Organized Beach Essentials

Organized Beach Essentials by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Well, I did it. I came back from the perfect, hot, sunny, beachy weather of Puerto Rico into the cold, snowy frozen tundra of Pittsburgh, PA. There may have been some pouting along the way, but I made it back, and as a welcome home present, we’re even getting a humongous snow storm. Awesome. But rather than fixate on the fact that spring doesn’t look like it’s coming any time soon around here, I’d rather think back to the wonderful week we spent in paradise! I’ll have a full recap up later this week, but today I want to talk about my bag– my very cute bag that went with me everywhere while I was in Puerto Rico and carried ALL of my beach essentials!

Organized Beach Essentials by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I had been on the hunt for the perfect little tote to take on our trip, so when Lauren, an Independent Thirty-One Consultant, contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their products, I jumped at the chance. I knew I wanted something small enough to fit in our larger beach bag that holds all of the sand toys, towels, etc., but also large enough to carry all of the things I wanted to have with me at all times– from my cell phone to extra diapers for baby C. When I spotted the Round-About Caddy in Navy Wave, I immediately knew it was “the one.” I mean, look at all the things this one little bag can hold!

Organized Beach Essentials by Just a Girl and Her Blog

It really was a dream for someone as obsessed with organizing as me! All of the little pockets helped to make sure my smaller stuff didn’t get lost, and the big pocket had enough room to hold all of my larger items and gave me easy access to whatever I needed at all times. Sweet!

Organized Beach Essentials by Just a Girl and Her Blog

The water-resistant fabric was absolutely perfect for the beach and pool, and if you look closely, you can see the bag’s mesh bottom, which means it will dry out quickly if/when it gets wet. I loved having this tote as my main bag on our vacation because it was compact and easy to carry, but it also held a lot. And now that I’m home, I can use it to hold my makeup and hair products so I can get ready anywhere in the house and still keep an eye on those mischievous little Cs! 😀

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*Thank you to Lauren Moskowits, an Independent Thirty-One Consultant, for providing me with a complimentary bag and the giveaway prize for this post. Of course, my favorable opinion of totally adorable bags and accessories is completely my own. For more information, see my disclosures here.*


  1. Love the idea of using this bag at the beach! Living near the beach, I will have to check this out. Great idea!

  2. What a perfect backdrop for your photos. I was thinking of you this morning as I was watching the weather channel. Looks like this storm is really unloading on you guys! Super cute tote, going back to enter 🙂

  3. Love the blue striped one.

  4. I would either get the Caddy you have featured above….or the file holder maybe….I don’t even know, they have so many great items!!

  5. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Abby, that is the cutest beach bag and I seriously need a new one….plus we’re having SNOW again, so thinking of the beach and summer is a must today! 🙂 Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. Jamie says:

    What a great bag! I love all the pockets. I would definitely order that. I really like the stripe print too!

  7. Cindy Trobaugh says:

    The File Folder, Thanks for the Chance to win an Item.

  8. Retro Metro foldover or Easy Breezy tote maybe . . . . too many to choose from !

  9. lesley nordhausen says:

    Wowzers had seen this in the catalog at the party I went to, but didn’t think to use it like that. Love it! Plus Navy and white even better!

  10. I just adore the Product # 1856 – Office Essentials – B

  11. I think the city weekender,, but i am just not sure, so many items i want

  12. Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

    Abby, What cute products! I’d get the Suite Skirt Purse with the Plum Awesome Blossom and the Turquoise Cross Pop skirts. Man! Wish I was able to be there with you on the beach. That looks fabulous! I am definitely ready for nicer weather. Hope you stay warm, now that you are back! Hugs and happy Monday!


  13. What a handy bag!

  14. First of all, I hope you had a FABULOUS vacation! I am happy you were able to stay organized with this amazing bag. I am a tad OCD myself and totally want one! Fingers crossed that I win 🙂 I think I would definitely get the same bag as you!

  15. Arlena R. says:

    So neat and awesome idea! Love the beach purse!

  16. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    It’s so hard to choose! I love this bag though. I hope you had a great time on your vacation!

