A sweet straw tote for every budget

Kate spade tote
$345 – couture.zappos.com

Marc by marc jacobs tote
$178 – saksfifthavenue.com

Straw tote
$35 – dsw.com

Some people watch for budding daffodils or the chirp of robins to signal spring. Me? I look for straw totes and hats at the mall!

A straw tote is a great catch-all — perfect for the beach, pool, or just around town. These versatile bags also come in a wide variety of price ranges, so you are sure to find one to fit your budget and style. Of course, the more finely woven pieces command higher prices, however, a rustic straw bag may be just the thing. And, since they rarely last more than one season, you just might want to pick up several inexpensive versions!

I own quite a few (I won’t admit to just how many!), but with the newest embellishments for 2011, I may have to pick up a one or two more…

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!, Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!

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