Tales from the Studio – Storksak In the Jungle!

Today is the start of a new regular feature on the Storksak blog – in ‘Tales from the Studio’ we will share our thoughts and what we’re up to here at Storksak HQ.

The usual mix of unusual “celebrities” have just gone into the ‘I’m a Celebrity” jungle, prompting us to ask around the studio, would you go into the jungle?

The consensus at Storksak HQ was that most of us would politely decline the producers’ very kind offer, but we would be prepared to think about the luxury items we could take in with us!

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We thought about the useful and beautiful things that we all want and need in our lives. The suggestions ranged from the predictable – lip salve, eye creams, chocolate and eyeliner (“well, we would be live on TV” mused Wendy), to the practical – matches, toothpaste, earplugs, eye mask and pillows.

A few of us wanted a Kindle but as we wouldn’t be able to charge them, a good old- fashioned book would have to do. Lucinda, our lovely Customer Services Manager, asked for a cashmere scarf, but as she wanted it wrapped around Benedict Cumberbatch, we demurred…
Thank goodness then for our creative guru Melanie, who ramped the luxe level up to 11 with her suggestion of Fortnum and Mason’s hampers. Yes, that would be three, large hampers. Kudos, Melanie, we like your style! (And congratulations in advance to whoever Melanie has picked for Secret Santa this year.)
The most interesting suggestion came from our designer Lior, who asked for a simple ball of string. Knowing what these creative types are like we can only imagine that he was planning to weave himself an i-pad and fashion a charger out of whittled sticks…

Taking all the suggestions into account we came up with our top 3. Can we have a drum roll please! The votes have been counted and the 3 most popular items we would take into the jungle are: a case of Champagne, Eve Lom Rescue Mask and a wind up radio. But what would your top three be?

Win a beautiful cashmere blanket from Bonnie Baby

If you managed to fill in the blank on today’s competition rhyme, you are in with a chance of winning a beautiful ‘Jester’ cashmere blanket from stylish British brand ‘Bonnie Baby.’

Synonymous with imaginative design, innovative use of colour and superb quality, Bonnie Baby’s baby and children’s wear designs are modern and stylish with witty touches and great attention to detail.

BONNIE BABY AW14 BABY WEARING JET PLAYSUIT AND JESTER BLANKET YELLOW

 

Designer Tracey Samuel established the children’s wear house, Bonnie Baby, in 2005, following the arrival of her daughter Alice Bee. Today Bonnie Baby clothing is available around the globe with key stockists that include Barney’s in New York, Selfridges in London and their own store flagship store in Hong Kong.

This stunning Jester jacquard shawl is a new addition to the Bonnie Baby collection, and retails at £56.95. It features geometric triangles with brightly coloured tipping, yet is understated enough in style to complement any look.

 

   

 

The ’12 days of Christmas’ competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. It is not in any way affiliated with, or endorsed by, Facebook. All competition winners will be announced on December 13th, via our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Invest for less: Storksak does ‘Black Friday’

In celebration of our American cousins’ Thanksgiving tradition, this year Storksak is offering our loyal and new customers alike a pre-Christmas sale day. On ‘Black Friday’ we will bring you our beautiful, luxury items at a fraction of their usual price.

Invest in the Nina Print Tan, Lucinda Orange, Tania Bee Burnt Orange, Isabella Pebble, Tote Python and Olivia Tweed all at 50% less than their original retail price.

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The Lucinda orange is new for Autumn/Winter 2014; a beautiful, eye catching design, perfect for brightening up dreary winter days, and as useful for a day at the office as a day spent with baby!

The Tote Python will now be available for an impressive £35 – the perfect stocking filler for a mum-to-be. The Tania Bee burnt orange is a Storksak classic, and our most sporty design. In contrast, for a very ladylike look, the Isabella pebble is a pretty and feminine style, smart enough to use after baby has outgrown the need for a changing bag.

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The Olivia Tweed is a chic and simple design in perfectly wintry fabric, and last but not least lovely Nina Print Tan is the perfect choice for pattern lovers, wonderfully decorative and designed exclusively in-house by our London team.

From 5pm on Thursday night to 5pm Friday, these six styles will be available at their discounted price. All bags are only available while stocks last. Promotion available to UK customers only.

 

Look chic and help an amazing cause with ‘Selfish Mother’

Looking for some guilt-free additions to your wardrobe?

