Coffee Break: Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody

Furla Handbags - Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) - Bags and LuggageZappos seems to have a ton of designer totes on 25-30% discount today, including this lovely crossbody tote, which strikes us as a very rich looking, and functional bag for toting work papers. It’s 17.25″ wide, 5″ deep, and 12.5″ high — love the dotted lining and the chain detail on the detachable shoulder strap. It’s $395 (was $529) at Zappos Couture.
Furla Handbags – Indo Tracolla Large Crossbody (Onyx) – Bags and Luggage


  1. Whole lotta cash, mami!

  2. This is beautiful to look at. I love it. But 17×12 is too small for a practical tote…and too big for a purse. I have too many bags already to justify an “in between” bag.

  3. maybe it’s the styling but…this just looks like my boyfriend’s beat up old faux-leather bag he uses to haul around his gear. like, eerily similar. i was just staring at it last night while he was packing for a gig thinking about how i wanted to replace it.

    ok, close up it’s cuter. the details definitely save it. but probably not for that price :/

    (plus it’s no longer available, according to the website)

  4. I know it’s Furla and therefore a “posh” bag, but just reminds me of door to door salesmen in India – they’d carry a cross body bag similar to this one in all but quality and price!

    Also IMO, these are not for anyone who isn’t very small busted.

  5. I bought a Furla bag previously featured on this site only to return it because of a pretty obvious “Furla” stamped on the side (and not visible in the picture). I know this wouldn’t bother everyone, but it was a deal breaker for me.

  6. Bad Hair Day :

    Hi girls,
    I have had short hair for ages and am now growing it out. Short hair on me looks very young-girl-ish (maybe because I have had short hair continuously since I was a young girl, so I still look like the old pictures), and I need something that looks more professional. Any thoughts how to best muster that awkward “my hair is just below my ears, so doesn’t fit into an updo or any other civilized kind of -do yet” length? I am in serious danger of cutting it all off again although that’s really not what I want… Please help!!

    • Growing out hair is hard, I know. Maybe some nice headbands would work for you? There have been lots of comments regarding professional looking headbands, just search for in the search box.

    • Growing your hair out has to be the most painstaking process. It’s like, well, watching hair grow. I’m glad I did it now that I’m on the other side, but it can drive you crazy.

      There are 2 keys to success. (1) a very good stylist. I am assuming that you are going longer between hair cuts. My stylist always gave me a cut that still looked good as I grew it out. (2) Patience. Every person who grows their hair out hits that point where they want to just cut it off again. Don’t. Just know that the frustration is temporary.

      I also poured over the “short hair” magazines that you find in the beauty section of the magazine racks to find ideas for styles at all stages of the growing out process.

    • Even though you’re growing it out, make sure you’re still trimming at the ends, so it is in a certain style, even *while* you’re growing it out. That can definitely help with getting over some of the awkwardness.

    • Bad Hair Day, don’t be afraid to style your hair just because it isnt looking its most fabulous right now. Use product (I like Aveda hair moose). You can use bobby pins to create shapes with your hair (e.g. pinning one side back behind your ear or taking the “bangs” section twisting and pinning back to one side). You can use tools, like a curling iron to style the ends that may not be as finished right now, or a small vented roller brush and hot blow dryer for a smooth, fluffy look. As long as you look finished the akward length will be fine… good luck with the grow out!

      • Anonymous :

        Hair moose! I know it was a typo but thinking about mooses made me happy :).

    • Bad Hair Day II :

      Thanks very much for your ideas and your moral support.
      I just learned that the one hair stylist I trust with my life (and hair) stopped working at the salon and moved somewhere else! And they won’t even give me her number or new address. So I guess headbands are the solution for now….

      • Anonymous :

        If you really loved her, there are a few ways you can try to track her down. The easiest way might be Yelp or other review sites – it’s pretty common practice for salons to refuse to let a stylist take their client list, and I’ve seen stylists post their new contact info as a comment on Yelp. Also, if you hang around the salon a little, you could ask another stylist as she goes out on her smoke break or something. Finally, you can just call other local salons and ask if they’ve recently hired your stylist.

        Good luck!

    • I am also toying with the idea of growing my hair out, so these suggestions are good food for thought.

  7. I don’t love this one. BUT, I got this Furla bag at the Nordstrom anniversary sale. It was $299–but they don’t have it in stock at any price right now. Anyhow, Macy’s has it in black (onyx), which is what I got, for $370. I LOVE it. It’s big enough to carry a few briefs, cases, notepads, etc (I’m an appellate lawyer), an iPad, and regular purse stuff. It’s not as big as a briefcase or large tote, but it’s just big enough to be a perfect every day work bag, which is what I wanted. The shoulder drop is short which makes it more stylish than most, IMO. I am a little worried about whether it will be too short with a winter coat, but I think it will just make it.

