Review: Big, Stylish Beach Bag

Catherine Kelly Beach Bag

My friend and I (we create and run music programs for kids at Making Rainbows) escaped for a few days at a friend’s beach house to do a little planning and a lot of relaxing.  I love sharing holidays with friends you can relax with…the kids think they’re on a full time play date/sleep over and the adults get time to relax! 

It was the perfect opportunity to try out and review the Catherine Kelly Candy Stripe beach bag. I absolutely love it! Not only are the colours adorable, it’s plenty big enough to carry my essential beach items, as you can see below. There’s still heaps of space left in the bag for my kids belongings too (towels, bucket and spade, sun shirts, hats, change of clothes, drink bottles and more snacks).

What’s In My Bag: Beach Bag Essentials

Beach Bag Essentials

About the Bag

Think picnics, and trips to the pool; beach days and watching kids play sport on a Saturday. 

Length: 58cm (tcan be expanded to 72cm if ribbons are let out)
Height: 40cm
Depth: 17cm
Handle drop: 26cm
Weight: 420 grams

This bag is huge inside and the base is  flat so it doesn’t fall over. It’s easy to clean with a damp sponge and there’s a pocket inside the bag for valuables like keys and phone.  A magnetic fastener makes it quick to open and close.  The bag is made from durable, plastic-coated cotton so it won’t rip or tear.

Beach Bag Review
The straps allow you to either throw it over your shoulder or hold in your hand. 
Beach Bag Review

About Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her 2 daughters and husband.  Life can often take on a permanent holiday vibe on the coast, but it isn’t all fun and play for Catherine who is busy making the world more beautiful – one bag at a time. Catherine strives for a balanced approach to life, making sure that the body and soul are taken care of in equal proportions – a good hard run should always be rewarded with a perfect latte.

Catherine is:

  • Sucker for a good smoothie.
  • Addicted to eCards and good memes
  • A dog person (Boxer)
  • Someone who loves to people watch

She knew mums worldwide needed her bag when she watched her own float up the beach on an incoming wave…and everything inside was bone dry – crisis averted!

There are currently four designs available.

Catherine Kelly Beach Bags

1. Dotty / 2. Candy Stripe  / 3. Geo  / 4. Aztec   $99.95


Beach House Snaps

After a day at the beach, it’s glorious to come back to the cute spot where we were staying. Everything about the place oozes with a perfect combination of modern and rustic charm. Many natural materials are used to furnish the house and I love that imperfect wooden furniture look. It is family friendly too, and encourages its visitors to share quality time with each other. Bookshelves are full of board games, theres a guitar hanging on the wall and outside are comfortable spaces to relax around the heated spa.

I especially loved:

  • The paper ceiling light over the breakfast bar – just gorgeous!
  • The rope lamp! A little corner begging for you to sit and read your favourite book.

Beach houseHere’s to beach days and a great beach bag to make it fabulous.


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Bernie likes collecting the eggs from her sweet chickens in the morning and snuggling with two cute dogs on the sofa in the evening. In between, you’ll find her loving her 1 husband and 3 kids, baking for craft stalls, creating outfits for small animals, teaching kids with special needs and making her friends laugh. She sometimes does the washing too.

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