A New Bag for Walks-Hikes, Gifts for My Son and More Summer Wardrobe Updates

Welcome to the 588th Metamorphosis Monday!

Pssst: I’m sharing some awesome deals I’ve scored on spring clothing the past few days at the end of this post, including some great shirts for the guys. So if that’s of interest, check those out at the end of the post.

A Bag for Walks and Hiking

Whenever I visit my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, we always go hiking on the weekends and for walks during the week. Since I’ve been here, we’ve taken quite a few walks/hikes.

For the walks, I always end up stashing my water bottle into the stroller my youngest grandson is riding in or I end up wearing a crossbody handbag and stashing my water bottle into the bag. I didn’t think to bring my travel handbag on this trip, that would have worked for our hikes, although, it’s bigger than I really need for walks or hikes.

Recently I went online in search of a bag designed for walks. I didn’t want a backpack, just a small bag to carry the essentials. I’m not a fan of fanny packs and knew I wanted something that could be worn crossbody. I found the perfect bag and carried it for the first time yesterday when we were hiking at Possum Creek Park. It worked great!

This bag is absolutely perfect for walks! My large Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus (in its protective case) fit nicely inside the front outside pocket.

Great Bag for Hiking, Walking, Carry Water, Phone, Credit Cards


I removed the phone for these next few pics since I used it to take the close-ups pics of the bag. The inside of the bag has several slots for credit cards and IDs and there’s a large pocket on the back that will easily hold a 32-oz water bottle. I don’t have one of those with me here, so I just carried a regular water bottle for our hike.

Water Bottle Holder for Walks, Hiking


Here’s a better shot of the interior.

Walking, Hiking Bag for Phone, Water, Credit Cards, etc...


Across from the credit card slots, there’s a good size pocket where you can stash anything you wish. I tucked in one of my “Lilly Masks” since I planned on stopping by Dorothy Lane Market on the way back home from the hike. I also tucked in a lip gloss which I just realized I forgot to put back in for these photos.

Small Bag for Credit Cards, Phone, Water, Great for Hiking, Walking


The bag is designed to be worn crossbody or on the shoulder and the strap is adjustable. I found it super comfortable during the hike. There’s also a separate, removable, top handle which I loved using. It came in handy for grabbing the bag from the car before I actually put it on for the hike. I love it when my bags have a short top handle in addition to a crossbody strap!

I’m crazy about this bag and it will definitely accompany me on future walks/hikes. If you love walking or hiking and need a small bag for holding just the essentials, you’ll find this one here: Bag for Walking or Hiking.


Bag for Walks, Holds Phone, Cards, Water


Awesome Sales for Summer

Brooks Brothers is having an awesome sale! My son’s birthday is coming up and I purchased two of their really nice polo shirts. The sale ends tonight (I believe) and sizes are becoming limited in some colors. You’ll find the sale here: Polo Shirts.

This color appears to still be available in all sizes–maybe they are restocking some colors now.

Brooks Brothers Polo Shirt Sale


I also purchased him two beautiful linen shirts from Tommy Bahama. They have a great sale going on right now for both men and women. It’s a graduated sale and I got $25 off, but I just realized this evening if I spent $1 more, I would have saved $50. That would have almost paid for another shirt. So if you shop the sale, don’t do what I did and miss the next bigger discount by $1! Arggg.

I think men look so handsome (and cool) in a long sleeve linen shirt with the sleeves rolled up to just below the elbow. I love that look! ♥ I think these shirts will look so nice with white shorts this summer! You’ll find the sale here: Sea Glass Linen Shirt for Men.

Update on 5-5-20 : These shirts run big. My son normally wears a Large but the two shirts I ordered for him were too big, so you may need to downsize.

Note: The sale prices for the items you choose don’t appear until you add them to your cart. The discount appears once they are in the cart.

I love Tommy Bahama dresses, as you know. I live in them during the hot Georgia summers! A few days ago I purchased this dress. It hasn’t arrived yet but it looks so comfortable. You’ll find it in two colors here: Check Linen Blend Dress.

Update: I found the dress below runs a bit large. I ordered it in my usual size but it was too big. I reordered it one size down and it fit perfectly. So you may need to size down in this dress.


This was the other dress I purchased recently…see it here: St. Lucia Linen Dress. It just arrived and it’s as beautiful in person as it was in the picture. It was showing sold out in my size when I first discovered it, but I kept stalking the site and one appeared a few days later. If it’s currently still showing sold out, keep checking the site because you never know when one may be returned.

You’ll find all the Tommy Bahama dresses here: Dresses. Again, the sale price doesn’t show up until the item is in your cart, and the more you buy, the bigger the discount.


I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to purchase this one. It’s available here: Blue and White Dress.


Remember this blue and white shirt I bought a few weeks back? It arrived and I LOVE it! It is so pretty and the colors are beautiful. It looks great with white jeans which is how I’ve been wearing it. I love the blue/white polka dot fabric that shows when the cuffs are turned up. ♥

I just noticed this evening that it’s currently on sale.  You’ll find it here: Blue and White Shirt.


I’m gradually building a summer wardrobe here since I didn’t pack anything for summer when I left home in early March. I love summer clothes so it’s been kinda fun shopping for them online since the stores are all closed.

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  1. I am ordering the bag. You have directed me to so many great things. Thank you!

  2. You always find the best items at great prices. I’m going to order one of the bags. I have a larger Travelon bag with a water bottle pocket, but it will be nice to have a smaller bag for summer. Thanks for finding and sharing.

    • Hope you enjoy it, Marty! We just went for a walk this afternoon and it was perfect. Definitely ideal for walks or hikes.

  3. Joyce Howe says

    I bought the pink/white check from Tommy Bahama and LOVE it. So comfortable and cool for our FL weather. I think you will love it, too.

    • Yay, I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for letting me know, Joyce. I may have to buy it in the blue color, as well.

    • Joyce, I can’t believe how fast TB shipping is right now. The pink/white check dress came and it was a bit too big so I reordered it and it came today. There shipping is almost overnight right now! The one that came today is perfect! Sooo comfortable!

      • Joyce Howe says

        I’ve found a lot of shipping is much faster than they say now. Someone else had given me a 10 day time frame and it came in 3 days. Glad you like it. It is so cool for these warm FL days we are having. Enjoy!

  4. That’s a great bag – I’ve never seen one that size that holds a water bottle – that’s excellent! Thanks for the great summer dress ideas too! Hope you have a great start to the week, and see you Thursday!

  5. Thanks so much for continuing to host during this health crisis, spreading beauty, laughter and information!! Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy!!

  6. Bobbi Duncan says

    You are my go-to gal! I ordered the pink ORCA bag for myself and the blue for hubby. These will be perfect for our walks/hikes! Love all the new clothes you selected, too. Hugs!

  7. Cyndi Raines says

    Really thinking about that bag, what a great deal. Love the pink and white dress, all your selections are darling! Glad you are enjoying the good weather, great for hiking!

  8. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share some books to read this month, buffalo check decor inspiration, and vintage home style- how to decorate with soda crates! Hope you are staying safe and healthy and having a great day!

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