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I’m not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, however, I do love some fashion accessories – like handbags.

Handbags, purses, totes – whatever you wish to call them – are one of my weaknesses.

I probably inherited this love of handbags from my mother. At 83 years of age, she still loves her handbags. In fact, she often changes up her handbag selection for the day – just to match her outfit. I totally admire my mother’s effort when it comes to looking “put together”. I’m still amazed at how (usually) her clothing, her lipstick, and her nail polish all match her handbag she is using on a given day.

Then there is me, someone who runs out the door with my hot pink handbag that stands out like a sore thumb against the backdrop of my autumn brown outfit – with nary a thought of how I must appear!

It’s always the look of a handbag that catches my eye but, of course, it’s the functionality of a handbag that really matters.

Beside-U Canada handbags have it all. They not only look great, they come with some pretty fantastic, and useful, features.

I had never heard of Beside-U handbags until recently when they reached out to me to ask me if I would like to review their handbags. Beside-U handbags are available in 14 countries around the world but, have only been in Canada for the last 2.5 years.

Of course I could NOT say no to reviewing a handbag! My excitement was ramped up a notch when I was asked to choose whatever handbag I would like to review, AND then asked if they could send me a second smaller bag, better suited to an evening out.


Just wait until you take a peek at the Beside-U Canada website. You’ll understand the difficulty I had deciding which bag to choose. I was actually glad that Beside-U had already made choice #2 (a STEPH bag) for me!

Not only did the vast number of styles available at Beside-U Canada make my choice difficult (they have 17 different collections!), the choice of colours added to my dilemma! Each collection has its own unique logo plate, zipper pull and inner lining, giving every collection its own unique touch.

I knew I wanted a larger bag in a nice bright colour, so I decided on the Ink Blue “LUISA” Bag.


The first thing I noticed (besides the fabulous colour!) when I took a close look at my Luisa handbag, was the exceptional quality of this well-made bag. There is great attention to detail in every stitch. Every piece of hardware on the bag appears very durable.

The Beside-U tags inside my bag caught my attention. They remind me of the quality tags found in clothing my mother used to wear in years past. Such an “insignificant” detail yet, in my opinion, if the tags are top-quality, that says a lot for the rest of the product.

I chose the Luisa bag as it is a bag that can carry a lot of “stuff”. For my day-to-day bags I often find I purchase handbags that are too small for what I tend to carry (which often includes my partner’s “stuff”!). I adore the size of my Luisa bag! It’s big but, it’s filled with all kinds of pockets – so the little things don’t get lost at the bottom of the bag! The Luisa bag even comes with a pocket that is large enough for a tablet or small laptop.

For me, I can see the Luisa being a great bag for traveling. I can use it as my purse but, it’s large enough to carry a few extra items I want as carry-on on a plane.

There are SO many features to love about the Beside-U Luisa bag:

  • Water resistant nylon material with debossed pattern
  • Foggy silver hardware finish
  • Custom puller and logo
  • Sleek zipper with peek-a-boo metallic teeth
  • External pockets
  • Front hidden zip pocket
  • Front  and back zip pocket
  • Interior pockets
  • Open slip pockets
  • Padded compartment for tech items
  • Fully lined fabric interior with graphic print
  • Small exterior tab with D-ring
  • Folded handles for hand or shoulder carry
  • Adjustable and removable cross body strap with strap keeper
  • RFID pocket for your wallet,

When I travel, I love to have a bigger bag like the Luisa but, I usually bring a smaller handbag as well – for a night out when I just want to carry a few essentials with me.

That’s why I love the STEPH bag.

I chose a black STEPH bag but, this Beside-U Canada bag comes in 2 other great colours. The STEPH bag is new to the Beside-U collection and comes with some pretty fantastic features.

