Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ultimate Mum Bag

Confession time: I've got a few pretty designer bags. (Yes, mainly Mulberry.) And I promise, I do use most of them regularly. But, when it comes to days out with the little one or running errands at the weekend, I tend to go for something non-designer, non-precious, non-leather.

I've had a Longchamp LePliage with long handles for a few years. I really like how hardwearing it is but I miss a long strap that allows me to carry it cross body. I also don't like that it neither has an outside pocket, nor any large enough inside pockets that mean I am not putting my Mulberry purse at risk from the dreaded sticky kiddie drink/snacks/wet wipes. (No, I do not move in and out of a purse, according to which bag I'm carrying).

Longchamp Hobo in teal

So when I saw this Longchamp Hobo at their Bicester Village's outlet, I pounced. I think it was advertised at £100 but they had a discount on that day, so I only paid around £70. They had about 8 different colours in stock and my favourite was this teal. 

So: outside pocket for kiddie drink? Tick. 
Inside pocket large enough to hold (and protect) my purse? Tick. 
Long, adjustable strap to wear bag cross body? Bingo!

Have a look what fits in!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Leopard Print Week

You know that feeling when you try on a (potential) new item of clothing - and it makes you look lumpy and horrible. Or short. Or skinny or fat or pale or... weird... Happens quite often to me. But every now and then you try on something and (after a bit of pulling and prodding) it just works. That's how I felt in this new Boden dress: super flattering, making me look more ladylike than I've ever felt. And a cool pattern too. Fab. So that was the good bit last week. The bad bit (clothes-wise) was when I remembered how much I miss wearing heels...

Boden leopard print dress
 Love my new dress from Boden, but it has a tricky neckline and I was a bit worried that I couldn't layer anything (and I'm always cold). Glad I still have this Warehouse jacket (must be about 10 years old). Haven't figured out how to wear a necklace with said neckline - but I don't think it needs it?
Dress: Boden
Jacket: Warehouse
Shoes: Dune

Warehouse midi skirt with trainers and heels
Sometimes I mourn the fact that I can no longer wear heels. Like when pairing a skirt with shoes is *so* much easier if you have heels at your disposal. Ok, so the skirt worked quite well with pointy flats (last week) but it was due to rain and I didn't want to risk wrecking the suede. I came home, did my usual pic and, before I changed into my home clobber, just quickly put on a pair of heels that have been crying in the back of my wardrobe. Instant lift. *sigh* 
Top & skirt: Warehouse
Trainers: Kurt Geiger
Pumps: Dune

Issa dress
That picture doesn't do any justice to that dress, which is nigh on magic: it gives me a waist and manages to be fairly low cut without being too revealing to wear at the office.
Dress: Issa
Boots: Marks & Spencer
Zara print sweatshirt and Boden print pencil skirt
Mr G says he doesn't like the jumper as "it looks like something from the 70s". I'd say 80s myself and I do like it. :)
Sweatshirt: Zara
Skirt: Boden
Shoes: Dune

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Breaking the Pattern

So I've kind of found my comfort zone with knee length skirts and tops. Mix it up with a print, maybe even clash it with another one. Add flats and a necklace: done! And then I come across something that kind of doesn't fit that pattern. This green Warehouse skirt is probably a tad too long on me (not hard, as I'm only 5'1" tall) - especially as I no longer wear heels and can't rely on them to give me those extra inches. I'm cheating a bit on the pic below as I'm a little bit on my tippy toes but I still think it works! Oh: and I'm pattern-free for a change!

Warehouse midi skirt, Topshop top, Stella & Dot necklace
What do you do if you have a midi skirt that you don't wear often enough because you find the length really challenging? You buy another one and try harder.  (Sorry, couldn't resist the colour. Silly, really...)
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Warehouse
Shoes: Zara
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Boden print pencil skirt and LaRedoute denim shirt
So I said before how a new season always seems to surprise me as I suddenly have to figure out my new uniform. I just can't do with deciding for ages what to wear in the morning and need to be able to throw things together quickly. Well, the colder mornings are here now and I remembered that I have a denim shirt - that goes with *everything*! Sorted! 
Denim Shirt: LaRedoute
Skirt: Boden
Shoes & necklace: Zara

Boden Mia Tunic, Marks and Spencer Boots
This dress must be one of the most easy to wear pieces I have in my wardrobe. Goes with lots of shoes and boots, add a necklace - finished. That's how I like getting dressed: no faffing about!
Tunic Dress: Boden
Boots: Marks & Spencer
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Boden print pencil skirt, &OtherStories top, Warehouse necklace
Short sleeves?! Might be the last of the summer outfits. (OK, so I cheated and wore a cardigan over it for most of the day...)
T-shirt: &OtherStories
Skirt: Boden
Shoes: Zara 
Necklace: Warehouse

Oh, and just in case you think I wore that skirt twice last week: I think it was a leftover from the week before then.

Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers who selected my post as one of their top 20 in their Links a la Mode - below the other winners!

Links à la Mode, October 20th

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Raspberry Tote

Just when I think I now know pretty much all Mulberry bags, I come across another one I've never seen before. This Leigh Tote is from around 2008 and surprisingly spacious. Not only does it hold a fair amount, it also holds A4 format with ease - and is comfortable to carry on the shoulder!
(And because of the colour I have Prince signing Raspberry Beret in my head...)

