Bag Lady

I love handbags, purses, and just bags in general.  I was thrilled when Wendy from Moop wanted to send me a bag.

I chose the waxed canvas carrier in gray

I love the curved look of the bag when it’s closed and the overall lines and shape of it.

The interior is a bright blue turquoise that just pops!  I love turquoise so much that it’s the color of the first tattoo I ever got (I was 17 and it’s a tropical fish on my abdomen that used to be vibrant turquoise but has faded) and also turquoise is used in my blog color palette.

The Moop waxed canvas bags are distressed and become that way from working the material as each bag is hand made and crafted.  No two bags are identical, and everything is handmade in their Pittsburgh-area studio.


A couple nice interior pockets and I know this bag will be great for daily use, or for taking with me on my trip.

I plan to throw my Macbook with “Book” Case in it for sure.


Other bags I own and love…

My handmade one of a kind camera bag from Etsy

My LV.  It came with for champagne happy hour with Amber

My pink Chanel and matching wallet.  Amber and I both love bags and never leave home without them when we plan to meet up.

And I have countless other gym bags, travel bags, duffel bags.  Just call me the Bag Lady.

Thanks to everyone who complimented me on my Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter from my recent post.

I am honored that so many of you told me you loved the recipe and my photography.  Thank you, thank you. It’s soooo good. Make some for yourself in 5 minutes flat!

Foodgawker and Tastespotting liked the images and recipe, too, which is a high honor!

I want my photography to be judged, evaluated, and critiqued by others.   Those sites are not perfect, and sometimes I see things on them that I wonder, huh, why is that on there? And other times I have friends who’s photos have been rejected that are truly beautiful and I again think, huh, why didn’t that make it?

But for now, I work my tail off to get better at my photography and having a “judge and jury” like those food sites helps me.

However, hey don’t tell me what’s wrong with my photos when they don’t accept them other than a one-liner like “composition”.  I have to figure out for myself what to improve on.

I also can’t reliably figure out their crop box and if anyone reading this has tips, especially for vertical shots, and more so for TS than FG, please, I am all ears at what sizes you use.  I have tried everything from 250 x 250, 400 x 600, 375 x 385, and no matter what I use, especially on vertical shots, the cropping is just off and I can’t submit many of what I consider my really good images due to those pesky crop boxes.

It hasn’t just been Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter and Bags around here, I made another batch of Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu.

It was just as good the second time around.

1. Do you like bags?

I know some people are into shoes (my feet are too big to be a shoe collector; probably a blessing in disguise).

Others are into collecting cute dishes (count me in), some people have 20 pairs of sunglasses, or a myriad of MAC lipglosses (guilty as charged, or hoard cookbooks and review them, too.

But I really love bags!  I am drawn to unique, handmade, and beautifully crafted bags.  And I won’t lie, if someone wanted to buy me a new Louis or Chanel, I wouldn’t argue!

2. Fill in the Blanks: (my answers in parentheses

My favorite bag is my______. (pink Chanel)

The last thing that made me laugh was_____. (being on hold for 9 minutes to make an appointment and the receptionist acted like that’s normal.  You just gotta laugh those things off.)

I’d rather be_____ than_____. (swamped and busy than bored and not needed)

If you haven’t entered my Give Away for Coconut Oil yet, you better get crackin’ on that.  Contest ends Saturday.

Have a great day!


124 Responses to “Bag Lady”

  1. Kim — April 28, 2011 at 1:29 am (#

    LOVE LOVE that bag!!! :D

  2. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes — April 28, 2011 at 2:42 am (#

    Loving the bag love in this post! :D

  3. Katie — April 28, 2011 at 3:08 am (#

    That bag is so cute! I adore it! How cool its made in Pittsburgh! Near my hometown!!!! I love the interior blue of it! Really hot purse!!

    I love your other bags too! I do love purses!

    Hope your week is great! xoxo <3

  4. Mariah@Apples"N"Oats — April 28, 2011 at 3:32 am (#

    that tofu looks amazing…again!
    I love bags too..although i do love shoes as well!
    your custom camera case is gorgeous!

  5. cathy — April 28, 2011 at 3:44 am (#

    love that bag! the distressed look is really awesome.
    i am not into bags…i have one bohemian style shoulder bag that i take if i really need to have a “purse;” otherwise i use a billabong knapsack so that i can do errands/carry everything easily.
    the last thing that made me laugh was being with my nieces last eve!
    i’d rather be my current age than be back in high school – honest! :)
    hope today is sunny in SD!

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  7. Lauren — April 28, 2011 at 3:48 am (#

    Shoes and bags, every girl’s dirty little obsession! ;) I am drooling over the Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter. I think thats a good sign I need to make some tonight!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 28, 2011 at 4:51 am (#

      Ok this is sooo weird. I thought about you earlier today…I was like I wonder how she’s doing…and then BAM…you comment. I have posted before I am a psychic and this was one of those things…just wanted to tell you that :) And hope you’ve been doing well!!

