8.20.2014

Handbag Love: The Tote

I know I've mentioned on here a hundred times or so that I'm getting a new handbag for the fall and I think I've finally narrowed it down to my top five choices. (I'm super indecisive and suck at making decisions) At first thinking about a crossbody but I think that a tote is more practical for me right now. Of course next week I could change my mind again ;)

Here are my choices:

I love the color of this in the pebble grain leather. I saw this bag in person and the quality and color are great. I also love that it's lined and has three interior pockets. The monogramming is also a plus.



I feel like I can't ever go wrong with a Kate Spade bag and I'm loving this green color- which would be a fun change from my normal neutral bags. I do worry that it might look too much like a work bag.

I've been eyeing this bag on so many people and I love the size of it. The snakeskin isn't necessary something I would choose all the time but I feel like this looks classic and neutral without looking cheap. Plus I love the size and the lined inside with 3 interior pockets. Again I love that you can monogram it.


I love, love, love this tote. It's so classic and chic and I love that you can get it monogrammed now. My only hesitation is the unlined inside and the lack of pockets. 


This one has been on my wishlist for a long time since it's the softest leather I've ever felt.  Again I hesitate with the unlined inside and lack of pockets.


Anyone own any of these bags?  Any advice on them? Which one is your favorite if you had to pick?


14 comments :

  1. I have the Gigi Teddi and the Annabel Ingall. The latter is probably the best option. It has more space but kind of collapses in a little so it isn't as big when it's not stuffed. It is lightweight and there is no color transfer. I give it two giant votes over the rest!

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  2. I love GiGi New York! They make all their bags in the US and they are really high quality. that tan bag is on my wish list! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. I love the Kate Spade, but then again I am a sucker for Kate Spade bags, they're my favorite!

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  4. Oh boy - that's a tough choice! I like so many of them! The KS is my least favorite but I can't choose among the others. If the madewell had pockets I think it would be my favorite but I'm with you on the concern about no pockets. My bag gets chaotic even with pockets. But some cute pouches could solve that too.... See how unhelpful I can be? ;)

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  5. Been loving that Madewell tote for a couple of years now and of course I love the Gigi Teddie tote too!

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  6. Oooo... Love that green kate spade tote! I am on the hunt for a good fall bag. Let me know if you end up finding one you love!

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  7. I LOVE my Gigi NY tote. So soft and it's a great size!

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  8. I really like the teddi tote or the madewell one!!

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  9. I love the GiGi NY totes and am not so sure about the ones without pockets...you might regret it quickly. If you do decide to go the KS route, I'd look at TJMaxx and the outlets before buying one online for full price!

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  10. Sign up on the Gigi website for 15% off- and they have email promotions ALL the time.

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  11. I want the Transport Tote like crazy!! Chris purchased it for Mother's Day for me to use as a diaper bag but with it not being lined I knew I'd ruin it (I returned it for another bag). I still love love love it - the shape and height are perfect. I'm not as concerned with pockets because I love using different pouches and bags internally for my organization.

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  12. I have the Cuyana tote and it looks very similar to the Madewell transport tote. But personally I think it's better quality and is a softer leather. It does only have one pocket so that's the negative about it. I love it and get so many compliments on it. I also love it because no one else has it. The Madewell one is becoming so common. I love all these bags you listed. Probably because we have the same taste! Hard to choose!!

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