Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

My tote bag is a trash can. Not like an actual garbage bin swinging from my shoulder, it's just a regular bag exploding with junk. After spending my whole life wading through fifteen candy wrappers, three pairs of scissors, and a coupon for toaster pastries to get you that last piece of lint-covered gum, I've been trying to get behind the idea of prepping different totes for different occasions. Do you too need a bag intervention? Join me in embracing a tote for every experience. 

Going Home

Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

Pantone Rose Tote

Your roommate has been practicing her high notes for the school musical all week and you now feel very in touch with Les Miserables. Turns out there's only one cure: a weekend at home. And sure, your little brother has turned your bedroom into a lego fort and your parents forgot to tell you about the neighborhood watch meeting happening in the living room, but the distance from campus has never felt so sweet. Best part? You can keep the contents of your away-bag light since your drawers are already stuffed with your old favorites.

Going to the Gym

Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

Force and Socks ToteNude Girls Phone Case

Going to the gym is so ugh. But going to the gym when you're unprepared is particularly masochistic. If you've ever used the rowing machine without a hair-tie or tried to run sock-less, your entire workout feels like an eye-roll emoji on repeat. Set yourself up for success by stocking your gym tote full of essentials like deodorant, hair bands, socks, healthy snacks, and a water bottle. Knowing you can grab your bag at any time and be fully gym-ready will be one less weight on your shoulders.

Going to Class

Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

Bananas Tote

It can be hard to keep that YOLO vibe when your weeks look like class: all day, everyday. Fight the lame by packing your bag with reminders of how cool you are and choosing supplies in punchy colors that make you happy. And never forget to throw in your headphones so you can blare that new Frank Ocean album while you power walk to Political Science.

Going Out

Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

Abstract Pattern 002 ToteFeelings Carryall Pouch

It's not a night out until you're screaming "This is my song!" at every song. Prep your bag for a party by throwing in a retro disposable camera, random accessories for a potential mid-evening costume change, and a tongue-in-cheek flask ('ll be our secret!). Also, our carryall pouches make great makeup bags in case you need to give someone a ten minute cab ride makeover.

Going Abroad

Totes Totes: How To Fit Your Life Inside A Tote Bag

Tropical #1 Tote

Whether you're studying abroad or taking the spring-break trip worthy of its own reality show, a travel tote is a must-have. You'll feel all the more adventurous in an unknown place knowing you've got a world of comfort snug and safe under your arm. Besides, it's the perfect place to store maps, sunscreen, and totally useless translation dictionaries. My advice? Stick with words you know: "Margarita, por favor!".


Photos by Angela Lewis.

Styling by Jess Albano.

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Lorna-FC commented on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5:20pm
This is very clever and helpful.
Sharon Mau commented on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:19pm
🌿🌺🌿 Aloha . beautiful newsletter . . congratulations to the featured members 💖💛💖😘🌴🌴🌴 ✨
Bethany Craig commented on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:05am
This is a very cute idea!
AnnaF31 commented on Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:02am
Nice post! :-)
Linarts commented on Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:35pm
These are fun!
LEEMO commented on Friday, August 26, 2016 2:48am
beautiful styling and shoot. what a cool concept! thanks for featuring my tropical #1 tote :)
elebea commented on Friday, August 26, 2016 3:26pm
Amazing pictures
Zia commented on Sunday, September 4, 2016 12:35pm
very nice
elladesign commented on Sunday, September 4, 2016 3:08pm
Thank you so much for this post ! Great ideas :)
irisrashap commented on Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:21am
It could be very nice if you could sew in a tiny inside side pocket in your totes... I'm doing it myself and generally I prefer tote bags with these kinds of pockets, because I get my bus-pass and student ID lost inside the bag and I look for them for hours :)
roccofiumara commented on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:02am
Thank you! Very helpful and beautiful styling!:) I want to take good pictures like these:)

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