Let's face it: No one ever -- ever! -- wants to look like a tourist. And no one should ever -- ever! -- be caught walking around with a fannypack, because that inevitably screams, "tourist!".
After returning from my honeymoon earlier this summer, I was looking for a bag that would carry all my essentials for future trips without slowing me or weighing me down. Because the truth is, there is a serious lack of (stylish) functional traveling bags out there -- traditional purses don't allow you to be completely hands-free while you run around on your vacation, and crossbody bags can sometimes feel a little too flimsy and free for the snatching while you figure out public transportation in a strange city.
Solution: The Sash Bag. Lightweight and versatile, this sleek, stylish bag is perfect for active women on the go. So far, I've worn it out while traveling and wandering around Montreal, Quebec, hunting for vintage wares at the District Flea Market and local estate sales, sifting through books at the Library of Congress' National Book Festival -- and I truly only have good things to say about it.
Reminiscent of the "Miss America" pageant sash, the Sash Bag comfortably and securely wraps around your body. Its pockets and zippered compartments (a total of eight of them!) safely stores your essentials away without creating any bulk -- specifically, I've carried my iPhone, mints, sunglasses, keys, credit cards and cash, and miscellaneous other items in my Sash Bag, yet you would never be able to tell because the bag lies almost completely flat. Bonus: You'll never fumble around trying to find your things because everything is neatly organized, and easily accessible.
In fact, the bag is so innovatively and fabulously crafted that there were moments where I almost forgot I was even carrying a bag -- until two girlfriends excitedly asked me where I got my new bag recently, because they absolutely loved it. (Thank you, Elizabeth, for sending it over to me!)
In addition to being fully functional, the Sash Bag is also beautifully made. My specific style is made of genuine brown leather, and the slightly distressed look and fringes really gives it the perfect bohemian touch for Fall. Being a petite gal, I also greatly appreciate the fact that the straps are adjustable -- and if the bag still doesn't fit correctly? Just simply request a custom one, or design your own. Amazing!
For more information on the Sash Bag and to purchase your own, visit www.thesashbag.com.
Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary Sash Bag for this review. Opinions expressed are my own.