A Bag I’m Adding to My Summer Wardrobe & Beautiful Card Holders for Small Bags

If you’ve been reading Between Naps On The Porch for a while, you know I’m a handbag “hound” as one of the YouTubers I follow often refers to herself. lol. I’ve always loved handbags, but in the last few years that passion has definitely ramped up, probably from following so many handbag lovers on YouTube and Instagram.

I end up typically buying one or two handbags a year, occasionally selling (to Fashionphile HERE) or giving one away if I find I’m no longer using it. My handbag collection has stayed pretty reasonable in size, at least compared to the really serious handbag fashionistas I follow online. I’m hoping to keep it contained in one cabinet, although I do store a couple of wicker bags I still love and use in a nearby closet.

Handbag Storage, Ikea Billy Oxberg

 

On Friday, I ordered a handbag I’ve been eyeing for about a year. It’s a “unicorn” bag, one of those bags people tend to either love or hate: the Dior Saddle Bag. Apparently, the saddlebag was first made famous when it appeared on the arm of Carrie Bradshaw in the show, Sex and the City. I never saw it during the time the show aired since I watch so little TV.

Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw, Dior Saddlebag

 

When Dior brought the saddlebag back a couple of years ago, I wasn’t interested. Its weird shape didn’t appeal to me, but the more I’ve seen it worn/styled by those I follow on Instagram, the more intrigued I’ve become. I love how it looks on Iris in this picture below, it looks like a bag you would just toss over your shoulder as you head out the door on a beautiful summer day.

Dior Saddlebag in White

 

The Dior Saddlebag strikes me as a casual bag, but I’ve heard others describe it as elegant. I love how it looks on Iris in the photos above and below. I’ve envisioned pairing it with one of my Tommy Bahama or Lilly Pulitzer sundresses for summer outings…you know, those events where we actually leave our home to meet or gather with friends. πŸ˜‰

(Pssst: Follow Iris on Instagram here: by.iris.sophia. She’s a lovely person and her postings are down to earth and relatable.)

White Dior Saddlebag

 

I’m also drawn to the bag’s equestrian ties, that saddle shape has grown on me over the past year. I love that the Saddlebag is an iconic piece in the history of Dior, a brand that produces some of the most beautiful clothes and bags in the world.

I checked the Saddlebag out in person in the Atlanta Dior boutique several months ago, trying it on in several colors. I resisted buying it that day, couldn’t make up my mind which color I liked and felt I needed more time to think about how it would fit into my life. I finally decided to order it on Friday via phone with Stephon at the Atlanta boutique. Once it arrives I’ll try my things inside to see if they will fit comfortably. If you’re interested in seeing what will fit inside, let me know and I’ll create a post (with photos) sharing that.

The bag should arrive sometime this week. I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping it, just depends on whether the things I need to carry on a daily basis will fit inside and how easy/challenging it will be to retrieve them back out. If I do love it as I think I will, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll carry inside. I know the full-size wallet that I’ve carried all winter would be a challenge to get in and out, so I’m planning on using a cardholder or small wallet, instead.

I may end up using one of the beautiful, leather cardholders/wallets I shared a while back here on the blog. They were so reasonably priced, I purchased them in several colors. (They are still available here if you need a small wallet or cardholder: Card Holder-Wallet.)

I also have a small Dior wallet that may work inside, just not sure until the bag arrives.

Leather Card Holder, Pink, Red, Green, Navy, Black

 

If I find my existing small wallets are taking up too much space, I’ve thought about changing out to a slim cardholder. That way I’ll have even more space for other items like a small cosmetic bag for holding lipstick and such.

Last night I shopped online, Googling for pretty spring cardholders. I wanted something special, something that would make my heart sing every time I pulled it out. I found several that are beautiful for spring!

I love this one by Prada that’s covered in beautiful birds and flowers I love birds and flowers so this cardholder makes me so happy just looking at it!

Prada Bird Card Holder in Blue

 

It also comes in this pretty shade of pink. I love them both…hard to choose the color I like best. Which color do you like? (Cardholder is available here: Bird Floral Card Holder.)

Do you use a cardholder or a full-size wallet? Since so many of us now use debit and credit cards and rarely carry cash or checks, cardholders do make a lot of sense. I like how they free up space in our handbags for other items.

