“Do I look professional enough?” “Should I go with these shoes for a pop of color or should I stick with the black flats?”  Or more recently, “I think I’m getting too old to be carrying around a backpack” Around this time last year I didn’t really care about this stuff, but I do now and I’m attributing it all to adulthood. I ended up giving in to my thoughts and purchased, what I believe to be, the Beyoncè of bookbags– The Kensington Jacqueline Tote. I never substituted a tote bag for a backpack before, so this was a big “first” for me. I spent a couple of days carrying my new bag around campus and I think I can get used to it.

Things I was looking for and Initial Concerns:

  1. The size
    • If I can’t fit anything in it, then what’s the point?
    •  I don’t want to look like I have a duffle bag on my shoulder.
    • I’m short. The bag can’t be bigger than me.
    • I want to be able to comfortably carry the bag on the shuttle during my work commutes without taking up unnecessary space
  2. Design!
    • It needs to go with everything, but it can’t be ugly either.
    • It needs to stand up on its own.
    • The straps need to be durable and comfortable
  3. Pockets!
    • I want a laptop pocket.
    • A place for snacks, lotion, chapstick, and… and… and…

I managed to fit my whole school day into this bag

So I bought the bag, but…

  1. I think it might be a “tiny bit” too big.
    • Like, it fits my laptop, 5-subject notebook, pencil case, iPad mini, water bottle, and a few snacks. BUT it does look a little like a duffle bag/weekender. I can push the bag towards my back, but it can be a little overwhelming for me at times. You know what? As I’m writing this, I realize that it might just be a little long. If they shortened a bit and just added a little more depth to the drop, it’d be perfect.
  2. That’s it.

I typically use Jacqueline on the days that I don’t have to go to work or lab. I found that it’s just easier for me to carry my bookbag on the shuttle bus, especially since there’s a good chance that I’ll be standing up the whole ride. Other than the size, I do love it. It makes me look and feel grown, like I have my sh*t together. I plan to get a few years out of this thing because it certainly wasn’t cheap– it’s coming with me med school and everything; thank goodness for the carry-on strap in the back! Anyway, I’d recommend this bag to anyone who’s looking to add a little more professionalism to their look. It’s certainly not one of those bags that can double as a purse, so keep that in mind.

Here are some other bags that I was eyeing before I ultimately decided on Ms. Jacqueline:

 

 

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