Here at Storksak changing bags we are very excited to support this worthy cause; Blogzine ‘Selfish Mother’ has launched the MOTHER collection to help raise money for women affected by war. 

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The stylish mini-collection includes three tees (black, blue and grey) and three sweatshirts (black, moss and grey). The range features a distinctive MOTHER print and all items are created using Organic Cotton at Fairwear certified factories (meaning no unfair labour).

Molly Gunn, fashion journalist and editor of Selfish Mother launched the range to show solidarity for the global sisterhood. She says: “Us mothers in the Western world have got it damn good compared to other women around the world, who are trying to bring up kids in poor conditions, without adequate shelter, food, money or support! We have the power to help other women and mothers – it’s time to share the love!”

All profits from sales of Mother designs go to Women for Women International – an amazing charity that helps women in eight war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. This means £15 from the sale of each t-shirt and £20 from each sweat shirt goes straight to this amazing charity.

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 420,000 marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict. They directly work with women in eight countries, offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Head to their website http://www.womenforwomen.org.uk for more information.

Women for Women International say: “We really can’t thank you enough for choosing to support Women for Women International through this inspiring project, which is so in keeping with what we at WfWI believe about the importance of solidarity and the power of bringing women together.”

The MOTHER collection feels good to wear in more ways than one…

Tees: £30
 Sweatshirts: £45 
Available from SelfishMother.com.

Easy Italian – let’s make calzone!

Kids love helping out in the kitchen and what child doesn’t love pizza? Try an alternative with this impressive yet easy calzone, a lovely recipe to make together at the weekend.

You can fill your calzone with whatever you like, so get creative or make a veggie special for non-meat eaters. Serve with a side salad to make sure you all get your five a day!

Calzone

Ingredients:

  • 290g of pizza base mix (to serve two people, double for four) or make your own.
  • Filling of your choice: try salami, chorizo or ham for meat eaters, spinach, olives and tomatoes for veggies, or a combination of the two.
  • 1 jar of passata
  • Cheese of your choice: ricotta, cheddar and mozzarella are all tasty options!

Instructions:

  1. Start off by pre-heating your oven to 220°C, and lightly grease a baking tray with oil.
  2. Roll the dough out into two circles, around 20cm in diameter
  3. Spoon a layer of passata onto each base, leaving a border of around 1cm
  4. Put the filling of your choice on one half of the circle, then fold over and seal the edges with a little water.
  5. Bake for around twenty minutes
  6. Finish off with a little passata, sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the top, and add a bit of colour with a small handful of rocket when you serve, basil or cherry tomatoes. Delicious!

Do you have a favourite Italian recipe that you love to cook with your kids? Please share in the comments section; we would love to hear from you!

Spooky Storksak Halloween Competition

All Hallows’ Eve is nearly upon us. It’s time to get carving those pumpkins, get a spooky outfit for your kids at the ready and stock up on trick or treat sweeties!

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The Storksak team would like you to share your clever and creative pumpkin designs, whether it’s a proud picture you have kept from years past or this October’s amazing effort. Share your inspiring pumpkin pictures on our Facebook page and you will be in with a chance of winning our impossibly chic Tote in Diamonds Black, RRP £70 if your photo is the spookiest.

The Diamonds Black changing bag is new to our Tote range for AW14. As one of our best-loved styles, we update the collection with an on trend design every year.
Made from water repellent nylon with a fashionable contrasting base, our latest tote is super-lightweight and roomy. With its additional, adjustable long shoulder strap, it is extremely versatile, comfortably worn as a shoulder or cross body bag.

The tote is equipped with essential features for new parents, including two inner elasticated storage pockets, one zipped pocket for valuables, one large velcro closure compartment for clothes or nappies, in-built thermo-insulated bottle holder to keep fluids warm/cool for up to four hours, additional long strap with built in stroller clips and padded changing mat.

Storksak Diamond Tote Black with woman and child

Wipe clean fabrics and linings throughout make this changing bag one of our most practical choices for stylish mums. Large enough to fit most laptops, it also doubles up perfectly as a weekend bag when off duty.

We love the striking monochrome design here in the office, and think it makes a great handbag whether you are a new parent or not!

Simply like the Storksak Facebook page, and post your proudest pumpkin caving pictures to us to be in with a chance of winning this stylish changing bag! The Storksak team’s favourite entry wins.