Prada Bird Card Holder in Pink

 

Another really cute one, love the sunflower design! You’ll find it available here where they are having an awesome sale. Card Holder.Dolce and Gabbana Sunflower Card Holder

I also love this one…arggg, so many beautiful choices! This one would be lovely for summer…so pretty and feminine! I had no idea such pretty cardholders even existed. (This one is available here: Floral Rose CardHolder.)

Dolce and Gabbana Card Holder

 

I love, love, love blue and white together so this one caught my eye. It makes me think of Greece, particularly the beautiful photos you see online of Mykonos and Santorini. (Cardholder is available here in two colors: Card Holder.)

 

Greece is one place that’s still on my bucket list when the world re-opens again.

 

As we’re stuck at home, I hope you found this post entertaining and I hope it lifts your spirits for all the good times awaiting us in the summer months ahead. They are coming, I feel it in my bones! Happy spring to you!

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Comments

  1. Betty Lindgren says

    Card holders are nice. But in the last 10 days I have heard more business ask for cash or cks. These are sm businesses which I try to shop at. Just wondering if others are hearing the same.

    • Interesting, they may be trying to avoid the credit card fees. I haven’t encountered that in the restaurants we’ve ordered from here. That and grocery stores are the only places we’ve visited in person. None of the other stores are open, yet. A few are allowing phone orders with curbside pickup…like the local Wild Birds Unlimited. They are all so eager to reopen in full force.

    • Carolyn Price says

      I only give checks for payment at small businesses. The credit card fees are money out of their pockets. When I ask, β€œIs a check OK,” that inquiry is met w/ a big smile and, often, a β€œI actually prefer that. Thank you.”
      My hairdresser told me she loses $3500-$5000/yr to credit card fees.
      One shop recently said there would b me a 3% surcharge for a credit card purchase. We paid by check instead for ipe decking.
      Ask small business owners. They may prefer checks.

  2. Nancy Varn says

    Hi Susan,
    I’ve been following your blog since 2017, when we were building our new home. We wanted to add a lovely back porch, and I found your blog very helpful. We’ve been in our new home for 2 years, and I’m finally getting around to sending you pictures that you might be able to use for Metamorphous Monday. However, I don’t know the best way to send them to you. Please let me know…I’d really like to share them with you and your readers. Thanks!

    • Oh, I would love to see your new porch, Nancy! You can send them to [email protected] or [email protected]. Either of those emails will work. So glad you found the post about my porch helpful. It’s porch time again! I’m sure mine is knee-deep in pollen since I haven’t seen it since early March. Will take me a lot of scrubbing to clean it once I return.

  3. Sydney85 says

    Sorry for being inquisitive (nosy) but when I saw your shelving unit full of bags I wanted to know what the small cylinder containers hold. They are on the 3rd shelf from the top next to a lovely aqua and white bag. You have 13 different colored tubes. Many thanks for the odd question.

    • Not nosy at all! A while back I started collecting Hermes Perfume atomizers whenever I could find them. You can see them in this previous post where I shared how I’m using them: https://betweennapsontheporch.net/my-hermes-perfume-atomizer-collection-the-perfumes-they-hold/
      Sadly, around a year or two ago, Hermes decided to quit making them in so many colors. Now they are only available on the Hermes website in three colors: Orange, Etoupe and Chocolate Brown.
      I used to be able to find them on eBay in “New” condition but they are few and far between on there now. I’ve added one more since the photo in this post was taken…the “Chocolate Brown” color that’s currently available from Hermes.

    • Sydney, here’s a fun photo of my collection, minus the recently added Chocolate Brown atomizer:
       

    • Sydney85 says

      Oh my gosh! These atomizers are stunning. A very fun collection. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. I gave up my big, heavy Brahmin wallet (sadly because it was well made and in great shape) mostly because I felt weighed down. I have a card holder I use, and just fold up a bit of cash and stick it in one of the card slots. It works great and I’m never going back to a bulky wallet. For an affordable but cute option, check out Kate Spade. They are almost always on deep sale these days.

  5. Donna Nance says

    Love the card holders you found and especially the card holder/wallets you already own. We are so used to using a card of some sort but now I keep some cash for tipping delivery people. I was wondering how practical the shape of the handbag would be on a day-to-day basis. The details are very pretty.

