Get Beside-U Handbags On Your Side! {A Review and Giveaway!} ~ CAN 03/31

| March 2, 2016 | 151 Comments

Beside-U Cherie bag


When it comes to purses and handbags I look for functionality and comfort and then at style (and admittedly I am not a fashionista). Luckily, handbags and purses from Beside-U Canada combine all these features, making their bags the perfect addition to any woman’s handbag collection regardless of what it is needed for!

When I was offered the opportunity to review a bag from Beside-U I knew I needed a bag that could keep up with my lifestyle – between my daughter’s swimming lessons and horseback riding lessons, as well as family hiking and road trips I am constantly on the go. I can also be found running from client-to-client, usually with not a lot of time to switch handbags if the one with my stuff in it isn’t appropriate for the occasion. 

I was lucky enough to get the stylish Cherie bag from Beside-U‘s Endeavour collection. I chose the Cherie because it is a practical bag for those who travel a lot or for the commuter who likes the option to hold a bag by a small handle or drape it over their shoulder. In addition to the ability to drape the Cherie bag over one should, the single strap unzips to become two straps, which means it easily converts to a lightweight backpack – perfect for when you are running to catch a bus, travelling with little ones or when you just need your hands free to carry groceries, luggage, etc. The shoulder straps are also adjustable and lightly padded making this bag comfortable to carry, even when full.

Beside-U bags, including the Cherie bag, are also designed to coherently organize your belongings by offering many pockets throughout – including one at the back which allows you to keep your most valuable items closer to your body and more difficult for someone to steal (perfect for travelling!).



The Cherie bag, along with all new bags from Beside-U, also have a full zippered pocket inside the bag that is RFID blocking. What this means is that these bags feature special German-made material that block the radio frequency found in credit cards that have the wireless tap feature. The radio frequency from a credit card can be picked up by anyone with the right equipment; all they have to do is stand next to you to pick up your credit card’s signal and steal your banking information – but not with a Beside-U bag by your side!




Whether you are a university student, a professional or simply looking for a handbag that compliments your fashion-forward style, Beside-U offers 17 different collections, each featuring a different kind of nylon, attractive colours, and all of which are available for viewing on their website. Each collection has its own unique logo plate, zipper pull and inner lining, and each Beside-U collection has the basics: a crossbody, a tote, a backpack, etc.

So, to summarize – what makes the handbags from Beside-U so impressive?

  • Stylish designs both inside and out.
  • Made from lightweight nylon.
  • Many functional pockets, some of which have a zipper to ensure items big and small are safely stowed.
  • The inside of their larger bags feature slots for tablets and laptops of varying sizes.
  • Water resistant, which means when a little one accidentally dumps their glass of water on your bag the items inside have a good chance of staying safe (but remember, nothing with a zipper can be ‘waterproof’!)!
  • Exteriors can be easily washed with soap and water – perfect cleaning off stubborn winter salt, spring muck and fall mud!
  • RFID blocking for secure travelling, even in your home city.

Beside-U handbags are sold in 14 countries worldwide, including Canada and the USA. You can check their store locator at or visit them on Facebook or Twitter. There is a style, design and colour for every taste and purpose – look for yourself and see and then let me know in the comments what bag you could see yourself wearing!

Disclaimer: I received the Cherie bag from the Endeavour Collection for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Beside-U Giveaway


Beside-U wants to give any bag on their website (as long as it is available) to one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club reader! 

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on March 31st, 2016.

Good Luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here


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About the Author ()

In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

Comments (151)

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  1. Holly says:

    I’d love to win the Luisa! 🙂

  2. kathy downey says:

    I visited Beside-U’s website,the bag i would like if i won is the Madison bag

  3. jan says:

    I really like the Basildon in slate grey

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    They have great bags, it is hard to choose. Right now I would think about picking the Mia Bag.

  5. Elaine G says:

    I like the Kaitlyn bag.

  6. Jana L. says:

    I would love to win the Mya bag

  7. Athena says:

    I like Ava

  8. Maureen says:

    I love the JOLIE bag in khaki.

  9. Krista M says:

    One of my top favorites is definitely the sleek look of the Basildon grey satchel!

  10. Silvia D says:

    I like the Imani in Black.

  11. Nicole Adam says:

    Would love love love the Mia!!

  12. Daniela says:

    I love the Sandbach in Brown

  13. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Would like to win the Mya bag

  14. Lynda Cook says:

    I really liker the Sophia

  15. Amy Heffernan says:

    LOVE the Mya bag! I am going travelling this summer so it would be great! Thanks!

  16. PammyG says:

    I like the Precious bag.

  17. Sherry says:

    I like the Tregaron.

  18. Brenda A says:

    WOW! These look amazing for travel. I would love one of the back pack styles. Maybe the Camilla?

  19. Leah says:

    I’d like the Madison

  20. Kristine Bauman says:

    I really like the Odaly’s bag

  21. eric says:

    I like the Minneapolis

  22. kathy thorn says:

    I would love to get the Breonna

  23. josh bauman says:

    I would love to get my wife the Isabel bag.

