I know you guys have seen me review several other Maggie Bags in the past and now there is a new one called the Bailey Bag, which is like a crossbody type of bag and I got to review one recently! I was so super excited because with my RA and Fibromyalgia, I have noticed that it's getting harder for me to carry the bigger tote bags or shoulder bags. I get so tired by the time my shopping is done that I can barely move, let alone support such a big bag on my shoulder.
So, slowly but surely, I have been replacing my bigger handbags with smaller versions. I really hate to do that since I do have such a vast array of big bags and this will be a huge undertaking to get a good variety of colors and styles, but I am going to have to bite the bullet and do it. I have no other choice. My only big problem at this moment, though, is the checkbook and wallet. Gosh, by the time I put those two in there, all the room is gone! But, I am figuring out ways to get around that and think I have it solved.
I reviewed the Black Cherry Combo Bailey Bag that is above. The neat thing about this crossbody is all the zippered parts, which solved my problem with the checkbook. I just stuck it in one of the outside zippers with my cell phone for easy and quick access. There is a zippered compartment on each side of the bag so on the other side I put my coupons, whether grocery or store coupons so that I can grab those easy enough also.
I grabbed Maggie Bag's picture of the inside because mine just didn't do it justice and with this one you can see what you have on the inside. There is a zippered part on one side and then the other side has two pockets. While they used one pocket for a smartphone, I chose to use it my pens and tall travel sprays of perfume, pens, lipsticks/lipgloss and compact in order to keep them snug so that they wouldn't fall out.
The smaller pocket is where I put my blotting papers, some miscellaneous cards such as shopping cards for Kroger, Ulta, Sephora, etc. that has become a necessary evil for whatever reason, just so you can get the discounts. I don't know who started all of that crazy stuff, but it just adds to our handbag dilemma, or it does mine! I am trying to go for less but those cards make it impossible to leave out of the equation.
I chose to give you both versions of how long the actual straps are on the Bailey Bag. I let it hang as long as possible on the doorframe without hitting the floor and then you can see how it would look thrown over your body as a crossbody with Maggie Bag's picture.
I think you can see the buckle in each picture and that is where you would adjust it if you like yours to be more snug and closer to you, but I like as much room as possible, so I will leave mine in the position that I have it.
So, that left the zippered part of the bag for my what I call emergency supplies such as safety pins, dental picks and band aids. Yes, I carry band aids because I have been in some situations where I have needed them. Not so much the safety pins anymore since I don't work, but habits are hard to break!
That left me with the inside bag for my smaller wallet and keys. So, I think I have it pretty much under control, don't you? I do have a little extra room to throw in something extra if need be like sale papers or such if I need them, but I am hoping to keep that space just the way it is. The more I put in, the heavier it gets, so I am going to do my best to curb my penchant for hording things in my bags!
Now, I have one last thing I think I would like to have from Maggie Bags and that is their wallet! I didn't even know that they had a wallet and I bet it might just be the ticket to hold all that other stuff that I have been stuffing into pockets and zippers and I could free up even more room. Take a look and see what you think:
I wish I could have made this one a bit bigger but for some reason my blogger wouldn't let me change the size. But if you go on their site and click on the tab called Inside Maggie Bags, it will show you what all of them look like on the inside and there will be a bigger picture of the wallet also.
About Maggie Bag products:
About Maggie Bag products:
Maggie Bags™ seat belt handbags are made using automotive seat belt webbing built to meet government safety standards to protect you in your car. Due to these high standards, millions of yards of seat belt material are rejected by automakers each year. Maggie Bags™ uses as much of this rejected material as possible in our seat belt purses and seat belt handbags. Availability of rejected seat belt webbing can vary greatly therefore some must be purchased new to meet the growing demand for our unique and stylish seat belt handbags. However, our commitment to use repurposed material whenever possible remains steadfast.
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The really great folks at Maggie Bags will be giving the winner of my Home for the Holidays Giveaway Sweepstakes Event their own Bailey Bag! The event starts on November 18th and ends on December 16th. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.