Overnight Bag

Overnight Bag

Rear Window and the classic valise


What does your overnight bag tell about your personality?  If you haven’t even thought about what bag represents you and you quite often just throw your personals in the closest recycle bag, we would consider you in the low maintenance department or possibly a starving artist or homeless.  Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Rear Window, preferred the valise. See it sitting on the table in the picture above?  The bag was made specifically for the film by Mark Cross. In 2012, Mark Cross released for the first time an exact replica of the Rear Window Overnight Case—a must-have for fashionable film buffs everywhere. $3,995, Barneys New York.  This bag screams rich and sophisticated.

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Barbara Streisand in What’s Up Doc carried this one

Babs or sometimes Baby (that’s what I call her because we are so close) preferred plaid in What’s Up Doc.  This bag is hard to find so you may have to resort to Ebay.  It’s a Pendleton Brodie Tartan but currently the company is not making this beauty so you may have to go for a good condition used variety to mimic this retro-style.  To me, a person carrying this plaid-wonder falls into the hipster or yuppie category depending on if the human carrier has a beard or not and the number and variety of tattoos. Or they are hoarders of the 70’s and possess a dusty (not ratty, please) model plucked from their burgeoning attic stash.

Audrey and Loui Vuitton

If you carry this bag, you are an international jetsetter with a keen sense of style and grace. And I want to be just like you.  I love her.  Please let me eat pizza and not exercise and still look like Audrey.  Actually, I think she survived off of cigarettes and espressos which the Blue Zone project and my oncologist frowns on.  I mean really frowns on.

Or if you are not an international jetsetter, you most likely carry a lot of unpaid debt on your credit card because for most of us conservative Midwesterners, all of these bags are beyond our price point.

So, I share with you the image of my beloved overnight bag.

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Pretty in pink

I think I picked it up years ago from Stein Mart for less than $50.   It tags along with me when I visit C1 in Big D or to Austin for a meeting at one of our beloved state agencies  or to the Texas Hill Country with RM.  It holds up to three nights of personals and tucks away easily in the trunk.  And it’s pink with lots of compartments inside to keep my stuff organized. It makes a loopy grin pop up on face when I catch sight of its slightly stained and worn state, stored away patiently waiting for it’s next journey.   I quietly whistle, Leaving on a Jet Plane, when I pull it out to pack for my next big adventure. It fits just right in the overhead bin and I can always spot it in a sea of black.

What does your overnight bag tell about you?  Please share a picture and comment.



3 thoughts on “Overnight Bag

  1. I remember that bag in Rear Window. I wanted it. It was wonderful. My overnight bag is a bag my daughter gave me. It is my go to travel bag. I can put my smaller purse in it and a couple of other things and I’m ready to go. It says that I’m ready in an instance.

  2. I use my backpack, or sports bag. Whatever I can find to shove stuff in. Not fold. haha. I am cheap and low maintenance. I do not own an iron and my makeup consists of base and mascara. Just to paint the picture for you. I would not know what to do with anything fancy. Probably keep it in the closet..

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