Increase Your Style Quotient With Designer Handbags

There is such a luscious array of goodies out there when it comes to fashion. Clothes, accessories, make up, trends, advice columns, trend setters, ‘how to’ videos and so on – they all make it possible for you to find your own style and make a splash when it comes to the fashion scene. But if there is one thing that you simply must have if you want to increase your style quotient, then it is a designer handbag.

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Here are some of the top reasons why now is a great time to grab a few designer handbags for yourself:

  • They are available at great prices online.
  • They can be paired with virtually any outfit you wear.
  • Shopping online will give you such a large number of choices that you simply cannot stop with one.

 

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Choose well

There are several kinds of handbags that you can get your hands on:

  • Satchels.
  • purses.
  • Wallets.
  • Crossbody bags.
  • Backpacks.
  • Drawstring bags.
  • Totes and so on.

 

You could think of getting one of each kind! Or you could simply shop according to what you are most likely to use. For instance, if you attend a lot of parties then it makes sense for you to concentrate on designers clutch bags aimed at evening wear.

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Perfect accessory

Think of a bag as the perfect accessory for your outfit. It is perhaps the biggest accessory that you will carry around so it can make quite a statement. Designer’s bags are unique. They do not, in most cases, follow accepted guidelines and framework. So you can find some wonderfully special combinations for yourself. For instance, you can get a triangle shaped purse. Or maybe a red leather handbag. So why stay with the conventional rectangle or black handbags!

Colours

Designer handbags come in a lovely range of colours. Black and white aside, you can look for:

  • Red.
  • Pink.
  • Champagne.
  • Gray.
  • Silver and gold.
  • Embroidered bags.
  • Blue and so on.

 

You can also look for bags with all kinds of embellishments. Lace, metal studs, tassels, embossed work and so many others give a bag even more oomph.

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How should you decide?

The easiest thing that you can do is to look at the various images of designer handbags online. A well-established seller will give you the following important details:

  • Images – from various angles or even with live models.
  • Colour information.
  • Price.
  • Shipping or delivery details.
  • Information on dimensions and
  • Sometimes an image of the bag’s interiors.

 

So whether you like cowhide leather or faux leather, you should be able to look at the image of the bag and read the details very easily on the website itself. It may also be useful to check out the returns policy of the seller so that you could exercise this option in case the bag is not what you expected.

 

Buying designer handbags in various colours, sizes and styles is a wise decision to make when it comes to upping your style quotient to spectacular heights. Staying trendy for any occasion is easier with the right bag on your shoulder.

Next – Customise your denim

 The word ‘customise’ fills me with dread,

     I’m not that handy with a needle and thread…..

I love fashion, every single element of it, but my own skills with a needle and thread are amateur, scrap that, infantile to say the least.  So when Next approached me to see if I would like to take part in a special customisation challenge I was both excited and terrified, especially as the competition was being judged by someone who really does have a talent for customising and personalising clothing, Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch.  But a challenge is a challenge, so I decided to have a go…be kind to me.

The challenge was just customise a rather gorgeous denim shirt from the current collection.

Blue/Black Denim Shirt £22 click to visit Next

Blue/Black Denim Shirt £22 click to visit Next

The shirt is lovely, with sleeves that can be rolled up or down, a blue/black denim finish, and a soft denim feel. I decided that I would customise the shirt influenced by my ultimate style icon – Carrie Bradshaw, and this means oversized corsages, pearls and a bit of vintage bling. I also found an incredible 1940s image of Hedi Lamarr that also served as inspiration.

The inspiration

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I figured that I could pick up corsages from my own collection and charity shops, and that pearls and antique brooches would also be easy to find. The customisation itself should be easy as the items could be pinned or tacked on. I basically hoped it could be charming even thought it would be amateurish.

The finished result

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Acres of corsages

Vintage bling

Vintage bling

Pearls - definitely a Carrie thing

Pearls – definitely a Carrie thing

Double denim...

Double denim…

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Wearing it tied at the waist over a dress

Wearing it tied at the waist over a dress

I had a lot of fun with this project, but not enough to go running out to buy a sewing machine.  What I love is that because I just tacked the things on, I can remove them easily to go back to that rather cool Next shirt…

*With thanks to Next for sending the shirt, and telling me I was one of their Top 10 Engaged Bloggers – WOW!

The High Heel Survival Guide

Winter is one of the worst times of the year when it comes to doing damage to your feet. The weather is bitterly cold causing the ground underfoot to be slippy and dangerous, but party season calls for glitter, glamour and high heels. It is always important to look after our feet at any time of the year, but the season of merriment and festivities is also the season of chillblains, blisters and sore tootsies. In addition, this is the one time of year when the toenails really need to sparkle – you don’t want the look of your Jimmy Choos spoiled by uneven and split nails.

Respected shoe retailer Charles Clinkard have put together a fun and informative infographic detailing some of the problems our feet face in winter, whether it is due to high heels (and as someone who once broke toes falling from a car when my heel got stuck in a seatbelt, I truly know all about those sorts of problems!), or even the sorts of nasty little issues we can have when the feet feel warm and cosy in our boots (sweaty feet anyone – yuck!).

The infographic also has a few ideas for tackling these problems – I’m suggesting you print it off and stick it on the inside of the wardrobe in order to have stress free feet this Christmas and New Year.

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 vb-heat-oct-13-1I instagrammed these shoes with the caption ‘I’ve had to abandon them. My feet are killing me! #fashion

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