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the bag lady.

13 December 2008

What – or who, rather – is a bag lady? We’re often misconstrued into automatically assuming that such woman is well, the dreaded bag lady. Dressed in layers and layers of frumpy things made of unidentifiable materials, with hair strewn about messily. Not in the Parisian, I-just-had-a-cuddle-with-my-boyfriend sexy way, but in the I’m-too-lazy-to-wash-my-hair kind of way. And of course, a rather vicious cat bundled in her arms, a feline just as bulbous as her owner. 

I had received a rather interesting email from one of my readers, thebaglady: “Dearest La C. – In your last post, you had mentioned that you were thinking about starting up a FAQ section (it’s an awesome idea!). I have a question for you, only it’s probably not that suited for that section. Anyways, (in honor of my name, lol), I want to know: If you were a ‘bag lady’, what would you wear? I’m just curious to see your version of the bag lady (no doubt it’ll be super chic anyway!) Love, thebaglady.”

I love these kind of questions – very thought-provoking and quite fun! Who exactly is a bag lady? The Olsens have described as such a character, with their mussed hair, androgynous layers, and a bag that usually overwhelms their petite frame. Or, a bag lady could possibly be a woman obsessed with, well, bags. One such example? Yours truly. I live, breathe, yearn, and am willing to die for bags. 

And now, all definitions and technicalities aside, here is, as the reader asked, my interpretation of:

the bag lady.

the petite novellas series.

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heart Bag Lady #1: Agnès


A Parisian all her life, Agnès was always in love with her mother’s endless collection of vintage furs. Naturally, over the course of time, she seemed to adopt her mother’s love for these coats. Her favorite was this vintage, black coat she found during a thrifting adventure. It was a bit shaggy and worn in – epitomizing her style; after all, she loved that slightly grunge, luxurious look. It wasn’t before long when it wholly integrated into her daily, all-black uniform. Whilst stomping down Parisian streets in the winter weather, Agnès would be seen with the much loved coat pulled over a black skirt. For some added warmth, she always paired her skirts with patterned, wool tights, finishing the outfit off with a pair of oxford heels. And of course, the black Miu Miu Vitello Lux that was was prized possession of the woman; whether the incredibly soft leather was from daily use or just how the original texture felt would always remain a mystery. Agnès barely glanced into the mirror as she walked out the door, only pausing to tousle her already slightly mussed locks. She took care not to get her rather large cocktail ring tangled into her hair; she hated having to waste time when she could be out enjoying the freshly made crepes and reading the next book tossed into her bag.


heart Bag Lady #2: Sylvia


Sylvia. Editor-in-chief of a rather prominent fashion magazine in London. She woke up feeling rather inspired today by the newly laid marble tiles in the lobby of the current hotel she stayed at on yet another of her business trips. This calling was in Paris, to attend a lavish party thrown by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Though it was one night, she took care to give her a few extra days to wander about on her own. With the forest green tile sparkling even on such a cloudy day, she dug out her Stella McCartney wool cape given to her as a gift from the designer herself. She immediately felt much cozier beneath its thick sleeves. Sylvia opened the window to the balcony to test the weather. Chilly, but not too cold,she thought, and immediately reached for her stirrup leggings. The cape hit right above her knees – just as she liked it. Her arms, however, still showed signs of goosebumps from the gust of wind; that was immediately taken care of with a pair of elbow length, leather gloves. She checked the clock by her bed, noting that if she wanted to get some decent alone time in the cafe across the street, she had to hurry before the rest of Paris awoke. Too lazy to fix her hair, Sylvia simply covered her bed hair with a wool beanie (she loved Alexander Wang’s Fall Show!), laced up her Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Brogue boots, and a coordinating Chloe bag. Her gloved hands pushed the beloved Ray-Bans into place as she walked out the door, the hotel attendants in awe of her outfit that matched impeccably with the marble floor.

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La C.

P.S.: Any questions you’d love to have answered! Drop a message in the comments below or email me & I’ll do my best to answer you as soon as possible! Maybe it’ll make the FAQ column! 🙂

Also…if you’re curious about the Petite Novellas, or the first of its series, read the story of one skirt & six women.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 December 2008 9:56 am

    Thanks for this lovely (for me: mid-afternoon) reading! Actually, I was feeling a bit down when I realized that the article has finished:)
    Agnès for president;)

  2. 13 December 2008 10:07 am

    Hi La C

    I love peep toe oxford & long leather gloves….

    Hi Dexter! 😀 She is Hungarian woman tooo… Haha! 😉

    Have a great weekend!

    xoxo: Janet

  3. 13 December 2008 10:31 am

    i love all those outfits you put together. have a nice saturday!

  4. 13 December 2008 12:16 pm

    Ooo I like the little stories! I love that Sylvia outfit too! I need it 🙂

  5. 13 December 2008 2:25 pm

    haha, i love it!

  6. 13 December 2008 2:59 pm

    loved this dear! love the fashion webs you spin.Love bag ladies for their intriguing layers,kookiness,eccentricities and of course those super bags themselves!
    your blog is always a yummy read.

  7. 13 December 2008 4:02 pm

    Great outfits, I specially like both booties and that fur coat(L) the bags are gorgeous too!

  8. 13 December 2008 4:23 pm

    Thank you!
    Choosing is so difficult!
    I loved this post. You have such a wonderful blog.

