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Christmas Gift Guide: Mia Tui Bags

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide, Product Reviews | Posted on 28-11-2011

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I love handbags.

When I had my Little Man back just over a year ago I was a little sad to say goodbye to my (embarrassingly large) collection of handbags. I had at least one for every occasion and several more just because they were pretty/on sale/there, but what I didn’t have was any that were suitable for use as a changing bag. Somewhere to store nappies, wipes, food, snacks, drinks, toys, muslins, more wipes… even my largest handbag was completely unsuitable. So I went out and bought a rather dull looking – though incredibly functional – changing bag which worked wonders. I knew where everything was, I always had what I needed and Little Man always had a toy/drink/snack/wipe to hand.

Now my Little Man is that bit older the variety of “stuff” I need to carry round with me has changed – I no longer need dozens of nappies, we don’t need gallons of milk, and thank god we no longer need a hundred wipes on standby at all times. What I need now is a range of snacks, some toys and a drink. So I wanted a new bag – any excuse really – so I was overjoyed when Charlotte at Mia Tui bags offered me TWO of her bags to review.

Mia Tui bags aren’t primarily changing bags. They are bags for women – all women – for any occasion. And they aren’t wrong! These gorgeous leather bags look like handbags – they larger of the range looks like an overnight bag – and that satisfies my first need. My second was that is was big enough for what I needed and that I’d be able to find what I was looking for instantly.

The first bag Charlotte sent over was the Grace bag.

It looks like a handbag!!

This bag comes with a matching clutch, a bottle holder – for milk or water, a key clip, a pen pocket and a mobile phone pocket. There are multiple zip pockets inside it allowing your to keep your baby items separate if that’s what you’re using it for, plus a large main section for items you want immediately at hand. The long cross-body strap can also be adjusted to a shorter shoulder strap. I love this bag… but my Mum loves it more! My Mum is now the proud owner of this bag and she uses it daily as her handbag. Her love of handbags is similar to mine and she has been drooling over this bag since she first saw it back at the Baby Show For Trade where we first met Charlotte. She can find her keys, can produce a pen at a moments notice, and always answers her mobile phone – something she was previously notorious for not hearing or finding in time. A fantastic bag ideal for Mums – or Grandma’s – and a perfect gift this Christmas.

The second bag we received was the Amelie bag.

This bag is HUGE!!

This is Mia Tui’s signature large tote… and they aren’t kidding. I think my Little Man could live in this bag! It comes with two clear internal bags – airport security size for travel, a matching clutch, a bottle holder, pen pocket, mobile phone pocket, key clip, clips to secure your separate bags, and a hands free shoulder strap. Measuring an epic W39cm X D16cm X H40cm this bag is for “the woman who wants it all, all the time.” This bag is ideal for parents with multiple children who need a wide range of things to carry, or if you are going on a long car/train/plane journey and need to have plenty supplies to hand. You could use it as an bag to take to the office,  you could take it to the beach, you could use it as luggage for a weekend away. This bag has so many uses – it is phenomenal.

Both the Grace and the Amelie bag are available now in a range of colours from the Mia Tui website.

Product Review: Inch Blue Shoes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 13-08-2011

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“Inch Blue” was formed in the late 1990’s and is now a hugely well-known brand for baby shoes, though they do also make shoes for toddlers and young children. They boast over 100 different designs for their hand-made leather shoes so it is impossible for you to not be able to find a pair that is perfect for your little one. Mini versions of adult style shoes are intermixed with fun animal designs, space ships, flowers and so much more. The range is mind boggling! Here are just a few of my personal favourites:

        

The “Inch Blue” team sent me a lovely pair for review. Now whilst I don’t think these would make suitable everyday wear for my little man – and that is only due to the design – I can not put into words just how adorably gorgeous these shoes are!! Take a look…

  

Are they not the cutest things ever? The detailing on them is exquisite. I love the dragon’s tail on the back of each shoe and tiny word “inch” on the left and “blue” on the right. The stitching on the dragon’s face that brings out his features is just beautiful. Now as I said I don’t think my little man would wear these to nip to the shops, but for a special occasion these are the shoes he’ll be in.

The super soft leather is not only feels great and fits my little man with total comfort but its also perfectly safe so he can – and does – merrily suck and chew on them. The supple non-slip suede sole even makes them safe for when my little man is stood up. The elasticated ankles and soft breathable leather allows his feet to grow naturally doesn’t impede their growth. The range of shoes is endorsed by a leading chiropodist so you can be assured they aren’t going to damage little toes.

Inch Blue Shoes are available direct from their website, and they even offer free UK delivery.