May 152017
 

Now that my growing baby hump has revealed our big news I can finally start sharing some of my favourite finds for our much loved bundle of joy. I secretly started my shopping a few months ago with a new ride to seat our two littlest ones and last week I added a gorgeous gr8x nappy bag to match, I am super pleased with this stylish travel combo:

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you no doubt know that I have a soft spot for all shades of blue and I often dress both my girls and my only boy in blue. So regardless of what our new addition will turn out to be (we love our surprises!) I was immediately drawn to the neutral blue colour of the recently released Zoe, doesn’t it look awesome?

Zoe (RRP $99.95, Snowflake Blue) is the latest addition to the gr8x nappy bag range and it is quickly winning hearts across the country. I am not surprised these bags are flying off the shelves, as the spacious but lightweight satchel style bag is packed with clever features that will make life easier for busy parents on the go. After five babies I consider myself a bit of a nappy bag expert and I know exactly what I want and don’t want, so no more miss-buys for me.

Measuring a generous 39cm x 26cm x 17cm in size the Zoe offers plenty of storage space for all your baby’s gear and even some of your own bits and pieces too. Inside you’ll find neat internal pockets to keep everything tidy and organised, on the outside are two smaller front zip pockets (ideal for your car keys or your favourite lip gloss) and a handy end pocket on each side to keep your baby’s and your own drink bottle within hand’s reach.

Personally I just love the clever zip-around top, allowing the bag to open up nice and wide so you can instantly find what you are looking for. Especially when you have a nappy emergency you’ll be glad not to have to dig around in the dark for ages to find a packet of wipes or a clean nappy!


There is plenty more to love about Zoe like an adjustable shoulder strap with comfortable padding, super practical easy-clean canvas fabric and protective metal feet on the base to ensure the bottom of your bag doesn’t get dirty or damaged when placed on the ground. As an extra bonus your new Zoe bag comes with a complimentary soft, padded, change mat and a zipped insulated bottle traveller in matching blue fabric.

Blue may be my absolute favourite colour, but if is not really your shade you’ll be pleased to know that the Zoe bag is also available in neutral and classy Snowflake Grey to perfectly match your monochrome look.

To find out more about gr8x or to order your favourite styles online visit www.gr8x.com.au, orders over $99 are delivered free Australia wide.

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Dec 292015
 

Over the past few months we’ve introduced you to some gorgeous new arrivals from the latest gr8x baby bag collection: Charlotte, Escapades, Ella… they are all so pretty! But of course we couldn’t end 2015 without introducing you to the lucky last design (and as always we are giving one away too!). Meet the beautiful Charlotte in classy charcoal finish:

gr8x Charlotte Tote

This season the new Charlotte Tote (RRP $159.95) has hit the shelves in three great looks: Avalon Damask Dove Grey, Avalon Damask Twilight Blue and last but not least Charcoal. This classic, neutral colour is easy to mix and match and doesn’t go out of fashion making it a smart and stylish choice for modern mums.

The Charlotte tote is designed with a high quality PU canvas laminate outer that is easy to wipe clean, no need to worry about grubby fingers and sticky messes ruining your lovely new bag. Even the bottom of your bag is well protected thanks to the protective feet that lift the base off the dirty floor.

The Charlotte Tote is fitted with a detachable front zipped pouch so you can carry your small valuables (phone, car keys, wallet) individually if needed. I particularly love the two end pockets that allow instant access to your and baby’s drinks.

On the inside there is plenty of room for the essentials like nappies, wipes, a change mat (included), bottle holder (included), a change of clothes and toys. Keeping your baby bag organised is easy using the handy internal pockets, a neat and tidy bag will save you precious time and sanity!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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Nov 282015
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you probably spotted the eye catching new Avalon Damask print that we featured in last month’s gr8x post. Move over plain and boring baby bags, this beautiful custom print shows that mamas don’t have to give in on style when travelling with their babies. If you’re looking for a spacious bag that will easily hold all your baby essentials this new release will have you swooning:

Ella Carry All

The trendy Ella Carry All (RRP $159.95, available in Twilight Blue and Dove Grey) is measuring a roomy L40cm x W15cm x H30cm in size yet is surprisingly light weight, making it perfect for active mums on the go.

