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An Update From Yesterday, Statement Bags & My OOTD

So firstly a quick update from yesterday....not sure I can fully put it into words but it was just one of those days that was really special from beginning to end & perfect in every way.  The main event (Helen Lederer's pre-launch party) was absolutely amazing.  I hadn't got a clue what to expect but it really did surpass all expectations of what I'd thought it could be like.  I met & shared the evening with some amazing people with lots of vino & laughs.  Helen herself is such a lovely lady - incredibly funny, warm, entertaining & welcoming.  Her new book 'Losing It' is a fantastic laugh aloud mid-lit comedy based around the character Millie, a middle aged woman who still feels 30 & asks the question can a middle aged woman still have it all & is something we can no doubt all relate to (launched on the 12th of February - click here to buy), it really is fantastic, so much so that I started reading it as soon as I sat down on the train home!




So back to today's post & one thing I've found I've used a lot more these past twelve months is handbags - not necessarily ones that cost a fortune but ones that are either slightly different in style (I've been loving clutches it has to be said) to ones that either provide a splash of colour or interest to an outfit.  So what better time to think about investing in some new ones than the sales!

Now I've still managed to be relatively 'good' so far this month but that could seriously be about to change as there's nothing more appealing that a new handbag.

So let's jump straight in.  I just love this classic leather tote.  A really chic colour & design that is always going to scream style & elegance teamed with the simplest of outfits - jeans, ballet pumps &  a white shirt & you'll be turning heads for all the right reasons.






Now if I didn't have my red Zara bag that I brought last year, I'd seriously be tempted by this John Lewis one.  I can't believe how useful I've found my red clutch & have worn it through all the seasons.  It really is a fabulous colour for brightening the dullest of outfits.






Of course my love of leopard print is well documented so I couldn't not feature this beauty.  For me this would be a real classic & neutral to bring out for any occasion & would instantly transform the simplest of outfits.






Or for something a little bit more modern then this studded clutch from Mint Velvet would be great for a night out with the other half or the girls.






Or how about this pony skin leather pouch from Jigsaw.  Again a great neutral a little bit different to leopard print that would go with so many things in your wardrobe & would really stand out against a red dress or trousers come the summer months.







If you don't own a black bag then this is seriously something you should consider investing in as it's a real wardrobe classic.  I just love this quilted one from Mango, such a classic style & the texture just seals it for me.







Or for something a little bit more classic then I just love this Banana Republic clutch.






Or another wardrobe staple is this simple cross body bag, perfect for when you need a bag for the essentials but need to go hands free (I'm thinking holding that all important glass of wine or two ;-) ).







This next bag I'm definitely going to have to order - in both colours to decide which one I like best.  I just love everything about this - classic, stylish & timeless need I say any more?!










Finishing with my outfit for today.




Jumper - Zara
Scarf - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Office Shoes 


All Black With A Splash Of Colour


Scarf - Mango £24.99


So what do you think?  Do you see any bags that are tempting you or have you already make a purchase in the sales?  Perhaps you've got a go to bag that always comes out on special occasions?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Right I'm off to crash on the sofa - after waking & having a burst of energy & making soup for the week, fresh parmesan bread & doing a cooked lunch the sofa & left over Christmas chocolates are now calling!!  

Have a fab Sunday & see you tomorrow.

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14 comments

  1. Glad you had a fab day at the book launch Jane:) That John Lewis bag is a steal!! Enjoy your chocolates and thanks for the lovely comment on my blog:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. You're welcome Anne & yes I had a fantastic Saturday.
      I just love that John Lewis bag so much, it's gorgeous isn't it & like you say a complete steal!
      Jane xx

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  2. Yes indeedy. John Lewis bag winging its way to me now!

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    1. Ooh fab Jane, I bet you're going to find it so useful. Enjoy!
      Jane xx

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  3. Sounds like you had a fab day Jane! I love your Zara scarf, gorgeous! The Mint Velvet clutch looks fab too x

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    1. Thanks Sian & yes it was great & nice to have a change for the normal Saturday karate run etc!
      Mint Velvet have some great pieces in their sale at the moment, I find it's always a good time to stock up on some classics.
      Jane xx

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  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful day, Jane! I love a good handbag nd you've picked some beauties. Hope you've enjoyed your afternoon on the sofa. Lynne xx

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    1. I'm getting more & more of a sucker for a new handbag - after all there are so many gorgeous colours & styles out there a girl can never have enough can she?!! ;-)
      Jane xx

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  5. Your day sounds very exciting! I do love the black quilted Mango bag....do I need another bag though? ;) x

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    1. Lol Sarah when has 'need' ever had anything to do with it ;-) That Mango bag is a real classic isn't it. Did you stay strong or hit the button?!!
      Jane xx

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  6. I love that photo, it looks as though you have just shared an unrepeatable joke!!

    Becky x

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    1. Lol Becky I look completely wild but I put it in as it just sums up what a great time I had.
      Hope you've had a fab weekend too.
      Jane xx

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  7. Another fabulous scarf! So glad you had a great time! x

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    1. Thanks Andrea, it was amazing.
      Jane xx

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