Diary of a Bag


Most of you may have recognized me from various posts around here on PSS, but I thought I would properly introduce myself. My name is Boots, and I am a Saddleback Leather medium satchel in chestnut, proudly owned (though I scoff at the term) by miss Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

Recently I had the pleasure of accompanying her on a trip to the arctic circle otherwise known as Norway. I served dutifully as her carry-on bag. While I did not enjoy her attempts at stuffing everything she owned into my small but capable compartment (especially that darned digital SLR camera!), I like to think I did her proud.

Above is little ole me posing with this silly, stupid little white fur puff she thought to attach to me right before our journey. As if anyone could ever mistake me for someone else’s! I’m one of a kind. Duh.

Anyway, as you can probably deduce, we are in Popeye’s at the Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, waiting to board.

She eats classy like that.

Stupid puff. Eh, it grew on me throughout our travels. Now, I kinda like him there.

He provides good conversation.

Here I have arrived at the Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

Kristina did a little Duty Free shopping and wore me as a crossbody while she looked at Norwegian chocolates, wine, perfume, and makeup. She didn’t buy anything. I don’t think I could have carried it for her!

Damn, look at me. I’m hot and sexy even on the conveyor belt at baggage claim.

My leather was stiff and unforgiving at the beginning of the trip (I’m named after my origins: boot leather) but I’ve slowly but surely softened up.

Here I am posing under the real Christmas tree that HB and Kristina’s dad cut from her cousin’s (2nd cousin once removed) front yard. Cousin’s words were “be my guest”.

Christmas trees are like weeds here.

Aren’t I the perfect little size? I’m called the iPad Medium satchel because iPads fit perfectly, but so will a Kindle, magazines, a book, sunglasses, lipstick, and Evian spray (see here)! Not that I use any of that, of course. I’m a bag. A sexy leather bag.

I make this Christmas tree look gooooooood. Just sayin’. Oh, and you can ignore HB there in the background. He’s just for decoration.

I made it into another outfit post (see my debut here). I look pretty chic and on-trend if I do say so myself (please ignore the girl who forgot to secure my strap). Of course, the leopard print and autumn beige scarf don’t hurt either. Look at all my little wear-and-tear scratches – aren’t they great? They give me character, I think. Like men and wine, I just get better with age.

But I’m still a greenhorn in Saddleback years. I’ve got a 100 year warranty! We  are generally passed down from generation to generation. Let’s hope Kristina has a girl she can pass me on to, because I have a feeling I’ll be treated better.

But let’s focus on the more important aspect of this photo:


Ah, I’m glorious. Sorry I didn’t know you were going to take a picture, or I would have buckled myself up or something. Hope you don’t mind.

P.S. – did I mention Norway is cold? It was like -18C in the above shot. Still, not even a goosebump outta me! I’m tough. Yeah.

After days of frolicking in the snow and in the shops, it was finally time for me to head back to sunny grey warm muggy Houston. Home sweet home, here I come! In the meantime, I’m going to just plug in my earphones and watch a couple of movies (or four, since this particular flight is 9 hours long, and the next one is 3.5!) on the in-flight entertainment system. Ta-ta.

Oh? You wanted to look at me some more? Okay. Notice how soft and crinkly my strap has gotten?


I really enjoyed introducing myself to y’all. I felt it was finally time I made myself heard. I only had to stomp on a few of Kristina’s toes to get here, so I hope you enjoyed. I’ll check back later sometime, maybe on another journey, or I’ll see you around in an outfit or two.

Ciao. Or as they say in Norwegian, Ha det bra!

Disclaimer: Saddleback Leather generously provided the lovable Boots for the Norwegian journey and beyond. Check out their amazing selection of satchels & totes! Visit →

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  1. 01.11.2011 / 12:37 am

    That bag is beautiful…love his version of the trip!!

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:27 pm

      He definitely has a mind of his own….

