As a new mom with a full time job, I have to make the most of every moment. In order to start working off those last pregnancy pounds before summer arrives, I have been hitting the gym next door to my office at 5 a.m. The other morning I was totally in the zone and lost track of time. When I finally glanced at my watch and realized I had only fifteen minutes to change and get into my morning meeting, I was frantic! As I ran around the locker room trying to get myself together, I dug through my gym/recycled diaper bag, and I realized I had not packed a dress shirt. In fact I had not packed any shirt except the one I had worn to the gym. It was my husband’s oversized t-shirt that someone had bought him as a joke, and I just happened to grab that morning. It said, If squats were any easier, they’d be called your mom. Yikes!

I stood there for a moment in sheer terror as I realized I had no option but to wear my ridiculous and sweaty shirt. There was no time to go buy a shirt. I tried flipping the shirt inside out but the inside of the white cotton tee had pretty visible pit stains. I even asked the one other woman in the locker room if she had a spare shirt that I promised to return to her. She looked at me as if I were crazy and shook her head No. There was nothing else to do but gather my stuff and head to work.

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When I entered the office, I quickly explained my situation to my supervisor who kindly let me borrow her jacket for our morning teleconference. However, the rest of the day I had to march around in my heels, dress pants, and ridiculous t-shirt. I tried to carry papers and files to hide myself, but the snickers and comments were endless.

When I arrived home after my long day, my husband watched me as I came in and raised his eyebrows as he saw my shirt. “Was it casual day?” he asked with a smirk.

After my embarrassing ordeal, I decided to get a bag that would keep me organized so no such mishap would ever happen again. The answer to my dilemma was the Modal Concept Tote. This stylish bag has everything a busy woman needs to get to the gym then on with her day.

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The pockets are water resistant and subtle so I can toss my car keys and some cash in there without worry.

I use my tablet to track my calories and check out new exercises which means I always have my tablet with me at the gym. This tote has a quilted soft touch lining that provides padding for laptop or tablet storage. I can toss my tablet in with everything else I need.

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Like many women, I travel most everywhere with an arsenal of hairstyling tools. However, it can be tricky to pack them up when they are still hot. There is a pocket in this tote to store your hairstyling tools while they are still warm! This thermo pocket means not having to fret that a fire is starting in the trunk of your car because of that straightener in your gym bag.

After I peel off those sweaty clothes, the last thing I want to do is stuff them in a bag alongside other clean items and zip it up in a bag with no ventilation. The Modal Concept Tote has a pocket for soiled clothes which is moisture resistant and large enough to hold your shoes too. The vented material promotes air circulation to avoid any lingering workout aromas.

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The bag also has straps for your oversized or space consuming items like a towel or yoga mat.

The convenient organization allows me to get to the gym then off to work without having to haul a suitcase with all of the necessary items.

The Modal Concept Tote is available at Best Buy. Free Shipping on orders $35 and up or free store pickup!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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25 comments

  1. This bag looks like a very stylish and useful bag. I’m a triathlete, so I would need 3 of these to replace my giant gym bag. But I do travel quite a bit and this looks like a perfect travel bag for me.

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