The gr8x design team knows most parents are busy enough as it is, which is why they make sure their baby bags are fitted with lots of little parenting hacks that save you time and hassle. Take for example the high quality nylon outer: it’s strong and durable and can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth, no tears wasted over sticky fingers or dirty marks.

Ella Carry All BlueAnother great feature is the collection of internal and external pockets in a range of sizes, helping you to keep your nappies, wipes, creams, baby food and other baby must-haves tidy and organised. After all, no mum has time to dig around in the dark depths of her baby bag desperately hoping to find what she is looking for (especially when dealing with a messy emergency!). And how clever are the adjustable stroller clips for use on pram or stroller? Thumbs up for hands free travelling!

Lovely bonus: The Ella Carry All comes with a free quality insulated, zipped bottle traveller and padded change mat in gr8x signature print.

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

For your chance to win the gr8x Ella Carry All in Avalon Damask Dove Grey enter our giveaway below:

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Oct 302015
 

One of the awesome things about having a newborn is that it’s a brilliant excuse for some shopping: Beautiful clothes for baby (and mum!), pretty wraps, gorgeous blankets and of course a new nappy bag in line with the latest trends. Australian designer label gr8x has just released its latest collection and I have already spotted the perfect match to my navy blue Joolz ride:

Charlotte Tote

The brand new Charlotte Tote (RRP $159.95, available in Twilight Blue and Dove Grey) is sure to be a hit with hip mamas who are looking for a stylish baby bag that ticks all the boxes.

Turn heads wherever you go with this practical tote-style bag featuring the trendy new Avalon Damask print and matching PU leather shoulder straps/trim. It has a strong, high quality nylon outer that is easy to wipe-clean and a handy front pouch that can be unzipped, creating a perfect mini-bag for your car keys, phone and some change or even baby’s dummy.

gr8x Charlotte Tote Dove GreyOf course there are plenty more pockets to help you stay organised: a convenient ‘slide pocket’ at the front, two handy end pockets on either side (ideal for your water bottle and baby’s milk) and a range of internal pockets to keep all your baby gear neat and tidy. To stop your precious new bag from getting dirty and damaged the base has been fitted with protective feet that lift your bag off the ground, allowing you to enjoy your bag for longer.

As always the new gr8x designs include a quality insulated, zipped bottle traveller, padded change mat in gr8x signature print and a set of adjustable stroller clips to easily attach your bag to your pram or stroller.

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

For your chance to win the Charlotte Tote in Avalon Damask Twilight Blue enter our giveaway below:

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Sep 272015
 

For an impatient person like me there is nothing worse than not knowing when things will happen. Even with a due date in hand you can’t rely on baby arriving exactly on that one day you circled on the calendar. Like most expecting mums I packed my hospital bag a few weeks ahead of time and it surprises me every time how much space you need for all your little things. If only this beautiful, spacious new gr8x arrival made it here in time:

gr8x Escapades Holdall

The new gr8x ‘Escapades’ Holdall (RRP $179.95) in stylish charcoal is currently en route to Australia and due to arrive in October. The bad news is that I couldn’t get my hands on one in time for my hospital stay, the good news is that by entering our giveaway below you may well be the first hip Aussie mama to own this fabulous new style!

Picking the right baby bag is a personal decision: some mums like small and compact, while others prefer large and roomy (and if you have twins or lots of young children like I do you have no choice!). Personally I prefer a larger bag with lots of storage space so I can throw in everything I need without squashing and squeezing. The Escapades Holdall is the ultimate large baby bag, it’s ideal for mums of multiple children and it makes a fabulous weekender too.

