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Pacapod announce new range of bags

Pacapod add three new designs to their range of genius changing bags; Hartland, Croyde and Saunton. They all come with the striking new map pod (which we had a small meltdown coo-ing over a few months back!)

(If you recall our Pacapod feature in the magazine last year you’ll know that designer and CEO Jacqueline Waggett names all of the bags after places where she has had adventures.)

We’re loving the elegant Saunton tote, which can be worn as a messenger bag or backpack as well as being excellent arm candy…

The Hartland is one of those compact but cavernous backpacks that can be used as aeroplane hand luggage. It comes in gorgeous tan leather or shimmering  gunmetal faux leather.

 

 The Croyde is big enough to use as a hospital bag – or perfect for those who (like me) have multiple children.

 

Pre-order online from late June for delivery in August from www.pacapod.com

The perfect investment handbag for the modern mother?

Wyn tote in black from Born in Britain

Sometimes – in our world – there are two ways of looking at a parenting accessory: something that is built for the purpose and the most stylish it can be, or something elegant that can also fulfill the task. A great example of this (which has sparked many a debate across our team) would be the day bag.

Kate Moss and Birkin

Do you opt for one of the ‘elite’ luxury changing bags (Pacapod, Kerikit, Born in Britain, Tibi & Marl etc being some of our faves) or do what Kate Moss (obviously!) started the trend for all those years ago by just re-purposing a great handbag (in her case an oversized Birkin) to carry all your essentials – plus your kids’ too.

Pearl Lowe – in our Winter issue of the magazine – told us that she tosses all her daughter Betty’s hairbrushes and toys into her trusty black Prada and you’ll see the likes of Fearne Cotton stuffing their Aspinal of London Marylebone totes with blankies and wet wipes – along with their yoga kit.

Large Queen bag in red by Jardine of London

Mary Jardine, founder of Jardine of London, suggested: “,The small cross-body ‘Queen’ Jardine of London bag is the perfect investment piece handbag for the busy Mum who needs her ‘hands-free’ whilst juggling the children and everything else required when out and about.  Big enough for her iPad and the little things you need when you have your little darlings with you for a day out – but small and light enough to be worn cross-body.  Made from sturdy goat-skin leather – this bag is very durable whilst maintaining its chic and stylish designer look.  No fiddly closures to the lid here – just a satisfying click as the lid‘s magnetic closure shuts tightly down keeping your possessions safely stowed away.”

Kristin Cavallari with her Chanel GST

Claudia Valentin, Handbag appraiser at Prestige Pawnbrokers and star of channel 4’s Posh Pawn has this advice: “,I personally believe that every Mum should have the classy Chanel GST (Grand Shopper Tote) in Caviar finish for long lasting wear.  it’s a really practical bag in every way and yet, still an heirloom!It features a functional interior with large and safe compartments as well as maintaining a very chic style with its beautiful chain straps and of course its iconic logo.This piece is suitable for all ages as it’s a timeless design for all seasons and comes in different colours to cater for a selection of daytime outfits may it be jeans and a jumper or a maxi dress. These bags tend to retail new at around £2500 but we can source them via our online shop for around £1700 which is such a good investment. You can find one on the online shop  at a very affordable price. The other classic designer must have bag for the modern mother in my opinion is the faithful Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. These bags can hold a surprising amount of ‘mummy paraphernalia’ and can be the perfect transitional bag from daytime school run to a beach tote whilst still looking super glam taken out in the evening for dinner. These retail around £880 new and we can source them for a little as £500. Again you will probably pass a LV onto your children as they are such a timeless investment.”

