawnya // May 18, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I have a decent mix of neutrals and bright colors. I change up a lot depending on mood…

  • 308 anne // May 18, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I love this bag! I have bags in both bright and neutral.

  • 309 Mika // May 18, 2011 at 7:07 am

    All my purses are bright colours.. burnt orange, canary yellow, and a fantastic herringbone multicoloured number. I would love one of these.. bright orange please!

  • 310 abi // May 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Brights lately, although that means I can almost never find a bag that actually matches my outfit – they’re too many different shades of garish.

  • 311 Amelia // May 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Brights for handbags, neutrals for totes!

  • 312 Christina // May 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Brights AND neutrals.. a girl’s got to have options!

  • 313 Elissa Harris // May 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Happy 10th! And thanks for your daily ideas.

    I’m always teased by friends because I pretty wear much a grey, blue, black palette. But I always have a few brightly colored purses on hand to make up for the lack of “color” in my wardrobe.

  • 314 Rachael // May 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Is it bad form to enter another of your awesome birthday giveaways if I won one already? If you think it’s tacky and I happen to win again, feel free to toss this out and pick someone else!

  • 315 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Beautiful bag! I prefer neutral hand bags, because I dress in bright colors.

  • 316 Ty // May 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I like to keep my bigger bags neutral for purposes of matching with different outfits. My evening purses and regular pocketbooks are another matter entirely :)

  • 317 whit // May 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    10 years? Wow, time flies! I have been reading you for nearly that long I think. And you have been a source of inspiration and ideas, so thank you!

    Sadly, I still have mostly neutral bags. Nearly my whole wardrobe is blacks, grays and reds!

  • 318 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I love bright colors! Though I do have a mix of both–but I love the way a bright bag pops against a neutral outfit!

  • 319 Wendy M // May 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I love fun color bags. I would love to win this bag in the green color. I have had another Crystalyn Kae bag for 3 years now, and I love it, but I *need* a bigger one like this. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  • 320 molly // May 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    bright in the summer and spring, neutral the rest of the year:)

  • 321 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    I love brightly colored bags. Like you, my wardrobe tends towards black and neutrals, so I love a popping bright bag to set it off. I love the orange one!

  • 322 Niina // May 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oh, mama needs that bag!
    I prefer colorful bags, in the summer and spring and winter but since I love natures colors in the fall the most I prefer my bags more neutral at least a couple of months of the year…

  • 323 RLJ // May 18, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Great question – I’ve been on the look out for a new bag recently and part of me wants a pink bag. I’m not sure how practical that would be, but it would make me smile when I see it. (My luggage is pink.)

  • 324 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Bright colors always! Fun!

  • 325 Bridgett // May 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Ditto, Molly. ITA that brights are best for summer.

  • 326 Anna // May 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I usually go with neutrals — they are easy to accessorize. I love this bag in gray!what a gorgeous color!

  • 327 Becky // May 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Can I admit that this would be my first purse-like bag? I am a complete tomboy all grown up, but this is too lovely to pass up.

  • 328 Adam // May 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

    bright colors!

  • 329 Dayra // May 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I love a bright (roomy) bag, it’s the best accessory a girl can have!

  • 330 Karla // May 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Love the blog and those bags are awesome! My sister always gets great colorful bags and so I finally got a bright red one, which is so fun, especially in the winter weather.

  • 331 Cassandra G. // May 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I choose bright colors, but I should probably find some more neutrals! Not a problem…a girl can never have too many bags. :)

  • 332 Alyssa // May 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I tend to go with neutrals, but I’m trying my hardest to do brighter colors. My problem is finding a balance between a nice birght color and one that screams, “LOOK AT ME! I HAVE A PURSE!” I want it to compliment, not overwhelm me! :-)

  • 333 Kasey // May 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Ooh, like those bags. I always go for neutral bags – I bought a brighter bag last year and didn’t get to using it. Mostly because I’m lazy and grab the same bag every day, and if it’s neutral that makes it easy…

  • 334 Gayle // May 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Bags are my weakness. I love bright colored bags, but I always seem to buy neutral colors.
    The troubador bag is lovely! Thanks for the giveaway…I will choose the burgundy one if you choose me :)

  • 335 Carrie S // May 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I love bags in bright colors because my wardrobe is pretty neutral.

  • 336 Crystal // May 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Neutrals. The burgandy color is beautiful!

  • 337 Lori // May 18, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I’m all about bright colors. My wardrobe is definitely in the black/gray/tan family so anything that helps brighten it up is wonderful.

  • 338 Alysia // May 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I try for dark bags… They tend to show less wear and tear as I use them until they fall apart. I think a nice, bright bag is just the thing for summer, though. :)

  • 339 Joy Cashman // May 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I always go for neutral colored bags because then I can wear them with anything. These bags are amazing by the way!

  • 340 gwen // May 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I love bright handbags! I have a yellow one, green one and a bright blue one.

  • 341 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Happy Anniversary! In the winter/fall i usually go with a neutral, in summer/spring i prefer a bright color!

  • 342 Dusie // May 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I usually stick to bland bags, mostly because they can go with anything. My current bag is black and tan with reddish brown piping, which makes it kind of cute & funky while still going with everything!

  • 343 Steph N // May 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I waer a lot of bright colors and don’t like shifting my stuff from one bag to another, so I prefer neutrals (though a good red goes with almost anything).

  • 344 Stephanie M. // May 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I’m going to Perth for the summer and this bag would be perfect!

  • 345 Allison // May 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I always go for bright colors, for the same reason you do — my wardrobe is a lot of black and grey.

  • 346 Kaitlyn M. // May 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Those bags are scrumptious! I love brights, but my bags tend to be neutral. It’s easier to make them work with my outfits which tend to be bright bright bright!!!

  • 347 Audrey // May 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I have an orange purse that I love, but I do tend to buy neutrals, although I wear a lot of boring colors, too. Maybe I need to switch things up?

  • 348 serena // May 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

    For an every day bag I go for neutrals, but I would love this orange bag for my laptop bag!

  • 349 Kristi K. // May 18, 2011 at 7:30 am

    This is a great blog! Started following you about 4 months ago…. Hope I win this bag, because for some strange reason I can’t seem to pull the trigger and invest in quality purses anymore :-(

  • 350 Gina W // May 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

    My purses tend to be in black and brown with the occasional plaid thrown in, but my commuting bag is bright blue and green and I love it. I’m always drawn to the brights, but I have a hard time picking one and usually end up with the neutral.

  • 351 Kristen // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Pick Me! I like both types of bags, but usually I am drawn to more unusual bags. :)

  • 352 Cecilia // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I agree. A bring purse is so cheery. They make any outfit more fun.

  • 353 Leana // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    love these bags! I will search for them when I am in Seattle next month. Love your blog!

  • 354 Kali Garofoli // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I think the color depends on the mood. Today in Colorado it is rainy…..so it is a neutral day. On sunny days….bring out the orange baby!

    xxo
    kali

  • 355 katyrenee // May 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    So cute! I can’t decide which I prefer, neutral or colorful, so I definitely have a few of each–keeps things spicy.

  • 356 Ann // May 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I tend to go for the neutrals. Once in a while I spice it up and go for a red or some such. Good to mix it up once in a while.

  • 357 Alison // May 18, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I’ve been trying to buy bright for the same reason you do. I very rarely buy purses though – I use the same one every day until it dies, unless I’m going to the beach or something. If I won this it would replace my wine tote for bus riding to work!

  • 358 Kristen // May 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I am a neutral girl for the most part, but a splash of color works its way into my life every now and then.

  • 359 Ariadne // May 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I love bags of all colours!!!!

  • 360 Elizabeth // May 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I prefer bags in neutral colours so that I can use them for all different outfits and occasions!

  • 361 Taryn // May 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

    The grey one is beautiful!

  • 362 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I have a bit of a bag problem, so I have a mix of neutrals and bright colors. I find myself picking bags with bright colors more often. I wear a lot of black, so a bright bag makes the outfit pop.

  • 363 Noelle // May 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love this bag. I think I would try one of the brighter colors. I, like you, have a very neutral wardrobe, so an exciting handbag really perks things up.

  • 364 Carly G. // May 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

    my dream bag would be a ’70s style patchwork tote. still on the lookout for that one!

  • 365 JB // May 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I’m boring and like my bags neutral. The craziest I got is a hunter green purse I had for one fall.

  • 366 Holly C // May 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

    i like to have bags in neutrals and in colors. i think i would either pick the grey or orange bag

  • 367 karen b. // May 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

    haha, I just like to nab bags that catch my eye, no rhyme or reason as to color. that makes it sound like I have some crazy collection, but most of my bags are tote bags, not official “purses,” just because I’m so hard on them that I feel bad paying a lot for a fancy bag.

  • 368 Elizabeth // May 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Happy birth-month to your blog!

    As for myself with bags…I prefer bright colors.

  • 369 kristin // May 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

    *love* this bag!! happy anniversary dear girl!! my wardrobe also tends to be black and grey…so a little pop of color never hurt with a gorgeous handbag!

  • 370 marielle // May 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I’ve always been a neutrals girl, until last year when I picked up a Baggu tote bag in this great mustard color – which has turned out to be pretty much a neutral, even though it’s in the yellow family! It works with everything. The Troubadour Tote in orange would probably be equally versatile.

  • 371 Alyson // May 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

    oh, the cuteness!!!

  • 372 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I love the color orange, and have become obsessed with finding orange bags/purses/totes.

  • 373 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

    i go through phases, sometimes i go for a bold colorful bag and sometimes a neutral… i think it depends on my mood, and what trends i’m liking….

  • 374 Kris // May 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Happy Blogiversary! My site will be 10 years next month.

    What an awesome bag!! I love a colorful bag because most of my clothes are black or grey or dark blue. I like to have fun with my bags.

  • 375 Isabel // May 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Like you, I’m trying to get more fun-colored bags since my wardrobe tends to be not so punchy! This bag looks gorge!!

  • 376 Anita // May 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

    This bag is super cute! Normally, I buy bags in neutral colors (and actually almost always in black because it’s easier that way), but lately I’ve been branching out, my last two were rose and gray. I think I’d love this one in Navy or Burgundy. Btw, thank you for keeping Not Martha going – I think I found you via your lip balm tutorial years ago and haven’t stopped reading!

  • 377 Rose // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I love her bags! I tend to accessorize brightly, which goes with my overall “kindergartener allowed to dress herself” personal style.

  • 378 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Neutral… considering I look like I’m about 12 years old, and I need my students to take me seriously… *sigh*

  • 379 Andie // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I like bags so much, I’d take one in neutral or bright colors, whatever excuse I can make to have another.

  • 380 Rebekah // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Neutrals — because I tend to have other pops of color in my wardrobe, so I don’t want to clash colors. I do love occasional bright bags or clutches, but my day to day is almost always neutral.

  • 381 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’ve always liked the bright colors but I think I need a more “sopisticated” bag now that I am looking at a “career”…hate those grown up words! :)

  • 382 sarah lynne // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

    wow, beautiful and functional. i’d say i’m a neutral girl myself. i love bright bags, but i always end up with brown at the end of the day.

  • 383 Megan // May 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I’m a bright handbag gal all the way…easier to spot in the clutter of my home, harder to lose, and is permanent FLARE! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 384 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    My wardrobe, too, suffers from black/grey syndrome. So I usually try to brighten it up with my bags.

  • 385 A.M. // May 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    is there such a thing as a funky neutral? my favorite bag color right now is bright white (which is a little perilous.. ) followed by a rich burgundy. Both go with as much stuff as boring old black.

  • 386 Avalee // May 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I find myself in a pickle most of the time — I love the look of bright bags with neutral outfits, but even when I have them, I tend to favour plain old black or grey. *le sigh* ;-)

  • 387 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

    All my bags are black. But I’m looking to mis it up a little — maybe go with a daring Grey!

  • 388 Kristin // May 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Bright!

  • 389 Ida // May 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I’m in love with the orange!!
    Your give aways are great and the orange bag would go so nicely with my wardrobe :)

  • 390 Stef // May 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

    My bags are almost entirely bright colors — it makes for a bit of a closet-excavation nightmare when an occasion actually calls for a neutral :)

  • 391 Julia // May 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I always buy neutral colors, but something inside of me squees over a nice kelly green bag

  • 392 Megan // May 18, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I’m the same as you – I like accessories to be bright against my all-neutral wardrobe.

    I bought one of her clutches for a friend before – she loved it.

  • 393 jen // May 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    both!!
    happy anniversary!

  • 394 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I love bright colors, but sometimes a good neutral is what you need! I have been looking for a nice bag that can hold my laptop and that one is gorgeous!

  • 395 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Color, amen!

  • 396 Lynn // May 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I always, always buy neutral bags. Well, not counting that bright red one hanging in my closet right now…

  • 397 Jaimee // May 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    This is one of the first blogs I started reading. Congrats!

  • 398 mrscharlemagne // May 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Usually I go for bright colors =). This bag looks awesome!

  • 399 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    That bag is gorgeous! As much as I would like to branch out into colors, I always stick with the neutrals.

  • 400 Debra // May 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I tend to carry neutrals for day-to-day use, but I have a bright blue beaded bag that holds a special place in my heart. I received a C.K. clutch for Christmas that has become my new favorite bag, the fabrics she uses are just gorgeous.

  • 401 Adrianna // May 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I always think I’ll like bright bags more, but usually end up carrying neutral bags. Sometimes I find the happy medium by carrying bags that function as unusual neutrals, like a rich burgundy.

  • 402 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

    This bag looks amazing. I alternate between neutrals and brights, but the bag I get the most compliments on is a light blue giant tote that I picked up at TJ Maxx for $20.

  • 403 jwen // May 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Even though grey is my go-to wardrobe color, I tend to stick to neutral colors too when it comes to picking bags. I need to learn how to work in some more colors! My husband has banned me from buying grey, haha.

  • 404 Patsy // May 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I have a mix. Bright when I wear neutrals and black/grey/etc for when I need it. However my go to bag/purse is red!

  • 405 marilyn // May 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I love bright bags, but tend to use my brown bag or my orangey-yellow almost neutral bag almost every day. I do have a bright green sequined bag that I love for a night out, though!

  • 406 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Congrats on 10 years – what an accomplishment!

    As for the question of the day, the color of my bag tends to go with how much money I’m spending. If I’m buying an expensive bag – I tend to keep it in the neutrals, since the bag will (hopefully) last longer, and will (again, hopefully) out-live the whatever-color-is-hot-this-season trends. But if it’s a bag that’s not too expensive, I’ll buy it in color. Like you said in your post, I too wear a lot of black and neutrals, so a fun colorful bag makes the outfit as a whole more playful!

  • 407 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I tend to go with colors, just because my wardrobe can be a little neutral. Love that bag!

  • 408 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Oh, I prefer bright colors. I’ve been looking for an electric blue bag for a while, but I can’t find one with the right pocket configuration. I really like the look of the Orange Troubadour….

  • 409 Denise // May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hmm… I wanna say I like bright bags but always end up with a neutral bag so it matches with anything.

  • 410 squandra // May 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Bright colors all the way! :)

  • 411 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I love bright colors but then I get scard the bag won’t match enough of my stuff so I end up going with a neutral bag. I need to branch out!

  • 412 Sarah S. // May 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I don’t really purchase or carry bags. I have one worn-out black purse and one gifted red purse. My every-day bus messenger bag is sky blue…so I guess it would be brights.

  • 413 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Neutrals. I can’t help it! Ever since visiting Florence, Italy, and seeing all the beautiful, natural leathers, I’ve preferred everything that looks as close to natural as possible. And if it smells like leather, even better!

  • 414 Carolina // May 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I like a mix of neutral and colorful bags… if I’m wearing neutral color clothes, then a colorful bag, if I’m wearing colorful stuff, then a neutral bag.

  • 415 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Bright! Though I have to switch bags all the time to keep from looking like a walking Christmas Card or wall o’red.

