Is it a bag? Is it a shoe? No its…an art tote! I have three of these cute tote bags in different designs. One is covered with drawings of vintage cameras. One is a collage of retro beach postcard art. My newest is covered in shoes, shoes, shoes! My sense of whimsy revels in these bags, which I carry with me with pride as if it was the newest “it” bag. These totes are charming, durable and affordable, they’re also made of recycled materials.
My Artsy Cute Tote Bags
I purchased my first of these retro illustration tote bags from a local art store a few years ago. My Sea and Sun Tote has been packed with sunscreen, towels and magazines then dragged onto the sand on every day spent at the beach ever since. It features prominently in My Beach List and I always feel very chic on the sand with the bag in tow.
The second bag I found in a little boutique in San Francisco’s North Beach. I fell in love with the drawings of vintage cameras as well as the affordable price tag. It was bought on a whim but it was a good decision. I call it my camera bag and have worn it as a purse many times, like I did in this outfit post: Why I Love the Denim on Denim Trend. These days I usually pack it with books or art supplies to take with me on outings. It’s sturdy, dependable and fun.
It was the quality of these two bags that made me decide to add a third tote to my collection. A representative from Art.com contacted me a few weeks ago and asked me to consider writing a post about one of their art totes. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to, especially as I’m trying to cut down on the amount of sponsored posts I do for this blog, but I went over to AllPosters.com to look at their tote bags just to be polite. Imagine my surprise to find my two cute tote bags for sale. These bags have been so good to me. They have stood up to a lot of use, been dragged through sand, left in hot cars, and filled with heavy books. I can’t say they look as good as new, but considering how much I use them they’re in good shape. There are no tears, rips or breaks in the plastic laminate. So I asked him to send me my new, and completely adorable, Shoes Galore Shoulder Tote to review for the blog.
Shoes Galore Tote
Like my camera bag the shoe shopper closes with a sturdy plastic zipper. The drawings are strategically placed on the bag with a large ankle strap peep toe high heel shoe centered on the (very handy) outside pocket. I didn’t realize it until I started photographing the bags for this post, but they are all made by the same company, Blue Q, and they are all made of 95% post-consumer waste, just like it says on the inside pocket of the beach tote.
What do you think of my cute tote bags? Would you use one yourself?