50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40I have started the long process of packing to go to Cancun, Mexico at the end of the week. I don’t want to show you what I am packing just yet since I want to take pictures of me wearing my outfits while I am there. However, I am going to show you one of my MUST “haves” that I am taking with me. 50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40I had been doing some research on the perfect beach tote and I had decided upon a neoprene tote. But, I couldn’t find one that I liked at a price point that I thought was affordable, they were all around the 200.00 dollar mark. That is when I got an email from Purple Poppy asking me if I would like to pick out a dress for my upcoming trip. I have already packed one of the dresses that I got from them last year in my suitcase. Since they are located in Cape Cod they always seem to have the cutest dresses for wearing to the beach. I went immediately and I, of course, found one (you’ll see it later) but this tote also caught my eye.50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40

The first thing that caught my eye was the print. You know that I LOVE gingham so I clicked on it to have a look. I just about squealed with delight when I saw that it was made from neoprene material. For those who might not be familiar with neoprene, it is the material that scuba diving suits are made from. It is waterproof and you definitely need that at the beach or the pool. It is also very flexible which means that it has enough give in it to allow you to stuff all of your sunscreens, water bottles, and beach towels into it. This tote has snap closures where you can make the tote smaller or you can unsnap for more expansion.50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 4050 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40

The tote is by Beach Road and it also comes with a separate smaller pouch. I plan on putting my cellphone and Joe’s wallet in that to keep it dry. Not only is this tote super practical for the beach or the pool, it is fashionable enough to carry at any time. That is important when you are traveling because I want an item to perform double duty. When I was searching for beach totes one of the main things that I was looking for was sturdy handles. I have had other straw totes that the handles didn’t hold up to the number of products that I was toting to the beach. It is no fun when you are left scrambling and trying to pick everything up and carry it in your hands. This has one rope that continues under the tote which should be strong enough for all of my items.50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40

I choose the navy and white print but this tote also come in light blue and pink gingham. AND, for those who are Vegan, you will be happy to know that this tote is Vegan-friendly.50 IS NOT OLD | THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE | FASHION OVER 40

If you have an upcoming vacation (this would be perfect for Disney, the water park, or the lake) then you need to check out this neoprene tote and clutch. I am thrilled that Purple Poppy decided to include this in my shipment and I will love taking it to Cancun with me.

Be sure to use the code POPPY at checkout to receive 10% off and free shipping with overs over 100.00.


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  1. This is an ideal size for everything you need to be enclosed and safe. Looking forward to hearing and seeing photos of your holiday. Enjoy and be safe x

    • Tania Reply

      The size is one of the things that I liked best about the tote! It is perfect for what I need but not so huge that it has everything all at the bottom.

    • Tania Reply

      Mary, we always need another tote and especially one that is made from Neoprene!

    • Tania Reply

      Sandy, it was snowing outside when I took the pictures but I wanted to show you the size of the tote in relation to my size.

  2. We go to Cancun quite often. In fact, recently stayed at the Moon Palace and LOVED it, but seem to prefer La Blanc. Not so many youngins and we like having a butler. Spoiled brats we are!..haha 🙂

    • Tania Reply

      This will be my first trip to Cancun. Joe and I are excited for a few days of relaxation.

  3. What a fun swimsuit cover-up or for a walk on the beach and that tote looks just the right size without being too big to carry around. We have never been to a destination resort but it’s on my bucket list!

    • Tania Reply

      Sandy, the size is one of the things that I like about this tote. It is perfect for when we are shopping or walking around without the beach paraphernalia in it. It can serve two roles which I love!

  4. Looks like you are ready to go! Love the tote. I know you are a well seasoned traveler but I thought I’d share one of my must haves…a night light for the bathroom. 😁. I keep one in my travel bag on a permanent basis. It’s great for those unfamiliar rooms and spaces. I hate trying to “find my way” in the middle of the night. I’ve stubbed many a toe and bumped many a shin stumbling to the bathroom in the dark. LOL. Can’t wait to see your packing tips.

    • Tania Reply

      I am trying to get ready but I am still in the packing phase because I keep changing my mind. Lol! I have a small night light I might take but I am one of those who can’t stand a light in my bedroom. I will cover up a clock and put pillows against the door cracks so that the light doesn’t show under the door.

      • Juliannlette Reply

        Ahhhh. You are like my hubby. I put it in the bathroom so it is like a beacon but that might be too much for you as well. We go to Cancun every November for my husband’s birthday. You are going to have a GREAT TIME!! Be sure to go over to Isla Mujeres and make sure Joe lets you drive the golf cart! LOL You’ll get some great shots of Iguanas there as well as the house that has been on HGTV that is shaped like a seashell. 🙂

  5. You look adorable, Tania! Please stay safe in Cancun and enjoy your well deserved trip! 😉

    • Tania Reply

      I am looking forward to the trip, Regina! It is scary and exciting all at the same time.

  6. Linda Bunger Reply

    Love the tote! My husband and I went to Cancun 20 years ago on our honeymoon. Enjoy your get away!

  7. I’ll be flying into Cancun on Sunday for my first trip to Mexico! My husband and I are staying at a resort about 30 minutes south of Cancun. It’s tough trying to decide what to pack! Hope you have a great time!

  8. Hi Tania,

    I’m not seeing a link to purchase the tote. You did a great sales job so I want to check it out further! I’m probably looking right past it. Thanks!

    • Tania Reply

      I can see how you would miss the links. Any time there is a highlighted or bold type you can click on that and it will take you straight to it.

  9. Wow Tania, that looks like the perfect beach bag, I’m going to check that out! I have the funniest story about travelling and a straw beach bag I once had, my hubby and I were in an airport in Dominican, we walked pretty much the whole length of it, when we got to where we were suppose to be, I had sat my bag down, when I picked it back up it fell apart…lol…apparently a thread had got caught on something and had unraveled during the long walk…lol…all that was left was the lining, it fell completely apart! Needless to say I had to throw it out, and try to stuff everything in my suitcase. Never bought another straw one again! Haha!

  10. Love the tote and the whole outfit! Wish I was heading to a warm beach resort too! Have a great time! I look forwad to the pictures.

  11. Genia Garrett Reply

    Love the tote! Have fun on your getaway and bring back some sunshine please!

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