Brightly Patterned Goodies

Dionne GoodingA few weeks back I posted about Demestiks New York who create great pieces using vibrant African prints that I fell in love with instantly . If African fabrics are a little too bright and attention grabbing for you to wear as clothing, how about in smaller doses in the way of accessories?

Dionne Gooding is an accessories designer who specialises in shoes and bags, utilising a variety of different types of fabrics including wax prints (Ankara), and  Kente (woven  designs) in her work. These bright pieces when teamed with plain colours would really make an outfit “pop” and I have my eye on a few items myself, particularly the clutch bags- and who doesn’t like a superbly distinctive clutch? Sign me up for just about all of them.

 


Hamming it up

I don’t eat pork, but even I wouldn’t hesitate to walk around proudly with this comical “hambag”, as created by The Rodnik Band. The Rodnik Band isn’t an actual band as the name suggests, but rather a designer who fuses music, fashion and art influences to create whimsical pieces such as these below.

ham bag

Prices start from £249 at Not Just a Label, so while definitely not cheap, the bags are a good size and lets face it, they’re so unique I can’t really see anyone getting sick of them and handing them over to Oxfam anytime soon.

ham bag2

ham bag3


Adventures in Fattyland

Had a quick trying on session in Evans (Fattyland) yesterday evening. I was in store for what seemed like hours and all I bought was some underwear. It was extremely busy with all the staff scuttling around preparing for the sale which I think starts today.

Love it!!! I’m wearing the size 26- fits fine. Couldn’t buy it at the time but I’m def going back for it.

Size 28- a little too big.

I saw this on the website and immediately loved the print. I had dreams of wearing it with the pale bleach wash jeans from Evans but they are no longer on the website and I can’t see them in store anymore. DRAT. The obvious choice would be to style a satin top with something smart for an evening out but I wanted to dress it down a lot and make it look more rugged- like this:

 

Cardigan- £15 New Look, Satin top £35- Evans, Jeans £35 Dorothy Perkins, Aqua gladiators £40, Office, Collage Slogan Bag by Diesel £40 (sale price) Marshall Ward.

Now that I’ve tried it on its a bit longer than I thought it was and also more off the shoulder-y than it looked online so won’t work as well with my styling plan.

What does work for me though is the bag. SWOON! I’ve been eyeing it up in Selfridges so much for the past few weeks that I’m sure the security team are monitoring me. Its also available in in a black/ grey colourway but what I’m really lusting over and getting all excited about is the red/purple colourway. It MUST be mine. I need a new work bag and this has to be it! The only thing making me a bit hesitant about buying it is the fact that its lined with black fabric. I never buy black work bags because a) I think they’re boring b)I can never locate things inside it easily. When you have a big black bag and are trying to find something at the bottom its like looking into the abyss and it just frustrates me further when I’m searching for something that I just can’t find. Also, there are no compartments in it apart from a small zippered section which is big enough to contain a tight selection of things but the main section is just one big vortex. My phone has a black case and if that goes inside it I’d never see it again. Even though I am put off by the black lining the superfab exterior makes up for it so I may just have to get it. Also, its gone down in the sale now so that’s the extra incentive I need.

ooOoooOo I love you, come to momma........Image from Zappos.com

ooOoooOo I love you, come to momma........Image from Zappos.com

Image from Zappos.com

Definitely not boring. Image from Zappos.com


Homicidal Handbags

Angela Lansbury chic spotted online today, courtesy of styleaholics.com. I can definitely see me carrying “the logo” this summer.

Even Columbo approves.

Murder She Tote


Which One Are You?

So when you finally crumble under the unbearable weight of acid wash denim pressure and can’t resist no longer,  (I’m talking to you MightayMightay!), when you finally try on an acid wash piece and realise how good you look in it, how are you going to style it? how will you wear it? Will you be taking it back to the old skool and pairing your new AWJ’s with glorious brights or keeping the palette modern with a neutral palette? Ooo, decisions, decisions…..

Clockwise from top left: White Bootie £350- Georgina Goodman, Earrings $4.80 Forever 21, Tote £307 Vivienne Westwood at Urban Outfitters, Bangle £15 Freedom, Shoes £28- Topshop, Tote £69- DKNY at House of Fraser, Necklace £10- Topshop.

 

Bottom picture clockwise from top left: Tote £35- Wallis, Sandals £40 Rocketdog at Shoe Tailor, Ring £6- Miss Selfridge, Tote £35- Oasis, Bangle £10- Evans, Shoe Boots $119 Nine West, Earrings £7- Dorothy Perkins, Necklace £12 -French Connection.