The STEPH bag may be little but it packs a BIG punch:

  • Embossed striped pattern on the front zip pocket
  • Foggy silver hardware finish with custom puller and logo
  • Sleek front zipper with peek-a-boo metallic teeth
  • Customized debossed stripe nylon twill webbing
  • Adjustable drop length with strap keeper for shoulder or cross body wear
  • Front zippered pockets allow easy access to items such as loose change, a parking voucher, ID cards and more
  • Fully fabric lined with printed graphic
  • Cell phone pocket
  • Pen holders
  • Open slip and zip pockets
  • Full RFID zippered pocket for your wallet
  • Key clip
  • Custom inside label
  • Additional tab for dangle attachment
  • Zip-top closure


I especially love the security features of the STEPH handbag. This bag has a click hook to lock the main compartment, making it nearly impossible for pick-pockets to easily access the main compartment (see photo above). The STEPH even comes with a detachable security whistle – and boy does it work! Tiny yet powerful! My dogs DID NOT like the whistle – but that’s a good thing! The majority of the bags have a zipper on the back of them which allows you to keep your most valuable items closer to your body – and more difficult for someone to steal!


Both bags I received come with a full zippered pocket that is RFID blocking. Did you know “for as little as $20, thieves can buy all the materials that they need online to put together a scanner that steals your credit card information from the RFID (radio frequency IDentification) chip inside of it.” The RFID chip is what allows you to “tap” debit/credit machines at the stores to make your payment. The full zippered RFID blocking pockets in the STEPH and LUISA bags stop thieves from stealing your credit card information if your credit cards are kept in this pocket. Beside-U Canada has a number of bags to choose from with the RFID blocking pockets. 
All Beside-U Canada bags are made from a very lightweight yet very durable, water-resistant nylon. They are practical for everyday use but, are also super useful for travel purposes. You can easily wash your Beside-U Canada bags with soap and water.

Not sure where to start when choosing a Beside-U handbag? Why not browse their most popular lines: the Endeavor, Creed, Nutopia and Tube Connection collections.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest news and promotions from Beside-U Canada by liking Beside-U Canada on Facebook!

The wonderful folks at Beside-U Canada are offering up a great prize for one lucky Canadian Blog House reader! You could WIN YOUR CHOICE of Beside-U Canada (up to $150 value!). I just know you are going to love their bags…so go take a peek and be sure to enter by letting me know in the blog comments which Beside-U bag you would choose if you won this giveaway!

A big thanks to the folks from Beside-U Canada! I know I’ll be enjoying my Beside-U handbags for years to come!

**Don’t forget to read the official rules of the giveaway before entering! 








Disclosure: Canadian Blog House received the above two products in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own.



  1. February 25, 2016

    Lynda Cook

    I would like ISABEL or the SOPHIA, it’s so hard to choose!!

    • February 25, 2016


      I hear you Lynda! I could have chosen a half dozen…at least!! Thanks for entering!

  2. February 25, 2016


    Thanks Sandy for that overview……I am looking for a backpack since I do walk to the bus in nicer weather! Looks like it would fit my needs 🙂

    • February 25, 2016


      For sure – great idea to take a backpack if you are walking, Barb. There are some fantastic choices of backpacks at Beside-U. Did you see one in particular you like? Thanks for entering!

  3. February 25, 2016

    Brenda A

    Whew! Tough choice. Love the back pack styles. I really like the Cora and the Mya. But the shoulder bags are super nice, too. Like I said: Whew! Tough choice!

    This company is new to me and the build quality looks super. I can be rough on my bags and these look like they can handle it!

    • February 25, 2016


      That’s precisely my problem, Brenda – I’m rough on my purses and bags. I have a good feeling about these ones. They appear to be something that will stand up to my rough treatment 🙂 Thanks for entering! Great choices!

  4. February 25, 2016


    I’d go for the Luisa bag – big enough to fit all my essential items in!

    • February 25, 2016


      The Luisa is awesome for having lots of room, Katie! Thanks for entering!

  5. February 25, 2016


    It was difficult to choose but I did find one called Isabel ,if I stay away from the page I may stay with that choice!

    • February 25, 2016


      LOL Angelehm! That’s probably a good idea…you will just keep second-guessing yourself 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  6. February 25, 2016


    So many great bags! I love the Kaitlyn bag!

    • February 25, 2016


      I like that one too, Jeannie! Love the middle pocket. Thanks for entering!