  8. Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 28, 2011 at 3:50 am (#

    Such a cute bag! I love the color pop on the inside. I am a shoe and sunglasses girl. I couldn’t even tell you how many pairs of shoes I own, and it’s gotten more out of control now that I get shoes for free from work all of the time!

  9. Katie — April 28, 2011 at 4:11 am (#

    I love the bag! I dream of having a coach purse. out of the budget right now. I made the peanut sauce tofu last night! Except i didn’t have time to bake it, so I pan fryed the tofu in a cast iron skillet then put the sauce over it. It was awesome! My husband loved it too. Everytime I make one of your recipes, it always gets 2 thumbs up in my house. (except my 4 year old. who eats nothing.) Thanks!!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 28, 2011 at 4:51 am (#

      Thanks for telling me, Katie! That this recipe turned out great and that everyone loved it..and the other recipes get 2 thumbs up, too!

  10. trance music — April 28, 2011 at 4:18 am (#

    I have been visiting your weblog for a while now and I usually discover a gem in your new posts.

  11. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 28, 2011 at 4:20 am (#

    Cute bag! My favorite bag is any of my Coach bags – I have a collection. :)

  12. Jess@HealthyExposures — April 28, 2011 at 4:56 am (#

    Not much of a bag lady here :P I only need/have one – a black coach one that is just “fancy” enough and goes with anything. Oh, and it’s small!! Just big enough for my wallet, phone and a couple other random nick-nakcs, which is probably good, because otherwise I’d try keeping my whole life in it :P
    Ugh – hate those crop boxes, too. I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted about it to you before! I think when it all comes down to it, we have to shoot with a square ratio in mind rather than the rectangle that we’re accustomed too :[ Basically, just shoot really loose! You’ll think it’s ugly and might get clutter on the sides, but it will be cropped out. Of course, I should listen to my own advice…I always forget about submitting to sites like that while I’m shooting! Sometimes I’ll luck out on the crop (I usually just set it to 100×100 @ 300 dpi, otherwise it’s too big a file for Foodgawker to accept) and other times it’s less than stellar but I give it a shot. And get denied on basis of “composition.” Ah well ;)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm (#

      yes it’s a vicious circle…
      “it’s less than stellar but I give it a shot. And get denied on basis of “composition.” “!!

  13. Heather (Where's the Beach) — April 28, 2011 at 5:05 am (#

    Oh I love handbags! They make me happy ;-) Let’s see, I’d rather be on the beach than sitting in my office. But I’ll be in Seattle by the end of the evening so I’ll take that.

  14. alyce — April 28, 2011 at 5:11 am (#

    yummm that peanut sauce tofu looks fantastic! i will have to make this pronto :)

  15. Tasha @ Voracious — April 28, 2011 at 5:17 am (#

    You are getting so fancy and professional with your photography! I’m such a slacker; as long as it’s clear I’m all good. I admire your determination – good luck! Although, I have to say I don’t think you really need any luck, your photos are stunning and they somehow just keep getting better. I really did gasp when I saw that photo of the choco cashew dip.

    And YES, I LOVE bags. Lately I’ve been using a bag from Peru that we bought right from the woman as she was pulling it off the loom. It was in a tiny mountain village, and I swear it still smells like sunshine. It isn’t so practical, it is open at the top and can’t be closed, but I love it so much I keep on using it.

    And I adore the bag you got! Turquoise is one of my very favorite colors, and I love purses (or clothes) that have hidden pops of color like that. Lovely!

  16. Cricket — April 28, 2011 at 5:22 am (#

    Hi! Just recently found your blog and love it! That bag is soooo amazing that I just ordered one for myself! LOL!

    Going to try the peanut sauce baked tofu…can’t wait!!


  17. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — April 28, 2011 at 5:33 am (#

    Garsh, I just adore bags!!! Seriously, if I had the money, I would have hundreds of them! So much fun because they have all these patterns and designs. Big, small…You can mix and match with all outfits!!!

  18. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine — April 28, 2011 at 5:56 am (#

    I’m way more a shoe girl than a bag girl. I have TONS of shoes, but only a few purses!! It’s hard for me to find ones that are big enough for all my stuff but don’t feel too heavy or clunky. I love Longchamps for that reason!

    That being said, my favorite bag is probably a Cole Haan from Mike!

  19. Holly @ The Runny Egg — April 28, 2011 at 6:07 am (#

    OK I LOVE bags. When I worked at Macy’s years ago I would just lust after those beautiful bags. But I cannot bring myself to buy one. I have left a million hints to Jason that I would love for him to get me one as a gift but I must not be obvious enough.

