Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Tote

If I’m not on Feedly or YouTube, I’m probably lurking on ThePurseForum reading handbag reviews! There are classic handbags that I’ve always wanted since I was a teenager and I had this mental block that I wouldn’t buy one until I turned 25. I was hoping I would be really mature by then! Last year I was on the hunt for a small better-than-average bag that I could use on weekends. I really wanted one in a neutral shade that I would wear with any outfit. After going through the usual shops and finding nothing, I entertained the thought of maybe buying a designer handbag.

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It was this post from SomethingNavy that really made me notice the Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Tote, it looked perfect! I almost always prefer slouchy silhouettes rather than very structured ones, it was simple and edgy but different! I love how the chains fold over! Naturally, I went through every review I could find on TPF and YT! There were a lot of people sharing their views that helped me decide to go ahead with the purchase. Here’s me just contributing to the handbag review community. I feel like it’s important to know everything you possibly can before you spend so much on something, especially if you can’t really try on the bag in person.

I’ve had this bag for little over a year now and having used it atleast once or twice a week, I can give a thorough review. Stella McCartney is known for her vegan handbags (aside from the clothing line). It might seem insane to spend so much on a material that isn’t leather but I feel like the design warrants it and the material is very durable, much more so than something like lambskin leather. It’s more like thick fabric and hence scratch resistant.The material has a bit of sheen but it’s very tasteful, not quite the same as a blingy sequin purse. It’s also very easy to clean with just a damp cloth. I love the slight gunmetal colour of the chains, it hasn’t shown any signs of scratches or tarnishing either. It still looks as good as new and I’m so pleased!

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I have the Mini Tote in black which has the shoulder strap as well as the small handles. The width is 26cm which is wide enough to fit a long wallet (which is usually 20cm), height is around 25cm and depth is 6cm. This is the most that I can fit in it at a time – phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses, small makeup bag, pen, charger cable and headphones! It’s very roomy and I love the dusty rose interior colour! Also, I just read while researching for this post that the polyester lining is made from recycled plastic bottles which just blew my mind! You also get a tiny pocket on the inner side but in my experience, if you place a larger object inside (like large keys), it tends to fall out because of the foldover style. Something smaller like a lipstick stays in just fine.

I also have some awkward modelling shots for you below. It sits comfortably near my hip when it’s on the shoulder and near my waist when worn crossbody. The strap isn’t adjustable but I’m 5’3″ and it isn’t too long for me. Speaking of the strap, it is heavy but I’ve never really felt any discomfort. Once or twice I did have my bag completely filled and I was walking for a very long time (shopping of course), I did find it heavy after a few hours. I do like that it doesn’t slip off my shoulder but doesn’t dig in too much.

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I feel like this goes well with just a simple casual outfit but it wouldn’t look out of place if I wore it with a little black dress or anything of the sort either, which makes this the perfect weekend bag! I wear it for nights out, movies, shopping or whatever else I might be doing!

Overall, the bag has been in great shape since I bought it. I’ve been able to just wipe it with a damp cloth and get rid of dust marks and such. It also comes with a very large cotton dustbag which I store it in when not in use. I purchased mine from Farfetch and the custom duties were prepaid. If you are buying from Farfetch I have a referral link wherein you get 10% off your first purchase and I get free shipping in return. Also, this bag goes by a bunch of different names depending on where you’re buying it from and the prices vary as well. I’ve listed the variations in the links below. Ask me any questions you might have below!

Regular beauty posts will resume next week! I have a haul coming up! If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know some of the items.


Stella McCartney Black Falabella Mini Tote ( £595 in UK / $1055 in US / €740 in Europe) – Stella McCartney, Farfetch, Luisaviaroma (mini 3 chain), Neiman Marcus (mini tote), Selfridges (mini baby bella tote)

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  • Love the tote, it’s so perfectly stylish!

    Anika |

  • Carina Vardie

    You look so chic! The bag is beautiful and your blouse is gorgeous!


  • This bag is really versatile gal and you carry it well 🙂
    Nicely reviewed as well

  • Deepti Karulkar

    This bag is great. I have wanted it for a while, I’m trying to resist the temptation!

    I just came across your blog and really enjoyed reading it!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other on Bloglovin?

    Deepti xx

    • Thanks Deepti, I’m so glad you like the blog! Definitely let me know if there are any kind of posts you’d like to see. 🙂

  • This bag is so gorgeous! I love the way it hangs.

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • I just love how it’s a mix of slouchy but with edge, it’s so glad I went with this one, it’s completely worth it for me.

  • karina shvets

    so chic and sweet – love it!

  • Albertine

    This bag is gorgeous and such a classic style and colour! It would be perfect for 90% of my wardrobe 🙂

    • Same here except maybe for work! With everything else I tend to wear, it goes perfectly.

  • Yiotou_La

    I love the bag, so gorgeous and stylish! I also like your top, looks lovely on you!


    • Thanks Yiota! I’m still not bored of wearing it!

  • Love your outfit and the bag looks amazing.

  • Love it, from head to toe! <3

  • I am in no way a bag person, but I like the look of it. I don’t think I would ever buy a designer bag, it would be wasted on me, and at the moment I carry a diaper bag anyway, but I think if you are into these bags, it is important to do your research, just like you did.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yep, it’s definitely not something anyone *needs*. I’m very happy it all worked out though, I still get that happy “new bag” feeling everytime I wear this. 🙂

      • Different people want different things. I do spend way too much on expensive skincare.

  • Hanna
  • This bag is so cute! I like the edgier chain details, but it’s not so casual that you can’t dress it up. A very good choice!

    • Thanks! Yes, everything you just said, sums it up perfectly! xx

  • Ahh! this bag is lovely and suits you!

  • Hanaa Elham

    I have been eyeing this bag for years and I think you just sold me on it 😀 the bag looks lovely on you. Great post!!

    x Hanaa Elham-

    • I’m glad you like it Hanaa! I read up a lot before buying it as well. If you do get it, I hope it makes you just as happy! xx

  • I simply love the design, such a fab bag & perfect for your everyday essentials without carrying too much around. I definitely think bags are investments as they last a lifetime really x

    Beauty with charm | Benefit Cheekathon Giveaway

    • I see myself using this for years for sure! I also like that’s not very apparent that it’s a designer bag, like you’d know only if you were into bags.

  • Congrats on your Stella purchase, it’s a true beauty! I also really like your top, goes so well with the bag



  • You know what? I’ve always bought structured bags but never one that has chains or even remotely similar design as the one you have here. That is a beautiful bag and you can’t really go wrong with Stella McCartney.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I always feel like structured bags look weird with the way I dress or they just look too big on me. I like smaller structured ones but with this size I do like more slouchy ones.

  • This is such a gorgeous bag! I love the chain detailing xx

  • What a beautiful bag! Absolutely stunning! xx


  • I’ve never tried anything from Stella Mc before, I’ve heard her perfumes are really popular but I’ve never tried them before. I love that bag and the leather stitching around the bag gives it a nice edgy vibe to it, it looks like a really nice statement bag. I also adore that top you’re wearing, I mentioned it when you posted it on instagram, it is so lovely on you!

    Jennifer | Amour JNFR

    • Thanks so much Jennifer! I sat on my decision to buy it for a really long time and it’s completely worth it!

  • Samileen

    Oh wow I love how you have paired that bag. Love your outfit too.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  • Chain straps tend to hurt and start digging into my skin, but it’s a cute bag! I really love the top you’re wearing!