  7. February 25, 2016

    Suzanne G

    I would choose the TAYLOR/ BER06 in Zinc Grey.

  8. February 25, 2016


    I am thinking the Taylor or Sophia but really I would need to think long & hard because I love most of them!

  9. February 25, 2016

    Renee Downs

    I am not a fashionista either, but I do love my bags. One size fits all right???

  10. February 25, 2016

    Shelley N

    I love the Taylor bag in Zinc Grey -it is very sharp

  11. February 25, 2016


    Another vote for ‘hard to choose just one!’ The Sleaford in coffee brown is at the top of my list though.

  12. February 25, 2016

    Wayne Lecoy

    It would be great to win
    a handbag of my choice from Beside-U Canada for my sister.
    In response to your requirement to
    browse the Beside-U Canada website
    and tell you which bag i would choose if i won this giveaway.
    I would choose the Isabel handbag.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  13. February 25, 2016

    Carolle H

    So many choice , I would get “Leanna”

  14. February 25, 2016

    Viv Sluys

    I would choose the Eliza handbag in black.

  15. February 25, 2016

    Amy Heffernan

    These are SO nice!! I am travelling to ON this summer so I would love to get the Ella travel bag! Thanks!

  16. February 25, 2016

    Judy Cowan

    From first glance I would say the Mia in Black, but they have many great ones to choose from.

  17. February 25, 2016

    Wendy hutton

    I like Kaitlyn handbag in black

  18. February 25, 2016

    Tricia Hope

    I would love the Sophia,what great features this bag has!

  19. February 25, 2016

    Lee-Ann S

    Can’t choose! Carli or Grantham.

  20. February 25, 2016

    Diana Powell

    I would love the Steph cross body purse.

  21. February 25, 2016

    Life of K

    I’d love a new cross body bag but can’t decide on one!

  22. February 25, 2016

    Esther Abel

    I love the cross over bag Awesome :).

  23. February 25, 2016

    Tracy D

    I think I would pick the Kaitlyn!

  24. February 25, 2016


    Oh Sandy, i need a new handbag so badly — mine is embarrassing. It is just one of those things i don’t buy until i am desperate… a new one would be heaven-sent!! Which to choose??? I can’t decide. The Breonna looks like my style. Or maybe the Mika (it has a security whistle)…if i win i would need more time to decide 😀 Thanks for the contest!

  25. February 25, 2016

    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    Totally love their TAYLOR/ BER06

  26. February 25, 2016

    Debbie White Beattie

    I really like the RUTHIN in black

  27. February 25, 2016


    The Avery looks like the perfect black bag!

  28. February 25, 2016

    Erika Letson

    I would choose the Haleigh bag in Black, but it was a tough decision!

  29. February 26, 2016

    Carole D.

    I love these bags! They look amazing and I would love the MIKA/ BER10 can’t decide black of blackberry wine

  30. February 26, 2016

    Alayne Langford

    I love the many features of STEPH in BlackBerry Wine!! My daughter has been searching for a good quality bag and guess what, her name is STEPH!! 🙂

  31. February 26, 2016


    I would choose the Andover or the Gracie.

  32. February 26, 2016

    Jennifer Lo

    I would like Andover (RFID)

  33. February 26, 2016

    michelle matta

    I hope I don’t have to commit to this or I might need a few more hours to choose.. but I like the Mesa.

  34. February 26, 2016

    Marilyn Legault

    Love them all, but I like the IMPERIA LEATHER TRIMMED SMALL CROSSBODY BAG for travel

  35. February 26, 2016

    Tammy Dalley

    I love the Luisa

  36. February 26, 2016

    Erin W

    I love them all! I think I would choose the Leighton Buzzard, super cute!

  37. February 26, 2016

    Haroon Khan

    I like the Vanesa bag.

  38. February 26, 2016


    I would pick the Mia – wonderful bags!

  39. February 26, 2016


    I love the Avery in Jet Black

  40. February 26, 2016

    Bailey Dexter

    What a great bag for travelling with the Luisa & looks so great too!

  41. February 26, 2016

    Sunshine G

    I think I’d choose the Avery – but it would be a hard decision!

