Designer handbags shopping rules and five starter bags

Starting your designer handbag collection can be daunting. There are so many to choose from that is very easy to get lost in all of this and buy something just for the sake of buying with little resell value or even more importantly little use.

I would lie if I said that all of my bags were well thought through and researched but somehow I have managed to stay true to my style and avoid big mistakes. Not everything that I have bought would stand the test of time, however all in all I am quite happy with my collection !

So having all this in mind, I decided to put together five golden rules when it comes to bags together with my recommendations for best starter bags with the biggest resell value in the future… I have already put a comprehensive post detailing dos and don’ts when it comes to designer handbags so if you interested go and check it out here !

Let’s begin…

  • Start small

I would not start buying into designer handbags with the most expensive Chanel flap or even more pricy Hermes. Learning what you really like and what not will take some time so test the water before you jump in !

  • Do your research

Research is truly a key to successful purchase ! Impulse buying when it comes to luxury, can be very costly… Find the style you like but be practical and think about different situation in your life and occasions you would want to use your new accessory.

  • Do not compromise

Sometimes when you have been saving for a particular bag that feels out-of-reach, it is easy to settle and buy something cheaper instead. Speaking from experience I would say do not do that as soon or later you will end up going to your original choice (I promise !).

  • Quality over quantity

It is always better to have couple of good quality, functional handbags than half a dozen of cheap and tacky ones. Invest in neutral colours and the ones you will be able to style day and night !

  • Classic is the way forward 

As mentioned before classic colours and models will stand the test of time. Bright colours and stand out prints may not be the best of choices. Classics will also have much better resell value should you decide to let them go in the future !

Now with some examples… I decided to suggest five handbags that in my opinion will make an excellent first (or even tenth) investment handbag. Please take my examples with a pinch of salt as my view and lifestyle maybe different to yours and what I like may not be to your taste…

In no particular order…

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Best work handbag goes to LV Neverfull

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Best evening handbag goes to Chanel WOC

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Best day to night handbag goes to Chloe Drew

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Best day handbag goes to Gucci Soho Disco

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Best starter handbag (all things considered) goes to LV Speedy

I hope you have enjoyed this post and find it useful…

I would love to know your feedback !

As usual thank you very much for stopping by…

Aggie x

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What I wore Sunday… rainy days

The last few weeks weather in UK has been a constant unknown… One day it would be raining, the other it would be snowing. The unpredictability of these conditions makes the whole country to stop and a very difficult task to take any pictures for my outfit diaries…

The ones seen today were taken on a very foggy Sunday morning so apologies in advance  for lack of sunshine and lighter clothing. The combination shown in here is nothing new as I already worn most of the items individually.

Although more autumn appropriate, I could not resist to style this military style coat yet again (previous attempts can be found here and here). This time I paired with very unusual for me jumper and pencil leather skirt which over the last few months became a real staple in my wardrobe.

I love how this warm combination of colours goes with my red lipstick and my slightly darker then usual hair colour. I enjoy trying new things and today’s post is a result of this !

That is what I wore on a very foggy Sunday…

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Coat Zara

Knit Topshop (now sold out)

Skirt Whistles

Boots Stuart Weitzman

Bag Chanel

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I really hope that next week I will be able to show you much more Spring-like outfit !!

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you all very soon…

Love,

Aggie x

What I wore Sunday… night out in Amsterdam

I had a pleasure of spending last weekend in Amsterdam and I will be more than happy to share details of our trip in the coming posts. I loved every single minute of our adventure and I cannot imagine more picturesque city to travel to…

The photos for today’s post were taken in Room Mate Aitana Hotel which I would highly recommend for its design, location and service. I also loved the big windows, very modern and clean deco as well as the view. It is a well-priced option if you want to stay central in comparison to other hotels.

As for the outfit itself, I went for a very minimalistic and slightly masculine look. Checked blazer, white t-shirt and skinny pair of jeans. I added my beloved bag and a statement pair of heels that in my opinion add a feminine touch to the look.

I am surprised myself how much I like what I wore. It is mainly due to the fact that I am not a blazer person. I had few in the past but always felt that they were too structured and not flattering on my body… Somehow this one is different. Much more loose-fitting, without shoulder pads, cut properly.  The minute I have tried it on, I knew I would wear it non-stop !

So without further delay that is what I wore in Amsterdam !

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Blazer H&M

T-shirt Topshop

Jeans Topshop

Bag Chanel

Heels Valentino

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Thank you so much for stopping by and for checking out what I have been up to !

Love,

Aggie x

Best luxury buys of 2017

My inability to compromise often gets me in trouble, especially when incomes to shopping. When I see something I really like, made out of incredible fabric with huge attention to detail, I find it incredibly difficult to substitute or leave behind.

Having said that I have to admit that majority of my more expensive buys is very well-thought through. I do not impulse buy much as I have huge respect towards mine and my husband’s hard work and everyday efforts. I like for my purchases to be of good quality but most importantly they must be needed and serving the purpose.

I had a good look at everything I bought in 2017 and have shortlisted all the pieces featured below as my best buys. Some are from premium high-street some from big designer labels but you have for sure seen them on this blog before.

So let’s begin…

Accessories:

  • Dior So Real Sunglasses (similar)

I love wearing sunglasses. They instantly elevate the whole look and add that special something to how I feel. These were on a pricy side but in my opinion are worth the money. I have been wearing them on repeat and planning on doing the same this year.

Panama style white hat is in my opinion a must in every wardrobe. I got mine at the end of June and have been loving it. As you may have noticed I like to wear a hat from time to time and this one is just perfect.

I got this scarf at the end of the year and although I have not featured it a great deal on this blog, I promised you that I have been wearing it all the time. It is of exceptional quality and having had some many high-street equivalents in the past, I can honestly say it is worth the splurge !

