Big news: women’s handbags are getting lighter, it’s official. I KNOW!! Hold the front page.
I’m a tad curious about this non-news, because I want to know what ‘most women’ HAVE in their slightly less humungous handbags. I mean, is a significant proportion of the average 3lb 5oz bag – equivalent to six packs of butter, and 57 per cent less than the average just two years ago – made up of plastic pirates, apple cores and empty Bic biros, like mine? Or packs of butter?
Ah, no. It seems to be something to do with a new generation of smaller, lighter multipurpose gadgets. To me this means Transformers and tissues that double as bicycle saddle wipers. To most other women, apparently, this means techno gadgets like iPhones and Blackberrys (how DO you spell blackberrys? Is it Blackberries? Discuss…)
Anyway, the point is that we’re not lugging about laptops, mobile phones the size of bricks or chargers any more. Now all we need is an iphone, and off we go.
Really? Let’s just take a peek inside my handbag, shall we…
1 half-eaten Pret Love bar; eight tissues, three used; glasses case + glasses; notebook; six pens, three without ink; wallet; 2 Lego policemen; six Gogos; five hairbands; mini AtoZ (why? I’ve not needed one for 2 months); Nurofen; tampons; plasters; three AA batteries (??); hand cream; a Wispa bar; an apple (soft. must dispose of this); deodorant; oooh, another Wispa bar; 2 letters from school; 2 plastic spoons; Rescue Remedy; a Captain Underpants book; copy of Elle Deco; small bottle of water.
Not quite the high-tech contents of your average working woman then. Still, all is not lost. I read today that Victoria Beckham has recently been spotted with an £80,000 silver Himalayan Birkin, which is much smaller than some of the oh-so-last-year big bags she was hauling around before.
Oh good. Now, if I can just find a spare £80K hiding down the back of the sofa I’ll be able to buy myself a nice, small bag, and leave half of my junk at home.