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Stylish Comfort in Le Petit Society’s Basics Collection + Promo Code!

Prior to the fitting session for Le Petit Society’s new Basics Collection, I had not given two hoots about twinning with the kids, let alone with the husband. But everything was changed as soon as we tried the clothes out at Le Petit Society’s “In Real Life” Concept store at Downtown Gallery!

You see, I always thought that twinning might look a little odd on us. The husband is really tall, I’m of average height, we have a son and a daughter, and I didn’t think twinning would work when we were literally ‘all shapes and sizes’. What the founders of Le Petit Society, Robyn and Dylan, have done is to create a cohesive collection that comprises pieces of complementary colours and simple designs, one that allows a family to ‘twin’ with one another without being identical if they didn’t want to. Best of all, the pieces are made of incredibly soft and smooth cotton, the very same fabric that makes true comfort and durability synonymous with Le Petit Society’s clothes for children, and M and I are so glad to have access to clothes as comfortable as our kids’ now!

We were invited to do a styled shoot for the official lookbook and I love how versatile the pieces are as one can come up with more permutations of twinning that what meets the eye. You may recognise some of the photos here if you have seen them on the site or on social media recently. The kids could twin with each other, I could choose to be matchy-matchy with the husband or with Ethan, and the husband can look cute with Faith in the same palette/design. The possibilities are endless.

You may think the lookbook is all there is to the Basics Collection, but think again. If you play around with the different pieces, the Basics Collection becomes anything but basic! Here’s how I styled my family over the weekend.

One of the statement pieces of the Basics Collection is the Playsuit with Leather Straps. The contrast cuffs in mustard green, the very cool (removable) leather straps and inner mustard green peekaboo lining make this piece one stunner that can tie in the look for you as a family. Simply pair the playsuit with the Basic Tank with Stripes in Mustard Green and twin it with the same tank in White! You could purchase the tanks as a set of two (in the same size) to save $12 too!

Did I mention that the cuffs are extendable and the leather straps can be adjusted to different lengths with the buttons, so the playsuit can potentially see a child through for a whopping two years? Talk about getting more bang for your buck!

Mothers who would like to twin with your children in the playsuit can opt for the Ladies’ Basic Fitted Dress in Dark Grey which is similar in colour and has a matching zipper detail on the front, as you will find on the playsuit. You can even pop the Ladies’ Basic Melange Grey Crop Two with Stripes over the dress, and voilà, you get a brand new outfit with the same dress! I love this combination as the crop tee is designed to cut off at the right part of the waist and it hides my jelly belly as opposed to revealing it.

See what I mean? I took these photos after a food baby went in there post-brunch. Not bad, huh?

Two other statement pieces in the collection are the Baby Romper with Gold Foil Skull and the Skull Print Tee in Black & Gold Foil. I absolutely love the skull motifs and I wish the tee comes in my size. I hear that some mums are slim enough to fit into the tween sized ones! Lucky them! The romper is great on its own and can be layered with the playsuit. If you have a toddler who’s about 90cm tall like Ethan is (or shorter) and an older child, I’d suggest getting the romper and the tee, for a bit of variation while twinning on the skulls. That way, your toddler can grow into the tee once he or she grows out of the romper.

The other piece I really like is the Ladies’ Basic Maxi Dress. It comes in two colours – Melange Grey and Navy. They are incredibly soft, stretchy (maternity-friendly) and come with side slits that flap around the calves very nicely, and yet retain your modesty if you are running after the children or squatting down. For nursing mums, you may consider the Ladies’ Basic Henley Maxi Dress (Melange Grey/Navy) as the dress comes with buttons down the front for easy access during nursing. The sizes of these maxi dresses do run a little small, so I’d recommend sizing up. Drop by the store at Downtown Gallery if you would like to try it on before purchasing. The best part of it all is I get to twin with Faith, who looks mighty adorable in the Basic Maxi Dress in Melange Grey! *squeals!* Faith is so happy with the dress that she asks to wear the maxi on repeat!

Again, for mummies, you could put on the Ladies’ Basic Navy Crop Tee with Stripes over the maxi dress in Melange Grey for a bit of a contrast and you have got yourself a new outfit!

