Cate Blanchett in NYC

Posted on July 26, 2012

Ooooooh, we’ve never seen Cate’s nerdy-girl look before:

Cate Blanchett out and about in New York City carrying a Tod’s D-Styling ‘Bauletto’ bag.

Tod’s D-Styling ‘Bauletto’ bag


Love your shoes, girl. And yes, we can see the bag.


[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews,]

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  • They should be able to see that bag from effing ORBIT.  Jeebus that thing is huge.

    • MilaXX

       and BRIGHT blue.

      •  Can you explain the need for bags the size of a Mittleurpoa nation to me?  I really don’t get it.

        •  No. I can’t. I have one large-ish handbag and I never use it because shit always gets lost in it and I swear, receipts and papers fuck like bunnies down there, multiplying exponentially overnight.

          • Really? I always feel like in larger bags, you can feel around and sort of pull out what you want. The wallet is in the left corner, the lip gloss in the right etc etc. But in small bags, you literally have to take everything out or it’s like trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat. 

          •  Maybe it’s because I have small children who like to stuff snotty tissues and chewed-up gum in my bag, but it scares the bejesus out of me to rummage around in a large handbag. After one of them stuffed a half-eaten apple in there without informing me, I switched to a smaller bag. “No, honey, I can’t take your spit-covered granola bar. Find the trash.” Bleurgh.

          •  I’m all for carrying a tote with pockets but Jesus this thing could carry the small children themselves.

          • Mariah Warnock-Graham

             Bag inserts are the bomb.


            Otherwise large purses would be completely useless.

        • meowing

          Oops, didn’t read your much better description of the bag size before my meager attempt, above.  Siento.

          •  Never let someone else’s words silence your own opinion!  Say it out, sistah!

          • meowing

            You’re too kind.  Gracias.

        • Jean Marie Downing

          I always use relatively large handbags, part of wanting a book with me at all times.  I’m recently bought a clutch and am trying to force myself to use it.  As I’ve figured out I can still fit a tiny paperback like an Agatha Christie, I figure I have a chance.

          •  I get the idea of a fairly sizable tote, we’ve all got stuff to lug around, but some of these look large enough to fit both kids, and the nanny in there.

          • Jean Marie Downing

            Granted.  I don’t think any of mine are this huge.

            I also favor very structured bags and seldom suffer things lost in the bottom syndrome.

          •  You are a lucky woman, and clearly, fairly well organized.  lol

          • “Things lost in the bottom syndrome” = LOL. Yes, I’m a gay 12-year-old.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            I used to always need to have a book with me too, until the Kindle came around and magically changed my life. Now I always have all of my books with me, so if I’m bored with one, I can toggle to the next one.

            I highly recommend it.

          • lovelyivy

             The kindle did revolutionize my bag selection too, but the kindle app for iphone has made it even better. I still rock a big bag most days for my laptop, but I am gradually trying to downsize.

          • Jean Marie Downing

            I hate reading books on a screen though.

          • DeebaCee

            That’s why the Kindle is so great. It doesn’t even seem like you’re reading on a screen.

          • aristida_girl

            get a kindle! fits right in there 🙂

          • bellafigura1

            never mind

        • formerlyAnon

           For Cate, no idea.

          For me:
          Always: wallet, keys, phone, makeup, healthy snacks and/or lunch, sunscreen, crushable sun hat (ooh yes, my nerd look is pale AND horrifying), whichever glasses I’m not wearing, current book, folder of work I’m not actually going to do, folder of personal business I may get to, research journal (steno size or smaller), post-its or wirebound pad of 3 x 5 cards, pens, pencils, kleenex or coffee shop napkins, ibuprofen, collapsible umbrella, gloves in winter.

          Depending on the trip, zero to many of these: Wadded up re-usable shopping bag, aluminum water bottle, mini gym-kit (toiletries, socks, undies), notebook computer, charger for computer, digital audio recorder, packet of thumb drives or portable hard drive, digital camera, small items to return/exchange, small items to be used as reference in purchasing replacements, folders, brochures or notes to self accumulated in the course of the day, spare tights, shirt, scarf and/or jewelry for outfit adjustments, medicine or vitamins may have to take while out, library books to return.

          Yes, I could and sometimes do divide all this crap into several bags. But on days I’m out for the duration and especially if taking public transportation, there’s really nowhere to leave some bags unless I’m leaving work & will return. So I end up toting same crap, just subdivided.

          How some of you do it with just your pockets and maybe a laptop case astounds me.

          • Sartorial_She

             When the Apocalypse goes down, I want to be near you.

