Beach Bag Shopping

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Summer is quickly approaching {and so it's my birthday month!} so I have decided I want a beach/summer bag as  gift from my husband this year. I have been shopping for the perfect one for about a month now. I want it to be large enough to store everything I need for a day a the beach, but small enough that I can still carry it as a summer bag to work and errands. 

As of two days ago I was set on Mar y Sol's {obsessed with this brand!} Valencia Tote in Natural, but after seeing so many cute options now I feel overwhelmed. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Mar y Sol Ibiza Tote By this point you are probably well aware that I am a sucker for all things colorful, pom poms and tassels. This bag speaks to me. Except I worry is too 'resort' to carry around the city. I love the size and navy tone but I think I would look silly walking into Trader Joe's carrying this on a Sunday morning. 

2. Skagen Anja Canvas Tote This striped tote has my name all over it. Roomy, packable, wearable and cute! I love the leather handles and sun-washed print. My only concern is that this bag would not go with a lot of my light colored and pastel summer outfits. I can see it a the beach with a black bikini or at work, but not as an everyday summer bag....but I'm so in love with it.

3.Straw Studios Bucket Tote I'll tell you the first thing I noticed about this bag vs. the Valencia tote I mentioned above...because the shape is oblong the opening of the bag is much smaller and less easy to get into. This is especially important when I'm traveling. Since most of these bags have a single snap closing option they are not the most secure accessory to carry around on vacation. But the smaller the top the easier it is to protect my belongings simply by resting my arm on top of the bag.

4. Mar y Sol Capri Tote How adorable is this!? I'm in love with this bag for all of the obvious reasons but I also love the size. Not too big and not too small {I am also obsessed with the name, Capri is my absolute favorite place in all of Italy!}. Although the bag is more colorful and structured, I have the same concerns I have with the Skagen bag. This is very outfit specific and I don't see myself wearing it with a lot of what I own.

5. John Robshaw Tortosa Bag If you don't know who this amazing textile designer is, you need to google him STAT! His prints are absolutely beautiful and this bag is no exception. Looks roomy, colorful yet understated enough. Could this be the one?

6. LL Bean Boat and Tote Bag  Can't go wrong with this classic. Fits everything, cleans easily and can be monogrammed. This bag has been around for years and will never go out of style. Maybe it's time I get my own.

Happy Thursday!

Xo,
N.

21 comments :

  1. Can I just jump on your wish list? These bags are so adorable! I'm loving the tassels these day, but I'm also a stripes girl, so I can't choose a favorite between those two : )

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  2. My personal weakness is stripes. However, the first one with the tassels is just too pretty! I say go with the first one. �� In my opinion, you can still wear brights and pastels. They would just be brights and pastels that bring out the colors in the bag. Also, this seems like a very cute bag to wear with dark jeans.

    xx,
    Monica

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  3. My personal weakness is stripes. However, the first one with the tassels is just too pretty! I say go with the first one. �� In my opinion, you can still wear brights and pastels. They would just be brights and pastels that bring out the colors in the bag. Also, this seems like a very cute bag to wear with dark jeans.

    xx,
    Monica

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  4. All of these are adorable! #1 needs to get in my closet ASAP. Happy Friday, love!

    xox,
    Kristin

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  5. Amazing post...thank you so much! Love the blue one! <3

    Kisses,
    Susana

    www.myblueberry-trends.blogspot.pt

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  6. Love these beach totes! The pom pom ones are adorable. Happy Friday, babe!

    xoxo, CiCi
    www.worldwidestylista.com

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  7. I love a great beach bag :) The LL Bean one is such a classic -can't go wrong with them!

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

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  8. I love #4!

    http://thegirlswhobrunch.com

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  9. I love this list. I cannot wait for the summer so that I can go to the beach :)

    xoxo Emily
    ditchtheheels.com

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  11. Leaving in Santa Monica, this is the perfect post for me! I will definitely get the bag #3! Thank you
    Julia from Houseofcomil.com

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    1. Awww I miss Santa Monica. I lived there for a few years before moving to Austin. Say hi to Montana for me LOL

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  12. I live a block away from the beach and am in need of a good beach bag- pretty picks!
    xo, Lauren
    www.rosesandrainboots.com

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  13. Love these beach totes!!! It's so hard to choose. I just purchased one from Target. The price and the cuteness was perfect.
    Good luck with choosing the perfect one.

    Xoxo,
    Angelle
    www.dashingdarlin.com

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  14. Loving these tote picks! I especially love #1 <3... Anything with a colorful pom charm is a winner in my book! They are all lovely - great post!
    XX,
    Heather
    www.alittlecasual.com

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  15. Loving these tote picks! I especially love #1 <3... Anything with a colorful pom charm is a winner in my book! They are all lovely - great post!
    XX,
    Heather
    www.alittlecasual.com

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  16. SO many cute pieces! Hugs, Kait
    http://makeminemaroon.com

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  17. i love number 3! It's a bit edgy but you can really wear it anywhere. I need it for the beach especially!
    Love the list!
    xo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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  18. Love your shopping tips, and thanks so much
    coco www.missydresses.it

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  19. I loved this round up. I saw the cutest and biggest beach bag ever at Target the other day. This post has got me thinking I need to go back and get it!
    http://stopdropandvogue.com

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  20. Love all of these picks! This is such a great post idea.. I am always on the lookout for a great beach bag (you can never have too many right?!). www.alwaysalldressedup.com

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