The competition is open to UK residents only, and will close for entries on Friday October 31st at 5pm. We will announce our chosen winner on Monday 3rd November. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

 

 

Storksak’s Luxury Baby Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect baby shower gift, new baby or first birthday present, or a little something to make a new mum feel special? Here’s some of Storksak’s top picks for lovely luxury treats…

Nursery furniture from ‘Nature’s Purest’

If you are giving a gift for a baby shower and mum and dad haven’t chosen to find out their baby’s sex, this is the company for you! Choose from a lovely selection of luxurious baby products in neutral creams and whites. We especially love the mobiles, teddies and bedding – perfect for a simple yet stylish nursery.

Knitted bear

‘Storksak’ changing bags

Finding your perfect changing bag makes everyday life with your baby that bit easier. Whilst it’s important to include all the function a parent , giving the gift of a Storksak changing bag will also feel like a lovely luxury treat for a lucky new mum! Our classic best-seller, the Elizabeth in tan, is a sure fire choice.

Elizabeth changing bag

‘Olivia Sticks with Layla’ personalised gifts

Honour a friend or family member’s new arrival in an extra special way, with a personalised card from small British brand ‘Olivia sticks with Layla’. Pretty and traditional, the quintessentially English brand also makes art prints, personalised placemats and coasters, thank you notes and invitations.

Olivia+Layla personalised invitation

‘Aden+Anais’ swaddle cloths

These beautiful swaddling cloths from Aden+Anais make a lovely gift for new parents, with a luxurious range of merino, organic and bamboo fabrics. The ‘New Beginning Gift Set’ is an ideal go-to gift from the brand, with muslin square, two swaddles, bib and ‘musy mate’, in Jungle or Twinkle theme.

Aden+Anais swaddling

‘Sophie the Giraffe’ teething aid

Teething toys are a baby essential, but this classic is sure to delight parents for its cute appearance as much as its ideal shape for babies to squeeze and chew. Sophie the Giraffe has been a classic new baby gift for French mums for the last fifty years and the rest of the world is fast catching on. The classic gift box is our choice for great baby gift.

Sophie the Giraffe teething toy

‘Hug and Hatch’ baby booties

Available in a lovely gift box, these beautiful little shoes make for wonderful presents for baby’s first birthday. The brand creates shoes for pre-walkers, first walkers and juniors. The soft suede designs are kind to delicate little feet, but they’re super stylish too – available in leopard print and polka dot patterns booties, sandals and shoes.

We hope you found our pick of lovely baby products useful. Are there any other great brands that we haven’t included here which are your go-to when buying gifts for new mums? Please share!

Storksak’s ‘Pretty Muddy Run’ for The Brain Tumour Charity

On Saturday 20th September the girls at Storksak got together and we prepared to get covered in mud as we ran the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Run in Finsbury park!

We were raising money for our amazing accountant Jo Naji’s brave little boy Zak, who has battled through a rare form of brain cancer, Medulloblastioma.

In September last year, when Zak had a lot of headaches, Jo took him to A&E. It was discovered after undergoing a CT scan that Zak had a brain tumour.  After undergoing his first surgery, tragically it was discovered that Zak’s cancer had spread to his spine, and he had to endure more surgery to help the fluid in his brain.

After three lots of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it’s wonderful that Zak is now free of his cancer.

We are so pleased that Zak is now in remission, but there are around 500 children that are diagnosed with brain cancer every year. The lack of funding in place for paediatric cancers means that if Zak relapses there is no further treatment available to him in the UK.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours, to help more children and adults like Zak. Currently only 2% of Cancer Research in the UK is dedicated to brain tumours, so it’s time for us to do what we can to help!

We had an amazing day, made extra special by having Zak himself there to cheer us on, and his two sisters joining us all for the race!

So far we have raised an amazing £1,330, thanks to the generosity of friends and family. Our Just Giving page is still open so please donate to this amazing cause if you can.

Storksak shining in the press

It’s always great to see our lovely changing bags in the pages of glossy magazines, and so here we are sharing our proud moments with you!

Storksak has had a very busy few months of press coverage, and we’re delighted to see how much journalists and loyal customers love our changing bags.

Our bags have been seen everywhere recently, from big fashion and lifestyle magazines like Grazia and Irish Tatler, to top baby publications like Gurgle baby magazine and Baby & Me. Lots of our styles including the Tania Bee, Bailey, Ellena, Aubrey, Ashley, Sofia and Kate Patent have all been featured.

