Mamas. We are in for a treat. I had been working on a round-up of summer bags for moms...but...well. To be honest, I'm not really an it-bag girl, and I tend to get stuck on one style of bag, and then I just carry it forever. My round-up started looking a bit too much like 10 Waxed Canvas Backpacks In Varying Colors!
Clearly, it was time to call in the experts. So I asked six of my favorite mom bloggers what summer bags they are currently drooling over. And oh, baby. We have quite a round-up of insanely cool, yet mom-friendly bags. Excited? I am.
Julie, the gorgeous Mama over at I Heart Heels picked out bags with some serious sophistication. She had this to say:
If money were no object, of course. Every mom needs a great tote bag!
2. Patent Baby Bag - by Coach, $398
An actual baby bag you don't have to be embarrassed to carry...I'd carry this for life.
3. The Duane Street Messenger Bag by Joy Gryson, $158 (but only in natural)
Jessica Alba has this bag and I adore the simplicity of its shape and functionality...and it's affordable, too!
Rhiannon of Modern Suburbanites has an awesome boho/rocker style that I just love. Here are her picks:
1. Charlie Tote - by Timi and Leslie, $160
Lena, whose minimalist-and-sexy style on Quality Rivets blows me away on a regular basis, loved these bags:
1. The Transport Tote - by Madewell, $168
I own this bag in blue and wear it constantly. It's trendy, goes with everything and holds so much stuff that things will get lost in there.
2. Belinsky - by Aldo, $55
The white colour, metal buckles and size of this tote, make this bag a perfect Spring/Summer trendy mommy carry-all. The price ain't too shabby either at only $55.00.
3. Charlie - by Timi & Leslie, $160
This bag is not only trendy, but has so many gadgets & features that any mom will love.
Our much-loved Cam from Life in Modification found 5 fabulous, budget-friendly bags, and has this to say:
1. Striped Backpack - by Baggu, $42
A backpack? a win win situation...carry all that you need and hold hands/tote babe :)
2. Maya - by Tinley Road, $61
Good for a summer wedding, since a clutch doesn't exactly work with all that the babes need!
This one is good for a mama to stash in the diaper bag...with just essentials in it....a grab-and-go type deal to run into the grocery store, etc ;)
4. Bicycle Tote - Forever 21, $4
Every mom should have a canvas tote...easily washable!
The PERFECT beach/lake/park bag. Room for everything.
Tiffany Wendel, Personal Stylist (and gorgeous Mama) prefers classic-yet-cool totes that you'll literally wear forever.
1. Goyard Large Tote, $1065
These tote bags from French design house Goyard are pretty tough to get your hands on...stateside, Barney's sells them, but in-store only. They do appear on e-Bay from time-to-time...
2. Le Pilage Custom Tote - by Longchamp, $165 - $185 for handbags size 3-4
These are seriously cool. Pick your size, pick your colors, and voila! A custom tote.
Amanda from Natural Mommie is one of my Instagram friends. (Is that a thing? I'm going with yes.) Anyway, she's gorgeous and fun, and relies on the following bags:
1. Madison Gathered Leather Tote - by Coach, $498 (in pink!)
This is my everyday bag...only I got the gorgeous hot pink/magenta one (sadly, not on the website). I rarely wear jewelry other than a watch, so my purse is kind of my bling. I need a larger size bag that looks fabulous while packing a punch of color since I usually resort to wearing black. I saw this one at the Coach store and instructed hubby to buy it for me for christmas :)
[Note from S: Found a pink one! Similar, anyway....]
2. Cut-n-Paste Sofia Chain Crossbody, $228
When I need to be absolutely hands free it's this cross body bag.
Lastly, if anyone else is firmly stuck on the canvas-with-leather-trim train...here's what I've been drooling over this summer:
This might be as crazy as I get. Bag-wise.
2. Striped Overnight Bag - Lands End Canvas, $160
This? This thing is ginormous. And - oh god - on sale. It was $230....hmmm...what to do, what to do?
Do you know how much I love Moop? No? Well. A LOT.
4. Navy Stripe Denim Backpack - by BagyBags, $95
From my original list of almost-identical canvas backpacks...this was my fav for summer.
Julie, Rhiannon, Lena, Cam, Tiffany and Amanda - thank you for collaborating! There's so much inspiration here - thank you thank you thank you!