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The Zee Alexis Shoulder Bag: A Perfect Travel Purse (giveaway ended)

September 8, 2016
Zee Alexis Beacon Shoulder Bag in Black Metallic
Zee Alexis Beacon Shoulder Bag in Black Metallic

Zee Alexis Beacon Shoulder Bag in Black Metallic

Congratulations to giveaway winners, Faye Heffele and Denise Joyce!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

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.

Inside of the Beacon

Inside of the Beacon Bag

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.

One of the side zippers on the Beacon

One of the side zippers on the Beacon

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.

Closeup of the Black Metallic Fabric

Closeup of the Black Metallic Fabric

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.


THE GIVEAWAY

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.

Color Choices for Zee Alexis Beacon Shoulder Bag

Color Choices for Zee Alexis Beacon Shoulder Bag

  • 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.
Zee Alexis logo

Zee Alexis logo


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!

  • Reply
    Mary Crosby
    September 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I would love to take your bag to Greece. Love the black metallic!

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    Melissa Breland
    September 8, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I would love to win this to take on all of my cruises! I always looking for a bag that can transition from airport to using around the ship and while in port! I would love the black and white bag!!

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    Eileen Gallagher
    September 8, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Would love to use the black bag right here in the USA as I travel from state to state going to college football games! Between my son being an assistant for his college team and my other son just entering the college scene, I have plenty of travel ahead. All of the bags look beautiful and surprisingly functional, but I agree that the black bag would be most able to accompany me on all my excursions.

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    Barb f
    September 8, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I am always searching for the right bag too…this could be the one..black looks just right. I would use the bag in the USA. In Bermuda. In the UK! Okay, Italy and Argentina.

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    Maureen Baeck
    September 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I admit that I have a bit of a handbag habit. I love to try new bags for travel. I want something that is light and will hold all my stuff. This bag looks like it fits the bill to a T. I would love to rock that black metallic bag. It will go with everything and transition to evening wear.

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    amy citrome
    September 8, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The bag looks extremely handy with all of those zippered compartments. I would like it best in solid black.

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    Denise Joyce
    September 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Heading to Provence next May. Would love to have the solid black bag with me!

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    Penny
    September 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I’d love the black for the same reasons you do. It would be perfect for Italy, where the longer cross-body strap , clasp and zipper on the top should prove to be a challenge for Italians out to pinch something other than my butt.

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    Elisa Dias
    September 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Very nice! Please put me in for a black one!
    And happy travels with your bag!

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    Mary Charlebois
    September 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This IS the perfect travel bag. I love that it’s not black inside – avoiding the black-hole syndrome so many bags have. That said, I like the multi-color purse. Thanks for your review, MaryGo

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    Kara Freedman
    September 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Would love the black bag and would totally use it while traveling. Great review!!

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    Peggy Johnson
    September 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I would choose the black metallic and would love to take it all over Europe

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    Linda Rosenzweig
    September 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I am going to India in November, and would love the black bag as it would be extremely versatile, not show dirt, be light on my shoulder, and prevent thefts due to the zippered closure and metal in the shoulder strap.

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    Kelly D
    September 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I like the Black Metallic and I would like to use it in Italy.

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    Faye Heffele
    September 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I would chose the Black metallic as I like to stay neutral when travelling. I’d love to try it out on my next foreign trip – we go to Vietnam in January!

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    Cherie Montorio
    September 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I would love the Black Metallic and I would love to travel all through Europe with this purse.

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    Michele Daley
    September 10, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Would love the mosaic bag for an upcoming trip to Australia

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    Ceil
    September 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I love a bag with a little pizzazz. The mosaic multi would be great for an upcoming trip to Canada.

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      Janice L Haskins
      September 15, 2016 at 5:17 am

      The bag looks sturdy and has pockets, which we all know are very important when travelling. I am always looking for a handbag which will fit in where ever we travel, but is functional (and also stylist). I think that the black metallic bag is perfect and hits all the right notes.

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    Angie W
    September 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love the Mosaic Multi! I’d use it in Peru 🙂

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    Sara
    September 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Would love the black metallic for my upcoming trip to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and India in the winter of 2017.

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    Meryl Baer
    September 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    My favorite is the black metallic. Will work perfectly with my travel uniform wherever I go – black, black, and more black, sometimes accessorized with a colorful scarf. First stop, Ireland in December!

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    Anne
    September 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    The black one, as you’ve chosen, would be the one for me, and I’d gladly take it on our next trip to France!

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    Janet
    September 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I would like the black and one bag. Can dress it up or down when I go to California Sonoma valley in the spring

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    Angeline Munoz
    September 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Would love to go back to San Miguel de Allende with this Zee alexis bag in black.

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    Diana
    September 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Definitely the black one for Madrid and Barcelona.

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    Laura
    September 21, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I would love to win the black bag! I would use it on my college road trips in the US.

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    Laura S
    September 24, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I love the Cobalt Multi bag. I’d take it on my upcoming trip to Canada

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    Kim
    September 25, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Need to be different. Blue cobalt for me. Barcelona.

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    ABIGAIL HAMILTON
    September 27, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I’d love the black one to take to Crete

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    Eugenia Taylor
    September 27, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I could use this in black on an upcoming cruise to South America!

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    Lou Klym
    September 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    This bag is the ultimate in fashion and storage. I would love to take it on a trip!

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    Annmarie Thorpe
    September 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I would love to try this bag as I travel a lot and have been through so many different travel bags that were convenient and easy to use this bag has all of the versatility and design you want to see in a bag. I love that it’s convertible as I love a bag I can sling around my body when I have a lot of luggage to carry. The designs and colors are new I have not seen a bag with those colors and hues before. Looking forward to maybe taking it to Scotland as that is where my next vacation is going to be. Go outlander!!!!

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    Lou Klym
    September 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This bag is the ultimate in fashion and storage. I would love to take it on a trip! Black Metallic and I would use it everyday in the USA.

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    Amy Sutton
    September 29, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I would love to take the black bag to England!

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    Sheryl
    September 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Ooh, ooh, how pretty! I’d love to travel anywhere, anytime, with the black bag. It would be perfect in Portugal!

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    Rachel Heller
    September 30, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I’m not in the US, but my daughter is, so if I won, it could be sent to her, right? I’d love the black one; it’s very elegant looking and would go with anything. I’d take it to all of my upcoming trips: Berlin, London, Prague and Dubai.

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    Grady Elliott
    August 14, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I found this much useful information, as to what I was exactly searching for travel bags. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

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