[Shopping Diary]: Anniversary Gift Haul + {Bag Review}: Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C

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Did you remember my Bag Edit post where I listed all my bags in my wardrobe and sort them out one by one so I can have a clear view of them all ? On that post I have decided on which bags to keep and which bags are for sale or to be given to someone else / charity. One of the bags that I decided to let go is my old fuchsia pink crossbody bag from Roxy that I got a while ago when I had a project with Roxy Indonesia. I have worn that sling bag numerous times and it was my go-to bag for those casual days when I don't want to be bothered holding a bag in my hand. Crossbody bags are the easiest to wear. It hangs on your body so both of your hands would be free to do anything else.

After many years of wear and tear the overall look of that Roxy bag is still very nice and the color is still very vibrant, but I found out that one of the corner has been chipped, and a small part of the leather at the front is peeled a little bit too. So I think the bag needs to be retired. And that means I need a new bag to replace that one ;)

Luckily I found a similar bag not long after I decided to put away the Roxy bag. After using the Roxy bag for many years I found out that I need at least one bag like that in my life. Small crossbody is always a good idea for days when I want to go carefree such as when I go to amusement parks, concerts, or any active / outdoor activities where you don't want to hold your bag all the time in your hands. So for me a small crossbody bag is a must-have in any girl's closet.

One of the small crossbody bags that has always been on my wish list is the Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. This bag was a big hype in youtube and I think any western bloggers has at least one of these mini macs in their closet. These little babies come in many colors, from pastels to neutrals and electric. They also come in different hardware, from silver to gold to black, etc.

Mine is in Purple with Gold Hardware. The M.A.C stands for Morning After Clutch. Rebecca Minkoff has 3 different sizes of the M.A.C bags which are: the mini mac, the regular mac, and the mac daddy (the biggest of all three). They are all crossbody type and they are very very popular amongst the fashionista.

Here in Indonesia we don't have Rebecca Minkoff store yet but you can find them on Reebonz just like I did. Like I mentioned before in this blog, Reebonz is my go-to place for designer labels, especially for designer brands that are not widely available here in Indonesia yet. Rebecca Minkoff is one of the brand that you can find often in Reebonz. And the mini mac is one of the most sought-after bag from Rebecca Minkoff so it's no wonder that these babies sold out quickly at Reebonz.

Anyway, I was lucky to have found this fuchsia purple mini mac which I think is perfect to replace my Roxy bag. The color is similar, although the Roxy one is more towards fuchsia pink while the RM mini mac is more towards purple. But nonetheless, both are beautiful vibrant colors. I love to wear bright fun colors on smaller items like this bag. It adds a little bit of fun without screaming much attention to your outfit.

It was on sale and I couldn't passed up this opportunity. Luckily our wedding anniversary was coming and I sneakily passed this up as an anniversary gift from le hubby (;p). I'm glad I can finally ticked off one of my dream bag from the Bags-I-Want-To-Buy list. And I'm quite lucky to be able to get it with discount price. 

At first I was confused to choose between this purple one and a blue one with silver hardware. I haven't owned a silver hardware bag so I was hesitating a bit to buy the blue one instead. But I wanted a bright fun color to replace my Roxy bag. In the end I chose the purple one with gold hardware because it's more vibrant.

The RM Mini Mac is made of a very good leather material. The leather is buttery soft and it makes the bag very lithe and not stiff at all. It has long tassels also made from leather that hangs around for decoration (which is like the signature look of this bag).

It also has a top zipper and a front flap with a hidden zippered pocket beneath the flap. But I rarely use the hidden front pocket because you have to lock/unlock the hook at the front before you can reach the hidden pocket. But if you're traveling, the hidden pocket would be perfect to store your extra money. 

The size of the mini mac is small yet it can fit all the necessities, such as wallet, phone, lipstick, mints, tissue, and keys. It cannot fit a long wallet unless it's a thin long wallet, but it would fit a small wallet nicely.

The interior inside is very simple with two small pockets on one side to put your small items. Another thing that I love about this bag is it's interior pattern. I believe there are a few different interior patterns on the RM mini mac. Mine has a black & white graphic pattern. Other Mini Macs might have a totally different interior pattern, but one thing for sure, the interior pattern would always match the dust bag. How cute is that?! 

(matching the dust bag!)

The chain strap of the bag is very long but it would fit a tall girl nicely. For petites like me who is just around 155 cm - the chain strap would be a bit too long. But I found a way of wearing it without looking like it's too long for  my petite frame.

What I do is I shorten up the strap a little bit. The original chain strap is not adjustable but you can still shorten it by looping the chain into the D-ring and attach it to the top D-ring. Here I'll show you how to do that :

 The original strap would look like this pic above. 
A lobster claw attached to a D-ring on the bag.

 Un-attached the lobster claw and pull it through the D-ring instead

Loop the chain and Re-attached the lobster claw into the D-ring on the top

Here's a numbered step-by-step
on how to do that :
1.  Loop the chain through the D-ring
2. And then attach it to the other D-ring at the top (see arrows on above pic)

If you do the steps above you will have a shorter chain strap. What I usually do is to shorten only one side of the chain, because that's my favorite length for a crossbody. You can of course shorten both of the chains to make it even shorter and turned it into a shoulder bag.

So this bag can be worn in several ways:
- the crossbody style,
- over the shoulder style,
- as a shoulder bag,
- and if you take off the chain it becomes a clutch! 

Below is how the bag would look like on a petite/short body frame ... I worn it in two different styles (crossbody and over the shoulder). I also worn it in two different lengths : the original chain length, and with only one strap shorten.

(original chain length)
(only one strap shorten - worn over the shoulder)
(only one strap shorten - worn crossbody)
(only one strap shorten - worn over the shoulder)

Although the bag is small but I can fit all my necessities in there. At first it took me a while to adjust to the small bag because I have been carrying big bags for so many years. But now that I'm using this bag for a couple months I realized that I actually didn't really need all that crap that I put in my big bags. I can survive a day with a small bag and everything in it. So here is an example of what I can bring with me inside the bag :


As you can see, I can put my phone, my key pouch, my Starbucks card, a tissue, a BBW handbac gel, a fisherman's friends mints, and a little pouch that I use to store my money, credit cards, and ID card. I don't have a small wallet yet so I'm using this LV mini pochette to bring my money and important cards instead.

Right now I am looking for a small wallet so I can put it inside my mini mac. All I have now is long big wallet which wouldn't fit inside this bag.

Overall, this bag has quickly become my favorite. I wore this bag for 2 weeks in a row when I first got it, lol. I have so many people compliment my mini mac especially because of the fun color. And it makes me want to buy another one in different color (maybe the blue one with silver hardware?). But those are just wish list. I'll just keep it on my wish list for next time ;)

Baglovers Unite !

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3 thoughts & comments

  1. Warnanya warna kesukaan aku banget!!! >___< Aku lagi cari tas yang macam gini nih, kecil asyik gitu buat jalan2, gak ribet kalau pergi ama anak yang terkadang minta gendong hahaha...

  2. Iya Merry, tas kecil gini ternyata enak yah buat jalan-jalan, simpel dan gak ribet karena gak harus dipegang terus hehe.. Aku pun lagi seneng warna-warna cerah ceria seperti ini hihihi :)

  3. Looking very pretty dear and congrats :-)
    The purple bag looks awesome !


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