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Show Us Your Purse

■ Who? Andrea Carolina, owner and instructor at Pilates+ Yoga

■ Location: Pilates+Yoga

■ Handbag: Tory Burch tote

■ Are handbags status symbols? Your handbag says a lot about your personality and lifestyle, but not your status in life.

■ What does this bag say about you? That I am fun-loving and hard-working. It’s a rare bag that can show off your playful side while also carrying around 20 pounds of business items like my computer, paperwork and anatomy books.

■ If someone found your bag and looked inside, what would they think of you? "Does this girl ever go home?" I usually carry half my bathroom in my bag because, let’s face it, yoga makes you sweat.

■ What’s the most important item you’ve carried in your bag? The pre-natal information my doctor gave me the day our pregnancy was confirmed. I was so excited to get home and share the news with my husband.

■ What’s the strangest item you’ve carried in your bag? Honestly? I am ashamed to have treated such a beautiful bag so badly, but I have a 115-pound dog and while walking in the Acacia demonstration gardens … well, you can imagine. I promise it was double-bagged and I dumped it at the first trash can!

■ Tell us about the first special bag you owned. My dad bought me a Coach hobo for my 21st birthday and he has been the main supporter in building my collection every year since. That purse is still my favorite for evenings out. It is in great condition after six years.

■ Knockoffs: Love ’em or hate ’em? Hate them. Carrying a knockoff says that you care about what people across the grocery store think of you, but not about respecting a designer’s art. Plus, if you need a cute $20 bag, Target and other great retailers carry a huge selection. All my best beach and camping bags came from Target.

■ Image is … irrelevant. What you are should make you smile, not what others think you are.

■ What’s in your bag? YogaWorks/Pilates+Yoga teacher training flier (I never know when I might run into that perfect teacher-to-be and we have a training this month), Kotono minipurse (so I can leave my big one at the office when I run out to Starbucks), my husband’s dog tags (he has been in the Air Force for 14 years and I carry them when he isn’t deployed as a reminder he’ll be waiting at home for me), iPhone, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Haribo Gold Bears (my pregnancy nausea cure).

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