PS there’s still time to drop a few Mothers’ Day hints 😉

What I want for Mothers’ Day…

We asked a few Slick Mummies out there what they’ll be hoping for this weekend…

”For Mother’s Day I’d like to not have to cook a single meal, wash any school uniform, nag anyone about doing maths homework, wipe a single surface or break up a single argument between my three children!  Oh, and can I have a flat stomach please.  Not asking for much am I?” Melanie Lawson, Founder of Bare Biology. 
(Bare Biology launches a fab campaign today to support PANDAs UK – follow #IHadPND)
“If I could have a dream Mother’s Day pressie it would be new stemless (excuse the flower pun) red wine glasses – stubborn are the perfect solution for tired mums as they are less likely to topple over (at bath time) and I do like to do my creative work with a glass of red in hand. Perhaps not the most traditional Mother’s Day pressie but certainly all the mum’s I know love wine!” Beth Kendall, Wilder and Wren

‘There’s nothing wrong with chocolates and flowers on Mother’s Day, but after a long day of work and the when the kids are in bed, there’s no better treat than a long gin and and tonic with plenty of ice! Craft Gin Club send you a different bottle of unusual gin to try every month, so it’s a gift I can enjoy all year round!’ Dragon’s Den star Sarah Willingham.

“ My ideal gift? For Mother’s Day to be 48 hours long! I’d want to enjoy as much time with my daughter as possible.” Suzie Walker, founder of Primal Pantry.

 

“A handmade Mother’s Day card from my girls is always a winner (and will go into my treasure box) but also a coupon to book for a massage or a lovely bath with wine and bubbles. I’d also appreciate a meal that’s not made in my kitchen!” Jacqueline Waggett, CEO Pacapod.

Lovely Little Things: The Pacapod limited edition map print feeder pod

Tiny adventures start with a treasure map and this one comes in the form of a teeny backpack, which can either be carried by a toddler, clipped onto a buggy or fitted seamlessly into any of Pacapod’s ingenious changing bags.

Inside the pod is insulated and wipe-clean – so perfect for packed lunches – and it comes with a matching map-print bottle cover for keeping milk warm (or juice cool). The outer pocket has a clear window so your little one can have their pirate treasure in full sight (but also useful to pop in essentials like a yoghurt spoon and be able to see that you hadn’t forgotten them…)

Our resident two year old explorer was swift to hang his over the handlebars of his scooter, stuff in Big Nutbrown Hare and whizz off to discover new rabbit-holes.

RRP £21.95 from Pacapod

Pacapod introduce the Pacasac

The Pacasac is the eco friendly latest edition to the Pacapod range; it is a reusable, foldaway tote that you can pop in your changing bag and is there for when you need a roomy, easy to carry bag solution… Like when you pop to collect your child from nursery and discover he’s made a model of the Taj Mahal out of yoghurt pots which he insists on bringing home (or when you nip to the supermarket for a couple of Organix snacks and discover that gin is on special…)

Cleverly, Pacapod have made the Pacasac fold down into a bright orange pouch – so it is easy to find when you’ve had four hours’ sleep and no coffee…

Order yours online here...

Announcing the shortlist for the #MMHA16

BADGE2It’s the 7th of the 7th – so lucky for some – and hopefully for the following twenty products and brands that we’ve selected for this year’s Mummy Must Have Awards Shortlist. 

This year’s awards will be voted down to a final ten winners via likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter – so show some love for the ones you rate highest and there will be some incentives and competitions along the way to make the voting more exciting 😉

Editor writes: this year’s shortlist was actually something of a challenge as we had so many fabulous submissions and suggestions. Our criteria for the #MMHA has always been quite broad in terms of category, but infinitely comes down to one simple fact: this product is bl**dy brilliant! Big thanks as usual to all the input from our writers and celeb mums and congratulations to all included in the shortlist…

The #MMHA16 Shortlist is as follows – in no particular order: 

Lilly and Sid Baby Blankets: in a world of blankies, these are the ones that kids would choose for themselves. Soft, washable, durable, ethical – you’ll find these well loved and still on the beds of pre-schoolers. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALILLYANDSID
Nuna Leaf  Baby Seat: This clever baby rocker has a one-of-a-kind side to side floating motion and grows with your child to become a comfy toddler armchair. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHANUNALEAF