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite press bits, as featured in parenting magazines over the past year…

 
Gurgle Magazine, May 2014
Gurgle is championing our Ellena as the perfect subtle and understated changing bag for new mums.

 

Storksak changing bags as featured in Gurgle magazine

 

Baby and Me, May 2014
We were delighted to see Baby and Me include our Kate Patent in their ‘Changing bags we love’ selection.

 

Storksak changing bags in Baby and Me magazine

 

Baby and Me, November 2013
Our Ashley Blue is included in the top pick of changing bags for new dads.

 

Storksak's Bailey in Baby&Me magazine

 

Parenting Magazine, April 2013
The Elizabeth is included in the ‘Hot Mama’ list, as a stylish and functional choice for Moms on the go.

 

Storksak's Elizabeth in Parentign magazine

 

Angels and Urchins, March 2014
The Bailey weekend bag is featured in Angels and Urchins in ‘Pregnancy and Baby News’ as a good choice for a weekend or hospital bag.

 

Storksak changing bags in 'Angels and Urchins' magazine

 

Choosing your Storksak Changing Bag

Storksak changing bags are great for keeping organised and carrying your baby’s essentials, including nappies, wipes, bottles and dummies, alongside your own belongings.

There are so many different sizes, shapes and colours of changing bag available in every fabric and at every price point however, choosing the one that’s right for you might seem overwhelming.

It’s worth taking your time when choosing your Storksak, as having the right changing bag by your side can make life so much easier as a new mum. To help you out we’ve covered a few main points for you to consider, to help you start thinking about what you actually want and need in a changing bag:

Fabric

A sumptuous leather changing bag is the ultimate luxury choice, but if you want something a little more casual looking, are keeping to a budget, or perhaps won’t buy leather for ethical reasons, Storksak offers a variety of alternatives.

The Bobby and Poppy bags are made in a high quality quilted nylon, which is designed to be hard wearing and withstand every day use. A few of our bags are also cotton canvas, which works particularly well for unisex styles such as the Ashley and Bailey.

If you are looking for a classic leather design the Elizabeth, Sofia or new Lucinda bag are some of our loveliest leather choices, and will double up as handbags or work bags when baby is out of nappies, and you need to carry a laptop rather than a changing mat.

Size

Size is a tricky issue when it comes to changing bags. As a new mother you have a lot to carry so will probably look for a bag larger than the handbag you previously carried. However, choose a bag that’s too big and it becomes heavy and tempting to over-fill.

If you have twins or need to carry a lot about with you one of our larger bags, such as the Bailey or Tote might be your best choice.

If you breast feed and dont need to carry bottles, formulas etc a smaller bag might be more suitable. Some of our slightly smaller styles include the Elizabeth, which is quite a slim design, and the Helena.

Ease of Cleaning

Your new bag needs to be practical and easy to clean. All Storksak bags have wipe clean linings, but if you choose a synthetic style many are also wipe clean on the outside too.

It is possible to clean leather bags as well, and a variety of products can be used to do so. It is best to test on a less visible area first however, as some leather cleaners could discolour your bag. Read our care instructions for more detailed information.

Carrying a bottle

An important component of the baby-changing bag is a holder or section to keep your baby’s bottle out of the way, clean and temperature regulated. Storksak integrate an insulated bottle holder into each bag in a variety of ways, either with a removable bottle holder bag, or a zipped, concealed bottle pocket.

You may prefer the pocket as a part of your bag as a neat option for keeping your baby’s bottle in place. Bags with an insulated pocket include the Lucinda, Tote and Jamie. If you plan to use your bag for work also, you might prefer a design with a removal bottle holder, such as the Caroline or Nina.

To go girly or keep it sensible and unisex…?

If you’re a girly girl and you are going to be the only one carrying your changing bag, you can go all out – the bright Bobby Magenta, Tote in Diamonds Black or Bailey in Coral are all pretty, feminine fashion choices which are sure to get you noticed.

However, if your partner is also going to be using your changing bag, making him carry around your bright pink Storksak might not be a popular decision! Luckily we offer a range of stylish unisex designs, including the Ashley in black or blue, Bailey in black or navy, or the celebrity dad’s favourite, Jamie in espresso or black.

View our full range of Storksak changing bags and choose the right one for you here.