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I ditched my diaper bag for MZ Wallace and haven’t looked back

Diaper bags are always a dilemma. I’m never happy with my diaper bag. With my daughter, I obsessively searched for a chic bag and purchased a bag from 2 Red Hens. I loved the colors and the design. But the bowling bag shape ended up being annoying. I found the bag too bulky.

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About a year later, while shopping at Marshalls, I found I purse from Olivia and Joy that I thought would make the best diaper bag ever. And I got it in both of the colors they had- gray for the colder seasons and creme for summer.

The side zipper pockets fit diapers and wipes and the front pockets fit bottles. Sold! Turns out that these are actually diaper bags: Olivia and Joy Portia Diaper Bag.

Go me for getting them half price.

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So these bags are great for when you have an older baby, like over a year old. Moms can use them as a purse and not have to lug around another diaper bag.  My only complaint is that the material on the strap started to peel off.

When I found out I was having a boy, I decided to get a new diaper bag that had more space for a change of clothes, etc. At the time, I was really into Baggallini and used the brand’s Black Friday sale as an excuse to purchase their new, bright blue diaper bag. I love the Baggallini On the Go Diaper Bag tote in Cobalt Blue. There are so many compartments that everything can be ultra organized.

 

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So what’s the problem with this one? It’s not big enough for me to ditch my purse and carry just one bag. And there’s not enough room for me to add everything I need for an infant and a toddler.  Carrying around two bags isn’t easy when you’re also managing two kids.

Then, I came across the bag of my dreams from MZ Wallace.  It’s the Large Sutton Tote in Estate Blue available at Saks. I saw this bag on someone in person and couldn’t stop thinking about it for months. This is a statement bag. The color is so unique.

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And it’s huge! But not too big that I can’t carry it around. It comes with inside pockets, a three insert bags for organization and can be held as a tote or crossbody bag. So basically, the only thing missing is a pocket big enough to hold bottles, but that’s OK.

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After months of dreaming about it, I decided to treat myself. Ok, the “Low stock” notice I saw online for it also played a role in my decision. I panicked I would not get it if I waited ’til my birthday as I planned. Clever marketing success, perhaps?

I am obsessed with this bag! It meets all my needs: light weight, unique color for all seasons, crossbody option and plenty of organization. I am happy to ditch my diaper bag and combine everything I need here. Enough room for my stuff, and everything I need while on the go with a toddler and an infant.  Definitely worth the price since I won’t need to get a new bag for summer.

If you order another color, I suggest going directly through MZ Wallace so you can get the 10 percent off.

I was also considering a Marc Jacobs diaper bag, but felt they were too small for my needs.  And then on instagram, I discovered Happ brand and was thisclose to purchasing their backpack. Kudos to them for making a sponsored ad that said, “If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it.”  Unfortunately for them, it backfired because I listened to them and got the MZ Wallace on my mind!

Happ has a nice blush pink bag too. But ultimately, I think the tote is too small for me and the backpack would be nice sometimes but I prefer side totes since I am always going in and out of my bag.

 

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So there you have it! My super long journey to finding the perfect diaper bag and it’s not even a diaper bag!

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Navigating life as a wife, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (www.trashthedressonline.com), have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at gmail.com

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