Chillipeeps:
we love these little teats and spouts, which can be popped in a handbag or changing bag and are the perfect size to fit into a ready mix formula carton or a bottle of water. Reusable and dishwasher-proof, they are possibly the best £7 you’ll spend… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHACHILLIPEEPS
aden+anais Muslins and Dream Blankets: with a constantly evolving range of gorgeous but understated designs, these muslins and blankets really do get softer with each wash and are roomy, for snug as a bug swaddling and snuggling. We love the latest Disney collaboration prints as well as the chic classic designs. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAADENANDANAIS
Pacapod Jasper: loved by celebs ranging from Benedict Cumberbatch to Zara Phillips, the Pacapod’s unique pod system means that you can just ‘grab and go’. We adore the Jasper’s chic leather outer, spacious interior and general elegance – and the fact that it crams 35 litres of baby clobber into one hardworking handbag. To vote on social media use hashtag:  #MMHAPACAPOD
Tiffany Rose: celeb mum Becky Mantin told us “I love Tiffany Rose for pregnancy & nursing clothes” and we fully agree; stunning designs, flattering fit and the occasion wear really does make one feel ladylike and special (even in the third trimester). To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHATIFFANYROSE
Boden Mac: we had great deliberation about the perfect ‘school run coat’, but in the end (thanks to the unpredictability of the British Summer) the Boden Mac was the clear winner. Showerproof, with a hood to keep your hands free and pockets big enough to hold Fruit Shoots, car keys, wipes and bits of toast – this coat comes in a range of vibrant or classic colourways and means you’ll always look ‘together’ no matter how late you are running…  To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABODENMAC
Bambini & Me Rompers: we think Bambini & Me is definitely a ‘one to watch’ brand and we fell in love with the adorable range of rompers and bodysuits, made with skin-friendly bamboo. The range also includes swaddles and sleeping bags – all very unisex and deeply delightful. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABAMBINIANDME
Bee Good Plump and Firm Moisturiser: made with British wildflower honey and hyluronic acid, this day cream packs an absolute suckerpunch of tightening, glowgiving and nourishing – so much so that we swear you can go without makeup. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABEEGOOD
The Organic Balm Co Baby Mother and Baby Nourish Balm: a one stop solution for stretch marks, rough elbows, sensitive baby skin, dry feet, eczema… You name it, this delicious blend of vitamins, omega 3’s and hemp seed oil can zap it! The pump dispenser makes it changing-bag friendly too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAORGANICBALM


Bobux Shoes
: designed for little feet to have the freedom of being barefoot, this range of padders, first walkers and toddler shoes is not only created to allow healthy development but the comfortable fit also ensures ‘stay-ability’ if you have a child who insists on throwing their footwear off in the supermarket…Check out the latest collaboration with Solene Roure also. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABOBUX
Belly Bandit Tummy Tucker: your new best friend when it comes to blitzing the baby belly, this postpartum secret is made from medical grde, latex free elastic and is recommended by doctors – as well as being loved by celeb mums including Camilla Rutherford, who called it ‘Mother’s Little Helper…’ To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHABELLYBANDIT

Mon Breton: we’re big fans of the Breton top as a ‘throw on with jeans and you don’t notice the yoghurt stains’ mummy-dressing solution. Mon Breton have pushed the boundaries of a timeless classic by allowing you to personalise with initials or cute emojis. Go matchy-matchy with their men’s and kids’ range too… To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAMONBRETON
Oh Arthur: This trio of ladies have put together a ridiculously cute collection of childrenswear and accessories – making them undoubtedly one of our favourite boutique startups. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAOHARTHUR
Baby Bjorn One Outdoors:  real game-changer if you like to a) babywear b) yomp or c) want no limits on where you and baby can explore. Festivals, hill climbs, fun runs… this carrier can take on the elements and is ergonomicaly designed for comfortable carrying from birth to three years. Lovely colourways too! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAONEOUTDOORS
Laurence King Colouring Books: Jasmine Guinness told us “, you can never go wrong with a colouring book and pencils, it’s such a nice thing to do and luckily the kids agree. Creativity is so important.” And when it comes to fabulous, innovative colouring books we adore the range from Laurence King Publishing, such as ‘To the Moon, the World’ Tallest Colouring Book’. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHALAURENCEKING
Doona: this carseat-come-stroller really has broken the mould when it comes to practical design and out-of-the-box thinking. Laura Hamilton told us “this is one of my all-time favourites.  It is so convenient for travelling or even if you need to pop out quickly.  So many people comment on it when they see it because it’s such a clever invention.” To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHADOONA
Nappy Grab bags: wipes, cream, nappy and mat all in one pocket-sized solution. Biodegradable, simply roll it all up and bin it afterwards. Keep one in the car, under the buggy, in your coat pocket – life suddenly got a whole lot simpler! To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHAGRABBAG
Splashabout Wetsuits: the brand that brought you Happy Nappies now has a range of wetsuits for children and babies (including one that integrates the famous nappy pants), meaning that kids will stay in the water for longer without getting cold – and easing the transition from warmer baby pools to regular/outdoor pools (or English seaside paddles!). Adorable designs and a range of lengths/sizes – Beyonce’s daughter loves the ‘Apple Daisy’ one. To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASPLASHABOUT
Smalls: layer up with these merino wool tops and leggings that are so pretty they work as outerwear or PJs too. Brilliantly breathable, your kids will be warm and toasty (but not uncomfortable or sweaty). Merino stays cleaner for longer (less washing) and it doesn’t sag, bag or shrink. Fab underlayers for flights, camping trips and puddle jumping…To vote on social media use hashtag: #MMHASMALLS

