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TOTE COUTURE :: The Summer Carryall

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It’s the first weekend of June–have you found the summer satchel that will cradle a weekend’s worth of warm weather essentials?  I know, I know…it’s not that easy to find something stylish enough to take everywhere. And, the frugal beachgoer wants something purposeful that will outlast just one season.  So I did a little scouting […]

June 8, 2012


It’s the first weekend of June–have you found the summer satchel that will cradle a weekend’s worth of warm weather essentials?  I know, I know…it’s not that easy to find something stylish enough to take everywhere. And, the frugal beachgoer wants something purposeful that will outlast just one season.  So I did a little scouting – here are a few totes, from the quintessential to the edgy summer bag.  Once you shake out the last grain of sand (yeah, right, like that will ever happen) turn it into your stylishly green shopper for the farmer’s market or make it your workout carryall for Fall.

Lets begin with a couple in honor of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee….

I found this Union Jack tote on etsy.com for $39.68

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Then there’s always the British saying….this one’s $12 on Etsy.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Take Me Tote Bag in vibrant orange crocodile embossed rubber with the MJ signature lining :: On sale for $159.60 at Saks.

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Or this Marc by Marc Jacobs nylon carryall, which hits all the right marks of color and print trends :: $198

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For the gents–a modern plaid light-weight tote with double leather top handles by Prada :: $395

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See by Chloé large apricot linen tote bag :: $122

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Tory Burch Riviera printed canvas and leather tote is a pretty fun summer carryall :: $164.

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Splashy pequin striped Fendi canvas tote with cork lining :: $795

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Sarasotan Emily Stroud has launched a line of chic totes crafted from Dacron sailcloth called Hayden Reis. Shown here, in size medium, is Cross Your Heart, Palm Frond and Evil Eye. All include a dirty/wet bag :: $155 each. You can find them at Pure Barre, the Ritz Carlton, Swimwear Boutique or www.haydenreis.com.

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Think that color is a passing fad?  No prob with this McQ Alexander McQueen logo canvas tote. It’s large enough to accommodate everything you’ll need poolside and it has a handy wristlet for cash, keys and that SPF lip balm. :: $285.

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More cute totes from Tory Burch.  Love this open topped orange/gold/black basket-weave – it’s a classic seaside tote, for certain :: $295

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This Elements Hampton’s paper straw tote has a little St. Tropez appeal with a down-to-basics price tag :: $54, and, it ships free from Zappos.com.

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And nothing says "beaching it" better than a straw tote. Can’t you just see your sunnies and summer reading in this one? Love the bamboo green against the oatmeal straw color :: Cole Haan, $198

Which tote is your favorite?

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