  • 416 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’d like to be the type who would carry a brightly colored bag, so maybe this is my chance? I’d pick the orange (maybe!)

  • 417 Shelby // May 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

    The green bag is neutral, yet colorful. Go green I say!

  • 418 medha // May 18, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I try to sport a colorful bag but I gotta say, they dont come out of the closet often enough.. not nearly as much as a black bag. I wear a blag bag almost daily.

  • 419 Christine // May 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’m just the opposite – lots of colorful clothes with neutral bags. Thanks for all of the giveaways this month! Love your site!

  • 420 jessicac // May 18, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I really like the green one and the burgundy one too! I think I should try and buy bright colors for my purses, but I am not brave enough!

  • 421 Anne // May 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I go for colorful – purple, turquoise, magenta. It is pretty much the only splash of color in my wardrobe.

  • 422 Ashley_Grace // May 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Happy Anniversary!! As much as I try to incorporate brightly colored bags into my rotation, I inevitably end up buying neutrals like browns and black.

  • 423 Wendryn // May 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I have two purses right now – one black, one brown. I take a backpack to work so I have space for my walking clothes, since I walk at lunch. I’ve been thinking a lot about brightly colored bags, though. I think it would be fun.

  • 424 Susan // May 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I tend to go for neutrals–my wardrobe is super colorful, and I never have the foresight or energy to switch out my daily bags, so I just need something that can more or less go with every outfit I own. I do have some smaller evening-ish purses that are bright and patterned, but those are more for dressing-up occasions than just getting out the door.

  • 425 melissa // May 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I like both – I have brown and black bags, and a couple nice bright ones for the days I want to stand out a bit more – lime greens and purples. (I do have a bit of a bag problem…)

  • 426 Kami // May 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I always seem to go for the bright colors, which means I have been trying switch over to more neutrals for more wide range use (at least on the days that I am thinking ahead enough to think about whether my bag matches my outfit.) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 427 Carol // May 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Happy blogiversary, Megan! not martha is the original blog for me, and still the one I read before others. Thank you!

    Regarding bags, I tend to carry one bag until it falls apart or until I find another that I really like. Right now it’s neutral, but the predecessor was bright.

  • 428 mariah // May 18, 2011 at 8:14 am

    beautiful bag. i love colors but my purses trend toward neutrals.

  • 429 Out2lunch // May 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I love brightly colored purses, they’re more fun and more difficult to loose ;)

  • 430 sarajane // May 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

    It’s been brights for the past few years. I’m currently sporting a very old teal one, but haven’t found a good replacement yet.

  • 431 just barrie // May 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

    i never get a bright colored bag, but i would love one. i like bold reds and blues.

  • 432 MarcieB // May 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I hear you. I try to spice up my clothing choices with brightly colored bags, wallets, notebooks, and briefcases. Any color goes with black!

  • 433 Abby // May 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I like mainly neutrals for bags, however bold red and turquoise are two exceptions.

  • 434 Morgan whitney // May 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I have the same problem of a pretty much only owning black and grey clothing. My roommate commented on it the other day, the only thing I had to say in response was that I own some navy blue too. And still if I wonI’d totally want the bag to be brown or black. can’t teach a old dog new tricks i guess.

  • 435 Cat // May 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I like bright bags, like a shocking green or red bag can really perk up my outfit when I’m wearing black or gray (most of the time). I don’t do neutrals all too much with accessories though.

  • 436 Delia // May 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I like a bright-colored bag that will stand out, but it’s also nice to have a basic neutral bag that will go with everything.

  • 437 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I can not help it I love a nice brown bag, goes with everything.

  • 438 henriette // May 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Used to be only neutrals till I got a bright blue one, now I am hooked on colours.

  • 439 Aimee // May 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Wow, that bag is really fantastic. With the metal feet, being vegan friendly, AND washable? Sounds like a perfect combination of features. I tend to go for both neutrals or colors when I pick out purses, but I think the green Troubadour Tote is so pretty!

  • 440 Jill S. // May 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I love neutral bags, even though one day I will work up the nerve to get a colorful bag. I’m currently in the market for a new work bag -I’m a teacher- that can hold my laptop and other small items.

  • 441 Maggie // May 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’m a fan of bags with bright accents. My current companion is a brown corduroy-and-flannel bag from Maurice’s, with four or five different plaid prints.
    I like having a neutral because it’ll go with just about anything, but I’m considering making myself a bright clutch for my next major outing.

  • 442 Lindsey // May 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I prefer neutrals, either brown or black. They go with everything so I get more use of them.

  • 443 Alecia // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I used to be a neutral bag person, but since my clothes are mostly all neutral (like you) I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe via my handbags. Thanks for the chance to win! These bags also look like they’d make a great diaper bag.

  • 444 Katelyn // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Bright! I have a red purse that’s my go-to, it makes me feel so sophisticated and more interesting as a person (which, damnit, isn’t that what a bag should do for a girl?). I’ve been looking for a nice neutral affordable work-friendly tote for awhile now, though.

  • 445 abby // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Bright! I love the little pop of color :) I tend to buy any expensive, quality bags in neutrals though since I know they’ll last forever, and buy bright ones to use for only one season.

  • 446 Tamara // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wow – what a great bag! I tend to gravitate towards neutrals because they ‘go with everything’, but I bought a red purse a year or so ago – a little step towards embracing boldness. It’s worn out now though!
    BTW, Happy Anniversary with your blog. I really enjoy your posts.

  • 447 Colleen // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I love fun bags! I love bags that bring in the compliments! For several summers (until it died), I carried a bag made with a retro beach print with a few judiciously placed sequins. Everytime someone complimented it, I got to respond, “And it’s bedazzled!”

    But lately I’ve been thinking about getting a more serious bag, especially since I have a laptop now. This would the perfect union of serious, practical, and beautiful!

  • 448 Paulina J! // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    That burgundy one is calling my name! Lately I’ve kept my bags in the dark brown to light brown range. Sometimes I add brooches or scarves to add color.

  • 449 Ali // May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I love bright bags–my very favorite is an apple green hobo-ish tote I’ve had for ages.

  • 450 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I love colorful bags. My favorite purse is hot pink with a large flower on the front!

  • 451 SarahB // May 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I usually have one or two neutral bag and one colorful bag. I love that Trubador Tote! My leather commuter tote I take to work wore out a while back and I am having a terrible time finding something to replace it, but that cute tote looks like exactly what I need.

  • 452 Katy // May 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I like neutrals, but I can see how expanding my pallet through the bags could be a good way to grow

  • 453 Kristine // May 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I’m more of a neutral bag kind of person. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 454 Leslie // May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I tend towards neutral-ish bags since my accessory budget is tiny (oh grad school, will you ever be over?). I feel like I get more mileage out them that way, since they’ll go with just about anything in my wardrobe.

  • 455 Lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I lean towards neutrals since they’re more all purpose, but I have a few bags with pops of color to brighten up my look!

  • 456 Karli // May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    haha! I am definitely like you and try to buy brighter bags to pop a little colour into my drab wardrobe. I don’t like to stand out *that* much but like to be noticed :)

  • 457 Vivian Evans // May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I just discovered your site a week ago and had wished it was ten years ago. It speaks to my crafty heart but Un Martha Stewart pocket book. Thank you for your creativity.

    I love the bag featured and was curious to look up other bags made by the same person. They are lovely. I would love to have this one and would love to buy a colourful one for summer. My main bag is usually a neutral: black, brown, tan etc.

  • 458 Sharon @ Currently Coveting // May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    The majority of my bags are definitely neutral (black, black, and more black) but there are a couple that are very colorful (hot pink, bright red). I think I prefer neutral colors for my bags, but as I wear a lot of neutral clothing it’s sometimes fun to have a sharp contrast to my outfit with brightly colored bags and/or shoes.

  • 459 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I love the idea of bright colored bags – but they are not always the ones I pluck from my closet.

  • 460 jessica // May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I am smitten with the Troubadour Tote! Although I’m a lawyer with stodgy, traditional wardrobe constraints by day, by night I carry a turquoise Kate Spade — and I feel so much brighter for it. I constantly get comments — it’s everyone’s favorite color!

  • 461 Christy // May 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I like neutrals, because I really don’t have the inclination to change out my purse to match my wardrobe. I carry so much stuff around!

  • 462 Kaitlin L // May 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Neutrals! I love my grey purse. Bright colors are just too hard to match, especially since I wear a lot of bright colors on my person. :D

  • 463 Liz // May 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I’d like to say bright, but I don’t think I’ve owned a bag that’s not black or brown or beige…ever! Hmm, I guess I like the idea of a bright bag but am too practical to make the splurge. Should probably do something about that.

  • 464 Trisha // May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I love this blog and love this bag! It looks like it’d be the perfect size to take on all the business trips I have planned this summer. I prefer neutral when the handbag is big (and in my world, metallics are also neutral!) but love colorful small clutches.

  • 465 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous bag! I like a bag that can hold all of the essentials and still look stylish and pretty!

  • 466 Denae // May 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Love your blog! Wish I would have found it years ago. And I love colorful bags, but I usually end up buying neutral colors.

  • 467 Amelia // May 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Great bag! I admit that while I am always on the lookout for great work bags, I’m also always hunting for bags that double as carry-alls to meet the demands of being a pack mule for a little one, and this one looks perfect! I really go both ways on colors, though I’ll admit that if it’s a higher end bag, the pragmatist in me usually whispers to get it in some kind of timeless color so that I don’t have an expensive purple purse that I one day wish was just a neutral black or brown. That being said, I love a good color too so…basically I just love bags! What is that? :)

  • 468 Sweet T // May 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Love this as a purse/diaper bag!

  • 469 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Love the bag! Perfect for both work and play! I tend towards bright colors!

  • 470 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I always end up with black…but I would love to do something gray or orange. WHAT LUCK! This adorably awesome bag comes in both. Oh my fingers are crossed!

  • 471 Laurel // May 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I love this tote. I like my bags to be bright, so I’d totally pick the orange one if I won.

  • 472 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ve only ever owned a black purse…it goes with everything and I’m too lazy to change out my bag with my outfits!

  • 473 Connie // May 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Love this. My choice, no matter how I try to escape the habit, is neutral. I need color!

  • 474 Sally // May 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Happy Birthday! I tend to go with neutral colors most of the time.

  • 475 jenna // May 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Colorful! I have a pretty neutral wardrobe, so bags are a great chance for me to add some color that I would not otherwise wear.

  • 476 carrie // May 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Bright bags are wonderful.
    Happy 10 years!

  • 477 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I usually buy neutrals, but I really should get into colors.

  • 478 Rochelle // May 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I always enjoy your blog. My current favorite “business-y” computer/binder-type tote is a bright red!

  • 479 Crystl // May 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I prefer blacks/neutral colors, but I love this bag in color!

  • 480 Clare // May 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’m not usually a fan of bags with gathering, but THAT is a nice bag. My bags are mostly utilitarian (black, tan, etc), but, occasionally, one just fits me…and happens to be bright green or orange. In this case, that brown looks so rich and lovely, it might have to be brown.

  • 481 Jaime // May 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I really try to bring more color into my accessories but do end up sticking more to neutral or muted colors with bags so that I can use them more interchangeably.

  • 482 leanne // May 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    What a great bag! I usually go for neutrals and metallics, but have a few patterned and brightly colored bags as well.

  • 483 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    A sturdy yet fashionable tote in a bright color is a must-have! I’m on the go so often that my bag feels like a second apartment. And like my apartment, it could use a makeover!

  • 484 Kelly // May 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Usually, I go with neutral colors for purses, but occasionally I like a red bag, too. Mostly, I do neutral because you get more bang for your buck. I would love to win this handbag, it’s really beautiful, great giveaway!

  • 485 Laura J // May 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Most of my bags are neutrals, because they’re expensive & have to go with everything else in my wardrobe. My bright & colorful bags are special occasion only

  • 486 Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I am a bleak dresser (black and gray) so I love bright accessories. This bag in orange is making me woozy with delight!

  • 487 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I usually have a brightly colored bag OR a patterned bag in neutral tones.

  • 488 Jenny // May 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I heart purses. Of all colors. Can’t we all just get along?

  • 489 Kathy // May 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Happy Blogaversary!! I’m actually fairly new to your blog but I love it and find myself entrenched in the archives! I personally LOVE bags. I used to stick to only black ones (to match my black & grey attire) but I’ve been slowly letting bright colors creep in.

    *fingers crossed* :)

  • 490 Lis // May 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’m more of a bright colour gal myself. I’ve recently switched from black or brown bags to bags with lots of colour, I now ALWAYS get compliments on them and I feel a bit more cheery!

  • 491 Rachel V // May 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Bright colors! They make me happy!

  • 492 rebekka // May 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I like my bags to be bright, but sometimes they are just too flashy. I should probably get a couple bags in classy neutral colors.

  • 493 Liz // May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    What great bags! I guess I’m a fan of brights and neutrals, brights for little bags (especially going-out bags) and neutrals for my big go-with-everything bags.

  • 494 Cassandra // May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I wish I could say I had bags in every color of the rainbow – but I always gravitate toward the neutrals… they always seem to be so calm and pretty waiting there for me to take them home. :)

  • 495 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I want this bag in ANY color! Gorgeous!
    Happy blog bday and congrats!

  • 496 Lainey // May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wow if that fits a mac book it would most definitely fit a sketchbook. Maybe some brushes and a watercolor pallet could fit as well?

    Congratulations on year 10!

  • 497 Koren // May 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Bright color bags can’t be beat.

  • 498 Melanie // May 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I like neutral colored bags, although there is nothing wrong with some color every now and then!

  • 499 Jennie // May 18, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I always buy neutrals so I don’t have to change it out all the time.

  • 500 AmandaT // May 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’m still working on the accessorizing thing. I gravitate towards functional neutrals in my bags (not purses, purses are just… not me). I’ve taken to making my own with leather, but having a nice one without all the effort sounds soooo nice right now.

  • 501 Ann // May 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I go for neutrals if I have to choose one OR the other, but I really love bags that are mostly neutral with a little pop of color – a ribbon or a design or something. Best of both worlds!

  • 502 jenn // May 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I tend to use my black and grey bags all of the time, but I also love my burnt orange bag. I think I need some more color in my bags! I love this idea for a giveaway–the bag is really lovely.

  • 503 sangeetha // May 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Both – I do neutrals for work and brights for the weekend

  • 504 NolaLeBlanc // May 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Always bright colors. It’s my way of acknowledging that my profession is known for being boring but I am not.

  • 505 Lindsey S // May 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I’m in the same boat as you. I love the idea of brightly colored bags/clothes/shoes. But I always end up buying gray/black/neutral colored things. BORING!

  • 506 Kat // May 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Bright and waterproof!

  • 507 jenna gribble // May 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I LOVE the brown or orange Troubadour Tote Bag! Soo cute AND it can fit a laptop? Even better!!! I usually like my bags neutral bc it goes with anything…..but every now and again I pick an orange or green or red purse ;)

  • 508 MaryWynn // May 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I love both. The form is more important to me than the color in a lot of ways. I have to have a messenger bag that I can carry on my bike without it bugging me, and it must be large enough to hold all my daily essentials. My all time favorite bag was a black canvass number with a red cross on it that I repurchased when I ripped it, and my second fave was a beautiful aqua leather that I got at a market in Spain. I’m about to invest in a bag that is a little more “adult” and it will probably be a royal blue. Neutral, but still a color.

  • 509 Pam // May 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Love, love bright colors for bags.

  • 510 Wylie // May 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I like bright bags. I would love to win the orange room!

  • 511 jennie // May 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

    hmm, my bag collection is about 60% neutral, 40% colorful.

  • 512 Kiki // May 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I LOVE colorful bags and many years ago made a pact with myself to only carry fun/colorful/interesting bags. :)

  • 513 Sarah M // May 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’ve always had just black or brown bags – but I recently got a bright yellow purse and I love love love the pop it is giving me.

