TOP PICKS - SUMMER BAGS

So my last post about the new 'Change' collection by Rockwell by Parra got me SO excited for my holiday this year! I do think I'll be investing in the Bodega Bay Beach bag to carry all my beach essentials this year, but it did get me thinking, if my budget really is €79, what else is on offer? 

So I had a look around to find some other bags that are within and just outside my budget to really make sure I have considered everything before I made a decision...


Find out more below...

1. Rockwell by Parra Bodega Bag Beach Bag

The first is probably the most obvious item in my top picks, the Bodega Bay beach bag from the latest Rockwell by Parra collection. Priced at €79 it equates to around £58, a reasonable price for a bag I reckon? Featuring reinforced handles, that gorgeous all over birds print that give it that Parra twist that we all love! This huge beach bag has two two big inner compartments on the sides, essential for a bag of this size for easy organisation and access! The only thing thats holding me back with this as there is no fastening at all on this tote, could lead to sandy disasters on the beach... 



2. Carhartt Roberts Tote - Diving Print

My second pick, was the Carhartt Roberts Tote in the Diving Print. It's like a tropical/ocean camo and I reeeeally like the colours used this one. It's a much more sublte print on a summer bag. I actually already have a Roberts tote and saying it's served me well is an understatement. I have been through thick and thin with that bag and it's still got a lot of life in it yet (actually, should I even bother getting a new one if I have that? On second thoughts you can never have too much of a good thing!) For £55, it is worth every single penny! It's water-repellent fabric is perfect for a beach trip. It has a snap closure which is really practical and features and inside and outside pocket for everything you need fast access to! Think writing this I am convincing myself more and more this is the one! BUT this post will hopefully be beneficial for you guys too AND we still have 3 options left! So, lets not put all our eggs in one basket... or tote!


3. Thfkdlf Tote - White Palm Tote

This summer White Palm Tote pick is our best priced bag of the lot! At a mere £10, it means that even if you spent all your money on your holiday, you can still look great with this absolute steal! Featuring a gorgeous two-tone green palm print to bring an island vibe into the mix, this tote is more than enough to suit all your beach needs! Functionality is key, and this lightweight tote will mean you pack nothing more than necessary, so it won't be a hindrance on long beach walks! The attention to detail and quality hasn't suffered with the low price tag either, so this ticks all the right boxes! Also, when weighing up my options, if my budget really is €79/£58, well thats an extra £48 to spend on drinking cocktails from pineapples! 


4. Herschel Supply Market Tote Plus - Natural/Navy/Gum Rubber 

My 4th pick, is the Market Tote Plus, in the natural colourway which I feel is quite nordic and beach fitting. Priced at a reasonable $70/£44, this looks the part, and with it's heavy duty materials durability will never be brought into question. This already existing silhouette has been updated with the Plus system, which includes a padded fleece lined 15" laptop sleeve, andmesh organiser including a specific iPhone sized pocket! This tote has been designed with modern functionality in mind and the double security, a magnetic Strap Closure with metal pin clip means all your belonging are safe. The only concern I have about this is, yes it's functional, but is is beach practical? I think despite it's style and colour palette of choice, this would be more suited as a bag for university or a systematic shopping day! Who brings a laptop to the beach? So much wasted space! What do you think?


5. WoodWood 296 Canvas Tote - Tropical Royal

My final summer bag pick is this Tropical Royale Canvas Tote by WoodWood, and it's another one tugging hard on my heart strings. As with everything produced by WoodWood, aesthetics are beyond pleasing and the product has been impeccably created. Retailing €85/£61, it's our most expensive of the five, but not by much, and for what you're getting its fully justified! It's a classic canvas tote bag with W.W. tropical floral all over print, featuring a perfectly understated pastel summer colour palette. Hosting a single button closure and side pockets on each side, there is just enough room for everything you'll need. The tote is finished off with W.W. placket printed on the front. I really like this one, plus I've just invested in a WoodWood bucket hat for my holiday so this could be a splendid combo!



What do you reckon I should go with? Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know here or leave me a comment below!

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