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Stylish laptop bags you’ll actually want to carry

28th June, 2022

Ah the laptop bag. I’ve been working from home/on-the-go for several years now so I know that having a decent sized bag to carry your computer and other assorted necessities is important. I often tote my laptop around to meetings, appointments, and wherever else the day may take me so I always make it a priority to have a bag that I can pop it into quite easily. That said, I know not all laptop bags are created equal. While I do want something roomy enough to hold my Macbook, I also don’t want anything that screams “I’m a laptop bag” too much. I want it to still be fashionable and something I can carry around with me whether I’ve got my computer in tow or not. But is it really that hard to find stylish laptop bags?

I’ve found the perfect compromise to be a really roomy tote. I look for one that’s quite wide and deep, so I can pop my laptop in safely, but still have room for anything else I need to take. This opens up a number of different options, as there are so many great totes out there now that are just the right size and shape. I have invested in some designer totes that still look great but offer just the right amount of room, and almost every major high end brand has their own tote design as part of their permanent collection so you’ll have no trouble finding a design you like. That said, if you don’t want to spend too much on a bag to carry your computer around, there are so many affordable designs available from classic black, to cute colours and prints so you’ll certainly find it easy to find your perfect match.

I’ve rounded up a few options to help get your search started…

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Designer items that will never go out of style

5th June, 2022

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold, and if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Hermès Oran sandal

While the Hermès Oran sandal comes in a number of different colours, the tan is by far the most popular. There’s a very good reason for that! If you’re going to splurge on a designer sandal this would have to be it. The classic, understated style works for so many different occasions, from beach to bar to a long lunch… it goes with pretty much everything and has been in style for forever making it a worthwhile buy. Also, you can never go wrong with anything from Hermès.

 

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into truly classic style territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe department would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Almost 70 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 68 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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How to buy a designer bag that you’ll love for years to come

10th April, 2022
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My Chanel bag has been with me for years and is still going strong

I’ve spoken in the past about the importance of cost per wear for me and there’s no area that I apply it more to than my handbags. I am all about quality over quantity. I will often hold out for a designer bag as I know that it will withstand everyday wear and tear as they’re so well crafted. Also, I’ll often go for classic styles so they have longevity. Case in point: I’ve had the above Chanel handbag for years and it’s still going strong.

If you’re going to splurge on a designer bag it’s important to make sure you get it right. After all you are spending not an insignificant amount of money so it’s the type of fashion purchase that needs some planning behind it first. Here are some things to consider before buying:

Think of your lifestyle 

What kind of lifestyle do you have? For me I have to carry everything from Sophia and Grace’s snacks to my phone and wallet so I need something that’s quite roomy for everyday wear. However as I do have to attend various events and race days through the year, I can opt for a smaller bag that’s more event appropriate for those occasions.

It’s crucial to tailor your bag to suit your lifestyle and needs. If it doesn’t then you’re never going to use it as often as you’d like and that’s a lot of money that’s wasted.

Consider the brand

If you’re going to have a bag that you use every single day you want a classic style. I think you can justify splurging on a bag if it’s something that can be used every single day. Everyone has their own favourites but if I was going to splurge on a designer bag I would definitely go for Céline, Balenciaga, Jil Sander or Chanel because they do classic, timeless styles.

Check out it’s extra features

Little details can mean you get double the wear out of a designer bag. For example it may seem a small detail but consider the handles on your bag. I like two handles on a bag—smaller handles so I can just carry it on my arm and a longer strap so I can carry it on my shoulder. Having the option to do both expands the use of a bag. Also some bags now come with detachable pouches that can be used to carry things like cosmetics but can be used as separately as a clutch. Win-win!

Kate Waterhouse street style designer bag Gucci

When it comes to designer bags aim for classic and timeless to ensure maximum cost per wear

Opt for simplicity

A statement bag with lots of embellishment is great but if you’re going to have just one designer bag that you’re going to carry all the time make sure to keep it quite pared back and stick to neutral colours. A subdued colour palette makes it easier to work back with your wardrobe. Minimal amounts of detailing also makes it less likely to look overly on trend. Also keep in mind that plain leather generally won’t date as easily as patent leather.