We hope you like our selection and will show your support by giving your favourites some social media love. The votes will be counted on August 4th and the final ten winners announced.

One last thing: we have two extra award categories this year, both of which will be voted for by our editorial panel and guest judges. They are Buggy Love (our stroller category) and Better World (our charity and ethical partnership award). Watch the site for more details on both of these.

Our capsule new baby kit

We recently took on the challenge of creating a capsule pregnancy wardrobe, but how about a capsule new baby kit?

‘What?!’ you cry ‘,No rinky dinky ninky nonk train? ‘No baby bath noodle?’ ‘No fuzzy wuzzy doo-dah?’

Nope. We’re being strict and streamlined. Here’s our pick of what’s genuinely useful, great value and – unlike the bath noodle – won’t be gathering dust at the back of the cupboard.

The Koochi Pushmatic stroller: we’ve recently discovered this brand (created by the same design team as Cosatto) and we think the Pushmatic is one of the smartest new baby investments you can make. Sleek, sporty (it’s a three wheeler) and suitable from birth (in the recline position) til three, this one will serve you well for country walks, shopping trips, ‘one-handed folding in the supermarket car park’ situations and battling public transport (did we mention this little gem only weighs 6.7kg?) Our Dad-writers oohed and aahed as much as we did over the colourways  – especially the Green Hyperwave (pictured) – and this stroller (including footmuff and lots of accessories) is currently on offer from Koochi’s website at just £144. (Check out Koochi’s equally sporty range of car seats too!)

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The TinyLove 3-in-1 Rocker and Napper: this clever sleep/play solution means you can dispense with the Moses basket, baby nest, sleep pod, bouncer chair, baby gym, rocker – and also all those ‘musical stimulation’ gizmos . In the recline position it is a comfy cradle which can be stable or rocking, or sit it upright to create a bouncer chair/activity centre complete with toys, vibrations and music. Essentially, what this means is you can safely strap your newborn in the chair whilst they are awake (and you want to have a shower) and then when the lullaby tunes, rocking, mirror and rattle toys knock them into slumber you can simply recline into napping mode without needing to transfer the little angel into a crib and risk waking them up.

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: At SM we don’t judge how you feed your child, but if you’re going to bottle feed them this invention is simply genius. Gone are the 2am fumbles for the kettle. No more are the 2am scalded wrists as you squirt boiling milk on parts of your own anatomy. With the same sort of logic as a Nespresso machine (and now available in stylish black as well as standard white) in two minutes flat your bottle will be filled with perfect temperature, bacteria free formula, made up to the correct proportions. There’s even a beeper so you don’t need to time the two minutes. Ocado have this one on offer, but be quick!

aden + anais muslin swaddles: we love this brand and a set of their swaddles is the first thing we’d be popping in our hospital bags. Doubling as a sheet/lightweight blankie, comforter, burp cloth, spill wiper, buggy shade, picnic rug, towel – even an emergency nappy – the more you wash these muslins the softer they get. Generously sized, they make swaddle wrapping easy (even for wrigglers). Kids love the adorable designs for years to come (many of us have tots who still take them to pre-school as a snuggler) and if you’re using them as a breastfeeding cover the vintage-chic stripes will double as a cute scarf too.

