We're back to the old, is imitation the most sincere form of flattery? Well clearly some people think so as I've stumbled over some corking high street bags which are definitely more than a nod to some designer options.
As it has now become known - are you skinted or minted? (as my husband would say, are you sensible or a stark raving looney? Luckily he was more than aware which camp I fell into before we got married. I think....). I'm not going to lie, I do like my designer bags (pompous shallow alert). There, I've said it. However my Whistles Charelle bag has really been a hero to me this year and I have to say if they did the Lena Bag below in a tan, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I have salivated over the Chloe ones for so long but just have never been quite able to justify it (in other words something else has always been more important - yes Mr Wang, I'm looking at you...)
I know we've just had a handbag post but hey, I'm on a roll. Plus, I'm sure it hasn't slipped anyone's attention, especially you Mums out there, that Christmas is around the corner. Gulp. What better way to make it more palatable than start with making that Christmas List. Yours, of course.
So without further ado, let's see the beauties.
Reiss Lena Bag in Graphite £149
And in off white (this would just be gorgeous all year round)
Which to me, is remarkably similar to the Chloe Marcie Mini Satchel in Dove for £450
And in black (dare I say I may actually prefer the graphite...)
Moving on to M&S and their Limited Edition Plate Shopper £35 (obviously not leather but a very good version). In wine, black, cobalt blue and black/white. The slight ringer in the pack but it definitely screamed Hulme at me when I was mooching through.
As opposed to the fashionista's darling, Sophie Hulme £590
Or the black one which is the Large Structured Tote at £615
And finishing with a fantastic tribute (!) to the Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Satchel collection.
From John Lewis - the Hayley range. Unsurprisingly, a number of these have sold out in some colours. (but they do have some great colours left - am absolutely loving the green personally)
The Crossbody handbag - a rather bargainous £69
The Maxi Zip cross body bag from Anya Hindmarch £495
However for me, the bargain of the day has to be the Shoulder Handbag in Dove for £79. Remind you of anything?! I cannot describe how useful my Anya in the same colour is - anyone that follows my blog ever will know that I use it at least a couple of times a week. Absolutely adore it.
Having said that, the tan is beyond tempting..... Lovely rich tan which will go with everything.
So there we have it - I'm sure I'll come across more on my travels and will definitely let you know.
Finishing with a couple of outfits from the last couple of days.