Iwould not by any means call myself a fancy girl. But when it comes to the bags I carry, I like to have a little oomph to help out my unfanciness, if you know what Imean. So as I was looking for a diaper bag to heft around with baby number three, I kept my eye out for something that was a little different, plenty big, but a good-looking bag most of all.
Enter the Ness Mamie. I never thought I would use the words 'luxurious' and 'functional' in the same sentence (let alone in a sentence about a diaper bag), but the Ness Mamie is exactly that: a gorgeous diaper tote with smart details like a cooler that zips on to the bottom of the bag, various strap options and customizable dividers to keep things (truly!) organized inside.
A little bit more about those dividers:I have owned many a bag (both diaper and non) in my lifetime, and I like my bags roomy. But the one downfall of big bags is that you're always losing your stuff!Cell phone? Digging for 10 minutes. Pacifier? It's in here somewhere … Chapstick?Forgetaboutit. So when I saw the inside of the Mamie for the first time, I said, “Yes!” Because they really got it right. Check it out:
Really, so very simple, but so very brilliant. You can put bottles in your bag and they'll stay upright (though you'll likely use the cooler attached to the bottom for those … more on that in a bit), you can have a section dedicated to mom-only things like lipstick and granola bars, and best of all, unlike flimsy side pockets, the stand-up sections mean everything is visible immediately when you open your bag. It's a game-changer, I'm telling you.
The other feature of this bag that separates it from the rest is the detachable cooler on the bottom. I know what you're thinking—say what? Here's what I'm talking about. See the zippered part just under the buckle?
Simply undo the strap and voila:an insulated cooler for your milk bags, snacks, etc.
So with a bag that's big enough for a pump (once the dividers are removed) and a cooler on the bottom, it's a great take-to-work bag, if you're a working mom who doesn't want to leave the fancy bag with baby all day.
One caveat:this bag isBIG, especially with the cooler attached. I like my bags big, but know going in that you're getting a hefty load. It does, however, come with two different strap options—the tote straps (always attached) and a messenger length strap (removable).
Perhaps one of the greatest things about this bag is that a percentage of all its sales go to Mamie's Poppy Plates, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide tangible mementos to families who suffer stillbirth or infant loss.
To buy: nessbags.com