Supporting small and new businesses is extremely important to me. Where possible I will always look at them first, and purchase when I can. I know how much they appreciate it, I’ve been told on lots of occasions. Before shopping every time without fail I read the “About” page on a small business website – it intrigues me to know who I am supporting and how they started.
Caramel & Co was created by mother Susan. Her son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at two years of age. After three and a half years of chemotherapy and hundreds of hospital visits he completed his treatment in August 2014. Caramel & Co is Susan’s way of shouting and letting the world know that life can change in the blink of an eye – so dream big and believe in yourself because anything is possible.
Caramel & Co produce a stunning range of boutique handbags – I was sent and asked to review the Black Florence Crossbody. It could not have come at a better time for me, my handbag had recently snapped and I had thrown it out so was without one, not ideal for any woman! For someone as disorganised as me this bag is perfect. My old one was full of stuff. Rubbish, paper, wrappers – it was a mess, and after using the Florence this past week here is what I love about it:
The Look: it’s a smart looking bag. The fabric is Textured High Quality Polyurethane and it looks good and feels great. The quality is fantastic – the bag can be used casually, for work or going out. It is made up of two separate zippered compartments with a middle section in between.
The Size: It measures 23cm high. 25.5cm wide and 8cm deep. Not too big and not too small. I easily fit my wallet, phone plus a small packet of wipes and two nappies (essential for Miss 2 – I am past nappy bag stage now but we still need a spare nappy when out and about) A bag that is too big ends up a dumping ground for me, one that is too small and I can’t carry what I need. This was just right.
It’s Features: there is internal slip pockets for your phone. The two separate zip compartments meant I could have my phone and wallet in one side, everything else in the other – making the two most commonly used items easily accessible. There is a key ring attachment – no lost keys anymore! The middle section was ideal to pop my wallet or phone if I was going to use them again quickly. The adjustable body strap: shorten or lengthen according to how you like to wear your bag. My absolute favourite hands down part of this bag is the lining – all Caramel & Co bags are lined in a hot pink fabric – and for someone like me who spends half her life digging around the bottom of her handbag this is brilliant. Apart from the fact the hot pink looks gorgeous I can see everything without having to search and scrape around – or dump the contents out.
You can browse and shop the entire Caramel & Co range online at www.caramelandco.com.au – on top of the stunning bag range they also have necklaces, scarves and gift boxes available. For the next two weeks Mum To Five followers can get a 15% discount off the Florence Crossbody which comes in black and navy by adding mum2five15 on checkout.
With thanks to Caramel & Co I am giving away a Florence Crossbody to a follower. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.
To enter: Comment on the Facebook post. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Caramel & Co on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 7am 17.11.16 and close 9pm 22.11.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winner is drawn using random.org. One entry per person per day is permitted. 1 winner will receive a Caramel & Co Florence Crossbody (colour is subject to availability) as listed above – RRP of each prize is $89.95. Delivery to an Australian address is included. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.