Handbag Heaven at House of Fraser

My name is Emma and I am addicted to handbags! There, I’ve said it, handbags are my number one fashion passion. They are the one thing that I cannot abstain from. I can stop myself buying shoes, dresses, jewellery and perfume. But I cannot, repeat, cannot, stop myself from cooing over beautiful bags. I have tried to declare a bag amnesty, where I realised there was no longer any storage space under my king sized bed. I sorted lots of bags out for selected charity shops and felt very pleased with myself, but little by little I have got new ones to replace them. No wonder House of Fraser is one of my must visit shopping destinations – their huge bag range truly is handbag heaven.

Which is why I’ve opened my emails today and squealed. House of Fraser has started a special handbag promotion which is offering up to  a fantastic £50 off a great range of selected bags. This includes super finds from lots of designer labels including Lulu Guinness, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Biba and Pied a Terre. Every sort of bag is included in the promotion, from glamorous evening clutches, to shopper style totes, and of course, luxurious leather.

Here are my favourite finds from the promotion.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Murray street medium tote bag now £55 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Vivien e/w tote bag £279 click to visit House of Fraser

Mary Portas Large pouchette £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Pied a Terre Dakota chain cross body £99 click to visit House of Fraser

Radley Wednesbury large shoulder £139 click to visit House of Fraser

Untold Clutch bag £39 click to visit House of Fraser

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Bexley heath tote £300 click to visit House of Fraser

Pied a Terre Resin clutch bag £9o click to visit House of Fraser

 

 

 

Perfect Pieces for a working wardrobe

Remember the days when a smart working wardrobe meant a really bad suit, whether you were male or female? Thank goodness those days are over. Many of us need to have smart pieces in our wardrobe, whether, like me, you split work between home and numerous business venues, or whether holding down full or part-time jobs in any environment where first impressions count.

Your working wardrobe says a lot about you, so the best wardrobe is almost a capsule one, made up of pieces that can be mixed and matched to make a range of different looks. You can pick up inexpensive pieces from George at Asda that can be mixed with investment cashmere knitwear that will leave people guessing just how much you really spent on your outfit. Make sure you have at least one Wow! piece in that wardrobe, for that most important meeting, or when you being interviewed for that promotion. And don’t think the wardrobe needs to be restricted to black or navy, colour can make a real impact when chosen carefully.

Great pieces for a Great working wardrobe

Moda Jersey Crepe Trousers £14.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Floral Blouse £12.00 click to visit George at Asda

Black Animal Print Side Tie Dress Price: £36.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Jersey Jacket Was £40.00 Now £30.00 click to visit Wallis

COLLECTION by John Lewis Tara Dress, Navy £79 click to visit John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley Military Detail Tailored Skirt £99 click to visit John Lewis

Boutique by Jaeger Emma Tweed Jacket, Bright Green £199 click to visit John Lewis

Boutique by Jaeger Patch Pocket Tweed Skirt, Bright Green £99 click to visit John Lewis

 

Hobbs Romaine Top , Light Sea Blue £89 click to visit John Lewis

Boutique Grace Boucle Foil Jacket With Pearl Trim £45 click to visit Boohoo

 

Project D for Simply Be – Amazing First Collection

One of the most exciting collaborations between a designer label and a High Street name has just hit the shelves. Simply Be has teamed up with the one and only Project D to produce a fabulous designer range that doesn’t stop at a size 16, and the collection is just fabulous.

Project D, the label founded by the super Stylish Tabitha Somerset Webb (of Tabitha bags) and the one and only Dannii Minogue (the X Factor legend who I miss more and more each year as I cringe through another Tulisa show), is a celebrity favourite. Project D dresses have graced the likes of Tess Daly, Sarah Harding and Pippa Middleton, they are always ultra feminine with beautiful prints and beadwork and they flatter the wearer in a way that many ‘designer’ styles fail to do. They are now bringing this glamour to Simply Be, and I am so impressed that they have chosen to work with a brand that actually goes up to a size 32.

So what is the collection like? Just as you would expect from Project D, beautiful is the first word that springs to mind. Floral maxi dresses that are perfectly floaty and will be your summer holiday must have, adorable evening pieces featuring glittery American skylines, and dotted, 1940s inspired dresses that are timeless classics that will live in your wardrobe forever.

So many wonderful pieces – I’ve basically made a wishlist and included them all!

 

Lincoln Print Maxi Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £140 click to visit Simply Be

Rockefeller Belted Print Tunic Top & Camisole by Project D London for Simply Be £80 click to visit Project D

Carnegie Strappy Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £90 click to visit Simply Be

Brooklyn Embroidered Cover Up Shrug by Project D London for Simply Be £60 click to visit Simply Be

Trinity Print Maxi Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £150 click to visit Simply Be

Madison Spot Wrap Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £120 click to visit Simply Be

Liberty Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £90 click to visit Simply Be

Whitney Swallowtail Dress by Project D London for Simply Be £120 click to visit Simply Be

Click here to view complete collection.