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Thursday, June 28, 2012

TOTEally Ready for Summer!

longchamp, jeremy scott paradise tote, neimanmarcus.com

If the incredibly oppressive heat wave a couple weeks ago wasn't enough of a hint, I will be the first to tell you...SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! After what can only be described as a bizarre and snow-less winter, the long awaited days of summer Fridays, long relaxing weekends in the Hamptons or at the Lake, and fruity pink cocktails are now in full swing. Sex on the Beach anyone? (The DRINK of course! Get your mind out of the gutter.)

One of the major "issues" we ladies deal with is schlepping all our crap from the city (or the 'burbs now for me!) to our weekend destinations. You need the swim suit, cover up, flip flops, sunnies, towel, sunscreen, and book for the beach...but then you ALSO need your mid-afternoon outfit. Whether it be a light-weight maxi dress, cut off shorties, or a romper-- you will need to pack the corresponding footwear and accessories for an afternoon stroll. And don't forget your evening attire...sexy-casual-easy-to-wear-in-the-heat dinner ensemble. There are just so many things to pack!

Luckily this summer, bright printed tote bags are everywhere in all shapes and sizes. With the flexibility of these deconstructed bags, you will be able to stuff everything but the kitchen sink in these puppies (unless of course you want to bring that too. There will definitely be room.) Here are some of my favorite tote bags, all bright and colorful, and super appropriate for your next trip. No wardrobe edits needed here...throw it all in the bag and go!

Blue Kingsland Vinyl Shopper, alexandermcqueen.com

DVF Printed Beach Tote, Bergdorfgoodman.com

Stripe Sensation, E/W Tote, Korethandbags.com

Barbara Rihl, world traveler tote, farfetch.com

Betsey Johnson citrus resort orange tote, zappos.com

Billabong, The Bright Side Bag, swell.com

Campbell fabric shopper, Fossil handbag, macys.com

Carlos by Carlos Santana handbag, Brasil print tote, macys.com

Cul-de-sac printed fabric tote bag, lordandtaylor.com

Cynthia Vincent, ikat-printed canvas beach tote, neimanmarcus.com

Echo scarf print north south tote, ebags.com

Emilio Pucci printed tote, farfetch.com

Kate Spade, flicker bon striped shopper tote, neimanmarcus.com

Kipling handbag, brasil asiena print tote, macys.com

Love Moschino charming ladies shopper bag, asos.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs, pretty nylon printed medium tote, saks.com

Marni, printed pvc tote, netaporter.com

Milly, batik-print market tote, bergdorfgoodman.com

Olivia + Joy, Allusion Tote, 6pm.com

Rafe new york, tesa ikat print e/w tote, zappos.com

Salvatore Ferragamo, bice printed nylon shopping tote, luisaviaroma.com

Sam Edelman, amelie signature python-print tote, neimanmarcus.com

Tory Burch, kerrington printed canvas tote, neimanmarcus.com

tribal denim cherish tote, rebeccaminkoff.com

Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, cove beach tote in aztec print, singer22.com

Will leather goods, muted print tote, farfetch.com

Happy Thursday!