Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Britax Affinity Stroller review


Recently I received the Britax Affinity Stroller to review. For this review, I thought it would be most helpful to run through putting it together, functionality and aesthetics.  If you have any questions about the stroller please don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.

The stroller arrived in two boxes, one big box with the base model parts and a smaller box with the colour pack parts.  Putting the base model together was as simple as opening the frame and clicking the 4 wheels in.  I actually muttered to myself several times "that's easy!" as the wheels easily clicked into place (and were just as easily removed).

The seat unit is one of my favourite features and with the click & go system is literally CLICKS into the frame facing either forwards or backwards. SO easy.  The arm bar, machine washable seat pad (fantastic!), boot cover and basket inlay are also easily fitted.  The arm bar also swings open to assist with putting bub in the stroller.

(seat unit facing both directions)
(arm bar)

Attaching the canopy from the colour pack admittedly had me baffled and I did need to call upon my husband for assistance.  I couldn't get the connector 'tongues' to face the right direction- as it turns out I was being a bit gentle and my husband was able to move the tongues and click the canopy into the stroller.

(colour pack, colour pack pieces and pieces on pram, minus hood)

So there we have it a stroller ready to go!  It probably took me an hour to put together during Ash's morning sleep.  That includes following the manual and taking photos along the way.

Well do you know what baffled me straight up. The harness!  I could not figure out how to click it back together and had to find the picture in the manual to get some guidance.  Basically the waist buckle goes through the strap buckle, and then into the main buckle if that makes sense.  It's a bit fiddly compared to what I am used to, but you do get used to it quite quickly.  All straps are adjustable, and there are three different shoulder heights.

(the puzzle for the day)

Okay, so once I got 13 month old Ash buckled in we decided to take the Britax Affinity out for a spin.  As I mentioned earlier the seat faces forwards or backwards- it's super easy to swap the seat around.  There are four seat positions from fully reclined to upright.  The footrest is also adjustable and has seven different positions.  To change the positions is quite simple but you do need both hands and to face the stroller square on.  Ash likes sitting upright and looked very comfortable in the seat.  I think the seat pad as well as the shoulder and crotch pads also made the seat extra comfy.  He was happy to remain in the pram for the entire outing without any fuss, not necessarily normal behaviour for this speedy toddler.

(seat unit positions)
(foot rest positions)

Our usual pram doesn't have an arm bar, but I think Ash really liked having this on the stroller.  It was something for him to hang onto, and also handy to attach toys to.  

The canopy has good coverage, and a stiff pull out visor is a great option to give some extra shade.  There is also a mesh section at the rear of the canopy, which would be good to give some air flow on a warm day, as well as a little clear peekaboo window so you can check on bub if they are facing forwards.
(canopy featuring pull out visor and mesh section)

Given the chilly weather we used the boot cover.  It slides over the foot rest and attaches with velcro straps to the arm bar.  There was plenty of room inside for Ash to still move his feet around and a far better option than a blanket which he would kick or throw off.

It was a rainy day so we also used the rain cover which is a perfect fit for the stroller, and slots over the seat unit easily.  Also it's quite compact, so easily stashed away when not in use.  Same with the mesh cover.
(Mesh cover, air holes in the raincover, and raincover)

The handle has seven (!) heights, again easily adjustable.  My husband is over 6 foot and found the highest height quite comfortable.

(Handle range of motion)

The back wheels are nice and big, and are also air filled which made our walk to the train station through cobble-stoned alleyways easy and far smoother for Ash than our usual pram. The big wheels also tackled curbs with ease. The wide wheel base makes this pram feel ultra stable.  

This stroller is compatible with the Britax Affinity Carry Cot (RRP $199), as well as the Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier (RRP $399), both available in all 5 colours.  I can't reiterate how easy the Click & Go system is to use which would make these accessories very worthwhile if you had the pram from newborn stage.   There is also a Britax Affinity nappy bag available in all 5 colours.

This is a biggie! Nothing worse that not being able to fold and unfold the stroller. But again I found it easy- just lock the brake and pull the release triggers on each handle and push down.  To unfold is as simple as lifting the handle until it clicks into place.  One thing to note is that you can only fold the stroller with the seat unit attached if it is facing forwards, otherwise you would have to remove the seat unit.
(Pram folded with seat unit attached)

Overall a lovely modern and minimalistic design.

A great feature of this stroller is that you can choose the frame colour- black, white or silver.  You can also choose the colour pack- black, red, brown, blue and berry.  If I had a baby girl I would have most certainly chosen the white frame and berry colour pack- SO pretty.  However I went with the white frame which is is beautiful and shiny, and the black colour pack.  Monochrome and very stylish- and of course will match any outfit ;) My husband is happiest with black too, much more understated.

The Britax Affinity doesn't fit in our car (a Suzuki SX4) unless we remove the seat unit and the rear wheels.  However, back before Ash was born it became apparent that our Suzuki has a very small boot as finding a pram that would fit in it was quite a task- the Bugaboo Bee was the only pram that I found that would actually fit without having to take the pram apart.  Dimension wise when folded, the Britax stroller is 33cm high, 60cm wide and 66cm long.  The rear wheels and seat are easily removed, however I think it would be a tad inconvenient to do this all the time, especially when juggling a baby.

Naturally, I'm going to compare this pram to the Bugaboo seeing as it's the only pram I've used.  The Bugaboo Bee is very light (7kg) and extremely maneuverable- compared to that I personally found the Brittax felt heavy (it's 11kg, which actually isn't that heavy) and wasn't as maneuverable.   But the pay off is that the Brittax is far more stable, the seat more comfortable and offers a smoother ride.

