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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fawn Design Diaper Bag

So a couple of things to start out. Yes, I still kind of want to be a fashion blogger, but that always wars with my lack of funds to be buying new clothes and also the fact that I'm more and more of a hippie as the days go on... so fast fashion probably shouldn't be something I'm trying to get into. That said, I do think it's fun to share things that you love. 

I have always been a bag girl, from the little burgundy velvet purse I took to church with me as a child and the Pocahontas purse that I vowed to fill with quarters (and was very upset when my mother refused to take my $20 bill to the bank and turn into quarters), to now. I remember almost always spending my $20 allowance on bags as a teenager. I always thought that I would someday find the perfect bag. The one that would go with everything, fit everything that I needed in it, and would magically make me into the "cool Rachael" that I saw in my head. I've come to terms with the fact that I am never going to find a bag that I'm completely satisfied with for the rest of my life, but I have found some pretty great ones. 

This bag is one that I have carried almost exclusively since I had Everly. Which, if you know me, is kind of saying something. I don't stick to bags for very long usually because I'm looking for the next one, the better one, all the time. I stood in line for an hour for this bag because there was a warehouse sale and that was the only way that I was going to be able to afford it. I remember taking it home and leaving it in its packaging, just waiting for the day when I could use it. For me, a bag has to be like the clothing I wear, it has to look good, but it also has to be functional. I am not the kind of person that is willing to make personal comfort sacrifices for fashion. Splurging on this bag felt worth it to me because it was something that I knew that I was going to be using for a long time (although, somehow I really thought that you only carried a diaper bag while the baby was tiny. I don't know how I got that into my head, but here we are 18 months in and I still carry one almost everywhere I go). 

Here are the things I love about this bag:

-Big enough to haul around pretty much everything I need
There have been a few rare occasions where I wanted it just a bit bigger, but for the most part, I'd give it an A in that area.

-Inside is completely wipeable
Having spilled a ton of formula in the bag on one occasion it was so nice to just be able to flip the inside out and shake out most of it and wipe out the rest.

-Interior pockets to stay organized
The inside has one pocket on each side and two pockets in the front, plus a zippered pocket in the back and another pocket behind that. The back pocket is particularly useful for keeping Everly's vaccine records and my wallet and keys.

I have stuffed this thing full so many times and dragged it everywhere with me for a year and a half. Its been on planes, thrown in the car, carried almost every place that I've gone and it still looks basically the same. Honestly, there's like one scuff on it and other than that it is in the same condition as when I bought it. I'm seriously impressed.

-Looks good
As a bag girl, it was important to me that my diaper bag look nice and not just be functional. Plus, I love that even though it IS a diaper bag unless you are a fellow mom, it doesn't LOOK like a diaper bag. 

Things I don't love about this bag:

-It's kind of heavy. 
If you empty the bag completely out and just hold it... there's still some weight to it. Which, when you're hauling around a bunch of supplies for the baby and yourself is not always great.

-There aren't any insulated pockets. 
The number of times I wished that I had an insulated pocket for formula or breastmilk, or even whole milk... so many times. I've put bottles in an insulated pack inside the bag, but it would have been so nice to just have that already built into the bag.

-No grab handle. 
This is basically a non-issue because the newer versions of this bag all have one, but it has made me realize how nice they are to have and to prioritize that in my diaper bags.

Overall I have loved using this bag. I even bought the mini version for myself when it went on sale so that Everly and I could match someday, and use as a smaller diaper bag when we didn't need as many things. I am planning on buying a new bag for this next baby, mainly because I REALLY want some insulated pockets. I'll let you guys know how I like the next bag 😉. I've been trying to be more of a minimalist and so I've debated about whether or not I want to keep my Fawn Design bag when I get a new bag, but I think I'll probably still use it even if I have a new bag. We'll see. 

Anyway, thanks for reading! If you have a favorite diaper bag (or really any bag), let me know what it is and why you love it in the comments! If you also have a Fawn Design bag, what do you think of it?

Have a great week!

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