Now that my diaper bag days have come to an end, I have come to realize that there is no such thing as ONE perfect purse or bag for everything. There is the perfect clutch for a quick run to the grocery store where I’m just bringing keys and my wallet (check), a perfect cross-body bag for a morning at the museum that involves bringing some snacks and maybe a small camera (check), but what I was missing was a bag that was large enough to take to my classes at night but wasn’t so big that I over-pack it and hurt my shoulders – or worse, break the straps of the bag (which I may have done in the past). Lisa Hazen from Thirty-One Gifts had the solution: Thirty-One Gifts’s All-Day Organizing Tote in their new black chevron pattern.
Shown here with the extra embroidery option (which I do not have on my bag), the All-Day Organizing Tote is a new addition to Thirty-One Gifts. It certainly has more than enough space for all of my full-day needs:
- approximately 13.5 ” high, 17.5 inches wide and 7″ tall
- one exterior front pocket
- two interior mesh side pockets
- two interior hanging pockets (one flat pocket, one zipper pocket)
- flat, hard bottom
Rowan couldn’t resist jumping in to the picture, and I couldn’t resist sharing it! The chevron pattern is very striking in person and I find the straps are the perfect length to carry even with a jacket on. Is that strange to say? I find so many bags have short straps so they’re fine in the summer but as soon as you need an extra layer or two, you can’t get them on to your shoulder and they’re too heavy to carry in the crook of your arm.
Here’s what my bag looks like on a typical day that I’m taking Rowan to a class and I hope to get some homework done while I wait. I’ve even packed my laptop in my All-Day Organizing Tote!
You can see how much space is still available even with everything I have packed! I have to say that my favourite parts are the zipper top (so no one can see the ridiculous amount of stuff I haul around on a regular basis) and the interior mesh pockets that hold a water bottle perfectly, but can also double as a pencil case.
The All-Day Organizing Tote is a September special, so for the rest of the month it is only $18 (regularly $54) with every $40 you spend at Thirty-One Gifts!
One lucky CANADIAN reader will win a Thirty-One Gifts All-Day Organizing Tote in black chevron from Lisa!
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