More than 5 years ago my employment company moved from the suburbs into the inner city and my life changed a lot. I had to take long walks in all kinds of weather to/from the train stations and take a railroad ride in/out of town. I quickly learned how to adapt but it was necessary to change a lot of my habits. I found it necessary to juggle carrying a purse, lunch, computer, and files into work and that made it difficult to wear/bring any stylish items. So I mostly wore slacks, blouse, and a blazer and I kept a few pairs of "suitable flats" at the office so that I could wear athletic shoes during my outdoor commute. I also learned to pay close attention to the weather. Previously I had not owned any patent leather bags but I now have at least 5 of them because you don’t have to worry about rain or snow when carrying patent leather. I recently made a big decision - not because of fashion but for other reasons - and I've changed jobs. I now drive to work and the weather and the rigors of the commute are not such a big deal anymore. The new job has been a big adjustment but at least I don’t have to worry so much about my shoes, clothes, and bags. So I have been digging out some bags that have seldom been used in recent years because they were too large (or too delicate) for a public transit commute. This week I have rediscovered how much I love one of my all-time favorite bags. I haven’t carried her very often in recent years, except on special occasions, because she is just too big and heavy. Now it feels like she is brand new and I am thrilled to be carrying her again! I have been wearing my teal blue Sydney Leather Shoulder Flap 14614 B4 BL that was released in 2009. I bought her at the outlet in 2010 for $277 (retail price = $798). She was my first colored bag and for a long time she was my most expensive bag. She was a beloved symbol (just take a look at my avatar!) that had faded away but now she is back in the spotlight, what a beauty!