Shoes:

  • Gianvito Rossi Plexi Pumps (similar)

I got this pair on sale (with over 50% off) after debating for a very long time if I should buy them or not. They are very flattering, I really like the colour combination, they are easy to look after and they make me feel very put together !

Ps. They look more uncomfortable than they are… I promise !

  • Gianvito Rossi Portofino Sandals (similar in suede)

There are no words to describe how much I love this pair… They are by far one the most comfortable shoes I have, being one of the most flattering at the same time. I would love to add another pair in different colour to my collection this year but only time will tell if that happens !

Another pair that win on the comfort front for me. They are not to everyone’s taste but I personally find them extremely easy to style, flattering and versatile so much so that you are probably fed up of seeing them on this blog !

Handbags:

I got this bag as a Christmas present back in 2016 nad although I had some initial problems with the strap and I ended up exchanging the original bag I know it was worth the effort. This bag is indestructible and perfect for work. I love everything about it and would recommend it without the slightest doubt.

This is without the slightest hesitation my most used bag of 2017. I bought it back in March and have been loving it ever since. It is perfect for day and night, the colour is very versatile but the biggest surprise for me was how comfortable the strap is ! Worth the investment and I will continue to use it in 2018 !

Clothing:

  • AllSaints Leather Jacket (similar)

This jacket is one of the best value for money items I got all year. I have managed to secure it with a massive 50% discount but to tell you the truth it is worth full price. The fit and the quality of the leather is exceptional. My only tip if you want to give it a go would be to downsize as like with all the leather items the jacket will stretch !

Denim shirt seems like a must in most closets and this one is an excellent choice. It is the best quality fabric and the fit is very flattering ! Every time I wear it, somebody will comment on how much they like it and I understand why…

I hope you have enjoyed my shortlist and I have inspired you to make your own… It really opens the eyes of what is worth spending your money on and what you can give it a miss !

I will be publishing a video, going in more details on why I have chosen the items I did so make sure you subscribe to my channel for more !

Thank you very much for stopping by !

Love,

Aggie x

December

This post is published a little bit later than expected but life is unpredictable and sometimes you just need to adjust. For the last week or so, I have been fighting sever cold and chest infection and although I am on right track to recover, I gave myself some time to rest and relax and just normally be ill…

December have been such a busy month for me both work and blog wise. I have been recording more videos than ever before (my YouTube channel is available here if you want to check it out). However, what gave me the most satisfaction was my What I wore Sunday… 2017 post combining all the looks I have shown you last year.

I have not initially registered how many different styles, colours and variations I have shown you… I have definitely grown, failed and learnt my lessons in 2017 and for that I am most grateful for.

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December being a very festive month, it was also a month of spending… Buying gifts and making surprises is something that I love and believe it or not gives me even more pleasure that buying for myself.

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My most-loved purchase of December would have to be this coffee machine, that was my Christmas present to my husband. We have been using it non-stop for the last fortnight and I can confirm it is worth every penny spent on it !

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In regards to blog the most popular posts were outfit related and they are available here and here if you want to check them out. The post that you viewed the least was a train journey from Sri Lanka, also available on my channel. I personally really liked it and I hope you will have a chance to view it as well (available here).

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January is going to be a fresh start for me and I have already made some plans for the future posts. You can definitely expect more What I wore Sunday outfits as well as a little bit of traveling. If you interested in where I will be going, make sure you follow my Instagram as I try to publish regular updates.

If there is anything, you would like to see from me- post, outfit idea, handbag comparison etc. let me know as I am very opened to your suggestions.

Thank you very much for your visit and I hope to see you soon !!

Love,

Aggie xx

What I wore Sunday… 2017

I have been thinking for some time of how I can show you all the looks from last year in one place. After careful consideration, I have decided to combine them altogether and then split them individually into months.

Looking through the pictures of What I wore Sunday gives me huge amount of satisfaction and pride that I made it work and week after week managed to publish new look. Not all of them make me go wow, but I have learnt a lot along the way of what looks good and what not.

Taking pictures and then editing and choosing the best ones (in my opinion) is time-consuming process. Some weeks I have a couple of hours to finish it all so being perfectionist at heart, I have issues compromising. Having said that, I am happy with everything I have done so far and can confirm none of the pictures have been ever photoshopped or filtered in any way.

So that is what I wore Sundays 2017…

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

Thank you very much for being part of that journey and all of your views, likes and kind words !!

What was your favourite What I wore Sunday ? I would love to know…

Love,

Aggie xx

What I wore Sunday… last weekend of autumn

I have probably mentioned countless amount of time but I love autumn. It is by far my favourite season and the colours are to die for. I do not mind the occasion rain and temperature drop that much.

The pictures taken for today’s post are quintessentially autumnal. The colours of the leaves and my outfit are all reflecting my love and appreciation of the season. I could not be happier with those shots and I hope it shows.

The outfit of the day consists of my favourite pieces that kept me warm and comfortable. My favourite parka, pair of jeans I cannot stop wearing lately and the new scarf that I have already mentioned here. I like to feel dress appropriately and this outfit provided just that.

Being comfortable in yourself is a key. Knowing what you like but also taking under consideration what suits your body shape and size is something that I consider with every outfit. This one is totally me and I would be happy to wear it every single day (maybe with occassional twist !).

That is what I wore last Sunday !

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Parka Burberry (budget friendly option here)

Shirt Madewell

Jeans AllSaints

Sneakers Isabel Marant

Scarf Acne Studios

Bag LV

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Thank you very much for stopping by !!

My next fashion post will be coming next Sunday so stay tuned for that.

Love,

Aggie x