The men are not left out of this collection too. Papas can choose from the Adult Basic Tees in Melange Grey and Navy. Now, before you think these tees look alike, look again! The Navy tee comes with a contrast collar but the Melange Grey comes with contrast cuffs AND collar! This applies to the boys’ tees as well. It’s the little details that count, you’d see that Robyn and Dylan have given this collection a lot of thought to ensure every piece is subtly different.

You may have seen some of the family twinning looks on the lookbook (below or on the Le Petit Society site), and over here, I show you how the family can rock a cohesive look without looking boring and identical. The stripes in Faith’s tee and mine are complementary, while she twins with Ethan who sports the same mustard green collar. Ethan and I are both wearing Navy, and M’s grey tee with a navy collar pulls the look together. The possibilities are truly endless and it’s the most Un-Basic Basics collection I have ever come across.

One of the plus points is that the pieces are very affordable, and some pieces go for a real steal if you buy a set of two in the same design but different colour. I have been wearing these very frequently for as long as they aren’t in the wash, and see myself looking nothing like the slob I was on school and grocery runs, and more like a well-dressed mum who insists on simplicity and comfort without compromising on style.

If you’d like to get your hands on the new collection, take 10% off the Basics collection (not applicable for bundle sets are they are deeply discounted) with the code LPSTPM10. The code also gives you 10% off regular-priced items you see site-wide, so you can have a look at the other offerings that Le Petit Society has as well! The code expires on Friday 6 October 2017, so shop away!

Special thanks to Robyn and Dylan for having us on the shoot. The photos turned out so beautifully that I reckon you should consider a side line as a professional photographer, on top of the amazing work that you are already doing with Le Petit Society!

*I was given the Basics Collection in exchange for the styled shoot and an honest review. No other monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.

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Stylish Gaston Luga Backpack for the Un-Mum

You know how mums get a bad rep when it comes to appearance? We are supposed to be covered in day-old crusted pasta, wearing sweatpants that haven’t been washed in two weeks, and if we were the epitome of M-U-M, we would smell like garbage? Well, okay, that may be true by virtue of our lifestyles with the kids, but that doesn’t mean we can’t clean up and style up!

In the first year of motherhood, I’d say that I couldn’t be bothered to look like a human being on most days, but beyond that, once sleep was sorted and stylish mums were all over social media, I started giving two hoots about how I presented myself and paid a little more attention to what I was wearing, carrying, etc.

Unfortunately so, for the most part of motherhood, while I tried to look decent during weekends when we are out and about, I went out with ugly diaper bags. You know, functional, roomy, but really lacking in the looks department, the sort that ruins an #ootd. Now that my firstborn has been toilet-trained and only my toddler requires minimal diapers and wipes while we are out, I am happy to hand that knapsack we call a diaper bag to the husband or chuck it in the car, and I opt to carry a slim, tiny cross-body bag because…V-A-I-N.

But there have been times when I head out on my own with the kids and I wish I was carrying a backpack that is more stylish, something that doesn’t look out of place with a sundress or shorts or pants, something minimalistic, yet roomy enough to contain a few diapers, wipes and more.

 

Gaston Luga, maker of the most stylish, minimalistic backpacks, contacted me more than a month ago to ask if I would like to pick a backpack and give it a try. I showed the site to my husband and for the first time ever, we AGREE on the aesthetics and I happily picked one out to suit our needs as parents to a 5yo and a 2.5yo.

I decided to go for the Pråper in Black (I really wanted the Navy & Brown too but figured that black goes with everything in both our wardrobes), and both M and I let out a sigh when we unboxed it. It truly is a handsome number.

Most parts of the backpack is made of thick cotton, and it feels strong and durable without being too stiff. The top flap, bottom panel and smaller parts such as the tag have semi-matte finishes, which give the backpack a more refined appearance, as opposed to the Clässic ones which look more rugged.

What I really love about the Pråper in Black are the tiered hook closures; the hooks are very strong and sturdy, and I’d imagine that the backpack is likely to be theft-proof as once the hooks are secured into any of the four levels, it is pretty darn hard for a thief to pry the backpack open. Also, the inner opening of the backpack is held together by drawstrings that come together pretty tight, so that adds to the security that the bag can offer to your belongings. The downside is that if you are in a rush, it won’t be that easy to open up the backpack to access the contents, as compared to a zippered backpack for example. This may be a disadvantage to parents of younger children and babies, for instance, as we know that we need quick access in a hairy diaper situation! We use the backpack for when we are out and about, often preoccupied with the kids, and I do put my wallet and valuables in it, so I’d rather be secure than to have easier access.