    • That is so nice of you, Donna!
      Most folks carry the bag on their shoulder, tucked up under their arm. Dior also sells a beautiful shoulder strap that quite a few people have purchased to add to the bag to wear it crossbody. The straps are really expensive though, so not sure if I’ll ever splurge for one. If you have a moment, check out this video from Lux Mommy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjzUzwtiXtA Toward the end of the video, she shows one of the many straps that can be purchased to go with the bag. I would love a strap eventually.

  6. Susan, I am not a fan of the saddle bags but I do hope you get to keep the Dior. Of the Prada I think the blue one is so striking. I May splurge and treat myself to one and definitely the blue one.

    • It took me a while to warm up to it. I bought a Lady Dior bag last year and absolutely love it.
      The cards are sooo pretty!

  7. Cyndi Raines says

    Oh, I so hope you are right about a fun summer! So far everything in our town has been cancelled: the parades, the outdoor concerts, even the power boat races. I am waiting to see if they cancel our annual / historical Port Huron to Mackinaw sail boat race, which is a huge event, with the first race back in 1925. Won’t it be so much fun to do what we used to be able to do once everything opens up! In the meantime, we are getting many yard projects done, whew! We’ll all need a long vacation after all this work we’re doing, ha. I’m switching to my bee card holder this week and going to a summer purse. I am curious as to how much the saddle bag purse will hold and I like the blue and white Prada card holder or the blue birds and flower card holder over the pink one. Also, please let us know what you think of the flavor of the veggie drink once you get it. Thanks Susan!

  8. I use an ancient sunny yellow, leather bifold cardholder from Coach. I keep my bills in a hand-made sterling silver money clip that I purchased during a trip to Vail, CO. I have also a small, bright blue, leather zip change (coin) purse from Italy. I was taught never to use an accessory that holds all 4 items (bills, coins, checks, cards) just in case of being accosted by a pick-pocket. I can find all these items in the dark bowels of a handbag…(lol)

    • I’ve heard of travelers carrying a “dummy” wallet with them with a few dollars in it so if they get pick-pocketed or held up, they can give the crook the dummy wallet. Good idea about not carrying it all in the same place! You’re giving me an excuse to buy two card holders…you know, for safety reasons! πŸ˜‰

  9. franki parde says

    Decisions, decisions!!! Good luck!! franki

  10. Brenda Lawrence says

    I am curious as to how much your saddle bag purse will hold too Susan. I think it is a pretty purse, not one I will ever be able to afford, but I can definitely see you using one! I was thinking of going to a slim card holder as well. I have a nice wallet that holds a ton of store cards/credit cards, but it weighs me down a lot. And as much as I do love it, I just want to be rid of the weight. Can’t wait to see which one you pick and your new purse! Hugs, Brenda

  11. Love the saddle handbag! Definitely keep Greece on your must do travel. It is wonderful!!!

  12. I would love to see what it will hold! I really like the card holders; they really are space savers. Can’t wait to see your handbag

  13. I love your purse closet. My husband tried to use cash at a drive thru very early one morning and they wouldn’t take cash. He said he wouldn’t put a beverage on a credit card and went elsewhere.

    • Thanks! The UPS on Far Hills Road here in Dayton a few weeks ago would not accept any cash. I heard a customer ask why and they told her because they couldn’t clean it or sanitize it. That may have changed by now, but that was the rule a few weeks ago.

  14. I love your collection Susan! If you end up getting the saddlebag, I can’t wait to see it!

    See you tomorrow at Metamorphosis Monday!

  15. You feel it in your bones, make it happen! Quarantines are for sick people, not the healthy. When we flattened the curve and the lockdowns continued, this stopped being about the sickness and became about control.

    Since the prada card holder makes you happy just to look at, I think you should get it in pink, or the D&G rose. Both are so pretty and feminine. Let us know which you choose!

  16. Hi Susan, It sounds as though you’re having a great time with your family! The lockdowns have had their upsides, slowing everyone down a little.
    On the Dior Saddle Bag — you love whimsy, so I say go for the one Carrie Bradshaw is carrying, with all the detailing on the outside! A guaranteed compliment magnet. The bag would be beautiful, though, in any color — I always tend to go towards white or tan. Share when you receive it!

  17. Love the Pink Prada with the birds. So glad your family is faring well, sounds like its great to have a grandmother in the house. I am with you on the Santorini issue, I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Although just escaping to the Georgia mountains sounds good right about now.

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