Tuesday, June 7, 2011

They Don't Make Beach Totes for Solid Gold Dancers

No one has ever described me as practical, which is why it feels like I'm going against the grain as I place an order for this guy...

...the classic, handy L.L. Bean Boat and Tote.

Truth is, at my core, I'm just not a Boat and Tote kind of girl. 
I'm a big, blingy, will-break-when-you-pack-too-many bottles of rum hardback-books, can't-pack-it-when-you-fly, can-never-get-the-sand-out- of-the-bottom, itches-when-it-bumps-against-your-sunburn straw bag kind of lady.

I'm a little gaudy, like in my first life I was likely a Solid Gold Dancer...and Solid Gold Dancers just don't shop the Bean, right?

It's not so much a desire to put fashion over function, it's just personal preferance. Sometimes, though, being true to yourself just isn't worth it. 

For the past 5 beach trips I've taken, honeymoon included, I've arrived without a beach bag.

I'll just buy a something when I get there...turns into You're not paying that much for a straw bag are you? or not buying anything at all and taking my purse - classy!

Last week, Dan and I were in Charleston with my parents. Of course, I arrived sans tote. In route to the sand on our first day, my family was kind enough to stop at Wal-Mart so I could run in and buy something in which to stow my sunscreen + books. I bought a $7 straw bag, in black, and no joke, before the first day ended, my bag had popped a handle and started to unravel. By Day 2, it was in total ruins.

At that moment, I swore that upon my return home I would break down and order the LL Bean Boat + Tote. And so I did.....

in solid gold Sunrise.....

It's cute and all, and the yellow is fun. Though I wouldn't exactly describe my style as preppy, I've never met a monogram I didn't love. This bag just doesn't feel like me...but I guess that's half the fun of travel, living a little outside of yourself for a few days.



daphne @ flip flops and pearls said...

hahahaha I am about to wet my pants! SOLID GOLD...what a blast from the past!

I will tell you, that straw is PRECIOUS but I have always been a great lover of the LLB boat totes. They last for-everrrrrrrrrr and ever:)

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I LOVE Boat N Totes....love it!
As for Solid Gold, LOL!!

Dee Stephens said...

Hello? Twins again. Really.. I was just telling my in-laws this past weekend that when I was a kid I dreamed of being a Solid Gold Dancer! They didn't even remember the show! I couldn't believe it!
The LL Bean Totes have become my standard baby shower gift complete with all sorts of baby stuff inside. I have the family name monogrammed on it. BUT.. I do not have one and need one as well. My beach bag is not cute or glam.
Can't wait till Friday!

Carrie C said...

I have one, of course. In blue with green piping-and a monogram. It is the biggest size they make I think. I use it ALL THE TIME. Scott constantly says "whats in this thing?" or "why do we need such a big bag" and yet we always fill it up with coozies, cocktail fixers and sunscreenI I can see your concern though about breaking character. It would be like me choosing to wear big earrings too...i guess anywhere;)

Kori Donahue said...

Love that nautical tote! I just bought a cute one at Victoria's secret for the beach. I hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday doll! I have some great news on my blog about my writing! I hope you can check it out. Enjoy your day! Kori xoxo


Hines-Sight said...


You are going to love the tote. We were given two when we got married, and I use them for luggage for my daughter now. They are great.

I'm going to be giving away a large utility tote from 31 sometime next week, you can try to win that as a backdrop. They have some wilder patterns.

Mary said...

Of course, I own the Boat & Tote in Lime, with fuscia handles and monograms!

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