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.

Travel Needs Sorted With Cabin Zero

For many people, the joys of traveling and experiencing new places are slightly tempered by the luggage situation. So many airlines now charge you for putting luggage into the hold, which makes the option of ‘hand luggage only’ so much more attractive. But many of the cases which are advertised as perfect as carry-on luggage, or as airline approved, are heavy before you’ve even put anything inside, and their design means that you are not just traveling light, but are traveling very, very light indeed.

Classic 44L – Ultra light Cabin Bag – Naga Red
£60.00 GBP Click to visit Cabin Zero

Cabin Zero is a different proposition. Their bags are airline approved by most airlines (standard cabin bag dimensions of 55x40x20cm), but they are also ultra lightweight so that you can make the most of the weight allowance. They come in a range of colours, so they can be matched to your existing luggage, or just to your style taste. They are also very security conscious, with both a zipper fastening, luggage clasps, and are also fitted with a tracker device so that you can avoid that awful lost luggage feeling. Cabin Zero are so secure about their bags that they come with a 10 year guarantee.

There are so many things that recommend Cabin Zero bags for your travel needs. They are waterproof on the outside, so keeping your clothes and belongings inside dry. They can be carried in many different ways, from like a rucksack on your back (with lovely thick straps that won’t dig into your shoulder blades) but you can also hold this like a traditional suitcase, either on its side or upright. The case area is lined, and also has a front zipped pocket which is useful for travel documents or anything you need to find in a hurry. Plus, it looks super stylish, and it holds loads, very important, if, like me, the idea of traveling light means only five pairs of shoes.

Cabin Zero offers a practical, and yet luxurious option to traveling hand luggage only.




Back To School With Claire’s

Even though it only seems like yesterday since we were celebrating school being out for Summer, the reality is there are only two weeks left of the current school holiday and then the kids will be back to school again. If the uniform is sorted, you may now be at the stage of sorting all the other paraphernalia associated with ‘Back to School’, from school bags, stationary, water bottles and general accessories. If this is you, then Claire’s is a great place to visit.

Claire’s has always been a great place to look for pretty and fun accessories which work at any time of the year, but their back to school collection is pretty impressive too, with a great range of stylish and roomy school bags, hair accessories that range from neat and sensible (scrunchies are back folks), to the fun Jo Jo bows that may well suit little princesses who want to add a bit of personality to their uniform. They also have stationary that is great fun as well as practical, check out the pineapple erasers and furry notebooks which are just fabulous.

The Minions have once again been a big story this summer with the release of Despicable Me 3, and a Minions print water bottle is the perfect way to make sure your little ones keep hydrated through the school day. Many schools now have water coolers or fountains and encourage the drinking of water, even in lessons, so these are a perfect way to ensure your child has a drink.

Claire’s has some great offers on too where you can get discounts, 3 for 2 and even a whopping £10 off backpacks. See below for all the current offers.



Offer – Extra 15% Off Back To School*
Duration – 2nd Aug – 16th Aug

Code – CLASS15
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to products on the Back To School landing page.

Offer – £10 Off Backpacks*
Duration – 17th Aug- 13th Sep

Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to backpacks on the Back To School landing page. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer

Offer – 20% Off Back To School Hair*
Duration – 31st Aug – 13th Sep

Code – HAIR20
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to hair on the Back To School landing page.