One of the items that’s always in my shopping list when I go to Bali is “The Perfect Beach Bag” – it has to be beachy and made with native material BUT can also be dressed-up for a nice dinner at a posh beach side bar (like The Rock Bar) with resort chic wear.
I’ve always come home disappointed because most of the beach bags are just beachy without the chic or look nice but have inferior faux leather handles and trimmings. Guess where I found it?
Imagine my surprise when I found this bag at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Duty Free on our way to Phuket last weekend. YAY! Finally!
Why I love it:
- It’s plain and ONE neutral color.
- The strap is not faux leather that will disintegrate at a different rate from the bag.
- I can dress it up by tying a scarf around the handle. (Notice I tied my very first scarf project to it?) I can change scarves depending on my mood!
- The lining is made with a soft satin finish fabric that is also perfectly neutral – this is what makes it resort chic instead of just beachy.
- It holds its shape and stands on its own. I hate droopy/floppy bags that fall over unless you’re holding them.
- The drawstring closure that enables me to do my vacation shopping with peace of mind that no one can just reach in and grab my belongings. Most beach bags are wonderful because they have a lot of space (for books, sunblock, tanning oil, camera, etc., etc) but most of them have big wide openings that don’t really close. Not secure at all.
- It’s the perfect size. Not too big that it dwarfs me, but big enough for everything I need to be beach/shopping ready. (Fits everything mentioned in #5 AND more!)
- It’s cheap!!! Well not by Filipino standards – I know where to get nice super cheap bags in the Philippines, but thinking it would be easy enough to find one in the biggest Archipelago in world (17,000 islands!) I didn’t bother including one in my shipment. But by Jakarta standards $12 is cheap!
And you know what the brand is?!? Bali Tropical Paradise. YUP. It’s handmade in Bali. So where the heck were these when I was there? Must find it next time I go there.
Yes, bag in hand, I was definitely ready for Phuket!