Stylish and Functional Diaper Bag Review – Kate Spade Stevie

As I mentioned in the Storksak Olivia review, I found that the bag was a little small so I couldn’t resist getting the Kate Spade Stevie (which I had seen another Mom carry at a playgroup) when a friend called me to tell me that it was on major sale at the Kate Spade Outlets.

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag 

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag ($298)

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag pictured in Stucco fabric, but no longer available. Available in Nylon Black or Striped.

I just started using the bag and here are my initial impressions.

What I Love

I love that it is wider than the Storksak Olivia!  I can actually put things in the pockets and there is still a roomy center area to put things like an extra outfit and toys.  The interior is a beige color which is nice because it isn’t a dark cavern of black fabric making it impossible to look for something.

I also love the print that I bought, which is the “Stucco” jacquard fabric.  The fabric feels luxurious and I think its a little more fashionable than the Storksak.  It definitely looks more like a purse than a diaper bag.  It really is a beautiful bag.

It also comes in lots of different prints and some are in a nylon fabric that is probably a little easier to clean.  The purse also came with a matching change pad which is a tad longer than the Storksak change pad.

What I Dislike

I don’t love that there are fewer pockets overall.  There are 2 gusseted pockets on one side of the bag, 1 elasticized pocket on the opposite side of the bag and 2 bottle pockets on either end.  There is also a zippered flat pocket.  There are also no pockets with closures on the exterior of the bag — the leather tie down doesn’t get very tight either, so I wouldn’t put anything that might fall out there.  It would really have been great if they put a zippered flat pocket on the back side of the bag for easy access to a cell phone.

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag - Interior

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag – Interior

The bag also doesn’t come with a shoulder strap.  Instead there are stroller straps.  However, you could easily buy a shoulder strap and hook it onto the stroller strap attachment.

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag - Buckle Close up

Kate Spade Stevie Baby Bag – Buckle Close up

The retail price is also a bit of a drawback.  At the regular price of $348-418 (depending on the print), the price point is quite high.  That being said, this bag can occasionally be found on sale anywhere between $200-300.  KateSpade.com occasionally has surprise or sample sales and they have included the Stevie in a variety of prints in the past.  Amazon has had the black nylon version of the bag on sale for around $260 for the past few months, or the striped version of the bag for $320 .

Overall

My needs have definitely changed since the newborn stage so we’ll see if I miss the extra pockets or not.  I really, really like the styling of the bag so I’m really happy to give it a try!

Favorite Anniversary Sale Look Book Items!

As you know, every year Nordstrom is only able to put a fraction of their Anniversary Sale items into their catalog. I have your exclusive first look at a ton of items that will be part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but were not featured in the catalog!

 

MCM Small Leather & Visetos Canvas Backpack

MCM Small Leather & Visetos Canvas Backpack

MCM Wilder Visetos Faux Leather Shopper

MCM Wilder Visetos Faux Leather Shopper

MCM Sarah Leather & Visetos Canvas Hobo

MCM Sarah Leather & Visetos Canvas Hobo

MCM Corina Leather & Visetos Canvas Foldover Crossbody Bag

MCM Corina Leather & Visetos Canvas Foldover Crossbody Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Snake Embossed Leather Shopper, Main, color, BLACK Camden Snake Embossed Leather Shopper

rag & bone Black Camden Snake Embossed Leather Shopper

rag & bone Walker Convertible Suede & Leather Tote

rag & bone Walker Convertible Suede & Leather Tote

rag & bone Walker Leather Crossbody Bag

rag & bone Walker Leather Crossbody Bag

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog 2019 Is Here!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog for 2019 has arrived!

If you are anything like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the catalog drop every day since the beginning of June. Well, your wait is over and it is here!

There’s also a LOT of information that is new for 2019. I’ve shopped the Anniversary Sale for 10 years and some of this is very different from years past!

Catalog Launch

The catalog has launched and I have linked it here. In years past, I have received a paper catalog long before the online version gets posted. They have started launching the online one earlier and earlier now.

Early Access Time Change

Early Access Begins at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (9:30 AM Pacific Time) on Friday, July 12th! In past years, Early Access would begin at midnight Pacific time on the Friday that Early Access opened, so I would stay up late on Friday night and do my shopping before going to bed. Shoppers on the East Coast would set their alarms for 3 AM and wake up early to shop before going to work.

