Thursday, September 22, 2016

Royal Mulberry

I had never seen this style of Mulberry before: a Henley. Granted, you look at it now and might think 'it looks a bit dated' - but does it really? Imagine if that style had been picked instead of the Bayswater to be re-born every season in new leathers and new finishes. The practicality should have ensured longevity. But instead it kind of disappeared into obscurity. Which is a real shame as it is a lovely and truly usable bag!

And talking about useable - let's have a look what we can fit in!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Office Girl or Hippie

If you follow me on Facebook you might have noticed that I was on holiday last week. Sometimes that means I have more time to blog. Sometimes that means I forget that I have a blog - apart from posting random holiday snaps via Instagram. So the below is the whole all of the outfit shots I did over the past two weeks. And there is even one that shows a truly 'holiday' outfit!

Boden skirt and H&M top print mix and match
Never would have thought about putting these two prints together - until I saw that the mustardy yellow is pretty much the same shade in both. Not sure about the shoes though...
Top: H&M
Skirt: Boden
Shoes: Zara

Zara skirt and Warehouse top
I wasn't sure about this one when I put it on in the morning. That below-the-knee length is so tricky if you're wearing flats. But I had about three people comment on it - favourably - so it must look ok. :)
Top: Warehouse
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Aarikka

Multi coloured hareem pants
Do you buy clothes when you're on holiday? I don't mean, pop into a H&M and buy an extra t-shirt. Or find a local shop that stocks your favourite designer.
I mean the kind of stuff that you pick up when on a summer holiday: t-shirts with weird prints, tops that scream hippie - and trousers like these ones.
I bought them quite a few years ago in Piran/Slovenia because it was so hot and they looked like fun. Since then I've not worn them though because they just were a bit too... weird? "Sod it!" I thought last week when I was in Germany and it was hot. And they did make me smile! :)
Top: H&M
Trousers: little hippie shop in Piran

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Classic Mini Tote

Possibly my last review of a vintage Mulberry. At least for now. Well, I think I'm pretty much up to date as far as my current collection is concerned - but you might know that it does change from time to time...

This Mulberry Hellier ticks many boxes for me: robust printed leather, easy access via zip - and the option to carry it with a long strap!

Mulberry Hellier

...and how much can you fit in?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Top tips for keeping your bag look fab

Maybe you've read my extended interview with Shian, owner of the legendary Naughtipidgin's Nest. Maybe you've read her guide on how to prep your bag for sale. Fact is: Shian knows a thing or two on how to keep designer bags beautiful, so here some more useful hints and tips! (And a couple of my favourite bag shots - just... because...)

Oh, and don't forget that the Nest has just re-opened after the looong summer break!

Exquisite, luxury handbags—the product of painstaking, sublime craftsmanship—deserve to be treated with the utmost care. Expensive handbags are an investment worth taking care of, and with the right care and maintenance they will stay immaculate for years to come.

It’s incredibly important to remember that if your luxury handbag is made from leather, it’s essentially an organic material and need to be treated as such.

Understand Your Bag’s Finish
  • Most leather bags are vegetable tanned with tannin. Leather that is tanned this way can be susceptible to discolouration and may also be cosmetically damaged by water. 
  • Chrome tanned skins are more water resistant and are referred to as being ‘wet blue’ due to their steely grey tinge. 
  • Full grain is premium-grade hide that has not been buffed in order to showcase the skin’s natural texture and grain.
  • Top-grain leather is thinner and has had its natural grain augmented by sanding. 
  • Coveted exotics from non-cattle skin, such as alligator, crocodile, stingray, ostrich, snake, lizard and patent leather, achieve their high gloss finishes from oils and resin.

Care and Protect
  • When not in use, store your bag in its dust cover (or a pillowcase) as this will protect it from fading, dusts and even moths. 
  • Stuff lightly with tissue paper in order to retain its shape and prevent wrinkles, indents or creases. 
  • To prevent mildew, store your bag in a dry, cool environment. 
  • You may wish to invest in silica gel sachets to keep in your stored bags, in order to protect them from damp. 
  • When you’re out and about, use a portable handbag hook so you don’t have to put your handbag on the dirty floor. They are carefully weighted and designed to hang from the edge of a desk or table and you can find some beautiful styles in lots of designs. 
  • Lightly wipe your handbag after every use, with a soft, microfibre towel in order to get rid of any dampness, dirt or dust. 
  • Leather may need a wax dressing and a suitable rain protector, such as Colonil, to keep it stain and watermark free. Wet leather should be wiped down carefully; however, this is not always practical, in which case the leather should be left to dry naturally away from any sources of heat. 
  • Never use household cleaners or chemicals to clean leather.  Use cleaners that are designed especially for leather materials.  Purchase a high-quality leather cleaner and follow the directions exactly. 
  • Remember to test any topical products on an inconspicuous area of the bag before applying it properly.  This way, you can be sure that it will not harm the material. 
  • Use a zipped make-up bag to prevent cosmetics from spilling onto the lining of your luxury bag. 
  • Be wary of carrying pens in your handbag, as they can break and cause ink to stain your expensive bag’s lining. Use retractable point pencils if you need a writing implement.
It’s important to look after your bag in order to ensure that it will look beautiful for years to
come, however, you mustn’t be afraid to enjoy using your bag. After all, luxurious handbags are made to be worn and shown off!

