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Why Designer Handbags Really Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Summer with Mulberry!

Summer with a Mulberry handbag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was very little and went on one of my first holidays to Italy, I remember religiously carrying around a little plastic handbag as if it were surgically attached to me. My most prized possessions had the honour of being carried round in it! Then as I got older I graduated up from toy handbag to actual handbag. My teenage years saw me have a GAP handbag in every colour, and now I go to Zara and Topshop for my ‘grown-up’ versions. I have been lucky enough to inherit some amazing vintage handbags from my mother and grandmother (yay for my little red mulberry!), but my ultimate handbag goal has yet to be achieved- to own my very own designer handbag!

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With the news this week that creative director of Mulberry, and creator of the Alexa and Del Ray designer handbag, Emma Hill will be leaving the brand, I took to thinking about how much of an impact a lil old handbag can make. Yes, it may sound stupid, and i’m pretty sure no boy will ever comprehend their importance to us girls, but designer handbags really are our best friends!

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Emma Hill is widely regarded as being the magic ingredient to Mulberry’s success since 2007. Having previously worked for Burberry, GAP and Marc Jacobs, her CV was already looking preeeety impressive. She heavily used celebrity endorsement to sell her bags (f-row at the Mulberry shows were always celebrity crazy),and perhaps this is a factor as to why we are all so desperate to own a designer bag these days. We want anything that celebrities have. And the celebrities have a planet’s worth of designer handbags between them!

For the Kardashians, it’s the Celine bag. Victoria Beckham had quite the love affair with Hermes handbags. Miranda Kerr loves the classic Vuitton. And Alexa and Lana were more than happy to carry round their bag versions whenever possible. Everyone has their specific dream bag and most girls have a plan in place to acquire one!

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So why the need to own a designer handbag? Yes, we want what the celebs have, but why not just settle for a high-street copy? I think its because owning a designer handbag is an aspirational thing which goes further than having the bag itself. Yes, designer handbags are beautifully crafted, amazing quality and tend to last a lifetime. They make you look sophisticated and rather upmarket. But it’s how you got to owning it. I hear stories all the time about girls using their first proper wage slip to buy a designer handbag. It’s a mark of success. A symbol that you’ve made it! Whether you’ve earnt the money to buy one for yourself or are given one as a gift from a loved one, it will mean something important to you.

Models with Mulberry!

 

 

 

 

 

So deep stuff about symbols and aspirations aside, the designer handbag looks set to continue its steady relationship with us girls. Let’s hope that wherever Emma Hill goes, she continues to create some amazing bags for us to lust over and eventually own! I’ll take the one below please! 🙂

Dream Mulberry Bag 2013!

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Guilt-Free Shopping? Yes Please! Charity Shop Shopping

‘Champagne tastes on a beer budget’ (make that a water budget) would be a very apt saying to describe my taste in fashion.  As you may have seen on my blog, I like to review the latest trends and celebrity looks and this usually results in me lusting after various luxury designer pieces. Mulberry clutches, Dior dresses and Burberry trenches all feature in my dream wardrobe.

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But the high street is home when it comes to fashion for me, and I love it! Like the majority of girls my age, this is where we pick out our birthday and graduation dresses, our first date frocks and our holiday outfits. Our everyday jeans cost on average £40 compared to a pair of Victoria Beckham skinnies which would set you back £265. Our heels are a steal at £25 in New Look (making it acceptable to RUIN them on a night out), compared to an £800 pair of Louboutins.

New Look Kelly Brook Heels £24.99

New Look Kelly Brook Heels £24.99

Christian Louboutin Heels, £24.99 + A LOT MORE

Christian Louboutin Heels, £24.99 + A LOT MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give or take a couple of designer investment pieces and a Mulberry courtesy of my madre, my wardrobe is happily flying the flag for high street. But what about the next level, the humble charity shop piece? How many of us have really given charity shopping a chance? Do we instantly dimiss charity shop clothes as old and dowdy? I’m sure we all have that friend who manages to scout out utter bargains in Primark and look a million dollars in them. The same can definitely apply for charity shop pieces too.

When I went on a daytrip to Bristol this week with my best friend and fellow blogger Jamie (www.allthingsmenswear.com), we of course did the rounds in Cabot Circus but then ventured to Park Street in the Clifton area where we stumbled across a couple of unassuming charity shops. And it was a VERY worthwhile trip! A vintage lilac handbag and some jewellery including a very on-trend monochrome bangle set me back at mere £7. Amazing!

My charity shop buys :)

My charity shop buys 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The common cliché of a charity shop which smells distinctly musty with piles of unwanted clothing all over the floor or hung on broken hangers is but a thing of the past! It’s not only the song ‘Thrift Shop’ that has made second handclothing cool. Oxfam have done wonders for the image of charity shop- shopping too, launching their Oxfam Boutique stores with an emphasis on selling the more designer based donations, but still at charity prices. Making charity shopping acceptable for the mass-market if you will. I’ve been lucky enough to find vintage blouses and brand new and current Topshop knitwear in the Cardiff branch! After visiting Oxfam Boutique, you’re then more likely to check out more and more charity shops. And the charity shop cycle begins!

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Of course it is a case of luck in many circumstances. Some days all you’ll find is a lonely leather glove, other days you may stumble across an amazing vintage frock and a handbag to match (charity shops are amazing for vintage handbags!!) But one thing is for sure- its really fun! And if you persevere and really hunt around,  when you do find your perfect charity shop piece, chances are you‘ll receive more compliments than if you’d just chosen a generic dress from Topshop. And you’re not likely to experience the embarrassing ‘same dress fiasco’ that can occur on nights out. Never is there a more apt moment for a dirty look than there is when two girls see each other in a club in the same dress!

Some of my own previous charity shop triumphs!

Some of my own previous charity shop triumphs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not forget the very important fact that you’ll really be helping out a charity with your purchases. Proceeds from your investments will go to amazing causes- definitely guilt-free shopping! That’s what we like to hear. So It’s time to turn to charity  for salvation!

The Statement Skirt

The Statement Skirt

T by alexander wang
$345 – harveynichols.com

Alexander wang
lagarconne.com

Pretty in Purple

Pretty in Purple

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$79 – hm.com

Mulberry lock bag
$470 – flannelsfashion.com

Burberry
dellamoda.com

John Lewis purple beret
$24 – johnlewis.com