Friday, 24 April 2015

Mini Bag Challenge with Debenhams

I'm a big fan of the current mini bag trend, I love a good quality mini bag as much as I love a novelty bag and boy do I love a novelty bag!  With this in mind Debenhams have set me a challenge to see if I can go a whole week fitting my life in a mini bag.  That is, fitting it into a mini bag without cheating!  I can often be seen walking along swinging a mini bag and then you'll notice the rather large tote bag I also carry to fit in everything I actually need.  So for the past week I have been stripped of my handy tote bag and am limiting myself to the essentials whilst giving my shoulder and back a much needed break.

I received the most gorgeous grey leather mini tote bag from the Betty Jackson Black range which is part of the Designers at Debenhams collection.  The bag is made from buttery soft leather with a coordinating floral lining.  It has one compartment with a internal zipper pocket and two internal pouches which are perfect for keeping your phone and keys in.  How is it no matter how small your bag is you still have to rummage around trying to find your phone?!

So what are my essentials?  I really have stripped it right back - my wallet, keys, sunglasses and a few bits of top up make up.  I tend to carry the make up around with me just in case but hardly ever actually use it but can't quite bring myself to lose the comfort blanket.  Since I got an iPhone 6 I have been able to ditch the rechargeable phone charger as the battery lasts all day! Woooooo!!  I also have my phone with me always but it's not pictured as I am using it to take the photos.  My week has been a success, I haven't missed lugging my tote bag around and haven't needed any of the things I like to carry in it.  Are you too a fan of the mini bag trend?


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Wednesday Wants

I had a hard job picking which Closet dress to put in this weeks wishlist.  I spied this one a few weeks ago and have had my eye on it ever since but then I went into Aspire Style yesterday and saw this beauty and have been having an internal battle over which I prefer ever since.  I think I prefer the fabric of the one in Aspire but the cut of the one from asos!  The asos one looks like something I would make for myself.  Maybe I should just get over my fear of ironing pleats and whip up a dress with a pleated skirt.

 Dress: Closet

I am ever increasingly being drawn to navy.  I think it started with this dress and getting over wearing black and navy together as I mostly wear black tights and shoes.  I love this floaty spotty dress and think it would look awesome dancing the night away on a balmy summer evening.

 Dress: asos

This dress is just way too cute for words.  I personally do not wear lower necklines as I prefer to be covered up but think it is so pretty. It would look just as awesome dressed down with a cropped leather jacket and plimsolls as it would with a pair of heels. 

Dress: Jack Wills

I need a bit of help, I really want this bag but do not want to pay £40 for it knowing that the unicorn ones that sold for a similar amount were available on eBay for under £10!!  Anyone seen this style?  I have had a search but come up with nothing so far.  Also if you see this one cheaper let me know!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Made By Me #134

I'm so happy this week!  Apart from aching from the smallest bit of gardening ever (seriously, it's as if I have been doing squats!!) everything is all rather lovely this week.  Today is my last working day for the week then it is all systems go getting ready for Rosie and Tom's wedding.  Eeeeeepp!  Hair cut and colour tonight at the fabulous NashWhite, nails being sorted at Simply Nails tomorrow evening and a full day of baking awaits me tomorrow.  I have made my outfit and am really happy with how it has turned out, can't wait to share it with you all.

Everything really does seem better with a bit of sunshine though it will mean I might be squinting a bit in photos from now til about September!  I try to time it when there is still lots of light but not too much.  Failed a bit this time, can you see how hard I am trying not to squint in the bodice photo?!  Oh dear.  This awesome fabric is helping with my desire for some cactus print.  I still want more but it is the nicest I have seen so far.  I want something on a dark background and the cacti have to be green!  It's another beauty from Cotton and Steel, their fabrics seem to be all I am buying at the moment.  I'm really happy that Elephant In My Handbag have gotten in on the act and started stocking my favourite designers.  Don't forget you can save 10% using the discount code in my sidebar --->

I went to a bodice fitting class on Saturday at Sew Me Something with Heather Jacks (the winner of series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee) and with the help of Jules, the owner and pattern drafter extraordinaire, we have fixed any issues I had with the bodice and I will share my results with you as soon as that bodice is attached to a skirt!  After using their overlockers I have also decided that I need to replace my Singer overlocker.  The Janome ones are SO much nicer to use and a lot quieter and hopefully more reliable.  My Singer has broken twice in the five months I have owned it and whilst the repairs have all been under warranty and speedy I want a reliable machine that doesn't fail so often.  If you're using a Janome overlocker let me know which one and if you would recommend it :)


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