If you prefer easier access, all’s not lost though; travellers would be glad to know that Gaston Luga backpacks come with a hidden, secure pocket at the back, in between the shoulder straps and one can fit a passport and travel tickets in it. This is a really thoughtful feature as this means that one need not fumble for the most important travel documents or even spare cash when you are rushing during transit!

The bottom of the Pråper is studded with four metallic feet, which give the backpack some form and allow it to somewhat stand (when filled, of course), and they help to protect the underbelly of the backpack. I really do like this detail and wouldn’t appreciate this backpack as much without the feet.

Now, the inside of the Pråper might look small, but I was surprised when I could fit quite a bit of stuff in it when we went for a staycation recently. I managed to fit two sets of clothes, toiletries, makeup, my giant wallet, travel pack of baby wipes, hand sanitisers and diapers in them! For those who move around with their laptops, you’d be glad to know that there’s a sleeve in it for a 13-15″ laptop and two pockets that can fit larger phones. I must say that if you are a new parent who needs to carry more than a few diapers, bigger pack of wipes and all that jazz that you will need to clean/change/make a baby comfortable, you are better off with the Clässic backpack. I have been told by the good people at Gaston Luga that those are far roomier than the Pråper.

The only gripe I have with the backpack is the thickness of the straps. I’m used to thicker, cushioned straps which offer me more comfort because I have severely-strained shoulders from all the years of mothering. They aren’t an issue when the Pråper is packed with lightweight items such as when I brought it along for our staycation, but I suspect a laptop plus a charger in there, in addition to my other belongings might put too much weight on my shoulders because the straps are not as wide as what I am used to on my ugly diaper bags.

Still, it’s a really good-looking, functional backpack that I am happy to bring on my solo jaunts out (yay!) or when I am with the kids if I don’t have to pack their entire playroom with me.

PROMOTION!

If you are keen to get a backpack from Gaston Luga (yes, they have got backpacks suitable for men too!), don’t forget to use my coupon code pleasuremonger to get an additional 15% off. This means that on top of the free shipping + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country), you get another 15% off on the remaining price after tax rebate. Please see the breakdown below as a reference [in SGD] – do check the local website for the latest prices. You get a massive discount and I reckon it’s a pretty attractive deal with the coupon code!

*I received a Gaston Luga backpack in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and no other monetary compensation has been received.

 

Shopping, Mummy-Style, with Agape Babies

[*SPONSORED POST] I have said it before and I will say it again, that I LOVE online shopping. I didn’t care for it before I became a mother though; I much preferred taking a walk, running my grubby hands carelessly over the terrain of merchandise on display, and feeling the thrill of actually bagging items upon checking out at the cashier.

BUT. Becoming a mother has changed my lifestyle on many fronts; I have to be careful about spending, and I have neither time nor energy to lug kids (who seem to choose to be exceptionally cranky when I need them to be un-cranky) to the stores.

I have been shopping online at Agape Babies since just before I had Faith four years ago. My very first purchase was the Medela Freestyle breast pump set, which I bought for 50% off the retail price and remains an incredible steal now. Since then, I have found many more fantastic deals for products that are crucial to our parenting needs. I have saved so much money on Laninsoh nursing pads, California Baby products, Melissa & Doug toys, books, you name it, and I hardly go to brick-and-mortar stores for things that the kids and I use. It no longer makes sense to go through the hassle of lugging the kids through the crowds when I can save tonnes of money shopping online at Agape Babies in the comforts of my own home.

This time round, I managed to stock up on the Laninsoh nursing pads (been using them for as long as I have been breastfeeding), California Baby Bug Repellant (our go-to spray when we are out and about), and carted two Handwriting Practice books from Letterland for F as she has been asking me to get them. And I did all this on the mobile phone!

For an avid user of the mobile phone like myself, the mobile-optimized website makes for a great shopping experience on the go. I don’t have to power up my laptop, and all I have to do is do quick searches and cart the items on my phone, even as the kids are pulling at me or glued to my hips. Major win.

Fans of Jujube, the poison of many mums, will be glad to know that Agape Babies has
expanded its brand & product selection to include more hot brands like said poison and 3M. Agape Babies now carry over 250 brands and 6000 products in over 10 categories at incredible prices, so it’s really a no-brainer for parents, newly-minted and seasoned alike, to shop on the site.

