I’ve been really into crossbody style handbags this year. I posted my first Bag Buzz post just two months ago featuring my Kate Spade Santa Rosalia Scout, which I wore for a solid three months. That’s a long time for a bag lover like me who likes to switch out my handbags on more of a monthly basis! Today I want to share a closer look at the purse that I carried for all of August, my Fossil Marlow Flap crossbody bag.
My husband Don and I spent most of August at our family vacation home just outside of Park City, Utah. Since we do end up spending a large chunk of the year there, we have clothing, toiletries, and accessories that we keep permanently at the house. I’ve had a Longchmap Le Pliage medium tote bag as my “Utah purse” for years. It’s a great bag and I will definitely continue to use it out there, but I really wanted a crossbody style option to leave at the house as well. I was lucky to find the Fossil Marlow Flap at Macy’s during a sweet 20% off sale last spring, which put this beautiful bag in my preferred price range for my second Utah purse.
The bag is made from a beautiful chestnut pebbled leather that is super soft. The matching jacquard lining has a subtle but pretty print. This bag actually reminds me a little bit of my Mulberry Alexa Satchel with a similar feel, color, and the ever useful handle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed my Fossil Marlow Flap or my Mulberry Alexa by the small handle and thought to myself, “Gee, this is handy!” (pun intended). Of course, the Mulberry Alexa is about ten times the price, and so is higher in quality and quite a bit bigger in size, but for $150 the Fossil Marlow Flap is an incredible bag at a truly reasonable price.
One of the features I actually prefer in the Fossil Marlow Flap as compared to the Mulberry Alexa are the useful pockets it has on both the exterior and interior of the bag, which helps with organization. I absolutely love it when bags have a discreet pocket on the back side of the exterior (closest to your body when you’re holding it), because it’s the perfect place to slip my phone and vlogging camera (above, left photo). The Fossil Marlow Flap has, as its name would indicate, a flap (of all things!) with a turnlock that acts as the main closure. There is a handy slip pocket just inside that main flap where I keep my current coupons in a ziplock bag and, of course, poopy bags, a must for any dog owner “just in case!” (above, right photo). The interior of the bag is pretty simple, with most of the space left open. I appreciate the two smaller slip pockets on one side and the always useful zip pocket on the other (above, center photo).
Even though the bag is on the smaller size, I can fit quite a bit into it with plenty of room to spare. All of these items stay in Utah, as well, which makes it easy for me to travel to and fro without thinking about packing my purse essentials every time I go out for a visit. So what’s in my Fossil Marlow Flap crossbody bag?
1. Vera Bradley Credit Card Case from several years ago. I don’t think they make it anymore.
2. Small Walking Pharmacy, Utah Edition, in a Sonia Kashuk case.
3. Owl Change Purse that I use to stow lip products and gift cards.
4. Mini Hair Claw. Don’t leave home without one!
5. The ever essential local caramel candy.
6. Reisenthel reusable shopping bag (although I prefer ones with longer handles).
7. Toddy Gear Smart Cloth, an absolute essential for anyone with smudgy screens!
8. Small tin with treats for my dog, Winnie.
9. Trader Joe’s Ginger Mints. Still obsessed.
10. Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper, a truly wonderful antidote to summertime oily skin.
I now look forward to being reunited with my Fossil Marlow Flap crossbody bag every time we go out to Utah. It’s a great everyday bag that goes with just about everything and holds all of my purse essentials in style. Sadly, the bag is no longer available at most retailers, but I did find it on discount at Maple&West for those who are interested (Please note – I have never shopped at Maple&West and cannot comment on their customer service).
I just pulled out my Mulberry Alexa to enjoy as we transition into fall, so you can probably expect to see a new Bag Buzz next month featuring that beauty!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.*