That's me hoovering humble pie, chomping my hat whilst back-pedalling like Chris Froome on rewind as I fess up to this week's obsession.
A fringed handbag
I know, I know, I pontificated about how I wasn't going to down the fringed bag route. I genuinely thought they'd be a one season wonder and I hold my hands up and admit I was totally wrong on this one and as a punishment, I have *forced* myself to go and buy one. Yes, FORCED I tell you.
Ok so I haven't found one yet, but I have been doing extensive research. This is in between juggling all the balls aka my children on holidays. How is it every, single, time, I forget how all consuming school holidays are and how I get about 20 seconds every day to myself.
It's Wednesday and I am absolutely exhausted. From cooking, tidying up, washing, dropping kids off, picking other kids up, playdates and monitoring 11+ revision for an exam which is three days after we get back to school in September. Oh and I've thrown in dog walking this holiday too. Not really busy much then.
And the best distraction? Well for me, that would be a project. And what better project than something which I KNOW will make a huge difference to my wardrobe (ok suspend belief for a minute guys...) - a fringed bag.
So I did think about trying to justify this purchase and I gave up. (not the purchasing bit but the justifying bit) In my head, this is the answer to all my problems. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this? Right now, this is the best therapy I could get and thinking about packing for our holidays next week, this would be the best starting point ever.
What made me do the fringed bag about turn? Primarily this Jerome Dreyfuss number which I have seen cropping up all over the place.
Personally I am in the market for a black bag. I have come to the conclusion that you (well me anyway) can't have too many of these. This does come in other colours but for me, black is the winner.
The only only slight fly in the ointment is the size (and the price - yes definitely the price. I have no intention of spending this much money on one. Famous last words....) But it's definitely too small. I am looking for slightly larger. (or am I?)
Jerome Dreyfuss Mario Fringed Textured Leather Tote £495 It also comes with a much longer strap too.
On further research everyone is doing these this season. From Proenza Schouler, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin to Stella McCartney. Now the latter is an interesting one. Vegan Leather. For over £1000. You see, they call it Vegan leather.... and the difference between that and pleather is....?
Having said that, I absolutely love love love the bag - I really do. It's easily my favourite of all the fringed bags but over £1000 for non leather? You have got to be kidding me. (to be fair, I wouldn't pay anywhere near £1k for a fringed bag anyway)
See it and weep. Most likely with shock and horror.
Falabella Fringed Cross body bag by Stella McCartney £1,055
On the upside, this Gerard Darel bag now seems like a complete bargain (clearly this is all relative...) If only it was in a black. Actually that's neither here nor there as I don't want a bucket bag. Not that I'm fussy or anything.
Gerard Darel Indie Fringed Suede Bucket Bag was £455 (still is on GD site) now £370
And if that looks like a bargain well, hello... this one, which is definitely on the top of the list of contenders for me, seems relatively reasonable. (the subjective use of relative going on there again....)
I did really want a suede one but I have to say, the leather is growing on me.
Dolly at Russell & Bromley £295 - and I'm just going to throw it out there that the silver hardware would be a perfect match for my Toga Pulla boots....
However it doesn't have to be all out expensive. I had swooped over to Mint Velvet to nab one of their bargain sale bags - clearly they're all sold out. I am a tit.
But I've found some other options.
Western Style fringed suede bag from La Redoute £79 - but if you open an account you can get 50% off your first order... oh hello....
Also in what they call brick...
Pieces Suede Tassel Clutch bag was £60 now £18 at ASOS. Personally I'm looking for more swing and less flapper.
Leather and suede fringe bag £38.00 in navy people, in navy!
And a black one (even though, I'm now thinking, hmmm navy...)
Mango has some great options - now I am not bonkers enough to buy a suede bag in this colour and I am definitely looking towards Autumn and so I want a darker colour for sure (that'll be black...) but this is scrumptious and a great price for suede.
Fringed Suede Bag £53.99
Fringed Suede Bag £62.99 It also comes with a long strap as well. Total bargain and pick of the crop for me. Apart from the R&B one....
So has anyone seen any others on their travels? Clearly kicking myself that I didn't get the Mint Velvet one. FOOOOOOOOOOL. Which would be your choice? Or are you still no way jose?
Outfit from today - Summer, you can just do one. Autumn/Spring outfits are out in force.
Lobster sweatshirt - Leon & Harper from Cocaranti
Off white boyfriend jeans - All Saints
Champagne & silver espadrilles - Penelope Chilvers
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
So yesterday, I had a nightmare outfit day (yes clearly there are bigger worries in the world but they don't make for shallow blog posts. Alas). It really got me to thinking - as well as making a holy mess of my dressing room/bedroom under the guise of "sorting out" - about packing, capsule wardrobes, being 42, Summer, Autumn, Winter outfits and I will be back with my chunterings tomorrow.