Monday, February 11, 2008

Petunia Pickle Bottom Touring Tote

by guest blogger Christine Riordan

What a pretty bag! At this point in my mothering career, I’ve owned quite a few diaper bags. I had longed for a PPB Touring Tote for quite some time, but just couldn’t justify the expense, especially for a bag that wasn’t waterproof. But, when I found a great deal on one, I jumped at the chance and bought one. The minute I opened the box, I was in love. Really, this is SUCH a pretty bag!

But, the bag isn’t just about its looks. The interior has incredible organization. It has 2 pockets along each of its interior sides. These pockets are large enough to accommodate a Lexie Barnes micro-mini or a Vera Bradley small cosmetic bag. In other words, the mini bags which I use to keep my personal goodies (lipstick, blush, concealer, Listerine strips) and my emergency first aid supplies (band aids, Tylenol, etc.) I use one of the interior pockets to hold the extra straps which come with the bag, allowing it to be worn long or easily attached to a stroller. Did I mention that these straps come in a cloth pouch which matches the interior of the bag? There’s also a small interior pocket, perfectly a sized to carry a cell phone, a feature which I desperately need because I never seem to be able to manage to find my phone before the call goes to voice mail. There are two more interior pockets at each end of the bag. These pockets are perfect for sippy cups.

Even after you have filled all of the interior pockets, there is still plenty of room to accommodate additional supplies. These days, I carry my diapering gear in a JJB Be Quick. I carry things to entertain my children in a Lexie Barnes medium accessory bag and use a Vera Bradley Zip Around wallet as my wallet. All of these items fit inside the main compartment of the Touring Tote.

Of course, as many of us diaper bag junkies already know, no bag is perfect. The bag comes with a very small changing pad, which is contained in the long exterior pocket. The Touring Tote has exterior zipper pockets on each end. I had thought that these pockets would function to hold sippy cups (much like a Storksak bag) but they are not large enough. Instead, I use them to hold a travel size package of tissues and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, they’re pretty useless. The bag does have a nice sized front exterior pocket which snaps closed. I haven’t put anything in this pocket yet, but you could probably store a regular wallet or a small book in it.

With the exception of the few flaws that I’ve mentioned, I do think this is a really nice medium sized bag. It looks more like a regular pocketbook than a diaper bag and could easily transition from a morning at the office to an afternoon at Music Together class to an evening at a nice restaurant. I’m so glad that I decided to add it to my stash.

Touring Totes

* Black Water Resistant Liner
* Double-headed zipper for easy opening
* (3) Durable black strap options: small hobo, long shoulder, stroller clips, (1) Lined front pocket with magnetic closure, (1) Large back pocket with removable changing pad,(2) Zippered pockets for cell phone or iPod, (4) Spacious interior pockets, (2) Interior bottle/sippy cup pockets, (1) Interior pacifier pocket Sleek black PPB monogrammed plastic wipey case
* Dimensions: 12"x14"x6.5"


Alexandra said...

Teri what print is the red bag? I haven't seen that one?

Perfect timing as I'm awaiting my tt :)

Teri VanDerLaan said...

This red is the Kimono roll, gorgeous isn't it?

Alexandra said...

yes it is,I got one of the limited edition prints I can't wait until it gets here. Hopefully it does :)

DJ Heavy D said...

I'm constantly in search of "the one" diaper bag, something that allows me to be hands free when roaming the city, but that's nice enough to bring to office meetings. I'm wondering if the "long shoulder" strap allows it to be worn across your body. Sort of like a messenger bag would.

Anonymous said...

The longer strap is long enough to wear the bag cross-body/messenger style. Due to the shape of the bag, with the bottom being significantly wider than the top, the bag does lay nicely against your body when worn this way, but it also sticks out approximately 6 inches at its base. Most of my bags that I wear cross-body lay flat against my body and don't stick out that far, making it easier for me to walk between tight spaces, etc.

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Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags are the CUTEST!

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carrie said...

Thanks for the review. I just ordered mine in Misty Shanghai -- can't wait to get it!

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I mysteriously picked up an unhealthy obsession with diaper bags.

Justin said...

In regards to DJ Heavy's comment on
"The One" diaper bag to have for hands free roaming. I would recommend the Urban Sling from Kalencom. I personally carried this bag while my soon was in diapers and still carry it today. It is great to throw my laptop in and jump on the bike. I never felt like I was carrying a diaper bag at all.

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