Unfortunately for me, I like a shoulder bag, and most Birkin styles are satchel style - to be either carried by hand or in on the forearm. So, I tried a whopping six times to find one that worked for me. Ultimately, I found two.
Then I attempted the undeniably gorgeous and wonderfully made Law from JustFab in pink. This purse was quite possibly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen for $40. But it too is huge. Which wouldn't have been unmanageable if it were a shoulder bag without having to use the detachable strap. I just didn't like how it hung with that because the bag really has no structure. It would be better as a briefcase, and I just don't have a use for that. So I sold it also.
Around this time, I also tried Bullard from ShoeDazzle - which had a longer built in shoulder strap and was really pretty, but I just got bored with it because it was kind of plain. The shape was perfect though, even if it was a little on the large side. So I sold it, too.
Then, about a month ago I got Roam in black from JustFab. I do not actually own a black bag at this point in my life, so this was a true need. It's very similar in size and shape to Bellarose, but it's alligator, not ostrich, and the zippers and studs make this a true eye catcher. I think I've found my winter purse in this one.
I've never been much of a handbag lover. I tend to carry the same bag for at least an entire season, so I like statement bags that don't need to match my outfit or my shoes. For the longest time, I bought a new Coach twice a year and just carried that until it was time to buy the next one. Luckily, or not, I've not liked their patterns or styles for the last year or so. Which opened up the possibility of me looking at other bags to begin with. It's also helped me be more flexible in what type of purse I'm willing to carry and that's a good thing. Sometimes it's best if we step outside our comfort zone. Don't worry though, I'm not becoming the BagSquirrel anytime soon.