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Ask Alela Sirah Vol. 1: Fool Proof Wallet Shopping/ To Cool For A Diaper Bag

alela smith
Ask Alela Sirah Vol. 1: Fool Proof Wallet Shopping/ To Cool For A Diaper Bag

Q.

 I’m that girl always searching for her debit card when it comes time to pay, I really want to be more organized.  How do I pick the right wallet for me?

A.

Ask yourself a few questions?

  1. How big is your purse?

  2. Do you change bags often?

  3. Do you like to carry a wallet solo?

  4. What main function does it need to have? I.E. a lot of credit card slots, multi functional to hold your phone, mascara or lipgloss too, double as a clutch or a place to hold receipts?

Once you nail down how you use your wallet you will have a better picture as to what works for you.

After making a list of your needs you are ready to shop, and stay focused on those needs, believe me it will be easier using this approach. Don’t buy the Rebecca Minkoff coin purse if you never carry change…..no matter how cute it is!  Remember, you may need two wallets or a wallet and a wristlet, let your list be your guide. Most importantly functionality does not have to mean boring, have fun with your choices.  Even the little things can make a big statement about who you are, a wallet can be a good place to add that pop of color or sparkle that you are too afraid to wear everyday.

Here are some options that offer various functions to get you started.

 

Q.

I am a new mom and my main bag is a diaper bag. I don’t want to give up having a cute purse, but I also don’t want too many things to carry.  Any suggestions for the best of both worlds?

A.

I understand where you are coming from. You don’t have to give up on having a stylish bag on your arm.  There are a lot of companies out there that have caught on to the fact that Moms want fashion and function, gone are the days where the Winnie the Pooh plastic diaper bag was your only option.  

As I’m sure you’ve already figured out there are days where it feels like you have to bring the whole nursery with you. Look for a stylish diaper bag that suits your needs with things like extra pockets and roomy compartments, but gives you the style that you crave.

I also suggest buying yourself a cute clutch (with or without a strap) or wristlet that you can stick in your diaper bag. This will allow you to easily transition from diaper bag to outings on your own

Another option is a small to medium size crossbody bag. It’s on trend, practical and hands free which is essential. You could also consider buying a purse that can double as a diaper bag.  Many of the current bags are roomy with comfortable shoulder straps and perfect for holding all of your baby essentials.  And don’t rule out backpacks, in luxe fabrics like leather and suede this can be a great option for a mom who is very active and needs to be hands free.  

There is no one size fits all to finding the right solution, it’s about finding what works for you.

Here are some options that offer various functions to get you started.

And after you’ve chosen the perfect diaper bag or combination of bags I leave you with one tip, Lighten your load.  Go through your bag and make sure you are only bringing the essentials with you.  I always had a small basket in the trunk of my car that kept the extra clothes, diapers, and essentials.  Your shoulders and back will thank you, and so will your itty bitty when you can easily find that pacifier in your perfect organized diaper bag.