  • 514 Kathy // May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I always wear blacks, and more blacks, I think though maybe using your purse as a color shocker is a good idea. oh and Happy anniversary!

  • 515 Annie // May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    It’s summer time so it’s time for more bright colors!

  • 516 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

    All my bags end up being black.

  • 517 paula // May 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I’m split right down the middle! I find in my collection, the more expensive the bag, the more neutral it tends to be, but I’ve been more adventurous lately and am currently carrying a magenta tote. It actually goes with 80% of my wardrobe since like you, I wear black and gray a lot.

  • 518 oma // May 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    i would like to be a bright-bag girl, but they always end up black. maybe i’ll branch out to brown one day.

  • 519 Ashlei // May 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I love the idea of the bright colors, but yeah, I somehow have only 1 black purse and 1 brown purse. Blah. Someday, right?!

  • 520 Rachel Noel // May 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Bright colors!

  • 521 kendra // May 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wow. That is lovely. I kind of like a pop of color in my bags, but if I won this, I would let my daughter choose. She is off to college in the fall and will soon be needing a way to carry her laptop around.

  • 522 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I have always favored red bags — similar in hue to the one in this post. I’m been a red shoes, red bag kind of girl since my first pair of doc martens in 1994 (red velvet!!!).

  • 523 Anna S. // May 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Whatever I can fit all my stuff in works for me:)

  • 524 Val Ann C // May 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I like small bags in bright colors. Larger bags should be neutral.

  • 525 Em // May 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The color isn’t as important as the size. I need to carry my whole life in my bag!

  • 526 Marie // May 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I donť mind if itš neutral or bright, I like both…:-)

  • 527 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I love bright colors on bags!

  • 528 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

    CUTECUTECUTE. Thanks!

  • 529 brianne @ the ravenna girls // May 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    ooh, yes please! I’m the opposite where I tend to buy too many colors and then I can’t find an outfit that “goes”. I have been trying to fill in with more neutrals

  • 530 Breanna // May 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I have the unique problem that I don’t own any real bags–just canvas totes. This is all very well, but I’d like a nice grown up neutral bag bag.

  • 531 amanda // May 18, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I like my bags bright and beautiful!

  • 532 Mandy // May 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

    HI. My students kid all the time how all my clothes are black or gray! Anything with color shocks them! I am also a mom of 2 and a bag like this one would be perfect! I just recently found your site. You have some very cool ideas…and explain them in a way that makes me at least want to try!

  • 533 Katherine Cook // May 18, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I usually go with brighter colors since my wardrobe is typically black, navy, and brown.

  • 534 jo // May 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    i absolutely love the look of this bag. and i’ve been looking for something to carry around my camera and a lens or two. this would be perfect! i love brightly colored bags.

  • 535 Angela // May 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I tend to end up with neutral colored purses, but I secretly wish I had more brightly colored ones (i.e., green or teal). Considering how neutral my clothes are, you’d think I’d go find one in those colors!

  • 536 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Happy Blogiversary! What an awesome present!

  • 537 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Wow! Landed on your site because of a link to your leprechaun trap cake on Sandi Wiseheart’s blog. So many great ideas – can’t wait to try some of the desserts in jars!

    Most of my bags are neutrals, but I have a couple of brights that make me happy when I carry them, so I’m trying to do that more often.

  • 538 Brooke // May 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    While I’m forever admiring the bright and colorful bags I see others carrying, I always seem to opt fot the neutral ones. It works out though, since I usually commit to a bag for a season and use it to death!

  • 539 Ella // May 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    What a great bag! I lean toward neutrals, with an occasional bright or even pattern.

  • 540 Elizabeth Louros // May 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I like a nice bright bag because I have a tendency to forget things, like bags ! If it is a bright color I can easily spot the bag.

  • 541 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I wear a lot of colors and very little neutrals (I’m fair and feel like neutrals wash me out) so I like neutral colors for bags. I’m still drawn to the colorful ones though, so I have to make an effort to keep my color palette on any given day in check.

  • 542 Adina // May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Generally I’m a fan of neutral bags and bright wallets, but the orange color of the troubadour bag looks wonderful!

  • 543 Suzanne // May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love this purse! Cute, spacious, and polished…very nice.

  • 544 Emily G // May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh wow, I need this bag!!

    I prefer neutral — my clothing gets pretty colorful.

  • 545 Carrie // May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I’ve been stuck in a nuetral color rut. I don’t necessarily like it, however.

  • 546 Ellen Q // May 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Amazing! I love a bright bag for play, but for work I tend to carry a more conservative bag. Having said that, I am TOTALLY in love with the orange Troubador!

  • 547 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    ooh the burgandy version is pretty sweet, but I’m also oddly drawn to the orange, and typically I’m not into orange

  • 548 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Oh I love this! LOVE! I like neutral colors for bags.

  • 549 Cherish // May 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Great bag! I would get the orange one :) Neutrals are more practical, I know, but most of my clothes are neutral so it works.

  • 550 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I love this bag! Crystalyn Kae bags are awesome. I usually go for neutral bags but I really love that green one and that orange one!

  • 551 Juliet // May 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    My current daily bag is a neutral, but a few years ago, I had a red bag as my daily and I loved it! I could use a new bag and would love to get it in a fun color like green or maybe another red.

  • 552 Lizzi // May 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I like to add colour with my bags too.
    Happy Birthmonth :-)

  • 553 Pam // May 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’m a bright colors kind of girl. I’m still using my winter bag (waterproof, with a subdued brown background highlighted with lime, teal and purple spots) but feeling the need to splurge on something really bright and summery.

  • 554 Rebecca Moser // May 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I love bright colored bags!

  • 555 Jamie // May 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

    beautiful, motivational website! Thank you for sharing your vision of the world with us!
    The bag is beautiful and looks like it could swallow anything thrown at it. Very nice!

  • 556 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Love this bag!! I usually go for neutrals so I can carry them with any outfit!

  • 557 RoseJM // May 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I was going to say neutrals….until I saw that orange bag. Orange is my weakness!!

  • 558 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I love bright colored bags! I wear a lot of black and grey too.

  • 559 Anne-Marie // May 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I tend to go for darker bags that can go with most of my outfits. I don’t tend to switch out my bags that often.

  • 560 Julie // May 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I love bright color bags but everything I’ve had lately has been neutral.

  • 561 Jody // May 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Neutral (not enough space in my place to be storing a lot of bags). This one looks pretty cool!

  • 562 Gweneth // May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Wow you are awesome what great birthday gifts you give to others

  • 563 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’ve been needing a great work bag! I like to have one or two great staples in black and one or two in brown and then I just buy bags in fun colors whenever I come across them!

  • 564 Kristen // May 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! These bags are fabulous, I would love to own one :)

  • 565 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I love brightly colored bags! They add a bit of hope to a boring work day.

  • 566 Kerry // May 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    BRIGHT COLORS!!!!

  • 567 Jessica Mae // May 18, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I love that bag! =) I am required to wear black for beauty school so I have been carrying a black back just so it blends but I think a shot of color is just what i need

  • 568 Anna // May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love brights. They’re pops of joyous color to punctuate my wardrobe.

  • 569 Jennifer June // May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Color. Lately, I been moving too fast… don’t want to switch between bags, in case I leave something behind. Now, I go with a bright color like red… and don’t care if I match.

  • 570 megs // May 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I’d love some kind of bright bag…my wardrobe has been drifting into dark neutrals lately and I’d like something fun to punch it up.

  • 571 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I have always been a brown neutral purse lover but have recently found love for bright colors too, I had a yellow purse that was fabulous!

  • 572 Caite // May 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Awesome bag! Most of mine are red these days (I think that’s because I tend to wear neutral colors, too).

  • 573 tara // May 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I’m a sucker for neutral tones. They go with everything.

  • 574 Lucía // May 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’m a total bag freak! I have a huge collection in all colours and sizes, the last one I got is nude with a dark purple floral pattern… I generally go for more neutral shades which I can easily match with my clothes, although I do own a few in brighter colours and funky patterns: bright blue, orange, polka dot, checked… I have a serious problem! :)

  • 575 Sigrid // May 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Bags are so my weakness, and while I love a good neutral one, if there’s one in red, that’s the one I’ll invariably get. And if I can get totes in fun prints, that’s even better!

  • 576 anna // May 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Cute!!

  • 577 ania // May 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    brights brights brights! especially teals and magenta!

  • 578 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I vote for neutrals… Though I love bright orange or green things.

  • 579 danielle // May 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    i was about to say neutral, when i realized that no, i just LOOK at neutral-colored bags – and instead buy ones in bright, fun colors or prints. i’m about to switch from a butterfly-printed lesportsac into a pretty muted turquoise hobo. the only neutral colored bag i’ve bought in awhile i hated and stashed in my closet (non-returnable, go figure).

  • 580 Karen // May 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary! I’m very boring — all my purses are black. I’m not easy on my bags and black often disguises the wear and tear.

  • 581 Janelle // May 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Gosh… what a question! I think generally I gravitate towards brightly colored bags (my teal Kate Spade is a favorite,) but I tend to use my neutral-colored ones more as they show less dirt.

  • 582 elaine // May 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Neutrals – I’m still developing a confidence about mixing colors and I’m too practical to have an expensive hand bag that only goes with a limited number of outfits. Boring? Yes – but honest.

  • 583 kt // May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I love bright colored bags! Almost all of my clothing is neutrals so I love a bright bag. I’m always in the market for a new and clever way to take my computer everywhere, what great pockets!

  • 584 Rachel P. // May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    These are gorgeous! I love it.

  • 585 Kathy // May 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Neutrals so I don’t have to change them often!

  • 586 mahlookma // May 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I like bright colored bags in general.

  • 587 Renae // May 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I prefer my bags in neutral colors so that they can match everything!

  • 588 Tina // May 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Bright, I tend to wear a lot of black!
    Happy anniversary!!!

  • 589 Sunday // May 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

    When I passed 30 I decided to stop fighting my urge to wear only black or gray. Now if I could only find decent black or gray jeans, my life would be complete.

  • 590 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Brights! A bright bag is like sunshine on a dreary day.
    I’m loving that orange for this bag!

  • 591 Louise // May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Love it! I’m all over the place with bags. I have a couple of neutral ones, as well as some striped ones and checkered ones. So I guess I lean towards the bright and bold in that regard. My daily bag though, is just a dark denim (made out of a pair of jeans!) that’s big enough to fit my laptop.

  • 592 Elisa // May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Sweet Bag! Happy Anniversary!

    I think I need to break out of the neutral box :\

  • 593 Debra Cooper // May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love a neutral bag, that way I know it will go with anything I wear, plus I just love shades of brown. I will be celebrating my birthday 5.27 and it would be great to have a beautiful new bag and made in the USA! . Happy Blog-aversary and thanks for having a fun give-away!

  • 594 Lisa // May 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Happy Anniversary! I finally ventured away from my black bag to something more utilitarian that I can carry all of my baby stuff in!

  • 595 Catie // May 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Bright colors, for sure! When I used to commute for work and I had an hour long train trip each way and then a one mile walk, my orange umbrella and yellow rainboots always managed to make the day just a little brighter. Ever since then, I’ve relied on bright colors to get through the gray, damp days.

  • 596 MicheleB // May 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Love the Navy and Burgundy!!

  • 597 Chia // May 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I prefer black for work and brights for everywhere else!

  • 598 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Love the bag!

  • 599 Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) // May 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations on ten years! That looks like a great bag.

  • 600 Dot // May 18, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Growing up in Seatle, and now living in Portland, I find I’m drawn to bags in bright colors. Especially bright yellow. I think it cheers things up against the 8 months of grey drizzle!

  • 601 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Great bag. I too try to go bright with bags, given my tendency to do the opposite with my clothing.

  • 602 kristen // May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I have some of both

  • 603 Charlotte // May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Wow, ten years is a big deal! I really like wearing bright bags, but I also love the neutral monochromatic look.

  • 604 Megan S. // May 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I like to go with neutrals, though I do have a bright madras plaid purse that I use in the summer sometimes.

  • 605 Cindy // May 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Holy wow, that bag looks amazing! Megan, I’ve been reading your blog for aaaages. Thanks for keeping it up for 10 years!

  • 606 Sherri S. // May 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Oh, I LOVE this–always looking for non-leather bags that are chic. Love love love. I love bright bags but always buy neutral ones, for some reason. Thanks for the fun giveaways!

  • 607 mila // May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    well — i would like to say that i’m cool enough to do bright colors but, in reality, i’m probably more of a neutral color kind of gal.
    thanks for sharing!

  • 608 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I have a hot pink Timbuk2 backpack that I use on a daily basis. However, the majority of bags in my closet are black or brown (safe colors) for dressier occasions. :)

  • 609 Audrey // May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Definitely up for a sweet bag!

  • 610 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    In the past I’ve been more of a neutrals girl, but lately I’ve been embracing bright colored bags as a way to easily perk up my look!

  • 611 Anna // May 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    oooo! What a great giveaway! I like bags in brights, or patterns, because, like you, most of the rest of my wardrobe is black/grey/neutral.

  • 612 Allison // May 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Happy blogiversary! This tote is gorgeous and perfect for me because I prefer my bags in neutral colors.

  • 613 Nadine // May 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Awesome! I love bright colors in bags. I’d go straight for the orange on this one.

  • 614 Bridget in Maine // May 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Congrats! I do tend to stick to neutral colors. I love the grey version of this bag.

  • 615 Emily Rose // May 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My bags never match my outfits, because I ALWAYS buy super bright colors. I think I have ONE neutral bag out of all the bags I have!

  • 616 wintor // May 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Oh purses, how I love purses. I go back and forth between neutrals – I just got a fantastic grey one the other day – and bright! and happy! A girl has to have options right? Thanks again for the celebratory giveaway!

  • 617 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am the same when it comes to bags. I have a staple big black one and a big black brown bag that I tend to wear everyday. I want to get some really bold colors in but I never seem to get them in circulation :)

  • 618 Shana // May 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Congrats on the anniversary, love that bag!

  • 619 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I just found your site and am an insta-fan! For some reason (or 5) I’ve never indulged in a tote such as this and am thinking it’s time! Thanks for the great site and I look forward to our future!! Cheers

  • 620 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Bright colors, for sure! My current bag is a lovely shade of red :)

  • 621 Elizabeth B. // May 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I’m the same way! Everything I own is black, so I try to get cute bags to add some color :)

  • 622 Misty // May 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I usually stay in the neutrals, although I have a few green too.

  • 623 Maire // May 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Whenever I go to buy a bag, I always think “Get classic black, it will go with everything, be an adult”, but then I get something very bright instead. Perhaps I would prefer to be a cool, collected Grace Kelly neutral bag type, but reality dictates I go big and go bright. Plus, I’m short, so a bright bag helps people find me in a crowd.

  • 624 Katy // May 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The conservative in me says the Brown is the way to go, but I love the Orange! These bags are gorgeous!

  • 625 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

    i have bought bags in both colors… i’d say MOST are neutral, however… i feel like i should get bright ones too since i wear a lot of neutral colors.

  • 626 S. // May 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I usually get black bags. My wardrobe is full of blacks and greys too, but I add color with accessories like scarves.

  • 627 Jill // May 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’m trying to get away from grey purses and would go for the brown. I need to stay stylish after this baby is born!

  • 628 dave // May 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

    If I win this bag, I’ll give it to my sister.

  • 629 Jane // May 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I like to get nice patterned purses, bright and neutral colors!

  • 630 Jess Watson // May 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Ooooh, pretty! I love a basic color for my every day bag, and a bright color for special occasion clutches.

  • 631 Angie // May 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Love this site, and really like the bags.

  • 632 Joanna // May 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’m totally having bag lust!
    In general, I really love bright colored bags, I think they’re a great way to brighten up any outfit. And also, they’re a great identifier when you’re meeting someone and they don’t know what you look like. I just tell them I’m carrying a bright teal purse :)

  • 633 Elis // May 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I love bags — all accessories, really — in bright colors, but my current go-to bag is brown leather.

