.. so not black as per usual, or even tan.
But white. Oh yes, a white bag. I have not had a white handbag in forever. Clearly I am vaguely scarred by people taking the Michael and threatening to chuck it on the floor and dance round it. However seeing as I actually cannot remember the last time I set foot in a nightclub and can confidently say I have no plans in the foreseeable future/ever to don my dancing shoes, I'm seriously thinking about a white bag.
Combined with my newly found black obsession, I think this could be the perfect Summer foil. I'm not going to say I'll be able to do an entire blog without flinging in a black gem that I come across but the plan is that it will be all white on the night.
Karen Millen Zipped shoulder bag £170
Similar shape but not leather (and I'm sure I've featured this before in my Kin post). This is definitely still one of my favourites.
Kin by John Lewis Magnus cross body bag in white £39
More pure white at Calvin Klein with the added bonus of a little silver pouch as well.
Calvin Klein Stef Small Hobo Bag £90
Of course it might be that an off white is better.... (thinking about my wishlist of the ivory tux jacket....) and this one from Chloe is amazing.
See by Chloe Small Drawstring Bucket bag in White (what they call it but it's definitely an ivory, no?) £330
Off white and a cheaper option (but not in leather) at Paul's Boutique - the new Hattie shape (which I featured a number of times yesterday in the different colour ways. I love love love this shape. So sleek and chic)
The Hattie Duffle cross body bag in off white
Sascha Satchel £25 at Oasis
More neutral but this time with fringing and not tassels at Next.
Fringe Across Body Bag £30
Hopefully lots of you won't be needing to cart round the world and his dog anymore and so a more diddy bag may be an option. (although is it only me who permanently has a McDonald's toy, box of raisins and a Match Attax card in their handbag?)
Radley Victoria Park £159 in ivory - to give you an idea, height is 17cm width is 19cm.
The other option for an off white, is a grey white.... this looks amazing with blacks and greys.
Slouchy Leather Shoulder bag from Topshop £65
Bargain of the day though, has to be this Ice Grey bag from Mango.
Hobo Bag £19.99
And this pic below sums up how fabulous I think a pale, neutral shade bag can look against monochrome.
River Island Mono Split Slouch £32
And therein lies the clue in what I bought at Bicester....
So, did I follow my own advice and buy a coloured bag? Or a white bag?
I'm such a loser. Guess what I got? (actually quite embarrassed to admit this...) Two black bags.
It's pathetic. It truly is. So here's where I go into defence mode.
The two bags I bought were BARGAINS. I couldn't remotely leave them there. And whilst I could have bought the Anya Hindmarch one in a navy - it was the black that I loved. I can wear tan and camel with my navy outfits - it's black bags that I use the most often so "actually", buying another black one is the sensible thing to do.
Now, having said that, had they had this bag in white for the bargain price that I paid for it - then I would have got that.
AND it does have the off white detailing on the strap so my shopping trip wasn't completely devoid of the brief......
Here it is - the Harker hands free bag. Which was normally £650 but I only paid around £180 for it. Such a bargain that 3 out of the 4 of us bought one. (one navy, two black)
And then a clutch bag - which, to be honest, I do need. Especially as it had a matching bracelet..... £120 for both. Leather and simply divine. From Coccinelle where, to be honest, the selection was the best. Absolutely amazing with some fantastic discounts.
I am in fact going back to Bicester tomorrow as I'm off to Hereford puppy selecting with the 10yr old and we literally drive past the turn off on the M40. It would be rude not to stop for a quick bite to eat and a smidge of a look..... again......
Finishing with outfit from today. Started with a 15k walk in memory of a local little boy who passed away suddenly not long ago. Very moving and hopefully we raised a good deal of money.
Usual round robin later of school pick ups and swimming lessons but tonight am off out for a comedy night at school which should be good.
Chambray painters smock - Joseph
Patch jeans - Mango
Strap wedge sandals - Clarks
Harker hands free bag - Anya Hindmarch
And tomorrow - up and at 'em with our 6am start...... funnily enough, I'm on the water tonight!