I have never been a big purse person. I don’t get excited about Coach bags and I usually buy inexpensive bags at Target which eventually fall apart! I have a small Vera Bradley wristlet for my essentials and I use an old small backpack as a diaper bag. But now I own the beautiful CALIA Everyday Tote in Smoky Plum.
I have wanted a “real” purse for a long time, but could never find anything I liked. I needed something that felt polished and adult, but not stuffy. I also didn’t want to spend a million bucks on something “designer” that I didn’t really love. At the same time, I felt like I needed a larger diaper bag now that I have two kids.
I couldn’t describe exactly what I was looking for, but when I walked into DICK’s Sporting Goods and saw the CALIA by Carrie Underwood section there it was – the Everyday Tote!
I loved the color (mine is Smoky Plum), and the inside of the bag is lined in a pretty ballet pink. I also loved that all of the accents (zippers, etc.) are in a rose gold shade. The material is great for a mom, or for anyone heading to the gym. It can be easily wiped clean. The bag has a zipper across the top, which is a must in my opinion. I hate when you can’t completely close a bag because I’m a clutz and have spilled the contents of a purse out on the floor more than once!
The size of the bag is good – I’d call it “medium large.” I can fit a water bottle, a travel mug of coffee, my cell phone, wallet, car keys, diapers, wipes and extra clothes for two kids, my ipad mini, snacks, and a yoga mat with plenty of room to spare. There are tons of different zippered compartments and pockets on the inside and outside of the bag so people who are more organized than me can keep their stuff sorted.
The price point of the CALIA Everyday Tote is good and I think the quality is really nice. It’s a great looking bag, I enjoy carrying it, and I think it will last a long time. I’m a fan of the whole CALIA by Carrie Underwood line – if you haven’t already, read my review of the workout gear.
For my life, the CALIA Everyday Tote is named so well. I wanted a bag to use every day for all sorts of purposes – diaper bag, purse, work bag, yoga bag, gym bag. In my opinion it’s perfect for all occasions.