Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tote Talk

I have never been one to spend hundreds of dollars on a single bag. Would I love to own a Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada or Celine? Of course, one day, as long as it comes with zero guilt or buyer's remorse.

I enjoy having options and because my tastes tend to often change, I have opted to purchase more affordable bags in a variety of sizes, styles, colors and prints. Just like any other accessory, a bag can complete an entire outfit and bring simple looks to life.

As much as I love clutches, satchels and cross body styles, I am a bigger fan of totes, especially during the summer months when more traveling comes into play. Whether we are flying or taking a road trip, I always reach for one of my tote bags (this one from Forever 21 in particular). It's just easy to carry all my necessities and extras in one place without items being crammed and hard to find. After my wallet, cosmetic bag, iPhone, car keys and a few pairs of sunglasses, I still have plenty of room for a few magazines, snacks, camera, chargers and my iPad. 

Because I have gotten so much use out of the one I recently purchased, I searched out a few other tote bag options that have a fun summer flair, great for work or play and won't break the bank.

Row Two: Betsey Johnson Stripes & Bow // Vince Camuto Metallic (comes in 5 other colors) //  Vera Bradley Straw (3 other designs & colors) 
Row Three: Red Shopper // Woven Embroidered // Forever 21 Stripe

Shanna

35 comments:

MODE LAB said...

I love totes too! You posted very nice ones!

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Chelsea Oliver said...

Agreed! I'd love a label to gift me a designer bag lol but I don't see that happening so, I'll just be buying every bag in Row one haha!

-Chelsea
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prettyanddelectable.com said...

Totes are my favorite bag silhouette too! I recently bought an inexpensive one at Old Navy and the fake leather is pretty impressive. Fake leather has come such a long way!

Becky M said...

I totally agree with you about those name brand bags. I love the one with the bow and the orange stripes that you picked!

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Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

I love a big colorful tote, I have a red one that I adore.

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Kallie @ But First, Coffee said...

So cute. I love totes for the summer! The problem is I always end up with WAY TOO MUCH stuff in them, haha!
Kallie @ But First, Coffee

Kallie @ But First, Coffee said...

So cute. I love totes for the summer! The problem is I always end up with WAY TOO MUCH stuff in them, haha!
Kallie @ But First, Coffee

TaraMixandMatch said...

I really love that metallic gold one, so cute!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Oooooh! I love that first cognac one!!!!! And I'm with you, you can't beat a tote for summer.

courtney parker said...

That watermelon bag is too cute for summmer!

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courtney parker said...

That watermelon bag is too cute for summmer!

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Susan Jeffries said...

Totes are my favorite and I love the Forever 21 options! I totally agree about not breaking the bank for handbags. I get tired of my bags quickly and I like to change them often. Maybe someday I will own a designer bag, but for now I love the less expensive options! That one with the tassels is adorable!! Susan

Erica McLeod said...

I love both the silver and gold metallic totes! So versatile and great for summer!

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Kimberly said...

Such great options here - a cute tote is a MUST for the summer months! I'm loving that last metallic woven one...amazing price, too :)

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

I love that top modcloth bag! I always forget about modcloth. I need to bookmark them.

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A Country Girl's Daybook said...

These are so cute! Unfortunately, nature has forced me to stay with smaller purses, because I will cram EVERYTHING possible into something that big... it would fit my camera, and my 3'' calendar, and... and... oh man.

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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

In recent years I've stopped buying a bunch of bags every year and instead buy one Coach. I like Coach as long as it's a no logo bag. If I spend $20 on a bag every other month, I can buy one nice one from the Coach Factory Outlet for the same price. Once I figured that out, I was on it. They last for an eternity and wear well.

I'll spend a lot on a work bag too because it needs to take a beating on the train. LOL

I love love love tote bags. I can cram all of my stuff in there. I like to always have a book with me and possibly a planner at times. And my bottle of water, lip stuff, notebook, wallet, camera...on and on!

TheTinyHeart said...

I carry a tote for work since my other bags can't fit all my stuff I need! Otherwise I like a crossbody to keep my hands free :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Kayla MKOY said...

Um I'm obsessing over that striped bow Betsy Johnson tote!!! Great picks as usual!

Rachel said...

I have the cutest summer beach tote with lemons on it from Target a few years back. That watermelon one reminded me of it- too cute!

Darcy said...

I love that striped one with the bow! So cute!!
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Paige Flamm said...

I am loving that Forever 21 striped tote!

Paige
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Rachel Lynne said...

I love totes too! I just throw everything in and am ready to go! Also loving the metallic one and the one with a bow!

All That Glitters said...

I'm with you lady! I can maybe go for $100-$150, but anything over that and I get anxious! Hell, at $100 I get anxious! Haha! I need choices and I need to be able to switch bags daily...:)

Carly Blogs Here said...

I'm usually more of a neutral person-- especially when it comes to bags, but when summer comes around I LOVE more fun designs and prints! I love so many of these!

Helene in Between said...

you know, I really don't have any toes but I am LOVING that animal print tassel!

Abby said...

I love a great deal on a handbag, too, and totes are perfect for summertime! My favorite is the gold metallic or the pink cut out bag from ModCloth. Really, though, they are all fabulous!

xo Always, Abby

Holly said...

Stop it with that metallic gold tote! I NEED that for summer beachin' and life. Yes, that is the ideal bag to carry life in :)

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I am a big fan of the tote! The Forever 21 one is so classically beautiful! And I love that perforated peach one at the top!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

The one with the bow and the watermelon one are on my list. :) Totes are so fabulous. :)

Ashley said...

So glad you posted this!!! I really like the striped one with the pink bow.

A Brew of Blessings said...

I'm such a sucker for a good tote! These are great :)

Ashleigh said...

I, unfortunately AM one to spend hundreds of dollars on a bag, but the quality of a Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, Michael Kors, or Kate Spade bag is incomparable. I had been through many, many Target and Gap and other brands bags and they just don't last. I do have a few from Banana Republic that are leather that have held up over the years! I would take one of these somewhere like the beach or on vacation where I wouldn't want to take a bag I'd be afraid to lose. The perforated on in the top road in particular is quite cute!
-Ash
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candystilettos.com said...

i love the watermelon one, esp for the beach. its fun and adorable! great picks! xo
Jamie
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Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I'm not a big bow person, but I love that Betsey Johnson bag. It's over $100 though. I could get 3 bags for that price at Target. Ha!

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