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No matter how old my boys get, I find myself still utilizing many of the items that I had for them when they were babies.  Since I’m a work from home and stay at home mom, the number one thing I find I still use is a diaper bag.  Now, hold on – obviously I’m not going to be using this particular bag to hold diapers, the boys don’t use those, ha ha!  But, I don’t use my old diaper bags in the traditional sense.  I turn my diaper bags into work and planner bags so I can take my work on the go.  About 5 months ago I was sent this very cool bag from CiPU and today I’m going to share my thoughts on this accessory as well as how I utilize it for my personal use.  It may not be traditional, but it’s functional and we all know I love anything that offers function to my life.

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Now, it’s no secret that I’m a laid back simpleton, basically – I’m a casual gal.  So when I can find something that works for me… I’m excited.  I was contacted by CiPU and asked to try out this “diaper bag” and if I enjoyed it, if I could kindly provide a review.  Here’s the deal – since I was using my Coach Diaper Bag from the twins as my work bag, I thought to myself… “hmm, this will be interesting to see how it would work for me.”  And, so I accepted.

CiPU is pronounced – ‘Shee’ (translated to “happiness” in Chinese) and ‘Pu’ (translated to “store” in Chinese) like “shee” in sheet and “PU” in put.  

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CiPU was founded in 2009 by a group of mothers and brand owner Jarrah, all of whom had one shared inspiration – an idea to gift mothers love, happiness and affection.  CiPUs focus is on style by exploring colors and patterns to suit every occasion, however – each bag is full of functionality (you see that word there, it’s golden to me) and created to meet a mother’s everyday needs.

“The Bowknot in their logo represents the ribbon on a gift, meanwhile it also looks like an “infinity” symbol.  Since children are such a precious gift and a parent’s devotion to their children are testimonies of “infinitive love” the bowknot symbolizes infinite love and the power of gifts in a single wish, a wish that every mother can enjoy blissful, long-lasting memories with their children – the greatest gift in life.”

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Each CiPU bag is hand-crafted with lots of love and many of the bags are limited in quantity since they only make a few of each design.  They are each made from environmentally friendly materials and I love that CiPU offers Free US Delivery.  All CiPU bags were created with different styles and patterns to focus on women because mother’s are still women and looks matter.  Perfect for function while providing lightweight carryalls to take the load off your shoulders.

Check out my video review and come chit chat about this bag with me.  My video can be found here or embedded below.

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Lightweight | Stylish | Easy Cleaning | Organizable | Large Compartments | Water repellent

CiPU offers a variety of bags to fit the mothers’, fathers’ and even babies’ style.  From Large tote bags like the one I have here to diaper backpacks in every type of color and design.  I have my eyes set on a camouflage one, a plain black bag and the Leopard next.  Let’s talk a little about this awesome diaper bag shall we?

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I have the CiPU Tote Diaper Bag in Heather Gray (Large).  This bag retails for $158.80 and comes with 13 large compartments to hold all of my necessities.  Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not using this bag as a diaper bag, but as my work bag so this is perfect to host all of my planner supplies, planners and even my laptop and tablet all fit inside perfectly.

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This bag features 1 hidden compartment (which I love to put the boys wipes in or even store their dirty clothes while out and about so it doesn’t mess up any of my papers.  You also get the following accessories to go with your bag:

  • Personal belongings pouch – this pouch comes with detachable straps and you can use this to store your diapers, wipes and changing mat.  I use this particular pouch to store my tablet for safe keeping and a few notebooks.
  • Foldable Changing Mat – this soft and easy to clean mat is perfect for changing baby, but again – I use this bag for work – so this changing mat is used as a little sitting mat for me when at the park or in case I want to put my bag down without sitting it directly on the floor.  It’s machine washable which makes it perfect for on the go.
  • Retractable Key Hold – probably my favorite thing now to keep my eyes on hand at any given time.
  • Chest Strap – this helps to keep my strap in place to prevent slip-downs
  • Slip Proof Should Straps – these soft on the shoulder straps are great and comfy.  It made long hours at the airport easy because my arms were not sore from carrying my bag too long.
  • Stroller Clips – These are great to clip to a wagon or stroller to keep your bag with you.  I use it to attach to my sports cart so I am not taking up real estate of the wagon with my bag.

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The material is very soft and easy to spot clean or wash should I need it.  I love that this bag is water repellent (inside & out), especially since I always take it with me, that way I don’t have to worry about spills.  This bag comes with a gorgeous hot pink and bright lining which makes it so easy to be able to see inside and grab everything that I need at any time.  And, since this bag is made of quick dry material – it helps to prevent mold (so you don’t have to worry much about spills from milk bottles or juice causing mold if you don’t get it dried up quickly.)  This bag is perfect for outdoors – whether rain or shine and I love that it’s so easy to take with you.

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The CiPU Large Tote is very lightweight at just 1.2 lbs. – one of the lightest on the market.  And, remember how I said CiPU offers different bags for different personalities and sizes, your littles can have their own little backpacks too.

So, now that you have a bunch of information to make an informed decision on whether or not this bag is for you… let me keep it real for you all.  This bag is costly, but I am a handbag lover and most of my bags cost well over this amount already so I would spend this money in a heartbeat – especially after my great experience with this one over the last 5 months or so.  When it comes to how I spend my money, I tend to look at things as an investment.  These bags are an investment in not only your style and longevity of having them, but your comfort.  They are easy to carry and hold, giving you various options and so easy to clean.  As a busy mom, I know that the last thing we want to be doing is scrubbing a bag of strains or water spills.  While I don’t currently use it strictly as a diaper bag, I know the quality of the bag will hold up in that if and when I should have another child – I’ll be able to use this.  I also love that this is functional for me and allows me to use this as a “mommy bag” no matter the age of my children.  I can carry all my work stuff inside while still have a ton of room for mommy stuff too – whether it be wipes, extra clothes, toys, books for reading on the go or games – whatever tickles your fancy.

