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Handbag inspiration for 30th

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April241 Wed 07-Sep-16 15:57:31

My 30th birthday is next month and I'd like some handbag inspiration please.

I'm currently 8 months pregnant with twins which has massively changed the price range I was looking at as I'd originally planned on a Mulberry but can't justify that amount now. I'd probably be looking at spending no more than £300 at a real push (even then I might not be able to hand it over!)

I'm looking for something in an oxblood/wine colour and a medium to large bag that I can use daily with enough room for all my own bits plus some baby supplies.

For info my biggest bag purchase was my Louis Vuitton neverfull MM which I love although it sat in its box for about 2 years before I plucked up the courage to use it!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

PNGirl Wed 07-Sep-16 16:16:27

Maybe Fossil? Up to about £200. I have last year's version of the Peyton Flap Crossbody and the Emma tote is a lovely colour in person.

MrsMillions Wed 07-Sep-16 16:16:55

In all honesty, and writing as a mum of 2 but not twins, you will not be able to go out with your children and just a handbag for some time (not until potty trained, basically). You just won't be able to fit everything in! So have a think whether you'd prefer
- the kind of handbag you'd use now, and accept you won't get to use it much for a while (maybe when you go back to work?), or
- a small handbag you can use just for your things, whilst keeping baby things separate, and use throughout maternity leave/weekends thereafter. I'd advise cross body here to keep your arms and hands free! I have a Marc Jacobs one, I probably use it about 50% of the time now - otherwise just put everything in the changing bag.

cheeseandmarmite15 Wed 07-Sep-16 16:23:50

pasturesgreen Wed 07-Sep-16 16:55:12

April241 Wed 07-Sep-16 17:15:18

Thanks everyone! They're all brilliant suggestions, now to pick one.

MrsMillions I've got a changing bag aswell which I'll use for all the clothes/nappies etc that can live tucked under the pram most of the time but thought if I was going out my OH or my mum for a few hours say I could just take a few nappies/bags/bottles etc. Maybe I'm being too ambitious blush my OH has a changing bag too (he wanted a satchel bag) so he could take his with some extras too.

Fluffsnuts Wed 07-Sep-16 17:18:33

I bought a cambridge satchel at Christmas, just before baby arrived. I've used it 3 times sad Taking 2 bags out is just faff I find. Save your money until after the babies have arrived and see how you feel.

April241 Wed 07-Sep-16 17:23:13

Aw no fluff maybe I should just put it on hold then, babies will be here before my birthday so I'll try it out for a while with the bags I have (if I'm ever able to leave the house again) and can buy something later on.

StopMakingMeLogOn Wed 07-Sep-16 17:30:27

I think you should buy a nice bag, even if you don't use it much for a while. Once you have the babies all your money will disappear on stuff for them and you might feel that you can't justify the expense. I would do it now - 30 is a significant birthday and ought to be marked with something nice just for you.

I recommend Coach. They have some lovely things around the £300 mark

April241 Wed 07-Sep-16 18:06:25

Stop thats a very good point, I'll check out coach, there's a link up thread too and it's really nice - need to google and see who sells coach round me.

justaweeone Wed 07-Sep-16 18:35:46

Buy yourself a bag!
I always had a handbag as well as a changing bag.

chloechloe Wed 07-Sep-16 18:47:54

Definitely buy a small handbag and then hang a changing bag for the twins on the pram. You'll have more to lug around than you think if you need two changes of clothes etc etc.

DD is 17mo and I kind of regret just putting my stuff in the changing bag all the time - I feel less put together. It's also a pain at the weekend if I'm out with DH and decide to head off on my own to run errands or go shopping as I end up carrying my purse and keys around!

I'm now expecting No. 2 and wondering about getting a medium Lily just for me!

Definitely treat yourself - when the little ones are here it will never happen!

Alicesmith85 Wed 07-Sep-16 19:48:58

I've always used a handbag when out with my baby, along side the changing bag which id hang on the pram. I bought a lovely Osprey cross body from tk max also Michael kors do some nice cross body bags x

April241 Wed 07-Sep-16 21:18:52

You've all convinced me grin will definitely go bag shopping and see what I can see. Totally forgot about TK Max aswell, will have a rummage through there.

MrsMillions Thu 08-Sep-16 18:40:00

Happy shopping!

Cellardoor23 Thu 08-Sep-16 19:22:33

I have a Pacopod. I just use the pods as the bag is quite big and unnecessary for me at the moment. They can Velcro onto the pram handles or you can put them underneath. I have a more stylish cross body bag for my things. I feel less mumsy that way lol.

Blueberryblueberry Thu 08-Sep-16 19:28:48

Would also recommend cross body as you're much more likely to use it alongside a changing bag (unless using w bigger bag for work if/when you return). I end up doing the same as chloechloe - last week had to carry purse glasses and keys in a bloody bag for life after I left oh for a short while and did not look stylish grin

HmmmHashtag Thu 08-Sep-16 19:36:29

Have a look at Naughtipidginsnest online or on the Facebook Mulberry Swap Buy Sell pages... You never know you just might find a bargain!

Diamondsandpurls Thu 08-Sep-16 19:46:35

I have a version of this and it was on offer, you may find it cheaper elsewhere but just wanted to show it to you to see if it's what you're after.

fiorentina Thu 08-Sep-16 20:54:26

Other Stories had some lovely small bags in that colour. Cross body that's ideal for oral pushing. I still carried a handbag for me when I had small babies. I didn't just want a nappy bag!

Idontneedyourjudgement Thu 08-Sep-16 20:58:04

Kurt Geiger do lovely bags (great sales too!)
I was a mulberry girl before DC but like you,now can't justify the price so these are a nice compromise!

SerialBodenReturner Thu 08-Sep-16 21:01:22

I came on to say Coach and see others have already recommended them. Mine was £250 from Bicester outlet and I love it.

I also have twins! Although they're 8 now. But twins and nice bags are definitely possible smile. Happy choosing!

April241 Fri 09-Sep-16 18:09:35

Thanks everyone! Can't wait to shop around now, never thought of Kurt Geiger or swap sites, brilliant!

Carpaccio Fri 09-Sep-16 18:45:56

Keep in mind that Mulberry has outlets - I have bought bags from there, and they have been as good as the full-price bags with regards to quality, but just a bit cheaper.
They might not have the newest models or all of the colours, but you could give them a call to hear if they have anything you'd like - I have found them very helpful when I've called to hear what they've had in stock, and they do offer to send bags to you if you're in the UK - the postage charge is less than £10 as far as I remember.
You'll find their phone numbers on the Mulberry site; it's the Cheshire Oaks, Bicester Village, Somerset and York stores.

I would also suggest looking at Liebeskind bags. I quite like them and the quality seems good.

KARMAisaBtch Fri 09-Sep-16 23:00:59

MichAel Kors! smile

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