  2. 01.11.2011 / 12:55 am

    LOL, your bag is so handsome… 🙂

    Is the bag itself kind of heavy, or is it fairly lightweight for a sturdy leather bag? I've been wondering for awhile 🙂

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:28 pm

      I'd say it's on the heavier side. It's thicker than boot leather, which, if you know anything about boots, shows you it's pretty thick. It's not a classically "lightweight" bag. It doesn't weigh more than a DSLR though, I'd guesstimate.

  3. 01.11.2011 / 10:40 am

    This post is adorable! I love your bag as well…sounds like something that can handle my hectic life!

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:32 am

      The bag is seriously rugged. And it has so much personality (hehe) for such a classic silhouette!

  4. 01.11.2011 / 11:05 am

    Very clever, bag! Also, Popeye's is awesome (especially in transit).


    • 01.11.2011 / 11:56 am

      Couldn't agree more, Laura….couldn't agree more.

  5. Trianna
    01.11.2011 / 11:09 am

    Entertaining post, I like your bags character.

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:30 am

      He is quite the handful…(no pun intended)

  6. 01.11.2011 / 11:15 am

    I love this post! He certainly has character, doesn't he (I assume it's a he…)
    I would say how great he looks but his ego is big enough already.


    • 01.11.2011 / 11:30 am

      Thank you Stiletto-aholic – for not making his ego any bigger than it already is. 😉

  7. 01.11.2011 / 11:50 am

    This post is adorable. Nice to meet you, Boots.

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:57 am

      He told me to tell you nice to meet you, too, and that he likes your weekly gratitude post.

  8. 01.11.2011 / 1:24 pm

    This is such a funny idea but I like it! The whole time I was reading I kept "hearing" your bag with a French accent 🙂 Sounds like this bag is going to bring you joy for a long, long time.

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:29 pm

      Oh my gosh. I am going to go back and reread Boots' post now in a French accent. And put on some diapers before I pee myself.

  9. 01.11.2011 / 2:04 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog! What fun. I love the bag and enjoyed its travel diary. My parents are from Denmark and I have been there numerous times as well as Sweden and Norway. Love love love Scandinavia! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:29 pm

      HB has danish blood in him! Welcome, fellow Viking!

  10. 01.11.2011 / 2:07 pm

    Omg. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who names their beloved handbags. LOL. Esme (my Christmas gift from the BF) introduced herself to my blog last week, but not quite in the same wonderfully photo-heavy way! haha

    love it.

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:31 pm

      I just read your Esme post-LOL! All I can think of is Twilight though when I see the name. 🙂

  11. Lynn Z.
    01.11.2011 / 2:12 pm

    Nice to meet you, Boots! Your owner is AWESOME!

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:32 pm

      He says nice to meet you too Lynn, and though he has a few bones to pick with his owner, he describes her as "tolerable." { Hey! }

  12. 01.11.2011 / 2:25 pm

    This post is tooooo adorable! Amazing bag!

  13. 01.11.2011 / 2:57 pm

    Adorable ! I am absolutely in love with your bag !
    Beautiful photos <3

    I read your post about tips and i download all your suggestions, they are amazing !

    I have a question about what plugin are you using for your blog for the comments. I love how they look, the size of the letters, is perfect ! I tried the 2 that you suggest and i found them a little complicate. I hope you can help me.

    Many thanks !

    And thank you for all your tips, I think you are incredible sweet and lovely for sharing them.

    Have a lovely day !

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:34 pm

      You are so welcome! Be sure to share it with your friends, and feel free to put up the Secrets button (find the link code on the bottom of the Secrets guide)

  14. 01.11.2011 / 4:23 pm

    Such a cute bag! I loved your story told in his point of view, so cute! Your trip looks like it was so amazing, I am loving all of the pictures that you have been showing!

  15. 01.11.2011 / 4:34 pm

    This post is so cute. And you're right, that bag is full of personality. It's like an instant classic.


