A small tote bag is just practical. Whenever I'm running a quick errand or just going to the market, I don't like carrying a big bag(don't get me wrong I LOVE my big bags) when all I need is my wallet, keys and phone. A small bag also makes a great lunch bag or a special purse for a keiki(child). Also because the bag is small you can afford to be a little more ostentatious with your fabric choice and express personality with bold patterns or cute characters.
Anyway, here is my take on the "Mini Tote".
Small Pink and White Japanese Elephant Tote Bag