Large Colorblock Tote
My new go-to tote
I can't convey how much I love this bag. It's created with high-quality, durable canvas that will last. It has a removable hard bottom that folds to the side when you collapse the bag for neat storage/easy travel. The color-blocking with the patterned pockets makes it look sophisticated, yet still fun. It is the perfect size - big enough to hold most anything you need, but small enough to remain manageable when full. It has the right amount of pockets (2 open, 1 zippered) to stay organized, but not get confused about where you put things, AND they included a key clip. Since I got this bag, I have used it for just about everything you need a tote for: overnight trips, beach and pool, road trips, shopping, etc., and I plan to continue to use it in any other tote-related situations I find myself in. It would be a great carry-on for air travel.
My advice: Spring for the monogram. I had my doubts about the round-style monogram when I ordered it, but my aunt talked me into it and I'm glad she did. It's looks adorable, and it makes the bag more "mine." :-)
January 27, 2014
Why did I WAIT so long to ORDER this tote..PERFECT
This tote is PERFECT I received this tote today.
Here is my review. UNIQUE - The color block makes this tote unique. It does not look like the "normal" VB bags because it is not quilted but if YOU know VB then you know right away. The tote looks MODERN.
Size - The measurement might seem TOO large... but trust ME...it is more tall than wide. It is a nice size for carrying items to work, gym, school and even use as a grocery bag for those states where you have to pay for bags. HARD BOTTOM - This bag has a hard bottom insert which is very much needed. The hard bottom gives the bag structure and your items don't flop around inside. POCKETS - It has a zipper pocket on the inside and two outside pockets. COLOR BLOCK - I received the JAZZY bloom and Sun Valley. The colors look lovely and are not overwhelming. You see enough of the print but the solid colors tone down the bag if prints are too much for you. This would be a nice gift for non traditional VB lovers. STRAPS - The straps have a two tone strip that compliments the main colors in the tote and it looks nice. MONOGRAM - I did not get this bag monogramed. That was a MISTAKE. I am planning to order another one. USES - As a commuter I believe in safety first, I take the bus and a crowded train. I believe in carrying one bag that I can secure and monitor than a purse, tote, lunch bag etc. This bag allows me to put my small purse, lunch, shoes and everything else in ONE BAG. I love it.
January 24, 2014
Great all-around tote, even for flying
I started eyeing this bag several weeks ago while looking for a tote to use as a carry-on for a short flight in addition to use on a cruise. I wanted a bag that I could use for multiple purposes as opposed to a carry-on suitcase and this fit the bill.
After reading other reviews where this bag was successfully used as a carry-on, I started considering it. However, after asking family and friends about whether this would be ideal as a carry-on, everyone advised against it due to the lack of secure closure. I admit, I was hesitant too.
After much thought, I went against everyone's advice and I took a chance and used this as a carry-on bag. For the price and size, I simply couldn't resist. I don't regret it! I was able to pack two outfits, a sweater, running shoes, flip-flops, a book, snacks, a one-quart Ziploc bag with liquid toiletries, and a few small odds and ends in the zipper pouch.
It fit perfectly by my feet and I had no issues at all on the plane. For the record, I was not able to slide it under my seat entirely. I was able to slide it partially and then used my feet to brace it upon takeoff and landing. I would not recommend storing it overhead in case it tips over, though.
I used this tote on the cruise for beach trips and it worked wonderfully. I was able to pack towels, cover-ups, and all other beach essentials without it being overstuffed and tedious to carry on my shoulder. Last night, I packed a multitude of craft items and my laptop and accessories to take to my mom's house for a project.
The quality of this bag is exceptional. I've used it several times already and it shows no signs of wear or tear. Do not underestimate the size of this tote and what you can pack in it... The price is just a bonus! :)
November 27, 2013
Large colorblock is awesome for work
I bought plum crazy and started carrying to work. Very roomy and easy to carry over my shoulder. Folders can stand up or lay flat and fits perfectly. I plan to switch my large colorblock totes like I change my purses. I went back and bought other patterns. One of my top favorite Vera Bradley items I love. Can't wait to see if the new fall colors will be available.
November 16, 2013
Huge bag for a girl on the go!
OMG! Vera Bradley has done it again! I just got this in the mail today and am in L-O-V-E! It is HUGE!!!! Large isn't the right word! I ordered it in midnight blooms and the blues are so deep. The side pockets in the print make the bag pop! Wish it had more compartments on the inside and a toggle closing, but still love it!
October 17, 2013
Great Gift Idea!
I purchased this for a gift for someone who is not a huge Vera fan because they don't really like the large colorful patterns of the regular print bags. When they came out with the color block totes, I knew this would be a perfect Vera product for them! And the fact it can be personalized was even better - made the gift even more appreciated!!
I would recommend if you have a "hard to shop for" someone on your gift list this year!
October 15, 2013
Great Tote for the beach and summer activities
I ordered this tote in Plum Crazy to take on a trip to Hawaii with my family. It arrived looking prettier and bigger than I expected. I used this as both my carry-on bag for the airplane and for our beach bag. I was traveling with 3 children and was able to get all our essentials into the bag for the beach. What I love most about the bag is that it looks good packed full or packed light. For example, at our resort in Hawaii I did not need to bring beach towels. But, when we ventured to an off-site beach, I had to pack towels for 4 people. And, the bag worked great for both scenarios. It's so easy to access things, has an inside zipper pocket and two very large outside pockets. Just wondering how I will use it now!!!
July 23, 2013
My favorite Vera Bag EVER!
I have NUMEROUS Vera Bradley totes and have been trying to find just the perfect one. THIS IS IT! I absolutely love it. Great outside pockets for a water bottle, keys, and cell phone. A great zipper pocket inside for valuables.
This bag holds my removable camera bag, that has my large digital SLR camera, 3 lenses & charger - and I can still get an iPad, wallet, make-up bag and have plenty of room for more.
The only thing that could make this bag better is a zipper on the top to hold all of my valuables in place; however since I knew when I purchased it that it didn't have one I'm still giving this 5 stars.
The Vera bag is great, but this is MUCH wider allowing me to get SO much more in it - and when it is empty it is super light weight.
I love that I could have it personalized, I was worried that the embroidery wouldn't show up on the Plum Crazy but it looks great and not tacky at all.
Thanks Vera for making an AWESOME tote!
July 7, 2013
I love this bag! I ordered one for my sister in Tutti Frutti with the natural monogram and one in the Marina Paisley with the red monogram for myself and we both absolutely love it. I was looking for a durable bag that I cannot only take to the pool but also take traveling and this is it. It has two great side pockets on the outside and a convenient zipper pocket inside. It perfectly fits my beach towel, mini pool pillow, water bottle, book, and sunscreen with my phone and wallet in the zipper pocket. I would highly recommend this bag if you are looking for a large tote.
June 26, 2013
The pictures of the tote in Plum Crazy do not do it justice. It looks way better in person. I definitely recommend paying the extra money and getting it monogrammed. The monogram just makes it look even better. The lack of zipper to close it does not bother me because it does have a medium sized zippered pocket on the inside. It also has a place to clip your keys so you don't lose them. The pockets on the sides are wide enough to fit two Ozarka 16.9 fl. oz water bottles or a color Nook with cover or an iPad without a cover (my cover is a bulky Targus cover). The inside is very spacious but of course not quite as big as the Get Carried Away Totes. I think this bag can be used as a beach bag, market bag or a bag you fold and throw in your suitcase so you can use it to shop with when you travel. If you don't already have such a tote, I recommend this one.
May 10, 2013