Pacapod Changing Bag: another MMHA15 winner, we’ve lost count of the times we’ve said to an expecting mother ‘if you buy just one thing get a Pacapod’. Designed to make changing on the go almost a pleasurable experience and super stylish to boot, check out the new range – including our new lust item, the Jasper bag.

The BabyBjörn We Carrier: use this one from birth til three years, carrying either frontways, or on your back. Get mobile with your newborn; whether its out and about or just having two hands free for a few menial tasks at home, the Baby Bjorn is a design classic and has won countless awards – they have thought about your poor aching, post preggo muscles here too – and the fastening mechanism is simple enough to maneuver with even the least passive child, as well as being super safe. Check out the seasonal colour ranges too  – no need to settle for boring black!

An amazing Pacapod competition: win a weekend break and their super luxe Madison bag

Head over to Pacapod’s site quick smart as you could be in the running to win a luxury weekend for two and one of their chic Madison changing bags.

We can’t get enough of Pacapod’s sleek designs, practical solutions and just general genius when it comes to changing bag know-how. For a busy mum the Pacapod is unbeatable when it comes to speed and simplicity of packing (yup, we’ve all been there with those nappy brain moments of leaving the wipes on the roof of the car) – and dare we mention that little air of smugness that comes from knowing that even though you might have yogurt in your own hair, your changing bag is impeccable.

The Madison bag is of course no exception: from the outside looking like something that Pippa Middleton would tote down Bond St but with a tardis-like interior that neatly stores the Pacapod changer and feeder pods, plus a whole plethora of baby clobber…

Click here to enter the comp…

Sing the blues… the AW15 Pacapod Preview

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As a recent #MMHA winner, we squealed when we got sent a sneak preview of the new Pacapod range.

The practical and stylish ‘pod’ system – which really will change your life as well as the way you think about a changing bag – comes in all sorts of bang-on-trend styles including grab bags, knapsacks or dad-friendly messengers and this A/W blue seems to be the hue!

From denim to azure, there’s a shade to suit every parent – take a look:

Idaho marine (pictured below) pretty up your pram with this timeless slouchy hobo. Lightweight construction, flat pack pods and an alluring new shade make it perfect for busy family days spent on the beach, or every day mummy duties. Price £70.

Oban denim is a pioneering messenger bag that adapts in seconds to a backpack for the ultimate in versatility and adaptability. Great for travelling with tots, multi-tasking on the move and dads will love it too. Price £80.

Napier fossil adorn your arm with this classic clutch tote with a stunning new print inspired by nature. It’s perfectly casual, yet chic and the wipeable cotton coated canvas mean that it’s practical too – so no need to worry about rogue spillages! Price £85.

Available now to pre-order for delivery in August from www.pacapod.com or call 0844 351 0222

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A week in the life of a Pacapod Sequoia Bag

We know what clever bags Pacapod make: with their bespoke ‘pods’ that mean all your wipes, nappies, bottles, muslins, snack packs and that little snuggly toy your little one can’t do without this week are all easy to find and don’t spill out whilst you’re struggling to find said toy whilst balancing a stroller and pacifing a toddler on the bus…

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But the Sequoia is not only the best changing bag you’ll ever own (did we mention the clever elastic strap for your keys, the cunning side pockets that keep your smartphone separate from yogurt explosions and the foldaway changing mat?) it also doubles up as a handbag!

So- we decided to put it to the test. Not on a playdate – in fact not as a changing bag at all – we decided to ditch the Bayswater for a week and see how the Sequoia performs as arm candy.