Avoid ‘it’ bags

When it comes to designer bags I like to have something that no one else has. For this very reason if there is an ‘it’ bag I tend to steer clear of it. However I might get inspired by a brand and choose something that is within that collection. If you can afford to have a new designer bag each season then definitely go for the ‘it’ bag. If however, you are buying a designer bag that’s intended to see you through season after season I’d steer clear of the bag of the moment and opt for something that’s not as common so it doesn’t date as easily.

Choose an ongoing style

I will always ask a shop assistant if they’re continuing a particular type of bag the following season because some are just one-offs and I think that can really date a bag. When choosing a bag opt for one that’s a signature style to the brand because then it is recurring every season rather than being the bag of a particular year, which everyone will know is a couple of years old.

An example of a signature style is something like Chanel’s 2.55 black quilted leather handbag or the Hermes Birkin. It’s a bag that’s done every season which means it won’t date and it’s great quality so it lasts year after year. I’ve had my Chanel bag for 10 years and I still wear it all the time so the cost per wear is great!

Tell me—what designer bag do you have your eye on?

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The pieces I get the most DMs about

14th March, 2022

I tend to field a fair few DMs about various things, from where I bought a particular piece from to an enquiry about something in the background of a post on Instagram. Without a doubt however there are certain things I wear that will without fail trigger a flurry of DMs asking what brand it is or where I got it from. Along with these jeans which I have already written about, there are three things that I will always have to field questions about. Here they are…

Guinea Coin Necklace

The number one thing I always get asked about in my DMs is always in my coin necklace (probably because I wear it nearly everyday). It’s a guinea (coin) that my dad got at an auction and had it made it into a necklace. It’s so versatile and it’s one of those pieces of jewellery that is a constant in my wardrobe, plus it has sentimental value so it’s extra special.

Cartier Juste Un Clou Bracelet

My aunt gifted me this bracelet for my 30th birthday (the nail bracelet above) and I almost always will be wearing it, much like my coin necklace. I absolutely adore it as it works really well in a wrist stack but it also stands on its own if I want to go for a more minimalist approach. If you’re ever looking for an investment piece to spoil yourself with, I would definitely consider it. All these years later and it’s still in regular rotation.

D.O.F Sneakers

I will often get messages asking about these Department of Finery (D.O.F.) sneakers. They’re called the Zara in case you’re wondering! I’ve had them for a few years and they work really well with most outfits and are ultra comfy. I like that they look a little bit sporty and are quite a different vibe to the rest of my sneakers. I’ll wear these shoes with jeans most of the time but they also pair well with dresses.

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Cool jewellery brands to refresh your accessories collection

22nd January, 2022

A girl can never have too much jewellery, right? Lucky for us we’re thoroughly spoilt for choice when it comes to cool jewellery brands. Whether it’s delicate rings and necklaces or statement earrings that are guaranteed to be the centrepiece of any look a nice bit of sparkle is always a good idea. So whilst the iconic jewellery houses are always a great place to find something special, these days there’s something to be said for the smaller boutique labels which deliver a unique aesthetic and standout pieces you’re guaranteed to love. Here are 10 to keep on your radar.

Reliquia Jewellery

The brand’s name is derived from the world relic and the Spanish word for family heirloom and it’s a fitting description for Reliquia’s range. Each sculptural piece has a strong art deco influence that shines through and you’re guaranteed to find something that makes a bold statement.

Katerina Makriyianni

Inspired by her native Crete, designer Katerina Makriyianni creates her entire collection by hand. Her signature look is all about working with a rainbow of vibrant colours and natural textures, with the fan design being a staple element of the brand.

 

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Rebecca de Ravenel

I have a pair of ombre pink Rebecca de Ravenel earrings and love that they’re so striking. Each of the colourful embroidered drop earrings in the range are handmade in India and incorporates a sphere design element throughout.

