Saturday, 28 March 2015

Céline Python Mini Luggage Tote

A few months ago I got a sudden craving for a Céline mini luggage tote. Do you ever get that? Where you suddenly wake up one morning and think 'I need that bag!' Even though previously the thought hadn't crossed your mind? No? Ok I'm clearly insane. I had been thinking about it for a few weeks when I came across the most beautiful Céline bag I had ever laid eyes on and I just knew I had to have it.

I'd been wanting a python skin bag for a while and this one answered my prayers. Of course you have to be careful with python skin as it is not as durable as other skins but I don't intend to use this beauty as an everyday bag. The sides are orange suede and the rest of the bag is smooth black leather. Céline bags are excellent quality and one of the reasons the bags are so expensive is because the interior is also fully leather. The bag has a zip closure which is good for walking around London and also 4 stud feet on the base so it won't get dirty.

I had heard that the mini luggage tote was heavy and this had previously put me off the style however I have to admit it's not as heavy as I thought but the handles mean it can only be carried by hand or on the crook of your arm which may not be suitable for everyone. I'd love you hear what your favourite statement bags are

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

5 Tips For Buying a Handbag

Buying a new handbag can be a stressful thing, so to help ease the stress I've put together a few tips that might be worth reading before you take the plunge...

1. Don't rush into it. '50% off? For today only? A special offer for me? Omg I need this bag!' This has been me...on several occasions. It's not smart. Don't be lured in by the sales. After years of being lured into purchases that I regretted I have now become a considered purchaser. So much so that it takes me months to decide on my next handbag. I even write lists of pros and cons to help me decide as it can help to write it on paper and get it out of your head.

2. Do you need it? It's all well and good buying a neon green python skin box clutch, but when are you going to use it? Does it serve a purpose of fill a gap in your wardrobe? If the answer is no then you probably don't need it. Some things are beautiful but not practical. On the other hand if your life is fabulous enough that you require a neon green python skin box clutch then you go girl!

3. Don't settle for a bag that you don't love. I've also done this several times. Want a Chanel bag but can't afford it? It's ok I'll just get this Michael Kors in the mean time. No! If you want the Chanel, save for the Chanel. It might take you years but nothing will fill that gap and if you end up spending £1000 on three different bags you could have put that money towards your dream bag. I saved for what seemed like forever for my first Chanel bag, I set myself a rule that I wouldn't buy any other luxuries (clothes, shoes etc) and instead would put all that money towards my Chanel, because I wanted it more than anything. Same applies if the bag you want is out of stock - be patient, don't get something else in the mean time.

4. Quality over quantity. If you can then try and buy classic styles - you will love them forever and they will last just as long. They also won't decrease in value - brands such as Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton even tend to increase in value due to the price increases the brands have each year.

5. Buy what you love! Simple but true, if you love it buy it! Life is too short so don't be influenced by other people or trends, buy what's right for you. Everyone's tastes are different and what works for one person won't necessarily work for another so only ever be influenced by yourself. If I listened to other people I wouldn't have 90% of the bags I own and I love each and every one of them.

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A Magical Trip To Disneyland

Last weekend Olly and I were in need of a Disney fix so we took a trip to the most magical place on Earth (apart from Florida)...Disneyland Paris! We took the Eurostar from St Pancras which was super easy and stayed at the Dreamcastle Hotel at Disneyland.

What we did...

We bought a 2 day ticket for the parks which was £113 each - I think 2 days is perfect as the parks aren't really big so one a day is fine. The queues were bigger than we expected but we still managed to get on all the rides we wanted to - our faves were Crush's Coaster, Tower of Terror and good old Thunder Mountain. On the day we arrived we had a little bit of spare time so we took the metro into Paris which took about 45 minutes and was about €8 each for a day travel card. We went to Notre Dame and put a lock on the 'love lock bridge' and then walked down the seine to the Eiffel Tower before heading back to the Disneyland bubble.

