Nov 11, 2010 10:05 AM
Lisa B. wrote: "Dear Outblush, I love your site in general and love reading your personal shopper entries, and now it is my turn to ask you for a request! One of my best friends is turning 30 next month and she travels frequently for work. A few days ago she complained about not having a good travel bag for overnight trips, and I thought, "Ah-ha! A gift idea!" I own this bag (see "The inspiration," above) in a different pattern and love it, but I am a student so it is a little out of my price range. I would love it if you could find something in the 40 to 50 dollar range that is similar to this bag that would be a great travel bag. She is a great friend and those are hard to come by, so she is deserving of a fabulous gift!"
Hi, Lisa, Outblush Operative Ann C. here: Don't you love when gift-giving inspiration strikes? With your LeSportsac Large Travel Tote as my guide, I found many reasonably priced options for your friend's 30th birthday. She'll travel with great style, your budget will remain under control and most important of all, your friend will know how much you treasure her with such a thoughtful gift.
Bag 1: LeSportsac Erica Tote in Tip Top
This vibrantly striped tote ($47.60 on sale), in LeSportsac's iconic ripstop nylon, measures 18.75" by 15" by 4". It's lined and comes with a separate zippered pouch.
Bag 2: LeSportsac Ziptop Shopper
Nearly identical in size to Bag 1, this LeSportsac tote ($48) is available in two solids and five colorful prints, including the Peruvian Fantasy shown. Zip closure with one interior zippered pocket. Measures 15" by 18.5" by 5".
Bag 3: Camera Rosetum Tote
This laminated cotton canvas tote ($42) is a roomy 20" by 13.75", zips closed and comes with a detachable shoulder strap. The cool design, by Art Institute of Chicago alumnus Sean Capone, is reminiscent of those made famous by LeSportsac.
Bag 4: DIVAS Tote
Those amazing VH1 DIVAS rock on with these totes ($40) made from repurposed DIVAS event banners. These functional artifacts of musical history measure 15" by 10.5" x 5". Each is one of a kind, since each tote is made from a different section of the banner.
Bag 5: Big Bow Large Tote
This pre-washed cotton canvas tote ($42) by a Seattle indie designer is sophisticated fun. The metallic silkscreened bow updates a classic motif, and the bag's violet lining conveys individuality. Measures 18" by 17.5" by 5", and features several interior pockets for cell phones and pens.
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