  • 634 Erin V // May 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I have larger neutral bags and small clutches in bright colors. I usually keep a clutch in my large purse. I can take it out to run into the store and leave my big bag, and it doubles as a pop of color to my outfit.

  • 635 Janet S // May 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I already have reds and a light green one. Would love the tote in brown!

  • 636 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Bright! I wear too much black and grey in the dreary Seattle winter – I have to consciously infuse color in my days! :)

  • 637 mel // May 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I wish I were a bright-bag person! I’ve had big bold black & white prints, and my current mainstay is a burgundy classic.

    On the other hand, I bought my mom a bright burned red color bag from The Sak. I’m fairly jealous of it. :D

  • 638 Regan // May 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Bright colors for the season if it’s under $50, basic black for anything else!

  • 639 Tambryn // May 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I prefer bags in neutrals because my wardrobe has a lot of color.

  • 640 Kate S. // May 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Gorgeous bag!

    I buy bags in brights and neutrals. Like you, my wardrobe is typically neutral and I love to use bright bags to cheer up an outfit, but at the end of the day, I need things matching and it drives me crazy to have a great bag that doesn’t match any of my great outfits. I have to really be IN LOVE with a bright bag to bring it home.

  • 641 Stacy // May 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’m needing a new purse, since my last nice one now has straps hanging on by a thread. I love different textures of neutrals – black, brown, snake-skin, etc; I also love fun bags with pops of color on it. My current purse is black with silvery heart motifs.

  • 642 Miss B // May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I love the idea of bright-colored bags…but in reality, I have never found one that is exactly the right color in the right style (I’m very fussy). So mine are all black, because I am boring.

  • 643 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I live in Alaska, so in winter I try to have bags in bright colors. But, I’ve been on the hunt for a great black bag, and have been eying CK’s bags for months!

  • 644 Sammie // May 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Wow, that’s a great bag. While I love color in other aspects of my life, I usually stick with neutral bags, because I’m not very adventurous with accessories!

  • 645 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I like neutral bags for the most part, but have a few bright ones just for fun.

  • 646 Dawn Richardson // May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    brights for sure!

  • 647 jenagain // May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I so need a new bag! The grey or the orange….?

  • 648 Lizerati // May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I like neutral bags because I am struggling to bring more color in to my wardrobe! it’s a challenge because my defaults are black and grey as well.

  • 649 Amanda // May 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Congrats on the 10 year mark! How fabulous! I prefer bags in neutral ish colors, so my clothes, shoes, or other accessories can really pop.

  • 650 Mary Beth // May 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Well, my opinion changes with the season. I tend to use neutrals in the fall/winter, but once spring hits I want something brighter. I’m not concerned about anything matching my outfit.

  • 651 Melissa G // May 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m definitely a bright bag person because, like you, 80% of my wardrobe is beige, gray, black and white and the handbag adds a bit of fun!

  • 652 Liz J in Central Illinois // May 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I have SO many neutral colors in my wardrobe, and I am trying very hard to incorporate some bright colors. A tote in a nice, bright color would definitely be called for!

  • 653 Karen // May 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Ooooo, loving this bag. I have my everyday black messenger bag for work, and sometimes switch to a slightly more ‘exciting’ brown purse for nights out. Just too easy since they work with anything. But I pledge that if I win this bag I will get it in a fun color!

  • 654 Rae // May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    neutral, mostly, but I was given a bag that was beautiful and bright and lovely a few years ago that had me reconsidering. The bright color has to be just right, though.

  • 655 powwlita // May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    i wantie! in a bright color, since i wear mostly black.

  • 656 Amber // May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I prefer bright colors, especially since for work I end up wearing black so much.

  • 657 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I normally go for subtle, but just to be contrary I am currently carrying a rainbow bright bag that I actually crocheted myself :-)

  • 658 stacey // May 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I’m more of a neutral fan in general… but my current favorite purse happens to be teal, so I can go with either. :)

  • 659 Dana // May 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

    i go for bright neutrals, which grab the attention but still match almost any outfit. read: golds, metallics, sequins, and sparkly.

  • 660 kelli // May 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Neutrals. I should probably go for brights, though, since everything I wear is black.

  • 661 Susan // May 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    This bag is stunning! I love a bright bag in the summertime, but always turn to my trusty black bags in the winter. Maybe I need to change it up!

  • 662 Catie // May 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Bright colors! And I love love this bag, looks chic and practical!

  • 663 Karly // May 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I tend to go for neutral bags – I like to wear bright jackets and bright scarves with neutral everything else!

  • 664 Carla // May 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ohohoh! PICK ME!

  • 665 Carla // May 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Ohohoh! PICK ME!

  • 666 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Love this bag!

    I alternate between bright colors and neutrals. My wardrobe tends tone pretty neutral so I am leaning towards more color lately.

  • 667 Meredith Ryncarz // May 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I like a range of both neutrals and colors for bags. I used to teach art and have a love for color in ANY form!

  • 668 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’m a bright color girl, all the way. I have a limited color wardrobe, so I like how it spices things up!

  • 669 Katie B. // May 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I just love bags, in general. My everyday bag is grey, and my favorite clutch is dark green (with pink lining!).

  • 670 Molly // May 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Gorgeous! I love bright bags. I used to have an all-neutrals wardrobe, but have been trying to wear at least two colors every day. It’s a challenge, but colored bags help!

  • 671 Kristi // May 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Only bright colors. I just can’t bring myself to buy neutral bags.

  • 672 Susie // May 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I go in phases when it comes to color of my handbags. For a while I had a ton of cheaper ones and they were lots of color and prints. Then one day I bought a coach bag and it was all over. I switch between a black coach and a black leather lamb bag. This new obsession is getting spendy!

  • 673 Tobie // May 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’m on the hunt for a yellow bag. Not that I ever wear the color, I just think it would make me happy :-).

  • 674 Rebecca // May 18, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Oooh, I was drooling over her bags at UCU last time! I like bags in bright colors typically, but have been getting into cognac and other leathery colors lately.

  • 675 Deb // May 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

    This is too cute! I’ve been on the look out for a great handbag that can carry my laptop.

  • 676 Betty // May 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Lately the trend has been turquoise, periwinkle and the like, for me, but I am a bag-a-holic and can never have enough. (But I do purge and share the love with friends, family and my friend the consignment store!) xox

  • 677 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

    That tote is gorgeous! I stick with neutrals for my everyday bags but like bright colors for clutches and special-occasion bags.

  • 678 Marianna // May 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Most of my bags are neutral but I love to switch it up with color now and then.

  • 679 lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Cute tote! I love that pop of color a bright bag can give, but for the most part I stick to neutrals for my day to day bags. This one looks like the perfect size for me.

  • 680 Deena // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I sadly don’t really have any grown-up bags at all. Hook me up! Please!

  • 681 Phoebe // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love the warm brown in the picture, but lately I have been drawn to colors. Mostly dark teals and blues which seem like enough of a color but still manage to go with just about everything…

  • 682 Tanya // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I used to purchase only brightly colored bags, but now all of them are neutral.

  • 683 seedless grape // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Some of both. I have some neutrals (which I often use for professional travel) and some brights (which I use on the weekends when I want something fun).

  • 684 Allysha // May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    love her bags! I’ve got an array of colors, but my go-to these days is a homemade tote out of multi-colored stripey fabric. fun and practical.

  • 685 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    That bag is gorgeous! I have a few bright purses and my standard brown one for everyday use.

  • 686 Carrie // May 18, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I prefer neutral colors for purses. That is one nice bag you are giving away!!

  • 687 S Carrico // May 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I have an equal mix of brights and practical colors, for the obvious reasons, I’d say, but in my silly little head, I prefer brights, just for the fun factor.

  • 688 Courtney // May 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I want a bag in every color to fit every mood… is that so bad? Also, I want that particular bag SUPER bad.

  • 689 lois // May 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    neutral is where is tend to go but my purse is bright green and I LOVE IT!.

  • 690 Lindsey // May 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I prefer neutrals, I wish I could pull off a bright bag!

  • 691 Carolyn // May 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Wow! 10 years! Good for you :) My bag tastes tend to run to the brightly coloured but I could use a good neutral – it might be time for me to branch out to brown!

  • 692 alena // May 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

    i adore your site, happy blogaversary!
    i dress like a color blind carebear, so it only makes sense to love bags that are ridiculously colorful as well. =)
    thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  • 693 Jeannette // May 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Oh yes please!! So beautiful!!! I’m in love with the orange bag.. so pretty. Double fingers crossed.

  • 694 runner's high // May 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love brightly colored bags, but have found myself (sadly) turning towards neutrals as I enter the workforce.

  • 695 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I’d never seen these bags before, but I LOVE them! I seem to have a mix of brights and neutrals. Neutrals work best for professional life, but I agree with you on the colored bags bringing life to wardrobe.

    Congrats on your anniversary!

  • 696 Elina // May 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I prefer neutrals!

  • 697 Niniane // May 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    All my bags seems to be neutrals, maybe it’s time for something more colorful. My current laptop bag is both black and brown, which I do like because it goes with most everything.

  • 698 Annie // May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I like bright colors – my 3 faves are a blue clutch, a flowered blue / green bag and a yellow cross-body.

  • 699 tiffany // May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I prefer bags in neutral colors since I tend to carry the same bag everyday for months.

  • 700 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    This bag is so cute! I actually have a lot of bring colored bags and right now my favorite one is falling apart. Perfect opportunity to replace it with a cute neutral one. I love this blog

  • 701 ndanger // May 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Wow, it’s beautiful! That orange one = swoon!

  • 702 Alexis // May 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Love this! I typically have darker color bags but am trying to get with it and try different colors. Love the brown!

  • 703 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Gorgeous! Love the color–not too bright!

  • 704 Kerrie // May 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I love both, but upon reviewing my stash of bags, almost all neutral colors. I guess I’m just a big fan of black & brown shades. :-)

  • 705 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I love a bright bag! But I may love them too much because I’m now lacking neutrals! The bigger the better, never know what you’re going to need to shove in there while out and about!

  • 706 jessica // May 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Though I sometimes wish I were of the colorful bag sort, I am solidly of the neutral bag variety. Perhaps because I’m too cheap to buy a larger variety of bags? But I’m always on the lookout for a new and improved one! ;)

  • 707 aubrey // May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Neutrals. I like everything in neutrals, then I don’t have to think about it.

  • 708 erin // May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have nothing against bright colors, but a bag in a neutral color would work better for me. I don’t know if padding could be added to make it a camera tote, but hey, it’s a cool bag anyway.

  • 709 Mary F // May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I am somewhat boring and go neutral…Think I will use them more. But, color is so much more fun!

  • 710 Hillary // May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Holy cow, that is an awesome bag.

  • 711 caro // May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    oh, wow. that is an awesome bag, indeed.

    i’m very much a neutral colour bag person – - and i very much wish i wasn’t. but for some reason, colourful statement bags just never feel right in the end.

  • 712 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    As much as I’d like to be adventurous and go for bright colors, I buy neutrals. Mostly because I hate changing bags. This one’s lovely!

  • 713 Christy // May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love that bag! I’m a neutral kinda gal.

  • 714 Francesca // May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I like neutral bags better since I usually wear bright colored cardigans with everything.

  • 715 amy // May 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I buy neutrals, but drool over the brightly colored bags. And Holy Cow – the Troubadour Bag in ANY color is pretty nifty!

  • 716 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

    What a great bag! I love neutral bags that can go with anything.

  • 717 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Is dark red “neutral”? :)

  • 718 Melinda Guerry // May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Wow I love that! I am a student and the straps of my current bag have nearly broken through! I was taking bets on whether they’d make it to the end of the semester or not. I think I might have to order one of these!

  • 719 Elisha // May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I think this is gorgeous! I love that it’s stylish, vegan, and comes in so many colors. I usually prefer the more neutral bag (I tend to avoid colors for some reason) but the orange is kind of great!

  • 720 Janet // May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Neutrals are my usual go-to colours when it comes to bags but lately I’ve been eyeing the brightly coloured ones. Trying to change my wardrobe!

  • 721 Em // May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Looks brown to me.

    Bloggy happiversary, Megan!

  • 722 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I have a little canvas Jansport messenger bag that has been my constant companion for many years. It’s great, but people say I’m a “grown up” now. A real bag would be awesome.

    *fingers crossed*

  • 723 Danyelle // May 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I tend to buy bright colored bags.

  • 724 sp // May 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    i usually end up with neutrals for bags
    this bag looks awesome, esp since my current “professional” leather bag manages to be clunky and unwieldy yet not big enough for a laptop.

  • 725 Ayelet // May 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Great bag!! I tend to wear either lots of black or lots of neutrals, so I like a brightly colored bag. Red, lime green, orange…those are my favorite purse colors.

  • 726 Bonnie // May 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Love your site! These bag are beautiful! I usually end up with brown/black purses, but I think I would opt for green or orange if I win!

  • 727 Sarah Rose // May 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Bright colors! The tote I carry now is a basket-weave pattern in coral, fuchsia, and purple. I get SO MANY compliments on it, and the bag generally looks really good with the neutral business clothes I wear.

  • 728 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I have been contemplating a “real” sized purse for some time. I found an amazing, beautiful clutch a couple years ago and have since used nothing else. The downside is that there is no room for anything more than credit cards, cash some coupons and a chapstick. Instead, I have a resuable shopping bag that I carry everything else in. Upgrade please??

  • 729 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I love following your blog! I tend to wear bright clothes, so I opt for neutral bags. This is one is perfect!

  • 730 karen lucrece // May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

    i love a bright or shiny bag. i figure sequins or neon go with anything. but i also covet a good neutral bag. i guess i am just that complicated.

  • 731 Abby // May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

    bright colours :)

  • 732 suzanne // May 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love bright colors, but can’t seem to wear them myself. I’m the odd creative person who likes to fade into the background and go unnoticed!

  • 733 Jean // May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

    This bag looks awesome. I love brightly colored handbags. Green is my current favorite color.

  • 734 Marcie // May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love all bags! Brights, neutrals, anything.

  • 735 Suzanne // May 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I love the storage options; yet so put together. I think I am leaning towards bright colors now, but not prints…

  • 736 Bev Bourne // May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Neat looking bag. I think I’d prefer a neutral color, although my latest bag purchase was orange.

  • 737 Wendy // May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I almost always care black bags…but it might be cool to have a nice bright color!

  • 738 Nina // May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Looking at my collection I tend to gravitate toward neutral colors. I think it’s time I buy some bright colored bags!

  • 739 Allie // May 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    All my favorite purses have been bright colors but most of the time I have a black purse.

  • 740 elizabeth // May 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I have been really digging yellow bags lately!

  • 741 Chris P. // May 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I just bought a purple bag and am loving it. Every other one I own is black.

  • 742 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Same problem – gray/black wardrobe, so I usually go with some color when it comes to purses.

  • 743 Lee Montgomery-Garvin // May 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    My wardrobe seems to be all neutral colors, so my bags are really colorful. My favorite one right now is pink and orange.

  • 744 mands // May 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Happy ten years!!!!! what a milestone.
    I too love my purses bold, however i normally keep one good neutral in there as well for a larger work friendly bag. :)
    thanks for the great giveaway!

  • 745 kristin m. // May 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

    what a great bag! would be thrilled to call it mine! my wardrobe tends to be super neutral too… i’m only brave enough to sport a flashy handbag… kristinmik at gmail

  • 746 Flora // May 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Yes to bright colors and crazy patterns. I feel like if you gotta carry a handbag, at least it should be noticeable.

  • 747 Holly // May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I need more colors in my life, though navy blue is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 748 KJ // May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I’m similar to you… I like bright colors only as an accent most of the time, but once or twice a month I wear colors from head to toe!

  • 749 Jennifer // May 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I am all about the bright colors!

  • 750 Kathrine // May 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I love a bright bag! That said, the last one I bought was black….so I guess I have a mix of light and dark.