  16. 01.11.2011 / 5:25 pm

    This looks like an excellent bag. I'm an academic and wonder how many books and sets of papers it might hold. Off to check out the website!

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:38 pm

      It holds my iPad, some magazines, and odds and ends quite comfortably. It could definitely hold papers and some water bottles, etc if that's all you needed to carry! They also have a GORGEOUS larger size.

  17. 01.11.2011 / 5:32 pm

    My boyfriend has a bag like that and it's served him so well, I think I need one, too!

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:37 pm

      Um, for SURE chelsea! Get one, fast…I guarantee your boyfriend will envy you 😉

  18. 01.11.2011 / 5:33 pm

    That bag is amazing, and it really is the perfect size for almost anything. I kind of wish my bags could write blog posts, because then I could take a day off. Right now, they're currently at war with my shoes over who will win my favor (shoes are a couple battles up).

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:36 pm

      Shoes > Bags any day, Chelsea, I totally agree. Boots (the bag) however, has so much feist it's a matter of time before he helps the bags win the war. As long as I get to keep my new sparkly madden platforms when the war is said and done, I don't care!

  19. 01.11.2011 / 11:31 pm

    Haha I love this post – love the little letters.

    Oh and they did good a job giving you the bag 🙂 because this makes me really want a Saddleback bag, maybe in a lighter brown or camel type color?

    • 01.11.2011 / 11:35 pm

      I do love the lighter colors too, I would go for a camel color – can't ever go wrong with camel!

  20. 01.11.2011 / 11:47 pm

    This post was hilarious, well-written and cute. Very classic bag but unique at the same time, looks like some great leather. To Kristina, hope you make it home safe!

  21. 01.11.2011 / 11:53 pm

    I LOVE IT! So cute! RT @ChristianAnne: @UmmProfessional U have to read this article, u'll love it! RT @PrttyShnySprkly http://dlvr.it/D6Qch

  22. Dania
    01.12.2011 / 12:47 am

    You probably already heard this but, thanks to your website I'm more into fashion than i was before…I've been checking your picture with the Satchel bag and i completely fell in love with it, I'm looking forward to read more about your finds. 🙂

  23. 01.12.2011 / 5:52 am

    Love the post!! Oh btw, which airline did u fly with??

  24. 01.12.2011 / 10:21 am

    Hahaha great post! That bag is gorgeous! I love the color and it reminds me of an old briefcase…an awesome briefcase that is!!


  25. 01.12.2011 / 8:25 pm

    Damn. That is an amazing bag. Love all the photos of it!

  26. Tracy
    01.13.2011 / 1:00 pm

    Cutest post!! Love how your personality shines through on this blog. Also will be coveting "Boots" for a while, just a warning.

  27. 01.13.2011 / 1:23 pm

    haha! this is too cute! such a fun way to read about your adventures. i love your bag too!!

  28. 01.13.2011 / 7:30 pm

    This post is adorable. I love how you wrote it. Cute puff on the side too!

  29. 01.14.2011 / 12:59 am

    RT @PrttyShnySprkly: A journey to Norway and back, through the eyes of a @saddlebackbags satchel http://bit.ly/f4UzO3

  30. 01.16.2011 / 2:05 am

    I obsessed with that leather! Holy moly. It's perfectly shaped and sustainable it appears. I love that about solid leather bags. It leaves room for scratches, rubbed on leather, and all that wearing and tearing that happens to beloved leather. Great great find!


  31. 01.16.2011 / 9:51 am

    That bag is sheer perfection, as is the amazing way you managed to capture what it says to you. I have similar conversations with my possessions although given my smaller budget not everything I own is so articulate or has quite as much to offer! Beautiful.

  32. 02.17.2011 / 10:53 am

    I love this bag, I have been looking at a satchal type bag myself but not managed to find one the right size or the nice kind of leather that yours is. But definitely want one now.

  33. 02.24.2011 / 6:48 pm

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