Just in case any of my readers have had the sneaking suspicion that TheSurvivalMom is a complete nerd, I am about to remove any possible doubt.
About four months ago I decided I had had enough of carrying a purse everywhere. For years, I have been a lover of beautiful, expensive purses and have a very nice collection, but I had become weary of lugging around something very near the size and weight of a carry-on suitcase. No matter how hard I tried to keep my purses organized, I was always digging around in the deepest corners to locate what I needed, and oddly, the majority of my purses have black interiors, making it even more difficult to find what I was looking for.
So, after toting a purse on my shoulder for more than three decades, I gave up the habit cold turkey. Now I sport an odd-looking neck pouch which holds my cell phone, a lipgloss or lipstick (depending on my mood), a Starbucks card (yeah, I still haven’t given up my green tea habit), and a small collection of debit cards, my driver’s license, a library card, and my health insurance ID, bound together by, get this, a rubber band.
That’s right. Go ahead and laugh. At some point in the future, you, too, will have something in your purse with a rubber band around it. And you’ll love it and brag to all the other old ladies at the Senior Citizens rec center about your clever idea!
So, I am now completely hands free. I shove my car keys in my pocket, and I’m free as a bird, a nerdy bird with a neck pouch. I now understand why so few guys have gone the man-purse route. It’s a great feeling. Every once in a while I feel like a pack mule, especially when I am trying to carry way too many things in the pouch, but the important thing is that I don’t have a 15 pound purse on my shoulder. My neck pouch is a slenderizing and elegant shade of classic black, and I think it goes with everything.
The next time you’re standing in line at a Starbucks and see an attractive woman with a neck pouch and no purse, that might be me, or possibly one of my incredibly smart readers who recognizes a hot new trend when she sees one!
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