  • 751 terra // May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My instinct is to go with a black bag, but I love-love-love my small orange bag from Crystalyn Kae!! The tote would be perfect for commuting.

  • 752 elmofoot // May 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    This tote will be perfect for me! I start my new job as a teacher shortly and it would hold all of my teaching type stuff!!!! And it’s super cute :)

  • 753 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I’m a huge Vera Bradley nerd so I love to have a lot of colors in my purse.

  • 754 Aubrey // May 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I love this bag! I have a small Crystalyn Kae bag that I actually picked up at Goodwill in Ballard a couple years ago. I still love it and use it all the time! Best of all, it was only $4.99!! I love bright bags!

  • 755 sara // May 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, a great bag! I love bags in bright colors, even if they don’t always match my outfit. :) My current purse is a bright blue, orange, and white print with adorable little scooters all over it! So it doesn’t really ‘go’ with anything, but I do not care! :)

  • 756 Jodi // May 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Happy Anniversary. Loving totes in bright colors. I hope I win!

  • 757 Danika // May 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    My clothes are very bright and colourful, but I seem to only buy black bags. I have one neutral orange and brown bag I found at a festival, but I can’t say it’s used often. My current favourite bag is black with a white peace sign print.

  • 758 kgroovy // May 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Bright colors because I mostly wear gray, black or white.

  • 759 Meghan // May 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I try to branch out from my browns, blacks, and greys, but its just not happening. Still trying though :) Thats all that matters, right?

    Meghan

  • 760 Jessica H // May 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I tend more toward mixable neutrals/black – but have had a love affair with a canary yellow bag that I simply cannot afford. There is something incredibly pleasant and a bit seductive about the brown tote pictured. The burgundy would be nice too.
    Happy Blogiversary!

  • 761 Liz S. // May 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I definitely prefer bags in bright colors!!

  • 762 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I used to only have black bags, but the last few years I’ve been all about bright colors.

  • 763 Grace // May 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I love bright bags, and tend to treat them as if they are neutral.

    Happy anniversary!

  • 764 Sher // May 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I’m carrying red right now but I have a lot of black and brown bags on my shelves, too. Happy Anniversary.

  • 765 Jacqueline // May 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    It seems I can only buy bags in red or black. When I try to resist black… I end up with red!

  • 766 Lizzie // May 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I always yearn for brightly colored bags, but the practical side of me always ends up with something black/brown.

  • 767 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Cute tote!! Did I mention that MY bday is tomorrow?? This would be a great bday surprise ;-)

  • 768 Elana // May 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    BRIGHT COLOURS!!! So much more fun! A good red is never out of fashion, nor an excellent purple.

  • 769 Judith // May 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Bright colors! Hooray!

  • 770 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I have aspirations to carry bags in bright colors, but most of mine tend to be neutrals.

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the milestone!

  • 771 Jennifer Cady // May 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Most of my bags are neutral, but some have patterns and then I’ll get a little crazy sometimes and find a bag that is colorful!!

  • 772 Meghan // May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve got some black and brown bags, but lately I’ve been more drawn to color – plus my husband’s been buying me bags lately (last few gift-giving occasions) and he always buys colors over neutrals.

    I LOVE how that bag looks, though!

  • 773 Chris C. // May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Oooh, these are gorgeous! I sort of go half and half on colors. I love bright-colored bags and often buy them, but when I’m looking for something more practical, I usually go with a neutral.

  • 774 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’m torn between neutral bags & bright colors. I love brightly colored bags because I too wear a lot of blacks & grays. However, I like getting brightly colored coats, and I don’t like switching bags a lot. This leads to clashes between bags & coats.

    I am also good at saying orange & purple are “neutral” colors. ;-)

  • 775 Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful // May 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great bag! I want to have bright bags…but I always go back to neutrals. I’m boring. So what.

  • 776 Jenn E. // May 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Gosh, a lot of people here, eh? Why not throw myself into the mix? Theoretically, I am very keen on colors, but my go-to default bag is brown, so I could just be talking the talk.

  • 777 Andi // May 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Almost always black.

  • 778 Malinda Lloyd // May 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I branched out with my last big purse purchase, and went with chocolate brown instead of black. I am a neutral bag kind of person, but I might just pick the orange one if I won because I have secretly been dying for an orange purse for years now :)

  • 779 Mo // May 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love this tote. I am always looking for something sturdy but stylish. I have a few bags that I’ve purchased hopefully, but so far none of them work. I always stick with neutrals but lately I’ve been trying to mix things up with bright shoes and bags!

  • 780 sarah // May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve been looking for a bag with a zipper. Son thinks it’s really fun to go through mine.

  • 781 Livlaugheat // May 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I am trying to buy more colorful bags but the ones I gravitate towards (and use most) are all the boring neutral ones (black, brown, grey). I love the pleats – they are currently my favorite bag detail!

  • 782 Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    oh, this is beautiful! count me in among the bright color bag carriers!

  • 783 Amy Page // May 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I’m boring and I usually go with neutrals. I probably should do more bright colors, though!

  • 784 MaryAnn // May 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I’m all about a pop of color on my small bags (I’m a clutch gal for on-the-go). But the bigger bag that my clutch fits into (as well as work papers, my laptop, a water bottle and the occasional bottle of wine) tends to be neutral.

  • 785 Cat // May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love this bag! so classy and funky at the same time.
    I love bags in neutral colours…although I would love a bright red one!

  • 786 Bethany // May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    That tote looks amazing! Happy May Birthday!

  • 787 naomi // May 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Nice tote! I would tend to choose bags in neutrals because I wear brighter clothes (or at least I’d like to.) Then again, crazy colours are always welcome!

  • 788 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I love colorful bags although for work I tend more towards neutrals so I don’t have to keep switching stuff out right before I rush out the door.

  • 789 kat // May 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    oh so fun! i have been needing a new purse that fits my work laptop. i tend to gravitate toward gray and a cognac brown for my everyday bags – they go with everything!

  • 790 lisa // May 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I love brightly colored bags–they automatically make me feel a little more stylish (and I need all the help I can get).

  • 791 lani // May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I am with you… I have to force myself to buy bright colors because everything else is neutral. Then again, a good black never goes out of style, right?!?!

  • 792 Kim // May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I like both – the popo of color from a bag can be great, and neutrals are versatile-

  • 793 kate // May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I always buy bags in neutrals (mostly gray). It goes with everything, from office clothes to summer dresses

  • 794 MD // May 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    My go to bag is a bright red one- it pops against my fairly standard (black pants, khaki pants) work wardrobe and makes me happy!

  • 795 Natalie // May 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I really need to stop buying brown bags. I don’t even have any black ones, its kinda strange. I would love to get a nice bright one for summer.

  • 796 Lauren // May 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Blog Birthday!

  • 797 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I usually go for hip-slung slouchy bags in various shades of brown, green or black. I would love to go for colors, but sometimes I get a little confused, especially with the trendy ones- turquoise or coral or mustard…will I be ridiculed next season?

  • 798 rachelle // May 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    i buy neutral bags bc im usually too lazy to switch them out every day with each outfit.

  • 799 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I have a mix of both bright and neutrals. I don’t like to change bags often, so I pick colors based on what will complement most of my wardrobe.

  • 800 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I usually buy neutral because I tend to use the same bag until it is destroyed. I have a teal purse that I like-goes well with my favorite blazer. And a magenta handbag that I took when I studied in Vienna. Love your website-I always leave inspired to make something!

  • 801 kv barn // May 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    beautiful bag! i love neutrals!

  • 802 Lindsey N // May 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Blogversary! I prefer bright colors for my bags, it’s just a lot more fun!

  • 803 Cynthia // May 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    neutrals…mainly because I hate changing everything over from one bag to the next

  • 804 zoe // May 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    darling bag….

    I love all the cute, brightly colored bags, but stick to black & brown–hate changing my bag.

  • 805 Helen // May 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I usually go for bright bags.

  • 806 Erika Irby // May 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love this bag! I tend to go for more neutrals, because if I am going to drop some cash, I want it to go with everything! That being said, I feel like I always gravitate towards bright bright red!
    Erika

  • 807 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Bags? Bright, neutral, I love ‘em all.

  • 808 Abby-Sophia // May 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I go for bags in accent colors (sometimes bright, sometimes just in a color that I don’t wear clothes in). I do the same for my shoes and jackets. In looking over the purses I’ve purchased in the last few years, there are an inordinate number of green ones…

  • 809 Cele // May 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am new to your blog, and I this it’s great! Happy Blogoversary to you, and congratulations on your success!

  • 810 Seanna Lea // May 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Those bags are awesome!

    I’ve been kvetching about my knitting bag lately, because it isn’t quite deep enough to lay my knitting book in (it has a divider, so it can’t be flat on the bottom). It is always butting against the snaps at the top.

    Almost all of my bags are black. I am attracted to colorful bags in the shops, but almost always end up buying black. It’s silly, because I don’t need my bag to coordinate with my almost 100% black clothing.

  • 811 Loni H // May 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I like both bright colors and neutrals for bags, so that I can pick the opposite of whatever I am wearing that day!

  • 812 lmfny // May 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I gravitate towards bright colors in the store, but I always end up buying neutrals. :)

  • 813 Hillary // May 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I gravitate towards black and grey bags – but my current fave is a huge army green one :)

  • 814 Anna H // May 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    What a perfect bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 815 Lisa // May 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I, too, am trying to opt for brighter colors rather than neutrals. I’m such a sucker for black, it’s nearly all I wear!

  • 816 Sophie // May 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Ahh, such a tough call! I love bags in bright colors, but I find ultimately what looks better (because I don’t change my bag to match what I’m wearing) the best bags for me are neutral ones that I can carry no matter what I’m wearing or where I’m going.

  • 817 jo-anne // May 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I try to go for brighter colours and have a few in shades of red but I have a black satchel that I always go back to!

  • 818 punkrawkknitter // May 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’d have to agree, bright bags spice up my dark wardrobe

  • 819 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Definitely brights !

  • 820 Bibliogrrl // May 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Love it! I have a similar style bag, but my bags are all red and orange and whatnot. This looks grown up to me!

  • 821 Shannon // May 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I am a color person, but I’ve trained myself to pick mostly more neutral bags, since I don’t like to switch out bags on a regular basis. The day I caught sight of myself walking in to work in my red coat with a purple & turquoise skirt peeking out from the bottom, a spring green purse, and an orange tote was the day I decided I needed to pick bags in less of a riot of colors. It can be fun to dress like Rainbow Bright, but it doesn’t necessarily give off the most professional vibe.

  • 822 Jessica Dye // May 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I usually opt for brightly colored bags, but I enjoy both! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 823 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Gorgeous bag! I prefer them in bright colours but usually end up buying in neutrals. Why must I fear the bag wouldn’t “match” something? If I win this I want it in orange. Seriously. [But the burgundy is beautiful]

  • 824 Amanda // May 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I prefer my bags in neutrals because when I find one I like I never want to put it down and the neutral colors go with everything :)

  • 825 Emma Alvarez Gibson // May 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Brights! Definitely brights.

  • 826 Elizabeth // May 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Love the tote- I would go bright for sure.

  • 827 Julie // May 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I play it safe and go for neutrals, though I secretly covet a beautiful, bright color sometimes. I’m aways unsure what to wear it with!

  • 828 Adrienne B. // May 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I used to only carry neutral, but in the past five years all I use are bright colored bags. My two favorites are a yellow and a purple bag that take me through the entire year!

  • 829 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ooohhh that bag is lovely (as is your blog btw)…I’m a varying-shades-of-brown-leather type of gal, so this will work!

  • 830 Casey // May 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Bright. My wardrobe also sticks to a lot of black.

  • 831 Ashley // May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I’m a neutral girl. That way it works with everything! I tend to obsess on one purse at a time.

  • 832 Lizzy // May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    You can never have enough bags, shoes and gloves.

  • 833 Tara // May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Definitely bright!

  • 834 Kristina // May 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I try to stick to neutrals and use just small colorful accessories, but I can’t help it. I still dress like a parrot.

  • 835 alison // May 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    :) cute baggg
    i like both bright and neutral but i tend to buy neutral because then i can wear it different color outfits.

  • 836 Liz // May 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The two purses I carry the most are bright. I keep trying to buy a purse in a neutral color, but always get side tracked…

  • 837 Elaine // May 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, fun! I like bags in neutrals, but I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. :)

  • 838 Tasha // May 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Generally I go for black bags with unusual details, mostly because I’m so darn picky about color! Trying to brighten my wardrobe instead :)

  • 839 Carrie // May 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Cute bag! I love bags in neutrals because they match everything :)

  • 840 Veronica // May 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I love a good neutral, but bright bags are so fun!

  • 841 Alice // May 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I find myself drawn to neutral bags these days. This is a great purse!

  • 842 erica // May 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love a bright bag- I’ve been using my mustard yellow as basically a neutral for a while now. Brown and black never lose their place, though.

  • 843 Lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Pretty! And I’m an equal opportunity neutral/bright bag girl. I think I own about half and half. :)

  • 844 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    What a great bag! I think I’d go burgundy.

  • 845 Marta Block // May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Love the look of this bag! I go back & forth – right now I’m fluctuating between grey & mustard yellow! I like to mix it up. =)

  • 846 Maggie // May 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    neutrals. It takes me longer to get tired of them.

  • 847 Sabrina // May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I love bright colors. Bags are my #1 accessory, so I like to add as much flair to them as possible!

  • 848 Maya // May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Winter neutral Summer bright

  • 849 Kaela // May 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m diggin the orange tote but then again the gray is really nice too…

  • 850 Joanna // May 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Happy blogiversary!
    I’m a big fan of colourful bags…like you I tend to wear rather neutral colours, and a bright bags livens things up a bit!
    jkeall@hotmail.com

  • 851 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    My wardrobe also stays in the grey to black realm, so I do love a pop of color with a bright, fun bag. I especially love the orange in this style!

  • 852 Mary // May 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I really like black bags.. goes with everything. Mostly. :)

  • 853 Gini // May 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Bright, bright, bright! <3

  • 854 Marilyn // May 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    What a gorgeous bag! I tend to prefer bags in bright colors, but I really need a brown one that goes with everything.

    j dot marilyn dot evans at gmail dot com

  • 855 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I love your blog! I used to do neutrals, but now I like bright colors because then I don’t need separate black and brown bags.

  • 856 kellosaurus // May 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love a brightly coloured bag for a nice pop of colour. Though, I am also a sucker for a pretty worn in brown leather classic. Either way, this bag would be perfect! I am in dire need of something new.

  • 857 Margaret // May 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Oooh, I love accessorizing with bright colors. Especially in rainy Seattle!

  • 858 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Oh – I bet my camera wpuld fit in there perfectly! Definitely love bright colored bags – I just think they are fun.

  • 859 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I wear a lot of neutrals, so I’m all about the bright colors when it comes to bags. It’s such an easy way to add a pop of color without having to really commit to standing out.

  • 860 Cathy // May 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I try to use bright bags, but rarely change bags, so the brights get old (and dirty).

  • 861 Kat // May 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Most of my bags are brown, since most of my cloths are in neutral tones. However I recently acquired a bright green bag and am totally loving it.

  • 862 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Yowza, that is a nice bag. Most of mine are boring black, but I do have a nice red tote and a funky one that looks like its fabric was cut from one of my Nana’s ’70s pantsuits. :)

  • 863 Kristin H // May 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I usually go for neutral colors, although I do have a bright blue bag that I love.

  • 864 Robin W. // May 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’m a neutral color girl – but sometimes a color just talks to me and at that moment….it’s mine!!!

  • 865 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I have a yellow purse and I can never go back to neutral ever again!

  • 866 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I tend to go with neutrals. Sadly I’ve used the same bag for 2 years. It’s time to change it up!

  • 867 Jarrah // May 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I prefer my bags neutral but I do have a red Coach-esque knockoff that I adore.

