I had been eyeing the Catalina bag from Lo & Sons since Christmas, and was so pleased when the Midnight Ash color (pictured above) recently came back in stock. I had a hunch it would be the perfect travel companion for my trip to Paris. As soon as I got the “Back in stock!” email,, I literally stopped what I was doing at work,, sifted through my bag for my wallet, and frantically typed in my credit card info and shipping address. So frantically in fact,, that I left off the floor number to my office off the shipping address (apparently Sam in the Starrett-Lehigh is not specific enough). Long story short, my bag ended up being sent back to Lo & Sons, My schedule was tight with my Paris trip, less than five days away from take-off, so I had a mini-meltdown once I realized my mistake. Fortunately, I composed myself and simply emailed Lo & Sons and explained my situation. Marissa from Lo & Sons, played it totally cool and put my mind at ease by quickly emailing me back, and sending me a new bag. She even checked up on me during the week to let me know my bag had shipped. What a girl!
I received my bag the day of my flight, just in the knick of time. So I scrambled home, pulled out a pile of clothes from my closet, tossed in shoes, makeup, and some other essentials., like a calligraphy kit – honestly, what was I thinking? It didn’t matter though because it all fit. No problem. And I zipped up my bag without sitting on it, or maneuvering a piece here or there, or asking a friend to squeeze the sides together while I zipped. You get the picture – it was easy, no help or extra effort needed. Then I slipped it on my shoulder and ran down my three flights of stairs to the cab waiting for me outside (my driver was playing Bee Gees videos on his phone, by the way). SUCCESS! Off to Paris!
So what did I actually fit in the bag? A lot, but to be exact:
-4 Pairs of Pants
-1 Light-Weight Robe
-A Week’s Worth of Unmentionables
-3 Pairs of Ballet Flats
-2 Bags of Toiletries
-Calligraphy Paper, Ink, and Nibs
-Adorable Paris Maps and Guides
And what do I love about the bag?
-I love the soft, washed canvas. It is sturdy enough to make it through the tussle of baggage claim, but flexible enough to easily pack a large amount of items and conveniently fold up and store in a small space when I’m not traveling. I avoid roller bags if I can,. I find them to be a hassle, and they take up space in a closet most of the year, and just feel plain serious business. This bag allows me to decide whether I want to check my bag or carry it on the plane, and looks cool and casual.
-I love the shape of the bag. It is large, and the most ingenious part is the top (27 inches) is wider than the bottom, (18.5: inches) allowing me to have more room to zip up.. Who knew less than 9 inches could make all the difference?
-I love the compartments. The top compartment is large and where I packed all of my clothes. There is also an interior zipper pocket to keep something extra special safe, as well as two exterior pockets for easy access for a rolled up Us Magazine or my plane ticket. An equally important part was the bottom section with three-sided zipper. This was the perfect, flat surface to place my books, toiletries, and shoes. I loved that I could keep my shoes separate from my clothes, and put more structured items at the bottom.
-I love the color. The Catalina comes in multiple colors, but Midnight Ash is perfect for traveling. It isn;t a deep saturated black, but instead a soft charcoal, giving it a lived-in-feel. I don’t have to worry about stains or fading.
-I love the handles. It is the perfect length for both over the shoulder or by hand.
I can’t wait to use this bag for my next trip upstate, to visit my parents, or even on a picnic (blanket on the top, plates and snacks on the bottom). If you are looking for a simple, durable, and stylish bag for your next getaway, check out the Catalina. The Catalina not your bag? Check out Lo & Sons‘ other styles. I am eyeing the O.M.G. bag next!