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Hi Jaclyn. Looking for some advice on work bags/totes. I travel extensively for work and am looking for a work bag that has a laptop sleeve/pocket and can hold a bunch of other travel essentials (snacks, folders, small toiletry bag. So bigger than a traditional laptop bag). I'm having trouble finding something that doesn't look like a regular old laptop bag, because I'd like this to be fashionable enough to use on the weekends as well. Would prefer to have a crossbody strap too. Thanks so much!

- Asked by murphysmentionables

This was trickier than I thought it would be! It’s getting harder to find bags with built-in laptop sleeves (WHICH IS ANNOYING) but I think I found some that you might like. (A few have crossbody straps too.) 

Herschel Supply’s duffle ($70) is one of the more affordable bags I found. It has a laptop sleeve and looks pretty roomy inside. 

Banana Republic actually has a really good laptop tote ($165) that includes a cushioned sleeve area for a laptop. I don’t know if it’s large enough for you and it doesn’t have a crossbody strap, but wanted to include it. 

Hex’s laptop duffel ($100) and tote ($80) both have laptop sleeves. I love that they have water-resistant coating too. 

Charbonize’s chic laptop carryall has a crossbody strap and a 15-inch laptop compartment. It’s $186 (from $215). 

This Lole duffel ($140) was designed as a gym bag, but it has an interior laptop pocket and plenty of space for your other items. It also has a crossbody strap. 

J.Crew’s Abingdon laptop bag (in the mens section for $98) is another great choice. I like it in gray. 

Lo & Sons has some really interesting travel bags, including the O.M.G bag ($275) that I think would work great for you. 

Now we’re moving into more expensy stuff:

Tory Burch’s York tote is $295 and has an interior zipped laptop pocket. It can’t be worn crossbody, but looks large enough for the other things you’d need to take along. 

Knomo’s crossbody satchel bag ($425) fits a 15” laptop. 

Coach’s Bleeker Metropolitan bag ($598) and their Large Borough Bag ($798) both meet your specifications, but they’re awfully expensive! 

Another option is to pick up a weekender bag and just keep your laptop in a protective case inside the bag. 

I hope one of these works for you! 

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Brandon told me the day before my birthday that my gift would be late and he felt very bad, but I am the most meh person when it comes to birthdays so I told him, “Don’t even feel bad! You know how meh I am about birthdays.” Anyway, the next morning he told me what he had gotten me so I’d have something to look forward to. 
AND IT ARRIVED TODAY 
It is Cuyana’s short leather tote and I feel good about having been recommending it blind to you guys for the past year or so because it is glorious. It is so well-made and appears to be very sturdy (I will report back after a month of use or so) and the monogramming is the icing on the cake. (It takes longer to receive the bag and it’s an extra $10, but it is the best $10 you will spend.) 
Here’s the thing I really love though: the color. It’s the richest shade of caramel. Caramel bags like this go with everything: They look good with denim and black (and I wear a lot of both). I love that the shape is so minimal and clean. No frills except the monogram. 
I am eyeing the tall leather tote ($150) next (when is the next gift giving occasion I can drop hints for—Mother’s Day, yes). If you have to take a laptop back and forth to work, the tall one might be a better choice. (Although I could easily fit my laptop in mine. It says “Short,” which may make you think it is small but it’s not.) 
Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a basic (NO BASIC BAGS ALLOWED) minimal leather tote that can work for commuting, weekend, diaper bagging, whatever—I am over the moon for this one already. 

Brandon told me the day before my birthday that my gift would be late and he felt very bad, but I am the most meh person when it comes to birthdays so I told him, “Don’t even feel bad! You know how meh I am about birthdays.” Anyway, the next morning he told me what he had gotten me so I’d have something to look forward to. 

AND IT ARRIVED TODAY 

It is Cuyana’s short leather tote and I feel good about having been recommending it blind to you guys for the past year or so because it is glorious. It is so well-made and appears to be very sturdy (I will report back after a month of use or so) and the monogramming is the icing on the cake. (It takes longer to receive the bag and it’s an extra $10, but it is the best $10 you will spend.) 

Here’s the thing I really love though: the color. It’s the richest shade of caramel. Caramel bags like this go with everything: They look good with denim and black (and I wear a lot of both). I love that the shape is so minimal and clean. No frills except the monogram. 