What we ate...

Anything and everything in the shape of Mickey Mouse. The food at Disney is also magical, where else can you get a stick of candyfloss twice the size of your head? Lots of sugar was consumed including crepes and cookies. Disney Village is great for food, we ate at Planet Hollywood one night (check out the banana split above) and also took regular trips to The Earl of Sandwich, which is definitely my new favourite sandwich shop. The food in the actual parks isn't so good and quite expensive so we found the best option was to leave the park at lunch and go into Disney Village and then just go back into the parks after as it's not too far to walk.

What I wore...

1. Trusty American Apparel disco pants in cranberry, Zara black faux leather jacket, H&M boots, red Ray Ban wayfarers

2. Beauty and the Beat pyjamas (my fave Disney film), a must for anyone going to Disneyland. I got mine in the sale at Topshop for £18 but Primark has an amazing selection of Disney pyjamas. You can get the shorts version of my beauty and the beast PJs here

3. I love these Minnie Mouse tights, they were a Christmas present from Olly's mum and I've been waiting for some warmer weather to wear them. I teamed them with grey wash Daisy shorts from Topshop and a long sleeved red top for the ultimate Minnie look. I got my shorts in the sale last year but you can still get them in other colours at Topshop

What I Bought...

Of course I didn't go to Disneyland to shop, but where there are shops I will shop!

1. Minnie Mouse sequin ears (a must have accessory for the park) and Olly's Goofy hat

2. Minnie Mouse Tsum Tsum - I love all things Japanese and kawaii so this squishy Minnie is amazing! This is the medium one but I plan on getting some of the mini ones too. Here in the UK you can buy them at Clinton Cards. I've got my eye on Daisy Duck next. Take a look at the collection here

3. Minnie Mouse balloon (can you see a theme here?!). I love a helium balloon so I couldn't resist this gem. I managed to hit a lot of angry people on the head with this while walking round, alas I was gutted when it popped on our last day :( sun + helium balloon = no 

4. Ok so this has nothing to do with Disney and is actually The Simpsons but on our way to Disneyland we had to change trains at Lille and they had a shopping centre across the road. I found this cool underwear/loungewear shop called Undiz and they had a super cool new Simpsons range. I got these Bart leggings for €19.95 and character print shorts for €12.95. You can check Undiz out here and they also sell on asos but they haven't got the Simpsons collection

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Chanel Deauville Bowling Bag

So this month I clearly made the choice of Chanel over rent...but who could resist the beautiful new Chanel Deauville bowling bag? Chanel have released their 'Deauville' tote for several spring/summer seasons now and I've always loved the style but been put off by the tote shape and open top as the Deauville range is usually more of a casual beach style bag (the bag is named after a beautiful beach resort in France - one of Coco's favourite holiday resorts). So when I found the new structured version complete with zip closure I fell in love.

I had been planning on buying a new light coloured bag for summer and had a few different designers in mind but my heart always lies with Chanel at the end of the day. One of the reasons I chose this bag is because of it's practicality, yes it's canvas - which may fill some people with horror, but it's a thick, durable canvas and in my opinion is a great all weather bag - there's nothing worse than being caught in the rain with a beautiful leather handbag (which happens a lot in London). But I can't deny that it is of course the logo and '31 Rue Cambon' address that made me want (need) this bag. The logo is jacquared into the canvas, not printed, so there is no chance of it rubbing off either. It also has a slight vintagey look which I just love.

The bag has two sets of handles - leather structured top handles if you want to carry the bag in your hand or on the crook of you arm, and chain handles so the bag can also be worn on your shoulder. I just love a bag that has multiple options to carry it, it's almost like having two bags in one! I chose the larger size but there is also a smaller version available. There is a multitude of colours for the SS15 season which the SA showed me on her ipad - blue, denim, pink, orange. The large version is £1390 and available at Chanel boutiques now.

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