Every woman loves a great handbag and Mia Tui make great handbags! Mia Tui bags are just the most organized, practical yet stylish bags I have come across, so it is always exciting when they come out with a new model. The Olivia is one of the latest additions to their lineup, it is a medium-sized handbag/ purse and is a great size for everyday use – approximately 15″ wide, 11″ high and just under 5″ deep. (W38cms H28cms D12cms )
It comes in a choice of 5 colors – black, claret, oyster, steel blue and plum. I choose the plum- it is a deep red/ purple and a great vibrant color choice. The Olivia is designed to be carried over your shoulder with the bag tucked under your arm, or carried in your hand, so it does not have long straps to use as a cross body messenger. It has a reinforced bottom panel which protects the bottom of the bag but also means it stands up nicely when you put it down.
I love the style of the Olivia, but as with all Mia Tui bags it is the interior organization that really makes it stand out from the crowd. The Olivia comes with a matching clutch bag, which I use to keep my wallet and cheque book in, and is also handy to grab if I’m going out for the evening and don’t want to take a full-sized handbag with me.
It also comes with a clear PVC zip top bag – which is designed to be a make up bag, but is my Aladdin’s cave -I keep all my essentials in it. On a recent day mine contained: glasses cleaning cloth, headache tablets, bandaids, hair ties, lipsticks, nail file, tissues, earphones, business cards, iPhone charger and cord, tape measure, post-it notes, backup battery/ flashlight and a bracelet! I love having all these in one easy to access place and if I’m changing bags e.g. to a backpack or one of my other Mia Tui bags I just move the pouch and I know I still have all my essentials!
The interior of the bag is lined with bright pink waterproof nylon – which makes it easy to keep clean, but even more importantly means you don’t loose things in it anywhere near as easily as in a black lined bag. There are 4 interior pockets, a small zippered exterior pocket and an elastic key clip to make sure you never lose your keys. At either end are an insulated water bottle pocket – perfect to help keep you hydrated on a hot day, and a cellphone/ pen pocket which fits my iPhone perfectly . There are two large side pockets, one is perfectly sized for an iPad mini, and the other is just right for a full-sized iPad; or you can keep the clutch and PVC bags in these and still have room for an iPad in the center.
I’ve been using the Olivia as my everyday handbag for several weeks and I love it! It is a great size, looks stylish and keeps me organized ! As a busy mum I’m always carrying lots of stuff -well as the clutch and PVC bag, I usually carry my iPad Mini (plus sometimes a full-sized iPad too), a hairbrush, water bottle, sunglasses, iPhone, a few snacks, pens, keys and a small notepad, and it all fits!
I’m loving the new color choices this summer too and the Plum is a great choice if you like strong yet vibrant colors.
Available online from MiaTui’s website for $80 US.
Mia Tui is a UK based company started by Charlotte, a busy mum who wanted to create the perfect bags for her busy lifestyle, she ships bags all over the world, but to make it easier for customers in the USA Mia Tui has recently launched a new US website .
To celebrate the new site they are offering a chance for one lucky iMums reader from the USA or Canada to win an Olivia Bag in Plum just like the one I reviewed.
Open to US and Canada Only. Winner will be emailed and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).