Today I am coming at you with an informative post about 3 of my (designer) mini bags! Mini bags have been very popular over the last few years and it is easy to understand why. They are easy and lightweight to carry around and you do not end up bringing the kitchen sink with you. Now don’t get me wrong – every now and then I love a big bag you can just throw everything into and not worry about space. Mini bags can sometimes be like Tetris. Every item must be put in and placed a certain way.
Today I wanted to talk about 3 mini bags that I have in my collection. I wanted to give you my thoughts on each. What I think their pros and cons are.
First up…The Chloe Drew bag in the size mini.
This is a very small bag so you really have to be ruthless when choosing what to take with you. I love the colour of this bag and think the gold hardware complements it perfectly. Some may say that the chain can get uncomfortable but I have not found that. I think that because you cannot fit a lot in there it keeps the chain from digging in like it would if the bag was a bit bigger.
I like the chain length on this bag. It is perfect to wear cross body and/or on the shoulder. The clasp has 3 parts (for lack of a better word for it) to it. It is magnetic with a twist lock that further locks with a little pin. I have heard some people talk about the hardware scratching. I have not yet had that happen to my bag but I think it is somewhat inevitable over time. Also, I sometimes find that the clasp can be a little fiddley, especially if I am in a hurry.
I love wearing this bag in the spring and summer because I find that the chain gives it that summer festival vibe (sort of what Chloe is known for) and the light colour is perfect for the warmer months. I have not experienced and colour transfer (knock on wood) but it is something I am weary about. For me the pros far outweigh the (very few) cons and I enjoy using this little bag.
Second up is the Gucci Soho Disco Bag.
I love the shape and size of this bag! It is a small bag that surprisingly carries quite a lot of stuff. What initially attracted me to this bag was the simplicity of it and the adjustable strap length. You can adjust this bag depending on where you want it and your height. I have it on the longest strap and it makes it the perfect length for wearing it cross body. It is so comfortable and easy to wear that you almost forget you are wearing a bag.
When I said I loved the simplicity of this bag, I think partly what lends its self to this is the logo. I like that it is just stiches on the bag. It is not too in your face. Also, the tassel on the bag is great (if you like tassels) because it makes the bag that bit easier to open. It also adds a nice extra feature to the bag while still keeping it classic.
Lastly, this bag retails for under $1000 (and comes in lots of colours). It is still a crazy amount for a bag but when it comes to designer bags that is a great price point.
Lastly, the Chanel Square mini in Caviar leather with silver Hardware.
To me the only downside of this bag is the price. Chanel prices are outrageous and constantly increasing. The plus side to this is if you pick a classic piece and look after it you should be able to get your money back and more if you ever want to sell it.
I love the caviar leather on this piece as well as the simple turn piece clasp. It is all just so elegant to me. This bag is so easily dressed up and down. I love that it can be worn for a Sunday brunch or an evening event.
As I mentioned with the Drew bag; you do have to be very selective with what you carry because the bag is so small.
The chain length of this bag is good. It could be a tad bit longer if you (are tall and) like to wear the bag cross body. You can definitely wear this bag cross body it just hits a little bit higher – some people may like that, others may not.
The Chanel mini is one of my favourite bags. It is classic that you cannot go wrong with!
Please let me know if you have any questions on these bags. I would be happy to answer them.
Lots of Love,
So, Summer is finally on its way here and that means that graduation season is approaching. Now it has been a little while since I graduated (hard to believe I know!), but this summer my sister will be graduating from University in the U.K. I was on the hunt for the perfect graduation gift for her when I heard from JORD watches; they contacted me and wanted to send me one of their wood watches. Right away I was intrigued and looking at what different styles, and options they offered!
I chose the Fieldcrest in dark sandalwood – so classy!
I don’t tend to wear a whole lot of jewellery. However, for the pieces I do wear I like them to be simple, classic and unique. This JORD watch fits the bill in every sense! I especially love how well made, yet lightweight it is, as well as the slight masculine feel it has.
Let me put into context why this is the perfect graduation gift for my sister – it’s made of wood. My sister is finishing her three year degree (the standard length for those studying in the UK) in Animal Biology and Conservation. She loves being outdoors, nature and animals, what better than a watch that is made out of wood to remind her of our connection to the planet? On top of all that it can be engraved to make it that bit more personal! Honestly, what more could you want?!
JORD also knocks it out of the park with the packaging! It comes in a beautiful box that makes a great first impression when it is being unwrapped! You can’t go wrong with a watch as a gift, especially for a graduate who will be entering the working world, and a wooden one is just that bit more unique.
JORD was very generous and are giving away a $100 e-gift card to one of my readers! You can enter the contest here. What’s more is they are also giving away a $50 e-gift card to anymore who enters, to go towards your very own JORD watch (contest closes 5/14). You do not want to miss this deal, especially with so many different styles and colours to choose from. Be sure to check them out ASAP!!
*Many thanks to JORD watches for sending me the gorgeous watch*
Lots of Love,
Hello and Happy Monday,
You can never go wrong with a Camel Coat and it should be a classic pieces in your wardrobe. Let me show you how I styled mine.
But first – I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend! I spent it with my husband, in-laws and grandparent in-laws (is that a thing – i’m not sure of the proper name) so it was very relaxing. We had a big family lunch at Clarke’s Standard which is a new restaurant in downtown Athens (post coming soon) and then a home cooked lunch on Sunday! All very delicious.
