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Monday, January 12, 2009

I love awesome stuff.

And I got some pretty awesome stuff this weekend. Saturday, I rushed into the All-Local Farmers' Market at the very last second, snapped up all three and a half dozen eggs that were left and managed to catch the delightful Donna of Floral and Hardy Farms in Lexington. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Donna is a floral genius. Rather than choose my own bouquet, I prefer to leave it to the expert. I name a so-reasonable-I-can't-type-it-out-because-you-big-city-folks-would-cry price and she creates...

Flowers from Floral and Hardy Farms in Lexington, SC

Because the flowers are so fresh, they smell as good as they look and last more than a week, sometimes two or three. I also gushed about her work here, here, and here. Oh, and here, here and here. Ahem.

I also canceled an order from Target online and went to the store instead to see their new line from Hayden-Harnett. I've been hurt before by Target's attempts to have higher-end designers create lower-priced lines. And I feel such affection for Hayden-Harnett. Don't tell anyone, but I just counted and I of their bags. And I might be leaving one or two out. I lost sleep worrying about how Hayden-Harnett for Target would compare. It was with great trepidation that I approached the rack of Hayden-Harnett for Target bags. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and...surprise!...felt pretty good once I opened them. I reached for the Chain Bag in brown, one of the ones I had considered ordering. I carried it around the store as I filled my cart with other important items, such as magnetic curlers, a shower cap to protect my new hairstyle, a travel-size can of Elnett, a can of that stuff you spray in the shower with the little talking bubbles with eyes and a pair of blue Converse One-Star suede soccer shoes for the X-Man. When I finished my shopping, I checked the rack again and someone had returned the bag I really wanted, the Canvas Hobo. I debated buying both, felt greedy and chose the Hobo.

Here it is, but for some reason it looks more blue in the picture than in real life. It's more purple than blue.

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag

Although Hayden-Harnett style rocks, function shouldn't escape mention. Every single one of their bags allows me to access my stuff really easily. Do I sound like an infomercial? Whatever. Listen to me preach it, sisters. These folks design pockets and compartments like no one else. I thought the Target line would skimp in the pocket department. Au contraire, ma chère! Look at these...

The front pocket is actually two pockets, a bigger one where you could stash keys and a phone and a smaller zippered compartment for spare change, gum and lady products, like lipstick and...other lady products.

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag, Front Pocket

Inside the bag, the large zippered pocket could hold fourteen lipsticks and a compact if you're like me or lots of other stuff if you're not such a freak that you need fourteen lipsticks and a compact.

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag, Inside Pocket

Across from the zippered pocket, three open pockets hold your phone, iPod, a small camera, business cards or whatever else you want. Far be it from me to judge.

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag, Inside Pockets

I never manage to lose anything in my Hayden-Harnett bags, which makes them a perfect choice for this ADD-addled housewife. Long-time readers will remember this one - and it's contents - still one of my all-time favorites. Isn't it refreshing to find a bag that doesn't force you to sacrifice your style in the name of organization?

For those of you who care more about form than function (I understand. Have you seen my new Louboutins with the 5-inch heels?), the hardware on the bag is decent, much better than Target's usual, if you ask me. Which you didn't, but you're reading my blog so you must care a tiny bit what I think. Right? Do you like me? Do you? Here's a side view:

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag, Side

And a close-up of the front.

Hayden-Harnett for Target Canvas Hobo Bag, Front Hardware

If you've made it this far, you might even care to know I'm considering buying the Hayden-Harnett for Target Flight Tote in black, which appears to be remarkably similar to the Flight Tote from their regular line...which is back-ordered and $150 more. Whee!

Another awesome thing I got this weekend was a new set of eyelashes. I even took before and after pictures, because who doesn't love before and after pictures? Maybe I'll take before and after pictures of my stuff in a regular bag and the same stuff organized in a Hayden-Harnett. How exciting!

Namasté, y'all!

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