If you are a first-time customer, you get to enjoy $10 off your first purchase on top of getting a free gift. VIP customers get to enjoy special price reductions and also lifestyle privileges. If you’d like to save on shipping, which isn’t costly by the way, you can opt for the one-click self-collection from 3 convenient locations – Newton, Sengkang and Old Airport Road. Smaller parcels can be picked up from 72 locations across the island as well.

To sweeten the deal for you, Agape Babies is giving my readers 5% off all items except milk, diapers, wipes, Jujube, Medela breastpumps, sale and clearance categories. All you have to do is to enter the coupon code pleasuremonger5% upon checkout (valid from 22 Aug to 12 Sep 2016).

I am not sure what else I should say to convince you to give Agape Babies a shot in changing your mummy-and-me shopping needs, but seasoned mums who have tried will tell you that shopping at Agape Babies is a lifesaver, as it has been for me all these years!

*I was gifted shopping credit and paid for excess amount incurred from the items I picked. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/services. Sponsors have been notified that I am not obliged to write a review upon receipt of sponsored service/items, should I find the products/services unsuitable.

I Can’t Say No to Pretty Jewellery

I have a love affair with Pinwheel Jewels, a multi-label designer jewellery online boutique. I really do. You know how my hands are glued to the phone whenever I get some me-time? Well, a lot of those times, I’m stalking Pinwheel Jewels for the latest prettiness to add to my growing collection of accessories. And when I do, I tilt my phone away from the unsuspecting husband, so he doesn’t catch me ogling at yet another pretty thing that he doesn’t quite get.

It’s not hard to understand why I’m infatuated with the store. I’m a woman. I like beautiful things. But I’m unfortunately neither fashion-forward nor willing to spend on racks and racks of good-looking clothes to look put together or remotely interesting. Let’s face it. I have always been fairly unadventurous with my dress sense. But as I get older, and naturally vainer (motherhood may or may not have played a part in upping the ante), I start to pay a teensy bit more attention to my outfits and I find that accessories are the most cost-effective, versatile ways to pull any look together. It wasn’t always the case, of course. When my daughter was younger, she would pull at my earrings, necklaces and her bum would sit right on top of the arm parties I tried to get going on; accessories just didn’t work for either of us. Now that she is a little older, I’m welcoming pretty jewellery back into my life with open arms. I usually have four or five easy-to-wear pieces that I don in rotation; I find that these are enough to keep my outfits interesting and to make me feel a little more chic without burning a giant hole in my pocket, as opposed to spending on tonnes of clothes.

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Gemma necklace by Meredith Hahn

I had already purchased two necklaces from Pinwheel Jewels this year, the Gemma necklace by Meredith Hahn and the Taner Pave Bar necklace by Gorjana, and both pieces have earned me lots of compliments! I particularly love the Gemma necklace for how smooth the pendant feels and how it has a good weight to it. It does not feel cheap at all, unlike the truly inexpensive (think $30!) alternatives that I had previously purchased from other vendors. It looks good on its own, but I am also dreaming up ways to layer it with longer, complementary options, such as the Cori lariat necklace, also by Meredith Hahn. An early birthday present for myself, perhaps? *hint hint*

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Taner Pave Bar necklace layered with the Aurora large necklace, both by Gorjana

The Taner Pave Bar stole my heart with its simplicity, and yet it stands out with that tiny bit of bling embedded across the length of the pendant. I like wearing this on its own for a daintier look, but there are ways to jazz it up a little. For my recent trip to Sydney, I was hard-pressed to travel light as the weather was slightly cold and we needed to pack boring but easy-to-match layers. Lianne, founder of Pinwheel Jewels, kindly had me pick out two pieces (Aurora large necklace by Gorjana and Skipper necklace in gold by Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design) to accessorise my otherwise plain outfits, and just look how pretty the Taner Pave looks with the Aurora large necklace!

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I also loved pairing the Aurora large necklace with a pre-layered piece that I had purchased from another store. The possibilities are endless!

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Skipper necklace in gold by Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design

Travelling with a kid inevitably means that we often started the day late in Sydney and rushed to leave the hotel. On those days, I was thankful to have the pre-layered Skipper necklace with me and instead of brainstorming ways to layer my accessories, I simply pop the Skipper on and  chic is me! An absolutely fabulous piece to add to your stash, if you ask me.

