Giveaway: Travel Tote by Catrinka Project

//Giveaway: Travel Tote by Catrinka Project

Giveaway: Travel Tote by Catrinka Project

Ceci Tote CatrinkaWin a stylish, handmade travel tote from the ethical fashion label Catrinka.

I don’t own many purses, but I have several camera bags. I tend to carry those even when I’m not traveling – they are light and have a lot of room, but the convenience can lead to questionable outfit/accessory situations. Imagine a dinner night when I’m wearing a little black dress, high heeled sandals, and… a khaki green sling bag. True story.

As much as I enjoy fashion and well-coordinated outfits, I find shopping for plane tickets much easier than accessories – unless I’m on the road and can call it “research.” And as a conscious consumer, I like to support companies with a mission. They’re not always easy to find.


When a friend introduced me to the Catrinka Project, I was drawn to it right away. Catrinka is an ethical fashion label and social venture that supports the education and employment of women in developing countries. The tag on my (very cute) tote says that one purchase provides “2 days of fair work to women and 7 days of education for a girl.” Sounds good to me.


The shoulder Ceci Tote (size 17″ h x 15″ w x 2.5″ g) is hand-woven in Mexico from 100% cotton by a mother-daughter team. It features leather handles, an interior zip pocket, plus two smaller pockets. The diamond design is reminiscent of traditional weaving patterns in the Chiapas region of Mexico.

When I first saw the bag, I noticed how sturdy and well-made it was, without feeling too heavy. It’s big enough to hold a laptop (a big plus for me) or any items you might need when traveling, such as a sweater, scarf, book, or tablet.

The color combination works great with jeans, and the tote’s casual/elegant design means you can dress it up or down. You could take it to the beach, around town, or on a lunch date. I see myself using the bag from spring to fall.

In collaboration with Catrinka, I am giving away one Ceci Tote – a $195 value, your choice of black or blue.

Ceci Tote Catrinka


Choose one or more of the options below (the more points you collect, the better your chances). Winners will be announced on August 24, 2015 via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Good luck!

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SPECIAL OFFER: Use the code Jettingaround15 to get 15% off any Catrinka items (valid through 8/31).
Photos: Zuzapix Photography

By | 2017-07-16T08:14:22+00:00 August 13th, 2015|STORIES|80 Comments

About the Author:

Pola Henderson is a travel writer, city explorer, expat, and event host. Traveling has been a part of her life since she was three. Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for many years and is currently based in Paris, where she teaches Business English.


  1. avatar
    Danielle Nantau August 20, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I love this bag! Could definitely fit all my mom stuff

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    Ana August 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful bag, love the color and size.

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    Wanda Bergman August 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I love the contrast between the strips and checks.

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    Jessica Cyr August 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    i love the colours , they are beautiful together

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    Tami August 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    It’s a beautiful bag, and it makes a great versatile addition to anyone’s travel ensemble. Thanks for making it available!
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    Raine August 20, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    What I like the most is the company, it’s wonderful that it’s eco friendly and supports women in 3rd world countries. I also love the look with the contrasting handle, I carry around a lot of stuff too and I’m always looking for a great tote that’s stylish.

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    Travel-Ling August 21, 2015 at 12:43 am

    What a great bag! I too have looked quite unfashionable carrying around my bulky camera bag! I love the design and especially love that it supports the work and education of women!
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    Claire Davies August 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Gorgeous bag but more importantly the message behind it is vital. “2 days of fair work to women and 7 days of education for a girl.” Sounds good to me and I totally agree with you.

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    Rita A August 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I love the roomy size! Perfect for all types of outings!

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    Kristi C August 22, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I am loving the color and design.

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    Tonya Dreese August 22, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I LOVE the design, the colors, the style and the long handles to hold the purse. very nice. !!

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    Taryn T. August 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Not only is the design beautiful and neutral, but I like that it has been made by women, and from a company that will support women!

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    Kevin Southgate August 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I love the design! :)

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    Candie L August 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I like that it matches every outfit. Thank you

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    Amber S. August 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I love the colors and the size of it.

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    liz l August 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Tote design, makes it easier to carry

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    tallcapp August 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I like the pattern and the subdued color scheme.

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    laurie murley August 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I like that it is large enough for all my things I need to pack in it

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    Sarah L August 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    The colors are great and I like that the handle is long enough to go over my shoulder. Good company.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    debbie August 23, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I think it is gorgeous and stylish at the same time Thanks for the chance

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    Katherine August 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I love the color and pattern

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    Beth Klocinski August 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love the large size but with inside pockets so I don’t have to dig to the bottom for my keys.

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    Tabathia B August 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love the size and design of the bag

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    Marlene V August 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I love the colour it looks great with blue jeans

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    Cheryl Reinhardt August 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I love how big the bag is, I love the color it will go with everything, and I love the design.

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    james jenkins August 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Those are Marlys’ favorite colors!

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    Jetting Around August 24, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thank you EVERYONE for participating in the giveaway! You mentioned so many things that I love about the tote too: the colors, design, size, and Catrinka’s women-focused mission. I hope that whoever wins the bag will enjoy it as much as I am enjoying mine. Cheers!
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