What's your opinion on this?? I don't even have a hangbag! 😉
Ladies, your luck is in your hand — your handbag, to be precise.
As the lunar Chinese New Year approaches, Asians are trying to court good fortune in various ways, and a Singaporean feng shui expert advises women not to neglect their totes.
"Handbags are very personal," John Lok, principle consultant at Feng Shui 0011 (www.fengshui0011.com), told Reuters.
"Their color, how women hold them and what goes in them can all affect your luck," he added. The new year begins on February 18.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese knowledge of geomancy or natural energies.
According to Lok, for optimum luck and wealth, hold your bag on the left: this increases what goes into it and decreases what goes out. The right side of the body is a strong "white tiger," while the left is a "green dragon" and brings power.
Be careful where you lay down your bag. If you're sitting down, it's best to rest it on the left, unless you're with friends as people give more strength than objects.
Charms such as three coins tied or taped together and objects in lucky colors are obvious fortune magnets.
And forget fashion trends and designer labels if it's luck you're after.
Chinese geomancy is based on the elements of fire, earth, water, metal and wood.
Lok says red, pink, purple and angular shapes are "fire." So choose a bag that incorporates these if you're after a promotion at work since they radiate confidence.
Square shapes and yellow, orange and brown are "earth" and are good for days when you want to appear approachable.
Round white, silver, gold, chrome, bronze or gray bags are "metal" and can inspire purity of thought and strength.
Green, light blue and rectangular shapes are "wood" and good to maintain harmony.
Curvy shapes, black and dark blue are classified under "water" and improve prosperity as well as tell the world that the owner of the bag must be treated with respect.
Some schools of feng shui believe that color combinations can either bless or curse you.
According to Feng Shui Info (www.all-about-feng-shui.info), some good combinations are black-white, red-gold, purple-silver. Bad ones include red-white, green-yellow, and blue-red.
As for size, feng shui advises something most women already know: bigger is better, especially when you're out shopping since it "captures" more of what you set off to buy.