Thursday, 6 August 2015

ECCO Barra Crossbody Bag Review and Win an ECCO Leather Handbag! #SLHFeaturedThursdays


Do you wear a mum uniform? Something practical, comfortable and everyday to get you through the demands of raising your kids and running about, while still managing to make you look and feel half decent?

My winter standard 'mummy uniform,' consists of a long cardigan, tee, black pants, boots or loafers and my new favourite oversized khaki anorak from Witchery, which not only keeps me wonderfully warm, but also hides any spills or 'I have not had time to look in my mirror' moments. (Pretty much my reality every day really.)

My coat even hides bad hair days which is a real bonus in Melbourne's cold winter.

I've always said being a mum is a true sport too. It's a very physical job to rush to and from school pick-ups, shopping trips, appointments and jog the inevitable toddler chase for hours each day. It's challenging dealing with it all and having my essentials close by: My keys, wallet and mobile phone, a lippy and whatever other small items I may need to keep my engine running, is an imperative part of any daily routine for me.

I need and crave a tiny bit of organisation in my life to keep it all going smoothly when I feel most frazzled and challenged and I applaud a well-designed handbag for giving me this peace of mind.

My prized new fashion additions - my mummy cover-all anorak and my precious mummy bag in a selfie!
 


Most mornings, as I watch my kids struggle to rise and I fret as the time ticks-on while they drag their little feet, my panic levels climb nice and high as I try to get the ball rolling. In the end, it inevitably all falls far from my initial planning attempts but I am so grateful for my new small friend; my latest addition to my mummy wardrobe - the gorgeous Barra crossbody bag by ECCO. It's keeping things speedy for me at least.



ECCO's Barra crossbody bag is my sumptuous little leather helper and it's perfect for organising my smalls in an easy-to-grab and carry size as I fly out the door on my daily errands.

Juggling a toddler, forgotten school bags (and sometimes the kids themselves), coats, toddler snacks and a plethora of other odds and ends into the car is one of my most difficult daily acts to co-ordinate and I really appreciate the throw over my shoulder, grab-and-go ability that this bag gives me.


The Barra bag by ECCO is crafted in an extremely soft, top-grain Batavia cow leather which feels almost suede to the touch, only it's not suede at all.

I was sent this bag in a stunning shade of aubergine, (Burgundy on the ECCO website) which makes it a real stand-out piece against whatever I choose to wear. (It's also available in Lime and Birch.) It's a fabulous all-round colour that's easy to spot on my busy mornings with the kids. There's no chance of losing this one in a hurry!


Inside, the Barra is lined with a softly padded Baby Ottoman fabric (water repellent), in a matching shade which protects against the elements to keep all your possessions safe. It looks pretty lush too.

Size-wise, (22 x 21.5 x 3.5cms) this little bag is fitted with a decent set of pockets to help keep you organised on the go with two open compartments on the interior front wall as well as a zippered section in the back wall.

A feature I love inside this bag is the bright striped piping outlining each of the pockets so that you can easily see deep inside your purse without needing to up-end its contents when you're pushed for time. There's also a fantastic key clip which reaches right out of the bag to help you get-going even faster.

The exterior features an open and lined pocket for easy access to the things you want quickly. There is one good, long strap for slinging the bag over your shoulder or across your body and it is fully adjustable via the strong studs to make your bag sit wherever you'd prefer. (Maximum strap length is 140cms and the strap drop is 68cms.)

Those fully adjustable, brushed nickel studs will add an effortless flair to your mummy uniform.

 
The ECCO Barra Crossbody Bag retails for $169.95 on the ECCO website.
 
I really adore this bag and it would also make the perfect travelling companion for keeping your valuables safe. It's great quality with all the hallmarks of a luxury, contemporary piece.
The Barra even comes with its own fabric storage bag to protect it when not in use - but, when wouldn't you need or want to use this gorgeous bag?
 
ECCO manufacture quality men's, women's and kids' casual footwear and accessories.
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107 comments:

  1. My mummy uniform is s black maxi dress (no ironing, loose fitting over my lumpy bits) with a different cardigan each day. Qld is much warmer than Melbourne! Karlene

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  2. I would really love to win this as I would love a bit of order in my bag, as my current one I always have to dig through it to find what I want!
    - Melissa Kagie

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  3. My comfy tracksuit - keeps me relaxed & warm
    Zo :)

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  4. Ecco products-shoes and bags in particular are those that I always radiate to in a store because I love to feel the quality of their leather. To win an Ecco handbag would be so special. Thank you for this opportunity and good luck everyone! Heather H

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  5. I would love to win this gorgeous bag because well its gorgeous! Enough said!

