When I was first looking into diaper bags, I got pretty overwhelmed by all the different options and styles. I bought a shoulder bag from a baby store, but I didn’t love it (and thus returned it); since it was a shoulder bag I didn’t think it was the best option for me with my occasional back pain. It also looked so much like a diaper bag to me, and not like something I would use ordinarily. Which is fine, but I thought I would keep looking.
I knew for sure that I wanted a backpack, and while I love my Fjällräven, over time it ended up becoming Geoff’s computer bag. While researching, I would read about how people had multiple diaper bags and it seemed a bit much to me (little did I know!). But now that I have a baby, I see how sensible it is. I personally have two diaper bags that I use, both with very different purposes, but both wonderful: the Bartaile C12, and the OneDuo.
The above bag is the OneDuo. We like to use this bag when we’ll be out for the full day, for example when we went to a wedding with the baby. This bag is made of a coated cotton canvas, making it water resistant, it’s huge, and it has a ton of pockets. It also comes with its own changing mat. It can be worn as a messenger bag, a backpack, a shoulder bag, and it comes with clips to hang it off the stroller. It has pockets for bottles on either side and fits so many things! I call it my Mary Poppins bag. I usually cram it with enough supplies to last a week. Unintentionally!
(Gah, I am SO IN LOVE with our Bugaboo stroller. I will be sad when it’s time to take the bassinet off and switch to the regular seat!)
I also think it happens to be a very good-looking bag!
This bag is the canvas and leather Bartaile C12, and it is the bag I use on an every day basis. This one can also be used as a shoulder bag, but I like to use it as a backpack. It can even be folded in half and carried like a clutch. It’s a bag with a slim profile, but it also holds a surprising amount of things! I can usually cram a changing pad, wet bag, 10 diapers, wipes, a swaddling blanket, a change of outfit for baby, my wallet, keys, sunglasses case, a book, dozens of tiny washcloths... it goes on. There are many pockets inside, and it also has a compartment that would fit a laptop, although let’s face it, I’m not getting much work done these days! But it will also be perfect as a non-baby bag when I go back to work.
This bag is super stylish and it has luxe details. The gold-toned hardware is impeccable, and I love the little details like the blue water-repellant lining and the gold-stamped logo on the side. It even comes in a dust bag for storage, which is a small detail but one that I appreciate.
(Just a quick note that one should be careful hanging a bag off a stroller as it can tip the stroller. I only do it when the bag is not too heavy!)
Here are a few things I like to take with me in my diaper bags: I like to have a Solly Wrap on hand in case I decide to take baby out of the stroller and carry him; NomiLu pacifier clip and soothie; bunny rattle knit by my friend Megan. The clutch on the right is another amazing miniature diaper bag! It’s the Roundabout by Pretty Brave. It’s a folded change pad that also has a pouch for a few diapers and wipes. It’s also so beautiful. I got mine from the shop Billie and Axel in Montreal.
Left to right: the Nest from Native Wilds, which is a car seat cover that I use on really sunny days but also keep with me as a nursing cover; Bottoms Up! baby balm from Ella’s Botanicals, a local all-natural line of skincare products; and this is a pouch that I made with some white canvas that I painted. I lined the inside with some plastic-coated fabric from Ikea.
I recently sent out Luca’s birth announcement to... almost everyone we have ever met. During pregnancy, it was something I looked forward to creating and sending. When I was making regular visits to a fertility clinic they had birth announcements and photos all over the walls, and while at times they were a little difficult to look at, they were a symbol of hope (which, I suppose, is why they were there in the first place). I love sending and receiving mail, and I’m wild about stationery. I was that kid who had a penpal on nearly every continent and would get so excited when I saw the mail carrier. I still do! Sometimes I imagine my friends who have received stacks of thank you notes from me wondering what they’re going to do with all of them (or I imagine them throwing them in the recycling bin!), but I will keep sending them.
I had thought about designing the announcement myself, but wanted to wait until the baby was here, kind of like how I had to wait until we saw him to give him his name. Of course, once he was here I was short on time and sleep, so I decided to use a service I have recommended to all my friends who have ever asked my advice on wedding invitations: Minted. They have a new line of letterpress birth announcements and since I have always admired letterpress stationery but have never used it myself, I decided to try it out. It was hard to choose but we went with this announcement, designed by Bethan Lumb (I also really loved this design but it didn’t work as well with our text). Stars have become an inadvertent theme in the things I like to pick up or make for Luca, so it felt perfect. I’m so happy with the result! The letterpress is such a nice touch, and I love that they will print the addresses on the front of the envelopes for free (obscured above, of course). The paper quality is wonderful, nice and toothy, and the photo printed nicely as well. (If you would like to make your own announcements or invitations using Minted, follow this link for $25 off your first order of $100 or more!)
(I love those Canada Post hydrangea stamps. I have always associated mid-July with giant puffs of hydrangeas growing wild in gardens, and Luca was born in mid-July, so now I will always associate them with his birthday.)
I did take the photo myself, when he was about two weeks old. Such a tiny guy at the time! It actually makes me want to cry (although of course he is still really little!).
Also, I’ve always been obsessed with baby books, especially highly detailed ones. I never had one and I was always envious of kids who had them. For years I didn’t even know what time I was born at or what I weighed at birth. I was happy to come across this lovely one published by Chronicle Books, Le Petit Baby Book. The illustrations are so charming and it has room for details and for photos galore. Although, um, I have only filled in a few pages so far.
The space here isn’t quite right for this announcement but I shall find a way to make it work nonetheless!
Anyone who knows me knows I can be a little obsessed with phone cases. I even took a stab at designing them myself. I went through a period where I was switching out my case every few days, depending on my mood, from a silicone bunny to a novelty-sized set of lips to a more austere (in comparison) marble pattern.
I was pretty excited when I heard about a new phone case from my friends at Shine: Mirra Mirra. This is a beeauutiful phone case in and of itself, but it features a mirror and lights for makeup touchups in the dark. I have definitely been guilty of a tooth check using the front-facing camera!
While the Mirra Mirra phone case is not yet available for sale through traditional means, you can get one via the Indiegogo campaign. I’m really into the rose gold (of course), although the marble is also a nice option. Choices, choices.
Currently Mirra Mirra is only available for iPhone. Follow the campaign via Facebook!
This photo above is from the launch party that was held recently here in Toronto. I couldn’t attend, but can’t get enough of this mirror display! So pretty.