I’m a complete sucker for fashion. Any medium which allows me to express myself, especially in public, becomes my fascination. Much of it has to do with that creative energy where I must put things together that result in artful productions. From writing music, to helping my mom design her jewelry line, meshing different elements excite me.
Of the fashion fetishes, shoes, hats and bags stand out. I confidently announce my ownership of each item for any occasion. Seriously. I’ll also admit it’s borderline OCD.
All of this only matters because when it comes to grocery shopping, I’ve never cared to carry a tote that speaks to my sensibilities. I’ve always used the industry standard brown paper bag (do they even provide those anymore?) and the multi-purpose plastic bag–you know, good as trash liners, carrying clothes to the cleaners, transporting goodies to a friends house, wrapping up a dish for potluck, and the list goes on.
Though I find the plastic bags to be wonderfully practical [though environmentally unfriendly], I’ve contemplated an upgrade.
A serious upgrade. It’s only right. And it makes complete sense. As much time as I spend at the grocery store and even more time visiting local farmers’ markets with summer harvest in full bloom, there’s no reasonable explanation for not owning what could be the most practical of bags. Plastic bags rip and tatter, but a solid canvas, leather, burlap, mesh or straw tote will last me far longer than the 2 week life span I’ve given the plasties (I think I saw this word on a reality wedding show).
I’ve searched high and low for the perfect bag that could fashionably carry all of my market finds, one that can sustain the elements of wet greens, wrapped up fish and dewey ice cream cartons!
Finally, my light bulb went off! These lovelies are the ones that made my top list. All have great style, design and purpose.
1ST LADY KIND-OF-STYLE: 1st Lady Michelle Obama is seen above donning a popular woven basket made by Kenyans. I see this style all over the place (especially in Adams Morgan in D.C.) and always want to get one, but always pass. Couldn’t tell you why. But after finding some affordable ones on this site, I was finally convinced. These deep and super wide baskets double as wonderful bags for market shopping (insert fresh flowers and herbs) and beach visits (Jackie O sunnies, flipflops, coconut smelling suntan lotion, iPod, etc..) … a true piece of art with long-lasting qualities. My fave of all.
CARRYING WITH A PURPOSE: A bit pricey at $60, this reversible burlap tote has incredible purpose: It feeds children all over the world. For every bag purchased, one child will benefit from one school year’s worth of meals! Makes all the sense in the world to invest in this one! Shop with a cause! Feedproject.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET… ON A SCOOTER: Another Etsy find, this custom-designed tote has great messaging on it… uhm, if you live in a city like Manhattan, you’re probably walking or getting around in scooter (something else I’m contemplating). Go on! Go to market…and scoop up your food.
THROWBACK KNITS: I appreciate these colored knit bag because they’re handmade. The Sunshine Stitch designer caused me to have a nostalgic moment. I remember living in Miami and seeing just about every middle-aged woman carrying something similar. Not as chic as these, but those bags back in the early 80s attracted my eyes! I’m fond of the green and salon colored one. I wonder how a liner would look in it?
UBER CHIC WEAVING: Does this one need any introduction? A stunning beauty from a Filipino designer, I have to get my hands all over it.
PRACTICAL STATEMENT: And finally, the best font design of the canvas ones. And straight to the point. A good friend here in Atlanta directed me to her friend’s line, Fashion Notes. I browsed HIS site (yes, a man designs these–even more appealing) and came across this simple yet statement bag. I looove it. For $20, it’s worth scooping up a few designs. Check out the Jute Collection! More up my alley and far more chic!
NOW, WIN A LATINA SMART ONE FOR ALL OF YOUR DELICIOUS MARKET SHOPPING!
Now that I’ve given you a sneak peek of what I like in a bag, I’m going to save you some trouble! As part of my ambassadorship with Latina Smart, we’re giving away 3 of you fabulous readers one canvas tote and one $25 gift card to Kmart, to enjoy.
What you have to do!?! Super simple.
Leave a comment sharing your top shopping bags, including ones you’d use at a farmers’ market. And, what do you look for when selecting a bag?
For a second entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet the giveaway using the hashtag #LatinaSmart. I’ll be hawking the tweets so as to play fair! 😉
That easy breezy.
Comments will be accepted through next Wednesday, July 27th. I’ll select 3 winners based on the answer I like best! No random winners here! Just share a fun shopping story. And all the legal talk I have to impart means I have to ask you to please read here for Terms and Conditions of the giveaway. Prizes will be satisfied by my friends at Latina Smart.
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