Recently, I had a handbag epiphany. A loud inner voice shouted: Cris, stop putting dark-colored items into your purse. No black! For years, I'd spent time fumbling around in my purse, looking for my wallet, readers, sunglasses, make-up, camera—hard to find because they were in brown, navy and black cases. The inside of my purse looked like a dank, creepy cave. Now almost everything in it is vibrant: bright yellow, hot orange, neon green, lava red, and hip turquoise. I've simplified my purse life. I'm wearing more colorful clothes, too.