Wednesday, 2 September 2015

It's All About A Good Leather Bag

Warehouse seem to have quite a collection at the moment.  After seeing some of their leather sandals in store with a client the other week (a few left online here, take a peek if you're lucky enough to be going to where the sun shines any time soon!) they were so reasonably priced it prompted me to have a look online.  A mistake for me when, after the sales I'm trying to rein it in a little, but lucky for any of my readers who are in need of a decent bag!  Here's some of my favourites (there's the whole selection online here).  

£25 down to £15, this clutch also has a long cross body strap
£65 down to £40, a metallic shopper is something I've been coveting for a while now (and a rose gold colour - gorgeous!)
£55 down to £30 this satchel is a great every day colour
£28 down to £18 I love this fringe clutch, even more as it's suede under the leather tassels 
£40 this clutch also double as a cross body bag - quite possibly my favourite of them all!
Also on my radar recently was this little leather number from Gap.  I've seen the bow one below in store, it's a really tough leather so if you prefer something more structured than a soft slouchy leather, then head to Gap. 

Gap £59.95 down to £19.99
Gap £39.95 down to £14.99.  Also available in white and blue
Just to show willing at how good I've tried to be, look at this gorgeous suede number from Topshop. I saw it in Dublin for €25 and had to walk away.  Don't get me wrong, other purchases were made using the strong exchange rate but this beauty stayed there.  Yes, I may live to regret it but I'm pretty proud I showed some restraint at least!

Topshop €25

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Breton Favourite

Who doesn't love a good breton?  Well not me, I seem to naturally gravitate towards them and wear them on a weekly basis - they are perfect for school runs.  They add a touch of easy elegance, I don't feel scruffy, they are a no brainer when rushing to get the kids out the door and Coco Chanel wore them so enough said on that!  I featured my latest one from Cos the other month in this post.  I loved it so much that when I went to Dublin to visit my sister I grabbed the grey version.

Appearance from Lizzie cat again - that black thing wrapped in my baby blanket!
Top; Cos
Jeans; Zara
Shoes; Spanish Supermarket
They work out slightly cheaper wen buying in Euro's - approimately £13 which makes them an absolute bargain.  They have both washed so well and are easy to run an iron over, not a fussy top to do.  I really couldn't recommend them enough.


The navy version £17
The red version - perhaps next time!


Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Cambridge Satchel Company & Vivienne Westwood Collaboration

I was in London last week for a very wet anniversary celebration and popped into The Cambridge Satchel Company's store in Covent Garden.  I purchased mine 3 years ago now (see blog post here) and it's worn so well, they are such sturdy bags.  I love the scalloped style that was in store, especially the port colour at the back (very on trend for next season).

The Cloud £115
I was side tracked by their collaboration with Vivienne Westwood, the colours and patterns are fabulous - as you would expect.  The black is a great classic with the tan leather breaking up the darkness.

Prices start from £115

The Squiggle Satchel £215 
Mine is the classic 11" satchel from £99.  As I said, it was bought 3 years ago now and from memory I paid in the £70's for it due to a special discount code (you know me and discounts!).  I also had my initials put on it.  It's a bronze colour and isn't as shiny as the picture suggests.  They now have a magnetic version which I would actually recommend as the only negative for me is getting into it - as I'm always in a hurry! 


I can't believe how much this company has grown - their range is huge, from luggage labels and small accessories to an even larger range of handbags for men and women.  You know I'm a huge lover of natural materials - leather being one, especially for shoes and handbags.  I neglected to take some pictures of the below in store as I was ogling the Westwood collaboration but these two designs were my favourite.

Look at those hearts! £115
The 11" with magnetic closure in the Oyster colour

If you haven't already read the lovely story behind this brand, take a peak here.  There's free delivery over £50 and best of all (and just in case it needs to be pointed out!) they are lovingly made here in Great Britain! 

NB This isn't a sponsored post in any way, it's a brand I like, have road tested and seen some new styles recently so am sharing it with you all!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Winter Sale Purchase Worn For Summer

I will admit that my shopaholic tendencies do sometimes lead me astray, especially in sales times and sometimes I buy and it's still sat there a year later in my wardrobe.  I say sometimes, we all make mistakes and it's worth the risk as I don't make that many.  This leads me on to the little gem below I purchased in the Topshop Winter sale after Christmas and previously blogged about here in January.  I had my eye on it last year but it was £45 and there wasn't much need for it in my wardrobe nor to spend that much money on it.  Fast forward half a year and it was mine for £13.50 (I got an extra 10% off as it was my birthday month!).

Kimono, belt & jeans; Topshop
T-Shirt; Vince
Sandals, Ash
Watch, Tag
Unintentional that I had three pieces of Tophsop on!  The belt is so old but leather and has stood the test of time

I'm aware it is more of a beach cover up but felt it was a little too nice for my girls to cover in sand, sun lotion and ice cream.  It will be worn that way one day but I wanted to appreciate the embroidery and beautiful vibrant colour all to myself on a day out first.  Anyone else dug out a purchase they bought in Winter for the Summer recently?  (Or is it just me who does this!).


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