Perfect Tote Bag For School or Work

It can be hard to find a good bag for work or school that is sturdy, stylish, and big enough to carry all your essentials for a full day. When I was in college it was hard for me to find a good tote bag to carry all my stuff in, so I always resorted to my trusty backpack. Now that I’m out of school and work full time, I still need a big bag to take to work with me, but don’t want to use a backpack. Yes, even though I’m out of school I still have a lot of stuff to lug around! Today I’m sharing and reviewing the Calila Commuter Tote that is perfect for work, school, traveling, running errands, and life in general!
Simple and neutral outfit for winter or spring
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Tote: c/o Calila / Coat: similar / Sweatshirt: Forever 21 / T-shirt: similar / Jeans: ASOS / Shoes: Converse

When Calila reached out to me to collaborate I was intrigued not only by their minimalist designs, but that they also embrace the philosophies of a minimalist lifestyle, only surrounding themselves with things that bring them joy and serve a purpose. If you’re familiar with the term minimalism, you know that its meaning reaches across many different avenues, from art and architecture, to fashion and style, to living a life with meaning and intention. It’s awesome that companies such as Calila exist to promote both a minimalist design and lifestyle, which is a component of my message here at In Search of Sheila.

Calila Commuter Tote, Neutral Outfit
Neutral and Casual Street Style Outfit
Since the bag is a clean and minimalist design, I kept my outfit simple and casual. I chose to pair it with white jeans, because I wanted the navy and brown to pop. and wore my camel coat to complement the colors. Since it was pretty chilly this day I added a gray hoodie as an extra layer.
To to Wear White Jeans for Winter or Spring
How to Style White Jeans, Converse Sneakers
Handmade in Los Angeles, Calila’s designs are based on one principle: Simple + Functional = Beautiful. I love this message of desiring to “live beautiful lives; lives full of purpose and growth.” This is how everyone should approach their life. Have a look at their about page for more info about their purpose as a brand.
Camel Coat, White Jeans, Black Converse Sneakers
Calila Commuter Bag For School or Work
Beyond it’s beautiful construction, the best part of this bag is its size! It can fit all my paperwork, notebooks, water bottle, and even my 16″ laptop! The straps are also very strong, especially since I tend to pack as much as I can into it. It includes an interior pocket (that can fit an Apple Macbook!) and two exterior pockets perfect for your water bottle, keys, sunglasses, pens, your cell phone, or other small items that need easily accessed. Such a great bag for any length of commute and it also comes in three other color designs.
All White Outfit, Camel Coat, Tote Bag
Minimalist Street Style White Jeans Camel Coat Converse
Camel Coat, White Jeans, Commuter Tote
Neutral and Casual Outfit for Everyday Wear


All White Outfit For Spring
Camel Coat, White Jeans, Black Converse Sneakers, Sweatshirt
I’ve been loving this bag for work or when I go to a coffee shop to work on my blog. Its high quality craftsmanship will last me a lifetime. If you head over to my Instagram, I shared a look inside my bag and what I typically take with me to work! It’ll only be up for 24 hours, so go check it out to really see how much space this bag has 🙂
What are your first impressions of this tote? What do you think of Calila’s message? What do you normally commute to school or work with?


*Photos by Erin Pernick

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