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  6. oooooo I'd love a new bag! Love the simple design and that colour!! Ruth xx

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  7. MUM my name seems to ECCO!
    With two little boys I'm in command,
    To hold down the fought i must stand!
    I strut my stuff in rugged stained jeans,
    Often to late to scrub away clean!
    A nice neutral colour top i wear
    Flat shoes on, it's fun I declare!

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  8. Id love to win this as a birthing gift for my sister she loves bags!
    Kirbie Michele

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  9. The colour of this bag is beautiful! Would love to win this one! (Lucy F)

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  10. with four kids i have alot of getting in and out of the car so in winter my mummy uniform is skinny jeans, converse boots, a long sleeve top with a short sleeve top over it and a cardigan with a jacket and umbrella just incase

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  11. My mummy uniform is quite boring I know, jeans and a hoodie but spending my day with two kids under 5 I get covered in food and drink stains, paint, play dough and glue. It's essential!

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  12. What a gorgeous bag! Love that colour :)
    My mum uniform consists of jeans, long sleeved tee, boots and a puffer vest this winter - I'm very ready to break out the summer uniform though - capri pants and a tee!! (Rachel McDougall).

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  13. I too love the bag color, and the full zip closing. It's so difficult to get a nice bag, I have been using a travel/camera bag, it cost 5Dollars (seriously) but its cross body and the perfect size. However, it is getting rough now.
    I mostly wear knee high boots, soft skinny jeans, long sleeve body warmer under t-shirt which is under a long sleeve T, a zip up, a body vest and a body warmer. :-o when summer comes I instantly loose 5kg.

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  14. I would love to win this ECCO bag because it's such a beautiful and convenient bag :-) Thanks.

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  15. my mummy uniform is jeans and a t shirt so practical!!!

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  16. My mummy uniform: if I'm at home - trackies, t shirt, big warm fleece. If I'm out - jeans, t shirt and jacket. In this cold weather my sneakers are getting far more of a work out than I would like!

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  17. my mummy uniform bags... everywhere i go i need a bag containing all those kid essentials :)

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  18. This is totally gorgeous! Love that is practical and pretty! I have to say I adore all your bags reviews!

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  19. I would love to win this bag. Mine smells like a farmyard. Is freying on the handles and I'm not quite sure what that sticky green goo on the bottom is

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  20. My Mummy uniform in winter is a pair of jeans and layers on top usually a long sleeve top with a jacket and a scarf. I try to mix it up a bit but I work with children in a home daycare environment and it needs to be practical! (A scarf can get in the way of a messy nappy change :-/ ) I love to dress up on weekends. Love love love the crossbody bag. I'm ashamed to admit I don't actually own one :(

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  21. Such a gorgeous bag would add a pop of badly needed colour to my standard mummy uniform of jeans, a long sleeved top, jacket, scarf and ankle boots. (Tracey Ralph)

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  22. I just love the colour of that bag!

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  23. I'd like to win this prize, as everything I wear or carry is to suit someone else at the moment, being a breastfeeding mum of three. It would be lovely to have something that is stylish, and just for me! Rosemarie De Bari

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  24. That leather looks SO soft! Sorry I've been so absent recently - LIFE - it's a busy place! x

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  25. Jeans, grey long sleeve tee, black zip up jumper, red canvas shoes and big scarf to add some changing colour - brrrr Melbourne is cold at the moment!! Argh, thinking about it the usual scarf is black - I need some colour Jodi!!!! Hahaha! At least comfort is key and like you say, anything to hide those messy moments - how does their breakfast invariably end up on my top?! Kelly Sammut

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  26. This bag would be the perfect accessory to my current mummy uniform - my three month old baby in a ring sling.

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  27. I'm seriously envious of your bag collection Jody! You must have a whole wardrobe just for your bags.

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  28. At this time of year - the all important uniform includes my snuggly, warm polar jacket
    Rebecca Tompsett

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  29. On days I'm not working....mummy uniform tends to be my work out clothes. I try to get into them first thing for motivation and then keep them on as I'm moving to fast throughout the day to change. LOL

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  30. Nancee Biviano says gorgeous colour

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  31. My Mum uniform is the jeans, black flats and black long length cardi. I rock it out with a different coloured top on a regular basis, and I have so many variables of the jeans and cardi it's not funny! But I feel semi presentable at school dropoffs, and I'm still super comfortable.

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  32. my mummy uniform is track pants and jumpers i look like a frumpy mummy Julie Ford

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  33. I am sick of my massive nappy bag, time to use something fancy like this bag to go out and shop!
    Narelle Rock

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  34. Tunics, leggings, try to look slim,
    Top to toe, limb to limb.
    All I can wear, hide my sins,
    Hide the evidence, I had twins!