PROMOTION FOR MY READERS:

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*I was gifted the Aurora large necklace and Skipper necklace in gold. No additional monetary compensation has been received and I do not stand to gain any commission arising from sales using the discount code given to my readers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/services. Sponsors have been notified that I am not obliged to write a review upon receipt of sponsored service/items, should I find the products/services unsuitable.

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A Reason to Love Shopping (and Saving!) for the Kid

As a mother, I am always on the lookout for quality clothes, toys, books, foods and other knick-knacks for my daughter; ‘I Have My Eye On‘ is a collection of these finds.

Growing up is a tough act but parenting is hard work too; I believe that mummies and daddies need some lovin’! Whilst I am not busting my budget on the little one, I like to sniff out things that make our new routines a little easier, or sometimes, just a little prettier.

In this series ‘We Need Some Lovin’‘, I share some of my favourite things for us big people.

[SPONSORED POST*] I have a confession to make. I’M AN ONLINE SHOPPING ADDICT. I don’t like prowling through physical stores all that much, I mean, why do that when I can pop my favourite things in the cart whilst still wearing my pyjamas? Of course, this addiction was so not going away with the birth of Faith.  If anything, motherhood simply accorded me the license to shop without getting quizzical looks from the husband (‘It’s for the baby, honey……’). I don’t shop without a conscience though; if you must know, I am quite the bargain-hunter. After all, M is the sole breadwinner and works really hard to provide for us, and we do what we can to stretch our dollar without severely compromising on our lifestyle.

Enter Agape Babies, one of the first online stores that I fell in love with before I even became a mother. I was pregnant with Faith when I made my very first purchase from Agape Babies. Back then, I had done lots of research on the kind of breast pumps that may help with our breastfeeding journey, and badly wanted the Medela Freestyle, which retails close to (an insane) S$1000 in stores island-wide. I was not working then, and there was NO way I would plonk a grand on a breast pump even if I were, no matter how good the pump may be. I was a little disappointed that I would have to get something else when my cousin-in-law told me about Agape Babies and its incredible prices for Medela breastpumps. I promptly carted the Freestyle at a neat S$530, almost 50% off the retail price! And there was no looking back. Soon, I was shopping for all sorts of things on the site, including our favourite California Baby products (also generously discounted, as compared to other stores) for Faith, who suffers from eczema.

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The crazy number of brands that Agape Babies carry!

I have been shopping at Agape Babies for more than two years now, and I have always enjoyed the experience. It is easy to cart the items I want and shipping is quick. From the small(er) store that it was two years ago, Agape Babies has now grown to carry a huge range of products, with over 100 brands and 2000 products. Agape Babies continues to specialise in California Baby products, and they now carry diapers and milk formula of brands such as Huggies, Mamypoko, GOO.N, Friso, Similac, Gain IQ, Pediasure and more! The items are very attractively priced, and it helps that the store currently offers free courier delivery with a minimum of $80 spent and a free Disney stationery set given with every purchase of S120. I’d say it’s a pretty good way to shop for the essentials and not have to lug the items back home on your own! There is more reason to love shopping at Agape Babies now, too, as it has recently partnered with The Sunshine Kids, a kids fashion company to build a multi-store. This means that customers can shop between both stores and check out in just one shopping cart! Talk about saving time with the check-out process! How many times have we struggled to cart the items we need, only to have our kids thwart our efforts and demand for our attention NOW, just as we are short of paying for the items? With more stores & products to be added soon, Agape Babies aims to grow into a one-stop shop for all parents to create a super-easy and convenient shopping experience. This online shopping addict here can hardly wait!

Just to share some of the California Baby products that we recently purchased (this time with shopping credits gifted) from Agape Babies.

P9244281The California Baby Try It Kit (retails $49.70 but costs only $32.70 on Agape Babies) is one of my absolute favourites! Yes, I first bought it to try the different products out on Faith, who is prone to eczema flare-ups, and they work so well to keep her clean/well-moisturised/mozzie-bite-free whilst caring for her sensitive skin! They come in the perfect size for travel, and I have brought these items to quite a few countries on our holidays with Faith. I still have some leftovers from the first kit that I bought when she was only 3 months old, so a little really goes a long way, especially when it comes to the bath products and the bug repellant! I’d highly recommend this set, although there are other starter packs that may better suit your child’s needs, depending on whether you want to focus on suncare, treat sensitive skin, etc.