  9. 13 December 2008 4:47 pm

    ilovett, sweetie! i reckon i’ll choose the second. have a blessed Sunday ahead!

  10. 13 December 2008 4:57 pm

    I love these type of posts! You always come up with such descriptive stories to fit the outfits 🙂

  11. 13 December 2008 9:02 pm

    I must be an Agnes because I have the Nero Miu Miu bow bag and its the best thing I’ve ever purchased. hands down. ♥

    I love these posts!

  12. 13 December 2008 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment. Thanks for finding me. & thanks for bringing me here.

  13. 14 December 2008 1:10 am

    i really enjoyed reading this 🙂
    the outfits you came up with are soooo good
    i could imagine sylvia and agnes in my head

  14. 14 December 2008 6:57 am

    Ok the second look is AMAZING. I want to wear it all, and all at the same time. Love love love it.

  15. 14 December 2008 8:00 am

    fabulous clothes.
    your never fail to amaze me with your blog…you always write the most interesting posts!

  16. adi permalink
    14 December 2008 9:37 am

    hello La C.
    i wonder who you are but i love your blog. it’s simply awesome, more so because it’s a blog about fashion and esthetique.
    about the bag lady, am a fan of bags too and especially of low boots.
    guess we’ll get along well then.

  17. 14 December 2008 1:01 pm

    Love the green bag!

  18. thebaglady permalink
    14 December 2008 1:20 pm

    omgsh La C – imagine my wonder when I made my daily visit to your blog & found that you had made a post about my inquiry!! i was pretty ecstatic. and maybe that was an understatement!

    i love those looks – totally chic yet still retaining that mysterious & baggy (is that the right word?) bag lady look!

  19. 14 December 2008 1:39 pm

    I want to be bag lady number one. Le sigh!! That is a perfect ensemble. And, I love the stories to go with the sensational outfits.

  20. 14 December 2008 2:05 pm

    I’m loving everything u posted!
    I need more money.. Arghh

  21. 14 December 2008 2:25 pm

    I’ll be Agnes! Designer bag lady -woo hoo!


  22. 14 December 2008 2:30 pm

    i would gladly be a bag lady if i could have #2’s wardrobe! care to exchange links? i adore your blog! xo

  23. 14 December 2008 2:52 pm

    Oh wow,
    another awesome post ❤

  24. 14 December 2008 3:18 pm

    I was wondering if you found the Chanel Haut Chocolat Nail Lacquer really that great? It looks like an absolutely divine colour on your page, but I’ve had my fair share of Chanel nailvarnish and always end up quite unimpressed with the application and final result.

    • La Couturier permalink
      14 December 2008 4:35 pm

      hi victoria! thanks for stopping by 🙂
      i haven’t yet been able to find chanel haute chocolat, sadly. it does look amazing, doesn’t it? i actually love chanel nail polishes, though I am quick to admit that the color from bottle to the actual application differs. sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. if i do find haute chocolat i will be sure to tell you how it is! 🙂

      La C.

  25. 14 December 2008 4:02 pm

    Helloo, thanks for the comment drop in my blog, and I want to tell you that this thing of the “petite novellas” are amazing, I´m gonna be here reading every day. Bye!!! xoxo 🙂

  26. 14 December 2008 5:00 pm

    I love the first selection!

  27. 14 December 2008 8:06 pm

    Keep doing the story posts!

  28. La Couturier permalink
    14 December 2008 8:25 pm

    since you all love these little series & b/c they are so fun to do, i will, most definitely, be continuing to write them!

    much love!
    La C.

  29. 14 December 2008 8:29 pm

    Sorry I’m a little high from morning coffee.

    Bonjour, je m’appelle Sylvia Eloise…hahaha :p

    I love the bag you picked for Sylvia. And honestly, that outfit can do no wrong. The Hui part of me would be matching it with a black Kelly instead, worn with the long strap across. Delish!

    Yay make this a regular!! ♥

    Sylvia Eloise (I can’t wait to add more names to my growing collection! Haha :p)

  30. 14 December 2008 8:34 pm

    love the collages, your selections are impeccable!

  31. 15 December 2008 5:43 am

    Hui is collecting names now? haha.

    I am so hung up on the second outfit! The colour of that chloe bag… gorgeous. It’s the colour of dreams and mermaids I imagine! And just the baggy slouchiness of everything, those casual raybans… Sigh. I covet.

    Great post, as usual ♥

  32. 15 December 2008 4:18 pm

    I adore reading your “petite novellas” -they are not only exceedingly well-written, but so so entertaining and, obviously, so fashionable. Thanks for making my day girl!

  33. 15 December 2008 4:56 pm

    Love your petite novellas. I think i want to be lady # 2. Sylvia…

    Oh, and i would love to exchange links w. you…

  34. 15 December 2008 7:58 pm

    You’re so creative!

  35. 16 December 2008 7:50 pm

    Oh man–I love this post! The ensembles are fabulous and the stories super creative and fun.

    Great post!

  36. 18 December 2008 5:46 am

    thanks for your sweet comment ! 🙂
    and my lady bag is a yellow balenciaga city bag, love these bags !!! wearing with a black slim, a perfecto and gladiators shoes like Carrie Bradshaw !! 😉



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