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Beauty Blog Advent Calendar – Satchel Bags

Today’s Beauty Blog Advent Calendar is on satchel bags. I seem to love them this year since they are great for organization and holding everything I want to take with me. These days, I need to have enough space to take my essentials (lip balm, contact solution, inhaler, hand sanitizer, mini fragrance, hand creme, tissues, brush, mirror, mints, gum, business cards), my wallet, a notepad and pen, as well as room for my kindle and phone. I like having different pockets for organization, as well as having it be a top loader.

You’ve seen my favorite fall bag in this style, the Franco Sarto East Side Satchel in Bronze. Utterly awesome.


I also recently picked up this bag during Black Friday/Cyber Monday. It’s a Donna Sharp Reese Bag in Purple Zebra.

Brand: Franco Sarto
Bag: East Side Satchel, Bronze
Size: 15.5” x 6.5” x 9.5”
Material: Faux Leather

I love this bag, but I HATE the interior. It’s just not to my taste. Very hideous. I’d far rather it be gold or purple or something other than the multi-colored mess that it is.

I’ve only had this one a few days, but I love that it’s purple. I love that it’s got purple interior too. It makes a nice, fun purse.

Brand: Donna Sharp
Bag: Reese Bag, Purple Zebra
Size: 13.25″ x 8″ x 4.5″
Weight: 1 lb
Material: PVC Vinyl Covered Cotton

Both of these satchels have an interior pocket with a zipper that could function as makeup bag, but I tend to stick all my essentials in that pocket.

I really like how both of these bags fit on my shoulder without sliding off, and they stay tucked under my arm.

As I’ve had the Franco Sarto bag for months now and it’s held up perfectly under daily use, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. I’ve not had the Donna Sharp long enough to be able to tell how it will hold up under such use.

What are your favorite type of bags? Do you like satchels? Are there any brands you’d like to recommend?

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • The Peach

      Both of your bags are very cute! I’m not liking that liner on the Franco Sarto bag either :( That purple zebra print one is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

      • Phyrra

        Thanks Peach :) And yeah, I think if they’d chosen a solid color, or a different pattern I’d like it a lot better. The purple zebra comes in a million different colors/prints!

    • http://cinseven13.blogspot.com cinseven13

      Cute bags! I admit I’m no good with satchel purses, lots of pockets, or anything too big. I tend to lose things in my purse unless it’s small :(

      • Phyrra

        I like it when they have lots of pockets for organization. Of course, I can go tiny too, you’ve seen my The Sak purses :)

    • Jadelyn

      I tend to stick with cool-neutrals (black or grey as opposed to brown or tan or gold), but that bronze bag is lovely! I apparently do really like satchel bags, because my first thought in reading this post was “oh shit, there’s a name for the type of purse I love? I had no idea! Yay satchel bags!”. Previously I’d just referred to mine and those like it as “purse of doom” types, because it has so much room for all my stuff (wallet, makeup bag, phone, camera, notebook, Nook, water bottle).

      • Phyrra

        I had no idea there was a name for it until I noticed a pattern and went ‘oh! ok!’ Yay! Glad to see you carry similar stuff, too :)