          • formerlyAnon

             Whereas I want to be near my friends who farm or raise large animals. What’s in their purses varies, but their cars/trucks/pockets generally contain everything from those 7-tools-in-1 things the size of a pocket flashlight to antibiotics and tranquilizers dosed for creatures weighing hundreds and hundreds of pounds –  which in the Apocalypse I expect will come in handy.

          • Sartorial_She

             When the Apocalypse goes down, I want to be near you.

          • meowing

            Good heavens, I hiked the Appalachian Trail with less stuff than you carry!

          • meowing

            Good heavens, I hiked the Appalachian Trail with less stuff than you carry!

          • formerlyAnon

             I have no trouble believing that!

          • Athenrein

            This sounds just like my bag. I keep as much as possible grouped by category in little pouches so that I can easily just bring the one or two currently essential ones, or switch bags easily without forgetting something. But I do tend to carry ALL the things.

          • RebeccaKW

             Are we related?  I do the same.  Little makeup bags filled with rolaids and aspirins, one with just lipstick, etc.

        • Tatiana Luján

          I love them. I carry everywhere an agenda, a book, a relatively large wallet, deodorant, hairbroosh, a toothbrush, dental floss, a makeup bag, a pen and a pencil, hairpins, my cellphone and some perfume. Tht is if I don’t buy anything or don’t take off my sweater…

        • EveEve

          Not a question of “need” – question of “want.”  And the designers give these bags to the celebs who in exchange go out on the street and have themselves photographed with the bag prominently displayed on their arms/shoulders. See, TLo knew exactly what bag this was – so the marketing machine is working as it is supposed to.  Mission accomplished, Cate… and Tod.

        • lovelyivy

           Mine are generally this size. On any given day I may have two books, an ipad and a laptop in there. It also weighs 15 pounds.

        •  didn’t it come from the Rachel Zoe school of making oneself look small by carrying oversized bags and sporting oversized accessories?

        • Whever

          Me, I tend to carry notebooks/sketchbooks with me (along with one or two book-books), so I like bags that can hold larger items. Maybe she’s got a portfolio/spare clothes/etc in there?

      • Sara__B

         and bright PURPLE on my computer.

        •  Yeah, on my mac, the street shots it looks intensely blue, and the studio shot makes it really purple looking.

          • anotherEloise

            Blue-violet on the street, red-violet in the studio! (says my monitor).

          •  Ditto here, Eloise!

          • H3ff

            It looks noticeably more blue in the second shot!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      This must be a celeb trend-honking big tote bags.

      •  Or are they bigger in a futile designers attempt to somehow justify the 4 to 5 figure pricetags?

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          With the prices of bags being as high as they are, if I fork over that amount of cash for a purse, I better be able to climb inside it and time travel.

          • Are you calling, Tardis-In-A-Bag? Cool. Will they do a man bag version?

          • StellaZafella

             I say to myself, “Be a man, if you want to carry a big purple bag today, carry it with head held high!” But then I was raised in San Francisco, my book bag is a pink Hello Kitty Knapsack my Gramma brought back from Tokyo in the 80’s…I mopped it in an instant!
            and yes, Stella’s my drag name…so?

          • Fellow SF kitten!!!!!!
            You are talking to someone who had not qualms about marching in Balenciaga in Paris wearing a kilt he made his very self. So, if it’s the Right purple bag, no question about it. For me, it’s about the shaping, mostly. I prefer a bag that is narrower and deeper, rather than the satchel thing that predominates right now.
            Stop in and say hi sometime, Stella. I work at a certain well known Variety store in the Castro.

          • StellaZafella

             Oh my gosh! (I’m too old and set in my ways for Twitter/text ‘OMG’s’) SF is still my soul home.
            We may have ‘bumped’ into one another back in the day…my first “big boy” job (not theatre related) in SF was at the OLD Castro Cafe across the street from Cliff’s when the Cafe had a doorway through the Toad Hall….
            I can’t get back even to visit these days but thanks for shakin’ up my memory banks! Bless your trouser-less, Celtic heart!

          • Aww thanks so much , Stella!!!!!
            SF Hugs

    • Charmella…a DIVA at large!

       Perfect size for airline travel (First Class, of course!)…iPad, Kindle, cashmere wrap, booties, Evian…and the partridge without the pear tree. BTW…the matching wallet is $445, and your passport will fit in there!

    • ampg

      What blows my mind is the water bottle STICKING OUT OF THE TOP, because she apparently filled that gargantuan bag with so much crap that there was no room left for a bottle of water.

      • Or,…..has our clever Cate stuffed newspaper in the darned thing, and stuck a water bottle in the top, so it would appear that she is actually using the Brobdingnagian thing, instead of fulfilling a contractual obligation?

    • miagain

      and ain’t it purdy!!

  • Is it just me or does she look like an older Blake Lively here?

