15 Summer Bags Under $50

There’s something about a great handbag that really pulls an outfit together. A nice structured tote adds polish to a work outfit, and a straw bag brings some fun to a summery dress. Recently, I’ve been shopping to find summer bags that are not only affordable, but also functional! I’ve pulled together some of my favorites for you below!

In the past few months, I’ve been assessing my closet and trying to create a more intentional, capsule-like wardrobe. (If you haven’t heard of capsule wardrobes, check this out! Essentially, a capsule is a mini-wardrobe made up of items that are really versatile and can be used to build many different outfits.) When shopping intentionally, it’s really important to find pieces that will get a lot of use, fit my lifestyle, and hold up well. Handbags is one area of my wardrobe that could definitely use a bit of a refresh. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite summer bags below, including straw bags, crossbody bags, and totes – happy shopping!

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15 Summer Bags Under $50

15 Summer Bags Under $50 - Affordable Straw Bags, Crossbody Bags, and Tote Bags!

Straw: one / two / three / four / five.

Cross-body: six / seven / eight / nine / ten.

Tote: eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen / fifteen.

Straw Bags

These are a huge trend this summer! I try not to spend lots of money on trendy things, so I love that I was able to find so many of these under $50! If you’re going to invest in a purse, I would suggest going with a really high quality tote or satchel – something that you’ll use for years! I had a ton of fun pulling these together, and I especially love #4 and #5 (those poms are too cute).

Cross-body Bags

I love these for the weekend, and I think they make perfect summer bags! They’re great for holding all the essentials and going hands-free. I would carry one every day if I didn’t always bring a million things with me (see below). Instead, I tend to stick with tote bags for work and cross-body bags for days off!

Tote Bags

I love bags that can hold my camera and the other 8000 items I carry with me to work. (Umbrella, extra shoes, headphones for my iPhone, headphones for my computer, keys, work keys, bullet journal and so on… you get the point.) Tote bags are perfect for this! I always prefer tote bags with zippers, especially for work, because I like to keep all my things contained. However, I couldn’t resist a picking few open totes – #11 and #14 are so versatile!

Our First Cruise and 5 Things We Learned

For those of you who don’t know, Scott and I went on our first cruise a few months ago! We had the best time, and I wanted to share a few highlights and some things we learned. I did a lot of research before our trip, so we went into the trip feeling pretty prepared!

We chose a cruise over a different type of vacation for a few reasons. First, we really wanted this vacation to be a total escape, so not having phone service or wifi was great! Second, we really liked the idea of seeing a few different places; we thought it would be a good introduction to the area, and we were able to decide which places we might be interested in visiting for a longer trip.

What We Learned From Our First Cruise | Michelle Amanda Wilson


DIY Watercolor Card for Mother’s Day

I love making cards, and I always try to make my own cards rather than buy them. I think hand-making a card not only makes it feel more personalized and special, but it’s also a great way to save a bit of money! One of my go-to methods for making cards is with watercolor. I think that watercolor can be quite forgiving, as long as you know some of the basics. Today, I’m sharing how I made these pretty (and beginner-friendly) cards, including two easy ways to make watercolor flowers! A DIY watercolor card would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

DIY Watercolor Card for Mother's Day, Floral Watercolor for Beginners

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