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A Review: Woven Wings Multi-Triangles

18th September 2015

 

Woven Wings Multi-Triangles Wool Blend

13% Merino 87% EC

321gsm

“The Chambray Fairy”

Being a fan of the Fairies design (triangles), I could not wait to get my hands on the new wooly triangle blend. When it arrived It was a lovely light blue and olive green, almost a chambray color with muted green tones throughout. I am nicknaming it the “chambray fairy”. It is much thicker in hand than the all cotton fairies but not overly thick. It is a nice medium weight but with a nice drape.

I was never a fan of wool until I met Woven Wings merino. It changed me. The fluffy, cuddly, softness is like no other merino blend I have tried. Being the first tester of this particular wrap, I won’t get to see how fast it breaks in and how soft it becomes compared to my merino blend geo. As first impressions go I did not find this to be as soft as the other wool blends, but I was impressed with the cushy and solid wrap qualities it offered.

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The dense weave of the triangles lends itself to feeling smooth, and almost an ace-bandage feel while wrapped, but the wool adds just a touch of nice texture throughout. I truly loved how it draped around us while wrapped. I wrapped my 8 month old in a double hammock and strolled around the neighborhood as he napped comfortably. It was a particularly hot and muggy day that day, but I did not feel overly hot which is surprising with how the dense the weave is. I suppose that is the magical mystery of wool’s moisture wicking capabilities. Throughout the week we tried a FWCC, Ruck TT, and I even convinced my 2.5 year old to go up for bit and I found this wrap very toddler worthy and supportive.

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Overall, I really love the wrap qualities of wool triangles. It’s dense and cozy, supportive and cushy, and reminiscent of a flannel blanket the way it drapes around you.

I am so excited for more triangles and I am really excited for these wool blends, though I would prefer a different color, as I found these to be just a touch too muted for my taste.

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A Review: Kindred Wrap Ballard Stripes Sage

4th August 2015

Kindred Wrap

Ballard Stripes Sage

45% Tencel

55% Cotton

size 6

Kindred Wrap recently sent me their Ballard stripes sage tester and it has been such a pleasure to wrap with. I am a sucker for stripes. I love stripes on everything. Add the color sage? Well, now you have just curated the perfect pairing. When sage stripes arrived it was beautifully packaged in the signature Kindred box and tied up sweetly with a yellow ribbon. I just love their thought to detail and packaging. It really makes a difference.

This wrap reminds me of something you might find hanging ever so perfectly in Restoration Hardware. It’s clean lines, subtle coloring, and easy care fibers make this a perfect take anywhere, go with anything, wrap. It is elegant, and yet casual at the same time. It is warm Summer days dipping into cool Fall nights. It is understated beauty at its finest.

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Ballard Stripes sage wraps as effortlessly as it looks. It molds around you and baby as it softly glides into place with a solid finish. If you like thick and grippy, this is not for you. But you may find yourself pleasantly surprised over the support that this offers and how well it stays in place without any dig or sag. I am becoming a fast fan favorite of this company and these tencel blends. I cannot wait to see what other fun things they have in store.

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Go check them out on their website and on facebook.

 

 

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Review: Woven Wings Natty Geo

7th May 2015

 

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Woven Wings

Natty Geo

62% combed cotton, 38% Egyptian cotton

248 gsm

I have never had the urge to take a chance on a natty, mostly because I am clumsy and stains happen, but since I have had the privilege of hosting the lovely natty geo, I cannot get its creamy goodness off my mind. From the moment it arrived, there was something special about it. The bright white contrasted with a honey-creamed tone, just lifts off the wrap and shimmers in the light. It is elegant, with an edge. It is classy and refined, and a total head-turner. Of all the wraps that have passed my way, this one received the most compliments from wrappers and non-wrappers. It can be dressed up, or dressed down.

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This blend is unlike any other I have ever tried. It is thin yet supportive, and it glides beautifully. It has the perfect amount of stretch and practically wraps itself. After a solid and tight wrap job in a FWCC, It stayed in place without any need to re-tighten during a 2.5 hour walk. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily cushy, but it is definitely not diggy by any means. It felt comfortable, and as my 4 month old little guy settled into a nap, it molded around him and kept him cool and cuddled. The blended cotton adds a little extra something special that I can’t quite put into words, but it has me. This wrap has me. I just love woven wings cotton, its what made me fall in love with wovens, and this doesn’t disappoint. I keep trying to think of a con, but none come to mind…other than I may not reach for it as much if I were just wrapping my toddler. But for where we are at right now, with mostly wrapping on front with an infant, it shines.

During its stay we took this wrap with us to church, the park, shopping, and for our daily walks around the neighborhood. By the end of its stay, I wasn’t ready to part with it. It became a part of our family, it felt familiar, like an old friend coming to visit and you just pick right up where you left off. It easily fit into our routine and we reached for it over our other wraps.

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If you are looking for something thin and airy for summer but also supportive, classy, and simple, with edge, this is your wrap. I can’t wait till its release, because I miss it so much.

Huge thanks to the ladies at Woven Wings for the privilege of testing this beauty.

A review: Pink Nova’s Ocean Morning Kiss

23rd April 2015

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PinkNova Babywraps

The Ocean Morning Kiss

62% Finest Egyptian Cotton, 32% Belgium Linen

240 gr/m2

I have recently been given the privilege of testing for a new woven wrap company called PinkNova. The owners, Judith and Ilse, are both beautiful women who have put a lot of care and thought into their wraps down to the packaging. There was such care to detail in the way it was presented, from the tissue paper, personal card with a wrap scrap attached, and a personalized canvas envelope housing for the wrap, making it a perfect little keepsake.

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The linen is a light mint color on a white cotton warp. It is refreshing and summery and is a light enough green that it could go with anything. The kisses design is so fun and lively.

At first touch, the wrap felt rough, which is to be expected for a linen blend in loom state. After a wash, iron, and quick tumble dry, it began to soften up, especially on the “wrong”/cotton side, but was still a little rough and will require more breaking in. I immediately wrapped up my little 4 month old wrappee and he snuggled right into a FWCC. My 2 year old daughter instantly fell in love with the “kisses” on the wrap and of course wanted up as well. I tossed her up in a quick ruck and we boogied around the house. It didn’t budge, and she felt very comfortable. Throughout the rest of the week, we brought Morning kiss along with us to the grocery store, to the chiropractor, to the park, and even took her out to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the ultimate test.

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The words that kept coming to mind while wrapping are airy, bouncy, and supportive. It is not a smooth, cuddly wrap per se, but it performs wonderfully in hot, humid weather, stays in place, is fun to wrap with, and I imagine will become nicely broken in and softer as time goes on. While it doesn’t glide easily, it truly locks into place once tied. After a precisely tightened wrap job this lovely won’t budge, and will have a nice bounce on the shoulders. I think it would be the perfect summer wrap for those long, hot, summer days. I imagine bringing this along to the theme parks, summer cook outs, and pool parties. It really held up nicely and was breathable after 2.5 hours of wearing in 90 degree weather.

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As this wrap breaks in I know it will become more moldable and softer, and I hope to one day see this wrap again in all its broken-in glory. It has been well loved on during its stay, and we are so sad to see it go. Both my 4 month and 2 year old have really loved on this wrap.

I cannot wait to see more of what PinkNova has in store, because as first impressions go, I am very impressed. These ladies know what they are doing.

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To see more from PinkNova visit their website and Facebook page.