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Cute, girly and well priced.
Ted Baker Bowtote Bag
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Ted Baker Bowtote Bag
Advantages: Cute little tote, decent price, zipped pocket inside
Disadvantages: Scuffs easily, handles a little too thick for a 'comfy hold'
On our recent holiday, my husband was desperate to buy me something in the airport! I was of course not against this idea so when he suggested this gorgeous little tote bag from Ted Baker I was happy to let him treat me!
Priced at £21 it seems we got a good deal as the RRP seems to be more around the £25 mark. Not a massive saving, but a saving none the less. I had had my Bloomingdales Little Brown Bag for years and decided this would be a nice replacement.
Gloss black in colour, it will literally go with anything and the pink PVC bow on the front is absolutely gorgeous and definitely the best feature of the bag. It has Ted Baker written in italic pink across the bottom of the bag with London written underneath. In the side panels of the tote is different writing. On one side it says 'No Ordinary Designer Bag', and on the other side is major cities of the world such as London, Paris and New York written down the side, again in pink. While this isn't inspirational writing, it is nice for something a little different rather than it being plain without writing.
Inside is a small zipped pocket, perfect for a little loose change or a lippie or something equally small! Above the zip but still inside the bag it says (again in pink) ' You've really got a hold on me', just underneath the handles. The handles are quite wide but as the PVC is quite stiff, it isn't the comfiest bag to hold I find. I only use it for light use but I wouldn't like to think of how uncomfy it may get if you were holding it for a long period of time for example, when walking to college, etc.
The handles of the bag are fairly short (much like the Bloomingdales Little Brown Bag) and you couldn't carry it on the shoulder. It just fits in the crook of the arm or you can of course just carry it in your hands.
The bag will hold a small amount of 'stuff' inside and is perfect to use alongside a handbag to carry lunch for work etc. If my children were still little I would happily have carried nappies, wipes etc in this over fairly mumsy and over large nappy bags.
If you want to go all out there are matching accessories such as flip flops (would make a nice little duo actually, for on holiday) and a beautiful purse. I think the tote bag and the flip flops are fairly well priced but the purse seems to be out of kilter with the range and weighs in at a hefty £60+.
The only negative I have so far with this bag is just how quick it seems to scuff. I haven't had it all that long but I can already see a few scratches on it given that its black and PVC it seems really noticeable. I don't see how this could be avoided other than changing the colour of the bag, but then it wouldn't be quite so gorgeous!
A pretty little girly bag that I'll just have to be careful with!
Summary: 4 stars