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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Simple Jeans and Top With a Statement Tote | Brenda MacLeod Bags

Embroidered sweatshirt, skinny jeans and red tote
Jeans and a top... is there a better combination? In my opinion it can only be improved with a statement accessory - in this case a stunning red leather tote bag from newly-launched British luxury brand Brenda MacLeod. Add this red beauty to a jeans n' top outfit (with heels) and it will always look classy. I've taken to fighting off the cooler days with sweatshirts quite a bit lately, and in this case the red in the embroidery detail on my sweatshirt was picked out beautifully by both my pedicure and the bag.

It's great to have the opportunity to show off a new British brand to an international audience: Brenda MacLeod is a self-named label based in Scotland and her bags are made in Italy. I chose the stunning Red Jane Tote Bag - and I could have died and gone to heaven when I took it out of the box... When you get a "wow" from the husband you know you're onto a winner. Red is the perfect colour for a bag, especially if you're the type that wears a lot of black or neutrals: it will zhuzh up your outfit every time. The Jane tote is roomy and has all the compartments you need with several inner pockets for your phone, etc. - plus a key ring (this is soooo handy for someone like me who can never find her keys). It also stands upright on the floor: this is a feature I'm leaning towards more and more these days for bags (maybe it's a grown up thing? Who knows).

At £324 the price tag is a lot more than you'd pay for a faux leather bag in Topshop, but it certainly doesn't cost as much as a Hermès Kelly bag or similar; for this sort of quality I can see why some women are 'bag girls' as opposed to shoe girls (which is what I've generally always been). Hats off to Brenda for creating a beautiful collection of stylish, luxury bags that appeals hugely to my ladylike side.

What's your opinion on a red bag - would it work with your wardrobe? Are you a brights or a neutrals sort of girl, and what qualities do you look for in a bag? Do share in the comments!

Brenda MacLeod red Jane tote bag
Skinny jeans and red tote
Embroidered sweatshirt and red tote
Embroidered sweatshirt
Catherine x
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P.S. If you want to see how I styled the same sweatshirt with a pleated skirt, check out my Paris trip outfit here!

Bag: c/o Brenda MacLeod, Sweatshirt: c/o La Redoute, Jeans: Zalando, Sandals: c/o La Redoute, Sunglasses: Borrowed from the husband (Ray-Ban real deal here), Watch: Asos, Rings: Asos / Debenhams




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I have written this post in collaboration with Brenda MacLeod. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

How to Style White Jeans | With a Neon Floral Boxy Top and Statement Bag

Neon pink top and white skinny jeans
Where did the summer go? I'm clinging onto my white jeans for dear life over here. The evening sunshine in these pictures belies just how chilly it got after a so-so summer's day, which I think is just how the rest of August is gonna roll. But I'm still thankful for being able to wear my white skinny jeans and this gorgeous neon boxy top I bought in the Asos sale - I've worn it quite a bit over the summer but just haven't featured it on the blog yet.

And you may have noticed my camera cross body bag that's from Accessorize - how totally amazing is this bag? I'd had my eye on it for ages but when my birthday rolled around it was out of stock apparently, so I was a lucky girl last week and received it as a belated birthday present when it came back into stock. This bag was basically made for a photography-loving fashion blogger like me. (And if you'd like one, I wouldn't wait too long - I get the feeling it'll sell out again soon...!)

Are you loving neon and white combinations as much as me? Do you have any fun pieces or accessories that you feel as if they were designed just for you? Let me know in the comments!

Camera bag and neon pink top
Neon pink top and white skinny jeans
Camera bag and neon pink top
Neon pink floral top
Camera bag and pointed heels
Neon pink floral top
Camera bag #accessories
Still plenty of time to enter my Claudia Meller kimono giveaway (lots to choose from, open internationally)!

Claudia Meller kimono giveaway
Catherine x
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Top: Asos, Jeans: Asos, Shoes: Daniel Footwear (half price in the sale!), Bag: Gift (Accessorize), Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar), Necklace: Gift, Nails: Nails Inc The Thames




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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Claudia Meller Kimono Giveaway

Claudia Meller kimono giveaway
How beautiful is this long ombré fringed kimono? It looks so incredible with this sleeveless midi dress! I'm pleased to tell you I've collaborated with British designer Claudia Meller to offer one lucky winner a kimono of their choice from her range in my August giveaway. Claudia's a lovely girl who lives locally to me, and I first met her and saw her range of kimonos at her pop-up shop at the SW Blog Social in June; I fell in love with so many of her designs (and would happily have taken the whole rail home with me).

The stunning design I'm wearing here is the inner eye printed kimono - but you can choose a long black lacey kimono, a white summer cropped lace kimono or a floral cropped kimono... or any other* that catches your eye. The ombre fringing on this kimono and the print are just to-die-for: I think it's absolutely beautiful and so swishy, and it would work just as well as an evening cover-up or statement piece as it would a festival essential with denim shorts and wellies. The giveaway is open internationally and entry is easy via the widget below. What are you waiting for - get entering!

Claudia Meller fringed kimono
Claudia Meller kimono
Claudia Meller fringed kimono
Claudia Meller fringed kimono
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions:
  • Entries for the giveaway can only be made via the widget above.
  • It is open internationally.
  • The giveaway ends on Sunday 24 August 2014 at 11:59pm (London time) - the winner will be chosen via the Rafflecopter widget, contacted by email and announced on this widget and via Twitter.
  • *The winner can choose any kimono subject to availability.
  • A cash or alternative prize cannot be chosen.
  • The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours to claim the prize, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
Catherine x
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Kimono: on loan from Claudia Meller, Dress: c/o Matalan (love this floral one and this graphic print one): Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar), Earrings: Unknown (old)


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