Continuing Yesterday’s Bag Theme Pt 3 (More Novelty Bags Than You Can Shake a Stick At)

Three posts in one day- I really am spoiling you! For the final instalment in the novelty bag trilogy I would like to draw your attention to the Flickr photostream of MagicSparkleBean. MSB’s photo collection showcases a fabulous array of novelty bags, purses and lunchboxes all from her extensive collection that make me swoon. Her love of bags exceeds even my own appreciation because while I love novelty bags I don’t really own many. MSB owns PLENTY. My favourite is the Wizard of Oz  pail and d’ya know she even has the matching shoes. Every day would be halloween if I was in possession of both of these things (I’ve been looking for a pair of red sparkly shoes that are just right for a while) because I would surely dress up like Dorothy every day. I’m serious, I would. I might not leave the house but those ruby slippers would be on my feet to do the washing up, the vacuuming, to watch tv….. Oh the fantasy.

Hold up, wait a minute. I lied. The yellow pail is my second favourite. First place favourite must SURELY go to the black vintage style bag/ phone that comes complete with a phone jack that you can PLUG IN AND USE!!! OMG! The ultimate mobile phone! I would swap all my shoes and my favourite coat for that one bag. Where did she find it? I don’t know but I would love to find out.

 


Continuing Yesterday’s Bag Theme Pt 2 (Diamante is a Girl’s Best Friend)

 

I really must stop these luxury item posts. Its as though I’m a child stood at the window of the biggest toy shop in the world with my hands cupped around my face, nose pressed to the window going, “Woooooooowwwww!” I know I must stop but I can’t, especially when the luxury items are quirkilly shaped and encrusted with Swarovski diamante like the ones above, and the apple shaped one from my previous post.  I’m a sucker for an unusual shaped bag whether its sparkly or not, but an unusual bag decorated with diamante? I feel faint already. I’m not a huge fan of glitzy diamante jewellery but when I see an evening bag covered in diamante,  rhinestones glittering in the light, it brings out the Kimora Lee Simmons in me.

Judith Lieber is the queen of sparkling evening bags. The woman herself retired in 1998 but the brand lives on and is responsible for all the glittering goodness in the photo above. The company’s bags are world renowned and some are housed in museums such as the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Seeing them at the V&A is the closest I will ever get to one as they cost megabucks and I would think they are a bit of a stretch to even the considerably rich, but I am going to find my own cheapo jewelled up lovely somewhere one day, just you wait and see. In fact  I remember seeing something a little Lieber-ish in Topshop last week. I wonder if its still there….

PS- Just a note. The rose shaped bag in the bottom right corner isn’t covered in Swarovski crystals- no siree- its the real deal. Yes thats right, its covered in diamonds and other precious stones and the value of it is so high that the price is only available on request and not listed on the website. Reminds me of the Fryen Sandal that I blogged about a few weeks ago with its £50,000 price tag. Somehow though, this doesn’t offend me as much as the Fryen shoe did.  Am I exhibiting evening bag bias?  Has the rose bag already worked its magic on me and I am now immune to its high priced charm? I think maybe I’m not as horrifed by the price because Lieber are known for making extravagantly priced bags- thats just what they do, whereas Jonathon Kelsey doesn’t normally create such extravagant shoes. Hmmm… Also, I think that the Fryen Sandal didn’t look expensive at all and had a bit of the Emperor’s new clothes feel to it which is partly why the price appalled me so. Or maybe I’m just more biased towards evening bags after all.


Continuing Yesterday’s Bag Theme


Look and Read

Have you ever seen something that is so you that you can almost see your refelction in it? Something where as soon as you see it you can see all the occasions where you would use it and as you look at it you are co-ordinating it into your wardrobe? Well this is mine. I first saw these bags a couple of years ago and swooned over then at the time but then forgot about them. This week I discovered them again and the love affair has been rekindled. Femme Sud create GORGEOUS, and I mean GORGEOUS bags with a nostalgic, glamourous theme and an ounce of humour. This bag is my clear favourite as it makes me nostalgic about my own past and the years I spent as a teen, scribbling away in my own diaries and pouring out my heart. These bags aren’t cheap though :-( as they weigh in at $395 USD (approx £265). Why do I have such expensive tastes?!?!? Now I remember why I stopped thinking about these bags two years ago.

In my determination to find a similar styled bag at a cheaper price I found these….

Rebound Designs has taken the book as a bag theme literally with fabulous results. These bags are actually created from real live hard backed books  with the pages removed and the cover transformed into a quirky one of a kind bag that is sure to make heads turn. As an enthusiastic bookcrosser there is a small part of of me that winces to know that a book has been sacrificed for the sake of fashion, but Caitlin the creator and seller at Rebound, will send the pages to you at no extra cost except the shipping price. Thats not so bad. That way you can unleash the artist within  you and design a brand spanking new cover for your denuded book- just imagine what you could create ! As well as selling from their own website, Rebound Designs are also on Etsy. Prices start at a more palatable $150 USD.

But wait! Theres more!

Not content with with just using book covers, Caitin also uses the pages of trashy romance novels to create these raunchy pins. Anyone sitting opposite you on the tube/ subway will surely blush as they read about how “he spread her with his thumbs” or how she was “arching into her own touch”. Wearing one on its own would be suggestive enough but wearing several together to create your own bedroom sizzler would surely get your fellow commuters hot under the collar. Most of the pins shown on the website are already sold, but if you email Caitlin I’m sure she will be happy to answer any queries.


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