new in: ring detail mini backpack

13 March 2018

The ring detail that started gaining popularity because of the Chloe bag can now be found everywhere. I’ve seen leather gloves and ankle boots with ring pulls, belts with a metal ring decorating it or in place of the buckle and of course many bags inspired by (and mimicking) the original. Handbags, cross body bags and backpack styles are all decorated with this circular hardware and they're littering our store, online shops and social media inspiration - of course this means that we all want one!

I’ve contemplated buying a number of bags with this detail now, most recently including a similar style backpack on asos but it was too big and large soft pink cross body bag from Matalan but it was too pink! This bag from inevitably won me over and I'm pleased it did. I’ve been looking for a nice mini backpack for some time that wasn't necessarily like this and I hadn’t quite find one which was suiting of my style until now. I didn’t want a mini rucksack which was going to look too soft or relaxed or have a rounded top style like a school backpack does so a rigid PU leather structure with a flap over the top opening is perfect (much better than fumbling with a zip all the way around a soft shell). I also wanted something that was suitable for day to day wear that would work with almost any outfit, be it casual or dressy. This bag has detachable rucksack straps and a replacement shoulder strap make it more diverse and wearable for almost any outfit.

The other thing that was an absolute must for me when shopping for a small backpack was gold hardware. I look for the same thing when buying other bags too because gold is a metal I’m drawn to for most things these days (including homewares - blog post coming soon). Yes I have silver hardware bags and a couple of gunmetal pieces too because variety is the spice of life but lately if I am forced to choose I will always opt for gold.

Since using this PU leather shoulder bag I've had a number of compliments from my family, my friends and complete strangers in the street which almost never happens and is unusual because it's just a bag right? Well it's a damn good one according to a lot of people, including me.

♥ abby

10 ring detail bags that won’t break the bank | a wishlist

12 March 2018

For some time I've been looking for a bag which use the perfect circle hardware in their design. Be it as a handle, decoration or something to help lift the flap and open your bag, this ring detail is all over the fashion industry. I’ve noticed that there are three types of these bags on the market; Some metal ring bags are obviously over-the-top similar to the designer Chloé’s bags (which is very unfair), others are clearly inspired by them (rather than a very close copy) and others simply hold the hardware similarity and nothing more.

I really like the metal ring detail on these bags because it’s something different to the many tassel and fluffy bags around at the moment. For me I need a simple clean-lines accessory that will suit any of my outfits with ease. These backpack, tote and cross body bag designs are more wearable for me and suit my obsessed-with-biker-jackets style.

Learning comfort is king when it comes to footwear and not letting it cramp my style!

8 March 2018

I have recently learnt that comfort is king when it comes to shoes. After going for a reasonable length walk in my daily-wear calf boots and getting blisters (again) I decided enough is enough and I need some decent trainers in my life. Sure I have my Nike Airs but they don’t go with everything thanks to the colour I chose (burgundy, grey and bright orange) and I also have some gel sole Asics but again I opted for a colour which just doesn’t suit every day to day outfit which leaves me a bit stuck for easy-to-wear comfy footwear!

I've taken to my favourite shoe store, Spartoo, to find myself a black and/or white pair of decent trainers that I could wear every day if I wanted (not plimsoles, though my plimsoles are gold or yellow so I should get some new ones). I’ve narrowed it down to these 4 and here’s why.

craving: flat black shoes

4 February 2018

I read a lot of blogs especially fashion and personal style blogs and I've recently noticed that most don’t give enough credit to basic shoes. Sure the basics are covered when it comes to clothes and shoes get a look-in when discussing capsule wardrobes but aside from that we don’t give them the time of day. With my current need for a comfy flat shoe that’ll go with everything I thought I’d share my wish list while I shop for the perfect basic black shoe.

I’d already decided that I’d be getting a pair of flat shoes from Spartoo because I’ll be able to get a pair I love for great value. My shortlist includes pairs of flat shoes by Melissa, Marc Jacobs, Ravel, Alexander McQueen, ALDO, Dune and other brands that I like a lot and know are reliable.

craving: Zaful outerwear

31 January 2018

With the weather being pretty naff across the country at the moment it’s reasonably sensible to be looking at clothes that will keep us warm and dry. While that sounds boring, it really doesn’t have to be because there’s some great looking cosy knitwear and equally gorgeous outerwear to get excited about out there this post included as it shows some of my favs from a site called Zaful.

I love shopping for these sorts of items because it’s easy to convince yourself you’re being sensible and buying something you really need. Whether that’s true or not it neither here nor there when you’re convincing a loved one that the purchase is justified.