Carry-On Travel Bags

I’ve been taking lots of day trips and long weekend trips this year, both for work and play, and through that I’ve quickly learned the importance of having a good carry-on bag. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite carry-on travel bags right now, all of which are perfect in their own way. Now I’m on the hunt for new rolling suitcases (both carry-on and larger with spinning wheels), so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

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1. cinda b Traveling Bowler

This bag (bottom left) quickly became one of my absolute, all-time favorite travel bags as soon as I started using it. I’ve mainly been using it as a carry-on bag when I travel on short trips because it has a zip opening to easily slip over my rolling suitcase handle, so it makes carrying all of my bags much easier. Plus the interior of it is even bigger than it looks and it fits everything I need, from my laptop and magazines to my purse, cosmetics and more, especially since there are lots of pockets. I’ve also used it as an overnight bag – it has an adjustable cross-body strap and also regular handles. And one of the best thing about cinda b bags is the fabric – it’s so durable and comes in tons of fun patterns. I went with Noir (all black) this time, but I love patterns like Neptune (shown on this beach bag). {, $129}

2. Hayden-Harnett Ibiza Flight Tote

I discovered Hayden-Harnett last year and now I wish I could have one of everything they make. They have a line of travel bags and accessories that are great for work, weekends and travel. The bag shown in the photos isn’t available anymore, but they have an even better bag, the Ibiza Flight Tote, which comes in black, silvered grey, orchid (pink) and olive. I actually had my eyes on this bag but it wasn’t available when I got my other one! The Ibiza can be worn in up to six different ways thanks to its unique strap/handle and snap system, so you can change it up based on your preferences. {, $198}

3. LeSportsac  Voyager Backpack

Backpacks are back in style and I’ll be the first to admit that I love them. In fact, I’ve been using a backpack as my carry-on bag for years and I needed them to come back in style so I could get one that didn’t look like I was back in high school going to class. I love the LeSportsac Voyager Backpack because it’s nice and roomy and easy to get things in and out of. LeSportsac has so many fun prints and patterns that they introduce throughout the year – this one is a floral print called Euphoria. The Voyager has a drawstring closure and lots of of pockets to store your on-the-go essentials. I think this might even make a good beach bag this summer! {, $118}

4. Baggalini Village Tote

Another great options that slides right over your suitcase handle is the Village Tote from Baggalini, one of their best-selling bags. This bag also has lots of pockets for organization and also has a removable coin purse and a padded front zipper pocket that’s perfect for my Nook or iPad. The Village Tote has a nice shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry and the style is more like a traditional shoulder bag, not quite as big as the cinda b bag above. The fabric is lightweight and water-resistant and while the blue shown here is no longer available, it comes in black, which is perfect for anytime use. {, $94.95}

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**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.**

Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry & Accessories & Cinda b Giveaway

Christmas is almost here! Some of my favorite things to give and get as presents are jewelry and accessories. So today I’m sharing some great options! Plus, you can enter to win a bag from Cinda b at the end.

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  1. Cinda b Perfect Little CrossbodyI’m obsessed with crossbody bags, because they’re both stylish and practical. This one is the perfect size for doing errands or heading out to lunch. And I love that it zips so nothing will fall out. Scroll down to enter to win one for yourself! {, $49}
  2. Yosi Samra Samantha Flats: I’m super picky when it comes to flats, but I do love a good pair when I find them. These ballet flats are seriously amazing. They fit in a little pouch so you can toss them in your bag – and they make great stocking stuffers. Because they fold up, I wasn’t very confident that they’d be supportive and comfortable, but trust me, they are! I might need them in every color… {, $77}
  3. Hayden Harnett Pilot Clutch: The first Hayden Harnett item I owned was a wristlet very similar to this from the spring line, and I used it all the time. I actually used it so frequently that eventually it replaced my wallet. Now they have the same style wristlet in a pretty gold and practical black. It fits an iPhone, cash, credit cards and more, and also has two exterior zip pockets. If you prefer not to use the strap, you can take it right off. {, $158}
  4. Lori Leigh Designs VanityIf you’re like me then you have lots of jewelry and no good system for storing it. That is until I got this vanity. Say goodbye to earrings getting lost in jewelry boxes or trays. The vanity allows you to store, organize and protect 75+ pairs of earrings in a way that you can actually see them all as you’re getting ready for the day. You can also swap out the trays for those that hold necklaces and more. And the trays easily pop out and transfer to the Chalet Traveler for on-the-go. The vanity looks like a regular jewelry box on the outside, so it looks nice in addition to being practical. {, $39.95}
  5. Woodzee Glass Act Buffalo Horn EyeglassesI’ve been on the hunt for new eyeglasses because, even though I usually wear contacts, I’ve had my glasses for several years and they’re starting to feel a bit blah. These ones are made from recycled water buffalo horn trimmings and sustainably sourced beech wood with a wax coating. And buffalo horn is hypoallergenic, so if you have allergies or sensitive skin, it’s great for you. {, $150}
  6. Capwell + Co Amethyst Opal Deco NecklaceThis necklace isn’t your everyday statement necklace. The colors are so pretty and unique, and the quality of the necklace is really good too. I love it because my birthstone is amethyst, so it goes with lots of my staple jewelry but brings some fun into the mix. It can be dressed up for a night out or down with a casual tee or sweater. Capwell + Co jewelry is definitely now one of my favorite jewelry shops! {, $98}
  7. Alex and Ani Arms of Strength & Ode to the Owl Charm Bangles:These bangles have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and I love these two because they’re part of the Charity by Design line and give back to various charities. Through the end of December, 20% of proceeds from the Ode to the Owl bangle will be donated to Roger Williams Park Zoo to provide science and environmental education programs to over 30,000 children. {, $28 each}
  8. Amy Kathryn Iris Black Small Crossbody Messenger BagAs I mentioned earlier, I love cross body bags, and this is another great one. I love that the strap can be removed if you want to use it as a clutch too. {, $49}
  9. Lulu*s NecklaceAnother great shop for jewelry (and clothes!) that is really affordable is Lulu*s. I love this necklace because it’s got both sparkle and edge. And it’s simple enough that it can be paired with lots of different outfits! {, $14}

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Giveaway! Now through January 20, 2015, you can enter to win the Cinda b Perfect Little Crossbody Bag below. Open to U.S. residents.

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on