I wanted to share with you a dress I picked up for a steal when I was in London. It was £12.99! We were up in London, on our way to dinner one evening and browsing some of the shops, when I found it. I paired the dress with a classic camel coat that has a fun pop of red to it, my OTK black boots and a toiletry bag that I use as a clutch.
Since I bought the coat in one size up I can also fit a blazer underneath. Therefore, I wore my tuxedo blazer that I got for a bargain here! I like that the blazer gives me the option to cover my shoulders even after taking my coat off. Especially, because this dress just has thin spaghetti straps.
I hope you all have a great week!
Lots of Love,
Photos by Laura Turner
Photos by Laura Turner
This All Saints leather jacket was a Christmas present from my husband which I love because it is such a classic piece. The leather is so soft on it that it already feels worn in. All Saints and leather jackets are synonymous with each other and I can understand why! I love pairing a leather biker jacket with a classic white t-shirt and jeans. I added these black flats because I thought the spikes gave something a little bit extra to the outfit. Finally, I added a pop of colour (but still tried to stay somewhat neutral) with this Phantom bag. This bag was a purchase a while back (I bought it preloved after selling a Fendi 2jours bag – find out more here) and I enjoy that it is one of those bags you can just thrown stuff into. It also holds a lot!
What do you guys have planned for the weekend?
Lots of Love,
Walking into the weekend like….
It has been a while since I did a ‘Wish list’ and I do not think I have ever done one specifically for bags! Here are just a few bags I have my eye on. The Boy Bag and Double Flap (M/Lg) are 2 classic bags that I do not think you can go wrong with. The keepall I think would be great for short get aways or even as a carry on bag. However, I can’t decide on what size would be the best. What size do you think is best? This backpack looks great for everyday use and I love all the pockets on it. I just became away of this Chanel tote and think it would make a great everyday bag – something you can just throw everything into and go.
What bags do you have your eye on?
Lots of Love,
Hello! Long time no speak! I just wanted to wrap up telling you about my weekend to Savannah and Tybee Island. On Saturday we made the short drive over to Tybee island where we lucked out with the weather; it was 70 degrees! We decide to have a quick lunch outside, which was not so quick, before heading to the beach. We were told good things about Stingrays; so when we saw it was busy, we knew it was the spot. My sisters friends tried sweet tea for the first time which I’m sure was an experience! I went with the grilled grouper sandwich. Mine tasted good and definitely filled me up. After lunch, as we head towards the beach we pass a hole in the wall ice cream shop and everyone knows there is always room for dessert.
We meandered the rest of the way to the beach slurping on our ice cream and ended up on the beach down by the pier which you may have seen in the last song (the movie) – they make it into a fair. We made sure to dips our toes in the water and some of us may have even had on bathing suits which I think may have been a little optimistic.
The water was freezing although, there were a few people swimming next to us. However, most people we just sunning themselves on the beach. The last stop before heading back to savannah was to drive to the end of the island and see some of the houses. These are my favourite because they are nestled between lots of trees making them almost hidden and that bit more intriguing. The beach down that end is also more isolated which is nice.
Find out more about how I whiten my teeth at home! It is very easy and convenient! There is also a giveaway so make sure to check that out!!
Lots of Love,
With my sister over from England, with her Uni friends, I had to take her to Savannah, my favorite city in Georgia. I love the character the city has; all the beautiful buildings, the trees towering over them covered in Spanish moss and the squares brimming with history. If you have not visited I would definitely recommend adding it to your list, and whilst there I would thoroughly recommend Chive. Keep reading to find out about another recommendation I have for you!
For the long Martin Luther King weekend, my sister, her three friends and myself piled into the car and made the four hour drive down. Somehow we turned it into a five hour drive which seems to be the case with us when we take road trips. We arrived late Friday night so just solidified our plans for the next two days before hitting the hay.
Our first stop of the day Saturday morning was Wormsloe Historic Site. This site is famous for its live oak mile long drive way. It is stunning! Also, on the property is the Wormsloe tabby ruins which is the colonial estate of Nobel Jones and the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Nobel Jones was one of the first settlers to come to Georgia from England in 1733, many years later a large plantation house was built on the property. However, it is not actually open to the public and is still lived in by the owning family (fun fact: Wormsloe is the site of several movies. If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Song’ the drive way and the Plantation house are the ones from Wormsloe). The property also has Nobel Jones’ grave which you can go visit as well as some other small buildings that show what life was life during Colonial times.
Later that day we headed to downtown Savannah. We walked around the downtown area for a while making sure to stop at the many different squares to have a wonder. The most popular square is probably Chippewa Square since it’s where Forrest Gump sits on the bench to tell his story. Another one of interest is Calhoun Square, as this is where 432 Abercorn street is found. If you have never heard of this house take a few minutes to google it!
We then made our way towards Bay street to put our name down for Treylor Park, a restaurant recommended by close family and friends. The host told us it would be about an hour wait until we were seated – worth it, trust me. To pass the time we wandered along River street to take a look around.
Treylor Park was great! I would recommend starting with the Treylor Park Nachos; we devoured these before I could even get a picture. Fried chicken pancake tacos with strawberry salsa are their most popular dish. Make sure somebody at the table orders these, you won’t be disappointed! We finished up with the funnel cake covered deep fried oreos, again, gone in a flash. I would go early if you want a table; by 7:30 they were already telling large groups to try their sister restaurant Hitch.
Check back next week for what we got up to Sunday!
Lots of Love,