Now that Taylor’s 21 months old I’ve been thinking that it’s about time to get rid of our trusty old changing bag and get myself something a little more stylish. I really don’t need all of that space for feeding material and constant nappie changes any more, and I think I deserve a bag that actually looks good on me – especially since I’ve made a promise to dedicate a little more TLC to myself and get some of my fashion mojo back.
Do you really still need your changing bag?
Swapping your designer handbag for a mum bag (AKA ‘changing bag’) is almost like a right of passage for any new mum. Little do you realise at the time that it also marks the start of your fashion demise and the beginning of a new era where a trip to the shops means Mothercare or your local supermarket and perhaps (if you’re lucky) a pair of new PJs or joggers for yourself.
In those last few weeks before giving birth, choosing my mum bag seemed like a big decision to me. Quite frankly I had no idea what I was looking for – but like everything else on my ‘newborn list’, it felt like another item that I could purchase that would make me an ‘actual mum’ at a time when I couldn’t get my head around the fact that I was about to give birth to a human being. It had to be practical (i.e. big enough to carry everything-but-the-kitchen-sink), yet I also wanted something stylish and something that Dad wouldn’t feel like a prat carrying around – after all, fathers do actually change nappies and give bottle feeds these days.
In the end, I opted for a Storksak navy canvas satchel bag with an insulated bottle carrier and a changing mat incorporated. To be fair, it has served us pretty well – it’s still in one piece despite being flung around, squashed into the buggy and thrown under tables for the past 20 months. But as I said, time for an update now.
The Radley ‘Harley’ back-pack
I was recently offered the opportunity to review one of the bags from the new Radley backpack range. I’ve always loved the Radley handbags and purses and have had a few in my time – so of course I jumped at the chance! I opted for the Harley medium zip top backpack as I love how compact it is and think the black with the gold detail makes it timeless. I haven’t worn a backpack since my school days, so I was looking forward to welcoming this style back into my life – I have to admit that I find handbags a little awkward and uncomfortable, especially when you carry a lot in them as any mum does.
The backpack arrived in gorgeous packaging that immediately made me feel pretty special. On opening the box and discovering my new stylish backpack I was pretty excited – it was just what I hoped for. It’s black nylon with leather-look zip pulls and trim, and is foil embossed with the Radley London logo. I also love the gold zip detail which gives it a classy, yet understated look. The inside of the back pack is lined with a lively contrasting print which stands out against the black exterior.