And back in my comfort zone but with a twist....

.. 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.  





Of course, if you can't still leave your black bags alone, then this one is the perfect mix of black and white.  I absolutely absolutely love this bag.  And I don't think you'd ever guess it was from River Island (granted I haven't seen it in the flesh so I may eat my words but I have recently been impressed with their bags) 

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.  



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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. 


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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!


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  1. I'm guessing the River Island bag will have the logo somewhere - WHY DO THEY DO THAT??? But I love the idea of a matching clutch and cuff, a splendid idea. Please can I have your top? x

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    1. The yellow snakeskin one? NO IT DOESN'T!! And I couldn't see one on the tassel one but it's more lime than yellow in the flesh. Which top do you want? The Joseph one? One day you probably can love xxx

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  2. You don't dance round a white handbag, you dance round a handbag in white stilettos. Clearly you are not from Essex.

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    1. Well it's funny that you that as I have a total hankering for white shoes as well... it's a sign.......

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  3. Oh I love your sandals! Did you blog about them and I missed it? Or are they from a previous season? Cannot see them on the Clarks site (quelle surprise!)....

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    1. OH lord I'm SO so sorry - they're from Clarks two years ago - maybe three actually. I think three.... They were called something like Organza and if it's any consolation - I'm always gutted I didn't get them in the black! I love the tan but I think I would have adored the black.....

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  4. Kat if you have AA cover, flash your card in the customer service office next to Coccinelle and they give you a VIP pass book for the day. Extra 10% off lots (with some restrictions) of the shops and restaurants. Happy shopping! x

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    1. OMG I have AA cover on my credit card - would that count? Also we did have a 20% off voucher for the day which was pretty darn handy.... (and useable most places, hence the AH and Coccinnelle stuff was such a good buy)

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  5. Love, love, love the hands free bag. Excellent buy. Have yet to make it to Kildare Village - praying 'The Coat' will still be there!

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    1. Tis v you for sure. And get your butt over there!

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  6. The Harker bag is delicious. I have bag envy!
    But as I ummed and ahhed for so long about paying £40 for a RI bag, I chickened out in the end despite having a 20% off voucher, I never bought it.
    And I'm still carrying an embroidered tweed 'change bag' from when 7 year old son was a baby.
    (The shame!!!)

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  7. How funny I was just looking at bags on Mango and thought how nice that grey one was! I've recently bought a white MK bag and although I love it I'm constantly scared of getting it dirty...

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    1. Best tip for dirt on leather. Baby wipes xx

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  8. I love a white bag. I feel they are just like black actually and go with everything. Although sometimes I like my bag NOT to go with my outfit but to stand out a bit. I do love a crossbows too and your purchase looks perfect. Lx

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    1. Totally agree with you which is why I adore my whiskey Chloe bag as it doesn't "match" anything but seems to go with everything!

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  9. Oh blast....now I am trying to work out when to go to Bicester....before that Anya bag sells out. It is gorgeous. Well done you. Beautiful clutch and bracelet (but I am relieved I don't need a black clutch!) On the issue of white bags - I would stress about the grubbiness factor. Have a fab weekend.

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    1. They do mail order if you ring them... just saying.....

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  10. I going to buy a wahite bag! I really like all of them! ❤️❤️
    Kisses from La delicadeza!

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  11. I love your Anya, great choice and I have a feeling you'll be making another purchase in Bicester today! I have the blue maxi zip crossbody and was very tempted by the black one in Kildare Village as it was so well reduced. But I bought 2 Kate Spades and a Lulu Guinness instead!

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    1. I may have bought a purse........

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  12. Love, love, love your Harker bag, what a great buy!! I was also thinking of getting a white cross body, mainly to dress up white tees and button-downs. ALMOST bought the Sophie Hulme mini-envelope bag in white but wimped out last minute and ended buying the black. Have you come across Sophie Hulme yet? I adore her bags!!

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    1. Oh god I LOVE sophie Hulme bags and it is only a matter of time.....

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  13. Great finds! have you managed to find sandals yet? While browsing I came across these:
    http://www.uterque.com/nl/en/new-in-store/lace-up-suede-wedges-c96511p5774001.html?color=105
    up your street?

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    1. THey are indeed - pretty much everything from Uterque is. I so so wish we had a proper shop here.

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  14. Haven't commented before but I do love this blog, so much more fun than slogging around the shops getting confused!
    But. Did you say "puppy"? I'm sure you did. Yes, it's right there. Ummm... You are going to have to lock all your nice things ( shoes/bags/ clothes) in a safe for the next year :). I used to have Nice Things, before puppy. Now all my clothes are "dog walking clothes" with nibbled bits, muddy paw prints, clawed threads etc. All I can say is, good luck! !

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    1. *fingers in ears, fingers in ears*... .clearly "my" puppy won't do any of that. *snorts with laughter and weeps simultaneously......* xxxxx

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  15. http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Mango+Knot+cross-body+bag/218850372,default,pd.html&$$ja=cgid:8743161955%7Ctsid:44970%7Ccid:176420275%7Clid:91137982195%7Cnw:g%7Ccrid:50059859395%7Crnd:3263923353414536014%7Cdvc:c%7Cadp:1o1%7Cmt:%7Cbku:1

    I just bought this which is now on sale gah!

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