In the US, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and all the beachside fun that comes with the season. The PurseBlog team is going to take most of today to relax and enjoy the advent of season vacation season, but if you’re stuck indoors and want some bags to consider, take a look at these three reasonably priced, sun-ready straw totes: The Mar Y Sol Panama Striped Tote, Club Monaco Tall Straw Tote and Elliot Man 24/7 Tote. (Ok, that last one is macrame and not straw. Just go with it.) (more…)
Kate Spade Jezebel Flamingo Tote, $275 via Neiman Marcus.
Mother Nature is staying true to the saying “April showers bring May flowers“, as much of the country has been inundated with awful weather. All I find myself wanting is warm sun-filled skies along with crystal blue ocean water, is that too much to ask?
Finding a beach tote remains a tricky task as no one wants to overspend for a bag that will get plenty of wear and use. Another problem arises when considering the style of bags being offered, as many are not as fashionable as I would like. Trying to keep away from overly simple and overly gaudy, Kate Spade found an ideal design with this canvas Flamingo Tote. (more…)
Admittedly, I have a very strong stomach when it comes to the thought of potentially ruining one of my handbags. Not only am I desensitized to their presence because of my job, but I wholeheartedly believe that they are functional objects and meant to be used as such, and even with proper care, most will wear out eventually and need to be retired. But even with my cavalier attitude toward handbag lifespans, I can’t imagine feeling anything less than totally nervous carrying the Lanvin Plage Beach Straw Tote to the actual seashore.
Not only is the bag incredibly light in color, but it’s also in the four-figure price range that you would expect for a Lanvin bag. I could carry this to the five-star spa at a very chichi resort on the beach, but as far as actual sand goes, I’ll leave that to a much less expensive alternative. (more…)
Remember all that crowing I’ve done over the past few months about how it doesn’t feel like fall in Atlanta and how I wish the chilly weather would just hurry up and get here already?!? I TAKE IT BACK, Y’ALL. I TAKE IT ALL BACK. That stuff people say about the grass always being greener on the other side? It’s true. Particularly when the side you’re on is 50 degrees and wet.
Someone flipped the weather switch straight from September to February for those of us down here, and in the span of 48 hours, we went from 80 degrees and sunny to just below 50 (That was the HIGH TEMPERATURE. Sob.) and soggy. As a way to punish me for all the complaining I’ve done about the nice weather over the past few weeks, the universe has sent the Felix Rey Birds of a Feather Basket Tote to taunt me from ShopBop’s New Arrivals page, just to rub it in. (more…)
We have been lamenting over attempting to find the perfect beach bag. Do you spend $50 or $500, do you get a designer bag or kick-around-bag? It comes down to personal preference and what kind of use the handbag in question will get. What I advise is buying a bag that is in your comfort zone price wise and will perform the task you are looking for.
The Coach Beach Collection is worth checking out, with items illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan, known for his whimsical style and keen eye for color. While the actual beach bags that I would opt for in this collection still cost around $250, they are illustrated beautifully and have the perfect beach feel to them. As far as the illustrated canvas bags go, there is a seahorse, cabana, and umbrella theme. To be perfectly honest, I am having a hard time knowing which I like most. All I can picture is one of these totes, cut off shorts, a tee, my bikini, sunglasses, and a hat. Typical beach wear accessorized by the perfectly cute and fitting beach tote. Each canvas illustrated beach tote is $268 at Coach. (more…)
While we have the pleasure of living in a climate where it is beach weather all four seasons, I know most of you do not have this opportunity. But now it is time to bring your beach bags out of the closet along with your bikinis and hit to nearest shore. I found a clever little combination that Juicy Couture put together, a towel and a bag in one, the Juicy Couture Vento Towel Sling. Ultimately, this is merely an expensive towel, but the idea behind it is totally cute. The beach towel turns into a handy bag when you tie the corners together and then carry it by the rope shoulder straps. I am supposing that you can put your sunscreen and water in the handbag when you have it tied up, and if that is the case, this is totally worth the $85. Towel measures 26″ x 71″. Cute and so perfect for summer. Buy through Saks for $85.