There are so many decisions to make when you're expecting your first baby! Boobs or bottles? co-sleeping or sleep training? Cloth diapers or disposable? The list is seemingly endless. But no decision has haunted me during my pregnancy more than this, what diaper bag am I going to wear?
I should have started by saying that I LOVE handbags! Totes, cross body, clutches, I love them all! I love the thrill of the hunt when shopping for a new bag. Things I've learned over the years following my obsession , have been to appreciate details such as stitching, quality of hardware and the quality of fabric and leather. So when it came time to choose my dream diaper bag I knew what I was going to be looking for.
I started my journey to find the perfect diaper bag by grilling all of the most fashionable moms I know. This included friends, family and clients. The advice I kept getting was to make sure the bag wasn't too heavy or bulky. Functionality is important so I had to make sure it had plenty of compartments to organize my babes endless supply of stuff. And last to make sure I love wearing it because it will be my main bag for at least a year!
Once I had my list of requirements I was off shopping! There are so many options and I narrowed mine down to a leather tote style diaper bag or a leather backpack. I combed over so many websites and blogs and one design company I kept coming across was Jem and Bea. So I checked out their website, and I swear it was like the clouds parted and the angels sang! I found my holy grail of diaper bags!
Jem and Bea is a company out of the U.K. , started by two best friends who saw a need for luxury quality diaper bags that fashionable moms everywhere would actually want to carry. Rebecca, the designer of the bags has had years of experience designing bags for Burberry, Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch. Her best friend and business partner, Dominique has a background in law which makes them a fashion power duo! With a fashion pedigree like that, how can you lose?
My bag is the Jemima in tan. It's a perfect sized tote made of the softest buttery leather. The colour is the perfect warm neutral tan and the quality of the stitching and hardware is without compare. There are so many details that make this bag special. The compartments inside are perfect for storing all of my babes essentials . The thermal insulated bottle holder will come in handy I hear, as will the padded changing mat. There is also a matching leather vanity pouch to carry a few of my own essentials in too! My most favorite part is probably the customized tag with my initials embossed in gold. All of these thoughtful details have me so excited to start carrying my Jemima! I should also mention that the bag doesn't in fact, come with a Louis Vuitton bandeau scarf! That particular scarf was a gift from my Dad and I was inspired by a dear friend to tie it around the handle.
My husband and I only have a couple short weeks before our sweet babes arrival, and I can't wait to bring her home swinging our perfect diaper bag behind me! Because you know, I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom 😉
A special thanks to my dear friend and blog mate Karyn Kimberly for capturing these photos. She is not only a talented photographer but also the coolest mom in the game. XO