Alighieri 

Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ each piece in the collection is inspired by one of the poets 100 poems. Think arresting gold pieces that almost feel like they’re each a mini sculpture. The detail, the shapes, the texture all equate to singular pieces that each have their own unique feel.

 

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Catbird

This NYC-based label is all about modern minimalist jewellery. Delicate rings and necklaces along with dainty studs and drop earrings makes for an understated way to accessorise any look.

Natasha Schweitzer Jewellery

This Australian brand is designed and handcrafted on home soil with its pieces being worn by the likes of Lara Worthington and Jessica Gomes. The design is quite sleek and streamlined with geometric influences throughout. Perfect for the girl who loves jewellery that’s a little different and is a talking point.

 
 
 
 
 
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A fave of influencer Elle Ferguson (her little sis Lucie is also the founder), Babyanything’s aesthetic is distinctly bohemian. Think a Bondi/Byron vibe. With fine delicate pieces that are perfect for layering, this brand is the key to a great accessory party.

 
 
 
 
 
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Holly Ryan

With a range that encompasses fine jewellery and also pretty everyday pieces, Holly Ryan’s range is one that can fit into all facets of your life seamlessly. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Missoma

UK brand Missoma delivers on the kind of on trend pieces that can update any look. From medallion necklaces to bracelets, statement earrings and cuffs, it’s the perfect go-to brand for sourcing up-to-date accoutrements.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mejuri

From delicate stacking pieces to knockout statement jewellery, Mejuri delivers on all fronts. If you’re looking for jewellery that will have people asking where you got it from, then this brand should be your first stop.

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The sunglasses styles I wear all the time

13th November, 2021

I’ve had a love affair with sunglasses for as long as I can remember. They’re one of my favourite ways to finish a look and are also an easy way to change up my outfit’s look and feel. I’ve always liked trying different brands from designer to up-and-coming labels, and over the years I’ve experimented with a few styles and have found that there are three types I always come back to…

Cat eye sunglasses

I’ve always liked this classic style. I like their vintage feel and have always found the shape to be quite flattering. They’re bold without being too over the top and I’ve found that gives them a lot of versatility.

Statement frames

From vibrant colours to patterns I always find myself gravitating towards sunglasses that have a striking element. Whether it’s the shape, embellishment or bold shades, I’m always on board with any eyewear that can elevate an outfit and hold its own.

Round frames

These are also a bit of a retro style. I’ve always liked the fact that round frame sunglasses have a 60s vibe to them have a fun and playful feel. I’ve got a few different styles but have always found that Chloe tend to do them particularly well.

What are your favourite sunglasses styles?

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Chaumet’s Bee My Love Collection Should Be On Every Jewellery Lover’s Radar

1st November, 2021

Investment jewellery, the kind that is designed to last the test of time, should both be classic yet with a distinct spin that ensures it will bring you joy every single time you wear it. It’s something I always look for whenever I’m considering jewellery, and it’s one of the reasons I love Chaumet’s Bee My Love collection. I’m a big advocate of detail being one of the critical parts of any outfit and it’s why the pieces from this range are worthy of a spot in any jewellery box.

Each piece in this range embraces a honeycomb design that evokes the perfect geometric symmetry in a beehive. It’s modern and so visually pleasing as pieces slot perfectly together. If you’re a fan of stacking jewellery it works really well as you’re able to wear multiple pieces and there’s a precise cohesion that ties everything together. The combination of diamonds and gold is also pretty hard to resist. It’s understated and elegant but with with a distinct sprinkling of sparkle that makes each piece designed to stand out and be a talking point. Additionally, Chaumet use gold, white gold and  rose gold in this collection so there’s a metal to suit virtually any individual preference.

From earrings, to a lariat necklace to bracelets, all the pieces in the Bee My Love collection definitely fit all the criteria I look for when it comes to investment jewellery- striking pieces yet with a timeless feel. If you’re looking to grow your precious jewellery collection this design is definitely one that will have longevity, and has a unique feature that makes it interesting and distinctive. I’m a stickler for detail when it comes to my outfits, and pieces like this, are definitely the kind of thing that can elevate a look into something truly special.

