Confessions of a Bag Addict

The same coat, different accessories…

Didn’t I just feature this coat a couple of weeks ago? Oh yes I did. But as you know by now, I wear my clothes till they fall apart. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the same items get featured on the blog again and again…

Anyway… This is another post about accessories. Or, more precisely, about bags. Or my bag addiction, whatever…

As you know, I’m an accessories addict. I have way too many bags, and don’t even get me started on sunglasses… 

These days, I try to limit the number of accessories I buy (as I have very little space to store them, and even more limited means to buy anything), and I only buy something if I absolutely love it and know that I will wear it for years. That’s the story I’m telling myself, anyway, and I’m sticking with it…

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Confession time: I have bought 3 bags this autumn. This is a record, even for me…

Hello, my name is Tiina and I’m a bag addict. Could you escort
me to the nearest Bag Addicts Anonymous meeting, please?

OK, this is what happened:

I went to explore the new shopping centre that just opened. Big mistake, I know… I usually avoid shopping centres because I hate crowded places, but I was passing by as I was changing trains, so it was on the way… OK, I also wanted to see what the fuss was all about.


There was a small shop selling really nice Italian clothes and accessories. The kind of stuff you never see in shopping centres anymore: cashmere sweaters as soft as kittens, and unique embossed leather accessories…

And then I saw this bag.

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And The Devious Little Voice in my head reminded me that I’ve been looking for a brown bag for quite a while.

What little voice? You know, the one that whispers “you deserve it” in your ear every time you see something you like. I’m sure you have one of those, too. The little voice, I mean…

But then The Voice of Reason (I’m sure you know that one, too) piped in to point out that I had already bought a very nice burgundy bag not too long ago.

But The Devious Little Voice didn’t give up that easily. It suggested that I actually need a slightly bigger crossbody bag, and besides, don’t I always go on and on about sustainable design, unique pieces and good quality and that sort of stuff? Isn’t this the perfect opportunity to put my money where my mouth is? (The Voice of Reason had nothing to say to this, oddly enough).

And so, having found a perfectly rational justification for my latest bag crush, I brought this baby home.

Yes, I’m a bag addict. Don’t let me enter shops that sell bags. Or sunglasses. And if you see me swooning over accessories (of any sort), please remind me that I actually need something a bit more practical but boring, like a new pair of trousers. Or that winter coat I’ve been planning to get…

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Outfit details:
coat: Sand (old) / scarf: Marja Kurki (old) / trousers: Cut & Pret /
gloves: Global Accessories (old) / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana /
shoes: Ten Points (old) / bag: Fad:12


How many bags is too many?

Linking up with:

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  1. 10 November 2019 / 10:41 pm

    I am with that Devious little voice, DLV has excellent taste and as you are wearing clothing until it falls apart then I don’t see anything wrong with a new bag – it is not as though you are into disposable fashion or will get rid anytime soon. I know of people that are promising to give up buying clothing/accessories for a year – ridiculous I think. Someone makes the clothing/accessories and needs an income – so I am happy enough to not go mad spending (never have) but I will continue to buy things that are special – handmade or one off or well made. People who make things need to put food on their tables like the rest of us, we just need to be that bit more choosy about which people we support, in my humble opinion.

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:16 am

      You are so right. We should support people who make beautiful, high quality clothing and accessories. We should value the things we buy more, too. When clothes and accessories are cheap and poorly made, it is so easy to treat them as disposable, and just keep getting new stuff whenever we want.

  2. Arlene Gomes
    10 November 2019 / 11:45 pm

    Thats an absolutely beautiful bag and I think you deserve it! There you go. That devious little voice. I am sure you will keep the bag and wear it alot. Nothing wrong with that! It’s unusual to find something of such good quality nowadays. So enjoy your new bag and don’t give “reason” another thought. Arlene from NJ

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:17 am

      Thanks, Arlene. Yes, good quality is sometimes very difficult to find, unfortunately.

  3. 11 November 2019 / 11:52 am

    That devious little voice has excellent taste, that is such a great bag. It fits with all your ideas , good quality , great design and you will have and use forever. I am also a sunglasses addict- we all have our demons. Enjoy your new bags.

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:19 am

      Oh, yes, the Devious Little Voice has great (and expensive) taste. But as long as I don’t let it run amok, I guess it’s OK…

  4. Susan
    11 November 2019 / 4:56 pm

    I really like that coat. I wear my clothes till they fall apart too, especially if I really like them. That coat is for sure one I would wear a lot.

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:22 am

      I’m sure I will keep this coat for years to come, even though I don’t wear it nearly as much as I’d like. But that has nothing to do with the coat and everything to do with the nasty wet weather we have here.

  5. 12 November 2019 / 10:30 am

    Your Devious Little Voice has magnificent taste and give great advice about buying sustainable and quality goods!. This bag ticks all the right boxes for me, it’s a sensible choice but it’s also interesting and have those embossed letters which make it so unique!. I do love a quality leather bag with some craftmanship!
    I don’t have any problem with people who wear their clothes until they fall apart, actually I totally support this attitude! And I keep loving your coat and your fab accessorizing,

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:25 am

      Yes, I thought the embossed letters made the bag quite interesting, I’ve never seen anything like that. I appreciate quality and craftsmanship more the older I get. I guess we’re all drowning in stuff these days, which makes us a bit picky about the things we buy.

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 9:25 am

      Thanks, Mireille. I think so, too.

    • Tiina
      13 November 2019 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks, Jess.
      Oh yes, you need to budget for some shopping, I’m sure you’ll find plenty to take home.

  6. 14 November 2019 / 12:10 am

    I think you can never have too many bags, haha! My husband on the other hand is confused by my need for so many, ha! This brown one looks like such a practical choice 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂 It’s very smokey here still but we are lucky and safe from the bushfires.

    • Tiina
      25 November 2019 / 4:30 pm

      My husband is such an enabler; he never questions why I need to have so many bags. Or why I need to have anything else, for that matter. But I think it’s because he’s not exactly a minimalist himself…

  7. 14 November 2019 / 11:28 pm

    Tiina, you crack me up! And yes, I am very familiar with those same voices! But you were no fool to listen to the devious little voice because that bag is simply magnificent! I am not a bag addict and it is calling my name! Just gorgeous. And I love your sunglasses, too! Thanks for linking up this week.


    • Tiina
      18 November 2019 / 4:20 pm

      yes, we’re all hearing voices… and by ‘we’ I mean us shopaholics…

  8. thestylesplash
    19 November 2019 / 10:36 pm

    Your new bag is gorgeous…so unusual! I have very little resistance when it comes to accessories too – my husband often sarcastically remarks “thank God you’ve bought more, I thought you were going to run out!”. Men just don’t understand! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Tiina
      20 November 2019 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Emma! You can never have too many accessories, if you ask me. Fortunately, I have a husband who totally understands. Seriously, he’s such an enabler…

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