One my biggest challenges since having a baby has been still dressing stylishly while at the same time being able to function as a parent. For example I love wearing white jeans, but no matter what the situation, I still end up with little footprints all over them by the end of the day. I love wearing a cute bag, but there is always a dirty toy thrown inside or a juice spill that has me scrubbing the bag clean while muttering to myself “It’s just a bag, don’t cry!”.
When I am heading out for a day with my son, I feel like a Sherpa carrying snacks, drinks, and anything else I may possibly need to survive a day away from home. Finding something to carry it all can be a challenge, let alone finding something that looks great as well.
Once I looked through the Lou Harvey Canada website to see their bold and bright patterns matched with the functionality of being wipe able and washable, I did a little summersault and chose something perfect for those long summer days where I need to carry everything.
As a family we spend much of the summer at the beach. We are there almost every weekend to spend time near our families boat. The boat isn’t in the water yet, so until then we have been spending many days nearby enjoying the warmer weather.
This means sand EVERYWHERE, and lots of trucks, shovels and sunscreen.
This Lou Harvey Large Weekender in Arabella Aqua is absolutely gorgeous, and completely functional for a day at the beach! It’s also perfect for traveling overnight, or just a great bag throw everything in and go. I used it over the weekend on one of our beach trips.
The pattern is so bright and pretty for summer. I love bold patterns, and the outer shell of the bag is canvas so it’s easily wipe able. The bag is made of cotton and laminated (PVC free) so it’s very durable, and machine washable. That means it has a force-field against grape juice – mother’s can rejoice!
What else do you need to know about Lou Harvey? They also have everything from clutches, bottle warmers, coolers and passport covers. It’s a great site to shop – they pretty much have everything under the sun with some amazingly fun patterns.
The Lou Harvey brand also has a great background story to it as well. The brand is based out of South Africa, and it’s been launched in Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia and in many other countries around the world.
Lou Harvey’s product lines are designed and ethically manufactured in Durban, South Africa. There is really a Lou Harvey – she oversees the design and production of the brand in the factory in Durban.
Over 50 of the women employed in the factory in Durban are called “Grannies”, a name given to the the women who care for children who’s parents have been affected by HIV and AIDS. Lou provides skill improvement courses to all of these women, and has them working in various jobs in her factory.
She even encourages her staff to set up their own business, and she now has five mini-factories selling back to her. How amazing is that? What an great way to give back to a community where jobs are scarce, and HIV and AIDS harshly affect the country.
Ethical fashion with a side of function and serious amount of style? Sounds like the perfect combination.
For more information on Lou Harvey Canada, or to shop the brand, visit them at www.LouHarveyCanada.ca!
Disclosure: I received this product for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own!