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Thursday, March 23, 2006
It's in the bag
When it comes to contests these last two years, I've been on a roll. My dad must be pulling some strings up there for me, that's the only way I can explain it. I never used to win anything and then I got a free GenArt membership last year and a trip to Marco Island when I went to The Tony Danza Show. Now, I just received an email saying "Congratulations!!! You have won the February BagTrends Giveaway."

I don't remember entering any contests, but have visited their site before.

My prize is the Kooba Sienna Bag in Cream - a limited edition color. The retail value is $595.00! I've never owned a bag that expensive before. In comparison my red winter Coach purse that I love cost $250 on sale at the outlets, which was my most extravagant bag purchase. However I do own a lot of $100 range purses, so I guess I've spent that much before when adding them together. This one is free though. I also needed a bigger summer purse, since my summer bags are more clutches and flimsy things. Yay! Sorry to brag.

The purse is leather and as smooth as butter. The inside lining is a very soft suede in lavender coloring, which feels like a delicate baby blanket. The outside looked whiter under the florescent lights at my office since I was carrying it/modeling it around the halls but when I brought it home it looked more cream like. I was already told by a co-worker that it's "trendy" and I saw an article online with Sienna Miller (thus the design's name) wearing it in the same color.

The attached tag reads "this Kooba bag has been crafted from the finest Italian Cowhide. The difference of grain and slight discolorations are evidence of the naturalness and authenticity of true quality leather."

Now here's a question, is it too early to start wearing it? I think I'd at least have to wait to April when it's more spring time.

Here are some photos of my new bag, oh and the necklace that I mentioned buying here.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 7:05 PM PDT

Friday, March 24, 2006 - 10:43 AM PST

Name: H. (aka. NC_State_gal)
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SWEET BAG!!!! I'm envious ;-). It definitely has the look of a springtime bag, but from the clothes that Sienna Miller is wearing w/the bag appear to be fall/winter, so why not wear it now?

You are a very lucky gal. Enjoy the bag!

Friday, March 24, 2006 - 5:46 PM PST

Name: pamela
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Hi Tara,

I actually run I was reviewing our statistics page and your site popped up as a reference link, which is how I found this lovely write-up.
Three things to say:

1. Congrats, you didn't have to sign up for the giveaway we have one every month and our computer system randomly picks names (we have every member numbered and then a number is pulled out - don't ask I don't get how it works :) - I just stick to the bags :)
2. YES, you can and have to wear this bag ASAP because it is amazing and you can wear this creamy color all year long. Besides, winter white is very chic. And, of course, for spring/summer this is just perfection!! This bag has a lot of staying power and is sure to go down as a classic silhouette – trust me!!
3. ENJOYG!!!

Friday, March 24, 2006 - 7:38 PM PST

Name: Tara

Thank you Pamela for explaining the contest in more detail and for commenting. It seems the consensus here and among my friends is that I should start wearing the bag ASAP, so I'll start transfering my mountain load of bag junk soon.

I will definitely enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 12:47 PM PST

Name: Mrs. Mogul
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It's perfect timing to start wearing that bag! Gorgeous!! Tony Danza show is still on? Hmm...not sure if I thought he was going to survive. I only saw a couple of shows last time I was in the States.

Monday, March 27, 2006 - 7:26 AM PST

Name: Tara

I think this is Tony's last year, but a two season run is pretty good.

Monday, March 27, 2006 - 7:09 PM PST

Name: Karen

Thanks for letting me pet your bag. She's so pretty.

You take great self-photos! I always look scary.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 7:49 AM PST

Name: Master Foley
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necklace is sharp

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 7:34 PM PST

Name: Heidi

Ooooooo... looooove the bag. * covets *

You're way too cool for me now.

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