If Instagram has influenced one thing, it's how many people snap photos of their food before eating it. If it's influenced two things, though, it's that having your dream vacation is just as much about what you make of it as it is where you go. Two summers ago, every party involved a swan float (and at least half a dozen 'grams of said float). Last summer, you couldn't scroll your feed without seeing someone lounging poolside in a floppy straw hat with "do not disturb" stitched across the brim. Well, this year, I'm calling it early: 2019's "now it's a party" accessory is the bar tote.
Yes, that's right: bar tote. As in, a chic statement bag that's just the right size for carrying everything you need to serve a signature cocktail, wherever you are. Basically, it's a portable party.
Cointreau, the French orange liqueur that's become a margarita-making must-have, partnered with made-for-summer handbag brand Poolside to create a bag that fits the bill perfectly. With "Let's Margarita" emblazoned across the outside of the cane and water reed tote, it's got all the vacation-mode vibes of last year's hit hats. It's measured to be just the right size to stow a bottle of tequila, a bottle of Cointreau, limes, a shaker, small cutting board, a salt shaker, and glasses to serve your whole squad.
Each handwoven tote comes with a custom citrus squeezer (because you deserve better than the squeeze bottle stuff) and a handful of margarita recipes, so you can mix things up at the party.
At $250 a bag, these totes are not cheap, but anyone who's spent an afternoon day-drinking at a resort's poolside bar can attest that you can rack up a similar tab in a few hours with friends there. Now you can bring the bar to any backyard party. A staycation's never seemed so appealing.
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