    • twocee

      Freaky, but true.

    • 1964edithgrove

       or Annie Leibovitz in a more delicate incarnation…

    • Tatiana Luján

      Older, but prettier.

  • Spicytomato1

    Forget the shoes and even the bag, look at that face! She is flawless, even without a stitch of makeup on. I’ll even give her a pass on the post-workout-esque hair. With skin like that (not to mention a seemingly ever-cool attitude) it seems that she can do no wrong, at least in my book.

  • siriuslover

    Love the glasses!

    • So do I! (She says while wearing nearly identical Ray-Bans…)

  • MilaXX

    Love the nerd look, but not only is that clearly a winter bag, it looks like a bright blue diaper bag.

  • She looks adorable and I need that bag!

  • EEKstl

    LUV. HUH.  She even does Nerdy Girl with elan.

  • meowing

    What is it with the handbag-the-size-of-a-small-town?  What on earth do these girls carry, and doesn’t everything just slip to the bottom of the bag, making finding anything impossible?  Or, do they have assistants who find the bottom-of-the-bag-stuff?  OTOH, she does look cute.

    • julnyes

      As a fellow woman with a love for giant bags I just like having as many things I might need with me in one centralized location. My friends are constantly turning to me to ask if I have an item just because I carry the motherlode with me as often as I can. No matter the size of the bag – I will fill it up.

      • meowing

        “she found a monkey wrench, a piano bench, but she can’t find her keys…”  Or are ya’ll too young for that one? 🙂

  • teensmom99

    Love it but who needs a jacket in NYC these days?  Another celebrity who seems immune to feeling heat while the rest of us sweat away.  And a winter bag.  

    • julnyes

       well I carry / wear a jacket all summer because it may be sweltering hot outside, but inside the AC is running full blast and it is freezing!

    • julnyes

       well I carry / wear a jacket all summer because it may be sweltering hot outside, but inside the AC is running full blast and it is freezing!

  • sagecreek

    God, I love her.

  • sashaychante

    How much to these celebs get paid to advertise…ummm…wear the fall lines in the middle of summer?  It looks like these people live in an entirely different country.  One that isn’t breaking record high temperatures daily, like most of the U.S.. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I have often wondered too, or do they just get the free merch?
      Man, I wouldn’t want to be a celeb myself, but it would be awesome to have a celeb relative, so I could scoop up all the free stuff when she gets tired of it.

      • sashaychante

         I’d scoop up that bag, which I actually kind of love.  But would wait until the correct season to carry it.

  • H3ff

    Now this is a Scrolldown Fug. 

    Everything from the waist up is understated and sophisticated, while everything from the waist down is gaudy and the very opposite of chic. Those shiny puce(!!) shoes are HORRIBLE. Not to mention the baggy charcoal shorts that clash with the blazer and the giant garish bag. I am stunned.

  • AuntieAnonny

     You know, if I just walked past her on the street I’d think she was just some artsy fartsy person that kinda looked familiar.

    I like this look.

  • The bag is the only part of this outfit I find acceptable.  

  • mjude

    love her & i covet her glassess. as for the purse, please tell me its NOT suede.

  • formerlyAnon

    I am so out of step. I love & use large bags, but that’s hideous. Also don’t like the shoes.

    Of course, MY flaws if photographed mid-schlep on a busy day of errands would eclipse hers by a factor of 10, at least. So, my opinion’s not really applicable.

  • Bridget212323

    I want to be Cate when I grow up. LOVE the shoes. Do we know the designer? 

    • Unless I’m completely mistaken, they’re by Miu Miu. I don’t think I am mistaken though, since I have coveted the gold glittered version of that pair for quite some time now. Even went down to the store to have a fondle (or three).

      • That being the shoe in question! Or rather, the pair she’s wearing.

      • aristida_girl

        go get ’em girl! life is short..

        • I totally would. But unfortunately my local stockist of Miu Miu doesn’t have those in my size. So unless I want to venture into London with the Olympics hullabaloo in the background… I totally want those shoes though. I have never wanted a pair of sneakers more in my life. Damn me and my child-sized feet. 

          • Feet the size of a child’s, not feet that are the size of children 😉 

          • aristida_girl

            Ahh, sigh! I truly hope you find them somewhere! I found my true love in those gold-studded chloe’ ankle boots with the 3 gold buckles, but will never afford them this year, maybe next year though, I will never give up, and hope you don’t either 🙂

          • Seriously, look online! You might have luck finding them on yoox, the outnet, or something similar. Yoox is totally my go-to place for ‘cheap’ designer. I once scored some missoni flats for like 50. BARGAIN.

            I’m just hoping someone goes nuts and decides to put those shoes into 75% discount! A girl can dream, right?!

