I have been coveting the Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium since first laying my eyes on it. I love the bright colors it comes in, including the Tangerine, Violet and Raspberry Suede. But, alas, the $1500+ price tag is way too steep, even for this Louboutin-loving gal.

When J Crew has new season arrivals, I always go to the shoes and handbags first. After lusting over all the leopard shoes, particularly the Valentina and the Eddie Oxford, I knew instantly, at first sight, I would purchase the Darlington Satchel. At $278 it’s still a bit pricey but certainly better than $1500. I debated between the Honey Brown, a very practical, all-season color, and the Bright Indigo, a unique colored bag that not everyone would choose or have. In the sea of LVs on my side of town I prefer different and unique. I’m currently using a Salmon/Coral-colored handbag from Cole Haan my brother gave me for my birthday and get many compliments on it.

From the J Crew website: A twist on the classic schoolboy satchel that’s quickly become the signature carryall of our most style-savvy cohorts. Structural hardware and motorcycle jacket-inspired quilting up the cool factor, while functional design details (double straps stow an umbrella while hidden snaps grant easy access) balance style with substance. An interior front-wall patch pocket and a back-wall zip pocket keep pencils, cell phone and keys organized. 

I received this “Darling” satchel today and do not regret this purchase one bit. It’s just the right size for me, since I tend to overfill larger bags. From images I’ve seen online it is similar to the PS1 so let’s take a look.
It feels like opening a present when it comes in the dust-cover bag.

My first look.

Love! And the leather is soft.
Back view – Has a slim back pocket with a snap-magnet button. The PS1 has a back zipper pocket.

Bottom view – This is wear you can store your umbrella, according to J Crew. 
Unfortunately, I haven’t used one in a long time so it will go unused.

Side view of the Motorcycle Jacket inspired quilting. 
A unique feature that the PS1 does not have.
Adjustable shoulder strap

Open bag
Inside view – It has an interior front-wall pocket, probably where I’ll stash my sunglasses. The main pocket comes with the almost-standard two pockets on the side for cell phones and keys. It also has an interior zip pocket.

Snap-magnet closure so you don’t have to undo the straps. 
It also has a lock closure at the front.

Holding the handle
With the adjustable strap. This is not a remove-able strap like the PS1 has. 
You could tuck it inside the bag if needed or just let it hang.
I am very happy with my Bright Indigo color. I could not get a great shot of the color of the bag but it is a bit darker than the online picture. The first image is the closest IRL color. In the shadow it almost has a purple tone to it. Now that I’ve seen the bag up close and personal I am intrigued by the Black and Honey Brown but maybe in the Pursette, which is a smaller version and a cross-body bag. 
So what do you think? 

…see these clutches.

J Crew Roulette Clutch – Parsley Sprig – The description says this reverses to Apple Green but I think the Parsley Sprig is the interior and the Apple Green the exterior. I think the pic online shows the Apple Green. (Don’t mind me…I’m just trying to use some logic since parsley is dark in color the interior is a darker green.)

The suede to patent effect is seamless. You can only tell by running your hand across the body of the purse.

Inside…still the “ombre effect” with the suede and patent. You can also reverse the clutch and show this as the outside. (See…dark green = the color of parsley)

Without flash – Close to the true interior flap color.
Clutch Style

With the strap lengthened.

Mosaique Clutch – The pink is neon pink. The material is tweed. It’s the same concept as the Roulette Clutch.
Without flash

With flash

Interior – You could reverse the clutch so the jewels are on the inside and this is the outside. Although I wouldn’t want to hide the jewels.

What do you think?

The Lockwood Hobo comes in four colors…Masala Chai, Mineral Green, Black and Soft Sandalwood. According to J Crew, it is their “..signature (and most sought-after) bag for Spring. With a less-is-more, minimalist feel in buttery soft leather…”. 
OK…Minimalist…check…Buttery soft leather…check…Most sought-after…maybe not so much. At least not like the Bisbee in Summer Hyacinth (or any of the colors). 

I thought the Mineral Green color would be great for Spring. The Soft Sandalwood looks pretty but it seems like it would get dirty pretty easily and I would be so sad if it got even a smidge of dirt on it.

The bag arrived yesterday and I must tell you I was under-whelmed. I didn’t have that “feeling” I get when I love and want to keep a bag forever. Maybe I’m holding all new bags to a higher standard of “that feeling” due to the Bisbee.

The color is a light minty green, but not quite pastel. The leather is buttery soft. The handle is twisted and it has a main storage compartment which is only closed by the brass turn-lock closure. There is an additional zipper pocket the width and height of the bag. Of course, there is an interior zipper pocket and two additional pockets for cell phone/key storage.

There is no hard bottom so the bag was really slouchy/droopy when I removed all the inside paper.

(My outfit yesterday was just jeans and my Lucky Tie-Dye Embroidered Tunic I’ve had for a few years.)

So, what do you think? I am pretty sure I am going to return it. For full price I really should LOVE it.

There were several things I purchased this year I really liked and enjoyed wearing (all J Crew pencil skirts) but my most favorite purchase was the J Crew Bisbee Satchel in Summer Hyacinth.

I have used it daily since I bought it. I changed it out at the beginning of December for the J Crew Campo bag I have and the Buena Notte bag but will be back to the Bisbee again this week. I have brought the CPW down to $1 a day, just through November. It transitioned well into Spring, Summer and Fall and is just a great bag.

I love it and it was my most favorite purchase all year.