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5 Reasons why this Zee Alexis bag is the perfect travel purse…and how you can win one!
I’m really fussy about the purses I choose to take on my trips. Because handbags are typically bulky and weighty (juxtaposed against stringent airline baggage limitations), I never take more than one or two purses.
When I was asked to review the Beacon shoulder bag for Zee Alexis, I was delighted to discover my new go-to travel purse. Here’s what I love about the Zee Alexis Beacon Woven Shoulder Bag:
1- It’s lightweight
Even with the chain strap, it probably weighs less than a pound. When I’m touring, I need to carry a passport, wallet, cell phone, camera, sunglasses, notebook and pen, at minimum, so I don’t want the bag itself to start off heavy.
Also for reasons of weight, I generally opt for fabric over leather purses when traveling. Another pet peeve: I’m wary of any purse with heavy hardware.
2- It’s organized and secure
Let me count the ways: This purse zips across the top (so you don’t have to worry about something slipping out when you tuck it under the airline seat in front of you. It even has a small clasp for extra security you can use in crowded places where you worry about pickpockets (see the clasp on the left top of the bag above).
Inside, it has a place for everything: a zippered side pocket, zippered middle pocket, and two extra interior pockets to hold a cell phone and anything else you need ready access to.
On both sides of the bag exterior, there are lengthwise zipper pockets. I use one to hold my cell phone (so I don’t have to open the purse) to retrieve it when it rings. The other is perfect for a small notepad and pen, essentials tools for any traveler.
The purse isn’t so deep that anything gets lost at the bottom. The tan lining (rather than black) helps you spot things too.
3- It’s convertible
Like a little black dress, it works for day or dinner wear. The black metallic woven fabric has a slight sheen that makes it look more expensive than it is. I chose the Beacon Shoulder Bag in black because it’s neutral enough to go with everything in my wardrobe. It’s also a four-season bag that can be worn at any time of year in any climate.
In addition to the removable Channel-type strap of woven metal and fabric (that’s an ample shoulder length), it also comes with a longer fabric strap that can be worn crossbody during the day.
4- It’s right-sized
Like the story of Goldilocks, it’s not too big, not too little but sized just right! The 12x9x4 dimensions offer just enough room without the purse being too big and bulky to carry or pack.
5- It’s affordable
When I was young professional, I had an addiction to purchasing expensive designer purses from Italy and France, often acquired in the course of my travels. Now, I’m more moderate in my tastes and more frugal in terms of my “pocketbook.” With a Bottega-Veneta-type weave, the Zee Alexis line looks expensive but this bag retails for only $94.00.
Have I sold you on the goods? You can order one online at the Zee Alexis website. Shipping and returns are free. Alternatively, you can enter the giveaway below.
Enter the More Time To Travel Sweepstakes to win your own Zee Alexis Beacon shoulder bag.
The bag comes in four different color tones: Black Metallic, Cobalt Multi, White/Black and Mosaic Multi.
- To be eligible to win, just leave a comment below with the choice of color you prefer and note any country in the world where you would like to use your bag.
- TWO lucky winners will be randomly selected to win Zee Alexis bags (and will have to satisfy the trip fantasy on their own).
- Deadline for the contest is 11:59 EST September 30, 2016. Watch here for the announcement of the names of the winners. Sorry, limited to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.
Disclosure: I received this bag for review but any opinions expressed in this post are my own. BTW, I had absolutely no problem writing this post after falling in love with the bag and was under no obligation to write it at all.
If you haven’t seen my Zee Alexis shoe review, take a peek at that. I love this company’s products!