Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.
— Giorgio Armani
When I was expecting the Toddler, there was so much I was looking forward to; reliving those early years which seemed an age away since the Tween and Teen were little, impulsive cuddles as arms are flung around your neck and watching so many firsts through fresh new eyes.
There were also a few things I was a little apprehensive in letting go of, one of which was an emerging love of quality. As a working mum I could finally afford the finer things in life, boots and handbags being a new-found love. And I was reluctant at the thought of having to trade in my leather bags, one of which I received as a gift only a few months before he was born, for functional changing bags.
I resigned myself to temporary phase of putting my style to one side for a few years, as my clothes and bags became a focus of can I breast feed in it? Can it hold nappies, baby wipes, change of clothes, purse, sunnies and a beaker? And for the last 20 months it’s been fine, not great, but fine.
But there are occasions when I don’t want to lug around a changing bag with a full days supply of baby paraphernalia. When I’m popping to the shops, off to toddler groups or for a coffee with Daz. I’ve resorted to stuffing a nappy in one coat pocket and purse in the other, not the most elegant way of leaving the house when you resemble Bill Sykes on a pick pocketing mission.
What I needed was a functional yet elegant baby changing bag, and that’s exactly what the Bellamy Baby leather tote bag is.
The brain child of three mums who met at an NCT class, frustrated at seeing mothers everywhere with unfashionable, poor quality changing bags strapped to their buggies, they set about doing something about it. The talented team developed the perfect stylish, fashionable and functional design that would transform how we carry our everyday baby things.
At first glance it’s simply a handbag. I say simply, but there is nothing simple about the Harriet signature Bellamy Baby bag. The leather croc tote, with gold zip detail looks as good perched on my Mountain Buggy and Babyzen Yoyo as is does slung over my shoulder or resting on my forearm. In short it makes you feel the bees knees, in full you know you still have everything you need and haven’t compromised on style.
My bag arrived beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, you get the whole luxury handbag experience complete with dustbag. I savoured the unboxing, peeling back the wrapping and removing all the protective pieces. After months of compromise I was finally back in the moment of feeling less mummsy and more lady.
Inside are 5 internal leather trimmed pockets so there’s a place for everything and everthing has a place, no more chasing my mobile around at the bottom, the Bellamy Baby changing mat, nappies, wipes and hand gel sit together in one of the larger ones as does a change of clothes.
My purse and anything else I need extra security for are hidden within a leather embossed zip pocket and my key kept closely and safe with the clasp holder, which could also double as an emergency dummy holder.
The side zips undo to widen the bag to carry any extra items should you need a touch more room and it comes complete with a bottle holder which I’ve also used as cloth nappy bag. My own personal favourites are the buggy straps which tuck nicely hidden away inside when not in use. These are operated easily with one hand with no fiddling around.
For me personally, though, is knowing that theres little danger of picking up the wrong bag at the soft play centre. Having such an exclusive piece is not only an opportunity to stand out from the crowds, it a definition of your style and as Georgio Armarni classes elegance as being remembered, so why not be remembered as the mum with the Bellamy Baby changing bag!
I made a few new year promises to myself this year, and stepping out with this on my arm is the perfect start, plus if they’re good enough for Ferne Cotton and Sam Fiaers then its good enough for me!
And so the Bellamy Baby quest began – to improve the changing bag. Whether buying a morning coffee, doing buggyfit in the rain, changing a nappy or on a city commute, we wanted to create a bag that makes all mothers look and feel fantastic.
I received a Bellamy Baby bag for the purpose of this review, all words, unless quoted, and photographs are my own.
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