Friday, July 27, 2012


Every stylish college girl needs a great bag to carry all of her everyday essentials to and from class. On campus, nothing says "stylish woman" better than a classic tote and nothing says "high school girl" faster than a backpack.

So without further ado, say hello to my most recent (and beloved) splurge: 
the Baxter Street large Catalina tote by Kate Spade

I look for some very specific qualities when shopping for an everyday bag, and I highly suggest you watch out for them too! Firstly, the bag must be big enough to carry your studying materials (laptop, textbooks, etc.). Anything that is at least 14 inches wide is typically OK. Secondly, I prefer to have one, well-made bag that will last for years than a few trendy, cheap bags. This means that I might have to spend a decent chunk of money, but it's a worthy investment in the eyes of this ECC. Finally, color and material are key. I chose my saddle-colored leather Kate Spade bag because it's a shade that can be worn in every season, and leather is both classic and sturdy. Black is also a great color in terms of versatility, but I personally shy away from carrying such a dark shade in the spring and summer months. Check out how great a classic tote looks on the ladies below!

*ECC TIP* A lot of the best, highest-quality bags come from more expensive brands like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Michael Kors. If you love the look but can't afford to spend too much on your bag, CHECK OUT EBAY! I cannot recommend this enough. You can find amazing designer bags for incredible prices, so take a look!

Happy shopping,


  1. I hope you're enjoying your bag! I come from Pinterest and curious to know how you're liking it now that it has been some time. Also, does it sag on the bottom with your laptop in it?

    1. I adore it! One of the best purchases I've ever made, and I use it every day. It doesn't sag at all and to be honest it practically looks brand new. Kate Spade = quality. Are you looking for one of your own?

    2. I was considering purchasing one. I have a similar Kate Spade bag and when my laptop is in it and you're holding it by the handles, it sags on the bottom (like there's not enough structure in the bottom to support the weight) and I hate it. I use it as a regular handbag but it does not withstand the weight of a laptop prettily. lol.

  2. Hi there, I MUST know where you got this bag! I absolutely adore it!