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  35. How beautiful is that leather on those bags! As weird as this sounds I really want to sniff it...I love the smell of new leather. I'm sounding creepy now right? Can that be my reason for why I want to win?

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  36. What a gorgeous bag. Not normally a colour I'd go for but I really like it. A cross body bag is a must for a busy mum! Thanks for linking up to the ultimate rabbit hole link up. Xx
    Shannon @my2morrows.com

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  37. Beautiful bag, I love the burgundy - lately I've been into red bags but the burgundy is stunning!! My mummy uniform differs by the seasons - either shorts and top, or jeans, top and a jumper!! Never wear dresses!!

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  38. Love your winter coat! I think our Canberra winter could rival a Melbourne winter ;)

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    1. This is a gorgeous bag! My mummy uniform is skinny jeans, tan loafers and a breton stripe top! #mummymondays

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  40. What a gorgeous (and totally practical) bag! Plus with the over body strap, gives you free hands to chase after and wrangle the kids! My mummy uniform is typically jeans, boots, long sleeve tee and jacket/jumper, depending on how cold Canberra is! Emma @ Life, kids and a glass of red. #MummyMondays

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  41. My mummy wardrobe starts with a smile, has a lot of hair brushing then I just tie it up. I like to be dressy but not overly. With a 100km drive daily to pre-school and stopping in the primary every Friday to watch assembly I dress in nice shorts and a belt and a pretty T or a shirt with just a splash of blingle. I like to show that I care about me. Grandma always dressed for dinner and it's a quality I always loved in her.

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  42. Jeans and a tee, if cold I am sometimes able to grab a cardy depending on Bella's mood (lol)

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  43. My Mummy Uniform consists of tracksuit pants and t-shirt - both in black to conceal stains!

    Karina Lee

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  44. When im at home a tracksuit with uggs,
    relaxed and comfort in my mind, snug!
    Time to go out, jeans , tee and jacket
    with a stylish Ecco bag, my needs, met!

    Jody buhagiar :) thankyou

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  45. I would love to get some style back into my life. This gorgeous Ecco bag will hit the spot. Love the colour, its a stand out!
    kzsupreme

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  46. Id love to win an Eccobag, as it would definitely draw everyone's attention away from my 'Mummy uniform', comprised of blue jeans, boots and a jacket. Aahhh, I could continue to wear my comfortable clothes but be recognised as 'stylish'. Aaahhh! Cate Russell

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  47. My mummy style is comfort & must cover my muffin top & hairy legs! This handbag is gorgeous, is my favourite colour & so stylish.

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  48. My mummy uniform consists of leggings, a hoodie, bags under my eyes and my 7 month olds leftover food :P
    I need this bag to make me feel a little more glamorous!

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  50. I would love a bag with a colour that pops, so everyone will notice me (Joanne Cardamone)

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  51. Jeans and a top for me, Renate Abra

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  52. PJ's rule, and WHOA this bag ROCKS!

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  54. I usually go for neutral bags and clothing, so I'm as least noticeable as can be. But I do love the colour of this bag... it might tempt me to add some colours into my wardrobe. It looks like the perfect practical size too! Danielle T

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  55. My mummy uniform @ Sarah-Jayne Loveday is in serious need of an update and this absolutly adorable bag looks like just the place to start :)

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  56. A beautiful purple bag to match my not so beautiful purple trackpants.... it must be fate :p

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  57. My pj's i cook and clean in them! :)

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  58. My Mummy uniform is usually Jeans and runners and a shirt. I'm a dag!
    This colour is just gorgeous! I love it!
    Wendy Sutcliffe

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  59. Now that the nappy bag is retiring this would be a great and stylish way to hit the shops Mick Gillies

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  60. My gym clothes over summer as we go for a walk to school, then I gym, garden and housework. I the Winter, jeans and a super old and comfy Uni sweater. That was a long time ago!
    Laura Scriven

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  61. I always wear the same shoes - 1 pair in winter, a choice of two pairs of sandals in summer (I hate shopping for shoes). Jenny Watson

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  62. bless, and thanks for another great comp... I have a singlet that fits really tight so I don't have to always wear a bra on the weekend - it is heaven

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  63. I'm stuck in the "trackie" rutt, I may, on a good day, drag myself into some jeans. I have found the comfort factor outweighs every other factory. What happened to me?? lol. Luckily work has a uniform.

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  64. My Mummy Uniform is workout gear - leggings, tank top, hoodie - so I can go straight from school drop off to the gym before doing my other errands for the day

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  65. This bag would add a great pop of colour to my otherwise boring mummy uniform - blue jeggings, white oversized shirt and blak cardie.

