Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Primark Tan Bucket Bag

I found this Primark bucket bag last week after keeping my eyes peeled for a suitable bag to take to V and wasting quite a lot of time wondering around the shopping centre. It fits the bill perfectly - I have an eternal love for tan bags, it completes the festival look perfectly, fitted in my water, rain coat, toilet paper and hand sanitiser, was secure enough to hide my phone and money away, and it was cheap!

So I'm no longer a V virgin after last weekend, and I'm definitely going back next year! (Don't forget you can buy tickets for 2015 at this year's prices on 20th August but only for a limited time.) Considering it was only £8, I can see this lasting me a while until next year's V trip too! It withstood jumping around like a lunatic to Tinie Tempah and lots of wiggling to Jason Derulo... whereas my friend's bag strap snapped which was bought from another very well known high street shop and would definitely have cost a few times more than this! 

I did only buy this to use once, as, if you haven't already guessed by now, I tend to impulse buy and only use bags once or twice then forget about them under a pile of other bags. But I think I'll be using this again; I like the size, not only because of how much you can fit inside, but the way it looks over your arm as its not too big and imposing, and of course the colour is great with so many outfits. The feet underneath come in handy but the bottom easily bows as its not that rigid, the drawstring is quite secure and doesn't tend to work its way open even if the bag's full, and the clasp over the top just adds that bit of security making sure your belongings aren't on show.

Some V Festival outfit options before I went for what I wore above...

Above: New Look crochet top (equivalents here) and denim shorts,
Dorothy Perkins jacket (old) 

Above: F&F checked shirt (old), Primark vest top, New Look denim shorts

Above: F&F top, New Look hoodie (old) and denim shorts 

All in all, a 'well done' to Primark, you've done it again!

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey... Bags

Firmly leaping onto the Fifty Shades bandwagon after the trailer was recently released (excited?), so here are my favourite fifty shades of grey (and white and black!) bags in stores and online at the moment. Careful not to bite your lip too hard ladies...


Left to right:
Panelled Day Bag £38 - plane bag, work bag, day bag, lovely bag!
Leather Metal Keepers Tote Bag £70 - a touch of the Ted Baker clean look, gorgeous shade
Rivet Detail Tote £25 (was £40) - finish a nautical look perfectly, or just add a bit of class!
Flat Wrist Clutch £15 - great to mix up a monotone outfit


Left to Right:
Mini Office City Bag £9.99 (was £29.99) - Bargain! Sophisticated city break, shopping or just work, an all-rounder!
Mini Messenger Bag £29.99 - again, perfect for a summer city break
Party Bag £39.99

Left to right:
Shopper with Buckle £19.99 - simple but gorgeous, a change from your standard shopper

Forever 21

Left to right:
Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag £19.00 - don't want the Chanel price tag? 
Faux Leather Roll Top Clutch £13.50 - plain and simple, no fastenings on show

Left to right:
Minimalist Faux Leather Satchel £21.00 - classic design, kind of a safe option
Refined Faux Leather Crossbody £18.90 - love this shape, always spacious!

Bag Envy

Left to Right:
LYDC Beige Soft Touch Shoulder Bag £29.00 - gorgeous design to match a blazer and jeans
Move & Moda Grey Contrast Handle Micro Bag £22.00 - love the handle, a head-turner!
Piston Grey Laser Cut Winged Tote Bag £32.00 - subtle laser cut detail, great size and shape

Left to right:
Carter Tote Bag Black Patent £39.00 - gorgeous for smart and casual, alternative to Ted Baker
Zara Luxe Black & Tan Diamante Trip Tote £39.00 - designers eat your heart out! Another head-turner!

House of Fraser

Left to right:
Miss KG Tarbait Bag £45 - nice little glitzy clutch for dinner or a night out
Ravel Buttercup Tote £45 - adore this shape, great with jeans but can be dressed up too

Left to right:
Michael Kors Flower Perforated Silver Tote £301 in current sale - obviously I love anything MK!
Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Tote £260 - goes with anything! Review blog here

New Look

Left to right:
White Baroque Laser Cut Trim Tote Bag £27.99 - lovely holiday/beach bag, perfect summer look
Black Rose Quilted Chain Strap Bag £12.99 - perfect if you love a classic Chanel but a fraction of the cost!
Grey Double Flap Snakeskin Panel Satchel £17.99 - Brilliant city break bag, all the features you need

Left to right:
Monochrome Contrast Panel Duffle Bag £17.99 - great with a nautical look or geometrics
Black Clear Wing Shopper Bag £19.99 - perfect bag for the working woman
Grey Leather-look Oversized Tote Bag £17.99 - simple and easy day bag to style
Black Patent Trim Tote Bag £19.99 - gorgeous city bag

Left to right:
Silver Embellished Box Clutch £24.99 - perfect for weddings or special occasions


Left to Right: 
Leola White Zip Drawstring Bag £27.99 - to complete your nautical look
Tulpe Cross Body Zip Saddle Bag £14.99 - another festival potential 

Left to Right:
Jude Gold Detail Cross Body Bag £21.99 - I love this bag, the interior is perfect!


Left to right:
Shirley Shopper £40.00 - pair with a white shirt for a nice clean monochrome look
Celeste Leather Fold Over Clutch £40.00 - classic leather clutch, can't go wrong!
Sara Minimal Metal Bar Satchel £25.00 - take a look at my review blog here
Straw Shopper £20.00 - alternative to the MK silver number above, still fab for summer!

Left to right:
Cutwork Saddle Bag £25 - great festival bag, or just with a pretty floral dress
Savannah Zip Crossbody Bag £40.00 - simple and practical, and black goes with so much!
Cara Leather Envelope Clutch £25 - gorgeous classy look, pair with a blazer and heels or LBD

And that's just a taster of what's out there! I impulse buy quite often, we're all guilty of it, but if you're looking for a particular colour or style, do shop around and remember to try new places, they might surprise you!

As always, I'd love to hear from you if you've found this useful, or if you've now got too many to choose from! So leave me a comment :)