April 16, 2011

Purse Protector

All winter long I searched for the perfect work tote.  My hunt finally ended in late February with Marc Jacobs spring line of bags where I found the tote of my dreams (click the link to view).  I decided on a cream color, which I thought would transition perfectly for spring and summer.  This was by far the biggest handbag purchase I had ever made and like every other woman, I justified it as "this is something I will use everyday forever and ever".

Now let's fast forward to one month later (approximately 3 weeks ago).  As I was walking out the door for work, I picked up my beautiful bag and practically fainted when I saw a perfectly round blue stain on the FRONT of the bag.  I immediately hoped that I was having some sort of "Black Swan" moment where the blue spot actually did not exist and I was just going crazy.  Unfortunately, I was perfectly sane and just stuck with some bad luck.  A blue ball-point pen had exploded inside of the bag and the ink seeped from the lining into the leather.  While of course this "disaster" is nothing in comparison to some of the real life crisis people have to deal with each day, this still put a black cloud on my morning.  Since I live in New York, I am fortunate enough to have a plethora of leather repair store options.  After being told ink could not be removed from leather by a number of shops, I finally found my savior, Superior Leather.  My mended bag was returned to me yesterday and the shop did an amazing job of fixing the stain.  I highly recommend their services to anyone in need of leather repairs.

The moral of this story (and the reason I am sharing with you) is not to stop carrying pens in our purses, but to be more careful when we do.  I am going to revert back to 3rd grade and put all of my pens and pencils back in cases, where they belong.  If nerdy men can protect their pockets, why can't we protect our purses?  There are so many great pencil cases I have found, that I had to share a few.  Enjoy!

  1. Diane by Diane Von Furstenberg Pencil Case - $37
  2. Forever 21Sparkly Soft Tube Cosmetic Bag - $3.80
  3. Kate Spade Jane Street Creative Becca Pencil Case - $75
  4. Harajuko Lovers Comet Pencil Case - $20
  5. Mulberry Melanie Pencil Case - $125
  6. Kate Spade "Kate" Canvas Pencil Case - $55
  7. Anthropologie Pencils in Pinstripes - $30
  8. Diane by Diane Von Furstenberg Pencil Case - $37


  1. I love all of these, pencil cases have never gone out of style! Such an affordable bag for all to buy.

  2. I can't believe a pen exploded in ur purse, good idea with the purse protectors. CJK

  3. Love the idea of pencil cases, and had no idea so many designers even made them! They also take care of the problem of having to fish around in your bag for them.

  4. Very nice Choices....fun and stylish... and after reading your story... a necessity I will be purchasing! Great post! Glad it had a happy ending. GAK

  5. I think I am going to upgrade from the ziploc baggy in my bookbag to one of these!