Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD

Elizabeth’s recent reflection on what oversized bags are doing to our health got me thinking about a current love affair.

I’ve had flirtations with Cece, Tiggy, Annie, Pouchette, Spence and Libet, but Libet has won my heart.

Libet is one of the many beautiful, timeless and elegant handbags designed by Cece Cord. Cece is a willowy, tall southern blond who stops social traffic whenever she enters a room, always accompanied by one of her handbags, of course. She designs bags with the belief that they are a much more versatile and visible accessory than jewelry or shoes.

I wondered if my fascination with Libet — the perfect envelope-shaped clutch with that small handle that is just so right when hands are needed for holding a drink and for waving around for emphasis, "HE DID NOT!" — was because I thought that I might be taller and maybe blond if I owned it. But this relationship with Libet is much more intense.

Libet, you see, is a very serious handbag, relying on personality, not on crass hardware and buckles. Libet is not just about harmonious design, but also about simplicity of function. I adore the flat slip-in pocket for a bit of mad money on the outside, the coat check chit that I usually lose, or that certain-to-be-a-winner lotto ticket!

A woman needs some romantic pursuits in her life to get through the day. Libet is mine.

Patricia Yarberry Allen is an obstetrician and gynecologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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