  24. Michelle says:

    The Luisa.

  25. Heidi says:

    the Camilla!

  26. Heidi says:

    The Camilla is lovely

  27. Rekha says:

    I like the crossbody Mika or the Reina. What a great selection of bags, they`re all so fashionable! I`d honestly be thrilled with any of them. Love the colors, and the RFID technology!

  28. Shannon S says:

    Wow, so many nice bags! Hard to narrow it down but If I won I would pick the Church Stretton in black.

  29. Tara says:

    I love the Madison bag.

  30. Andrea R says:

    I would definitely get the Cherie, it’s so versatile and it looks like it’s great as a travel daybag which is what I’m looking for. All of the colours are great, but if I had to choose I would go with black.

  31. Anne Derkat says:

    I like the Belper bag.

  32. Crystal Porter says:

    There are a lot of really nice bags! I really like the jordyn

  33. Jonnie says:

    I would choose the Lindsey (RFID)

  34. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I like the Jolie bag

  35. Melissa Marie says:

    I like the Madison.

  36. Edith Rennes says:

    Love the Reigate in Diamond Purple

  37. Edith Rennes says:

    The Reigate in Diamond Purple is my favourite

  38. Valerie Gibson says:

    I love the Isabel in Acorn.

  39. Gillian Morgan says:

    I like the Juliana .

  40. Erinn Lishman says:

    I really like a lot of their bags, but I would have to choose the Luisa bag in Ink Blue!

  41. Christine Schultz says:

    I’d like the Norma RFID

  42. Rae D. says:

    I like the Mika model.

  43. Dianne G. says:

    I like the Sophia bag. It is a nice size and has pockets on the outside which I like to have on a bag.

  44. Andrea Williams says:

    I like the Taylor bag in the Blackberry Wine color.

  45. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would pick the Taylor bag.

  46. Holly OGorman says:

    I really like the LUISA / BCR-13. Can’t decide which color though!

  47. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would like the Imani bag!

  48. Brenda says:

    I really like the
    LUISA / BCR-13R

  49. Jennifer L. says:

    I like the Deasia bag.

  50. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I would like to have the Parker (RFID) in brindle grey–perfect for travel!

  51. LisaN says:

    I love the Kaylin handbag!!

  52. Debbie Petch says:

    I like the Harlow!

  53. Amy C says:

    I like the Monserrat backpack.

  54. Marisa says:

    I like the L-square and Aubrey. 🙂

  55. Josh Rankin says:

    I’d love the Indianapolis!

  56. Laurie B says:

    I like the Lindsey RFID in black.

  57. chris lee says:

    I love the mika bag !!

  58. Kathy L says:

    The Breonna in black is the one I’d like.

  59. Viv Sluys says:

    I’d like to get Lewes if I won. I really like the style and colour of it.

  60. Sandy Couzens says:

    Wow, I can honestly say it was hard to choose a favorite. They are such beautiful bags and look so well made. But I did narrow it down to the Amelia. It’s a style I could use with any outfit. Thank you for the Great giveaway 🙂

  61. Pam says:

    I would like the Luisa tote.

  62. Bailey Dexter says:

    There are so many great bags to choose from but I really love the Andover (RFID)

  63. Sarah says:

    I think I would choose the Fiona hobo bag.

  64. LisaN says:

    I like Tiana purse!

  65. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I was sure I’d already written which bag I liked best but I can’t find it so I must be dreaming! I’d choose the Isabel in Red Cordovan. Lovely colour 🙂

  66. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would pick out the Lilly (RFID) in blue .

  67. Florence C says:

    I like the Eliza bag in brown.

  68. lorna says:

    I love the Amelia bag

  69. Carole Dube says:

    I really like the Avery bag!

  70. Marlene V says:

    I really like the STEPH / BER08 bag

  71. Nate Fuller says:

    I would really like the Aspen Mens backpack! I need a new backpack!

  72. Dana says:

    The Abury 🙂

  73. lori b says:

    i like the Lewes bag

  74. Kim K says:

    There are so many nice styles of bags. I like the Helston bag and the Rachelle bag.

  75. tanyab79 says:

    I would most likely choose the Steph bag #BER08 if I won.

  76. Emily Antler Aguirre says:

    I’d get the Camilla. I’ve been looking for a chic black backpack for work and babywearing 🙂

  77. Michelle james says:

    I like the Avery handbag

  78. Kirsten G. says:

    I really like the Mika.

  79. Tina L. says:

    I would like the Juliana handbag.

  80. Rita says:

    I like the Kaylee bag in black

  81. yvonne says:

    I love the Westlake backpack in Purple/Wineberry!

  82. cheryl says:

    crossbody sling bag

  83. Karen Valleriani says:

    I love the Beside You bag

  84. Travelbuds says:

    I love the CHERIE / BER09 bag

  85. Clare O'Brien says:

    I would probably choose the Aspen backpack.

