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.

What colour shirts do women prefer?

When choosing a shirt to impress, a few questions might cross a man’s mind: does it match with the trousers? Is the material of a good quality? Is it suitable for the dress code? But something else that men should be asking is – what does this colour say about me?

Research has shown that the colour of a man’s shirt is important in how they are perceived by people around them, if you want to come across as powerful; choose red. If you want to show confidence, always opt for black. Charles Tyrwhitt, experts in men’s fashion and retailers of men’s formal shirts, have been investigating this further to find out which colours women prefer on men.

Choosing the right colour

When it comes to deciding which coloured shirt to buy, there are some that are perceived more positively by the opposite sex. Consider purchasing one of the following coloured shirts on your next shopping trip if you’re looking to dress to impress…


Red is associated with Valentine’s Day and all things romantic, it signifies love and passion. It is thought that the attraction to red comes from our biological roots – many animals such as baboons are attracted to the opposite sex if they display bright colours. However, to wear this on a first date might be slightly overpowering.

If you’re looking to demonstrate power and a strong social status, red is a good colour to go for. Research found that wearing red can actually boost the wearers own confidence, which will be a good thing during a first date for women who are looking for a man with some self.

In a survey which explored the attractiveness of men in different coloured shirts, red was found to be one of the most loved colours. This perception was global – so wherever in the world you go wearing a red shirt, expect to get a similar reception.

However, although the colour was linked to romance it was not associated with the wearer being kind or sociable – perhaps you’ll have to demonstrate these traits through the power of conversation instead.


Although originally kept in the wardrobe for mourning, black is now worn for various occasions by many fashion followers. Similar to red, black can be perceived as the colour of self-assurance – 56% of women said that it inspired confidence. Other comments included that the colour black made the wearer appear more intelligent and sexy – perfect for a first date!

Black is renowned for being worn at classy events. It is a versatile colour and don’t be afraid to mix and match, for example jeans and a black shirt is a good casual outfit for many events.


White is another colour that rates high when it comes to shirt, not really surprising as it is a style classic for both men and women. White is perceived to be the least arrogant colour and instead gives off the impression that the wearer was full of optimism!

A white shirt is a nice and classic look for when you are trying to impress at a formal event. However, during research, it was the definitive white t-shirt and jeans combo that caught women’s eyes and was perceived to be the more attractive look for a man.

Ones to avoid

There are also some colours to avoid when it comes to choosing a shirt. In many surveys revolving around the attractiveness of colour,  the 1970s classic colours of orange and brown consistently performed poorly. Perceived as quite boring and drab colours in general, these were not popular, although some said a bright orange shirt could brighten up an outfit nicely on a summer’s day.

Pink didn’t go down very well either.Only 5% of people thought that intelligent people would wear this colour!

Other tips

When choosing a coloured shirt consider the following tips too:

  • Many men look great in a colour that matches their eyes, if you have green eyes perhaps opt for a moss green shirt- a popular colour this season
  • Avoid wearing dark colours if you have a light complexion, this can really draw your skin tone out and make you appear paler
  • If you have dark hair, opt for bright colours as these are likely to complement you more



Autumn Fashion Preview at House of Fraser

It is been an exciting time for House of Fraser this September, especially when it comes to fashion. New collections have been coming in across the store, with some gorgeous pieces in the Iconic Biba range and the revamped Linea. But the brand that has drawn the most press and excitement has been the return to fashion of Danielle Heleyal, and her brand Issa. Issa became a household name after Kate Middleton wore their blue dress for her engagement to Prince William.

Now the brand is back with a classic range of dresses for House of Fraser. There is, not surprisingly, a Kate dress in the collection, although this is not a copy of the engagement dress (that is the Darcy dress, which comes in a range of colours including that royal blue.). The collection is fabulous in that it is stylish and totally wearable, but also classic and elegant. These are dresses that you will be wearing for years and they will still look as fresh and vibrant as the day you first got them.

Andrew Blanazs is the personal shopper at House of Fraser, Birmingham, and he kindly showed us lots of key pieces from the new Issa collection. as well as showing us key looks from my favourite range Biba, and Linea, which has definitely upped its game for Autumn 17.


I was totally loving the pops of bold colours, including this season’s red and mustard shades.

Linea Khloe Structured Jacket With Popper £55 Click to visit Linea

Linea Luna Knot Front Dress 375 Click to visit House of Fraser

Faux leather is still a big story, and this bikes style would work to toughen up a shift dress, or just worn casually with jeans and a t-shirt.

Linea Buffy Pu Biker Jacket £75 Click to visit House of Fraser

Another ‘pleather’ jacket. I just adore the fluted sleeves on this one, but, as Andy says, when that trend disappears, you can also take those off and have a three quarter regular sleeve instead.

A few more Linea picks

Linea Eden Floral Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress £79 Click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Cora Tie Front Dress £69 Click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Farah Pleated Dress £85 Click to visit House of Fraser


New season Biba has that 1970s feel tied into the Art Deco trends that has always proved to be so iconic. Black and gold are dominating colours, but there are also the red and mustard shades that seem to be so prevalent this season.

My personal favourite piece is the stunning Oriental inspired fan and dragon print dress that has beautiful lace detailing and a tie neckline. This has a lovely 1970s feel and is frankly a bit of a showstopper.

New Biba Devore Fitted Midi Dress £79 Click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Tokyo Dragon Printed Pleated Dress £89 Click to visit House of Fraser

More picks from Biba

Biba Printed Frill Layered Dress £99 Click to visit Biba

Biba Leopard Print Pussybow Dress £49 Click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Printed Floral Fluted Sleeve Dress £89 Click to visit House of Fraser


Issa may just be your go-to brand for a special occasion dress this Christmas, whether you are looking for something classy for Christmas day, or something formal or sparkly for an evening occasion. The dresses embrace jewel colour and a range of styles, from knee length wrap styles, to full length gowns, and with lots of stretchy jersey, these are dresses that will be comfortable, as well as fabulous, this season.

ISSA Millie Ruffle Front High Neck Dress £99 Click to visit House of Fraser

ISSA Megan Printed Dress £109 Click to visit House of Fraser

ISSA Maddie Plain Side Detail Dress £99 Click to visit House of Fraser

A few more Issa picks

ISSA Hazel Knitted Frill Sleeve V Neck Dress £99 Click to visit House of Fraser

ISSA Isabella Satin Dip Hem Dress £129 Click to visit House of Fraser

ISSA Stella Wrap Front Tie Dress £89 Click to visit House of Fraser