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  66. Would really like to add this bag to my Spring Wardrobe - it would add to my mummy uniform!

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  67. My mummy uniform is anything easy to get around in and easy to put on

    Christina L

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  68. My Mummy Uniform, comes down to the perfect lipstick...all the rest is pretty much hit and
    miss !!!!
    Glenda McDonnell

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  69. I just love ECCO products, they are well made and look great.

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  70. My mummy uniform is baby food and vomit :(
    Courtney Brideson

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  71. My mummy uniform is jeans and a shirt. simple, easy to put on and get off clothes.

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  72. A tissue shoved in my bra. You never know when one will be needed

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  73. Not sure I have a mummy uniform but I NEED that bag, it's the perfect colour for all of my wardrobe.

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  74. So I can keep all my belongings in one stylish place when I'm out and about.

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  75. I like to wear what's comfy and clean!
    (Alicia Fox)

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  76. On workdays, my uniform is quite dull - my workshirt and jeans. When I'm on mummy time, I'm still casual but usually in a pop culture themed tee - my signature style!

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  77. My mummy uniform involves a patterned top to hide as many food smears as possible!

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  78. I always wear a pair of snickers as part of my mummy's uniform because I'm always on the go.
    angels22

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  79. Jeans as I work at home and then like to leap into the garden to do gardening when no one is looking, so I get rather dirty!

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  80. My most comfy clothes that look half decent is a jumper and stretch jeans, my ugg boots get a good wear and a ponytail for my hair! Eva Kiraly - eviee1

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  81. It's black jeans and a black jumper for me at the moment... Comfy, reliable and ALWAYS dressed up with a bright scarf and earrings!
    Jennifer Bush

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  82. My "at home" mummy uniform is trackie dacks and a tee (long sleeve at the moment). I do try and make an effort for school drop off and pick up by changing into a pair of jeans. As soon as I get home, I get back into my comfy trackies.
    Alicia Bardsley

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  83. I would love to win because this bag looks so handy and I love the colour

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  84. I try to make an Effort every day and 'dress up' it makes me feel important and not just a MUM! I love this bag, it would go perfectly with my dress up days. Maria Stringer

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  85. I would love to win this so I have a fashionable accessory for once!

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  86. Travelling overseas soon so its stretchy pants,white shirt and a scarf with flat shoes.

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  87. Mummy wears........PJ's everywhere!
    Also known as the Parental Jogging suit, Pretty Jeans, Party Jumper, Prego Jeggings, or the good old Pa-Jama's!

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    1. Congratulations Jaree - your dressing up of the perfect mummy uniform has won you this gorgeous bag! I hope it goes with all of your pyjamas! Will be in touch!
      Thanks so much everyone for your great entries - so good to know I am wearing pretty-much the same as you all.
      Stay tuned for some coming bag reviews and giveaways too! "D

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  88. I would really like to win this because it's beautiful and the strap on my current bag is about to give way.

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  89. Black pants or Jeans with 2 tops layered... then when an emergency arises due to grubbiness I can take one off and still be presentable! Kerryanne Bourke

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  90. My mummy uniform is a big fat smile on my face! C'mon...smiling is infectious and I want my kiddos happy! Oh and of course whatever's comfortable!

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  91. My Mummy uniform are jeans and a long coat, great for hiding the pjs I'm still wearing underneath when I'm in a (I should have been out the door and at the school gate 10 minutes ago!) frantic state! Belinda Bee

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  92. Loving the Mulberry colour, the cross over strap; a must to keep hands free. The ECCO genuine leather handbag would be a stunning treat of luxury long ago forgone.

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  93. Meg Wood Mother of 4 has a mummy uniform that does tend to change depending on the task at hand and outings for the day, a reliable hand bag is a must, and the burgandy ECCO leather handbag sounds perfect for grouping those must have portable items together. It will complement the practical layered look, tones of purple, pink and black as well as the more dressed up mummy look with some dressy jewelry added. Good old faithful jeans, dressy top and black drapey cardigan, it's this bag that will make any style look and feel good! This bag would complement Meg Wood beautifully !! :)

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  94. Meg Wood Mother of 4 has a mummy uniform that does tend to change depending on the task at hand and outings for the day, a reliable hand bag is a must, and the burgandy ECCO leather handbag sounds perfect for grouping those must have portable items together. It will complement the practical layered look, tones of purple, pink and black as well as the more dressed up mummy look with some dressy jewelry added. Good old faithful jeans, dressy top and black drapey cardigan, it's this bag that will make any style look and feel good! This bag would complement Meg Wood beautifully !! :)

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