  86. Anna Walker says:

    I would choose Sofia or Mia.

  87. tammy ta says:

    I think if I win I might pick the Kaylee in black

  88. Tracy D says:

    I like the Avery bag!

  89. aarone mawdsley says:

    i like the luisa

  90. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I love the Jolie bag. I like the various pockets to store items. I like the Khaki colour. I need a bag that is both handles and a long shoulder strap.

  91. Julie Bolduc says:

    I like Tiana purse

  92. kittypride says:

    I like the Avery bag.

  93. SweetPanda says:

    I will choose the Gertrude (RFID)

  94. Marilyn Legault says:

    I like the Cherie bag

  95. Liberty says:

    I personally like the MYA.

  96. Melinda says:

    The Taylor Bag is wonderful!

  97. Anu Chopra says:

    My favorite is the Taylor bag!

  98. heather sibley says:

    I like the PAOLA (RFID) travel bag

  99. wobbles13 says:

    i really like the Luisa

  100. Wanda Tracey says:

    I really like the SOPHIA / BCT-01
    It’s beautiful and absolutely perfect for my needs!
    Thanks so much for introducing me to this awesome site.
    Their bags are so practical and gorgeous!! Love them!!

  101. Kristi says:

    I really like the Reigate bag

  102. Tricia Cooper says:

    If I won I would like the Beside-U Juliana bag!

  103. Heidi c. says:

    The Aubrey is really cute.

  104. Joni W says:

    I don’t think i could pick just one!! they’re all so awesome! i love handbags and yet I have only one. If i haaaad to choose I’d go for the Luisa or Sophia in black

  105. Amber Y says:

    I took a look around their site and i really like the CAMILLA bag in black as well as the Juliana bag!!

  106. Snowbank says:

    The Mya bag because of the outside pocket to hold a water bottle or small umbrella.

  107. Barb W says:

    I like the Aubrey bag!

  108. Sarah Stickney says:

    I like the CLAUDETTE / BFY339,

  109. Linda says:

    I would get the Mya (RFID) in ink blue.

  110. dawn gordon says:

    how generous a prize wow

    the monserret is very nice

  111. BlessedTA says:

    Monserrat Bag

  112. Erin W says:

    I think I’d choose the Minneapolis bag, I love the look of it!

  113. Amelie says:

    Juliana bag! 😊 good luck everyone!

  114. Lynda Cook says:

    A lot of nice bags but I really like the Sophia

  115. Nicky says:

    like the Minneapolis

  116. Surso S. says:

    i like the camilla

  117. Christina says:

    Oooo the Juliana I think. Drool..

  118. Lara Maynard says:

    Milks, Andover, Sevenoaks…lots of great ones!

  119. veRONIca says:

    I like the Harlow one alot!

  120. Edith Rennes says:

    The Juliana would be my choice

  121. Suzie B says:

    I would choose the Breonna

  122. Suzie B says:

    I would love to get the Breonna bag

  123. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I would like the SALTCOATS / BFY09 in black.

  124. Robyn C says:

    I think I would get the Taylor bag in the Endeavor Collection Gorgeous! (in the Blackberry Wine colour)

  125. missbobloblaw says:

    I really like the Luisa (RFID) bag.

  126. Lisa P says:

    I would get the Luisa in Pink Rose! So handy and gorgeous!

  127. Nicole Adam says:

    I really like the Julianna – the RFID protection makes you feel secure

  128. Michelle O'Farrell says:

    I’ve been looking for a bag that meets my needs with two boys. I would love the mya.

  129. KD says:

    I would choose the Minneapolis.

  130. Lisa Hallman says:

    I would love the Mia in Chocolate/Red

  131. Mary Jaglowitz says:


  132. Wanda Tracey says:

    If I won I would pick the Sophie bag in black color.

  133. Lindsay C says:

    I like the Cherie backpack.

  134. Dorothy H says:

    The Luisa

  135. Donna L. says:

    I like the Mia bag in red

  136. Laura says:

    I like the avery in purple (because purple!)

  137. Carole b. says:

    I like the Mya bag

  138. Tiesha says:

    Love the Camilla!

  139. Ada says:

    I would love to get the Luisa (RFID) in black!

  140. maria says:

    I like the Aubrey bag.

  141. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I can’t find my comment again! So to be on the safe side here it is again.
    I love the LUISA / BCR-13 in Cardinal Red.

  142. Sherry K says:

    I would like the Hailsham.

  143. tiffany dayton says:

    I liked the Kaitlyn

  144. Suzi says:

    I think I’d pick the Mya bag

  145. S. Jackson says:

    I would like the Camilla!

  146. Anita H. says:

    I’d love the Breonna

  147. Aarti M says:

    I love the Jaydn bag, it’d be perfect for me.

  148. Gizele says:

    I like the JULIANA bag.

  149. Laurie W. says:

    I would choose the Sophia crossbody bag.

  150. Kim G. says:

    I would choose Mika.

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