Are you a victim of the two-bag phenomenon? You know, the one where you have your cute yet practical purse for work, but then you need another bag to carry your lunch?
For years, I thought I was getting by just fine with the requisite purse and a fugly canvas bag, as long as the purse part of the duo was cute. My sister begged to differ, and friend I make no lie when I tell you she had a strong point. The canvas bag I was using was both stained and faded, and just not that attractive.
Oh yes, I tried to carry my lunch in my purse a few times, only to be rewarded by messy leaking because I had to turn the tupperware containing my lunch on its side.
So, in what turned out to be a champion week for purchases, I ordered this cutie lunch tote.
It's a bit of a splurge, but *so* much better than my sad canvas sack. The bag is not only adorable but practical, and MACHINE WASHABLE. Get outta town.
The tote lies fairly flat when not in use.
And in this next exciting shot, you'll see that it has...a zipper! The wonders will never cease.
What I love love love about this tote is that it has a super big gusset, so the bottom expands to accommodate the 6x6-inch tupperware that I usually use for my lunch. I had seen some really cute totes on Etsy that were tempting, but the gussets on them were only about 2 inches. No good!
This, in contrast, is good.
The material is a thick squishy something that has some stretch--sturdy yet accommodating to wide containers. Sure, it's a bit lopsided and turgid, but this is a mighty step forward from the canvas bag that I had beaten into grodiness. By the way, the keys are there for scale.
The handle is nice and comfy because of the material, but you can only hold it by hand. I like to have a shoulder strap to keep my hands free if necessary (like, to hold an umbrella), so I went for the model that has a detachable shoulder strap.
I wish the shoulder strap were a little better looking, but I'll take it for those instances that I'll need it.
I'm pleased with myself.