When I was in my 20s I used to buy a lot of bags, quite often they were from Primark and too small for practical use. So they'd sit in a giant box under my bed never used.
Now I'm older, and I like to think a tiny bit more sensible, I try and apply a bit more thought before I buy things and have come to realise that quality really is more important than quantity when it comes to something as important as your handbag.
I carry my handbag around with me every day and it's always crammed full of things (some might call it junk but I like to think it's all essential) I'm forever complaining to Simon that it's too heavy and that my shoulder hurts yet I continue to walk around with it packed to bursting.
Therefore I need a bag that's big, practical, sturdy but obviously it also needs to look good.
One day I will treat myself to a gorgeous Mulberry Bayswater because I think every girl needs a designer bag in her life but for now I'm making do with the best that the high street can offer.
When on the hunt for a new bag I took it all a little seriously and found myself watching endless videos on you tube to find my perfect bag. Whilst it's great to have a look round the shops it's nice to hear reviews from people who have used a bag every day and know it's pros and cons.
In the end I decided on the Zara City Bag With Zips. I was initially torn between this and the smaller Mini City Bag but decided that the smaller version would probably never hold all of my things.
Personally I think Zara make the best handbags on the high street, they are beautiful, stylish and most importantly affordable. The City Bag with Zips is £59.99 which is a good price for a lovely quality bag.
The City Bag with Zips, is pretty large, but it's a nice size and perfect for my requirements. You can easily fit in your sunglasses, camera, shawl (yes I'm an old lady and I get cold in air conditioning ... don't judge!), a bottle of water, makeup, a magazine and still have a little room for things you might collect along the way.
I really love the beautiful mauve lining (it actually makes me smile each time I open it) and the big gold zips.
It has lots of separate compartments, some lovely hidden zipped areas and a button holding it all together. The front compartment is padded so it's perfect for carrying your tablet around.
Does anyone else own a Zara Bag?