I got a call the other day from a friend who was actually considering buying a diaper bag on Ruelala.com. We'll call her Mary. This doesn't sound all that crazy...except that Mary had no child. Nor is she pregnant. Apparently, the Kate Spade diaper bag was so glorious that she had to have it, regardless of the fact that it has a changing pad. "I can use it for when I set my lunch out during a stroll through the park," Mary explained in defense of her fashion accessory decision.
It's true. Diaper bags have now become chic accessories. And Petunia Pickle Bottom (the cutest name for anything in the world, IMHO) has been a leader in that revolution, straight out the gate as the go-to for fashionable baby needs. They have really cornered the market on innovative, stylish diaper bags and carriers, and just this month they have improved upon their top-selling Boxy Backpack. Just when you thought perfection couldn't get any more perfect.
Petunia's top-selling bag is a pretty posh and polished way to travel with the small set. Now not only does it have secure snaps that keep your bag contents in place, but there's a new whisper-quiet magnetic closure for easy access to the main compartment.
Of course the addition of this hush-hush detail blends with the amazing details that you already scream joyfully about--tons of organizational pockets for bottles, binkies and wipes; a built-in fold-out changing station; water resistant liner; and detachable changing pad. Even though the backpack carrying method is a hands-free God send, there are other carrying options like a thick messenger strap. And don't forget when you have a ton to carry, there's also the huge Abundance size.
With fun new fall 2012 prints so chic and fashionable, you might just reach for your Petunia backpack when you're planning your outfit for date night. Don't worry. Your sitter will hopefully point out that it's a diaper bag before you leave. The new Glazed Fabric designs are a fabulous journey around the world (something I bet you can'??t wait to do again once your little one is out of diapers). Think delicate slate and silver on Misted Marseille, a pop of blue on Mystic Mykonos, striking green florals set off by a single embroidered blossom on the Passport to Prague (seen above).
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Frolicking in Fez is one of my favorites (shown above). It conjures up the spicy air of mystery in Morocco with a dramatic labyrinth print of high contrast black and white. Not the inside of a family bathroom, which is usually where you're bringing your diaper bag. Call it a little escape, if you will. Also the Chenille and Brocade collections of the Boxy get their own fresh updates, with a new Elderberry chenille and Violent Sapphire and Spiced Crimson brocades.
It's no wonder Petunias have been seen draped over the shoulders of such lovely moms as Selma Hayek, Heidi Klum, Gwen Stefani, and Sandra Bullock. I guess in the end, I don't fault Mary for wanting something even though it has a useless changing pad. It's enough to make you wish your child was back in diapers. Well...almost enough.
Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpacks are available for $179 and the Abundance Boxy Backpacks for $210.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines.
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