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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!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 – Handbag Sneak Peek!

I have seen a few of the handbags that will be part of the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’m here to report back!

Let me get the bad news out of the way first: unfortunately, this year there are no Chloe or Burberry bags in the sale.  A total bummer because I always look forward to these!

I do still think there are some bags to get excited about!  Here’s a few of the standouts for me:

3.1 Phillip Lim – Quill bag in both large and small sizes

This came in black but I’m not sure what other colors.

philliplim_quill

Rebecca Minkoff Vanity Saddle Bag

It’s shown here in this picture in black leather, but the anniversary sale options are in suede. I believe the colors were a camel suede and a burgundy suede.

rebeccaminkoff_vanitysaddle

 

Rebecca Minkoff Dog Clip Saddle Bag

This one was priced really well at about $120.

rebeccaminkoff_dogclipsaddle

In addition to these, I remember seeing an MZ Wallace, a few Tory Burch totes and a wallet, a few Kate Spade bags and wallets and a cute Coach tote.

Kate Spade Surprise Sale — Lots of baby bags to choose from!

Kate Spade is having a surprise sale and there are lots of baby bags to choose from!

My favorite is the Stevie in the print called Sew Be It.  On sale for $139, this is 65% off the original price.

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale – Sew Be It and Spot On

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale – Sporty Nylon and Southport Avenue Mariner

I’ve never seen the Stevie in anything other than nylon and jacquard fabrics so that Southport Avenue Mariner looks interesting since it looks like it is a bit shiny and can be wiped clean. It is listed as pebbled cowhide.

The interior of the Sporty Nylon looks a little different than my Stevie as well.  There is a strap on the back pocket and the two interior side pockets have a string to make it tighter. I like that improvement!

Personally, I desperately want these wedges but alas they are out of my size!

Diaper Bag Comparison Review – Kate Spade Stevie vs. StorkSak Olivia

Since I own 2 relatively popular diaper bags–the Kate Spade Stevie and the StorkSak Olivia–I wanted to highlight the differences between them.

Here’s what I regularly carry in my diaper bag.

Of course, I carry the absolute necessities like diapers and wipes, but I also carry my own essentials like my wallet, phone, sunglasses, water bottle and tissues.  The bulkiest thing in my diaper bag is my soft carrier–the Baby K’Tan.

Diaper Bag Contents

Diaper Bag Contents

  1. Purell Wipes for sanitizing surfaces like dirty high chairs or diaper changing stations
  2. Nursing Cover
  3. Aden & Anais Burpy Bib in Starlight pattern
  4. StorkSak Changing Pad – comes with the Olivia diaper bag
  5. Extra change of clothes and socks
  6. Baby K’Tan soft carrier
  7. Sophie the Giraffe — my baby’s favorite!
  8. Huggies Wipes and Aquaphor
  9. Huggies Diapers – four size 3 diapers
  10. Furla Wallet
  11. Happy Baby Squeeze Pouch
  12. Bumkins Superbib Dr. Seuss Bib
  13. CamelBak Eddy Water Bottle
  14. Babyganics Sunscreen
  15. My Sunglasses
  16. My iPhone, Keys and pouch with my allergy medicine and a tiny bottle of handcream
  17. Babyganics Hand Sanitizer and pack of tissues
  18. Bumkins Dr. Seuss Wet bag

As you can see, I have a lot of things I like to carry with me!  Here’s what it all looks like packed in each bag.

Exterior of Bags

StorkSak Olivia - Fully Packed

StorkSak Olivia – Exterior

Kate Spade Stevie - Exterior Packed

Kate Spade Stevie – Exterior

The StorkSak Olivia is pretty much bursting at the seams. The outside pockets are difficult to use at this point and I had to squish things down to zip it up.  The Kate Spade Stevie is full but not bursting.  No squishing necessary to zip the bag up.

Interior of Bags

StorkSak Olivia - Interior

StorkSak Olivia – Interior (K’tan packed on top)

StorkSak Olivia - Interior

StorkSak Olivia – Interior (K’tan removed)

Kate Spade Stevie - Interior Packed

Kate Spade Stevie – Interior Packed

The StorkSak requires the K’tan to be packed on top, so anytime I need to get anything from inside the bag, I need to remove the K’tan first before I can access anything else.  This gets a little annoying!  It also gets super full in the center part where Sophie the giraffe is.  I frequently end up unpacking the entire bag just to look for something near the bottom.

As you can see, the Kate Spade packs up everything so much nicer.  I can see everything all at a glance without having to unpack my entire bag!

One thing I will say about the StorkSak is that since there are so many more pockets, everything that has a place in a pocket is easily found.  I always know where the hand sanitizer is, because I put it in one of the end pockets.  Same with my phone because its always in the same exterior pocket.  It’s a little trickier in the Kate Spade bag because there are fewer pockets so more things go in the center.

Overall, I really like both bags.  Both of them carry a lot and I realize I may not need this much stuff with me as my baby grows into toddlerhood!  Hopefully you found this post informative in helping you decide on a bag!    Let me know if there are any questions I can help you answer.

Sale on Kate Spade Diaper Bags

There are a couple of diaper/baby bags on sale right on on KateSpade.com.  Kate Spade offers free shipping and free returns (on non-final sale items) so if you’re interested, it can’t hurt to order and see the bag in person.

Kate Spade Checker Place Harmony Baby Bag

This bag looks cute but the lack of interior pockets really makes me question how useful this bag would be.  Also, there is no top closure, so any small items could easily fall out.  The exterior material looks really durable and easy to care for though, as the description states it is a grainy vinyl that is wipeable.  I might consider this for a beach tote rather than a diaper bag.

Kate Spade Hinkley Sophie Baby Bag

I love the dot print and the color of this bag!  I also like that it has a top closure as well as pockets along all sides of the bag.  Comparing the dimensions to the Stevie, this one is slightly longer at 17.5″ (vs. 14.8″ for the Stevie), it is slightly shorter at 10.5″ (vs. 12.5″ for the Stevie) and slightly less wide at the base at 6.6″ (vs. 7.0″ for the Stevie).  The bag is laid out on the interior in exactly the same way as the Stevie, but is missing the 2 outside bottle pockets that the Stevie has.

Kate Spade Grove Court Floral Harmony

This is the same Harmony model as the one above, but it is in a floral fabric print with leather bottom.  Again, I think the lack of interior pockets and no top closure make this bag impractical for use as a baby bag, though the bottom leather area does make it seem more durable.  Note: This bag is final sale as it is 50% off the retail price.

What do you think of these 3 choices?  Do you own a Kate Spade baby bag and which one?