  42. February 26, 2016

    Elaine G

    I like the Kaitlyn handbag.

  43. February 26, 2016


    I’m torn between Ampthill and Imani

  44. February 26, 2016


    I want the Camilla backpack

  45. February 26, 2016

    Jennifer M

    What a hard choice! I like the Desirae

  46. February 26, 2016


    I would have the Meghan Backpack

  47. February 26, 2016

    Suzie M

    I like the Luisa , beautiful color & shape

  48. February 26, 2016

    Erinn Lishman

    They have so many awesome bags but I would have to choose the Luisa in Ink Blue! It is functional, my favourite colour, and I can use it as a carry on or an everyday bag! LOVE IT!

  49. February 26, 2016


    The Aubrey is my favorite.

  50. February 26, 2016

    Maritess S

    Should I win this giveaway I will choose the Breonna handbag.

  51. February 26, 2016

    Kathy L

    Hmmm. I like so many of them. The Sophia, Breonna, Lilly, Rachelle…….

  52. February 26, 2016

    Carol M

    Wow, tough to choose, for now I’d choose the Amelia, but reserve the right to change my mind should I win. LOL

  53. February 27, 2016

    chris lee

    YES the steph !

  54. February 27, 2016

    Annette C.

    I like the Isabel!

  55. February 27, 2016


    I would love the Eliza in Black 🙂

  56. February 27, 2016

    Doris H

    I love the Luisa bag!

  57. February 27, 2016


    Love the colours and features of these bags, especially the RFID pocket. I like the Mika bag.

  58. February 27, 2016

    lynn clayton

    Leanna is what i like

  59. February 28, 2016

    Barb W

    I love the Luisa bag!

  60. February 28, 2016

    Laurie B

    I really like the Lindsey (RFID) in black. There are so many great ones to choose from… it was a difficult choice!

  61. February 28, 2016

    Elizabeth Matthiesen

    A difficult choice to make but I have chosen the Mia, it’s in red which is my favourite colour. 🙂

  62. February 28, 2016

    Tricia Cooper

    Wow! They sure have a lot of products! If I won I would start with the Mika bag — not sure on the colour yet though! 🙂

  63. February 28, 2016

    Amber Y

    I think I would choose the Juliana bag in black!

  64. February 28, 2016


    I love the Luisa bag!

  65. February 28, 2016

    Julie bolduc

    The Luisa bag is so cute love it

  66. February 29, 2016

    Tainan Lu

    I like the Mika bag.

  67. February 29, 2016

    Kelly D

    I like the Luisa bag!

  68. February 29, 2016

    Florence C

    I would choose the Eliza bag.

  69. February 29, 2016

    josephine evans

    I really like the Luisa bag!

  70. February 29, 2016

    Joanne Frank

    Luisa is just beautiful but you did make it very hard to choose 🙂

  71. February 29, 2016

    Melinda Jana

    I would choose the Aspen

  72. February 29, 2016

    Debbie F

    I like the AVERY bag is red

  73. February 29, 2016

    Jennifer L.

    I like the Makayla backpack.

  74. March 1, 2016

    ivy pluchinsky

    I like the jolie bag

  75. March 1, 2016

    Carey Hurst

    Love the Deasia in Pink . There are so many awesome ones to choose from , but with a toddler the way this one sits is perfect and I love the color

  76. March 1, 2016

    Kim K

    There are so many nice bags, it’s hard to narrow to one. I like the Helston bag in wine red.

  77. March 1, 2016

    Nancy J Montgomery

    The San Antonio looks interesting.

  78. March 2, 2016

    Robyn Bellefleur

    I really like the Avery bag.

  79. March 2, 2016


    If I won, I will choose the GERTRUDE (RFID)

  80. March 2, 2016


    I would choose the Lindsey. I love the grey colour!

  81. March 2, 2016

    Pam R

    I think I would choose the Mya backpack – it looks like the perfect size for a day pack when traveling!

  82. March 2, 2016

    Elaine R

    I would choose Sophia handbag in black.

  83. March 2, 2016

    heather sibley

    I like the Mya (RFID). Its an awesome travel bag.

