Tag Archive: Accessories

Apr 04 2014

Bag Loving: The Elie Saab Satchel

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I have really been embracing smaller handbags lately, from my bright yellow Rebecca Minkoff to my dinky Anya Hindmarch Tiny Tim, and I am always on the look out for another little beauty to add to my collection and I just spotted this gorgeous satchel style from Elie Saab with its chain shoulder strap. Everything about this mini bag screams classic elegance and when looking for a new designer bag I want something that will look modern past the current season, it is an investment after all.

These leather satchels designed with a floral palette tone for spring/summer 2014 are gorgeous, I love that even though there are only six styles each one is in a striking classic colourway from emerald-green to jasmine white. If I had to pick a favourite I think it would have to be deep raspberry, not only is the colour pure Barbie perfection but the piping detailing really adds a modern touch to a classic style.

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Nov 11 2013

SS14: Sophia Webster Is Supa Dupa Fly

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Last week I had the chance to see her collection up-close and it was everything I was expecting and more after falling in love with the pictures of her presentation. Granted it wasn’t the same as standing in the middle of the secret garden being serenaded by Katy B, and seeing the models frolicking with the flowers, but I did get to see the incredible attention to detail in each piece.

There is something about Sophia Webster that gets me a little excited – maybe it is the fun girlie vibe of the brand or the kitsch elements, but I can’t help but love her pieces. The SS14 collection is no different, filled with butterflies, ladybird polka dots, bumblebees, with a hint of hilarious 90s attitude on her signature speech bubble clutches – every-time I see the BugABoo clutch I can’t stop singing Destiny’s Child to myself.

My favourite pieces had to be the butterflies, I am slightly obsessed with the fluttering beauties, and her laser cut leather flats and sandals with butterfly wings on the heels are divine. I also adore the cloud perspex heels and the ‘Killer’ heels.

Oh how I would love to flutter into spring in a pair of her heels!!!

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Aug 23 2013

Shopping: Hobbs’ Impressive Autumn/Winter Collection

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One of the brands that surprised me during the autumn/winter 2013 press days had to be Hobbs, I’ve heard such good things from the retailer from my friends, but I have to be honest I don’t regularly shop there.

For AW13 the offering is really strong and directional – with incredible bold tailored coordinated pieces, gorgeous oversized, mannish coats, and super flattering full skirts and items with delicate detailing on such as cut-work lace and scalloped edged collars.

There is an elegance about the new collection, that you would expect from Hobbs, but also a more fashion-forward feel – it really has stepped up for autumn/winter to rival Jaeger for contemporary womenswear with an edge.

One of the highlights of the collection for me has to be the gorgeous ‘Persephone’ tapestry-inspired silk printed matching pieces, the green print really made an impact at the preview, and the model look incredible wearing the trousers, shirt, coat and bag together. For everyday life maybe this look is a tad too bold, but I think the trousers and coat could totally work together with a more neutral top.

There were a lot of other pieces that stood out from the oversized mannish windowpane checked coat to the dress worn over a shirt and trousers, and the gorgeous feminine details of the Hobbs N.W.3 collection.

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But what really caught my eye was the strength of its accessories collection, especially its Italian-made footwear from cute brogues from the traditional to the heeled to the boot variety, leopard-print ankle boots and wear all-day long stacked court shoes. This really is a great place to look for new classic shoes this season.

Are you a fan of Hobbs? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the autumn/winter 2013 collection.

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The collection has already started to drop online and in store – to help you get started on your autumn wardrobe I have picked out some of my favourite pieces below:

Jul 26 2013

Label Lust: British Designer Sophie Hulme

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Sophie Hulme, might be relative new to the fashion scene, but this is an emerging designer with a big future that has been catching a lot of attention and is one of my current label lusts – I seem to have a long list of her collection in my wishlist!!!

Everything from her quirky charms, I still have my gold dinosaur from a few seasons back, to her structured bags adorned with her signature gold plates and rivets around the handles, to her ready-to-wear collection that has a pared back androgynous aesthetic with a sense of humour – this is a designer who has a distinctive style while still offering something timeless.

What I love about Sophie Hulme, other than the humorous elements that she adds into her collections like the monster charm above, has to be the fact that her designs are minimal and logo free and that they are recognisable on her signature style alone – the gorgeous luxurious gold armour-inspired hardware, which for such a young designer is a bold, but clever move.

For me, it is all about her boxy tote, it is more than just an ‘It’ bag, it is more like a classic-in-the-making, I really do believe that her signature minimalistic style is timeless and will see this bag in years to come sitting along the Hermes Birkin, the Chanel 2.55, the Lady Dior, and Mulberry’s Bayswater. I think I would want this beauty in a black or navy blue, a classic dark colour, but I love that for her Resort 14 collection she has added it in a vibrant coral hue.

As well as loving all of her bags, did you spy the pink clutch below – it is a thing of beauty, I love her quirky charms from the dinosaur to the whistle, I want them all, but most of all from my visit around the Polly & King showroom I was totally blown away by how her ready-to-wear line, which uses the handbag details of the rivets, chains, and gold plates to add a modern touch to classic pieces such as a white tee and a trench coat.

I know I am gushing but I just can’t help but love her timeless designs – I am seriously saving up my pennies to treat myself to one of her structured totes!!!

Are you a fan of Sophie Hulme? 

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Feb 03 2010

Shopping: Wilbur & Gussie Clutches

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One of my vices is buying bags and clutches and this quirkly design duo Wilbur & Gussie have the cutiest statement bags and accessories that I just had to share.

What makes this label for me is the story behind the collection, school friends who named their label after their family pets when we were growing up – love it!! Maybe one day they could design me a bag and name them after my three kitties JD, Bailey and Tia!!

Charlie is their signature bag and my favourite, what makes it is that it comes in various colours, patterns and even fits in my Blackberry!!

The envelope style clutch even comes with an optional wrist strap tucked inside and has a much needed inside pocket – perfect for credit cards and cash!

Check out their site now as they have a sale on – worth a look – click here.

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