No, une femme isn't talking about the latest Hollywood weight loss regime (rumored to be based on tequila, plankton and bee pollen) or even Oprah's next diet. Several weeks of physical therapy for tendonitis and bursitis in my arm and shoulder have finally convinced me that I do indeed have a weight problem, but it's the weight of my handbags that needs reducing.
I'll never be one of those Carrie Bradshaws who can go from noon until last call toting just a Fendi baguette. Contents-wise, the weightiest, bulkiest items in my bag are the ones absolutely necessary to my life: wallet, Blackberry, cellphone, keys, sunglasses. So it's the bag itself that needs to be lighter.
While I could go the way of many Parisiennes and tote a Longchamp Le Pliage nylon bag,
I'm not ready to give up on some of my favorite leather bags yet. The key is to avoid heavy hardware and leather or suede lining, all of which add to the weight of the bag. I'll be sticking to my Gerard Darel's and Balenciaga's (with the original smaller hardware) and my two cross-body bags.
What are some of your favorite lighter-weight bags?