Our SM tester writes:

Day one: I shall preface this review by saying on the first day I *did* actually use the bag as a changing bag – we were invited to a BBQ hosted by a fabulous gay couple in their beautiful East London home. My children took all of 30 seconds to dive straight into their gigantic and pristine paddling pool – and the hosts gawped with horror as my eldest completely ignored the neat pile of laundered white fluffy towels and ran straight into said lovely home with muddy, grassy footprints and soggy clothes. Quick as a flash though, I was able to grab an oversized muslin from my bag to dry him off – whilst standing him on the foldout changing mat – then mopped the floor and put his wet clothes into the drawstring bag cunningly concealed in the Sequoia also. But the real ‘ta-dah’ moment was when the host came over, handed me a glass of champers and said ‘gorgeous bag!’.

Day two: off to work and I am due at a press day at the St Martin’s Lane hotel. Out come the changing pods and in go a pair of heels (so I can swap my flat shoes outside and pretend I was wearing them all along) a rolled up jacket (the weather just couldn’t make its mind up and neither could I), iPad and my make up bag (I’m a self-confessed school run slap-application junkie). The Sequoia actually has two main compartments so it’s really easy to keep your pens, lippies, purse etc away from all the children’s clobber and the zipped compartments at the sides are genius because at press days you always find yourself fumbling around for business cards – only to find your last one has a wine gum stuck to it… Impressively too, the Sequoia is also roomy enough to stash all the goodies from the press day and zip closed, plus the wide shoulder strap makes it super comfortable to carry.

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Day three: I’m due to meet a friend who is shopping for a dress for a wedding. So it’s off to Westfield we go – again, I’ll confess, my youngest is in a buggy with me so I do have a changing pod in there. We’ve watched her wriggle in and out of a couple of thousand micro mini dresses and made ego boosting noises as she asks ‘,do you think this one will upstage the bride?’ before my son decides it’s snack time. Not having packed anything (I know, I know) we pop in to M&S and there’s one of those ‘buy six items from the deli for the price of five’ offers that I always fall for. Great: we now have a bag loaded up with olives and antipasti and I’m not even worrying about anything leaking into my bag because it’s wipe clean. My friend finally emerges from a store armed with a dress… ‘Now I just need a nice bag,’ she says ‘,where’s yours from..?’

Day four: I’m invited to drinks at the rooftop bar of the Courthouse Hotel. ‘Can I put my bits in your handbag?’ asks my vain other half ‘,so I don’t spoil the line of my jacket…’ Handbag – he called it a handbag! The Sequoia bag comes in a choice of colours – the one I have is a gorgeous creamy white and the pattern is a subtle jewel textured weave. ‘It’s like those vintage Mulberry shoppers,’ my glamorous fashion blogger chum coos…

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Day five: Heading into the office (with a slight hangover) happy to discover that I’ve stashed some paracetamol in the clever side pocket safe in the knowledge that none of the kids have figured it out yet. And I also have my husband’s cufflinks because he took them off and popped them into one of the tiny inner pockets usually reserved for my Carmex plus two pairs of sunglasses because I’d forgotten that one pair were neatly stored in another one of those inner pockets… And somewhere along the way home last night we seemingly bought some Heston’s Salted Caramel Popcorn.

Smugly though, I have also packed my own lunch today (well, leftover pizza that last night’s babysitter didn’t feed the kids – they bullied her into giving them ice cream) and a bottle of Diet Coke which, thanks to the Sequoia’s rigid base, I can keep upright.

So – after a week of outings I’ve really grown to love the Sequoia as a handbag. It’s practical, roomy and at a moment’s notice can revert to it’s ‘day job’ of being a changing bag again. One of the inner pods also doubles up as a mini backpack so is ideal if you have a baby and an older child plus the key strap is robust enough for car keys as well as door ones and quick to release. Pacapod’s trademark clip straps mean you can attach it to a buggy, or clip other bags to the Sequoia (useful if you have one of Pacapod’s toy pods) – plus you can carry it with the shoulder strap or like a tote.

(I couldn’t resist this extraneous bag selfie…)

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And would I swap it for my Bayswater? I shall probably go to fashionista hell for saying so, but I think I will. Probably. Definitely. I think so…

 VOTE for the Pacapod Sequoia in the #MMHA 2015