2017 – where did you go?

 It’s a natural phenomenon, the older one gets, the faster the years shoot by … all the more reason to make the most of every moment of everyday. Hello again! Apologies for not being able to keep up with everyone… trust all is well.

I must start with this photo of Alicia Vikanda at an airport. I mean, not only is it super flying style but the individual pieces are such lovely, classic basics made more current with the Céline heeled loafers: beautiful coat, mannish and luxe, y’all know my addiction to coats, layering of light weight jumper and tee, slim straight jeans and the gorgeous loafers that look so comfy. Continue reading


Closet Audit: Autumn – Winter 2017

I aim for simple, fuss free outfits that in no way impedes me when I’m on the go or require any kind of readjustment throughout the day. They also must reflect myself and what I love. I found these wonderful looks from the The Purse Forum where these super stylish ladies stopped me in my tracks with their modern classic outfits. They happen to be carrying H bags but honestly I adore their outfits all the same without! The above tailored trousers/check coat/boot combo is very much my go to staple. The metallic leather give the woollens a boost. Is this lady wearing double velvet? I can’t see if her trousers are also velvet or maybe a very fine baby cord – no matter – this is such a lovely cosy look in delicious colours – pink and rust – who knew? Neutral everything else though.Same lady, with a much deeper pink and rust cords for sure this time and neutral accessories. A dark chocolate brown bag never looked so good!  MUST find out who she is LOL! A variation of her look and how effortless she makes it appear.I’ve been a fan of this lady for the longest time and seeing a photo of her with a tiny Toolbox years ago ignited my interest in this bag then. It does’t appear that she has a blog or is on IG but there are stacks of photos of her online happily and all of them, absolutely all of them are great! I love beige and buff shades, here she keeps them fresh with pure white and a little bit of black plus a dash of bright. Simple when you know how. I must remember to put in thigh high splits into all my long skirts ….. 🙂

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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

Transeasonal: Leather jacket

My outfit the other day when I was out of the house the entire day and evening in different places indoors and outdoors. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, this Coup de Fouet scarf features a lot! The fact is it went with everything when I first got it and it continues to do so after nearly 4 years. And I still love wearing it. The leather jacket hasn’t been worn much at all in 3 years but that’s fast changing all of a sudden this year. 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 …..

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