  17. That is a fun bag!

  18. I’d pick the City Weekender bag in the Navy Wave print! We do a ton of short local trips and I don’t always wish I had that size bag to pack in. Fun giveaway!

  19. And to answer your question: either the Cindy tote or the round-about caddy.

  20. I would love a easy breezy tote!

  21. Abs! I totally love Thirty-One totes…I have a grey one that literally hauls my life. Also – loved the pics of you guys in PR…so jealous of your escape to the warmth. What’s up with this winter? Even NC has been getting hit with snow…unreal! Stay warm up there and say hi to your boys for me!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Um, seriously. It’s like the winter that never ends. Want to move to Hawaii with me? I’m sure Donnie can handle the boys, lol! I miss you JenSue! Let me know the next time you’re up so we can hang out! Talk to you soon!

      ~Abby =)

  22. Christine C. says:

    I wish I had gotten this bag the last time I ordered something from 31!

  23. Rosann Stanko says:

    This gift would totally make my day!! It’s adorable.

  24. I’d LOVE to have any of those pantry essential organizing packs that they have! I haven’t seen those and that’s SUCH a weakness at my house! But if I won, I might just have to be impractical and get a cute purse!

  25. Samantha Hill says:

    I love the PICNIC THERMAL TOTE in the color PARADISE POP

  26. I would love to get a Cindy Tote! 🙂

  27. Michelle J. says:

    I would get the Vary You Mini Crossbody!

  28. brandileigh2003 says:

    everyday wristlet and new larger utility

  29. My fav is the Market Fresh Thermal in Navy Wave!


  30. Colleen@ Like Mother Like Daughter Blog says:

    I have loved the Deluxe Utility Tote but I think I need that tote for my beach/swim bag. SO adorable! I’m with you about loving organization and a place for everything. That’s probably my favorite feature about the bag aside the cute design.

  31. Oh my! That is the cutest beach bag! I love the colors and would probably pick up the same one! 🙂

  32. Cute bag! Would be perfect for our annual beach trip 🙂

  33. Glenna @ My Paper Craze says:

    I love this bag! I live in FL and will be hitting the beach soon.

  34. hani/hanielas says:

    Vary You™ Versatile Bag. It looks perfect for me.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. I love this print and this bag! Perfect beach bag

  36. I’d love the Easy Breezy Tote in citrus medallion because it caught my eye…easy to find amidst the busy of my life.

  37. I would choose the Retro Metro Bag.

  38. I love thirty-one products. I am waiting for an order to be delivered right now.

  39. Amy Cottrell says:

    Love 31 products 🙂

  40. Love the euro straw tote.

  41. Love the Office Essentials — especially “B”

  42. Sarah Hefner says:

    I love 31!! I would get the retro metro weekender!

  43. Melissa Webb says:

    That bag is adorable! It really is the perfect beach/pool bag with the water resistant fabric and mesh bottom! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  44. Dorothy Teel says:

    I really love this bag from 31 = Casual Cargo Purse / Black Happy Dot
    product number – #3616

  45. Christian Brewer says:

    I would pick the Suit Skit Purse in the color Taupe Wave! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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    1. I love Thirty One bags!

  47. I’ve always wanted a Cindy Tote! 🙂

  48. I like the file holder

  49. natalie yeoman says:

    i would pick the city weekender

  50. Love this! I am trying to organize my life and just came across your blog. You have some great ideas! (And I’m so ready for winter to be OVER!)

  51. the city weekender in blue wave thanks for the giveaway

  52. If I won, I would get the retro metro weekender, the Vary You Versatile bag, the Retro Metro Foldover, or the Cindy Tote. There are just TOO many to choose from 🙂


  53. I think I would pick the Organizing Utility Tote in Navy Wave. Super cute!

  54. susie king says:

    I love the Retro Metro Fold-Over.

  55. Tammi Wolaver Laney says:

    I love the Vary you Versatile Bag.Thanks for the chance.

  56. I love the RETRO METRO® WEEKENDER tote bag. It is super cute. Thanks for the chance.

  57. I would pick the same one. We spend every summer at the beach and with so many pockets — I would never forget anything plus I would be organized.
    It’s a win win for me !!!

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