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I used to be a bag lady—you know, the woman you see carrying a purse, a gym bag and another tote or two of random things she picked up throughout the day. I needed a bag that would help me organize my life and carry everything I needed from the the gym to the office and beyond, so when I found the Caraa Studio Bag, it felt a bit life-changing.
Full disclosure: Caraa provided me with a sample of the bag to test out, but there's nothing phony about how great it really is. There are pockets for my laptop, gym shoes, makeup, water bottle, wallet, phone and more. Actually, doing a quick count, there are 10 pockets in total!
SHOP: Caraa Studio Bag Medium Black Gold Studs, $525
For the gym, it comes with a waterproof shoe pouch, waterproof wet clothes pouch, has a moisture wicking mesh back and waterproof antimicrobial interior lining. And from the gym to the office, there are three ways to carry it: You can wear it like a backpack, carry it like a satchel or change the straps and wear it like a crossbody duffle.
According to the brand, the Studio Bag is one of its most popular pieces, specifically in the pink "vaqueta" color. I personally went with the black with gold studs and leather trim version in the medium size. Online, the description for the bag claims it fits a 13-inch laptop, but I'm happy to report that I am able to fit my 15-inch MacBook Pro, although it is a bit snug, especially with my sneakers in there.
SHOP: Caraa Studio Bag Small Vaqueta, $495
I usually wear it as a backpack, and besides all of the inside pockets, my favorite part and the most convenient is the two outside pockets on the back. I usually slip my wallet, phone and headphones in one so they're easy to access, and I don't even have to take the bag off to get them out in a hurry.
The only issues I have with the Studio Bag are that I think I could go one size up, because minimalism is not my nature (former bag lady, remember) and the price tag is a bit high.
Caraa's cheapest Studio Bag is priced at $395, or $195 for the Studio 2 Mini that's more like a handbag. Mine, with the gold studs, costs $525. However, the price is comparative to a designer purse you might buy, and seeing as how you can use this bag as more than a cute accessory, it makes sense. Plus, Caraa uses only luxury fabrics and leathers, so it's durable and will last you a very long time.
Still, getting the bag on sale is ideal, and this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Caraa is offering 25 percent off of its entire site, including the Studio Bag. (Heads up, Caraa rarely has sales like this.) To get the deal, you'll need to use the code THANKS at checkout, between from Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2.
You can check out the video above to see more of the Studio Bag, plus other top-sellers from Caraa including the Sport Tote ($295), Cirrus backpack ($225), Remus unisex duffle ($295) and Athena backpack ($195).