The Medium-Sized Weekend Bag
The pieces I find appealing are natural and bit rough-hewn: matte leather or suede rather than polished calf or patent leather; brown of cognac rather than black; silver hardware, not shiny gold. I also think strong, interesting textures—straw, canvas, wood—are great. While you're at it, ease up on your body. Give that giant, shoulder-stressing carryall the weekend off and switch to a soft, lightweight medium-size bag. And dump the pumps in favor or smart flats like driving shoes, ballerinas, and cool sneakers (there are hundreds now).
Leave the laptop at home and pick a nice, squishy bag (Mulberry) that holds just enough.