friday freebie: pora bag ($200+ value!) {CLOSED}

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks for playing along!


Happy Friday, friends! I know I’ve been kinda slacking on you guys lately (it hasn’t escaped me that I haven’t posted a recipe in weeks), but I hope I can make up for it a little bit with this insanely cool giveaway. This might be my favorite giveaway I’ve ever done here on BTHR. Let’s talk about Pora bags.


These bags are so cool! From a utilitarian standpoint, they are amazingly versatile because each bag has a base that is then wrapped in a washable, reversible sleeve. Want to carry a purple bag today? Put on the purple shell. Need a black bag tomorrow ? Use the black side.  Spill coffee on your bag? Wash it. Without ever changing your purse. And to up the customization even more, you can add on fun, handwoven decorative bands to the bag to give them a one-of-a-kind look.

Background - bag overview

But my absolute favorite part of these bags is that the company is committed to sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Each bag is 100% vegan and cruelty free. And the artisan bands are handwoven by artisans in developing countries, where they are paid a fair wage for their work.

PHOTO - Artisan Partner - Aj Quen- Guatemala PHOTO - Artisan Partner - Friends-International - Cambodia

Pora was kind enough to send me my own bag to review and it is beautiful, well made and incredibly sturdy! It’s a bit too big of a bag for me to use for an everyday purse, but it will be perfect for beach trips or even as an overnight bag. And if you’re in need of a bigger everyday bag, you’ll love this! It’s the perfect size for carrying books, a laptop, a lunch, workout gear or even to hold toys and books if you’re a on-the-go Mama. I wish I had this bag back when I was working!

Because the people at Pora rock, they are offering to giveaway one bag to a lucky BTHR reader! You get to pick the color, the handles, the bands….everything! All customized for you. That’s a $200 value. Woohoo! Happy Friday!

Ready to win?

  • PRIZE: One customized Pora bag. This includes: the bag base, one sleeve (in your color choice), one set of bands (in your choice of pattern), one set of decorative tassles (in your choice of color) and one set of handles (in your choice of color and length).
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling me why you need/want a new bag!
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at Noon (12pm) EST
  • ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only at this time. Sorry international readers! I try to score as many international giveaways as I can.
  • WINNER ANNOUNCED: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 on this here post!
  • LEGALESE: To enter you must be 18 or older. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada and provide a valid email address. One entry per email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Pora will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for  prize fulfillment. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, leave a comment on this post. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before Wednesday, July 3, 2013. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Pora and is void where prohibited by law.
  • DISCLOSURE: I was compensated for posting this review and giveaway with my own Pora bag (total value, $226).

Why do you need/want a new bag?

P.S. If you want to get a great preview of how the bag “works” check out this awesome (and short) video.

P.P.S. I originally had that this giveaway was open to international readers (sorry, I thought it was!) but it is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents.

Congrats to our winner, Neena! Neena says her current bag is just a touch too well-loved and can use a new one.


  1. Tara says

    I just realized yesterday I’m sill carrying my winter purse. This would be a great change to my wardrobe! Some fun summery colors!

  2. says

    I want this bag because I love to change up the bag I’m carrying. It’s easier than having to run out and buy a new wardrobe every time I get an itch for a change. :)

  3. says

    I need a bag because…we’re joining the Y next month (we just moved closer to one) and I’m going to get to take my 4 boys to the pool! And to work out! And it’d be nice to have a big bag like that to shelp all that stuff that seems to come with 4 kids.

  4. Elizabeth says

    What a gorgeous bag! Perfect for hauling my lunch & other essentials to the hospital where I work as a nurse. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  5. Kimberly says

    I would love this bag since it would be large enough to carry mine and my daughter’s stuff. Then I wouldn’t have to carry around a purse and diaper bag. I really like how you can customize them.

  6. April says

    Super Cute Bag!!!!!! I would love to have a new bag to carry my things from work to ball games with my children without having to “trade out”.

  7. says

    It looks like a great bag with multiple uses, such as carrying my healthy lunches to work and also could be dressed up. Most importantly, they seem like a great company with respect to their artists!

  8. Kalyn says

    I just realized my purse is getting small holes in it…I’m on the lookout for a new one. Plus, I love any company that supports people who otherwise wouldn’t be getting paid fairly!

  9. Stephanie D says

    I have been trying to be mindful of what I buy, both from a financial standpoint and ensuring I am environmentally mindful. I haven’t bought a new bag in nearly three years and mine is full of tears and holes. I could definitely use a new one!

  10. Zoe says

    I spend a lot of time on the road, getting interviews from activists, attending protests, and getting pictures. A big, versatile bag would really help me keep everything in one place! <3

  11. Melody says

    I’ve been looking for a new bag for work and I love that the company is socially and environmentally conscious!

  12. meredith says

    yahoo! how gorgeous. i desperately need a new bag. i’m currently borrowing since my old bag gave out on me and i need something that is mine and “me” and this looks like it :)

  13. says

    I’d love a new bag because I’m about to have my second baby and with the first one only being a year old I’m anticipating have a fair amount of stuff to hike around! Plus, these are so pretty! :)

  14. Katie M says

    I want a new bag because my current bag was purchased over 3 years ago, and I’d love to spice up my style with a new one!

  15. Erin says

    My job takes me from the office during the day to evening arts events. I would love a bag that could go easily from day to evening. The switch-out covers remind me of Day-to-Night Barbie with her reversible skirt.

  16. BethanyH says

    I need a new bag because when you have toddlers, you pretty much have to pack the entire house along if you are doing more than just running across the street!

  17. Bre says

    I love these bags! They look awesome! I go on a lot of trips in the summer, including a lot of camping. This bag looks like it could stand up to all of my traveling. I would love to win one! Thank you!

  18. Michelle B says

    Love these bags! I definitely need a new bag because the one I have is old, black, and boring. One of these would be an amazing fusion of color!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Chaley says

    I would love a new bag as I have been using the same one for years, like going on a decade! I just can’t justify spending money on a new one when the old one is still going strong.

  20. Jen N. says

    I bring a lot of food to work. After one spilled bottle of kombucha, I realized that maybe carrying food in my purse isn’t such a good idea….enter, this bag. 😉

  21. Ashley says

    Oh my goodness. I need this bag because I’ve been carrying around a diaper bag (even the cutest are not cute) for the past 10 months. Mama is ready for a cuter bag!

  22. says

    I commute to work on the train everyday and am always in search for that perfect sized bag to carry all I need! This would be perfect for that!

  23. Leslie says

    I would love to win the Pora bag.It would make a great work bag. I am on the go all the time and have a lot of things that must go with me. I love the versatility of the bag. I had not heard of Pora bags before today. I am impressed with the companies business model.I want one badly!

  24. Rosanne says

    Very neat bags!

    I need a new bag because I am just about to start a new job next week (yay!) that is downtown and will require me to utilize public transportation to get there each day. My regular old purse isn’t going to cut it for my walk/train ride, so I’ve been looking for a nice sturdy option with plenty of room to pack all my stuff that I’ll need for the day.

  25. Amy says

    I need a new nurse bag for work! This would be perfect, although I might find it too nice & instead use it as an overnight bag.

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