Linda's Sash Story

Linda's Sash Story

I first learned of the Sash Bag by way of a Facebook ad. It got my attention because, after a melanoma diagnosis that involved the removal of all the lymph nodes in my left arm pit, wearing a shoulder bag just wasn’t practical anymore. Doctors advised me to not put much weight on my left shoulder because it can cause my left arm to swell. Wearing a shoulder bag on the right shoulder just didn’t cut it for me. I also wasn’t a fan of satchels or clutch bags because they are a basic pain in the butt to me. I found some crossbody bags that I liked, but they always were in my way or getting caught on door knobs. And, don’t even let me get into where to put them when you’re in the car. Back seat? Floor? They also tended to turn into “black holes” where things disappeared. 
I do photography as a hobby and while juggling things between a camera bag and a handbag was tolerable, I still needed a better solution. 
The Sash caught my eye because it had a substantial strap that was adjustable and it hugged the body. It was actually a part of you! It wasn’t a huge bag but I was looking to lighten my load anyway. I had nothing to lose by ordering one and trying it out. 
Initially, I had trouble deciding what to carry in it and how much “stuff” I really needed to put inside of it. There was some trial and error but I made it work well enough that I brought the bag with me on a trip to Europe. It was nice to have everything on hand at the airport. No need to go digging through a bag to find my passport or boarding pass. I also brought one of my larger slings with me in case I wanted to buy stuff on our trip. Well, that lasted only one day because it was bulky and carrying that and my camera was a huge pain in the butt. And, getting on and off of trams was an ordeal. At the end of the day my good shoulder was aching. Ha! I’d had the Sash for only 2 months at that point and already I was spoiled. The next day, I went back to using the Sash and it stayed on me the rest of the trip. Carrying my camera was easy peasy and we just saved souvenir shopping for the end of our day. 
So, my Sash passed its first test with flying colors. 
Since that first one, I've added a Caramel Partial Fringe, Turquoise Corset, Black/Brown Reversible, a Leather Reptile, and a Tan Classic to my collection. These will soon be joined by a Copper Dust, Sage FF, Tangerine/Rhino, and a Ruby/Chianti. (Reversible bags were available only through a completed Kickstarter campaign for Sash Bag 3.0.) 
Yeah, I guess you can say I found my favorite bag! 
What do I love most about Sash?
1. Its sleek lines.
2. The fact I can wear it while driving! No more forgetting the bag in the car having to put in on the floor.
3. The fact I can wear it while taking care of business in the Ladies’ room. No more hanging a bag on the door where someone can reach over and steal it.
4. The fact I can wear it when leaving my table when we’re out to dinner to go hit the Salad Bar or a buffet.
5. The fact I can carry my camera with it.
6. If a flight attendant insists I remove it, it folds in half easily and fits right on top of my carryon bag.
7. The lovely colors and style choices.
8. A company that’s not afraid to try new things stylistically and that listens to its customers.
9. A great VIP group on Facebook where fellow enthusiasts are ready to help or offer suggestions.
Thanks to Nichole and the staff I am a very happy Sash Sister!
November 08, 2019 — Taylor Siwy
My Sash Story

My Sash Story

- Jackie Parnell

 

If you're interested in sharing your Sash Story and becoming one of our Customers of the Month, send an email to taylor@thesashbag.com!
October 21, 2019 — Taylor Siwy
Don’t be tricky, treat yourself to a Sash Bag.

Don’t be tricky, treat yourself to a Sash Bag.

What better way to take on Halloween then hands free with your Sash? You are going to need both hands for partyin’ and still all of your essentials by our side. We don’t want you to forget anything so we’ve come up with a list of things you may need for a spooky Halloween evening. 


  1. Tide to-go pen: You can’t go wrong with always having a tide to-go pen handy. What if you’re dressed in white as a snow princess and spill guac on your costume?!
  2. Safety pins: You never know when your costume might malfunction.
  3. Advil/Tylenol: The music or the drinks may get to you, so be prepared!
  4. Cash/Cards: It’s always good to have both.
  5. Bobby pins/hairspray: You never know when your hair is going to be done cooperating..
  6. Makeup: Halloween is maybe the most makeup you will wear all year long so bring some of it for touch ups!
  7. Portable charger: Anytime you are going to have a long night, a portable charger is a must.
  8. Phone/Keys: Duh!
  9. Candy/gum/mints: Always
  10. Lady products: For you or someone else in need of one, always bring a tampon and/or pad!

