But I'm in the zone and spent Saturday night with half an eye on The X Factor, half an eye on the laptop and a mouthful of Thai takeaway. (I could officially eat my bodyweight in coconut rice, red chicken curry and salt and pepper squid - I even snuck a beer in as well. Hair of the dog and all that) It was pure indulgence where the research was concerned - and my main focus was.....
A red bag.
After my day out on Friday where yes, my Mario fringed Jerome Dreyfuss was fabulous (even though, I fear double fringing may have been bordering on the edge of acceptable..... one was suede, one was leather?? *clutches at straws of good taste*), I did have the most random thought of "I need a red bag".
Ideally a small one - nothing huge to carry the kitchen sink around with, but one that you could wear out during the day. And also use out at night.
As I said yesterday, I don't wear red often. Nay, I don't wear red ever. But it's not that I don't love it and I think a red bag would go with anything.
So yesterday up with the lark, doing my duty for the Rugby Club with manning the car park (we all know it's the high vis vest that does it for me and for the record - EVERY week, the car park is full by 9.45am. You need to get up earlier parents..... ) and then off to get my copy of Stella Magazine in the Sunday Telegraph, which has been revamped by my lovely friend Ms Jones who is their new editor.
Well thanks a lot M. First up in their midi (that's price not size) bag section is this gem that I had added to my wishlist on Saturday night, due to it already being sold out. I'm never going to hold of it now!
Mini Soho Chain strap cross body bag from Gucci £565
But perhaps the slightly larger side would be better anyway... as much as I would like to think I can travel with a credit card, a titchy coin purse, a phone, lippie and my keys, I do seem to end up shoving a lot more "very necessary" stuff in it......
Gucci Soho Disco Texture Bag £650
So yes, we are looking at more top end bags (dare I say I have Christmas on my mind already......) and this one also has to go on the list. Gorgeously chic and classic. This could be handed down to your daughter.
Small leather camera bag Saint Laurent £675
Following on from the blog the other day and another Chloe gem.
Georgia Leather Satchel Bag from Chloe £610
The best thing about looking at super expensive bags is that when you find look at some that are just a little bit cheaper, they seem like a super bargain. (well... ish.....)
See by Chloe Kay shoulder bag £230
Or at Lulu Guiness. Adore this cute little bag. Connie hand held bag £275 (awfully similar to the Saint Laurent one, isn't it?)
A rather different shape at JCrew. They call this Red navy. As you do.... (I think it may have a red lining....)
Bennett Crossbody bag £138
Simply love this shape and size.
Leather Mini Bag from Karen Millen £99
Kin by John Lewis Ake Cross body bag £49
So then I had to move into wine territory (it's like coming home....). This isn't entirely what I had in mind and to be honest, if I had my choice it would be a scarlet bag but these are certainly fabulous to go with navy, grey, khaki or black... not forgetting camel.
Leather front zip across body bag from M&S £79
However there were some non leather red bags I came across that are definitely worth considering for a small Autumnal treat.
Balenciaga inspired at Mango. This is simply gorgeous and I have to say, I think I might prefer to 80% of the bags above.
Stud cross body bag from Mango £39.99
And another stud version in a bucket bag version - £34.99
Slightly larger at Topshop
Smart Duffle Bag £34
Finishing with a bargain suede number at Urban Outfitters. Perfect for Autumn and going into Christmas at an amazing price. And fulfilling my current other obsession of fringing...
Urban Renewal Vintage Remade Suede bag in red was £49 now £25
So are you a red bag fan? Had I had too much sun/champagne/fun at soft play this weekend and am I losing my mind? The Husband rolled his eyes but hopefully it might have gone into a special corner of his brain reserved for Christmas presents..... (chances of this are not high...but I've always been a glass half full gal) The alternative is that I'm off to Bicester in a month or so. WHOOOP!
A treat pic now for you all - me and a high vis vest yesterday morning at Rugby. Nothing a bit of McQueen can't sort out....