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6 Things to Consider When Buying an Evening Bag for Her

The writers at vogue believe that a woman should own 5 bags. What I’m talking about today is # 2 on the list. The evening bag. An evening bag is not an everyday bag. It’s intended to be worn only for that special night activity — the opera, the friend’s party, a swinging dinner. Usually, the evening purse is not a full size day bag.

It’s little. The evening purse is a little thing. Yet as little as it be, compared to your dress the evening bag can really impact your whole ensemble. It’s a little thing, but it can pack a pow.

Here are 6 things to consider when choosing an evening bag that’s right for you.

1. Size

Depending on what you feel best carrying with you, you’ll need to think about the size. You’ve got basics like lipstick, mirror, ID, cash/plastic and keys. The extras are kleenex, sewing kit, lip balm, aspirin, emergency whistle …. oh, and what about a pen? So there you see. It really depends on what you feel comfortable bringing on you.

2. Straps

I feel like straps follows size because depending on the size, you need to factor in what the straps are like. Do you prefer a cross body strap? How long do you like your straps? You might not even want any straps at all. Do you want a skinny narrow strap or a wider one?

3. Color 

Of course color is important. Many evening purses are black. Black goes with everything, right? Depending on what color your shoes are or your dress is you can decide what color your purse should be. The thing with the evening purse though, is that you can work your whole look around it. So if the purse is red, maybe it will inspire you to wear red shoes and then figure out your dress. Pretty neat.

4. Material

At first, you might not think you have too much choice in material for evening purses. There are a good number to consider. The finer the material, the more expensive the bag will be. It can also impact the elegance of the evening purse. The purse can be satin, velvet, silk, metal, mesh, mesh, patent leather. The one I feature is metal mesh with a cotton cloth interior.

This is a vintage evening bag circa 80s that’s available for purchase over at my Etsy shop. It’s metallic mesh on the outside and cotton blend fabric on the inside. It’s got a metal slinky chain strap and clasp closure. It’s a really great size, too.

Vintage Black Metal Mesh Evening Bag

 

5. Closure

Considering the closure of the evening bag is probably more for those who are on the particular side. Kinda like how some people can be obsessive about their writing instruments (like me) :-). You might love the bag but be turned off by the bejeweled clasp it has. Maybe you’re specifically looking for something other than a zipper closure. Personally, snap closures are not my faves because they’re too restrictive for me.

6. Embellishment

Embellishments are the extras on your bag. They are the decorative detail that should make it more attractive. Sometimes though, embellishment makes it less attractive for some reason or another. Is sequence your kind of thing? Rock crystals? Rhinestones? Feathers? I tend to go more minimalist in this area.

I would love to know which one of the 6 things to consider is most important to you or let me know if there’s one you think I should have listed.

 

Vintage Turquoise Blue Bib Statement Necklace On Etsy

This post is a little bit on how to wear a bib statement necklace and features one of the jewelry items listed on my etsy boutique.

If you are looking for a bold statement, this necklace is perfect for you.  Bib necklaces are usually big and eye catching. They’re called bib necklaces because, well, they look like (baby) bibs around your neck 😊

Vintage Blue Bib Necklace

If you’re looking to spice up your look, this beautiful turquoise blue bib necklace will be striking on your wardrobe. This one is available at my etsy boutique at an excellent value. Plus, you get to feel good about being kind to the environment because this product is handmade and not mass produced.

Bib Statement Necklace

With bib statement necklaces you’ll want to keep your other accessories minimal (especially earrings or on your hair) because this necklace is meant to be the highlight of what you’re wearing. Since the bib necklace is making a statement, you don’t want to “overcrowd” or “clutter” your look. Be careful that your look doesn’t look overly busy. The whole point of your bib necklace is making that bold statement. You don’t really need much else on your top portion.

Since I’m really into hats though, I might try to fit in a hat that could work with it. ✌️

Bib statement necklaces look best with simple necklines. This vintage bib statement necklace for women that I’m featuring would look fantastic with a strapless top, like an off the shoulder blouse.

Though wearing it with a solid color is easiest to style, a patterned outfit is possible, too. It just may take a little more effort.

Vintage Bib Statement Necklace

The most important thing about bib statement necklaces is to let them do most of the work on your outfit so that you can have fun effortlessly looking good!

Minolta Hi-Matic Camera 9 Rangefinder

Whether you are starting out as a new camera collector or you are someone who loves to decorate your space with past relics you will love this classic Minolta camera from 1966. It’s currently available on TheWeeBitThings Etsy shop

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Camera

The Minolta Hi Matic 9 is a top of the line fixed lens rangefinder. In 1966 it was advertised as the world’s most versatile automatic camera. It does have a fully manual feature, but back then it wasn’t an asset. The automatic features were what made this one above the rest.

There is automatic electric eye in the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that provides unsurpassed exposure accuracy, based on the patented “CLC” system. It includes Minolta’s “SLS” system for “rapid, fumble-free” loading and “Easy Flash” for automatic flash photography. The Hi-Matic 9 could also be used semi-automatically and manually. In 1966 “No other camera in the world offers this versatility”.

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Rangefinder Camera

This one is in excellent condition. While I cannot guarantee that it is fully functioning, it appears to be very well taken care of, i.e. nothing broken, nothing stuck. It has the original camera case.

Minolta Hi-Matic 9 Camera Case

The replacements for the now obsolete batteries such as the PX625 1.35V mercury can be found online. Alkalkine battery near equivalents are 1.5V.

Although I’m not a camera collector, I love to learn about an object of old. Learning about this this camera has been fun.

If there are any questions I can answer about this beautiful camera let me know!