P9244280The California Baby Calming Hair Conditioner (retails S$28.90 but costs only $16.90 on Agape Babies) is a new product for us. Faith’s hair is getting longer now and I thought to give this conditioner a shot at keeping her locks luscious and smooth. The scent is incredibly lovely and (yes) calming! I’m tempted to steal this from her and use it on my hair!

(Can you tell we looooove California Baby already?! Especially when they are so heavily discounted on Agape Babies…)

PROMOTION FOR MY READERS:

Agape Babies is offering 5% off all purchases (except breast pumps, diapers, milk and sale items) for the readers of The Pleasure Monger. Simply enter the promotional code thepleasuremonger (valid for 4 weeks from 25 September 2014 to 23 October 2014) when you check out. Happy shopping!

*I was gifted shopping credits from Agape Babies to purchase the two sets of California Baby products photographed and paid remaining sum out of my own pocket. No additional monetary compensation has been received and I do not stand to gain any commission arising from sales using the discount code given to my readers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience in using the products/services. Sponsors have been notified that I am not obliged to write a review upon receipt of sponsored service/items, should I find the products/services unsuitable.

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We Need Some Lovin’: Organise in Style with Anorak


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As a mother, I am always on the lookout for quality clothes, toys, books, foods and other knick-knacks for my daughter; ‘I Have My Eye On‘ is a collection of these finds.

Growing up is a tough act but parenting is hard work too; I believe that mummies and daddies need some lovin’! Whilst I am not busting my budget on the little one, I like to sniff out things that make our new routines a little easier, or sometimes, just a little prettier.

In this series ‘We Need Some Lovin’‘, I share some of my favourite things for us big people.

Most aspects of motherhood evoke that warm, fuzzy feeling that money can’t buy. BUT, there is one thing that really, really gets on my nerves. I hate to wear mum-sy nursing clothes, and carry mum-sy bags. There, I said it. I may not be quite the WOAH-HO-hot-mama fashionista, but I have taken to wearing my regular clothes and working breastfeeding around it. It’s not easy, but I’d rather be a contortionist (nursing mothers will know the kind of manoeuvres I am talking about) than be dressed in shapeless rags in garish floral prints and nauseating colours.

But the problem that is mum-sy bags was a tricky one to tackle. Before becoming a mother, I hardly splurged on anything but I did have a weakness for bags. Yes, I like my designer totes and invested in three that have seen me through casual outings and formal soirees. Of course, none of these were appropriate for (or could afford) the wear and tear that diaper bags so often suffer from. I declared a diaper bag emergency after failing to find one that didn’t make me cross-eyed with kaleidoscopic graphics.

My very generous sister and mother then surprised me with a simple, black diaper bag from Kate Spade, one that I love very much but is a tad heavy for lone excursions with my daughter. I have since been toting a black Longchamp, which is infinitely lighter and equally forgiving on M, should he help me with the bag (yes, I am one who loathes handing my girly bags to the man). The Longchamp is unfortunately a nightmare to rummage through without a bag insert. My keys and purse were often lost in the big black hole of diapers, wipes and baby clothes. I resorted to using good ol’ Ziploc bags to store baby stuff and while it worked fairly well, it was far from a stylish option.

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Then I stepped into Not Too Big a family store at Forum that carries cult labels for daddies, mummies and kids alike, and my life was all good-looking again. The Anorak range of lifestyle goods, including towels, serving ware, baby changing bags and toiletry bags, was too handsome to ignore. I couldn’t resist getting a Kissing Stags medium toiletry bag to keep my purse, keys, lip balm and other womanly what-have-you’s, and a Kissing Robins large toiletry bag to contain my daughter’s spare set of clothes for poopy accidents, diapers, wipes and tissue. These waterproof bags are easy-to-clean, hardy, and oh, did I mention how gorgeous the bold, yet minimalistic, animal prints are? I am head over heels in love with these bags (you may have caught me showing one off on my Instagram (pleasure_monger) profile), and I am delighted to be able to organise my life in style again!

Now…I am just plotting to get my hands on more stuff from Anorak at Not Too Big…shhhhh, don’t tell the husband! He is currently under the impression that I am only at Forum to ‘window shop’…


Anorak is stocked at:

Not Too Big
582 Orchard Road
#02-06/07 Forum The Shopping Mall
Singapore 238884