Author: Amanda Saiontz Gluck of Fashionable Hostess
November 2015

In making my fall shopping list of musts and lusts I knew that being on-trend when out with the babes was equally as important as when out with the gals. So two of my mama essentials that needed updating were my diaper bag and my stroller warmer. This spring, I had the super preppy print JJ Cole Camber Bag in Navy Arbor slung over my shoulder for most of the season, but for fall I wanted something with a more muted pattern, and in a more versatile color.

After browsing through a large variety of styles and colors, I decided to switch to JJ Cole’s Heather Grey Caprice Diaper Bag. With sleek, thin straps, it looks more like a luxe designer tote than a diaper bag, which I happen to love because there are so many days where I am out all day with the kids shopping at the mall or at a family gathering, where I want something that doesn't clash with my outfit {and totally scream baby!}.

Fashion Editor Danielle Prescod recently wrote in her Fall trend guide for Elle, “monochromatic in grey is pretty much the chicest thing you can do.” Taking its cue from this trend as well as the endless grey tones on fashion runways, the JJ Cole Caprice in grey seemed to be calling my name. Beyond its chic look, from a parenting perspective the JJ Cole Caprice Bag is everything. It has endless compartments for diapers, wipes and even an insulated area for toting milk or bottles {or lipstick and sunglasses!}

Then for my walking dates I needed a new Bundleme. {For those of you who aren't familiar with this contraption, it is life changing. I am always worried my baby will be cold and he is constantly kicking off blankets I put on him, or worse, screaming about the ones I try to tuck around him, so this is literally a blanket / sleeping bag you strap on the stroller and plop the kid inside of.} When I lived in New York City I did SO much walking and saw Bundlemes literally every day there was a chill in the air during those fall and winter months – and, in a full spectrum of colors and patterns. Now that I’ve moved to the warmer climate of Nashville, I don’t see the classic Bundleme quite so often- although, there are new lighter weight Muslin and Sporty versions I hope catch on here! For when the Nashville weather does dip down into the cooler temperatures, I figured I should tone down my pattern a bit, so I opted to stick with the on-trend grey color scheme and chose an Urban Bundleme in "Ice" the right amount of subtle and stylish embroidered quilting on the outside, the Bundleme is something Brooks and I are looking forward to using on all of our winter adventures – making the parkway my own personal runway with JJ Cole’s on-trend styling.