Ok, so for many of you this wont seem like a "luxury" purchase, but for me it is. First off, the details. I just turned 25. I work as a nanny during the day and soon will be going back to school at night. Given that I wear sweats and jeans with sneakers to work everyday, no makeup, and actually have the ability to forgo a shower and sleep in without it being frowned upon, I am obviously not concerned with carrying anything nice. I carried my nicest most buttery smooth leather bag to work one day and it got assaulted by a cream cheese bagel. I know this is full on blasphemy, but I'm a 45min train ride away from NYC and before I lived here I was a 20 min train ride out of WDC so I do the majority of my bag shopping in Chinatown. I know, I know. I know most of you could tell, but honestly people are always asking about my bags and are shocked when I tell them I mostly carry fakes because I worry too much about damaging something that cost more than my car. Simply because it makes my life easier, I stick to wearing black, white, charcoal, and apple green. I also apparently have a "signature piece" that I didn't even realize I was wearing everyday which is a long green scarf...somewhere between mango skin green and olive. It wasn't a fashion choice, I wear it because I hate coats and it covers my stomach. Anyway. This is my situation - I took this medication that made me put on a LOT of weight which is not coming off quite so easily. I live with my EX boyfriend who is basically still my boyfriend but without any sort of title or acknowledgment or the regular sex that comes with having a boyfriend, I work for two people who treat me like I should be paying them to raise their children and I'm trapped with them because the kids are so attached to me, my car is falling apart and I spent the last 3 weeks planning on getting a new one before my financing fell through, two very important people to me died in the January, and to top it off I recently noticed that my nose is too big, my mouth is too small, and I have enormous pores. Now you see why I think its time for a little boost. I just redid my closet which is basically the 4th bedroom in our house, and its going to be great. I got some gridwall and waterfall faceouts so all my bags (yes, even my knockoffs) can hang on the wall and be displayed to me while I sit in the spa pedicure chair I found on Craigslist. Now its time for a new bag. I don't want to spend more than $200, which I realize these days isn't a lot, but c'mon - I'm a nanny. A nanny who drives an old decrepit Land Rover that gets 10mpg in the land of gas at $3.15. I hate brown. Any other color is great, but I do love apple green, bright blue (I have been searching for a turquoise bag!), and that great cognac color that goes so well with black. I like big bags. No, I like huge ridiculous enormous bags. I once carried a DVF carry on airline bag as a purse. I also like grommets, rivets, buckles, and other metal hardware details. I detest fringe, but one some bags I know it works. Like a Le Dix bag for instance. I have no idea what to get, and I don't want to drop a large chunk of change on something that I end up hating. I'd rather have something I love and nowhere to carry it than a bag I regret buying. Hopefully Ill have time this weekend to photo some of my best pieces and post my mini-collection for you all to get a taste of what my style is. But honestly any suggestion is welcome! Help!