The basket is appears to be reasonable size, however it is quite shallow and doesn't fit as much as our smaller pram the Bugaboo.  In needs to be packed careful so things don't fall out.

There is no drink holder or baby tray that I could find on the Britax website that suits this model of stroller.  These would be handy.

The Britax Affinity (RRP $899) is a great stroller, its easy to use and the option of a travel system and carry cot is a real bonus.  When we are out as a family my husband does most of the pram pushing, and he also really likes this pram, so much so that he now uses in preference to our usual pram.  It's a smart and stylish stroller, as well as being durable and functional that will keep your bub comfortable from newborn, to toddler and beyond if needed.

Disclaimer: I was sent the Britax Affinity for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Body Shop At Home- Lifestyle Kit

This month with The Body Shop At Home it's all about the $199 Lifestyle Kit available for people who join as an independent consultant.  This amazing kit includes over $670 worth in products and business tools, basically setting you up with your very own business, and all that goes with that- in particular the flexibility of working hours that suit your lifestyle and making money!!  If you are wanting to save for a holiday, impending wedding, or other momentous occasion this could be a really great opportunity to earn some extra cash. 

The Body Shop At Home also offer free training and support for their consultants, not to mention all the gorgeous products you would get to play with!

When you think about it, the Lifestyle Kit is actually a pretty awesome offer.  Thinking of start up costs for my blog, just trademarking 'Michelle's Style File' cost way more than that! Add the cost of a camera, lens, registering the domain name, and business cards- plus countless hours in building up my readership and developing relationships with brands.  There's no training or support, and to be honest there is not much money being made here either ;)

You can find more info about becoming a consultant on The Body Shop At Home website.

This post is sponsored by The Body Shop At Home

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Grey knit- Country Road
Pink/cream knit- Sportsgirl (old)

Winter is just about upon us and knitwear is coming to the front of my wardrobe.  
More of my favs below....

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Wayfarers 60s gold sunnies- thanks to 
Jeans- Saba (similar here)
Tee- Country Road (similar here)
Scarf- Superdry (similar here)

Here I am at 35 years of age with my first pair of gumboots, and now that I have them, I can't imagine why it took me so long!  These are the tour model so they actually roll up which makes them great for travel.  They don't feel heavy and clunky to wear as I would have expected of gumboots, in fact they are super comfy and incredibly practical.   No doubt even more so now I'm a mum and will likely be carting my little guy of to footy training before I know it.  Bstore have a really good range of the Hunter boots in many colours and styles, as well as my other comfy footwear favs Birkenstocks and ugg boots among others.  They also offer free express shipping for orders over $100. Bonus!  

These pics were taken at Collingwood Children's Farm. The cafe there has always been a favourite spot of mine, but now with little Ash the farm itself is SO MUCH FUN! We had the best day cuddling goats and hamsters, feeding the sheep, patting horses and cows.

Monday, May 19, 2014

JD Sports

Nike Air Max 90- thanks to JD Sports
Sunnies- Rayban (similar here)

I love that it is now stylish to wear sneakers not only with exercise gear.  Just check out Pinterest and there is heaps of inspiration on making this trend work.  These Nike Air Max 90 are new in from JD Sports and they feel like my foot is inside a pillow- SO comfy!!  I love the mix of purple and blue too, although was pretty tempted by the pink version, as well as the classic red and black.  JD Sports have a huge range of sneakers, or trainers as they say in the UK, for men, women and kids including Nike Air Max 1, New Balance and Converse.  Shipping is free and quick.

Today I've paired my sneakers with coated skinny pants but I think they would look great with denim (boyfriend jeans for the ultimate comfy outfit) or leather too.  Ideally I wanted to wear a white tee shirt but realised I don't have one that I actually like.  If you have any suggestions please share! Actually, I'm still on the hunt for the perfect casual white shirt too. Some basics are so hard to find!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Correy & Lyon

14k gold Star and Moon earrings- thanks to Correy and Lyon

How beautiful are these earrings.  They are so tiny and delicate, perfect for everyday wear and officially my new favourite earrings.  There is also a matching Star and Moon ring stack which is tempting me big time... actually so is their Evil Eye rings... and the Triangle necklace... and the XO earrings.  Okay, I want Correy and Lyon's entire collection!  Everything is so pretty, delicate and wearable!! Plus available in either 14k gold plating or sterling silver.

Correy & Llyon is the brainchild of Aussie Kristy Correy who recently designed and launched the jewellery label.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Acorn Kids

Cable knit beanie- Acorn Kids (here)
Tee- Bonds (here)
Pants- Seed (similar here)
Amber necklace- my local pharmacy

My EXTREMELY cute little fellow Ashley, and this EXTREMELY cute little beanie by Acorn Kids; a perfect combination :)  When I spotted this beanie in a childrenswear store I snapped it up.  I had been on the look out for the perfect beanie for Ash for the colder months ahead and loved this design, as well as the fact that it is 100% merino wool.   Acorn Kids is a small Melbourne business which speacialises in beautiful and very, very cute woolen baby/kids accessories- beanies, scarves, mittens, legwarmers and vests.  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

She's The Boss

She's The Boss blouse- thanks to St Frock
Jeans- Cotton On (similar here)
Shoes- Wittner (old, similar here)

I've been spotting this drapey style of blouse a bit lately, usually in plain colours, but I love this version in a pretty pastel print.  It's such a flattering style too.  You can find other She's the Boss blouses online at St Frock.

To make this look more casual I think these silver flats would be perfect, just add a grey coat and you have the perfect Autumn/Winter look.