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We all know I am brutally honest here and I have to say – Yes, this bag is worth the cost and definitely high quality.  Like I mentioned before – I have my eyes on a few others and I plan to get them.

Check out my video review:

 

You can check out the full range of products available at: https://www.cipu.us/

Purchase from their Amazon store here.

So what about you, have you heard of CiPU before and do you think you could utilize something like this?  Are you a mommy looking for a little more help in the organizing and diaper bag compartment?  Comment below and share your thoughts with me.

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Disclaimer:  This product was sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts or to feature this product.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

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It’s no secret that when it comes to fashion, anything I wear or use must not only be functional but also comfortable.  Sometimes I feel like my laid back lifestyle has me too lax and often it can be a bit basic, but I love taking basics and turning them into something fun and fashionable.  I’m born and raised in Hawaii so most of my life you could find me in a bikini or bathing suit with board shorts and a surf board, but now that I’ve changed things up a bit, I try to add a little more flair to what has become comfortable.  While what I wear may be simple, consisting of mostly basics to allow for me to change up from time to time – I love to add handbags that will give me a sense of style and freedom at the same time.  Accessories can make or break a look easily so here is what I do to take a basic outfit and jazz it up a bit.  Here’s my plus size outfit featuring Miche Bag to compliment the look.

Spring Fashion and Style - Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Check out my quick outfit video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

First, I start off with a basic look.  Today I have decided that I wanted to use one of my favorite black strapless dresses but have a little cover up for a fun and casual look.

  • Black Empire Waist Jersey Strapless Dress – Old Navy
  • Denim Vest with Cut sleeves – Forever21 Plus

Since Flip flops are pretty much the go to for most looks here in Hawaii, I decided that would be a great choice not only for comfort but also for style.  I decided to go with a platform/wedge style flip flop to add a dressier flare to the look

  • Black Flip Flops – Guess Sabell Platform Flip flops

Spring Fashion and Style - Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

No outfit is complete without some accessories and for me I wanted it to be simple, basic but still add a little flare. If you have been following this blog or my YouTube channel a while, then you know I’m pretty simple and usually will have the same type of necklace or watch for my daily style.  Today I switched up my watch and included something that would be fun and add a little bit of swagger to my look.

Spring Fashion and Style - Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Last but not least – it’s all about the handbags.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge handbag fanatic… my husband can attest to that (teehee), and I’m always looking for the perfect bag to help accommodate all of my personal and mommy needs as well as be functional and stylish.  About 5 years ago I was introduced to Michebags and immediately fell in love with not only the quality – but the styles and the price.  Let’s just say that I love these bags so much that I own two different sizes and over 12 shells… ssshhh… don’t tell the pocket book. lol

Spring Fashion and Style - Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Miche bag’s concept is easy… You purchase a base bag (in my case, this is the Prima base bag) and then you purchase a shell to go with it.  The idea was developed by a women who wanted to be able to change out her bag easily without having to pull all the contents of her bag out.  You simply pull your base bag out of your shell and put it in a new one and you are good to go.

  • Miche Prima Shell in Carmen – a brown caramel shade bag with gold accents
  • Miche Prima Shell in Maria – a gorgeous cream and print bag with gold accents

Spring Fashion and Style – Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Each bag is so easy to get in and out of to switch out you can easily go from day to night and it takes just seconds.  I am wearing my Miche bags pictured with the regular black handles and gold chain links to add to the gold accent.  These bags are not only functional, they are affordable.

Miche Prima Base bag: $29.99

Miche Prima Shell: Range between $40 and $100

Miche Accessories: Range between $9 and $20

If this bag is too large for you – do not worry,this is the largest size Miche carries but there are a variety of sizes available from their Petite, Classic and Demi.  Also, Miche offers different colors in their handles as well as their chains and Carabiners so you have endless options to switch up your style and preference.  Each strap, handle, carabiner and hardware is interchangeable with any of the shells and the shells are seasonal so you can expect to see new styles rolled out several times a year.  Fashionable and on-trend, Miche is definitely a great selection for those who love handbags and want to keep their look fresh.

Check out Miche and their styles by heading over the their website:  www.miche.com

Spring Fashion and Style – Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Spring Fashion and Style – Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Now – just because I have a really relaxed style, doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up a similar look with say a pair of strappy heels or wedges or even a larger necklace for a statement piece.  What I love about style is that it is just like makeup and it’s all about the individual and their preferences.

Spring Fashion and Style – Plus Sized Outfit Featuring Miche Bag

Also – be sure to check out the Miche Hope Collection – inspired by those affected by Cancer, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the collection go directly to cancer research and other charities.

So – what are your favorite types of things to wear during the Spring time?  And, have you heard of Miche Bag?  If you love handbags like me, definitely head on over to the site and check out what they have to offer.  I’ve been a fan of their products for a few years and with a pretty big collection, it definitely states how much I love and enjoy the brand and their products.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  It seems like a whiles since I have posted outfits but I’m slowly getting back in the groove again.  Don’t forget to stop by and check out my video (click here to watch) – I hope you like it.

xo and Happy Spring!

Signature Honey