  8. Huge bags do look great – the problem is, it’s tempting to fill them up with stuff, and then they become heavy, which is bad for your back.

  9. Can't We All Just Get Along? :

    Threadjack ladies –

    I recently found out a women at my work has been bad mouthing me. The woman is not in my area or department, and not really anyone I have ever worked too in depth with. I have had to go to for approvals in the past. She hits me up with a question now and then and is very friendly during those interactions, telling me how great I am, chit chatting with me, even adding me on Facebook and asking that I make a trip by her office when I was in her general area (which I didn’t, as it turned out I would be several hours away from her). I’ve never met her in person, but for the past year or so we have had – I thought – I good working relationship.

    Recently, she and I got into a disagreement regarding a process I set up that she needed to approve. She approved and then changed her mind and wanted additional changes. Before I got a chance to do them, she called my boss and told him how I screwed this whole thing up and was incompetent and she didn’t want to work with me in the future. She then told me if I don’t change things to the way she wants them, she would go to the head of my area to complain. Needless to say, my boss told me just to do things her way, even though I didn’t agree with her approach.

    So now she is going around telling people I “screwed things up” even though I just did them a different way – which I think is correct and regardless, both our ways are correct. Noone else who is close to the process agrees with her – they all like my approach. But when I asked around, apparently she was badmouthing me even before this instance, saying she worked with me in the past and had bad experiences. I’ve never worked with her in depth as I stated above and I’ve always been friendly and answered her questions when she’s called (which were just general work policy questions, nothing that is specifically related to my job that I even needed to know the answers too).

    Question – So, I um, thought this woman was kinda my friend so I am a bit taken aback. Do I just let this go and be aware of her in the future or do I try to talk to her about what happened?

    • I think it’s best to have a conversation. Not a confrontation — but a conversation. Just tell her that you’ve heard through the office grapevine that she has been dissatisfied with your work and that you wanted to discuss it with her, so that you can improve your performance. I understand that you have never really worked this woman before in-depth and that she therefore has no real, substantive basis for badmouthing you. But if you approach her in this “I just want to improve” fashion, the only way she can respond is either by saying “no — no problem at all” or by telling you what the problem was (again, assuming there was one), in which case you clear the air. The real purpose to directly addressing the situation, though, is to send her a message — “don’t think you can talk about me behind my back and that I won’t hear about it and that I won’t come talk to you about it.” I have found that most people who gossip/badmouth do it because they think it will never get back to the person who they are talking about or, that if it does, that person will never have the cojones to say something to them. When you do actually approach the gossiper/badmouther and let them know that word has gotten back to you, the gossiper/badmouther usually ends up feeling foolish, sheepish, chastened, chagrined, etc. They will know to never mess with you again because you’re the kind of person who will be direct. It’s all about the tone in which you have this conversation — you can’t be defensive, or upset, or annoyed. Just be matter-of-fact and act concerned that maybe you really did do something wrong.

      • Can’t wait to hear replies on this one. Gulp. Even worse when it’s YOUR BOSS badmouthing you and smiling in your face. >:-/

    • Do you know whether she does this to other coworkers as well? In my experience, many people who do this sort of bullying/backstabbing tend to have a pattern of behaving this way. When I was doing editing, I had a horrible coworker like what you mentioned. She made a mistake on a job and when I saw the work, I corrected her. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t off base on the correction and asked several people about it. The coworker got personally offended, told me I was wrong because I was younger than her. I emailed my former department head only to find out she’d quit primarily because this coworker’s behavior was directed at the department head. Ultimately in that situation I think it’s best to stay away. There isn’t that much you can do about it because talking it out isn’t going to help!

      • I believe she does do this to other coworkers as well. While I don’t recall hearing it personally, I have been told by 3 or 4 different people that they can’t believe what comes out of her mouth. She has quite the reputation for swearing like a sailor and making very direct/frank comments as well as being a bit wild (think – calling up coworkers at midnight on a business trip to go out drinking).

        That said, she does seem to be respected as she comes across as being extremely sharp and knows her stuff. It just seems that people are a bit put off/shocked/intimidated by her brash conduct.

        I think we all know this type of woman. She’s confident, she’s fun, she’s wild, she’s outspoken and assertive, but she intimidates people. She has standards that are too high for anyone to ever meet – and when you don’t, and she finds one of your tiny mistakes or you wait too long to get back to her – she escalates the situation as if she found out you were embezzling company funds.

    • Divaliscious11 :

      Social media rule #1 – no Facebooking with co-workers…. that’s what LinkedIn is for….

      As to whether you confront her about this (not harshly, but a confrontation nonetheless) – is her opinion valued inthe office?Does she have the ability to impact your progress? If yes, you need to deal with it, if no, I’d keep on doing my job…

  10. This bag from J.Crew (which may have been featured on this blog before — I can’t remember for sure) might be a better choice, and it’s quite a bit cheaper: