June 18, 2010

URBAN BABIES WEAR BLACK PART II ~ and a chance to win a Diaper Dude diaper bag for DAD!


I stand at the threshold to the upstairs bathroom, silently observing my daughter's morning ritual:  calm and composed, she stands atop the bathroom vanity, smooths her hair (left side, then right);  dons her black pinstripe fedora, gives herself a wink, a tip of the hat, and is ready for PRESCHOOL!  This little child has more cool in the tip of her pinky finger than I've amassed in all my thrity-eight years combined.  Some people, I believe, are simply born with it!  And for those rare little souls who come pre-loaded with a sense of identity, intrinsic chill, and an eye for style,  Winnie the Pooh "just 'aint gonna do!"

I don't mean to poo-poo Pooh, but for for 'rents and their hanging-on-the-hip-sters whose style is more cool than cutesy, funky than foofy, Doc Marten than Disney, well....this one's for you!

With Fathers' Day just around the corner, let's begin with something for Dad!  I discovered these chic daddy diaper bags when I was searching for a perfect gift for my brother, now the proud papa of my nephew Chase.  Like my daughter, my brother is one of those guys that was born with style, so the Diaper Dude bag was just perfect for him!

Diaper Dude is a lifestyle and a Brand that was born from the idea that fatherhood doesn’t have to be complicated or un-cool.  The "Dad Diaper Bag" created by Chris Pegula, is a movement that began after the birth of the first of his three children by turning feminine-style diaper bags into ones that dads would want to carry. Pegula noticed that most diaper bags and accessories sold at retail stores were designed with women’s sense of style in mind. Instead of carrying his baby-stuff around in a gym bag or backpack, Pegula created The Diaper Dude for dads. By merging hip styles with functionality, The Diaper Dude, Dad Diaper Bag appeals to image-conscience men everywhere looking for ease of use.

IN HONOR OF FATHERS' DAY, CSN STORES HAS GRACIOUSLY OFFERED TO GIVE ONE OF MY READERS A DIAPER DUDE BAG OF THEIR CHOICE (UP TO $70)*.  For a chance to win, visit this link and tell me which style "speaks to you".  That's it! 

To "COMMENT", you'll want to scroll down to the end of this article and find the text that says "click here to COMMENT" (just below my signature).  Click your mouse over the text and you will be brought to a comment form that is quick and easy to fill out.

A winner will be drawn, using a random number generator, and announced on Fathers' Day, Sunday, June 20!

* I am not accepting any form of compensation for this giveaway from CSN Stores, Diaper Dudes, or their affiliates. My affinity for the Diaper Dudes product is honest and personal, and was my pick! 

First Book of ...,  by Amy Wilson Sanger is a whole line of clever, funny, and enjoyable board books exploring world cuisines. Other titles in the series include, Yum Yum Dim Sum, Hola Jalapeno, Magia! Mangia!, Let’s Nosh, A Little Bit of Soul Food, and many more.

Rockabye Baby CDs: Lullabye renditions of songs from your favorite bands. Albums include, U2, Metallica, Green Day, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Beatles, The Ramones, Bob Marley,Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Queen, and more…

Lowleepop ~ Rock Star Baby Kits ~ From the hip packaging to the wildly clever motifs like the boombox, backstage pass, and 80s punk, these complete kits are not to be missed. Kits come in different varieties such as onesies (black or white), dresses, t-shirts with leg warmers or leggings, and all include a matching hat. There’s even an option to mix and match to create your own custom kit.

When "this little piggie" can't bear to go to market in plain old white socks, you can get your kicks at Dolly & Dimples. An afternoon tea party calls for a pair of their dainty mary-janes. For an evening courtside, you'll want the athletic all-star gym shoes. Visiting Ben and the boys at the Ponderosa? Pick up a pair of cowboy boot socks. And just look at that packaging ~ a little garage for the VW socks? Come on! My friends Jaime and Lisa at Sprout Boutique here in Pacific Grove have a wonderful selection of Dolly & Dimples socks in their store on Forest Avenue.  Stop in, or visit them online

Check out these rockin' little numbers from Marin designer Toni Tierney

How about this adorable handmade dress from LA designer Decaf Plush?


One question: "Do they make it in my size?" Introducting the Fresco Loft Contemporary Baby Chair by Bloom. It'll set you back a few hundred clams, but you can bet your little one will ascend to greatness having ruled his early empire from this throne.

NOVELTY HELMETS FROM GYPSY MONKEY: These novelty helmets are a dashing and daring addition to the toolbox of children who imagine themselves as the captains of their own destiny. The visor flips up above the head or down to cover the eyes for a variety of costuming possibilitiies and fun, and is built for easy removal after heavy use has left it's marks on the plexiglass. Zoomarific!  They also have some pretty mind-blowing batik outfits for kids:

Urban Babies Wear Black:  Meet “Infantus urbanus (defn.): Young mammal raised in city environment. Infantus urbanus love nights at the opera, modern architecture, and fine cuisine. Difficult to spot at night due to their penchant for black clothing.” This delightful and irreverent board book has fun with the concept of the “urban baby” from their mid-afternoon yoga classes to their penchant for gallery hopping. They have other great titles like “Eco Babies Wear Green” and “Beach Babies Wear Shades”

One of my favorite sources for clever and chic kids stuff is Sourpuss.  "Sourpuss Clothing is an independent company specializing in manufacturing awesome gear for folks craving the unusual. . You'll find everything from licensed band tees, specialty cut tees to kitschy housewares and everything in between."  I love the bumper car upholstery inspired diaper bags and the nostalgic rock band tees for tots!

I'm a huge fan of Japanese Kawaii ~ goes all the way back to my childhood Hello Kitty obsession that launched my passion for the uber-cute!   A company called Bored Inc. has a whole cast of original Kawaii characters that are a little edgy and totally cute! 

If you're a parent, you can relate to what it's like to walk out of the house without realizing that there's poo on your shirt.  Bored Inc. makes having "poo" on your shirt a cool commodity.  Really!  See...

Yeah, I know, it's probably not something you'd wear over to the In-laws.  If' you're more ginger than wasabi, try this cute little Mommy & Me number from their "Save our Sushi" line:

You can read a great interview with the mommy founders of Bored Inc. and enter for a chance to win a Bored Inc. shirt of your choice at thatsit! Mommy


  1. That is a great giveaway Jen! Let's see I own o a lot of those books already and love them and a cute little outfit from Lowleepop so my not-so-urban baby can wear black too!

  2. I'd pick the camo backpack from Diaper Dude- looks like my husband's Camelback that he loves so much. This will be his first Father's Day (I'm 7 months pregnant- does that count?!), so thanks for reminding me to do something special for him!

  3. Hi Jenn -- I would love to see what designs you would come up with for a diaper dude!

    But out of the choices on csnstores.com, I'm torn between the Diaper Dude Faux Suede Guitar Diaper Bag in Brown, and the Diaper Dude Black Dragon Diaper Bag . Hmmm...guitars...dragons...guitars...dragons... I'll go with guitars!

    Say hi to Maddie...

    -- Nate R

  4. What do I need one for? A gift of course! :) I love the Diaper Dude Black Dragon Diaper Bag...would you have guessed otherwise?
    ~Sara M.

  5. Hi Jenn- what a fun idea! I personally like the Navy Peace diaper bag. Who doesn't like PEACE??? No, I do not have any announcements, I simply think this would be a fun gift for one of my younger friends!
    Dana Marshall

  6. Hi, Jenn,

    What a great idea!! My niece in Georgia is pregnant with her second baby in as many years. Crazy kid, what else can I say? Anyway, her hubby would love the Flap Messenger II in black to carry to the GA Bulldogs games this fall.
    Hope your summer break is going well so far. School starts next week, drop by and see us.



  8. Jenn, I love this blog! Thanks for sharing it with me. The blue peace sign bag is my favorite! i just found out today that a friend of mine had a baby - I'm going at the end of June to see her & her Rosa baby.

  9. Hi Jen-
    Let me start by saying that we're not expecting! But, it looks like a great hiking bag and Mike wants us to do more hiking trails in the near future. We'll take the black dragon dude bag. Great contest and AWESOME blog! Love ya lots! -Rita

  10. It's gotta be "Peace" (in blue). Friends of mine are expecting twins! You know what that means... everybody will be changing those diapers: mom, dad, grandpa, neighbors, aunts, uncles, even their postal
    carrier may have to pitch in. Thanks for the contest!

    Still lovin' your blog's playlist. Cheers, Roxane

  11. Aha, here you are, post-a-comment-spot! Both John and Walker are sending their vote for the brown dragon diaper dude bag. Both of them are highly offended that the pink pucci print diaper bag that belonged to Violet is still hangin' around (oops). Cheers! -Kim Cleary

  12. Great giveaway! My husband would love the backpack in brown! Just plain and simple. Thanks!

    giabao.ng at gmail dot com

  13. Jenn-- This giveaway is so great! Personally, I can see my hubby carrying around the brown and orange diaper dude bag. I love it! This would be his first ever father's day gift! so exciting! Have a wonderful weekend!-- Hannah

  14. Ahnalisa MillerFriday, June 11, 2010

    Dragon or fish in any color is my vote. I
    like the "camo" too. Good luck!!! Ahna"

  15. My husband would really love the Black Skull and Crossbones Diaper Dude Diaper bag! He would seriously love it, it is totally his style. We just had another boy 3 days ago so now we have 2 boys in diapers. Having this bag would rock!

  16. My hubby loves anything camo!

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting it!


  17. What a cool giveaway! The diaper bags are awesome and so much fun! What a great idea for those cool dad's!

  18. I love them all, but I'm partial to the dragon (perhaps my son's obsession is wearing off on me!)

  19. I saw these in the store and fell in love! My husband would flip if he got a man friendly diaper bag. Im pretty sure he would use it baby or no baby! It is a tough pick because all of those patterns rock.... but I think for him he would love the Skull & Crossbones in CAMO. I hope we win!!!

