Claireabella at Toxic Fox – Perfect Beach Accessories

When you are thinking about your Summer holidays, packing light is always at the forefront of your mind. Many airlines restrict you to just 15kgs of luggage these days, which is not exactly brilliant if you are going on a two-week holiday. So packing items that are stylish, but light and space-saving are definitely on the top of our holiday lists. Claireabella, the cult classic personalised bag and accessories company, which is available at Toxic Fox, may just have solved the beach bag/multi-purpose tote bag problem and created something that is cute, personal and very practical.

You are probably aware of Claireabella from their television adverts and through the fact that celebrity fashionistas seem to love them. Just this week Karen Danczuk, MP wife and selfie queen, was spotted with her personalised Karen bag, and others celebs like Jess Wright, Una Healy and Michelle Keegan all tote their pretty, girlie totes with pride.

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Una Healy

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Michelle Keegan

Claireabella bags are so easy to create, you simply personalise them to suit the person you are giving them too. You can choose the outfit, the hair colour and style, eyes, skin tone, literally everything to create an idealised image of yourself. You can then add this image to a range of personalised gifts, from canvas and hessian bags, passport covers, mugs, make-up bags, satchels, wine glasses – the list is literally endless. (You can find all these products and more personalised gift ideas at Toxic Fox by clicking here to visit the website.)

 

My Design

I am currently enjoying a holiday in the sun and this lovely tote has traveled with me. I love the fact that it is lightweight, and it is so cute it attracts looks and attention wherever it goes. I´ve even been wearing a very similar black swimsuit and holding the odd wine glass so it is just a perfect holiday accessory for me!

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If you are traveling very soon, this might well be the perfect holiday accessory to add to your suitcase.

Basket Bags – The Look of Summer

Every summer it seems I succumb to the same fashion obsession. I fall in love with every straw basket or bag I set my eyes on. I buy at least one new one per year, and then use them until they inevitably fall apart. Menorca is a really fabulous place to find them, with natural, simple designs taking their place amongst the coloured straw and more elaborately embellished ones. There is a basket to suit every taste, and they really suit the boho look of maxi dresses and cheesecloth skirts, but look just as good with jeans and a cotton top, or used as a beach bag with a Talitha Getty style kaftan.

Here are some designs I spotted and loved in Menorca.

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Spotted in Ciutadella

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Pretty colours in the hotel shop

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Love the gorgeous salamander lining.

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Very Moorish influenced

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I love the unusual shapes and prints.

On the day before I was due to go on holiday, my favourite straw bag suffered a disaster when the strap broke. I love this bag so much that I will be getting it repaired, but in the meantime I got a fabulous, classic straw basket from Menorcan brand Pou Nou which I know I will use to death!

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My fave basket bag – now sadly broken.

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My new bag from Pou Nou.

Find your perfect basket bag.

     M&S COLLECTION Straw Bucket Tote Bag T836089Y     £12.50 click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION
Straw Bucket Tote Bag
T836089Y
£12.50 click to visit M&S

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M&S COLLECTION
Straw Bucket Tote Bag
T836089Y
£12.50 click to visit M&S

Sequin Striped Straw Basket £35 click to visit La Redoute

Sequin Striped Straw Basket £35 click to visit La Redoute

 

Straw Floral Trim Basket £23.40 click to visit Laura Ashley

Straw Floral Trim Basket £23.40 click to visit Laura Ashley

Joe Browns Natural stripey straw shopper now £13.95 click to visit Debenhams

Joe Browns Natural stripey straw shopper now £13.95 click to visit Debenhams

 

Betty Jackson. Black Designer orange straw effect satchel £28 click to visit Debenhams

Betty Jackson. Black Designer orange straw effect satchel £28 click to visit Debenhams

Straw bag £24.99 click to visit H&M

Straw bag £24.99 click to visit H&M

Pull&Bear Woven Straw Shoulder Bag £19.99 NOW £12.00 click to visit ASOS

Pull&Bear Woven Straw Shoulder Bag
£19.99 NOW £12.00 click to visit ASOS

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New season bags from Spartoo

I always think Spring is the perfect time to invest in a shiny new handbag. There are always lots of new styles available, in a range of new season colours that you almost become spoiled for choice.

I love handbags, having far more than I could ever wish to use. But some of them have seen better days. Having a little boy I often end up carrying the most unexpected of items in my bag – this week, I have taken out a tennis ball (a 50p purchase my son insisted on when we were looking around Sports Direct), stickers that are no longer sticky, a half eaten milky bar and numerous small bricks – what is it with boys and collecting bricks? Anyone with a young child will know exactly what I am talking about here, and are probably shuddering at the thought. Because All these weird and wonderful things are not kind to the lining and hardware of your bags, but are as good a reason as any to treat yourself to a new one.

Spartoo has long been one of my shoe vendors of choice and now they are also stocking a great range of bags too. Top of my list are the cool leather shoulder bags from Betty London, which are a fantastic bargain price. Benetton is fabulous for a real everyday bag, these are roomy and spacious and can carry everything you need. And if you are looking for a beautiful, designer, investment piece, I would recommend the fabulous French style of Sonia Rykiel, truly handbags that you will carry forever.

Fave picks

McQ by Alexander McQueen 330192 £371.99 click to visit Spartoo

McQ by Alexander McQueen
330192 £371.99 click to visit Spartoo

 59252244-56 Sonia Rykiel Black / White  £ 438.99 click to visit Spartoo

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Sonia Rykiel Black / White
£ 438.99 click to visit Spartoo

Nat & Nin LUNA Green £141.59 click to visit Spartoo

Nat & Nin LUNA
Green £141.59 click to visit Spartoo

Betty London  AUDRIC CAMEL  now £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

Betty London AUDRIC
CAMEL
now £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

 ZENITH LEOPARD HOBO BEIGE / COGNac  now £77.59 click to visit Spartoo

ZENITH LEOPARD HOBO
BEIGE / COGNac now £77.59 click to visit Spartoo

 Desigual NEW AMAZONE White  £ 76.99 click to visit Spartoo

Desigual NEW AMAZONE
White
£ 76.99 click to visit Spartoo

 MINORCA COAST Clarks White / Blue  £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

MINORCA COAST
Clarks White / Blue
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo