We need to talk about how this bag is designed, in order to utilise as much space as possible. I like this most of all; I can carry my notebook, Filofax, Shorthand pad, as well as my waterbottle, cash, keys-with their own compartment. Everything is so easy to reach as well, rather than faffing about. I also like that this allows for me to carry my “sensory aids”-so, headphones, a book, scarf, etc-in case of a meltdown. (Want to see what’s in my bag?)
The contrasting colours.
It’s Cornflower blue (purple?) with a turquoise interior. The exterior colour is what attracted me to it most-as I hadn’t seen anything like it before-but the inside is bright enough so you can see everything. (Women’s bags are mostly black lined.) But now I can find my keys at the end of the day!
I’m a freelancer, so this takes me from coffee with contacts to an event, to travelling home on the train. It’s also really useful on a plane-to keep your documents in one place-as well as when out shopping. (Just a few errands? You can add your shoes in here, saving you paying five pence for a plastic bag. Think of the environment!) The Olivia adapts wherever you go, and for pretty much any occasion. I’m going to try it at a festival soon; I hope it stands up to the occasion. (Not convinced? Read this post.)
Being “put together”.
Can I be really girly for a moment? (It’s not something I usually am.)
The Olivia makes me feel “put together”-as in, “I’m ready, I’m awake, I’m professional, I can go about my job now.” I’m very much a ‘handbag girl’, for all my serious characteristics. The Olivia makes me smile.
Some brands like to name their bags. One example I can think of is, due to her work on Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn had a particular style of shoe named after her. But all of the Mia Tui bags are named after women-which I really like. It adds to that feminine vibe-and it’s unapologetically female. In this day and age, women should not have to be apologetic about being female; I like that.
A Mia Tui bag comes with detachable clutches-see through and matching. This is really helpful for someone like me, particularly in terms of organisation. And if you need to go out without a bulky bag, you can go out with just a clutch.
Back pocket and charm
You know when you’re getting off the Tube, and you’re like “WHERE’S MY TICKET?” And that’s often followed by the mass-panic as you empty your pockets, trying to locate it. It doesn’t have to be that way, not anymore! The Olivia has a zip up pocket, complete with a charm, to hold the ticket. Sorted!