"I headed to the Museum of Science today - the perfect escape from the heat and the summer crowds weren't there yet! I grabbed a trusty Coach backpack I've had for years and realized I didn't like the styling or size at all anymore. For one, now that my kids are older, I don't need to carry as much. I ended up grabbing my pre-teen's cross-body purse (or mini-messenger bag, not quite sure what to call it). Although the size and wear of the purse was great I knew it looked lousy. Any advise for small, hands-free bags/purses when running around with a family this summer?"
We always love a hunt! Here are a couple of things we gravitate towards when looking for a hands-free bag.
I think number one on the list has to be the Longchamp Pliage backpack. Lightweight, not too big, folds into a square for packing, and somewhat water-proof, comes in a rainbow of colors (visit a Longchamp store for the largest selection; in Boston, it's on Newbury Street) it's a great option for summer museum trips or mini-golf. It's a classic that will never go out of style, and at $118, not a huge investment. (Hint! Summer colors are on sale at $97 at Longchamp stores and online right now!)
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If you are looking for more of a tote, Lisa found this neat one on Piperlime. By KDNY by Kelsi Dagger, the Jaycee Dome Tote can be both hand-held and over the shoulder. At $95, it looks like a good deal.
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Finally, one more cross-body bag from Lisa. Love the lines of this 'saddlebag' by Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Hands free, and neutral to go with everything!
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Hope that helps solve the hands-free problem. You are now free to move around the museum! ~ LB & JH