6 Must-Have Essentials for the Autumn Clutch Bag

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Autumn is almost here. Along with the crisper and cooler temperatures and colourful leaves comes great excuses to eat delicious comfort food, dress in delightfully warm and stylish clothing and carry the perfect fall clutch to work or shopping.

While it is pretty easy to put whatever supplies you need in a regular-sized purse, carrying a clutch takes a bit more planning. Basically, you merely need to pare down what you carry while finding items that will do double duty whenever possible. For example, check out the following fall clutch essentials:

A Smartphone with a Great Camera

Instead of trying to stuff a regular bulky camera and your phone into your clutch, treat yourself to a new smartphone that has an amazing camera built right in. A perfect upgrade is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge from a retailer like T-Mobile; this powerful and attractive device features a slim body that will fit perfectly into your autumn bag. Its powerful 12MP camera is capable of getting professional-looking shots, so if you are headed to a party, wedding or luncheon and want to snap some photos while you are there, the Galaxy S7’s camera can definitely handle it.

Small Hairbrush

Rather than the full-sized brush you might tote in your regular bag, get a mini brush for your clutch. This way, if your hair is windblown or gets rained on, you can quickly dash into the bathroom and detangle your hair. You can also toss a few bobbypins and hair bands into the clutch for those days when your hair is determined to do its own thing.

Pain Reliever

As Lauren Conrad notes, if you are prone to getting headaches, make sure your clutch has a small bottle of pain reliever. You should be able to find small bottles at the local drugstore or you can check out the travel section at a department store, as they often sell small and clutch-friendly versions of needed items.

A Complexion Fixer

A terrific must-have for any clutch is some sort of cosmetic complexion-fixer. That way, if you spot a blemish or anything else you want to cover on your skin, you’ll be ready. A great product that is compact is Charlotte Tilbury’s Miracle Wand for £29.00; the mini miracle eye wand will quickly and easily cover dark circles under your eyes, hydrate your skin with its built-in moisturizer and smooth out the appearance of bags and blemishes. This product is so compact and easy to use, you won’t ever be tempted to carry a bottle of concealer and face cream and messy makeup brush or sponges in your clutch again.

Mints or Gum

It never fails—you run into a good friend or cute guy right after finishing off a strong cup of coffee or spicy lunch. To enjoy a nice chat with either of them without offending them with your breath, make sure you always have mints or gum in your clutch. A small box of dental floss is also a good idea; if need be you can dash into the ladies’ room and remove the spinach salad from between your front teeth.

Stain Removing Pen

If you are prone to spilling soup, red wine or sauce on your nice blouse, add a stain removing pen to your list of fall clutch essentials. These small cleaning powerhouses will quickly remove the colorful blemish from your clothing and allow you to stay at the fall party longer instead of rushing home to change.

 

 

 

A love for Biba Bags

One of my main fashion obsessions is handbags. I have a huge collection that is stored literally everywhere in my house – in cupboards, under my bed, at the bottom of my wardrobe, in my office, basically anywhere I can find a little space. When it comes to a payday treat I will always be drawn to the handbag department, and in terms of brands, it is Biba that I love the most.

A couple of my Biba bags

A couple of my Biba bags

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Biba is a brand that was founded in the 1960s by the legendary Barbara Hulanicki. It was resurrected as a brand name by House of Fraser a few years ago, bringing the brand’s Art Deco style decadence and black and gold iconic colour scheme once again to the fore. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, with fashion and accessories, luggage, jewellery and homewares making up a range that impresses every season.

What I love about Biba bags is that there is a Biba bag for every occasion, from work to holidays. There are roomy totes and slinky clutch styles, ladylike vintage dolly bags and handbags that could take you from work to after shift drinks. Many of the bags are in classic black, but animal print is also a popular Biba print, and there are some colour options in Autumnal shades of plum and bottle green.

Biba bags are timeless and you will find yourself using them time and time again. I seem to reach for them on a regular basis.

A Biba for all occasions

Work


Biba Amanda tote bag now £69 click to visit House of Fraser

Afternoon tea

Biba Astella frame handbag now £67.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Astella frame handbag now £67.50 click to visit House of Fraser

The work to bar clutch

 Biba Denise studded clutch bag £59 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Denise studded clutch bag
£59 click to visit House of Fraser

For those who love Art Deco

 Biba Mya beaded clutch bag £115 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Mya beaded clutch bag
£115 click to visit House of Fraser

For a weekend away

 Biba Logo emboss black 8 wheel cabin case £115.50 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Logo emboss black 8 wheel cabin case
£115.50 click to visit House of Fraser

For dress down Friday

Biba Charlie double zip crossbody handbag £74 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Charlie double zip crossbody handbag £74 click to visit House of Fraser

The showstopper

 Biba Bottle logo clutch bag £89 click to visit House of Fraser


Biba Bottle logo clutch bag
£89 click to visit House of Fraser

Dorothy Perkins – Pretty Pastels and floral prints

Spring/Summer fashion has just gone all girlish and pretty on us with the latest drops at Dorothy Perkins. Pastel shades and floral prints are dominating the designs, giving a real feel of all things ‘Summer’ – garden parties, sorbet ice cream and pretty seasonal blooms, with a dash of blue skies and sunshine yellow scattered throughout.

This is an over-whelmingly feminine collection, full of ladylike, full skirts and maxi length dresses.  The inspiration seems to comes from glamorous icons of the past who never looked less than ladylike – Grace Kelly in her full skirts, Jackie Kennedy in her boxy, pastel coloured jackets, and Diana, Princess of Wales in neat pencil skirts and shift tops.  The effect is of sheer elegance, with a collection of pieces that would cover your summer occasions from A (Ascot) to Z (A trip to the zoo maybe in the fab kimono jacket – just add jeans or denim cut-offs on a super sunny afternoon.)

The accessories are also pretty special too. I have highlighted a couple of my faves, including a sensational statement necklace. It .resembles a piece from Butler and Wilson, and far belies its £15 price tag. I also really like the perforated clutch bag in that most versatile shade of white. I just took one clutch bag on holiday with me last year (packing requirements and all that), and I chose a white one because, it would, quite simply. go with everything. This super pretty design would do just the same, and, as £15, I really think this is a no brainer.

What do you think of the current collection from Dorothy Perkins?

 

Blue Sparkle Bead Necklace     Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Sparkle Bead Necklace
Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Perforated Cut Out Clutch     Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White Perforated Cut Out Clutch
Price: £15.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Floral Georgette Maxi Skirt     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Floral Georgette Maxi Skirt
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose print dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose print dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose maxi dress     Price: £40.00 clcik to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory rose maxi dress
Price: £40.00 clcik to visit Dorothy Perkins

Peach Crepe Dome Jacket     Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Peach Crepe Dome Jacket
Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lilac PU Pencil Skirt     Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lilac PU Pencil Skirt
Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Crepe Trim Shell Top
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Quilted Full Midi Skirt     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Quilted Full Midi Skirt
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Daisy Pephem Pencil Skirt     Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue Daisy Pephem Pencil Skirt
Price: £20.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Dusty Pink Mesh Midi Skirt     Price: £22.00  click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall Dusty Pink Mesh Midi Skirt
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Oriental printed kimono     Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Oriental printed kimono
Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

To view all current new in at Dorothy Perkins, click here.

 

Dorothy Perkins are hosting a bank holiday bonanza right now, with 33% off selected items. Click here to view offers.

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