Christine writes: My boyfriend and I are about to embark on a semi-long distance relationship (Philadelphia to Baltimore)...I am looking for a cute weekender large tote style bag or even a duffle. Most of the weekenders I keep finding look super masculine or are beautiful but way out of my price range. I am a graduate student, so my budget is limited, but my taste unfortunately is not. Please help me find a simple, classic (read solids only - no prints) weekender bag for $100ish. Thanks for your help!!
Vidya writes: I am a frequent traveller and would love your help! I hop on a plane to either Europe or Asia at least once a month, not to mention my weekly trips between NYC (home of husband and pup) and law school a few hours away. I have recently realized that I am in desperate need of a functional and super-stylish carry-on bag for my globe-trotting adventures. Ideally, I'd like something that is:1) lightweight, 2) very roomy, with at least a few different interior and exterior compartments to hold things like my travel wallet, laptop and other wireless devices, etc., 3) preferably shoulder/tote-style, 4) durable and able to withstand 100,000 miles of travel a year, 5) preferably under $200, but I'd go up to $300 for something really special! As for style, I'm a flashy girl so I'd love a statement piece, either in a beautiful print or with some hardware or other interesting details. Nothing boring or too standard please, and bright colors are very welcome!
1. LeSportsac Large Weekender ($108)
2. Olympia Luggage Blossom 21 Inch Expandable Hard Case Carry-On Bag ($72 on sale)
3. Koko Roller Weekend Getaway Bag ($95)
1. DwellStudio Dots Chocolate Weekender ($195)
2. Diane von Furstenberg On the Go Collection 21" Carry-on Upright ($210)
3. Armani Jeans Silver Stud Bowling Bag ($223)
The Essential Toiletry Organizer That is Ready At a Moment's Notice:
a. Reisenthel Large Suspended Toiletry Bag ($30)
b. Two Lumps of Sugar Hanging Travel Case ($20)
c. Hadaki Hanging Roll Up Make Up Pod ($30)
d. Think Tank Cable Management 10 ($17) Your cables need organization love too.
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Magzilla here: When I'm not busy eating my way to the bottom of a ginger candy bag, I'm tweezing my eyebrows. I prefer the hard core body modification scene but can also appreciate a ruffle or bow when I see one. Beauty and barrels of maternity/kid crap are my specialties. When you need help finding the right shade of eyeliner to match that new shade of "I haven't slept in days" tint your skin gets after a baby or four, call on me. Loudly.