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October 24, 2014

Fashionable and Functional Diaper Bag

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a cozy look and my go-to diaper bag. I remember when I was pregnant I thought I'd be able to use a designer bag as a diaper bag (I got this one for that purpose), but soon found out that as much of a minimalist mommy I wanted to be, I still couldn't fit all the stuff I needed to bring for Liv in a chic-looking bag like that! 

It was a long search for a beautiful and functional diaper bag; I was ready to admit defeat and just buy a bulky diaper bag (accepting it was part of my new mom role), when the women at Lily Jade contacted me and offered to send me one of their new diaper bags. I chose the Madeline in Brandy and have been so pleased with my choice. I was a little hesitant to use it at first - it was so nice I almost didn't want to use it for fear of messing up the leather! Thankfully I got over it though, and especially now with fall, the brown leather is my favorite!

I love the functionality of this bag - the adjustable long strap (and two shoulder straps) allow for the bag to be worn as a shoulder bag, messenger bag, or backpack! I'm not going to lie, I initially thought to myself - who would want to wear a nice bag like that as a backpack!? Don't knock it till you try it. Having both hands completely free without a bag on one side or the other makes chasing after Liv so much easier! It also makes it convincing as a "men's diaper bag" and N carries it (as a backpack or messenger)! Hehehe.

And the pockets, oh the pockets. I love that there are three large exterior pockets - these usually hold things I need in easy reach - my phone and keys, chapstick, and tickets or papers for whatever we're doing that day (and tissues - all the tissues I can fit for Liv's constantly runny nose). Best nappy bag.

{Liv has proven herself to be quite the expert photo bomber}

The inner pockets are really where all the magic of this bag is, though. Any search for designer diaper bags will give you some pretty gorgeous bags, but when you hover over the images you see that the inside of the bags are empty! A dark abyss that will lead to lots of endless searching for whatever it is you're reaching for. The Lily Jade bag has so many pockets! The red organizer has at least a dozen pockets and is completely removable and washable. This is a game changer - I never thought about all the potential milk or baby food spills in the bag or how I would clean it - with the insert you can literally just pop it in the wash! 

The best part is that you can buy the insert separately. This is big time. Let's be honest - many of us (at least I know I speak for myself and some of my readers) can't afford to spend $300 on a diaper bag. Lily Jade understands that and has made it so that any mama can get some of this amazing functionality in whatever bag they choose. Awesome. 

The baby bag inserts are all on sale for $49, and the rest of the line of Lily Jade diaper bags is on sale as well, with prices ranging from $135 - $305. Don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but Christmas is around the corner - this bag would make a great gift for any expectant or new mom!

I hope you all have wonderful weekends!!

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