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The easiest way to update a look

26th September, 2021

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I am a sunglasses girl through and through and have managed to build up quite the collection simply because of the fact I’ve found that sunnies are a simple and easy way to update a look. Simply changing up the frames you’re wearing can instantly give an outfit an entirely different vibe. Now that it’s definitely sunglasses weather there are so many great styles available that I’ve definitely started to compile a wishlist of a few pairs that I’d really like this summer. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, here are some of my tips for buying a pair you’ll love…

Try them on in person

I’ll buy almost everything online but will refrain from making a sunglasses purchase unless I’ve tried them on in real life. Even with the measurements listed you won’t really know if a pair will suit your face unless you’ve roadtested them first.

Make sure they’re the right fit

It sounds obvious but sometimes some people may not realise they’re wearing the wrong fit for their face. Ensure that they’re not too big – so they shouldn’t sit past your cheekbones, along with not being too wide. If you find you’re constantly having to push them up they’re likely not snug enough to comfortably fit.

Choose a lens to suit your wardrobe

If you wear lots of black go for a black lens as you’ll fine you’ll be able to work it back with your wardrobe a little easier. If you wear lots of brown tones then go for a bronze lens. That said if you want to make a statement you could opt for mirrored lenses which have made a comeback.

Try different brands

You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to have them look great. Sure, there are some amazing designer frames around but they also come with a hefty price tag so you may want to save those brands for when you’re really trying to spoil yourself and buying a classic pair that will last a few seasons. There are some great frames from brands such as Le Specs and Local Supply and even your local chain stores have some fun options available and they’re great for when you want a pair of sunglasses that are up-to-the-minute and very much on trend. Plus at a more reasonable price point you can consider buying more than one style.

Experiment with shapes

I love everything from a cat’s eye to round John Lennon style sunglasses and classic Ray Ban Wayfarers so you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to just one shape. Have fun trying a few pairs on so you can see what complements your face shape and also your style.

 

My life in frames!

Just a few of my favourite sunglasses…

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Crossbody bags for every style and occasion

16th July, 2021

If there’s one thing that rates highly in my book it’s and bag that allows you to go handsfree. Whether it’s being out and about running errands or travelling, I always like to keep my bag choice to either anything I can wear crossbody-style or a backpack, so I’m comfortable, agile and not fussing around with straps or trying to balance everything. I had a reader question pop up a few weeks ago asking for some recommendations for crossbody bags so I decided to round a few great options at every price point, and to suit every occasion. From dressy to casual cool, here are some great bag options that will ensure you’re ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you.

Bucket Bag

I’ve always been a big fan of the bucket bag because it’s a great shape and quite roomy, too. I’ve always found it to be able to hold all my essentials, and it can easily be worked back with multiple looks.

Textured

I like embracing textural elements to add an element of interest to an accessory and these are just some of the ways it can be done. Whether it’s quilted design or a lovely herringbone pattern, it takes an bag from something utilitarian to a decorative piece worth showing off.

Classic Black

Every woman needs a classic black bag in her collection. These crossbody bags are all varying shapes and sizes, but in such a classic colour, they’re become a mainstay in any wardrobe. Plus you can easily dress a black bag up or down which makes it ultra versatile.

Dressy

Don’t dismiss the crossbody style as being just daywear! You can totally do this style at night, but look for elevated features such as a chain strap or embellishments to dial up the glam factor.

Designer

If you want to invest in a bag that’s not only comfortable but will last, you can’t go wrong with a crossbody bag from the major high end fashion brands. The construction is always impeccable, the fabrication and hardwear on point and the designs have a luxe vibe that add to their appeal.

Structured

Soft, relaxed styles are great, but don’t overlook the slightly more structured options when it comes to crossbody bags. They look sleek and sophisticated and will give any outfit a polished feel.

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6 ways with sunglasses

7th June, 2021

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One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.

If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.

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Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.

embellished cat eye sunglasses

Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.

mirrored sunglasses

Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.

cat eye sunglasses poppy delevingne

Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.

rimless-rayban

Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.

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Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.