Nordstrom’s website has always had issues handling the traffic volume in the middle of the night. I’m not sure how they plan to accommodate shoppers who are all going to be awake!

Nordy Club Icon and Ambassadors Get to Preshop before Early Access

This year Nordy Club Icon and Ambassador levels will be able to preshop even BEFORE Early Access begins on Friday, July 12th.

  • U.S. Icon cardmembers: Pre-shop July 9-11 in store
  • U.S. Ambassador cardmembers: Pre-shop July 10 & 11 in-store

In addition, Nordstrom is testing additional benefits for New York City and Los Angeles Icon and Ambassador Nordy Club cardmembers. For New York City and Los Angeles customers only:

  • Icon cardmembers can pre-order online June 27-30 and pick up their items in-store beginning July 9
  • Ambassador cardmembers get the same perks a day later – pre-order online June 28-30 and pick up in-store beginning July 10

 

Happy Shopping! What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Nordstrom Holiday Party 2018!

After Nordstrom changed their rewards program to be the Nordy Club, one thing I noticed was there was no explicit mention of the Nordstrom Holiday Party as a benefit!

I was super bummed because I qualified for the old “Level 2″ this year and was hoping to go, as it is a super fun night out with my girlfriends, plus you get 10 points per dollar spent on all purchases at the party! It’s a great time to finish buying holiday gifts.

I ended up calling my local store to ask about it, and sure enough my invitation literally got lost in the mail! They transferred me to the right customer service department and after verifying some details, they set me up with the details for the party.

My local store had 3 events this year: 2 evenings and 1 weekend morning. Unfortunately, I was busy for both evening dates, but I’m RSVPed for the Sunday morning event in a few days!  I can’t wait!

If you didn’t receive your invitation this year and you are INFLUENCER status, it might be worthwhile to check with your local store to see if you are eligible to attend the party.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul and Try-Ons!

Ok, put your hand up if you stayed up late last night to shop the first hour of the sale… yup I thought so! Tons of people have already been shopping and have caused the site to crash under the huge load!

I decided to brave the crowds this morning and also shop in person and I wanted to share my haul and photos.

Shoes

I only had a few minutes to check out shoes as it was extremely busy! I tried on the Cole Haan GrandPro Spectator Scalloped Slip-On Sneaker and liked it but didn’t love it. What did come home with me though, is the Steve Madden Sultan Chelsea wedge sneaker. This was super comfortable and priced very well at under $60 during the sale!

steve-madden sultan chelsea  nordstrom anniversary

 

Active

I tried on a couple of Zella items from the sale. This sports bra was SO CUTE. I loved the flower print!

I also tried on the Zella Old School Daydream sweatshirt. I love the thick sweatshirt material and the funnel collar is very cute. I thought this fit true to size. I like my sweatshirts slightly loose and this was a looser fit. I only wish it came in more colors! I would have loved this in a brighter pink.

Barefoot Dreams has 3 cardigans in the Anniversary sale. My favorite was the CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan. The CozyChic Lite Coastal hooded cardigan is the same material, while the CozyChic cardigan which is a thicker material. Personally, the thicker material made the cardigan look much more like a house coat and I didn’t love the look. It was VERY soft though, so if you’re looking for something to cuddle up with at home, this would be perfect.

barefoot dreams cardigans nordstrom sale

 Womens Clothing

I saw the cutest Nordstrom tee for any Nordy girl.

but first nordstrom nordy girl

I also tried on a few sweaters including this Free People Saturday Morning cardigan which was so amazingly cozy. I love the open weave, though I can imagine this will be easily damaged in the store. This was marked Small/Medium and it runs on the large size.

This Chelsea28 cardigan was unbelievably soft and light. Loved this!

Unfortunately this Chelsea28 lace bell sleeve top had to go back because of the buttons. I can’t manage buttons in the back! However, if you’re not a button-phobe like me, it was definitely gorgeous and fit really well.

Home

I made a quick stop in home to check out what was there and I found my favorite candle of all time, which is the Capri Blue Volcano scent. If you’re an Anthro addict like me, you’ll know this scent well!

capri blue volcano nordstrom sale

There was also a wide selection of Barefoot Dreams CozyChic throws in case you want more BFD goodness in your life. :-)

barefoot dreams cozychic throw

 

What have you been shopping for?

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