Getting your vintage on

Thrift shopping has always been popular but for the last five years there has been a growing appetite to become more sustainable and a new energy in buying secondhand and preloved bags. You can find lots of online stores which create a marketplace to introduce buyers and sellers of designer brands. And more recently, you can find websites where you can rent a designer bag for a selected time period. But amongst all these options there is a new type of thrift shopping, a company in mainland Europe is specialising in vintage and you can enjoy 15% off.

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How to bag a designer bag bargain for AW’20

Calling all bargain shoppers. Three years ago I went to one of the UK’s premier designer outlet shopping villages and returned with 3 top tips on how you could bag a designer bag deal at Bicester. I’ve since returned to Oxfordshire, post lockdown, to see if the designer outlets are still worth considering. Here’s what I found out with a visit to Bicester in September 2020.

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Stocks? Shares? Gold? No a handbag!

For those of you who are seeking ways to make an investment but interest rates means there’s no point in the bank and you don’t fancy the gamble and volatility of stocks and shares, one solution is to invest in gold. However, despite a a day at the London’s Metal Exchange there’s still a lot to learn around gold trading. But what I can share with you are lots of top tips for handbag futures!

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Quilting but not as you know it – not a patchwork in sight

This Sunday Special is dedicated to one of the key autumn/window bag trends, the quilted bag.  Once the style owned by Chanel, if you browse through instagram for inspiration, you will see that you don’t have to invest heavily to own a quilted bag next season.  And if you are shopping online, you’ll see more and more being added to some of the key fashion retailer websites.  So if you’re sitting comfortably here are my five favourtie bags from the ‘gram for your something the weekend!

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Forever in blue jeans

Whether in fashion or not, there will be a moment in the summer or autumn where you’ll reach for your denim for a casual day or night outfit; either jeans, muscle shirt, cut off shorts or even a denim jacket to keep a cooler night at bay (it doesn’t matter whether the jacket’s in fashion or not, it’s a wardrobe staple!). So how do you style your denim with a bag for your essentials, to keep your look casual and stylish? Here are the shapes and textures to reach for so that your look is complete.

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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April

Something for the weekend is back for April and instagram has been trawled.  And it definitely needs scrolling as so many feeds are less about fashion ideas but inspiration for life – a reflection of these unusual times. Today’s Sunday Special though are the bags spotted on insta this week that will rock a summer fashion trend.  There’s something for everyone, whichever hemisphere you find yourself – so let’s say thanks (a virtual high five) to the handbag designers who are doing what they do best, keeping us inspired for when we can fully embrace the summer.  Continue reading “Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April”

Which designer fashion store is best for the bags of 2020?

It’s a weird time to review which designer store is best for the fashion bags for spring/summer 2020 when a global pandemic if forcing us to ‘batten down the hatches’. Making adjustments as the virus affects the spring calendar can come in the form of lowering your budget for your spring/summer designer wardrobe. So what happens when you compare 3 of the top designer stores when searching for the perfect designer fashion bag, whilst setting a maximum spending limit of £1000?

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Something for the weekend – a white out!

A new month, hello March, and my something for the weekend celebrates one of the key summer trends; wear white from head to toe.  Each month I take time out and trawl the ‘gram to find you the best of the bags – it’s my five favourite bags of the week on instagram.  And whilst the media tries to distract us with all things viral, here’s my distraction, giving you something to look forward to, the summer!  Whether its a casual weekend away or a special occasion, when wearing white, the top tip to keep on trend, is to white out your accessories.  And here are my top picks! Continue reading “Something for the weekend – a white out!”

Are you leaping into love on 29th February?

With an extra day in February, why not indulge in one of the well known leap year traditions? 29th February was the day that women broke with tradition and asked their loved ones to marry them. Folklore says this tradition came from Ireland in the 5th century and spread through Europe. I don’t have any brands based in the emerald island, but for this Saturday special, if you’re feeling the love, grab one of these bags to accompany your proposal.

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London’s calling all bag lovers

If you’re thinking of visiting London in 2020, a stop in South Kensington, to the V&A museum, should be high on the list. This wonderfully fashion centric destination will be home to 300 items curated for a show, Bags: Inside & Out. From all sizes of items in which we carry our belongings, expect to see the original Fendi baguette, a Fabergé egg bag by New York’s Judith Leiber to Marc Jacobs one-off for Louis Vuitton. Whilst we wait for the doors to swing open to this exhibition in April, let’s think about what bag will be ideal for a city break. Yes, the crossbody is the bag that lets you be hands-free as you roam. Here are the 10 crossbody bags that will work well with London’s vibrant scene.

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For Friday – it’s all about black!

As some of you might know my ‘something for the weekend’ spot focuses on my five favourite bags on instagram from the weekend. This week it stays true but it comes a day early in case you’re looking for Black Friday deals. And in honour of the colour theme, all the beauties featured here are in that favourite winter colour, black!

So if you’re sitting comfortably here are the top 5 black bags on Instagram, rocking one of the key fashion trends, and if you’re lucky, you might get at an even better price tomorrow. Good luck!

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An ABC guide to the classic designer bags

When it comes to the best designer handbags, there are many lists out there. Ones showcasing the most popular, the best investments, the classic bags. But when you’ve decided that you want to treat yourself to a designer bag that will stand the test of time, where do you start? Try this list if you don’t want to sell your car to own a Hèrmes or are too full of anxiety about fakes when buying second hand.

This list is no ordinary collection of designer bags. What you have here is a list of 10 well known designers, whose bag styles have and will stand the test of time. It’s been curated to ensure a great cost per wear. These iconic bags will delight future outfits and yes, you’ll take them out of the dust bag more than once a year!

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If you could turn back time – you can! Vintage handbag styles for today

It’s not just the clocks that have gone back for daylight saving (albeit mainly in the northern hemisphere).  Or Cher who is currently on tour in the UK belting out  ‘if I could turn back time…’.  The autumn and winter fashion trends are jam packed with retro styling.  There is a strong sense of déjà vu this season when it comes to handbag fashion.  So to help you avoid making a fashion faux pas, here’s your guide to the vintage styles to rock, in case you’re thinking about raiding your grandmother’s wardrobe!

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10 best designer bags for AW’19 for under £300

Yes it can be done – a designer bag that rocks the fashion trends for this autumn winter, can be bought for under £300 or $300!  This pay day may well mean a handbag treat for you that will see you all the way through to April, bringing you the best value or cost per wear ever.  First though, let’s just remind ourselves of some of the key bag trends for AW’19/20:

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