Plus, so many other items that some of our Sash sisters need to carry on a daily basis.

We’ve attached a few photos of our sisters rocking their Sash bags with their costumes! What are you going to be this Halloween and what Sash will you be rocking?

 

Use the code: Sashoween at checkout for free shipping up to $18!

October 14, 2019 — Access Shoelace
Master Travel Tips

Master Travel Tips

The travel season is upon us! It's time to whip out those passports and go on an adventure. Traveling is one of the best ways to have fun, expand your horizon, and rejuvenate... But it can also be stressful if you are not prepared. Our founder, Nichole MacDonald, is an expert at eliminating the might-go-wrong parts of travel and turning every inevitable disaster into an adventure. She has successfully conquered trips to some of the most challenging parts of the world, including India, Indonesia, the Middle East, even Sri Lanka, where she met someone who had never even heard of the United States of America. Just last year she spent over 80 hours on planes and crossed several international borders without a hitch or even discomfort. Here are some of her tips for all the globetrotters this summer:
1) First, let's just get this out of the way: Get a Sash bag. You'll need it for the rest of the tips.
2) You don't need to take the kitchen sink with you. Here are the basic must-haves (in addition to your clothes and shoes), all of which can fit into your Sash bag or easily in a carryon:
    • Essential Oils
    • Tissue
    • Ibuprofen
    • Ear Plugs
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Lots of Lightweight Scarves
    • Comfy Socks
    • Travel flashlight
    • Your Passport
    • Your Smart Phone
    • Phone Chargers, including Portable
    • Your Credit Cards
    • Cash in $100 denominations
    • Lobster Claw
    • Travel Pillow
    • Sleep Mask
3) In the airport, keep your passport and itinerary in your outside pocket for quick access as you'll need it at multiple points. Once you are done, you can store them in your zipper passport pocket for safe keeping during the rest of the trip.
4) On the plane, especially on long flights, you'll want your oils, scarves, sanitizer, ear plugs, and socks handy. Keep those at your fingertips.
5) One way to eliminate the annoyance of the stuffiness and smells that are inevitable during long flights is to roll essential oils onto your scarf and wrap it around your neck, maybe even over your head, if you are comfortable. You'll create your own spa-like bubble and forget that you're in a plane with hundreds of strangers.
6) Remove your shoes during the flight so your feet are not constricted and wear your comfy socks. Make sure you get up at least once an hour and walk up and down the aisles. Stretch. Do lunges. Jog in place a little. This circulation will keep your feet from swelling up too much. Sidenote: I once traveled with a friend who did not listen to me about this! She wound up having to go to a hospital in a developing country due to blood clots. This is a big deal!
7) Use your earplugs and sleep mask for sleeping and resting on the plane, but be careful to insert the earplugs slowly and not too far into your ear. You could cause vertigo and get ill. I learned this one the hard way.
8) You can keep your Sash bag on the entire time you are on the plane. Because it's so lightweight and comfortable, don't worry about taking it on and off. You won't risk losing anything because it'll be at your fingertips.
9) Once you are at your destination and find yourself sightseeing, you can use your tissue and hand sanitizer for bathrooms that don't have all the conveniences of our western toilets.
10) You can keep your Sash on all the time, whether in a cab, on a train, on a bike, eating out at a restaurant, and even in the bathroom. Never worry about losing it or having it stolen.
11) Keep your phone in your outside pocket for quick access, but if you are ever in a crowded or questionable area, you can move it into a zippered pocket.
12) You can use a lobster claw to connect the dual zippers so nobody can access the zippered pockets. 
13) Keep your extra charger and portable chargers in the pocket with your phone. You'll need that juice throughout the day!
14) Your bag is safe with RFID protection from would-be thieves, so no worries there either!
15) Relax knowing everything is safe and conveniently at your fingertips, and HAVE FUN!!
16) And take lots of pictures. :-)
Have any tips to share of your own? We'd love to hear them!
May 08, 2018 — Allie Luna