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Get the Skinny on a Good Spring Bag: The Roots Side Saddle in Magenta

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"Excuse me, but does this bag make me look thin?"

That there is my new Spring style strategy. Turns out sitting on the couch all winter isn't the best way to stay trim and fit. Oops. And rather than depress the heck out of myself by purchasing a slew of larger clothes, I'm thinking to put my money on something that deflects attention: a pretty bag in an eye-catching colour.

Surely no-one will notice my grey- or black-clad self if I'm carrying, say, the Roots Side Saddle Bag in magenta ($228 CAN). If you think about it, I'd be rather like Angelina Jolie in her understated Oscars dress and stand-out glowing green jewelry. Except because I'm in no way Angelina, all eyes would be on the bag's bold hue, supple leather and neat lines.

Mission accomplished.

The Roots Side Saddle bag is available at Roots stores and via