[An aside, but I abhor the word professional when used as a noun. "I am a young professional." Turn-off.]
So here I am, ready to make the big bag switch to a big bag. Only past shopping experiences have shown that I am very picky when it comes to bags. I don't like excessive buckles, or weird textures, or anything too shiny. To make the whole process even harder, I wanted something big enough to fit papers, a lunch, and preferably with some separate compartments so there's some internal organization.
These bags exist, they do. The problem is that they all look something like this:
Fossil Executive Top Zip Tote
I mean, really. If I can barely tolerate the word professional, do I really want a bag that's called executive? No. I could wear this to work if I wore pantsuits and pumps every day, but thank god, I don't.
So off I went to other outlets. There were some contenders, but I had a really tall order to fill. (I also didn't really want to spend $200.)
the annie leather bag
xl tote shopping bag (sold)
As I looked at my options that were okay, but not perfect, I kept thinking back to that Target bag I spied a few weeks ago. Large. Simple. Cheap. I finally just bought it, knowing that it could be returned. But I tell you, it is growing on me.
I like that it has convertible straps (good for biking!), and it is nice and roomy for all sorts of things. It does have a divider and one internal pocket, but nothing else to help organize everything in such a cavernous space of a bag. That worries me a bit. But for $23, it's really not bad.
Anyway, if any of you shopping savvy folks have other ideas, let me know.