Reviewed: The Hampton Cornflower Blue Grab Bag from Yoshi Bags

Yoshi Lichfield should really be called the home of the bag. Specialising in beautiful leather bags, Yoshi is home to the classic, the elegant and the quirky. Whether you are looking for a smart work bag, a tote perfect for shopping, a shoulder bag that could also double as a clutch for a night out, or even a quirky custard cream bag that would even appeal to those with style taste slightly off the radar, Yoshi has designs for all – and every one is a beauty.

Recently, Yoshi has unveiled a glorious new colour in it’s leather collections, a stunning shade of cornflower blue. This blue leather has been used to create the Hampton collection, which incorporates a range of bags and purses. I have been using the ‘grab bag’ which is described as: “Perfect for all occasions and outfits both day and night”
and have to agree that this is a bag that is smart enough for formal or even occasions, but looks totally great with jeans and more casual wear too,

Hampton Cornflower Blue Leather Grab Bag £60.00 Click to visit Yoshi

The grab bag is great, big enough to carry all your essentials – purse, keys, phone, lippie notebook, pen – all will fit easily into the middle compartment which has a zip top for security. It then has two further side compartments which close with magnetic clasps that are perfect for things like Oyster cards, train tickets or bus passes, the sort of things that you may want to grab in a hurry. Inside the middle section there are even more pockets, big enough for your mobile phone, and another zip pocket too. The whole bag is lined with a crisp blue striped fabric which gives it a slightly nautical feel, and contrasts beautifully with the cornflower blue leather of the bag.

The dimensions of the bag are Height 23 cm, Width 33 cm and Depth 10 cm, and as I show above, it can work with a range of colours and outfit styles. The bag comes in one of the Yoshi dust bags which make it a perfect gift idea for a birthday or Christmas, and, as this is such a classic style, you know it is a gift that will be used forever more.

You can view all Yoshi bags by visiting the Yoshi Lichfield website here.

Fashion Friday: Latest Collaborations and Limited Editions

This season has seen a whole host of limited collection pieces and designer collaborations that have made the High Street a very exciting place to be.

Last week saw the launch of the collaboration between Kate Middleton’s fave LK Bennett and British designer duo Preen. This collection had already had a preview when it was worn by style maven Olivia Palermo at the recent London fashion week, and it is full of beautiful, timeless pieces that could have a place in your wardrobe forever.

LK Bennett say:

We are delighted to introduce our first ever ready-to-wear collaboration, with internationally celebrated label, Preen. Design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi drew inspiration from the floral watercolours of Scottish artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh to create this timeless collection of luxury silk dresses, floral print skirts and soft knitwear. Rendered in a rich palette of pinks, purples, reds and blues, you’re sure to fall for this elegant capsule collection.

LK BennettxPreen

Sonic Dark Pink Sequin Dress £550.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sioux Tulip Print Dress £475.00 Click to visit LK Bennnett

Devoto Dark Pink Silk Dress
£475.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Reed Rose Print Silk Dress
£495.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Syd Floral Print Dress
£325.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

The Vali dress worn by Olivia Palermo is currently out of stock, but I have added a link to it below in case you want to bookmark the page.

Vali Rose Silk Dress
£450.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

This dress is also similar to one worn by Olivia.

Shelly Black Print Dress £250.00 Click to visit LK Bennett

Boden Icons Collection

Another new collection launched this week is the much anticipated Boden Icons collection. This limited edition collection is full of pieces that have a folkloric influence, as well as more classic items that will work with what you already have in your wardrobe.

‘This season’s collection was inspired by the lavish dressing of the early 20th century. We’ve injected a sense of romance into every garment to create luxurious, expertly crafted pieces that are destined to be treasured for generations.’

MARIAM BOUTORABI, DESIGN DIRECTOR

Boden Icons – Key picks

Virginia Blouse  £170.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Skirt £200.00 Click to visit Boden

Lilian Jacket £300.00 Click to visit Boden

Winifred Midi Dress £280.00 Click to visit Boden

Adele Knee High Boots £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Zooey Blouse £150.00 Click to visit Boden

Primrose Midi Dress £250.00 Click to visit Boden

Hettie Fitted Dress
£250.00 Click to visit Boden

 

Nude Jewellery Blue Lagoon Rainbow Rocks Bracelet

Nude Jewellery is a fabulous destination for unique and bespoke jewellery. Their designs range from modern, contemporary pieces, unique engagement rings, silver jewellery and handmade diamond and gemstone pieces. The designs are unusual, vibrant and interesting, and make the perfect gift ideas for the special person in your life.

Nude Jewellery is a brand I love due to the diverse range of designs, one of my current favourites being the Blue Lagoon Rainbow Rocks Bracelet. This is a fluid bracelet that combines three delicate strands of silver chains with Blue agate and teal apetite gemstone beads. The overall effect is beautiful, an elegant bracelet that would work for both formal and informal occasions, as a touch of sparkle to your daytime outfit, or as an accessory to your little black dress.

Blue Lagoon Rainbow Rocks Bracelet £195 Click to visit Nude Jewellery

The bracelet is perfect for someone who loves the sea, with the beautiful blue stones contrasting well with the soft prettiness of the freshwater pearls. It is a delicate piece, it is not heavy on your wrist and sits snug but not tight against your skin – you do not feel like you are going to lose this bracelet. It fastens with a clasp and has has two loop options for closure, although I would not call it an extender chain.

The bracelet is just stunning when on, and is versatile in that it looks good when the strands are worn straight, or twisted around, meaning you can create different looks.

 

With Christmas on its way, this is certainly something worth a look. It comes in a gorgeous, contemporary gift box that makes it look luxurious and exclusive. It is a gift that could also work for many different ages due to the classic, yet modern look. In short, it is an ideal present that is sure to be received with delight.