  20. I saw these in the store and fell in love! My husband would flip if he got a man friendly diaper bag. Im pretty sure he would use it baby or no baby! It is a tough pick because all of those patterns rock.... but I think for him he would love the Skull & Crossbones in CAMO. I hope we win!!!

  21. The black bag would be great that way it could be used throughout multiple kids! THANKS!
    msshebamookie@yahoo dot com

  22. I love the Messenger Flap diaper bag in gray. I'd love to get this for my brother-in-law who is expecting his first child next month!

  23. I love the black peace diaper bag! I would give it to my husband! We have 3 boys and I think it's time he starts carrying a diaper bag ;)

  24. I love the Diaper Dude Faux Suede Guitar Diaper Bag in Brown. I think my husband would think he was very cool if he could carry this instead of a girly bag! :)

  25. I like the brown dragon bag from diaper dude. My husband would be proud to carry it!

  26. My husband would LOVE the orange diaper bag that looks like a tool bag. Such a good idea!


  27. The Diaper Dude Orange Diaper Bag is absolutely spectactular! Simple and bold all at the same time...would be a great accessory for my hub!

  28. I love the look of the Diaper Dude Orange Lion Diaper Bag. It just reminds me of how arduous dads make changing a diaper...as if they are slaying the dragon! ;)

  29. I really like the Diaper Dude Diaper Dude Flap Messenger II in Brown Pleather - though I might change my mind! This falls under the category of "why didn't I think of that?"

  30. Personally I like the black dragon...but, since it would be for my adoring husband ... he likes the black with skulls or the plain camo. - Cara

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  32. Would choose the Navy Skull and Cross Bones diaper bag.

  33. I like the black peace Diaper Dude bag

  34. Great giveaway!

    I love the Diaper Dude Orange Diaper Bag - 600.


  35. I totally like the Navy one!
    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

    I would give it to my sons godfather who just found out he is going to be a first time daddy :)


  36. This bag is my favorite:http://www.csnstores.com/Diaper-Dude-500-Navy-Diaper-Bag-KQ1013.html

    the diaper dude navy diaper bag!


  37. I like the Navy Peace Sign Diaper bag. Great Giveaway!

  38. I like the Diaper Dude Black Diaper Bag

  39. : “Camouflage Peace Sign bag. Mike G”

  40. This would be a great Father's Day gift.
    I love the Diaper Dude Black Dragon Diaper Bag.

    tomokofive at gmail dot com

  41. Diaper Dude Black Peace Diaper Bag - 100P
    SKU #: KQ1002 love this one

  42. The orange bags are really nice looking. Different. When you add the rampant lion, it's just over the top.... in a good way.

    So, Diaper Dude 600L KQ1034


  43. I really like the Diaper Dude Brown Dragon Diaper Bag!

    Heather R

  44. I like the I like the Diaper Dude Black Skull & Cross Bones Diaper Bag.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

  45. I like the brown & orange diaper bag! It would be a great gift for my brother...he is expecting his first child this Fall!

    kclements2001 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  46. I like the Diaper Dude Brown & Orange Diaper Bag - 900

  47. I like the "peace diva" diaper bag in pink and brown.:-) Thanks for the chance!

  48. Hi Jenn, What a cool idea. Love the Peace bag.

  49. I'd be all over the orange and brown diaper dude bag- I think my honey could look mighty sexy carrying THAT. Not just because it would mean he was taking care of the baby either;)

  50. what a great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

    I would go for the black. My husband likes things neutral.


  51. Great giveaway Jenn! I like the diaper bag with the peace sign on it but the guitar is a close second...

  52. Diaper Dude Faux Suede Guitar bag

  53. I really, really like the Brown and Orange diaper bag. Great giveaway!


  54. Loving the flap messenger in brown. Also love the faux suede! i think my husband might actually carry these!

  55. I really like the Diaper Dude Faux Suede with Flap Diaper Bag - 104.

    frugalsciencegal [at] gmail [dot] com

  56. Black with Skulls for my son-in-law!


  57. Just in time for Father's day! I believe a certain hip dad-to-be I know would appreciate the black diaper bag that has skulls on it!

  58. Even though I have no idea what it says on it, I like the Faux Suede Om Diaper Bag in Brown.


  59. I would Rocka da:
    "Diaper Dude Black Skull & Cross Bones Diaper Bag"
    Can the baby ride in the bag too?
    Mr. Danny G.

  60. I would definitely go for the brown faux suede with the Om. Danny and I both dig it and it'd be very versatile as Malikai gets older.

  61. Hi Jenn! Sorry we missed the giveaway but Diaper Dudes are awesome. You gave me mine three years ago and I still use it everyday even though Chase is now potty-trained. It is the perfect city bag and I get compliments all of the time (people are always amazed that it is actually a diaper bag!). I have the plain black bag but also love the black with skull and cross-bones.


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