  84. March 2, 2016

    Christina H.

    The ampthill! I really like the colour

  85. March 2, 2016

    Krista M

    There’s a lot of creative styles here! I like the Basildon satchel in grey as my top choice!

  86. March 3, 2016

    aarone mawdsley

    i like the Deasia

  87. March 3, 2016

    vicki demunck


  88. March 3, 2016

    Mary Boudreau

    I like the JULIANA / BER01 in zinc grey

  89. March 3, 2016

    Lori W.

    I like the Lilly or the Helston

  90. March 3, 2016

    Nate Fuller

    Would pick the Aspen men’s backpack in black, I really like it!

  91. March 3, 2016


    They are all beautiful but I would probably choose the Cora and Cherrie.

  92. March 3, 2016

    CL Chin

    So many great designs, I like the Madison. I think the backpack is becoming more stylish, functional and it’s ergonomical too!

  93. March 4, 2016

    Joy D

    Tanna bag really caught my attention, slim and cross shoulder to free my hands.

  94. March 4, 2016

    Ally G.

    If I were lucky enough to win, I would choose the Andover handbag from Beside-U Canada found here: I need a large tote like this, and I like that it has RFID blocking zippered pocket to keep my cc info safe. I love the pink color option it comes in too.

  95. March 4, 2016

    Pat B

    The Mya would suit me perfectly.

  96. March 4, 2016

    Alyssa C

    If I won, I would probably pick the Claudette travel bag .. or another travel bag of some sort at the very least. I am always trying to hunt something down when we go on a destination-trip!

  97. March 4, 2016

    Karla Sceviour

    Ohh,I would choose the Sevenoaks..maybe,.,so many pretty styles oin the site,I want them all!

  98. March 4, 2016


    I totally need a new purse/tote to lug my stuff to work/shopping/out with the kids! I hope I win!

    • March 4, 2016


      The kaitlyn or the Desirae would be just the ticket, I think!

  99. March 4, 2016

    Amy C

    I would choose the Monserrat backpack.

  100. March 5, 2016

    heidi c.

    The Claudette Travel Bag would definitely come in handy.

  101. March 5, 2016

    Silvia D

    i really like the Tristan.

  102. March 5, 2016

    Jennifer P.

    I would choose the Madison backpack in Jet Black.

  103. March 5, 2016

    Valerie Mallette

    I would choose the Luisa in Ink Blue 🙂

  104. March 6, 2016

    Sophia M

    It is so hard to choose. I like Sophia or Sevenoaks.

  105. March 6, 2016

    Joni W

    I would choose the LUISA one, or the Steph, or Fiona

  106. March 6, 2016


    I would like the Andover #BNU-48R

  107. March 6, 2016

    Tina L.

    I would pick the Juliana handbag.

  108. March 8, 2016

    Jen L

    I would love the Keely! It looks like the perfect size for daily use

  109. March 8, 2016

    Angela Mitchell

    I would love the Amelia bag.

  110. March 8, 2016

    Darlene Demell

    I would choose the Rachelle/BNU-27 in black.

  111. March 9, 2016

    Juliee Fitze

    I would really like to have the Lilly in blue.

  112. March 9, 2016

    chris arnott

    Littlehampton would be lovely

  113. March 9, 2016

    Tiffany Rotulo

    I like the Amelia purse.

  114. March 9, 2016

    Nicole Jubleew

    I think I would choose the lovely Meghan Backpack

  115. March 9, 2016

    Melissa M

    Maybe the Mia or Madison, tough decision

  116. March 9, 2016

    Julie-Lynne McCann

    any of the as long as it’s in pink


  117. March 10, 2016

    Erica Seaman

    I like the RICKMANSWORTH in pink

  118. March 10, 2016


  119. March 10, 2016

    Rhonda W G.

    I do like the DEASIA / BCR-15 in pink rose alot!

  120. March 12, 2016



  121. March 12, 2016

    Catherine R.

    Some many that I like. I would probably get Austin in Oil Red.

  122. March 13, 2016

    Lisa H

    I’d pick the Meghan backpack in jet black if I won.

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