    I really like that bag you have from Moop! The color, the style, everything. Beautiful.

    The last thing that made me laugh — seeing the sweat stains on my butt after my run today. I feel sorry for the other gym members who had to see that.

  20. Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) — April 28, 2011 at 6:15 am (#

    I love bags, I just never spend money on them! lol I haven’t bought a purse or anything in like 3 years….I do need to get a new one though and a new wallet! lol thank you for the reminder! Maybe once all these events are over I’ll get one!

  21. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — April 28, 2011 at 6:17 am (#

    There’s something about bags with a fun or brightly colored lining, even if you’re the only one who gets to enjoy it!

    My favorite bag is my Marc Jacobs turnlock tote that I won on PopSugar a few years ago!

    The last thing that made me laugh was my dog yawning in my face this morning.

    I’d rather be cuddled up in bed than at work right now!

  22. Carly — April 28, 2011 at 6:38 am (#

    I love that bag!
    I really like bags, however I can’t justify spending a lot of money on them (over $100) because I change my mind about which one to use all the time. I have a gorgeous black and white floral Guess purse that is my favorite!

  23. Emily — April 28, 2011 at 6:49 am (#

    That computer case is amazing, I love it!! I’m lucky that my mom appreciates great bags so I always end up with a few really nice ones :)! She got me THE most fabulous Michael Kors black patent leather bag for Christmas. Loooove it.

  24. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food — April 28, 2011 at 7:09 am (#

    ohh what a lovely bag and so nice that she gave you one to try :)

    I really love the bag my husband gave me for Christmas last year. – Tan and leather, perfect size :)

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  26. Naomi — April 28, 2011 at 7:42 am (#

    oh yes of course I love bags..I may love shoes more but I love bags…and burn out t’s! have you ever shopped at otomix (well its a catalog) but they have the most amazing looking burnout t’s and workout gear!

    My favorite bag is my Gold tory burch clutch
    The last thing that made me laugh was PLAIN CHICKEN .
    I’d rather be drinking water than counting the minutes until I can have more LOL


  27. Katie — April 28, 2011 at 7:53 am (#

    I am kind of a handbag slut. I’ve posted about this addiction of mine also, but luckily I make most of mine, which means I don’t spend tons of money. I actually just bookmarked a pattern for a bag that looks almost identical to that one that I am planning on making this weekend.

    Unless I get lazy, which is a distinct possibility.

  28. Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 28, 2011 at 8:00 am (#

    Love that bag. I’m not much of a bag person, but some bags I really like. The bag I use now(that doubles as a baby clothes, diaper, toys, snacks bag is one I got in high school. My best friend and I had matching bags. It was only OK because I had moved so it’s not like we were out and about with matching bags, haha. Usually I like really tiny purses, just enough room for wallet, keys and lip gloss, but that’s not practical with little kids. I usually put my tiny purse inside my big one, lol.
    So awesome you got of FG and TS. That is SO hard to do!! Your pictures from that post were really awesome though. I would have been shocked if they didn’t get on. I know what you mean about “composition”. Seriously? Just tell me what’s wrong! As for the cropping.. Before I submit I just size all my photos on my computer and submit them then I can just click past the cropping window on TS. It’s nice because FG and TS are both 250×250 px. I dislike submitting to sites that call for weird sizes, but I do it anyways sometimes.

  29. Amber K — April 28, 2011 at 8:09 am (#

    I am the worst girl ever, lol. I’m not into bags, shoes, clothes, any of that stuff. I own a pair of boots, a pair of slip-on shoes and a pair of flip flops. I own two pairs of jeans and only a handful of shirts. As for bags, I have a gym bag and a purse that was mailed to me by one of the magazines I’m subscribed to. What I do have a lot of, is books. I have two full bookshelves of books that I have read time and again. And the other thing is movies. I started collecting movies when I was a teenager. And now I have two overflowing bookshelves. Of course, this was before Netflix and DVRs. Now I feel a little silly because I’m always watching new stuff now!

  30. Beth — April 28, 2011 at 8:14 am (#

    Glad your pictures made it onto Foodgawker and Tastespotting. Hurrah!

    I’m not really into bags, or shoes. I have a bookbag I use to get to work. I have a MEC sling bag that I consider my purse. When I take business trips, I have an actual purse but it stays in the closet 99% of the time.

    My favourite bag is my MEC Sling.
    The last thing that made me laugh was a story my friend told me.
    I’d rather be out in the fresh air than stuck in an office all day – exactly the opposite of reality.

  31. Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) — April 28, 2011 at 8:46 am (#

    What a cute bag!

