Tag Archives: travel

bag 30 – taken

Enjoy this cute baggallini crossbody. Two zipper pockets on front, one on back, card slots, pen loops, and another zipper pocket inside. Small and mighty. Adjustable strap. Awesome for travel.

If you like this bag, email me with bag 30, your name, and your address. Peace.

bag 24 – taken

Last week was my birthday and the year anniversary of our first family trip to Europe. One of my girls was studying in Toledo for the semester so we went and visited her. This is the purse I used most of the time. baggallini purse with pockets everywhere, it even has a luggage pass through. It’s called the everywhere bag, and this is an older version.

If you like this bag, email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 23, your name, and your address.

I realize now more than ever that this will be the last year I do the blog this way, because I’m running out of bags. I was short seven and went back into my closet and got some more. Lots of these are bags I’ve used for years, so they might need some “sprucing up” as my dad likes to say. Again I crave your patience as I get bags packed up to deliver and send out. I had a traumatic experience at the post office so everything gets picked up from my house now. Peace.

bag 22 – taken

Yesterday’s bag:

Here’s a cute baggallini crossbody that’s small but efficient, and great for travel or putting into your larger bag. Lots of pockets and pouches for keys, cards, Aquaphor, and more. Two zip pockets on front, one on back that’s great for your important top secret documents, card holders and zip pocket inside along with pen loops and a key leash. They call this color mushroom but I call it gold. It’s really in between the two. The pink interior makes it easier to find your stuff. Adjustable strap. I rescue these from the goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul all the time. Well, I did and will again someday.

If you’re interested in bag 22 email me at 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 22, your name, and your address.

And if you’re new: the only bags available right now are those dated February 17, 2021 and after that don’t have TAKEN next to the title. Peace.

bag 3 – taken

So far, the totes remain unclaimed, so I asked Jaiya to dig deeper and get something smaller. 

Baggallini bags are great for travel, as they’re lightweight and extremely organized. Check out the pic where I’m holding the bag open: lots of slots for cards and small items, so you don’t have to have a separate wallet. Fill this little crossbody with your necessities and carry it when you want to leave everything else behind, then throw it in a larger tote or backpack. We will travel again, i’m a believer.

I’ve given several baggallinis away through the years, because I tend to purse rescue this brand. When I see them in the store, it’s clear the workers don’t know the value. They are very sturdy, and the bright interiors make it easy to see your stuff. The metallic fabric goes great with most colors. Read more and see more pics here.

If you like this bag, email 50favbags@gmail.com with bag 3, your name, your address. Peace!

day 40

IMG_1871Let me introduce you to my new member of the family, my Hap Tim frame backpack tote. I bought this bag from Amazon – and believe me, I tried to get it another way but couldn’t. So after a lot of research – because I do use Amazon to research and read reviews – this bag had so many good reviews, and was only $29.99 – I decided to check it out. Before I bought it, I found an independent blog post raving about this bag. I’d already bought three backpacks and sent them back, and those cost three times as much. I figured, what could it hurt? And not that $30 is chump change, but I figured if i don’t like it, I’ll give it to one of my girls. Well, that ain’t happening.

I did a video review of this bag, but I’ll hit the highlights. Let’s do a list:

  1. frame bag opening – see below
  2. stands up on its own
  3. bright interior so it’s not a black hole
  4. a place for everything, just like my Swissgear –  four pockets on front, large slip pocket inside for a tablet and an even bigger padded pocket for a laptop WITH A VELCRO STRAP so it doesn’t fall out
  5. luggage strap to go over your luggage handle
  6. two handles with a snap closure so they’re not flopping around
  7. padded mesh backpack straps easily adjustible in front
  8. water bottle pockets on the side that have elastic to keep them flat when not in use – no diaper bag look! And they also make diaper bags, so this could have gone horribly wrong.
  9. I love it! Check out my video.

