I’ve been carrying the same tote for about half a year now and I’m still just as obsessed with it as I was when I first got it. I’m not a person who buys purses often. Rather, I prefer to have a few that I can rotate among for all four seasons and in a few different sizes. But I’ve barely touched my other purses since I got this one, except for an occasional night where I grabbed a clutch or cross-body bag.
I originally bought the Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote to carry my laptop to and from my coworking space, but even since I moved back to working from home full time, I still use it everyday! (Well, every day that I leave the house, ha!) It can hold a LOT but even if it’s not overfilled, it still looks structured. And I’m especially fond of the price (more on that below!)
I hesitated to get this tote since I don’t typically love an oversized tote. When I saw in other women carrying large totes, they always seemed like a black hole of stuff. But this tote is large without feeling like a magic bag with no end. It’s large enough for my laptop, charger, a couple regular purse items, and a few snacks (necessities for me). The dimensions of the St. Anne tote from Barrington are 20″L X 13″H X 5″D.
The St. Anne Tote is made of durable, water-resistant nylon canvas with leather accents. The interior is twill. I especially appreciate that the Axis collection (the pattern I have) is not faux or genuine fur, since that would a nightmare to keep clean. (It’s hard enough with leopard print shoes I wear occasionally, let a purse that I use daily!)
And while I was worried the nylon canvas might make it feel cheap, that’s not the case at all. It looks and feels very high quality and I love that if I spill on it (which happens a lot and will likely happen more once our little one comes!), I can easily wipe if off.
Another perk is that is weighs less than 2lbs which is really lightweight for a tote of this size.
The St. Anne tote has a few pockets inside of it which are absolutely crucial if you’re bad about throwing everything you own in your purse. I appreciate having pockets so that I don’t have to dig into the tote to find something. Even though I’m not the person who crams my purse full of things, I appreciate the organization. And I love that it’ll be big enough for a diaper bag organizer. (They also sell diaper bags!)
Makes a great gift
I gave a Barrington Gifts tote to both my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day this year. It’s perfect for any age and not too trendy, especially since I was able to customize each tote! Since it’s also under $200, it’s a great price point for a nice gift.
St. Anne Tote vs. Savannah Tote
I eyed both options and ended up getting the larger St. Anne Tote. But, I got my mom the Savannah Tote since she definitely doesn’t like an oversized tote. The Savannah Tote only comes in a zipper top, and the dimensions are a bit smaller.
St. Anne dimensions: 20″L X 13″H X 5″D
Savannah dimensions: 17.5″L X 12″H X 5″D
The Savannah has an exterior zip pocket, while the St. Anne does not. They both have the same interior pockets – one large zip pocket and four slide pockets. And with both, you can choose between a patch or a stripe on your pattern.
Other Barrington bags I’m eyeing
The St. Anne Diaper Bag
This bag is just like the tote I have above, but is made with a few more pockets which are great for holding bottles, diapers, wipes, and all the other essentials. I like that you can customize these because they have a couple really cute patterns that are pale pink and pale blue. Perfect if you wanted to grab one based on your baby’s gender. I might just stick to the St. Anne tote that I have since they’re so similar, and add a ToteSavvy insert. But if I was new to Barrington and just needed a diaper bag, I’d get this over the basic St. Anne.
I LOVE the look of this crossbody bag. The fact that the exterior is a bit structured looks more polished than many cross body bags. And I like the gold hardware accents!
The Belmont Cabin Bag
This is such a gorgeous weekend bag and will be durable enough to throw in the back of my car. Like all of Barrington bags, you get to customize the outside. I will probably get a similar look to my Axis collection St. Anne so it feels like a set.
I really need to get a new weekend bag – my previous one is literally coming apart at the seams! When I take weekend trips to Boone, I use my Away luggage. A soft shell duffle would be nice to have since I think car trips will be more common in the future. (I love this post from Hannah with tips for long drives or road trips!)
Hanging Toiletry Kit
Okay, I actually bought this one already. A hanging toiletry kit is a must-have for me. I really wish I’d bought it years ago, when I was flying multiple times a month, every month. I HATE fiddling around for skincare and makeup or worrying that something will break. This kit has multiple pockets, folds unfolds neatly, and helps protect my skincare products (which is in glass bottles, even the travel sized versions). I branched out and got this one in a blue Zebra stripe pattern.
Buchanan 15″ Laptop Case
I love how sleek this case looks and it’d fit perfectly inside my St. Anne to keep my laptop free of scratches or scuffs.
Barrington Gifts for Men
I’m always looking for gifts to give Tommy and my brothers. The Barrington gift’s men’s selection is SO impressive. It’s all genuine leather and looks so sharp.
Original Money Clip
I love this money clip because you can put their initials in it really subtly which is so nice looking.
St. James Expandable Folio
THIS is a super handsome gift for any men in your life who work at an office or need to carry files back and forth between the office and working from home these days. It’s such a gorgeous leather too.
If you’re looking to splurge on a really nice gift, go for this Captain’s bag. 100% genuine leather and SO gorgeous.
I’ll be saving these ideas for Christmas gifts (hard to believe we’ll be Christmas shopping in just a few months!!!) And in the meantime, maybe I’ll just buy myself another tote in another pattern. 😉