My Diaper Bag (+ Clava Giveaway!)

Let’s take a look at my unconventional diaper bag by Clava today, shall we?

Except that, yeah, I don’t carry it that way since I’m juggling a super squirmy 9-month-old. I usually wear it like this:

(Top: Lands End, Trouser Jeans: Gap, Charm Necklace: John Wind, City Flats: Gap, Sunglasses, Ray-Ban.)

However, unlike the above photo, there is a 78% chance that 1) my hair is in a ponytail, 2) my stretched-out sunglasses are falling off my face as I bend over to pick up some random teething toy that Wita has pelted at a stranger, and 3) I’m yelling at Wito to SLOW DOWN as he flails wildly into pedestrian traffic. Otherwise, yep, that’s me. Me and my diaper bag. Calm, cool and collected.

Here’s my thing about diaper bags. I really don’t like them. There just a little too diaper-y for me – in looks and in function. I’ve found that the ones I’ve owned in the past have had really large openings and been very roomy on the inside, which is great for most (I guess?), but I just found myself constantly digging around in my bag while the contents get all jumbled.

When Clava contacted me about trying out a bag from their Carina Collection, I immediately knew that I wanted the Carina Zipper Tote. When I told them that I wanted to use it as a diaper bag, I’m pretty sure they considered me a FOOL, as I noticed they quickly emailed links to other bags from the line that might be more suitable for that particular function. I mean, the Zipper Tote was designed for circling the globe in style! A perfectly chic laptop/work bag!

However, my mind was made up. I was going to rock that Zipper Tote as a diaper bag, dammit. Just watch me, world!

And guess what? I love my Carina Zipper Tote as a diaper bag. Check it.

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It fits everything I need without it looking all sausage-stuffed from the outside AND the large inside pockets keep everything from getting jumbled AND the coated cotton canvas outer material can be wiped down easily AND the interior material is waterproof (sippy cup disasters averted!) AND when I no longer need to carry a diaper bag, this puppy will still be used for years and years as an awesome tote AND the best part? It doesn’t look like a diaper bag! HOLLA.

I think you should have a Carina Tote too. (Don’t worry, I won’t force you at gunpoint to use it as a diaper bag, I promise.)

Leave a comment on this post telling me which bag from the Carina Collection is your favorite, and you will be entered to win a Carina Zipper Tote of your color choice. Get crackin’, folks! Contest ends Friday, April 1st at 6pm PST. Good luck!

  1. Lorna

    March 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    The pink one would be great for my job!! CUTE!

  2. Heather

    March 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    OOOO I really like that sky blue!

  3. Christina

    March 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The Gym bag for sure! I need a ‘purse’ to replace my daiper bag, and this one or the tote would totally work, big enough to hold some of the baby stuff, not too big to carry every day!

  4. lauren

    March 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I like the Weekender. Perfect for overnight work trips.

  5. Darcey

    March 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m actually pretty in love with the zipper tote – it would be great for the work days where I’m actually NOT having to haul my laptop everywhere!

  6. Jenifer

    March 28, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’d love the triangle tote in indigo

  7. Lauren

    March 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I’m loving the Carina Weekender in the army color. These bags rock and I would love to have a zipper tote!

  8. Christina

    March 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    The Weekender Bag speaks to me. I just like the idea of going away for a weekend. ::sigh::

  9. Alicia C

    March 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I think the Square Pocket Tote is y favorite, but I do love the Zipper tote! :) I like it in the Cafe color.

  10. Annika

    March 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am totally digging the Weekender!

  11. Sherin

    March 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Ohh, it’s a tie between the vertical tote and the zipper shoulder bag! Pregnancy brain means I am totally incapable of making a choice.

  12. Jess F

    March 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I think the mini zip cross body could be so handy.

  13. Shannon

    March 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I love the Zipper Tote/Shoulder Bag in Indigo. :)

  14. Amelia

    March 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Personally I love the weekender, but I would love to win the zipper tote for my best friend to use just as you do, for she is expecting her first baby in May.

  15. Michelle

    March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    love, love, love the zipper tote in the army color. Expecting baby number 3 in early September!