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BHS, Believe It Or Not

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

BHS Quilted BagThis may be the one and only time we feature an item from BHS, or it could be the start of a beautiful relationship with the high street chain that’s not particularly known for it’s fashion-forward lines.

However, desperate times and all that, and BHS have come up with this little gem that, believe it or not, could easily be a Marc Jacobs or even a Chanel creation. A staple for any night out or social occasion, this Quilted Bag has all the detailing of a designer equivalent – chain strap, gold trim, and a great hot pink colour, so perfect for spring and summer. It’ll match any outfit and is great for contrasting with a dark coloured outfit.

Costing only £15, it’s an absolute bargain, and once word gets out chances are these will be flying off the shelves. It’s not available on the BHS website yet, but should be soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Free Designer Bags & Shoes!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Free Bags & ShoesImagine strolling down the street with the latest Mulberry bag on your shoulder and a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutins… imagine no more with!

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Simply choose from the latest pick of handsets, pick your tariff then select which gorgeous designer gift you would like to receive. You could have your dream bag or shoes for just £29 per month… and a fab phone of course.

Visit tightsplease.mobilesplease to buy today…you will be strolling down the street in no time.

Another 80s Revival!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

80s Designer Vs HighstreetBad taste is currently good news, and we’re experiencing (yet another) 80s revival. This time it’s about embracing all this tacky, so pull out the scrunchies, clashing fluorescent colours and yes, even shoulder pads.

This trend is great for nights out when you can really have some fun with it. Alexander McQueen’s flamboyant creations are perfect, and it you’re looking for the ultimate 80s accessory to complete your outfit, you can’t go wrong with this Neon Panel Clutch. The pink geometric pattern has 80s written all over it, and is a great statement piece. It costs £484 and is available from Net A Porter.

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, then ASOS have also got some great pieces for this trend. This One Shoulder Colour Block Body Con Dress is only £30, and hits the trend on the head with neon colours, one shoulder, and a random pattern. If you want to play it subtle, it’s also available in grey, but they pink is much better for standing out!

So the rule of thumb for this trend seems to be the brighter, clashing, miss-match patterns the better!

Vegan Bags

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Matt & Nat Vegan BagsMatt & Nat are a great brand which forego animal products and instead have created stunning accessories such as these 100% vegan leather bags.

The mustard colour Everest shopper features soft distressed leather and costs £175.

A slightly cheaper option would be the blue messenger bag for £145 – I think the design is fabulous and love the quirky features such as the twin front zips and the fact the lining is made from recycled plastic bottles, and which even says so stamped across the inside of the bag.

Matt & Nat are also very environment conscious and have started a handbag recycling programme whereby anyone in North America (soon to go global) who has finished with their Matt & Nat bag can return it to them and it will go to someone worthy.

Not that I could ever imagine parting with one of their bags, but it’s comforting to know that should you need to move on, it will have a nice new owner and not end up in a dumpster for the rest of it’s days.

You can pick both these items from ASOS.

Highstreet v Designer: The Snakeskin Tote

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Snakeskin TotesDeriving from the New Exotica and Nature S/S 09 trends, snakeskin is going to be very popular next season in terms of bags and shoes. So if you are on the lookout for a new handbag, snakeskin is a sure way to hit two trends in one hit and there’s plenty about to choose from.

The designer version here is by Pauric Sweeny, I love the highly reflective quality of the material. It also features a plaid lining as well as brown leather handles – wide enough to throw over the shoulder which is always a bonus!

If however, the £1,243 price tag is a little on the high side then this highstreet version by Marc B is a real bargain at just £45. It also features an unusual lining – leopard print in this case, as well as twin handles and handy side pockets.

You can pick up the designer version from Net-a-porter and the highstreet option from ASOS.

Cute Peachy Bag

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Topshop Quilted BagSome of the more popular handbags next season have taken inspiration from classic vintage styles – think Chanel and chain handles and quilting. Whilst looking for something along these lines I came across this cute bowling bag from Topshop!

Featuring the all important quilting detailing it’s ruby-peach colour pops and is a great fresh colour for next season. Also, as next season is all about bright clashing colours you don’t need to be concerned by whether you bag will go with your outfit – if it goes, great, if it clashes, even better.

The main colours for next season include a mix up rich autumnal shades with soft and rosy make-up colours. So team this with a deep plum or navy coat for example and you’re spot on.

You can pick yours up for £35 from Topshop here.

The Wet Bikini Pouch

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Milly Wet Bikini PouchA great little Christmas present for a friend going off on holiday soon could be this Wet Bikini Pouch from Milly.

This cute bag is all you need to keep wet cosies in good condition after a day at the beach, at the spa or after a little Jacuzzi action following a day on the piste.

Featuring a water resistant lining and a gorgeous multi colour geometric design, this is a functional yet chic gift.

You can pick this up from Net-a-porter for £73.30.

The Hobo Bag

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Chloe Hobo BagOne item reigning high on lots of Christmas lists this year will be a brand new bag and for me my number one choice would be this gorgeous light brown leather Heloise hobo bag by Chloe!

I particularly like the shape of the bag – it’s big enough to carry a good amount of items, yet it’s long shape ensures the bag isn’t bulky.

The bag features a press-stud fastening baby pocket on the front, a plaited leather shoulder strap, side pockets and a press-stud fastening to close meaning no messing around with zips and flaps and things.

At £798 from Net-a-porter it is an investment piece, but one that will last forever and the tan leather is great for all season’s as well as work and play.

Versatile Clutch

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Oval Clip Frame ClutchI’ve been on the hunt for a while for a really good versatile clutch which will work for day and night, and I love this leather version by Carla Beeby which fits the bill perfectly!

Featuring an old fashioned clip frame fastening and croc effect leather, this antique finish clutch is great for adding a tough note to soft feminine eveningwear.

However it’s is also pared down enough for day time or low key evenings out too.

Available from ASOS it costs £151.71, which for a small clutch it is a bit of an investment, however the fact that it will be suitable for nearly all occasions makes this worth while!

The Feathered Clutch

Monday, November 10th, 2008

ASOS Patent Feather ClutchI am a real fan of the oversized evening clutch; no more shall I fumble around for half an hour trying to whittle the contents of my evening bag from ten items down to just three!

This particular feathered version is I think, totally gorgeous and perfect for all forms of social gatherings – from drinks and dinner to the office Christmas party and for just £22 it’s a bargain too!

Inspired by Burberry’s A/W 08 catwalk and already labelled the ‘It’ buy from ASOS, this feathered clutch features a reinforced patent trim and twist lock fastening and is large enough to carry what you wish!

Get yours from ASOS today!