Mulberry Leigh

But have a look what I've fitted in!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hello Autumn

Moving from Summer into Autumn - purely by necessity as mornings are rather fresh now. (Not a problem if you're driving to work but those trainstation platforms can be drafty.) I am trying to remember all those transitional outfits from just a few months ago. 
Good job I have some pics on my Instagram...

Boden print sweatshirt and Warehouse pleather pencil skirt
It's getting colder, time for the opaques...
Deciding what to wear needs to be a matter of seconds and I just got into the swing of things with summer. I don't have time to faff about in the morning but every Autumn and Spring I seem to have forgotten what to wear in certain a weather...
Top: Boden
Skirt: Warehouse
Boots: Zara

Topshop golden knit jumper and Boden retro print skirt
I'm feeling suitable autumnal in orange, purple and gold...
Top: Topshop
Skirt: Boden
Boots: Zara
Necklace: Sainsbury's

Stripy t-shirt and Mulberry icecream necklace
I'm really not keen on this pic but I was so behind and hadn't posted much, that I refused to just delete it. I remember getting dressed on that Saturday morning and thinking that Summer was pretty much over... let's beg it to stay for one more day with candy stripes and icecream!
T-Shirt: Topshop
Cardigan: Boden
Jeans: Next
Trainers: Converse
Necklace Mulberry

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Best Supporting Acts

I've done a fair few posts on handbag resources, mainly on where to buy bags, where to research them and where to get them authenticated. I haven't really done a post yet on where to buy items for your bags though - so here a few that either I or my friends have used and are happy to recommend.


Great to give your bag structure and protect the lining 

A long list of models (I just counted 232!), great choice of colours and potential to customise existing designs, for example by adding a keyring or zip closure or removing bottle pockets, make these felt liners a good choice. Quality is great. Beware though that these ship from from South Korea. Shipping times for Europe are advised to be 2 weeks, USA 2-3 weeks, Australia 3 weeks. I have received liners after about 7 days but also had to wait about 4 weeks before. Communication can also be patchy.
At the helm of this fairly recent startup are Louise and Jon, who produce all of their liners in the UK. They offer a smaller range of liners but if you're looking for one for your Mulberry you're bound to find the style you want and they are constantly expanding their offer. In fact, I have just been told that two new styles are due to be added very soon. Production time can take up to the advertised 10 days when they are busy but as they ship from the UK you will have them in less than two weeks. As they are such a small new business you currently have to wait for them to open their store and be quick to place your order. I believe they are planning on increasing their capacity, so I expect this will improve soon. You can also buy a wide selection of Collonil products as well as a few other bits for your bag, such as little pillows that mean you no longer have to stuff your bag with oodles of tissue paper. And last but not least you will find both of them hugely knowledgeable in re to all things leather care and Collonil.
The liners I had from here were all soft ones, so if you're looking for something that will give your bag structure, you might be better off looking at Love Lolo or Samorga. However, Pereia's liners are great if you want to just protect the inside of your bag or like the convenience of being able to move your contents from one bag to another. Shipping from the UK, I always received my order within just a few days.


If a seam becomes undone your most economical bet might be a good local cobbler. More complicated damage can be tricky to put right though so you want to make sure your bag will be in safe hands.

When it comes to repairs I keep going back to Alan at Lincs Repair.  Alan does not only repair bags but is an absolute leather expert. He has a real passion for his work and strikes a perfect balance between liking a challenge and thinking outside the box to find a way of resurrecting that heirloom worthy bag and being realistic, advising you on what can and can't be done. 

Nevermind repairs. You might just want to send your handbag on a little holiday, after which she will emerge beautiful and refreshed. From repairs to rejuvenating treatments, they aren't cheap but apparently well worth it.

A spin off from the Furniture Clinic, they know a thing or two about leather and offer not only their own range of care products but also restored handbags.   


Whether you lose a strap or want to add one to a bag that never had one the following three are my first ports of call.
At Mautto you can either pick from one of their many ready made straps or you can chose the leather and hardware and have a strap made to your specification. You can even order leather samples to get as good a match to your bag's leather as possible.
This little Etsy shop offers guitar style straps in various patterns and they look great, especially with some vintage styles. Designs change, so if you can't find a style you like, check back later.
If you misplaced a strap for your Mulberry bag, you can probably order one directly from them. Sometimes this requires you sending in your bag to ensure that the leather can be matched, though sometimes you just have to show your bag at the store. A strap for an Alexa will set you back £108 - not cheap but you will have a brand new strap with Mulberry hardware. Unfortunately you cannot order a strap for a bag that was never intended to have one.

Do you have a favourite place to buy goodies for your bag? Would love to hear!

Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers for selecting this post for your Links à la Mode! Please do check out some of the other brilliant posts below.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Two Print Skirts

I've somewhat fallen off the wagon and really need to get back into the outfit posting groove again. Just two outfit posts from last week and, surprise, they both feature print skirts and statement necklaces...

Boden Print skirt Warehouse statement necklace
When you turn up at work and somebody else is wearing the same skirt - and she was in heels too. Made sure I didn't stand anywhere near her...
Top: Hallhuber
Skirt: Boden
Shoes: Zara
Necklace: Warehouse

Boden print skirt Stella and Dot necklace
A bit thrown together as I was running late and the boots were a last minute adjustment after I saw rain was predicted.
Top: Sainsbury's
Skirt: Boden
Boots: Zara
Necklace: Stella & Dot
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