Featuring a trendy canvas laminate outer that’s easy to wipe clean and four large external pockets the Escapades is both good-looking and practical. On the inside you’ll find one main compartment, perfect for larger items, a change of clothes or baby blanket, as well as elasticized and zipped pockets for your smaller pieces. As a lovely bonus each Escapades Holdall will come with a complimentary soft, waterproof change mat and zipped, insulated bottle traveller, that’s your next day out with baby sorted!

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

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Mama on Monday

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Jun 222015
 

In Dutch there is a saying that goes ‘Wie wat bewaart, heeft wat’ which literally means ‘Who saves something, has something’ and that’s exactly the story behind today’s Mama on Monday look. Pretty much all of these pieces are a few years old and I am still enjoying them, now that’s budget friendly!

Mamaway Maternity Dress

Tony Bianco boots

Paba Allira

Wearing:
Maternity/Nursing Dress in navy marle by Mamaway
I originally picked this dress with its feminine ruffle front as a nursing garment when I was breastfeeding baby no.3 (a few years ago now!). The button front allows for easy nursing access and the loose fit was perfect for hiding those post-baby lumps and bumps. I pulled it out again when I fell pregnant with baby no.4 and wore it all through pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’m so glad I held onto it because I still love it and the thick, warm fabric is just what I needed this cold weekend.

Over Belly Style Leggings ($10) by Fertile Mind

Frampton Boots ($199.95) by Tony Bianco
These classic black wax leather boots were a Mother’s Day gift from hubby a few years back and I wear them all the time over leggings, tights and jeans. Yes they are in desperate need of a good polish (I’m too busy wearing them to find the time for that!) and I have had them re-soled once but they still are one of my favourite shoes and I can’t see myself saying goodbye to them anytime soon. I remember clearly how spoilt I felt when I first got them and I still feel like that when I slip them on. As a real Tony Bianco best-seller they return for another round every year and you can still purchase them in store today.

Paba Allira in Moonbeam by gr8x
About five years ago gr8x released a special, limited edition, leather nappy bag collection called Paba and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Allira in Moonbeam. Made from high quality Italian pebble grain leather they were quite the luxury piece and clearly well worth the investment, even after 5 years the leather still looks amazing and the design is just as fashionable today as it was back then.

May 172015
 

Big Baby Shower – Day 17

Especially for the Big Baby Shower our friends at gr8x have put together a lovely bundle of their favourite accessories, offering new parents a helping hand when out and about with the new arrival:

gr8x Bottle PackWhether it’s a bottle of formula or breastmilk, a fruity snack or hearty meal, with the spacious gr8x Triple Bottle Pack (RRP $34.95) your baby’s next feed is always on hand. The handy insulated bag holds 3-4 bottles/containers and even has some spare room for other little extras. With its adjustable shoulder strap it would make a great little backpack for young adventurers too.

gr8x Change MatThese days most baby bags come with a hygienic change mat but a spare one is always handy. These gr8x Change Mats (32 x 87cm, White, Dusty Blue and Misty Pink) are soft, waterproof, machine washable and generous in length to allow for growing babies, plus at $16.95 each they are very well priced. We keep an extra change mat in our car and in the living room so we never get caught out by messy accidents.

gr8x Change WalletIf you are looking for a compact and convenient alternative to your big and bulky nappy bag you are sure to love the stylish gr8x Change Wallet (RRP $34.95). While it may look small in size it actually stores 2 nappies and a travel pack of wipes and when you unfold the wallet completely an instant change mat is created. The Change Wallet easily attaches to your stroller or pram, it’s perfect for busy parents on-the-go.

To find out more about gr8x, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.gr8x.net.

For your chance to win a gr8x Accessory Bundle (RRP $86.85, Simple Circles Harbour Blue Triple Bottle Pack, Dusty Blue Change Mat and Simple Circles Harbour Blue Change Wallet) enter our giveaway below:

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