My New Bag

About a year ago I cleared out all my bags. Donated pretty much every single one and bought myself a bag that, I thought, would do me all occasions. It would not. I needed a bag for fancier times and I saw one on sale in the faulty bin in The White Company and grabbed that and with a simple fix had a lovely grey bag that was a little more dressy.

I’ll spare you the story of each of my bags, but lets just say I now have more bags than when I did that initial clear out and the bag I bought that “would do me for everything” is one of the least frequently used bags I own… Figures…

Last week, however, I bought a new bag, and this one really hits a lot of marks. Not so good for a dressy occasion but for day to day use it’s perfect!

I was looking at basket and bucket bags and for me both of these styles of bag had little flaws that I couldn’t get over. Basket bags need to be held in your hand, meaning you have one less hand for doing things. Bucket bags are often very structured and can have hard edges which dig in and poke out at funny angles. My new bag has neither of these issues.

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It’s very lightweight, a must for me right now. The fabric is soft on the bag and the strap so it doesn’t rub against your skin. It has a long strap that you can carry on your shoulder or wear across your body. The baskety bit at the bottom helps it hold some shape so when you put it down all your stuff doesn’t tumble onto the floor. Plus those tassels are just lovely… It’s from Pull&Bear, I bought mine on ASOS.

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What’s in Baby’s Hospital Bag.

I’ve had little one’s hospital bag mostly packed for a few weeks now.  I think it’s fairly safe to say that packing the bag for baby is one of the more exciting parts of prepping for your new arrival.  You get to go through their clothes and select the items that feel special enough to be their firsts. First socks, first hat, first vest.  For me it was the time when I really started to think about what our little man would look like.

As most first time mums do, I’m sure I’ve over packed but having all my bases covered has helped me feel calm about those first few hours with baby.

The bag we’re using will be our everyday nappy bag,  I got it from Amazon.  It’s got pockets everywhere which makes it a fantastic hospital bag.  I’ve got things tucked away so I can tell my husband exactly where to find the scratch mitts, rather than him having to root around the whole bag looking for anything.

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On top there’s a blanket for coming home.  This one was made by little one’s Granny.

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In the outside pockets I’ve put muslins and water wipes.  Will 2 muslins be enough?!  I have also packed a pack of cotton wool incase the hospital would prefer we use that.

Inside I’ve put six newborn size nappies and a changing pad, the changing pad is only there because I wanted to make sure it was in the changing bag and didn’t get lost.

There’s a swaddling muslin and hat in case it’s a little chilly.

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In the inside back pocket are a few small bits that could easily get lost in the main pocket.  These are also items we are less likely to need but that I wanted to pack just incase.

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We are still in discussions about the use of a dummy but I’m packing it just in case.  Look at those tiny socks!

Clothes next,  first I’ve got a selection of “emergency” vests in case we’re in for a little longer and he needs a change of clothes.  Two are 0-3 months and one is newborn.  We packed a very sweet long-sleeved vest that will most likely not fit him as it’s ‘Small Baby’ size, but if it’s ever going to fit him it’ll be on his first day and would make for some quite nice newborn pictures.

Then I’ve packed six outfits, three newborn size and three 0-3 size.  That’s two babygrows for chilling out in the hospital (one in each size), a baby grow for if we come home at night (again one in each size) and an outfit for coming home in the day (yep, one in each size).  I’ve also packed a cardigan that should fit him no matter how big or small he is…

…unless he’s huge.  I hope he’s not huge…

OOTD – Hat Outfit

I’m still very much in the process of getting my wardrobe together,  I want to have a good basic wardrobe, something capsule like, and then build from there.  Part of this process is putting together outfits, wearing them and seeing how I feel!

I’ve always played it pretty safe, I don’t like the feeling of people looking at me in public so I normally try not to stand out with what I wear.  On the other hand I want to wear what I think looks good and what I feel comfortable in.  I’ll often put an outfit off because I think people will look at me, when in reality people don’t really give a shit what I’m wearing and I should care what people think! So I’m putting together some odd outfits and trying them out, if I feel good in them it’s a success and then I’ll start looking at other ways to style those pieces.

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For this outfit I wanted to style my favourite white shirt with a skirt I rarely wear because I’m unsure if it’s flattering, I wanted to wear boots because I quite like the look of ankle boots with a skirt but I’m worried it makes my legs look stumpy.  Then accessioning, I wore the coat to bring it together a bit, it made to look a little smarter I think, my bag is my everyday brown bag and then the hat.  The hat was the real uncertainty, I asked my mum on her thoughts and she wasn’t convinced and normally that would be enough to send the hat back to the clothes rail, but this time I thought ‘No’.  I wore it and loved it.  Even if it was way too hot for it…

All in all I think this look has an edgy smartness too it, something I’d wear to a nice lunch with fancy people, I feel better about the skirt and the hat so they will move on to the next round of styling.  It’s kind of like a game show for clothes!

Thanks to Laura at Rose and Weston for taking these pics!

I like to add links to the actually items I’m wearing where I can, however where that isn’t possible I will link to a similarly priced and designed item.