Large Straw Tote
Love the dragonflies!
I had this bag in Blue Bayou on my "wish list" because I love dragonflies. I received it recently as a gift and had an opportunity to use it on a couple of outings.
On the plus side: it is whimsical and attractive, lightweight and roomy.
On the negative side: it feels rather flimsy and cannot withstand much weight. I do not feel secure with it since there should be a top zipper, or at the very least Velcro, a snap or magnetic closure. The one pocket is useless, since there is no zipper and it feels like things could fall out, especially since the bag is very floppy and would tip over if put down on a surface. The pocket should have a zipper, as in most Vera bags and the bag should also have a couple of slip pockets. My biggest pet peeve is regarding the straps: wider straps would feel more comfortable and would stay on the shoulder better. The thin straps don't seem to go with a bag of this size--on a small bag or crossbody--yes--on a large tote--no.
To offset the open nature of the bag, I purchased 3 pieces: the Neoprene Organizer, the Straw pouch and the Clear Beach Cosmetic. I won't use all three at the same time, but they are good to have, especially since the dragonfly pieces will only be around for a short time and will be difficult to find.
July 18, 2014
Beautiful light weight tote
This is truly a light weight bag. I love the elephants on petal paisley and bought the matching pieces. This bag is great for a change of clothes for after work or for the beach. Definitely not made for a lot of weight.
July 7, 2014
Beautiful! but stitching... Ehh
I got my straw tote in petal paisley and absolutely loved it. I used it for school because it was so light weight, comfortable and could fit so much. But then after only 4 days of use, the strap broke. I know you might think it was because of so many books in it, but the books were light weight. Good thing my grandma was able to fix it.
July 5, 2014
LOVED the bag but had problems...
I absolutely loved this bag... the natural straw color and orange together made it a great summer tote. I received tons of compliments on it.
Unfortunately, I experienced the same problem as another reviewer in that the stitching on one strap came completely undone, rendering the bag unusable. I did not carry a lot of weight in the bag (used it as my everyday purse) so I was rather surprised to see this happen after less than two months' use. Vera Bradley was awesome about accepting the return and I've already gotten an email that I'll be receiving a refund.
I'm hoping this bag will get an upgrade with a full liner inside or something to make the straps sturdier. It was easily one of my favorite bags and hope to get it again one day. Be aware of how much weight you're putting in this bag if you intend to use it very much.
July 2, 2014
Stylish Beach Tote, Questionable Construction
I bought this bag to use to go to the pool/beach and have had it about a month. The size is great it holds a towel, a book, my wallet, keys, sunscreen, and a bottle of water with room to spare. The little pouch on the inside is great for lipgloss or anything small you don't want to hunt for on the bottom of the bag; my phone fits great there too. The tote does not stand up on its own but thats only an issue when its not being carried.
The one big issue I've had is that when I came home today from the pool I noticed that one of the straps' stitching is coming undone. If one part of the thread that holds the strap to the bag comes undone, the whole thing falls off! I'm not carrying a lot of weight in the bag so I don't feel this should have happened. I'm going to stop by my local Vera store and see if they will replace it, if not I guess I'll sew it myself since I really love my bag.
June 22, 2014
very cute tote
When I first saw petal paisley with the little elephant on it, I HAD to have it. When I received it, I didn't expect it to be as flimsy as it was. The strap is perfect, it can fit a lot of things in it but it isn't a tote that will stand up on its own or anything and is really meant to hold things for a beach. I don't mind though as I love it and think its really adorable! so I am going to find something to use it for!
May 20, 2014
Great spring-summer bag!
I bought this bag for myself in Flower Shower, it caught my eye since the first moment I entered my local VB store. Maybe because my favorite color is orange and the little birds look really cute. I also bought the cosmetic pouch that is adorable too and together made a perfect match! ;)
May 14, 2014
Just got this bag along with the small straw pouch and clear cosmetic, all three in Flower Shower. Got tons of compliments at a Mothers Day Picnic! The straw tote can hold alot and seems to be quite sturdy. I plan to use it all summer at the beach, on vaca and just around town.
May 13, 2014
Nice size and shape
I agree with the other reviewer about the straw bag being a great size and shape and staying on the shoulder. It would maybe have been nice to have the top have a zipper closer. I ordered mine in the Flower Shower as I liked the bird applications on the side of the bag. I get compliments on any Vera bag I carry. Keep up the good work!
May 2, 2014
This bag has a great size and shape to it-- not too big or small. The straps stay on my shoulders (the rolled ones tend to slip off) and they sit at a comfortable length. It's a great tote forwhen I have a long day that I know I won't be home until late. I just throw everything I need for the day inside and I'm good to go. The only thing that is frustrating is that if it's not full the top tends to flop over. In the scheme of things, a VERY minor detail.
April 18, 2014