it seemed like a good idea at the time, to use a small army surplus duffle bag when i decided to pack for a 10 day trip. i pack pretty light.
no checked luggage = no lost luggage. right?
heavy duffle bag full of mexican chocolate and coffee + sunburned shoulders = a bad time.
wheels on carry on luggage = a real good idea.
i went to to j&r (on-line only, didn't make it to the store), filene's basement (two manhattan locations), burlington coat factory (brooklyn and manhattan), macy's (didn't get past the lobby, too overwhelming), daffy's (brooklyn and manhattan), target, bed bath & beyond and t.j maxx. um, this is why i like to shop on own. when i'm on a mission, i'm extremely picky, and i really like to take my time.
here's what i was looking for: carry-on size, super lightweight, drives well, black, good looking, and within my budget of $100.
my top three picks happened to be at t.j. maxx...
HEYS 20" SPINNER: this is the suitcase that started it all. i was on a mission to find a hardsell heys carry-on spinner in nyc. a suitcase from a canadian company. makes sense right? i had played with these before, and marveled at how light they were and the 4 wheel drive spinner system... glidey. retails for about $100. and sell for slightly more in the u.s. i found them at filene's basement, but not in the color i wanted, i found pink orange, yellow, and zebra stripes but finally found a black one at for $59.99, only after a lot of digging.
good: price, weight, color, super glidey, expands 25%
bad: a ton of people have the same suitcase, ugly lining, strong chemical smell inside
SAMSONITE BLACK LABEL X'LITE 22" UPRIGHT: and then i saw THIS. these pictures don't do it justice at all. it's super flashy. like a suitcase with rims, and a custom paintjob. shiny black with chrome and brushed stainless steel trim, and a red canvas lining, with sooo many pockets, zippers, straps, and shiny silver hardware.
good: black, really really good looking, super lightweight, rolls well,
bad: no price, not tags, no waranty info, worried it's going to be really really expensive. like all the black label line. smaller than the heys, no 4WD
SAMSONITE BLACK LABEL by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN CROCODILE SPINNER in WHITE: priced at$130. it usually retails for over $670. It was amazing. It came w/shoe bags, laundry bags an amazing lock, and about 5 booklets. I was tempted to get it, but the white would get dirty really quickly, and the zipper SUCKED! i was shocked. it had this beautiful bright silver zipper, but it got stuck about 10 times when i tried to open the suitcase.
good: not $670, beautiful & unique, tons extras (bags, lock, luggage tag), lightweight
bad: a bit over my budget, wrong color, crappy zipper
um... but if they had this chrome version, i would have gotten it, zipper or no zipper. i'd hold it together with duct tape. who cares. i'd turn it into a cat bed while at home so i could look at it all the time.
i narrowed it down to the two black suitcases. and took them for a long walk around the store. and i still couldn't decide, so i walked them to the cash register. i asked them for a price check- waited 10 minutes. well worth the wait. the samsonite black label x'lite turned out to be... $59.99. SOLD!
as soon as i got back to my friend elisa's. i did a bit of suitcase research. it retails for $660, but it's now on sale for $461.99 on the samsonite site. i paid $59.99. really, i would have lost $$ by not buying it. um, i wouldn't have needed it if i didn't buy so many chocolate snacks from trader joe's. well, that's a lie. i had a spare duffle bag in my duffle bag. i just wanted to buy a carry-on suitcase. i also need it for my upcoming trip to paris and london with yana. right? right?
oh, so i used to think, buying nice luggage is just an invitation to have your luggage stolen at the airport. what kind of fool uses louis vuitton luggage? the luggage is likely worth more ($3100) than it's contents. unless it's an LV case full of jewels, which is always what i look out for on the luggage carousel. but nice luggage for $60? no big deal.
i took my new suitcase for a walk. the nice old security guard man at the the barnes and nobles was fascinated by my new purchase, i told him i thought it looked like a car or a transformer. he said it didn't.
i never know what to do with dead things. but with this you can bury the whole kit. i once had a fish tank with filter/motor, plants, everything. all the fish died within a week, and i was too freaked out to take out the dead fish, so i covered the tank with a garbage bag, and just threw out the entire thing, including the water... designed by sarah dery @ UQAM. yay montreal!!! (via packaginguquam)
but not this much. bacon bra. i started my business making "i love bacon" merchandise. i've sold hundreds of "i love bacon" t-shirts and wallets. i was a vegetarian for five years, and bacon brought me back. but i don't love this. huh. maybe if this was a cooked bacon bra. (via gizmodo)
poodle as pony
um. this isn't a joke. these shoes are for real. thanks new balance. i hope your next project is a collab with crocs. i'm really looking forward to that. these come in blue suede as well. maybe you can get a deal if you buy both colors. (via hypebeast)
these nerds named their village made from found objects, cough trash, "hutopolis". 60 kids from ages 5-19 got together to build 8 huts, in two weeks. and guess what? no casualties.
i feel like i was such a good for nothin lazy brat. doing nothing but practicing my violin, and running math and spelling drills with my mother, during what was supposed to be my fun summer vacation. oh, and maybe if i was allowed to wander past the sidewalk in front of my house, i would have built a mini village of NINE huts in TEN days. take that royal academy of music summer camp!
but, now i can figure out what change to give the cashier real quick, so i can get a bills back instead of a giant pile of straight up coin. but i seem to be lacking in some basic athletic skills. if you throw something at me to catch, i'll slowly step out of the way, give you a confused look, that turns into a stink eye, and my hands won't move the entire time, it's unnatural. (via ecofriend)
i'm a sucker for a good exclusive g.o.p. (gift with purchase) i learned that useful acronym while working in the men's clothing department at the bay. a 2GB USB flash drive. ok, so the only catch is, you have to be in hong kong, you have to be at high fashion retailer joyce's, and you have to spend $10 000 hong kong dollars, which is close to $1300 usd. no big deal. i wonder how many of these they made. (via hypebeast)
space saving design, unless you plan on using your ENTIRE ceiling for those plastic glow in the dark stars and mirrors. hanging ceramic planters, with a water reservoir on top, tortures your plant indefinitely. by patrick morris. not so good if you drink a lot, things are going to seem a bit "off in the morning.
i do love a nice infomercial. SOLD! (via designboom)
ok, i was still a bit on the fence on whether to get an iphone or not... fido is currently trying to screw me out of a new phone, and i don't really feel like giving them any more $$.... but this! you can grill your bratwurst to perfection. on your phone. SOLD. it's called bell barbecue. (via collectiva)
$6000 isn't so bad... my mom named one of her pugs "ohh la la chanel", or "chanel" for short. and my grandma likes to call the pug "baby". they've probably spent more than $6000 on vet bills alone. tough call, purse or pug? (via the lipstick diaries)