Shout out to the small bag businesses

With tough times ahead and many of the European countries back in lockdown, here’s a shout out to the small bag businesses. A few years ago I reviewed Etsy as a destination for the small or emerging bag designers. So I’ve returned to see what’s available and wasn’t disappointed. Here are 5 bag designers and sellers who have bags that have caught my eye. So if you’re sitting comfortably, let’s take a whistle stop virtual tour!

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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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King of the beads

There is one bag that recycles itself nicely from a summer’s night out to a winter party night and that’s the beaded bag.  And this is the time to pick up a bargain if you aren’t already an owner, as you’ll catch many beaded bags in the end of summer sales.  If you are shopping, my top tip is to think ahead of what you might wear to say Christmas cocktails, so the beaded bag can transition your wardrobe seamlessly.  Here are a collection of beaded bags, some iconic brands that can carry a hefty price tag with some bargain options thrown in too.  Here are the 10 beaded bag brands and styles for nights out out! Continue reading “King of the beads”

Weave through the high street hits for summer

In many places across the world lockdown is easing and the non essential shops are getting ready to open.  However, the last two to three months saw most of us switch to online.  So it’s probably worth reminding ourselves of the gems that can be found on our towns’ and cities’ high streets.  Let’s take a more local view and see where we can support the shops that are on the high street, which provide a central hub and local employment. And let’s take a wardrobe staple, the summer woven bag, to show the striking designs that you can uncover. Here are 10 of the best woven bags to discover now; from under £10 to £300.

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Spring into the sales – bag a hero

Looking at the stats, one of my most popular posts is the guide to the sales. I’m here to stop you being hypnotised by a double figure discount and buying an item that goes straight to the back of the closet, without even being worn. As some of the end of year sales are beginning to surface, I’m here to give you the top tips on what to look for in the New Year sales. First, a quick checklist of where to start:

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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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Fashion bags for this season that are all under £100

Now that the weather’s changing we’ll be reaching for our autumn and winter wardrobe fashions. And if you’re planning to blow your budget on a statement coat or a pair of slouch boots, I’ve got the collection to cheat your way to statement handbags – I have 10 fashion bags that are rocking one of the key trends for AW’19 but are all under £100. There’s no breaking the budget here!

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Be a sale survivor – bag the bargain!

It’s that time of year when the weather is keeping us outside but the shops are enticing us back in with their summer sales.  This isn’t big news or in fact news at all.  What is news is how to navigate the sales so you avoid buying a bag that you will never, ever carry.  I’m going to help you from falling for the big price slash, how to resist the temptation of a big saving, all without the use of any mind games.  How?  Read on….

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The best bags for your SS’19 wardrobe, all under £100

March is here and that means that our stores are now full of the fashion for spring and summer. And back by popular demand is the top 10 list of bags that rock the season’s trends, all under £100. For those of you with a fixed budget in mind, I’ve not compromised on quality and have found you the bags that will save you money and keep you on trend.

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Something for the weekend – the best from insta this week

This week’s Saturday Specials – my 5 favourite bags spotted on instagram over the last week bring you that bit extra, they are the place to shop to enjoy Black Friday weekend discounts. Continue reading “Something for the weekend – the best from insta this week”

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