          • aristida_girl

            Thanks! I will definitely check out Yoox, and it never hurts to dream 🙂

          • On occasion, they have up to 90% sales. But there you have the smallest shoe sizes, and the largest shoe sizes basically. Never in between. But if you get there early enough, you might find a gem!

  • nannypoo

    So cute. The bag looks full, must weigh a ton.

  • chitowndg

    I love the shorts with the jacket and the shoes.  This is the greatest casual look – and walkable.  So versitile.  Does anyone know the brand of shorts/shoes?

  • boweryboy

    Hate the purse.  Otherwise she looks cute and comfortable.

  • janetjb

    The last time I regularly carried a bag that large it was a diaper bag.

  • julnyes

    I adore and would happily wear this entire look (well that purple? blue? bag would have to be black, grey or orange for me to carry it and really inexpensive)

  • marilyn

    An expensive bag is not going to save that mess.  

  • SpcilK

    She is so stylish!

  • n a

    Love it- love her- rock on with your nerdy self, girl!

  • i think the bag is fabulous. a big, bold handbag is sometimes all the accessory one needs. i have many, and i make no apologies.

  • MoHub

    LIke the realness of the look.

  • Vickiefantastico

    I just love her. That’s all.

  • throwslikeagirl

    She’s perfection.

  • VeryClaire

    Even with the size of that bag (duffle?)  her water bottle doesn’t fit in!  LOL

  • We approve.

  • Judy_S

    She is adorable here, but if she weren’t carrying that bag she might be pretending not to be A Celebrity Styled For the Photographers. Just a regular stylish woman instead of a Tod-flogger.

  • mommyca

    LUV HER!!!!  she looks so adorable, I want those glasses… 

  • Cathy S

    She looks really cute but how the hell do you carry a bag like that. It must be completely empty (except for the water bottle sticking out) or it would make her list to one side.

  • Hee hee, I have a pair of loafers in that same shade of patent, and they’re fabulous.
    Somehow, flats are so much less offensive in that “nude/silly putty” color. 

  • love the shoes as well!!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Let me carry that bag for you, Cate. All the way home. God she looks adorable.

  • kimmeister

    The bag is gorgeous.

  • Bag envy.  However, a long-sleeved jacket walking around NYC in July?????  Especially in the temps we’ve had lately in the NE?

  • HobbitGirl

    Can we call this look “nerdorable”? I am making that a word as of now.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      i am stealing that word as of now.

  • aristida_girl

    she is so awesome, one of my idols for sure…i love that she even has a nerdy chic look, i thought that was reserved for us nerds…

  • Beardslee

    I get that celebrities are usually advertising something but I carry my bag like this and I’m not advertising anything.  It’s a natural way to carry something like this.  Let’s give bag carrying celebrities a break and think that maybe, just maybe, on rare occasions,  they’re like ordinary mortals and find this a comfortable way to tote a bag around.
    As far as the bag discussion goes, anything I own has to be able to carry a book of any size I choose.

  • guest2visits

    Even carrying a bag that I don’t particularly like (the color); and with probably no effort at all, – she looks beautiful and sophisticated.

  • quiltrx

    She looks cute, and I WANT that bag.

    (on the bag discussion, I do the best of both worlds…a Bohemia satchel. Holds purse stuff, a book, my Kindle, and I can across-the-body it.)

  • Scott Isaacs

    The contrarian strikes again.

    Could she possibly look any more bored? Or her clothes more boring? She looks like a walking Whistler’s Mother. Nude shoes…*yawn* Glasses are okay. And yes…the bag, the bag, the bag. It’s all about the gargantuan lapis planet-sized bag on this one. Sorry, y’all. I can’t. I just can’t. *shakes fingernails and sashays out of the room*

  • mila_8

    I can’t get Geoffrey Rush out of my head…maybe it’s all that time she’s spending in Australia. Love the glasses.

  • I love that bag! That would totally be my schoolbag (if I was rich or if it wasn’t ridiculously expensive).

  • nancylee61

    She is such an unusual beauty – not really pretty, but so striking!

  • MarissaLG

    Amazing look!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Could not care less about the bag and whatever is in it.  I am just in awe of the fact that she has NO MAKEUP on her face, and she still is absolutely stunningly GORGEOUS. 

  • Susan Crawford

    That complexion, Kittens – look upon it and bow down. Flawless sans facial spackle. As for the outfit – nerd-cool to the max! And the bag? Toss that baby my way, Cate-sweetheart – I need me a blue beauty like that.

  • Julian Betkowski

    She looks like the most awesome Queer Studies Professor ever. I want Cate Blanchett to teach Queer Studies now.

  • ccm800

    I kinda want her frames!