I am eyeing the tall leather tote ($150) next (when is the next gift giving occasion I can drop hints for—Mother’s Day, yes). If you have to take a laptop back and forth to work, the tall one might be a better choice. (Although I could easily fit my laptop in mine. It says “Short,” which may make you think it is small but it’s not.) 

Anyway, if you’ve been looking for a basic (NO BASIC BAGS ALLOWED) minimal leather tote that can work for commuting, weekend, diaper bagging, whatever—I am over the moon for this one already. 

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I love this faux leather slouchy tote from Topshop ($84). A shoulder strap is a must-have lately for me too. (I am chasing down Isobel constantly/the retrieval is a two-handed maneuver.) 

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since this college grad is about to enter the world of working professionals, I'm in the market for a bag that is both super handy and can carry all my work day necessities [toiletries, notebooks, computer, etc.] and is stylish enough for both work and days off. and since I have no idea where to even begin the hunt, I thought I'd turn to you! and since I'm poor, $100 is pretty much the top of my budget. thanks!!! xoxo

- Asked by natashacurrently

My favorite all-purpose leather tote right now is from Cuyana. It’s above your budget at $150, but it’s real leather, a classic shape and perfect for work or weekends. (My birthday is coming up and I have given several hints. Hints like: I would like this Cuyana tote for my birthday.) The only downside is that it doesn’t have a zippered top. 

ZARA has some great affordable handbags too. Their new Citybag is a good option and they have it in red or navy for $99. You can wear it crossbody too. The Shopper bag ($69.90) is available in black and can also be worn crossbody. 

YOOX is another favorite spot of mine to find affordable leather goods. This George J. Love tote is $98 (from $245) and has a fun leopard interior. I’m a huge fan of this roomy Parentesi bag ($95 from $179). It’s available in hunter green or red leather. This oversized Parentesi ($98 from $192) has a crossbody strap and comes in gray or black. 

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Where to find a gym bag:

Got this question in my Tumblr inbox:

long-time reader, first time asker… on the prowl for a durable gym bag… ideally something more “chic” than “sporty” but at the end of the day, let’s be honest: it’s carrying my sweaty clothes and running kicks (possibly a yoga mat too?). not wanting to break the bank but wanting a quality bag. thank you so much! — littlemisshappyhour

I use my Lululemon bag for the gym (and they do have really cute bags), but I’m on an anti-Lulu kick right now so I’m going to try and give you some other options. (They’re also really overpriced SO THERE’S THAT.) 

Fabletics has a cute black/blue gym bag for just $32! If you want to sign up, please consider using my referral link. (Thank you!) 

I am LOVING this Eddie Bauer gym tote/weekender. It’s $70, but it can also carry a yoga mat. It also has a separate pouch for carrying water. 

Gap has a gym bag that’s marked down on clearance right now to $30 (from $50). 

I don’t know if you saw this recently on my blog, but Target has a C9 by Champion gym tote that’s almost identical in design to the Lululemon bag I use. It’s only $30! 

Two more options: Zella’s quilted duffel ($88) gets great reviews and has a separate spot for shoes. I’m also a big fan of the design of this Athleta gym bag ($79). 

Zappos has discounted two really nice North Face gym bags. The first is a yoga tote (with yoga-mat carry across the top) that is now $65 (from $89). Love the gray and pink color. The second is a slightly smaller, less structured tote for $56 (from $70). 

I keep hearing really great things about Manduka’s yoga mats. They range in price on Amazon for the PROlite version, but are about $50-$70, depending on what color you want. If you don’t want to spend that much, I recommend checking at local Marshall’s or TJMaxx stores. They usually sell high quality yoga mats for next to nothing (check the brands/reviews online before purchasing).

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Hi Jaclyn, I am writing to see if you have advice on a wristlet/wallet combo that I could use when I am not lugging around a diaper bag on the weekends. I am looking for something with credit card pockets and space for an iPhone and a lip gloss. Ideal, but not necessary, is a window on the outside for my train pass. Vera Bradley has some cute options but I am wondering what else you could find!

- Asked by sparklydrinks

One of the best options I found for you is this Neiman Marcus phone wristlet—it’s just $27.50 today! (It was originally $80.) It’s leather, green and meets most of your specifications. If you aren’t a fan of green, there are other colors available too. 

