On an unrelated note: I destroy bags. I do not know how this occurs, but the average shelf life for any sort of bag in my possession is comparatively short. A prime example is that lovely black laptop/carry-all bag I brought with me to use as my school bag. See the black bag I am carrying around before my flight:
Yeah well, it is missing a strap now. Less than six months of regular use killed my $24 TJ Maxx bag. Me being me, I used this as an excuse to buy a nice leather bag to take its place as my daily laptop-and-whatever school tote. I'm calling it an investment piece, but really I bought it because it is just damn pretty.
Enter: Cambridge Satchel Company oxblood "batchel"
They were running a special at the end of January for the start of the Chinese Year of the Horse for free embossing of a monogram and horse symbol. I have horses at home, so yes. Sold.
The bag is thick leather, so it doesn't stretch out and hold tons of stuff. This is good for me, primarily because I am a bit of a hoarder with trash and receipts getting stuffed into the bottom of my bags. I can't do that with the limited space in this bag. It holds exactly what I need and none of the crap.
That thing in the paper bag is a brownie. Also known as: Lunch.
Here are two photos of wet London taken on the street in front of my class building (The Strand, if you're curious)