MY HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

DSC_0112It has to be said that I am rather fussy when it comes to the contents of my handbag, I like everything to have its place so that I can reach exactly for that thing at a moment’s notice. My iPhone is the same, I have all of my apps and photos in folders clearly labeled with what they hold. Perhaps I’m anal? Over-organised? Have-no-life? Possibly all three, but anyway here is the contents of my handbag…

DSC_0121The handbag that I’m using at the moment and considering my “summer bag”, although sadly the weather isn’t committing to it as efficiently as I, is by Nadia Minkoff. It’s such a cute bag for Summer and the lining is just as gorgeous…

DSC_0122Obviously first to mention of the actual contents is the most important: Beauty products. Here I’m being fancy and showing off my delicious new Chanel lipstick, but I generally carry around whichever lipstick I’m wearing that day. I also carry around a perfume dispenser (mine is from Sephora) which is such a handy device. You basically just decant your perfume into it and you can take it with you on the go so you don’t have to worry about carrying around full bottles of perfume. As you can see, it is the same size as a lipstick so really convenient.

DSC_0116I always carry a notebook around with me in my handbag, I find that writing notes in an actual book is much more tangible and satisfying that making a quick note on your phone. This leather notebook is from Home Sense.

DSC_0114Boring items to mention: obviously my purse and keys, I mean that’s a no brainer, right? My purse is from TKMaxx (doesn’t have a brand name on it, sorry!).

DSC_0117And last but not least, my life savers. My iPhone and my Filofax. We may have established by now that I’m a bit of an organisational freak so I like to keep my Filofax with me at all times, mine is the Filofax Pocket in Finsbury leather. My phone is the iPhone 4S.
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MY SPRING/SUMMER WISHLIST

Summer is here (although the grey clouds and low temperatures here in England suggest otherwise) which means it’s time to revamp our Winter wardrobes – If you live in most other countries you would’ve done this months ago, but this is the land where Spring and Autumn do not exist; the months simply seem to have no definition. Below are my top picks for Spring and Summer – I am absolutely loving the new collection from & Other Stories, I want every single piece!

SPRING SUMMER WISHLIST

OSCAR DE LA RENTA A/W14

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There was a surprisingly edgy twist to Oscar de la Renta’s Fall show yesterday at New York Fashion Week. His use of leather, mesh and lace were in full swing creating a fresh take on dlR’s elegant cuts and shapes. I particularly loved the layered leather dress with long sleeves paired with the red T-bar pointed courts, such modern elegance. The short hair and simplistic makeup also gave a good contrast to the fresh modern take on the ever-present ball gowns. 

NEW IN: ZARA BOOTS

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Zaraaaaaa. Zara Zara Zara. Zara is…. Well. Put it this way, I went in there today with the intention of spending £0, I really did. But of course I upped my budget once I saw these. But you see it would have been an absolute crime for me not to get them; the price tag said £29.99 which I thought was a steal. I tried them on and they were the comfiest boots ever in the whole world (no really, they are) and as I wandered around the shop, mentally spending three-figures over my intended budget, I went to the till where the nice Spanish man with slicked hair said, “That’s £12.99 please”. £12.99. TWELVE NINETY NINE?

So you see, it would have been just illegal for me not to, right?

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COVETING: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD BAG.

20131229122827I know Christmas has been and gone, (I still have the muffin top to prove it), and although I was really lucky this past Christmas with the gifts I received, I have to admit I’m being extremely greedy and coveting more. God strike me down, I’ve probably committed 4 of the Seven Deadly Sins since the Christmas period. But this bag though, ohhhhhh this bag. It makes my heart melt. It’s just perfect. It’s £415. But it’s also perfect. I do not have £415 to spend on a handbag so I’ll just sit here and stare at it on a screen instead, whilst eating the Ben & Jerry’s we still have left over from Christmas.

NEW IN: GLOVE LOVE

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It’s the weekend that the retail industry baits its breath for. It’s the typically American tradition that has somehow seeped into the realms of the UK retail trade whereby the whole country is on shopping standby for the weekend whilst eager shoppers take advantage of the one-weekend-only sales. I was one of said shoppers, I’m not ashamed to admit. Whilst my shopping excursion was a whistle-stop tour of “the main part” of Covent Garden (I only went into one shop… Yay for my non-resistance!) I did however spend a rather inordinate amount of money on a pair of gloves.

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It has to be said though, that I have had my eye on these supple beauties from Kurt Geiger for a while now. Three months to be exact. And whilst some may say that spending £60 on a pair of gloves is ludicrous, I on the other hand, wave two fingers (two leather-clad fingers, might I add) up in the air and declare an investment has been made. Yes, they were £60. But they would have been £80, thanks to the eager sales assistants shoving 25% discount vouchers in everyone’s faces upon entering the shop.

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Woollen gloves never go out of style. Neither do leather gloves. Combined, KG are onto something. Expensive or not, they will go with anything and get better with age. And for the record, I wore them all the way home and my hands were not even the slightest hint of chilly. I win.

ISABEL MARANT FOR H&M: SNEAK PREVIEW!

H&M have collaborated with many amazing figures in the fashion world over the past 8 or so years and their latest project is in conjunction with the style maven that is Isabel Marant. Everybody’s go-to girl for practical, stylish, Parisian-chic clothing has collaborated with H&M for a new collection due out in November and earlier this week H&M teased us all with a preview of the upcoming collection.

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What we will get from this collection is anyone’s guess but be sure that it’ll greatly reflect Marant’s style ethos from her runway collections. Wedged trainers? Tassle boots? Cropped moto leather trousers? Stylish knits? Who knows, but as H&M’s most anticipated collaboration yet, I certainly can’t wait to see what Ms Marant brings to the table with H&M! November 14th brings us the official launch of the line, with both womenswear AND menswear, along with shoes and accessories.

SO I FINALLY CAVED IN AND BOUGHT THEM…

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I actually wrote a blog post about these AllSaints beauties a while ago saying how much I wanted them and how I was probably going to buy them…. And I did. A girl true to my word, me. The only difference is that they made it to the amazing AllSaints sale!! They were £99 reduced from £165 and considering I was going to spend the full £165 I raced upstairs as fast as my short legs would take me (I’m 5’1 so let’s not make jokes), and punched in my card details so fast that if my laptop was a person, which it’s not so that’s a silly idea, but if it was it would’ve been wailing under the tremendous speed at which my fingertips were banging on the keys.

What was almost as impressive as the boots themselves was the shipping from the AllSaints website. The shipping was free which it always is for standard delivery orders, but it arrived less and 48 hours after I ordered! I ordered them on Sunday evening and they arrived Tuesday morning which is fab in my book!

Now the boots themselves are beautiful as you can see from my state of the art iPhone photography, stylistically devised in my back garden. Like a pro. The leather is as soft as butter and they’re just so comfy! The heel height is perfect to wear all day and they’ll go with anything! I will literally wear them with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Check out the A M A Z I N G  AllSaints sale right now, right this second!!! There’s only a few days left and the prices are really coming down! Check it out, here!

ALLSAINTS NEW ARRIVALS.

It’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of AllSaints, always have been; and their latest collection is making my heart beat faster, causing palpitations. Well okay, maybe not quite as graphic as that but it’s a similar sensation. I needed to write about their newest collection, pieces of which I WILL be purchasing for myself as I can’t seem to be able to click off the website without making a purchase. Naughty me. My bank balance will be wailing. Oh well, all in the name of fashion, right?

I NEED those leather skirts and isn’t that embellished dress to die for?!

To shop these items from AllSaints, plus many many more, click HERE 

 

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