  • 868 Mary Helen // May 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I always seem to end up with a neutral bag – but I love bright colors. I have a yellow suede bag that I love to wear. So… I am going for bright. Love the bag.

  • 869 Kristen p // May 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Love this purse and I love purses for a burst of color!

  • 870 Emjay Kay // May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats on ten years, that’s fantastic! Have gotten
    so much great info from your site. Hmmm, I
    seem to always go with neutrals for my purses with
    an occasional bright color.

  • 871 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I love bright bags! I have a mostly neutral wardrobe as well, so a bright bag is almost easier to throw in with any outfit and punch it up!

  • 872 Beth // May 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I go for bright bags so I can find them in a rush! Alas, my wardrobe also shifts from black to gray to brown with the seasons. Thanks for offering these really fabulous giveaways and congratulations on your blog birthday! I have been reading it since its early days.

  • 873 Caitlin // May 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Love it! Perfect for the yarn + iPad combo that usually requires I carry a second bag.

  • 874 anna // May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    on gloomy days i love rocking a brightly colored bag. when going out neutral bags are great. and for those certain occasions something with a bit of sparkle. a bag that could fit my laptop…now that would be something! congrats on ten years!

  • 875 Shelley // May 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I try to buy colorful bags but end up with standard black or dark colors because they go with everything. Sigh.

  • 876 Lynne // May 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Love it! I think I have too much neutral color bag already..I’m going for colorful ones now.

  • 877 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    With my red winter coat and bright colored spring/summer tops I prefer neutral colored bags that I can use all year round and with any outfit. That being said, I have had some amazing (and cheap) bright bags just for fun.

  • 878 Whitney // May 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I LOVE bright bags! I’m definitely not afraid of color. I would love to win the fabulous Troubadour Tote Bag in Orange please!!

  • 879 Chris // May 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Hello! I prefer neutral colors for a man-purse, since I have three pairs of pants that I wear over and over again until they’re dirty enough to stand on their own. My fiancée likes neutral stuff too! :-)

  • 880 Hailey // May 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow! These bags are beautiful.
    I try and buy a different colour bag every time I get a new one, so I have a lot of bright colours for spring and summer (purple, yellow, green) and neutrals for the fall/winter.
    Sometimes I decide to carry a taupe bag in summer and an orange in the winter…really it’s up to my mood!!

  • 881 jessica // May 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    i tend to go for both. but i lean towards dark blues, dark browns, dark greys.

    i really enjoy reading this blog; it’s very inspiring. although, i usually file ideas away for later.. and never actually do them.

    thanks!

  • 882 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I love brightly colored wallets while neutral bags. So I never have to switch out my bag based on my outfit but I know I’m still bright with my wallet.

  • 883 Lori MD // May 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I wear a lot of scrubs so i love my bags to be colorful and bright :)

  • 884 jen // May 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I am a bag lady (in the best way) and tend to go with brights, for the same reasons as you.

  • 885 Tracy D. // May 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I’m the kind of lady that just has one bag at a time and has no issue shelling out for a good one so I tend to go with black/brown neutrals.

  • 886 Tai // May 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I left my heart in Seattle but your blog has been a worthy replacement for the past year. Thanks for all of your work!

  • 887 Stacy // May 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I love the neutrals because then I can wear anything and still carry the same bag.

  • 888 Lisa F // May 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Love her bags though I have yet to purchase one for myself. Though I used to be a neutral fan, the last few bags I have are bright which I now prefer in a most-of-the-year-greyish Seattle.

  • 889 i heart salt // May 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I have had the same wonderful dark brown leather purse for a decade. It’s like an old friend. It has held it’s upright shape & beautiful patina the whole time. Even Giant Scary Biker Types have commented on how much they like it!

  • 890 Kristina L // May 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Love the bag!

    I’ve been using a colorful bag lately, but since I often wear brighter colors, the combination can sometimes look atrocious. Think I need to add a nice neutral-colored bag to my collection!

  • 891 lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    i’m in the neutrals camp! that way you can wear any color and not have to worry about clashing with the bag. =)

  • 892 Frances // May 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Gorgeous bag, it would look great hanging from my shoulder.

  • 893 Meg // May 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Bright! Always bright colours! And who cares if they match?

  • 894 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Love the bag! Neutrals for me.

  • 895 Hannah // May 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    call me boring but I’m a neutrals fan :) I tend to be pretty utilitarian with my bags

  • 896 Katy // May 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I love that bag! I’m more of a neutrals woman for my bags… but if the right bright color bites at me… I’m game!

  • 897 Kat // May 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    My everyday bags do tend to be more plain, but I have a few fun ones. This one looks like it could straddle both worlds a bit! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  • 898 Rebekah // May 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I love bags in every color! As my friend wisely noted–I always feel good about buying bags because they always fit!

  • 899 Karla // May 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Love the bag!!! I wear bags in bright colors (right now red) because they go with everything — black, grey, brown, navy. Don’t have to switch bags.

  • 900 Kathleen // May 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for all the great inspiration; I love your blog. I am a fan of colorful, happy bags. But I have seen some nice neutrals I’d be happy to own as well.

  • 901 Nomie // May 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I tend to go with neutral bags because I only rotate once a season and I like something that goes with everything – but for winter this meant teal because I have a black coat and a black-and-white coat, so I suppose I also like colors!

  • 902 Margaret // May 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    These are lovely! I just bought my first colorful bag and I love it! Its nice to have several though. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Anniversary!

  • 903 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I tend to buy neutral bags b/c I don’t have to worry about matching my clothing or red winter coat. But, a colorful bag might be on the horizon as I do love color.

  • 904 Jen D. // May 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I usually aim for bright colors, when you live in the Pacific NW you know the weather can stay a bit dreary in a wet spring so it’s a simple pick-me up.

  • 905 Ann // May 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Yummy! I think I’ll get one in orange; it will perfectly complement my bright red purse [the one I use to brighten up my black/gray wardrobe] :)

  • 906 Iowagirl // May 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I have wanted desperately to branch out and get a bright bag … I am just too chicken so far!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • 907 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Brights! Especially bright yellow. I like materials that won’t rub against my clothes and make the material nubby.

  • 908 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I like bright colors but every girl needs a solid neutral!

  • 909 michelle // May 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I need this!

  • 910 Nicola Hill // May 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I am always looking for a bag I can take to work with me, so I have only been looking at bags in neutrals lately. Lame-o.

  • 911 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I was all set to proclaim my love for colorful bags until I clicked the link to check out the Troubadour, and totally fell in love the the gray color. So, I’ll claim the un-offered third option of “any pretty, well-made bag”.

  • 912 Jamie // May 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    What a great bag! I end up with neutrals most of the time, but have a few eye-popping red ones too!

  • 913 Jenni // May 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Bright! Bright! Especially with something this big. Does that even make sense? For some reason I love my big bags to be bright colors.

  • 914 Andrea // May 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    All neutrals for me, I haven’t been brave enough to try a bright bag yet.

  • 915 Miss Grace // May 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I like bags in neutrals and brights. Well, I buy them in neutrals, but I WISH I had the balls for brights.

  • 916 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I love bright … on others, me I go back to neutrals. Maybe I can change my old ways.

  • 917 Stephanie S // May 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Oh I need a new bag. Especially one with pockets!

  • 918 Danielle // May 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Love this bag! And I don’t have a bag for my laptop so double bonus! As for the bags I already own, the majority are bright colors. I espouse the fashion ‘rule’ of WNTW’s Stacy and Clinton – it doesn’t have to match, but it has to ‘go’. :)

  • 919 Cashew // May 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Heyas, I’m a brighter than bright person, Oranges and greens are my thing. I also tend to dress very plain, dark blue jeans, black tees/tanks.

    I was also noticing that with all the pockets, this might just make a decent diaper bag! (Which is awesome, because I’m expecting!)

  • 920 Rebecca // May 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Bright! It makes my heart sing.

  • 921 Melissa // May 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I love a bag with lots of pockets!

  • 922 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    10 years, Congrats! I like most of my bags in neutral colors but in summer I always carry a “bright” bag.

  • 923 Leanne // May 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Ugh, I’m boring. My everyday purse is black. I’m drawn to the reds and oranges, but I end up with black.

  • 924 Beth // May 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    LOVE color! Perhaps a bit too much….

  • 925 Kara // May 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I like both bright and neutral. The more bags the better!

  • 926 sheila // May 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    bright! my clothes are boring enough :)

  • 927 Lori // May 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love bright handbags!

  • 928 Emily // May 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Generally I love bags in bright colours but for work and other professional ventures I lean towards neutrals.

  • 929 Grace // May 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Neutral! Who has time to switch all their stuff to a new bag every day?? Happy anniversary.

  • 930 Jo // May 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Usually I try to go for neutrals (camel, brown) but bright one always catch my eye ;)

  • 931 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I adore this bag! I really like to think that I love brightly colored purses, but if you look at my small collection, it’s really a smattering of browns, blacks, and navys. I guess I’m more of a neutral girl. And this one is perfect. Happy Blog Anniversary!

  • 932 helena // May 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    absolutely absolutely in bright colours. i have 2 fancypants expensive purses: a mustard yellow purse that i got at anthropologie and a cobalt blue frye purse.

    my philosophy is that if it matches nothing, it matches everything. the only exception to this is the camel-tan colour that’s between brown and beige. that’s another that i feel goes with everything.

  • 933 Ali // May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for so long (since before I graduated HS!) and I love it! As for me, I tend to buy bags that are neutral browns or black. I think the next one I get will be a warm orange or red– I just love red.

  • 934 Paula // May 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love bright colors, so the orange bag would be perfect!

  • 935 Sara L. // May 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Sign me up! I love bags that have a color, but I tend toward darker ones, navy blue, deep red. Don’t like black very much, so boring!

  • 936 Angela // May 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I stumbled across your website, and think it’s great!

  • 937 CindyAz // May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I have always had neutral colored purses. I don’t know why.

  • 938 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Such a great looking bag! I think that I prefer my bags in what I consider neutrals, that include black, white, gray, nude, navy and army type greens so I prefer neutrals, my way.

  • 939 JachiCue // May 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Oh the bags are amazing. :)

  • 940 Andrea Porter // May 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Have to throw my hat in for this one as the bags are so amazing. I have one from her already and would love another! I usually go for neutral although agree I could do with some color!

  • 941 Nancy // May 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I usually buy neutral color bags, but I always look longingly at the bright color bags. I have to say, I LOVE the several Crystalynn bags, I adore them! I have been wanting this one for awhile!

  • 942 Leah // May 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Bright colors, typically, as I continue to grapple with whether I am a black person or brown person. I have realized in the last year or so that I thought I was more about dressing in black, but am actually more about dressing in browns. They just suit me. Love that bag.

  • 943 colleen // May 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    neutral colors please! I’ll get crazy colors on my socks, not much else ;)

  • 944 Tanya M // May 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I tend to buy neutral bags so I can easily grab them and not clash with what I’m wearing–especially when I opt for some crazy, patterned vintage outfit. Thanks for the giveaways!

  • 945 Monica // May 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I’m a neutral always jealous of those that can pull of the bright colors, but the brown and burgundy are beautiful and will match 90% of my closet!

    And Happy Anniversary too! Time flies when we are having fun right?

  • 946 Cheryl // May 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Pretty!

  • 947 Darcy Gillespie // May 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Bright colours all the way! Love the bag.

  • 948 Miriam // May 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I love bright and neural colors of purses. They are so fun when they are bright, but then I love brown ones every once in a while.

  • 949 Grace // May 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I really appreciate the 2-zipper top!

  • 950 Jen R // May 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I prefer bright colors, but own neutral bags that I love too!

  • 951 Jackie // May 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Colorful and bright! Especially if it’s a green.

  • 952 Beth // May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I tend to go more for a neutral bag, but occasionally venture out to more colorful ones if I like them.

  • 953 Jen B // May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I’m a big fan of Crystalyn Kae’s… I love her aesthetic and that her bags are vegan! I’m a fan of neutrals (but that goes for everything I own/wear)… I think a nice forest green is about as “bright” as I get!

  • 954 Nathan // May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    My girlfriend has been looking for a tote just like this one!

  • 955 betsy // May 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I usually lean toward neutrals (especially for work bags), but I have a turquoise bag I love.

  • 956 Nicole // May 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Love the blog & the bag! I go for neutral bags but have a few bright ones to throw in the mix.

  • 957 courtney // May 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I think a good assortment of brights/neutrals is good. I’ve been leaning towards brights lately though.

  • 958 MJ // May 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Definitely neutral.

  • 959 Brooke S // May 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I dress very plainly so I like to get all crazy with my bag – bright & loud!

  • 960 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I nearly always go for a neutral, since I buy one bag at a time and keep it for a year or more — or until the strap gives out.

  • 961 Jenny // May 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I am amassing a surprisingly wide collection o’ bags. The ones I use every day are neutral, though. I dig the pop of color a bag can provide but changing from purse to purse on a daily basis is really annoying.

  • 962 Minerva // May 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I’ve always been more into neutrals, lots of black and brown, but I recently bought a pink bag and get more compliments on that one than on others that cost four times as much. Weird.

  • 963 Becca // May 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I tend to gravitate to brightly colored bags unless a neutral bag has a really interesting design or feature. I’m kind of a magpie; attracted to bright & shiny things.

  • 964 Julie // May 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I stick with the neutrals. I never seem to have time to switch bags so neutral it is….

  • 965 Heather in Ohio // May 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I like to BUY brightly colored bags, but I am too lazy to swap out my regular (black) bag every day. I think I would definitely choose a bright color for this bag, though – and use it ALL THE TIME!

  • 966 Liza Thompson // May 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love neutral, natural bags most of the time and the something flashy will grab me once in a while.

  • 967 julie // May 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    cute bag! I go for brights generally.

  • 968 Connie // May 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I like my every day bags to be black and my sometimes bags to be bright.

  • 969 Christina // May 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Oh my. I have a Crystalyn Kae bag I adore, but I’ve never seen this style. I like to carry colorful bags but in a neutral. For example, my Crystalyn Kae bag is a deep green and my other current fave is eggplant. A nice splash of color, but nothing that can get too clashy.

  • 970 erika // May 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Love it!! I prefer neutral:) Thanks!

  • 971 Grace // May 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I LOVE bags. I’m a container freak. I like to have my things contained within containers, so I collect bags (and boxes) of all sorts. I’m on the lookout for a bag to fit a laptop for work and since I work at a preschool, I’d like to get a nice, bright one.

  • 972 megan // May 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    oooh pretty.

    I have both neutral and colorful bags. the three I’m using now are black with white birds, cream with red, orange and blue lobsters, and cream with olive and brown owls.

  • 973 Ellen // May 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I think this bag is fantastic! It could hold all of my junk plus some!!!

  • 974 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I love bright colors for bags and shoes!

  • 975 Eileen // May 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I wear bright scarves almost every single day, so I like cool-toned neutral bags. But, you know, if a brighter color works with dark rose or turquoise, that’s great too. :)

  • 976 Victoria // May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Gorgeous bag! Happy 10 years!!!
    I like to have bags in gorgeous colors as I tend to wear a lot of black.

  • 977 Katrina // May 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I usually go for neutral or dark colors for my bags, but have been carrying a red one for a while now. I still think I would go with the burgundy one ~ it would go with just about anything in my wardrobe.

  • 978 Mischa // May 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I love both colors and neutrals, it’s all about the shape and hardware for me– no brassy stuff!

  • 979 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Bright colors, I also stick to a black/grey wardrobe. I am trying to change that though……

  • 980 Kristi // May 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I have always bought neutral colored bags but the bright colors are starting to grow me.

  • 981 Rachel // May 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Bon Anniversaire!

    Love neutral but red fits in sometimes.

  • 982 Miranda E. // May 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I love bright bags, but end up using my neutrals more. I’ve had an addiction to Harvey’s Seatbelt bags because they’re durable and clean easily, and my little guy’s spills and crumbs slide right off. This would be a perfect one for that, and a little dressier, perfect for interviews! (Wish me luck, Graduating this July!)