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day 37

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Ok I had to take advantage of these photos from 2013 to explain why I love baggallini so much:

  1. they don’t use capital letters in their logo – LOVE
  2. the ergonomic zippers – LOVE
  3. RFID
  4. small but hold a bunch of stuff because there’s a place for everything or it’s magic
  5. perfect size to throw into a larger tote or backpack when you’re traveling or commuting or have a diaper bag or something
  6. crossbody straps that cross MY body which means they’ll probably cross yours
  7. so well made, you can find it at the thrift store looking brand new or $4-$10 because they can’t tell the difference between this and Thirty-One or some random off brand
  8. you can also get them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls so if you need it to be new you can still save
  9. travel bags that don’t look super gonza – look it up, but the word defines itself

Love you, baggallini.

day 31

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You know how i feel about baggallini. I love this line of bags. The zipper pulls alone make them worthy of my love. My parents were going to name me Elaine for my middle name – but if they were going to name me something starting with E it should be ergonomic. Anyway, this bag is called the everywhere bag, albeit an older model. The new versions cost $99!!! Yeah, I’m good with my thrift store version. These bags are perfect for travel, and here’s why.

The bag has small pockets on the front the perfect size of a phone and lots of zipper pockets inside and out. On the back there’s a pocket that closes with a magnet, but you can unzip the bottom to slide it over your suitcase. The strap adjusts to go from shoulder bag to crossbody. I took this on our trip to Spain in March and it was the only purse I took with me. I like the color a lot and it went with everything. Wait, I think I might have taken one other bag – a smaller black baggallini crossbody!!

Still on my backpack quest, so now I’m going to start making comparison and review videos. Yes. I’m there. So this photo is on top of the Solo NY Parker women’s backpack that I’m going to review/compare to the Sherpani Soleil convertible backpack.

day 28

IMG_1782Today I left the house to deliver care packages to my youth group so I decided to bring this Kipling bag I got from the St. Vincent de Paul last year. The monkey is gone, which is fine with me. I love Kipling! Just like baggallini, it’s lightweight and very packable. Great for traveling. This one is red, and I love red bags. If you like to wear a lot of black, like I do, red comes in handy.

Anyway – I got this one at St. Vincent de Paul for $6.99. It retails for $119. Yeah right! Honestly, I can’t wait to get back to the thrift stores. Actually, yes I can. I can wait as long as it takes. I’m so fortunate to be home with my family, and we like each other in addition to loving each other. My middle is an amazing chef and we’re happy. Peace all!!

day 26

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Here is my beloved and long sought after laptop backpack by Swissgear. I shopped and shopped and shopped for this bag for months. Extensive research and visits to TJ Maxx involving lots of sitting and pulling zippers, carrying them around the store on my back, and comparing various backpacks finally led me to buy this one for $35. It has served me well and is still in great shape. But it’s also taught me what I want in a backpack. Maybe need, like a luggage strap.

So, I’ve spent more time than I want to admit over the last few weeks researching backpacks. When I say researching, I mean serious research. Not just searching, but watching videos of people reviewing backpacks. I’ve ordered a couple, and they went or are going back. I have another couple on the way. I read Amazon reviews, then go elsewhere to shop. And I assure myself: I’m not the guy who spent $1400 to find the perfect backpack. (Nomatic. He’s right, but I can’t afford it. Maybe.) I’m obsessed with backpacks and finding the ideal… ones. Not just one. I told you, it’s an issue.

When I think about why now? Why, when I don’t have anywhere to go, am I obsessed with backpacks? The same reason many of us are obsessed with unreasonable and unrealistic concepts while sheltering in place.

Hope. Faith. Confidence and belief in a future where we’re still here, and we’re able to go somewhere. What’s keeping you going?

day 25 – the halfway point

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Cheers to another good baggallini. I took this one to the Episcopal Communicators conference in Denver last year, which would have been in Savannah last week. I’m telling you, baggallini is my favorite travel bag line as far as nylon bags go. They are so cute and functional, with excellent security and RFID protections in their new bags. If you get one at the thrift store, check to see if the RFID tag is in there. Many of the bags come with a detachable wristlet which is RFID so you can hook it to your keys or put it in your pocket and keep it light. Another thing i love about them is that baggallini does not start with a capital b. I have a thing against capital letters. I don’t capitalize my name if i can avoid it, or I but spellcheck will do it or me. Sometimes i don’t feel like fixing it.

Anyway, I got this one at the St. Vincent de Paul, i think. But if you want a newer one, find them at TJ Maxx or other discount stores or online shops like 6pm.com. Much respect to TJ for still having their website closed.