I love Henri Bendel’s $68 wristlet too. It’s a neutral camel color, leather and fits a phone and 6 credit cards. If you don’t mind spending a little more, Tory Burch’s wristlet ($125) has a smartphone pocket and the leopard is really fun. 

Fossil has a fantastic (and affordable) selection of wristlets that could work for you. Their Sydney metallic carryall is on sale for $33 (from $46) right now—I love the gold! The Sydney mini organizer can fit a few more items and is $118. They also make an iPhone-specific wallet both in solid colors ($55) and prints ($45). Can I also suggest a small crossbody bag, like this one ($88)? Hands-free is always nice. 

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Target has some adorable new handbags. I love this green satchel ($35). There’s a b&w mini satchel that’s great too ($35). There’s a larger b&w satchel that’s a little more structured with a crossbody strap that I love ($35). 

Target has some adorable new handbags. I love this green satchel ($35). There’s a b&w mini satchel that’s great too ($35). There’s a larger b&w satchel that’s a little more structured with a crossbody strap that I love ($35). 

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Hey! I was hoping you could help me find a beach bag. My husband & I are taking a trip to Mexico, the first week of February. I'm looking for something I can use as a carry on and a beach bag. I would like to keep it under $50. Thanks!

- Asked by thriftychick

Sounds like fun! My number one pick for you are two beach totes from Gorjana. They’re $48 each. The first one is a more neutral coral snake print and the second is a brighter multi-colored print

This A.F. Vandevorst beach bag is $50 and is really large, but doesn’t close across the top so you may not like it as much for traveling. 

Fab has some great canvas totes for very little $$, like this adorable houndstooth print one for $16 (from $40). I like this basic black tote on Fab too ($45 from $59). 

Ariat’s sleek carry-all tote might work well for you. It’s $50. 

Seafolly’s straw tote bag is pretty and it’s on sale for just $19 in blue. (Black and orange are $61.) 

Baggu’s canvas tote ($24) and Everlane’s canvas tote ($40) are bags you should check out too. 

Have a good time! 

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Keep an eye out for the next promo code from Gap and snatch up this leather satchel ($98) before they sell out. I love the crossbody strap and the grained leather is great. 

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Ok, since JDB is basically my shopping mall, I've come to to the best for some assistance. I'm looking for a black handbag, real leather so it lasts, for under $150 (I have a nice one in brown. I'm trying to cut my baglady tendencies down to just a few good pieces). It needs to have long enough handles to put on my shoulder and be out of the way, or have cross-body capabilities (because, baby carrying). I'd prefer it to have a simple opening, no foldover. Oh, and cute. EASY RIGHT?Thank you 5ever

- Asked by everyday-k

I found a couple of really cute things and I hope you like AT LEAST one of them. All are leather, btw and I tried not to go TOO over budget. :/ 

J.Crew Factory’s Dorset satchel is $99 right now (from $198) and it’s perfect for wearing crossbody. ZARA has some great leather options too. Their best-selling leather City Bag is $179. I really like LAUREN Ralph Lauren’s equestrian-inspired satchel (on sale for $133 from $178)—it’s really clean and minimal. Get an extra 25% off with code FRIENDS

Fossil’s Sydney shopper is a popular crossbody style right now ($178) but black is sold out on their website. Macy’s has it in stock and they have a few promo codes that might apply too. 

I’m a huge fan of Adeleshop’s bags on Etsy. She has one style called the Alice for $188 that would be great, but she’s not listing it in black right now. I think you can custom-order though. There’s also a smaller black leather bag she has for $168. Check out The Leather Store on Etsy too. Lots of styles around your price point. 

American Apparel’s L’Epicier leather tote is another good option. It’s just $95 and they have several black leather variations. Yoox has this Pierre Darre large leather tote for $149 (from $181) that I like too. You can take 15% off with code GIVING15. Here is another option from Pierre Darre for $130 (from $214). I like this leather tote (with crossbody strap) by Costilde too ($146). 

I saved the best for last. One of my favorite options for you is Cuyana’s leather tote ($150). It’s so pretty and even though it doesn’t have a crossbody option, the straps are nice and long. ALSO: monogrammable. 

Crossing my fingers you like one of these! :) 

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