Category Archives: Bags

Wardrobe Resolutions and Goals 2019: Part II – Bags

And so finally we come to the latest bags analysis! In order to give context, I must say that last year was exceptionally busy both work and family wise. I had planned a few urgent renovations at home but they all had to be put back. I did make a start on the wardrobe editing with the goal of a larger clear out though not as ruthless as going completely Marie Kondo, you understand. I’m just going to focus on the main different types of bag styles and sizes. Continue reading

Lessons from a Summer of Travel

We vowed to enjoy our home (and garden) and visit more of the UK during the Summers but last Summer ended up traveling more than expected! I grabbed the chance to take my eldest teen daughter to Italy for the first time, just the two of us. Art is one of her subjects and so is pasta … and gelati so off we went!

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Start of 2019 Bag Summary

Hello and Happy 2019 to You All!

This post did begin as an End of Year Bag Summary of course … well, here I am again and wishing I’d been able to post a lot more last year.Well what a glorious, glorious Summer we enjoyed in UK, worth every moment staying home for us although we did take the chance to travel abroad twice, more on that later. Continue reading

London February 2018 Part II

After walking across the Millennium Bridge from the Tate Modern in Part I, we arrived eventually at Green Park and Old Bond Street. This is my usual starting point in the West End and I never knew that a minute’s detour down St James’ Street, is where a certain gentleman’s shop is located, The Kingsman x Mr Porter – featured in the films that a lot of teens love – mine included! Continue reading

Advancing Style Part II

I do hope everyone is enjoying the festive season so far. We had a wonderful time with family and now back home briefly. As I mentioned before I’ve been unexpectedly busy and couldn’t devote the usual time to wardrobe planning – didn’t have a spare moment in fact and had to just throw in stuff from muscle memory ūüôā I know it’s not the way to do it and thankfully it worked out this time. I’ve discovered again that past planning and my current effort with identifying and updating certain areas pay dividends. 99.9% of the time I can use what’s already in my wardrobe plus newer accessories update older items. I particularly like the mix of rich colours and textures above, bronze leather of an old C√©line tote I couldn’t resist some years ago which has proven a practical choice in the UK climate and the bronze adds interest to my classic lines. I’ve said so many times before this H 90 carr√© (Coup de Fouet) goes with everything, all the time, here with a cosy old Burberry lambswool scarf. Continue reading

Les Hermès

I began in 2011 with the Kelly and continues most recently with the Plumes. It would be very neat to announce ended with such and such a bag but the fact is there are one or two others on my wishlist that may or may never¬†happen for me. In the meantime I must edit nearly half from my collection and in the near future, probably another edit of a handful to leave me with no more¬†12 which I believe is still¬†very indulgent. It is simply because of my love for the Kelly …¬†which I do know will be the majority of my H collection ultimately. Continue reading

La Famille Chanel

In the last four years, I guess the biggest change in my bag collection is with Chanel. Let me discuss the factors involved:

  • 2.55, Reissue and Classic styles – these were my main considerations from the start and I came to realise that the Classic suits¬†me and my¬†purpose the least
  • Hardware – the golden hardware is much too blingy for me, I can only wear the vintage 2.55 golden chain and the modern versions are simply too much. It’s not just the gold tone, it’s the very shiny nature of the hardware
  • New styles – the Boy and now the Gabrielle bags do not light my fire. At all.
  • Size¬†– such an obsession of mine – lol – as I mentioned before, I have downsized my wallet and don’t carry that much else on a day to day basis plus I have come to appreciate small bags are simply more me

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The Bag Matrix 2.0

Vintage Kelly Vert Fonce in box leather GHW worn cross body .

Hoping everyone had a great Summer despite hurricanes and other natural disasters! May everyone be safe and sound now …

My first post here¬†Nearly four years later, it’s high time to revisit, reassess and re-evaluate Function, Size,¬†Leather, Weight, Maintenance and Colour.

I think it’s as important to affirm what still works and is relevant as discovering the changes and irrelevant. Here’s a quick summary:

Function: now mainly everyday casual – for which read cross body – and much less for smart and travel occasions.

Size: smaller bags since I have reduced further what I need everyday changing to a much more compact wallet/coin purse.

Leather: I used to prefer smooth leathers and this has changed because of my mainly casual everyday function and the smooth leathers in my collection tend to look too smart.

Weight: I am still obsessed with this factor and it’s easier because of my preference for smaller bags going forward.

Maintenance: my life changes has meant less and less time to maintain my bags which makes me sad. I really must tackle this soon.

Colour: I still love colour and the major change is¬†that I have since become a lover of Hermes shawls. These provide all the colour and pattern interest I’ll ever need.

I haven’t had to commute in the longest time but when I do move then it really is full on and this means easy to wear, sling over the shoulder or better still cross body for hands free action bags. Any extras carried in as small as I-can-get-away-with tote and I can concentrate on everything else. And I still want my bags to look pretty special at the same time, never too casual, the same as my outfits. I’ve been obeying the LOVE IT rule and not compromising which has been the root of many if not all past errors of judgement shall we say.

While writing this post, I was contacted by a lovely reader with specific questions which I¬†always welcome¬†and we had the most interesting exchange about a first Hermes bag purchase. It’s not easy to choose! For me, after several mistakes on several different levels, I know my approach must be as follows:

  • I want to use my bags as often as possible which means they have to be practical and reasonably tough
  • I am trying to obey the rule that the bags must serve the activities in my life and not some imaginary life in my dreams lol as per Lady Sarah’s directive here
  • Beauty,¬†fine materials,¬†craftsmanship and practicality give me pleasure however it doesn’t mean I need¬†to use a¬†luxe bag for my swim gear ….

To be continued …..

Thanks for reading!