Better than I expected!
I bought this at the Vera Bradley Outlet near me a while ago thinking I might use it as a purse, and it sat unused for at least a year until I pulled it out in November to use as a tote for the university course I teach. I was done with the heavy textbook and my three-ring binder of teaching materials, so I could transfer from my navy Vera microfiber tote to a more compact bag.
This tote fits a file folder or several that are chock full of papers either horizontally or vertically, plus my stapler, a bottle of water, etc. I have even thrown my 13-inch MacBook Pro in there with the files when moving around the house for grading (though there is no clasp so I wouldn't go out with it like that - that's just to let you know how accommodating this bag is.) The two interior pockets are great for pens, paper clips and binder clips but are deep enough for my iPhone. I wasn't in love with Suzani at first but it has really grown on me and I expect to buy more in this pattern.
Now that I've seen how handy and compact it is, I really wish I had used it sooner! Classes are over for winter break and I've been using it to tote items to work. It fits comfortably under my arm, even with a heavy winter coat.
January 4, 2013
great tote for the holidays
this is a great tote. i bought it to use during the holidays as my daily purse - i think the suzani print has a holiday look about it with the jewel tone colors. the tote is the perfect size for me - i'm 5 feet tall, and most of the vera bradley totes are way too big - they look out of proportion with me. this holiday tote reminds me of the bucket tote they used to make - it's about that size, maybe a bit smaller. i like the 2 pockets on the inside - perfect size for a cell phone and a reusable shopping bag that i always keep folded up in my purse. there's no zippered pocket, but that's easily worked around by using a cosmetic bag - with a big wallet, there's still ample room for a cosmetic, as well as ipad, book, and water bottle. i don't mind the lack of zipper or toggle closure - i carry my purses open/unzipped anyway. the only issue i have with the tote is there is no baseboard, so the bottom of the tote can sag. my workaround for that is to lay my wallet flat on the bottom, and that keeps it from sagging. overall a fun little tote - great colors, great size - i love it!
November 15, 2012
I received my Holiday tote in Suzani and I love the size, the style and the color. It is perfect for my needs and fits perfectly on my shoulder and under my arm. I love this style!
September 14, 2012
Cute but not Worth it!
At a store where I live my mom bought me a bunch of Vera Bradley stuff, she got this bag for me for free because she spent over 150 dollars (it was some kind of promotion they were having). At first I hated this bag and did not expect to ever use it because I didn't like the pattern to much. But than I started liking the pattern, so I used it. Once I used it I got very frustrated, the bag has NO button or zipper, so everything would just fall out of the purse everytime I set it down. It was such a pain, but their are two nicely sized pockets in the bag.
July 17, 2012
I was at a raffle and I put all of my tickets into this one. I won! I was so exited when I got this! I use it as a purse, but it will be perfect when I go to Florida over Spring break! I think this will make the perfect overnight bag! I also won matching party cups! Thanks, Vera!I am totally obsessed with you!
February 12, 2012