Monday, February 25, 2013

The Pink Lining Queensdale Tote Diaper Bag

Whimsical, functional, high quality … why, yes, I am talking about Pink Lining’s diaper bags! Pink Lining is a UK-based company experiencing exponential growth and attention internationally for their adorable diaper bags and accessories.  Their bags were even gifted to celebrities at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.




When approached about reviewing one of their bags, I was admittedly a little hesitant.  I’m more of an understated gal who buys everything black or gender-neutral, and my diapers bags have generally been purchased with my husband in mind.  “Cutesy” is not a word I would use to describe my preferences for any baby item.  Functional, however, most definitely is. 

While perusing the Pink Lining website (www.pinklining.com),  I liked their selection of bag sizes .  Bear in mind, with 4.99 children (soon to be 5 ANY DAY NOW) ages seven and under, I have some packing to do – even as a minimalist.  My three year old still has the occasional potty-training accident, so there’s a change of clothes for her.  I pack a sippy cup for my 21 month old, along with snacks, wipes, diapers, and a couple of toys or activities (depending on where we’re going and how long we’ll be gone).  Then, of course, I have the small items that tend to get lost in the bottom of the pit like hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and the occasional Transformer toy my son snuck into Walmart from the car.  Now add the newborn items:  nursing cover, more diapers (which are bulky because I use cloth), more wipes, up to two changes of clothes, changing pad, some kind of wet bag for soiled clothes, a cloth diaper wet bag, and eventually a second sippy cup and baby food.  As much as I hate lugging a lot of stuff around, I also equally loathe being unprepared.  So, I need a rather sizable diaper bag.

Before my 4th baby was born, my mom bought me an amazing diaper bag.  I love everything about that bag except how big and bulky it is.  Enter the QueensdaleTote. 
It’s incredibly spacious (13.8 x 12.8 x 11.8 in), but it’s not bulky and doesn’t look like a traditional diaper bag.  One really nice feature is the inner clasp that holds the sides together.  This really sold me on this bag because it’s the number one feature that prevents the world from knowing just how much it will hold!  It’s deceptive!  Truly prevents it from looking so bulky without compromising on space.  BUT, if you really need to pack it full for a day trip, just leave the inner clasp undone, and you’re good to go.  There’s a large snap in the center of the top of the bag so the waiter at the restaurant doesn’t have to see the gross burp cloth you just tossed in there, too.
The exterior material is 80% canvas and 20% nylon with a 100% nylon interior lining (hot pink, of course!).  Basically, it has a canvas look and a nylon feel – very important for wiping off the occasional ketchup spill from lunch (hey, you never know). 

More on functionality … pockets inside and out!  There are two large exterior pockets on the front, complete with magnetic snaps.   
On one side of the interior of the bag, you’ll find a roomy zippered pocket, a fabric loop to hold a pen, and 2 roomy pockets for holding diapers and wipes.  It easily accommodates several newborn diapers, a couple 3T diapers, a 4T pull-up, wipes case, and a tube of diaper rash cream.  On the other side of the bag are 2 insulated pockets for your hot or cold items and one smaller non-insulated pocket. 
 Is that all, you say?  Why, no.  No, it’s not!
Pink Lining also provides you with a see-through, zippered wet bag complete with tether which snaps inside the bag, a changing pad, and a small mirror also with attached tether for the oh-so-brief makeup check before you venture into the grocery store.
Close up of changing pad

Ok, here’s the feature that I really, really liked just because!  The straps are just plain fun.  Each strap can be completely removed via (very high quality) clasps for different configurations.  Don’t ask me why I love this feature, but I do.  I have found the straps to be the perfect length for both shoulder carry and hanging on a stroller.  Not to mention they come in fun, coordinating colors. 


I really didn’t think I would like the pattern because “whimsical” generally just isn’t up my alley.  BUT, after seeing it in person, exploring the features, and falling in love with the functionality without the bulk, I actually moved all my stuff into it right away.  What’s even more amazing is my husband is still willing to carry it for me!  For more information, visit the Pink Lining website and order away!  Also, don’t expect it to take weeks for delivery just because it’s coming from the UK.  My bag arrived in less than a week.  Try to tap into your whimsical, carefree side while you look at the variety of patterns, sizes, and styles of bag this growing company has to offer.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Until next time,


Pam
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15 comments:

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

That bag is adorable!!! I have not heard of them but bet they will make it big. So cute!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That's a little cutesie for me, but I LOVE all the interior compartments!

Peggy Damon said...

the bag is so cute...wish I would of had something like this when my kids were babies, all they had 14 years ago was huge, bulky bags that were just impossible to lug around!

Mama to 4 said...

How adorable! Love the outside pattern and all the neat compartments offered inside the bag. Looks nice and spacious!

Renée Chapman said...

oh thats adorable and so functional! love it

sgumer said...

that is so cute and yet so functional. i love it.

Robin O said...

A roomy diaper bag with tons of little pockets that is also absurdly adorable? Score!!
Thanks for the review and all the photos.
I am putting this on my wish list!!!!!!

Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired said...

That is an adorable diaper bag! I love the design, the pink lining, and all of the space and pockets. Wishing there was something like this when my two were little.

Jennifer Clay said...

OMG! This bag is super cute! I want one so bad now! Thanks for sharing!

Just Short said...

Oh my gosh!!! Super adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia Night Owl Mama said...

wow thats a great bag looks like there's plenty of compartments too

FashionistaDET said...

Love the cute Yummy Mummy imprint in the bag! The whole design is so adorable and well thought-out for Mom's. Love it!

Janet W. said...

That is the cutest bag! I love the design and all the inner pockets!

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

What a fun, funky bag!

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

What a unique diaper bag, and I love all of the special features.

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