  • 983 Alexandra // May 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Love this tote! Happy Anniversary!

  • 984 Surinder // May 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    WOW 10 years! Congrats. I like bags in neutral and bright colors. I have been using the same bag for about a year now. it is time for a change!

  • 985 Laura W // May 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I love brightly colored bags – I like to think they add a bit of cheerfulness to my normally neutral wardrobe.

  • 986 Jill // May 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful! I love neutral colors and would love a neutral colored bag!

  • 987 Lynnette // May 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Bright colors for the same reason……my wardrobe is mostly black on black…oh those designers

  • 988 charity // May 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just stumbled onto your site and can’t wait to explore! As far as bags go, I gravitate towards bright ones but usually chicken out when it comes to actually using them. I do love a good bag!

  • 989 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    definitely a bright color purse girl here! Of course, you always need a workhorse neutral one as well! Thanks for the chance!

  • 990 Kara Johnson // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Love this bag! And love me some color ;)

  • 991 Lauren M // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    This bag is AWSOME and so is your blog. I luckily stumbled across it not too long ago and WOW, it has sucked me in. I’ve been pretty craftless lately because of school :-( but now that its summer and with the help of your ideas I can let my inner craftie out!

    (ps this bag would look so great going to med school interviews with, I’m just saying lol)

  • 992 barbara corbitt // May 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    i love all purses! i am not prejudice except when it comes to teeny weeny bags. i cant handle that

  • 993 Pamela // May 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I like bags in neutrals since then they match with everything! Thanks.

  • 994 Kirsten // May 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    These Troubador Totes are GREAT! My wardrobe has fallen into the same trap as you, all neutrals. Except for one, perfect, bright blue bag that is a daily accessory, especially in the summer. It automatically brightens up any drab outfit!

  • 995 stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I would love to say I’m a bright accesorizor but truth is I’m all about the neutrals, in clothes and accessories.

    That bag is to die for!!

  • 996 sarah // May 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    bright colors…for sure!!

  • 997 Lisa // May 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Not only do I love my bags in bright colors, I love them in bright, creative patterns too! The latest is a black bag with brightly colored Day of the Dead sugar skulls! That being said, I could definitely go neutral for a bag like that!

  • 998 kathleen // May 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    That is a gorgeous bag! I would love to have one!

    I, too have a mostly black wardrobe, so bright bags are great!

  • 999 crystal // May 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    well since y wardrobe lacks color i have to makeup for it in bags, purses and such : )

  • 1000 Leslie // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Neutral all the way!

  • 1001 Jessie // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I tell you this often, but I don’t believe you can hear it enough! This. is. my. favorite. blog.

    And I would swoon at the chance of winning this bag just in time to begin my final year of grad school and first year of marriage… it just seems to yell, “Take me seriously. I’m a big deal.” (And all the giggles and crafting that I do sometimes cause the opposite affect!)

  • 1002 Drea // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Neutrals, just because I worry that I somehow might clash later down the road.

  • 1003 ter // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    love the brights!

  • 1004 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Such a great site! I come daily looking for inspiration!

    Also, fantastic bag!

  • 1005 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I’d like to say I prefer bags of bright colors, but in reality I’m too lazy to move my goods from one bag to another so I stick with neutral to make my mornings run more smoothly. That is one beautiful bag!

  • 1006 Tammy // May 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I usually stay with blues, browns and blacks. I did change it up last summer and got a cute Disney purse while we were down there.

  • 1007 Guadalupe // May 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    As much as I try and try I cannot get away from brightly colored bags. The last purse I bought was a red basket shaped like an apple.

  • 1008 June Jones // May 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I’m fickle. I like a bright shiny bag for a while, and then a nice muted bag.

  • 1009 June Jones // May 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I like to switch! Bright shiny bags for certain days, and neutral bags for other days. That tote is super cute, though.

  • 1010 Nat // May 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    neutrals for expensive long term purchases, brights for seasonal purchases.

  • 1011 Bee // May 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I mostly have brightly colored or silly bags; I need to get a professional, semi-neutral one that I like.

  • 1012 Gina // May 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Darling bag! I’m one of those girls who doesn’t wear color because she doesn’t know what colors look, well, good on her (oh, the fear!)… so colorful bags and shoes it is.

  • 1013 Megan P // May 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This is exactly what I need in my life! (besides world peace and all). I prefer neutral bags because I’m too lazy to switch them!

  • 1014 Dana // May 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Neutrals!

  • 1015 Rebecca // May 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I want bright and bold, but am usually too scared to go beyond neutral. I need something to get me out of the rut.

  • 1016 ariane // May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love this bag! I always say I prefer bright colors yet my closet is full of neutrals…

  • 1017 Corin // May 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Bright colors. I always have every intention of buying something neutral, but wind up coming home with an apple green or bright red bag.

    Meh, who needs to match anyway?

  • 1018 Sarah // May 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I bought my first purse for my honeymoon seven years ago and now I’m addicted – I want that purse!!!

  • 1019 Lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I love any kind of bag, but I’m really drawn to the bright colors! Oh, but neutrals are great, too. Really, I just love purses.

  • 1020 caroline // May 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    My go-to bag is brown leather, but I love bright colors too. Sadly, my bright red one disintegrated. I have my heart set on a purple one next!
    Thanks for all the great giveaways!

  • 1021 Josephine // May 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I mostly have neutrals but have been trying to get brighter colors lately. I love the look of this purse!

  • 1022 lacey // May 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Ooh! nice. I can’t resist a big orange bag!

  • 1023 Bianca // May 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’m entering the working world and I need a legit bag that makes me look like a professional. Any suggestions, anyone?

  • 1024 Julia // May 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    My current bag is a dull black but I’ve had some fantastic colours over the years from orange to red and even purple defiantly love a bright statement bag :)

  • 1025 Barbara // May 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I tend to have black bags in the winter and lighter bags in the summer.

  • 1026 Tess // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Bright colors all they way!!

  • 1027 Posy Quarterman // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Oh my, that is one stunner of a bag!

  • 1028 Samantha in PDX // May 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I tend toward silver or black laptop bags, but both the green and orange troubadour are calling to me. My current silver bag is sleek to a fault; it’s very difficult (and sometimes painful, due to some poorly placed Velcro) to get things in and out of; the “opens wide” nature of this bag sounds like just the thing.

    I hope that the unfeeling random number generator picks this entry!

  • 1029 Katrina // May 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I love bags in bright colours! The orange bag is gorgeous :)

  • 1030 Jen // May 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Well, the practical side of me likes neutrals because they go with everything but I love reds..

  • 1031 Gryph // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I love a bright bag. Even on the grossest days a bright bag can be a pop of sunshine and make you smile.

  • 1032 brooke @ claremont road // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Pretty! I like to have a good mix of practical neutrals, and a few fun colors and prints, for good measure :)

  • 1033 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    what a sweet bag!

    I veer toward bags with muted colors but exciting patterns.

  • 1034 sarah // May 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I like colors, but ones that aren’t too bright so they still go with most of my things.

  • 1035 Amy P // May 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Holy cow! Who wouldn’t want this bag? Beautiful.

  • 1036 Elle Sees // May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    neutral!

  • 1037 Jenn // May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I love it in burgundy. Most of my bags are brown or black, but I do have a few in green, blue and red when I want a pop :)

  • 1038 Renee C // May 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    That bag is gorgeous! Most of my bags are in neutrals, but I did buy a bright red one a few years ago and it remains one of my all time favorites.

  • 1039 adrienne // May 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Definitely bright colors. I tend to only wear solids, so I like my purses/bags to also have some kind of funky pattern if possible. However, this bag is gorgeous so I may have to rethink that policy.

  • 1040 Sara // May 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love neutrals, because then my bags can go with more outfits!

  • 1041 Jennie // May 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I would have to say BOTH, since my wardrobe has an equal amount of neutrals and bold colors!

  • 1042 Becky // May 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Congratulations on 10 years! I usually am very boring and neutral with bags (it goes with everything!) but recently I bought a cheapy yellow purse and I love it! Growth? Perhaps.

  • 1043 Joyce // May 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I prefer neutrals for my “practical” bags and bright colours for my “fun” bags :) thanks for the great giveaway!

  • 1044 jen // May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    Neutral unless we are talking red or yellow ….

  • 1045 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I like either! :-)

  • 1046 kathy b // May 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Bright colors please!

  • 1047 Linh // May 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I love bright coloured bags, but I find them hard to match unless you a bag in every colour of the rainbow.

  • 1048 Sasha // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I like neutral bags, but occasionally go for the bright color. :)

  • 1049 Elise // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Congratulations are certainly in order here! Awesome work! Thanks for keep this blog up for so long! You are EPIC!!!

    p.s. I like brights…I am particularly partial to pinks….

  • 1050 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hot pink isn’t a neutral??? I think I have mostly bright patterns… quirky prints and one-offs from Etsy plus thrift stores plus my mom-in-law.

    I selfishly am glad your site is ten years old… I’ve only been reading for a year, but have plenty to read for “back issues.” Keep up the great work–your voice is a shining light!

  • 1051 Keely // May 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I need both, bright and neutrals!

  • 1052 Laura // May 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Delightful! I prefer neutral colors so I can wear them with any outfit.

  • 1053 Kristin // May 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    as long as the bag’s cute, I don’t discriminate! : )

  • 1054 Hollis // May 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    i love bright bags, but end up using a plain canvas tote too much of the time.

  • 1055 Cathy // May 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Bright colours!

  • 1056 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I buy my most of my bags in neutral colors so that I can use them with a variety of outfits.

  • 1057 Reba // May 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    Secondly…I *LOVE* a bright colored bag. Like you, I have a wardrobe of neutrals and I like accessories with color. I think it looks nice.

  • 1058 Lorrie Walker // May 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! I am addicted to your blog. I have it on my home screen on my laptop, my iPhone and now my iPad. I love purses and this is a great bag. Usually I go for a neutral color but I peeked at the website and I have fallen head over heels for the orange one.

  • 1059 Jeanne // May 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Love your blog and I LOVE bags, especially one I can throw my laptop into. Since I would use this for work, I’d have to go with the brown. Neutral but I do try to go for bright colors sometimes but it’s not always appropriate for work.

  • 1060 pey // May 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    yelloooowwww!!!!

    (i like yellow purses)

    :)

  • 1061 Stephanie C // May 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I’m all over the place with bags- as long as I don’t have one that looks like another, I consider it fair game ;)

  • 1062 Terri // May 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I do accent bags in colors, but when called I will use a neutral. It depends on the event and the outfit. Whatever works best!

  • 1063 Susan Gibbs // May 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Oh gosh! That bag is super special. I generally like bright bags but honestly, I own lots of both.

  • 1064 Donna B. // May 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I too keep my clothes in the black/gray range and use brightly colored accessories for a pop of color. Much less thought required this way.

  • 1065 Kate // May 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Trying to get into bright colors, like you – and thank you thank you, because I’ve seen these bags around Seattle and have always wondered who made them!

  • 1066 Mirlin // May 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I love all hand bags.

  • 1067 Janna // May 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I keep it simple by sticking with neutrals.

  • 1068 DW // May 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Have mostly neutral colors but have a few brightly colored bags as well.

  • 1069 Katie // May 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I have more neutrals then bright colored bags, but I definitely prefer bright colored bags! :)

  • 1070 margo // May 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    neutrals.

  • 1071 Lindsay // May 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I love these bags! I, too, have too many neutral colors in my wardrobe and am working on branching out into interesting colored accessories to make up for it. Bright red shoes: check. Funky multi-colored scarves: check. You get the idea. :)

    Keep up the awesome work!

  • 1072 Crystal // May 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I waffle between neutrals and brights. I try hard to stay away from the black that I brought religiously in my teens, but occasionally, I’ll slip.

  • 1073 Maggie // May 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Well you have to have both of course!! I love a perfect brown leather bag, but my rainbow striped coach and electric blue leather purse still make the weekly rotations!

  • 1074 Tasha // May 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Bright! I love bright bags.

  • 1075 Monica // May 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I love the look of a brightly colored bag but I always seem to buy neutrals. I’m totally boring.

  • 1076 Allison B // May 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while… Maybe even heard of the company from you?

  • 1077 Jenny S. // May 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I love her bags. They look so useful and they are gorgeous!! I’ve been looking for a good laptop bag!

  • 1078 Jacqueline // May 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Happy anniversary! I tend towards coloured bags to punch up my gray and black wardrobe. I think I would give this bag to my daughter, she shleps everything around in her bag, and this one is so beautiful.

  • 1079 emily // May 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    bright colors! i actually have an orange purse that originally felt really bright, but now has become a neutral…guess i need a new bright bag! so happy to have found your site, looking forward to following it. thx.

  • 1080 Erin // May 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    My bag is ummm…greige. I’m about to make a big change, so I’ll say bright colors from now on!

  • 1081 Diana // May 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have a pretty good mix of bland and bold colors. I tend to use the bright ones in the warmer months with the exception of my red bag which I like for the holidays!

  • 1082 Rebecca // May 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have bags in both neutrals and bright colors. I tend to use the neutrals more often because they go with everything.

  • 1083 Marisol // May 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I like bright colors : )

  • 1084 Tracy // May 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    My favorite bag of all time is black glazed leather.

  • 1085 Sue K // May 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my, that is just the cutest thing ever!! Since I dress kind of boring, I’ve been brightening things up with red purses.

  • 1086 Carolyn // May 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Cute bag! I typically gravitate towards neutral bags, but my current bag is turquoise! I needed something spring-like. :)

  • 1087 regan // May 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I am all about bright bags. A neutral bag makes me twitchy for some reason, like I’m always worried about it not actually being neutral. Hi, I have issues.

  • 1088 Stephanie // May 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    just when my favorite purse took its last breath. This would be the perfect replacement.

  • 1089 Tracy // May 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love a bright colored bag!!! Even better if it’s black and white with a bold pattern!

  • 1090 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Love your site! It is entering winter down here in Australia, and I find that a bag (especially a new one!), can really lift a dull day! I have 2 small kids, so looking for something with room is always a priority, followed by something that no one else has – and I bet no one here in my little country town would have one of these!! Bright or neutral – depends on my outfit and my mood! My current fav is bright green!!

  • 1091 kelsey // May 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Once I win the lottery I’ll have beautiful bags like this in all the colors of the rainbow. Until then my bags are boring black and browns.

  • 1092 Joy Frameworks // May 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I love bright colored bags! A friend of mine has one of these bags and she raves about it.

  • 1093 loeb // May 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    i love pretty, bright bags…i’m too much of a wimp to wear brightly colored clothes, but bags give you so much more freedom!

  • 1094 Hester // May 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    have to say neutrals, as much as I’d like to pull off a bright one.

  • 1095 Dawn // May 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love the design of this bag! I have a few neutral colored purses, but I’m a sucker for brightly colored ones.

  • 1096 JB // May 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    So far, a neutral girl, but would love to branch out into color!

  • 1097 Jessica // May 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Love, love, love her bags!

  • 1098 kat // May 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    now that i’m 42, i’ve been trying to be a grown up and graduate to a purse . this might be the push i need! so pretty, but not too girly. just right.

  • 1099 Jacky // May 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Love! This is adorable and I just got a new MacBook too, perfect for toting it to the local cafe ;)

  • 1100 Una // May 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I prefer neural colored bags. They match everything and I tend to wear brighter colors in my clothes anyway, so it evens out my outfit (kind of the opposite of you hehe)

    I absolutely adore the bags that you’ve featured! Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity!!

  • 1101 Amy // May 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Yesssss! Love it! Bright colors are my fav.

  • 1102 JR // May 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I prefer neutrals! Never have to worry about matching a bag.

  • 1103 page // May 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    i love both! i’m on a metallic neutrals kick at the moment.

  • 1104 Jessi // May 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Happy 10 years!

