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    Ladies, I have accomplished the nearly impossible: I have downsized from a humongous, stuffed-to-the-gills handbag to a wee purse nearly the size of my palm. And I feel so light and free now! After years of lugging around a 2-ton bag and suffering back and shoulder pain -- not to mention, never being able to find anything in it, ever, I have culled my cargo to the bare essentials. I got sick of watching guys run around with nary by their pockets to keep their essentials in and finally thought, why not me, too?

    "But what about all your STUFF?" you may be wondering. I was carrying this baby around with me (see below), and it weighs about 5 pounds empty. Well, I'll tell you --here's how I took care of the STUFF issue and made carrying a tiny purse work for me. 

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    A style monster from the past has been resurrected, my friends. I was hoping it was just a rumor or a joke. But I can no longer deny its presence: Fanny packs are back. Those frumpy little bags that buckle around your waist -- people are trying to make them happen again. My latest proof comes from a celeb. Fashionista Nicole Richie gardens in fanny packs, she tells Us Weekly, "I use — and I stand by this 100 percent — a fanny pack! I have three of them — two vintage Chanel ones. I use them in the garden because I carry my phone in them [to listen to] music. They're dope!"

    So vintage Chanel fanny packs, but still. DOPE?!? It got me thinking -- maybe I'm being too closed-minded about this style monster. Maybe I should take a look around and see if this year's are an improvement over the original. Prove me wrong, fanny packs of 2014! Here's what I found. See what you think. Do we dare try them again?

     

    Image via Pacific Coast News

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    The eternal question: Why do I need to carry around a big, heavy purse when guys manage to walk around with a few things in their pockets? The answer is I don't. I could definitely stand to pare down to, say, a little crossbody bag. This is a hand bag just big enough for a phone, wallet, keys, and lipstick, with a long strap you wear crosswise over your body. It's perfect for day, night, and travel. And I've picked out the perfect one! If only it didn't cost $1,600. Why does such a tiny bag cost so much?!?

    Okay, back to Earth. Surely there's a crossbody bag in my price range? Realistically, that's around $5, but I don't think I'm going to find anything at that price outside the toy department. Instead, here are 8 crossbody purses under $50 that will definitely fit the bill.

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    Due to a variety of factors including the insanely cold winter we're finally coming out of -- I found myself in a major, MAJOR funk over the past few months. Actually, forget calling it a funk. Ever since last summer ended, I've been in a depression of sorts -- to the point where I kind of let myself go a little bit in regards to my appearance.

    (See how I was using my kid as a shield? Pathetic.)

    I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but I found myself in yoga pants on days when I had no intention of working out. I stopped putting on makeup every day. I gained weight. And I even started telling myself that because I'm in my late 30s -- it really didn't matter that my looks had gone in the gutter a little bit.

    But then a couple weeks ago, I made one teeny-tiny change to my appearance -- and suddenly I look and feel like a brand new person.

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    For much of my life, I have been firmly against fanny packs. I remember the extreme disdain I felt for anyone sporting one back in the day ... And we all know that there is no one so disdainful as a pre-teen girl. That disdain is something I thought would last my whole life (see also: Birkenstocks), but, um, well, the truth is ... I think I may be changing my mind about fanny packs.

    Horrifying, right? No! Wait! It's not what you think!

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    Pastel colors are going to be a big trend this spring, but many women tend to shy away from them because they fear looking like Easter eggs or little girls. There's no need to avoid the lightest and sweetest lavenders, pinks, blues, and yellows, which can soften your overall look and make you feel happier and lighter than you have all winter long -- if you can keep a few tricks in mind for how to wear them well.

    Lucky for us, it's easier than ever to find great and sophisticated pastel clothing and accessories. Here are 9 essential pastel pieces that will make you super excited to add light hues to your spring wardrobe.

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    What is the cost of a bag with a big smiley face and the phrase "Have a nice day" in most places? Usually, it's free (unless you live in San Francisco where -- by law -- you have to pay 10 cents for a shopping bag). But if you want a version that is "crafted from printed python skin ... lined in soft suede with hand-painted edges," you'll pay $4,000. Yes, $4,000 for something that looks JUST like a regular old plastic shopping bag.

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    I have a confession to make. I'm somewhat of a handbag snob -- but in the sense that I just can't seem to justify shelling out a ton of cash for something that is going to wind up with crushed crayons and goldfish crackers in the bottom of it.

    Yes, I'm saying I refuse to carry anything but cheap bags (at least until my kid turns 18 or whatever). That being said, you would not believe how many people think the red satchel bag I currently carry around is designer -- and they're simply floored when I tell them it cost $34.99 and I bought it at Target.

    Like seriously -- people look at me like I have two heads when I tell them it didn't cost a fortune.

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    Oh man, do I have winter cabin fever! All I want to do is wear shorts and flip-flops and paint my toenails bright pink ... but alas, here on the East Coast, we're going to be stuck with our winter coats for a while. Sigh. Well, while it's too soon to start sandal-shopping, it's the perfect time to treat ourselves to  bright new spring bags that we can start using right away. A new, affordable bag is a fun purchase that will cheer us AND our winter coats up!

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    Wow. Really? Check out this photo of Kristen Stewart carrying a Chanel backpack, which just happens to come with a hefty price tag of $3,400. She was spotted with the fancy-schmancy bag in Paris -- and I should probably mention that yes, that's another, smaller Chanel purse she's carrying -- and she's wearing a Chanel sweatshirt.

    Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on, here? Am I missing something, or is adorning herself with designer accessories totally out of character for KStew? Oh, that's right. She's the new face of Chanel and was headed to a photo shoot when this pic was taken. But still.

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