So there you go: protect it and use that beautiful bags you have stashed away in your wardrobe because you're worried that it might get wet! 

Thanks again for Independent Fashion Bloggers for selecting one of my posts for their Links a la Mode - for last week it was this one! Do check out some of the brilliant posts below!
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

September Prints

I am definitely relying heavily on Boden and Zara. I don't think I've done a week yet without either one of them. Maybe I should do a challenge week: No Boden or Zara..?

Boden pringted skirt and warehouse top and necklace
I'm still in love with this skirt. I especially like that it can give me a waist when paired with a loose top.
Top & necklace: Warehouse
Skirt: Boden
Shoes: Zara

Boden dress and Converse trainers
For those mornings when you can't figure out accessories: a dress that doesn't need any accessories and some Converse.
Dress: Boden
Trainers: Converse

Zara dress, Boden cardigan
Channeling some sort of sporty style - faking it! What would I do without grey marl? I love how you can put it with everything...
Dress: Zara
Cardigan: Boden
Trainers: Converse
Necklace: Accessorice

Zara dress and shoes
One of my favourite summer dresses. Might have been its last wear this year...
Dress and shoes: Zara
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ledbury Revisited

Mulberry Ledbury in Oak Printed NVT

Can you believe that it's well over a year ago when I converted my Ledbury and shared the video on my blog?! 
Well, chances are you either haven't been following me for that long or you actually have a life and you're thinking "so what?" right now.

Just in case you do think "blimey!" and "I was wondering how she was getting on with that bag" - here an update!

And as promised in the video, here a couple of shots showing the wear in detail.

Where the clamp has shifted a bit over the time:
Movement of retro-fitted clamp on my Mulberry Ledbury

Here you can see where the clamp rubs against the inking...
Retro-fitted clamp rubbing against inking

 ...and here you see how the inking has worn:
worn inking after a year

Have you converted or customised any of your bags? Would love to see what you've done!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We All Have Angles

My outfits posts on Facebook or Instagram are usually just a quick picture with a random sentence and a reference to where I bought what - if I can remember and/or haven't cut out any labels. Sometimes I say what I specifically like or dislike about an outfit but it's not often that I go off on some sort of monologue. Well, last week was a bit different.

Whilst the first couple of outfits were... standard posts...

Promark Dress Boden Cardigan Zara Shoes
Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Boden
Shoes: Zara

Warehouse Top Zara Skirt
Top: Warehouse
Skirt: Zara
Trainers: Converse

And then I kind of went off on one with this one:

Warehouse skirt H&M top
"I don't edit my pictures, mainly because I don't have the time and can't be bothered.
But I do take a few (usually around 5-8) and then pick the one I like best. It's quite frustrating when you delete all the ones that are a definite "no" and you're left with - more nos. (That's what I usually mean by "best out of a bad bunch".)
What's my point?
I don't like this picture. I think my legs look craggy and skinny and pale, my skin blotchy and my midriff dumpy.
And then I thought "how bloody stupid!": If I look like this on a picture then I'm bound to look like this for some of the day. I walk around all day looking like this and I can't chose the angle that people see me at.
And if I didn't say anything here, people might not even notice those flaws. Or they might see others where I didn't even perceive any.
It doesn't matter. It's fine.
And if you read this far and you know what I mean, then just let me tell you this: you are fine! You look great! We all have our angles!

By the way:
Top: H&M
Skirt: Warehouse
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins

And then followed it up with this one:

Topshop Top Next Jeans
"Ok, after yesterday's rant over bad angles and all that I took about 8 pics. Not the worst ever lot but most of them like the one on the left: I look like I need the loo, my haircut looks stupid, my resting face grumpy...
And then there's one where I happen to look out the window because I heard something and that accidental one is the best out of the bunch.
>>> be less self conscious, try less hard and it'll probably work out for the better! #weallhaveangles"

Top: Topshop
Jeans: Next
Trainers: Converse

Do you share outfit posts? If so, what do you do? Do you ever find chucking an entire post out because you don't like any pictures? Would love to hear from you! 

Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers to select my Post for their Links à la Mode on September 8th! 
Please do check out the other brilliant blog posts below.
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