    I just stumbled across your blog about 6 months ago and have since spent an inordinate about of time traipsing through the archives. My 2010 and 2011 Christmas present ideas came from your blog (mulling spice packets + a bottle of wine last year, and I’m making vanilla extract this winter).

    I too suffer from monochromatic-wardrobe-syndrome (it’s a thing, I swear). I work in theatre, so I own an obscene about of black. It’s a hard habit to break, even in my off hours. I hear your battle cry!

    Loves!

    ~ J

  • 1105 Angela // May 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Lovely! I like the bag pictured, that sort of retro leather look is just meeee. <3

  • 1106 Bee // May 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Bright colors! My favorites are my giant red hobo and my bright orange shoulder bag.

  • 1107 Michelle // May 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I love bold colors, but when it comes to shelling out hard earned money, I always get the (boring) neutrals.

  • 1108 jennifer // May 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    wow. that orange bag is amazing! i’m with you on the bold colors. that’s definitely what i’d pick.

  • 1109 Samantha // May 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I love this bag!

    I prefer neutral bags as I prefer to have a few high quality bags rather than a bunch of less pricey and less reliable ones.

  • 1110 Mia // May 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I need a bright bag…all of mine are black or grey!

  • 1111 A // May 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I prefer everything in bright colors…! :)

  • 1112 mas // May 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    neutral…though when i’m 60 i guess i’ll be in the purple hat club and then neutral will be purple…

  • 1113 courtney // May 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I am a firm believer that your bag doesn’t always have to match! I love my bags in bright colors, I have a few neutrals, just in case.

  • 1114 diana // May 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    i’d prefer bright colors because all the current bags i have are neutral colors!

  • 1115 nissa // May 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    bright, for sure! usually purple or red

  • 1116 Jenn Bo // May 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I usually have a neutral color (brown, tan, black), but sometimes I go for a pop of color (blue, red). I have to say the orange troubadour looks like a winner from my viewpoint (orange is a favorite color of mine).

  • 1117 Heather // May 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    In my mind, I want to buy bright, colorful bags. But I always chicken out and purchase boring brown or black.

  • 1118 Amanda B // May 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Dear me, that is a beautiful bag. I have been trying to find ways to look more grown-up – after going back to graduate school in my late twenties, I regressed to a jeans-wearing, backpack-toting grunge girl and need to up my game now that I’m heading out in the world. I want people to stop asking me what grade I’m in now that I’m *35*. ;)

  • 1119 Tina // May 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Awesome tote!!

  • 1120 Lori // May 19, 2011 at 12:09 am

    My preference seems to go in phases, neutrals for awhile and then I realize I have only brown bags and then I go for colors for a bit. I do seem to gravitate to browns.

  • 1121 Sandra // May 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I’m very practical, so most of my purses are neutral. But then I try really hard and get a purse with color, and it always ends up being red! I really need to branch out…

  • 1122 JM // May 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I always go for neutral colors, especially now since I am entering a somewhat conservative profession. Sometimes, though, I have the urge to buy something brightly-colored and frivolous!

  • 1123 Juanita // May 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

    You sure don’t look old enough to have been blogging for 10 years. Musta started when you wee 12, huh! Sure would like to have one of those purses. I’m a neutral kind of purse gal, too.

  • 1124 Priscilla Phitsanoukane // May 19, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I love bright colors, but when it comes to the clothes and bags I own I try to stay neutral. The bag I own now is falling apart, so I’m hoping to get a new one soon!

  • 1125 Brianna // May 19, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I really dig bright colors, but I lean toward silvers & grays.

  • 1126 Stephanie // May 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with neutrals. I love their versatility but sometimes they need a little oomph! So, I go for textured neutrals or even splurge for yellow.

  • 1127 Joshua Conner // May 19, 2011 at 1:26 am

    It all depends on skin tone. I’m a boy, but mostly a neutral boy because I have a pretty low-contrast complexion and crazy stuff makes me look ruddy or washes me out.

  • 1128 meredith // May 19, 2011 at 1:41 am

    ohh orange bag you will lighten up the seattle rainy days!

  • 1129 Shosh // May 19, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Totally neutral – usually brown : ). Though I really want a purple one.

  • 1130 Ratzzz // May 19, 2011 at 2:08 am

    though i love neutrals, recently i have taken to carry quirky yellows and reds… love the color splash..

  • 1131 E // May 19, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I tend to go with one bright colored bag and just ignore the fact that it doesn’t match half of my stuff. (But I’m also kind of fashion-challenged)

  • 1132 Emily // May 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Bright Colors!!!!

  • 1133 jjzach // May 19, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Pick me! I like my bags in neutral, but the bright orange troubadour appeals to me. Maybe I can make orange a neutral in my world :)

  • 1134 Priyanka // May 19, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Pick me! love bright colored bags!

  • 1135 Anna // May 19, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Well if I’m paying big bucks for a nice leather bag, I’ll usually go for a neutral color because I know I’ll use it for a long time.

    However for the cheapy bags, I’m all about the colors!

  • 1136 Lisa // May 19, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I tend to go for neutral bags, but I did buy a purple one not long ago!

  • 1137 magali // May 19, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I normally like bright coloured bags, although I always make sure to have a neutral one as well.

    happy 10 year anniversary. I will always remember you as the one who introduced me to the chocolate surprise eggs!

  • 1138 Jillian // May 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I used to go with neutrals, but then I found a lovely goldenrod bag and I’ve never looked back!

  • 1139 Rachel D // May 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I love this bag! I still use a backpack for work, so I could use a little growing up! I like interesting neutrals! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 1140 Nikta Pirouz // May 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I think you’ve got to have at least one of each! I love having a bright yellow for everyday use, but when you want to class it up it is nice to have a neutral option!

  • 1141 Betty Anne // May 19, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary. What a lovely give-away. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 1142 april // May 19, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I have been trying to branch out with my bag selection into more patterns and bright contrasts, but I love the brown option of the bag. Would be wonderful to have a new “mama bag” next month when our little one arrives.

  • 1143 J Pandemian // May 19, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Definately neutrals. And my favorite is brown!

  • 1144 Elisabeth // May 19, 2011 at 4:52 am

    In my ongoing attempt to work colors that aren’t purple into my wardrobe, I bought a bright fuchsia purse this spring. I love the color, but it is just a little small. This tote would be perfect!

  • 1145 christene // May 19, 2011 at 4:53 am

    wow, ten years! i, like you, wear only black and grey, with the occasional olive green, so although i have a lot of black bags, if i buy anything bright, it is a bag or an accessory like a scarf, so that there is some color going on!

  • 1146 Belinda // May 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Neutrals!

  • 1147 Anna // May 19, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I love all kind of bags, as long as they are big…!

  • 1148 Hayley // May 19, 2011 at 5:12 am

    My purses suffer the same problem as your wardrobe. Try as I might, they all seem to be neutral. I’d LOVE to branch out, and this would be a great way to start.

  • 1149 katy // May 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Definitely neutrals but the sad truth is that i use an old and hideous backpack to tote around my laptop and files…this would be a huge upgrade!

  • 1150 Addy // May 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This bag is super cute!!! I honestly prefer neutral colors for bags for the exact opposite reason from you. I wear lots of bright colors, so the neutral tames that down a bit so I don’t look so much like an Easter egg!! :)

  • 1151 Amanda // May 19, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I have a love of tote bags, and I’d never turn down another!

  • 1152 JH // May 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I like neutrals. I am in love with the gray bag and consider gray one of my new favorite neutral colors to wear!

  • 1153 Jaci // May 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

    What a beautiful bag! I usually prefer neutral colors for my bags, or maybe a little color (my current one is dark blue), but I had a lipstick red bag a few years ago that I loved and somehow it went with everything!

  • 1154 RMJ // May 19, 2011 at 5:37 am

    10 years is a long time. mazel tov!

  • 1155 Jeff // May 19, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I don’t use purses, but my wife would love this! I bet she’ll pick grey.

  • 1156 Lauren // May 19, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I love bags in bright colors, but neutrals are fine too!

  • 1157 L // May 19, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Myfavorite bags have been purple–which I have managed to convince myself is a neutral :-)

  • 1158 kate c. // May 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I probably should try to do the color thing myself, but as long as the kids are smallish, my main concern is that my bag camouflage the inevitable grime!

  • 1159 Melissa // May 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Love your blog and love this bag!

  • 1160 Ellen // May 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Congratulations on ten years! My favorite bag is a bright orange and white striped canvas bag, but I feel it’s too colorful for some occasions, so I’m trying to tone it down with my next bag. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • 1161 Eva // May 19, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Unfortunately my wardrobe ranges from white to black to grey, so I love bright bags. They make me feel adventurous.

  • 1162 LM // May 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I am drawn to bright colors (like orange). But my practical side usually wins out and I tend to go with neutrals, often browns, so that they’ll work with my (also very basic) wardrobe.
    Happy Anniversary!!

  • 1163 Rebecca // May 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

    This bag is beautiful! I’ve been a long time reader and am so happy that your celebrating 10 years! Thanks!

  • 1164 Steph // May 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

    That’s a gorgeous bag. Congrats on your ten years!

  • 1165 Ann // May 19, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I’m always admiring other people’s bright handbags, but when it comes to buying them for myself, I usually play it safe with neutrals.

  • 1166 Kate // May 19, 2011 at 6:59 am

    For a tote like the Troubador, since I would probably use it as a purse, I would choose neutrals for better mixing and matching. Usually, though, for summer totes and reusable grocery bags, I love a pop of color or an interesting design.

  • 1167 Jen // May 19, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Bag? What bag? My go-to purse serves as purse, backpack and briefcase. This bag should get credit for all these features, too. I alway have bright colored accessories in the bag so I can find them. Thus the hot pink phone and bright red wallet.

    I enjoy your blog so much. Keep it up!

  • 1168 Lulu Lane Designs // May 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I love purses (well and shoes). I’m always changing up my handbags so I love bright colors or unique fabrics.

  • 1169 Susan // May 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    The rare times I go purse shopping I often go with a specific bright color in mind, excited about getting something that will pop on my usually neutral outfits, but then I never find quite the shade I’m looking for and end up with another neutral one instead. I think I’m actually just being a coward about bright colors and using the shade thing as an excuse!

  • 1170 mchan // May 19, 2011 at 7:09 am

    being an individual who is making the transition from student to ‘professional’, I am choosing neutral bags to be more ‘professional’ over hauling a bright bag or a backpack around.

  • 1171 Sarah S // May 19, 2011 at 7:11 am

    My preference is definitely towards neutrals, Im terrible about changing my bag, so this just keeps thing simple

  • 1172 Kris // May 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Ooh lovely bags!!!

  • 1173 Amy M. // May 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I always have dark purses — black or brown. Only right now my black purse has … polka dots! Crazy.

  • 1174 molifer // May 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I have both bright and neutral, truly love switching it up!

  • 1175 Amy // May 19, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I tend to stick with neutral colors for bags and this is one nice looking bag!

  • 1176 Caihong // May 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hi Megan,

    I’m from Singapore. Not sure if you would ship so far out :) But anyway, I first ‘got to know you’ through your tutorial for Mothers’ day corsage. Love your tutorial. Many thanks for sharing! And oh, I would love to buy colorful bags. But my clothes are already so colorful! :p So neutral colored bags work better for me :) Best wishes!

  • 1177 Ashley Katherine // May 19, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Cute purse. Yay!

  • 1178 Jennifer // May 19, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Both! I probably use the black & brown ones more often, but I love pulling out the red, green, & patterned bags– they make me happy!

  • 1179 ashley // May 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i prefer my bags in bright (i carry an orange one now) and neutrals (i have a gray one too!)

  • 1180 Kristen // May 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Last minute entry!!! GREEN!!!!

  • 1181 April B // May 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Oh I love Crystalyn Kae! Her bags are wonderful. My current favorite handbag color is blue–goes with a lot of things, but is somehow more exciting than black or grey!

  • 1182 Karola // May 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I really love the bright colored bags although when it comes to buying I usually stay with more conventional colors. Great givaway! :)

  • 1183 Loy // May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I tend to go with neutrals since they go with everything.

  • 1184 GJoanne // May 19, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I always go for neutrals, especially browns.

  • 1185 Amber // May 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I love both a brightly colored bag or a neutral colored one–it depends on my mood. I’m always on the constant look-out for a perfect strap/pocket placement/style bag combination. This giveaway looks like it could be a contender!

  • 1186 Lisa // May 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I admit that I usually go for the neutral bags b/c they go with everything, but I love bright colored bags. I can’t resist any bag!

  • 1187 Lyn // May 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    That bag is gorgeous. I used to be all about the bright colors and interesting patterns in my bags, but I’ve switched to more neutrals as of late because they make mix and matching so much easier.

  • 1188 Amanda // May 19, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I’ve got one bright, and one neutral. Right now, I’m on a kick with the bright orange one, but I’ll go back to the reliable black one of these days.

  • 1189 Jess // May 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

    AHHHHHH I LOVE THAT BAG!!!

    that is all. oh: bright bright bright!!

  • 1190 Anotheryarn // May 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

    So, are Crystalyn Kae bags to Seattle what Queen Bea bags are to Portland?

    I gravitate towards bright colors – always. But have been looking for a perfect grey bag.

  • 1191 Adriana // May 19, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What a bag! I could use something like this in San Francisco, we get a lot of fog and I commute on a ferry so waterproof is a must here too. Perfect bag for the on the go girl!

  • 1192 Katie Rose // May 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I enjoy reading this blog and hope to do so for another 10 years.

    I don’t have many bags. I tend to stick to one until it wears out, then buy another just like it. Yes, I know… I am not a fashionista.

  • 1193 Brianna // May 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Bright colors! That orange version of this bag is calling my name.

  • 1194 Michele // May 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Did I make it?? I don’t usually carry purses just totes but I like this one!

  • 1195 enjanerd // May 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This looks fabulous!

  • 1196 Jessica // May 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Neutral! I never want to change my bag to match my outfit, so I end up not matching unless I go with neutral.

  • 1197 Sara // May 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I have neutral already; I LOVE that orange ;)

  • 1198 Min // May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I assume I’m too late to enter (I’ve completely lost track of the time zones), but I just wanted to say I love seeing all of the things you’re giving away. It’s a surprise every day and it’s really interesting. Thanks!

  • 1199 Kelly // May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Joining in on the crush. Thanks!

  • 1200 Jen // May 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I love a big, bright bag!

  • 1201 Jamie // May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

    bright bright bright!

  • 1202 Elizabeth // May 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Neutrals….and then one big gigantic colorful bag to mix it up.

  • 1203 daily coyote // May 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

    omg gorgeous!!
    one of each – a bright and a neutral – covers all the bases (and moods)!

  • 1204 Bonnie // May 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Am I wrong to think that an orange like that could function occasionally as a neutral? Maybe it’s the color on my screen. Anyway, I love it! Here’s hoping!

  • 1205 Megan // May 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE this bag!!! i’m going on vacation next week and it would be perfection.

  • 1206 Jennifer // May 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Oooh… colors, always. I guess I tend toward neutrals/blacks in my clothing and rely on bags/accessories to add some ‘pop’ and personality.

  • 1207 elaine // May 19, 2011 at 9:50 am

    i used to like black pretty much exclusively for accesories of any kind. but living through new england winters for that last 10 years has made me rethinking my position on black accessories and now i mostly look for color, color, COLOR!

  • 1208 Shawna O // May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Wow! Those are some beautiful bags. I love both… but I think I go towards beautiful patterns and bright pops :)

  • 1209 Dinah // May 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    It’s 9:55 and I have had a crush on this bag for a long time–in GREEN. Congratulations on your blog Anniversary!

  • 1210 Belladatura // May 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m currently carrying a bright grass green bag which I love. Thought I would change it out for a neutral, but that hasn’t happened yet, so… COLOR!

  • 1211 Stephanie // May 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I am with you. with all these blacks and greys I need a little color to make my wardrobe pop…