  32. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) — April 28, 2011 at 8:50 am (#

    “However, hey don’t tell me what’s wrong with my photos when they don’t accept them other than a one-liner like “composition”. I have to figure out for myself what to improve on.” – I sometimes wonder what specifically they didn’t like about it, but I guess a one word answer is better than none.

    “I also can’t reliably figure out their crop box and if anyone reading this has tips, especially for vertical shots, and more so for TS than FG, please, I am all ears at what sizes you use” – I am so with you on this one. The TS crop box seems to always like a smaller image that FG… not sure what the size is… seems like no matter what I do I have to cut some off.

    I looooove hand bags. LOVE.
    My favorite bag is my tan Cassandra LA hobo bag. :D

    The last thing that made me laugh was being able to figure out a fix for our over heating router before my engineer husband! He was impressed ;) …and it made me giggle.

    I’d rather be tan than pale ale like I am right now.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm (#

      If I figure anything out with the crop boxes I will lyk and please do the same for me. Those little boxes are my death :)

  33. Donna @ Love, Run & Travel — April 28, 2011 at 8:52 am (#

    My favorite bag is my cream Coach purse, random strangers compliment me on it!
    The last thing that made me laugh was reading my BF’s best man speech for the wedding he is in this weekend
    I’d rather be… hmmm at home snuggled up with BF then stuck at work :)

    That tofu looks divine by the way!!!!

  34. daniella@runneratheart — April 28, 2011 at 10:42 am (#

    Yes I love bags and I never think I have enough. If I could I would have a different one for each outfit!

  35. charlotte — April 28, 2011 at 11:52 am (#

    I love bags! (And shoes – yes, I’m such a GIRL) But I tend to gravitate towards quirky unknown homemade vintage whatever bags. I don’t own any name brand bags but I love my purses all the same! And I have no photog tips for you – you’ve seen my blog hahah – but I do love looking at your food pics!

  36. Christine (The Raw Project) — April 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm (#

    What a fun bag! I like the look and need to check them out. You have quite a nice collection! I used to be into Coach, but sold them when I fell out of it. Now I’m a fan of Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags.

    1. Yes, but I’m not the collector I used to be.
    2. Harvey’s Lola Tote, watching my niece dump her snail farm all over my sister’s kitchen floor, doing something I’m passionate about than dreading my job.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — April 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm (#

      hope things are ok on the job front…yikes!! hope that’s just generalized speak and youre not dreading it hardcore or anything.

  37. CH — April 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm (#

    I love love love bags! I love your new one — the inside is beautiful. I have purses, grocery store bags, clutches, backpacks, computer bags, gym bags….

    I actually don’t know which bag of mine is my favorite! Probably one of my older puses. I actually collect purses from foreign countries!

  38. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — April 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm (#

    I wish I could be a bag lady… I carry a wallet in my pocket and that’s it. Bags are so beautiful, I just always lose them!

  39. James@Chainsaw reviews — April 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm (#

    Well, as far as bags are concerned, you ladies have got the full authority over it. We men cannot do anything else but to watch you better halves carry one, those who dare beyond, like Joey(Friends Tv Sitcom) face terrible things. Want to take a look, watch The One With Joey’s Bag, and you’ll find out amongst plenty of laughter why you should stay away from these. :)

  40. vote for me — April 29, 2011 at 3:51 am (#

    I love bags

  41. Krista — April 29, 2011 at 11:52 am (#

    I’m not big into bags but sometimes wish I was. I tend to stick with the same one for months b/c I can’t be bothered to switch over! HA!

  42. Jolene ( — April 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm (#

    I am a bag lady too!!!!

    My favorite bag is my black LV.

    The last thing that made me laugh was the comedians at the Comedy Cellar.

    I’d rather be busy than bored.

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  44. amy — October 2, 2011 at 8:56 am (#

    Did you like the moop bag after your trip? I’m a moop-aholic, been using Wendy’s bags since 2007 and some on a daily basis. I couldn’t love the ‘carrier’ style though. Not enough pockets on the outside for me. Just curious what you thought? I ♥♥♥ bags too!! Another fave is ValhallaBrooklyn from etsy.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — October 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm (#

      I ended up not bringing it on my trip because I brought a couple different ones…long story. I do like the Moop bag a lot though but you know how trips are…sometimes you just know til the day of what bag is going to fit everything and right for your needs at the time.

  45. J @ ... semplicemente j ... — February 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm (#

    My favorite bag is my any Louis Vuitton and a Chanel that my mom gave me about 27 years ago.

    … shoes and purses … my passion!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm (#

      I bought my Chanel (and LV) years ago…probably almost 10 on the Chanel and the LV’s…over the years about 10 years for most of those, too. And I hope to give them to Skylar like your mom did with you.

  46. Bag Man — October 25, 2013 at 1:53 am (#

    I am not a bag lady, but as a bag man I can appreciate this post!

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