Tuesday, October 14, 2014

picking a new handbag

& other stories bag

Pretty much all of us have a handbag glued to our arm or shoulder. I cant think of one of my girlfriends who leave the house without toting around half their life either. A good handbag is a day to day essential that doesnt have to be boring. Today I thought I'd write a little guide on how to pick a new handbag. Picking an everyday bag is no easy feat. Theres a lot of things you need to consider when deciding whats best for your day to day needs! Here are a few tips I picked up along the way!

I’ve just purchased myself a brand new handbag in the form of the above & Other Stories beaut. A little multi functional black number with a geometric cut out. So chic, on trend and goes with pretty much every outfit combination imaginable. It also can be worn as a satchel or as a tote. Dream bag much?

Look for Versatility
If you’re like me and seem to use the same bag religiously until you get a new one then pick something that goes with everything. Black and Brown are pretty standard when it comes to handbags but they do go with everything. TThen again things like metallics, leathers and white also go with any outfit. If black and brown arent your thing then here are lots of fresh and exciting alternatives worth exploring! Pattern and texture is also worth exploring, just keep in mind this is going to be your day to day bag, while their Cath Kitson bag is very cute, it's hardly appropraite for all situations!

Size Matters
Don’t ever over stuff a bag. It can look sloppy and it’s probably not good for your frame! Don’t weigh yourself down either, if you have to carry more things then choose a larger bag! Overstuffing can also damage the life of the bag! While clutches look great they aren’t practical for day to day taks because they aren’t very convieneat. On the other hand there are perfect for when you just need your phone, cash and a credit card! Consider a size that 

Small bags on tall girls will get lost and if you’re on the short side a smaller bag will make you look swamped. Make sure you pick a bag that’s relative to your own size rather than choosing a “on trend” bag. While big handbags are said to make you look slimmer, I think it’s best to choose something that compliments your size rather than exaggerates it. 

Consider the Material
Bags come in loads of material these days including leather, synthetic leather and plastic. An everyday bag should be durable and something that can stand up to daily wear. For me leather is the best choice for a bag. It’s classic, durable and very chic. It’s easy to keep clean for the most part and waterproof if you spray it with a protector spray. Synthetic materials are also easy to keep clean but it’s worth keeping an eye out for ones that don’t have a “cheap, shiny” feel to them as they can look just that… cheap.

Monday, October 13, 2014

the little denim dress

These snaps were from last week when me and Zoe had the pleasure of attending Afternoon Tea at Cafe Royal. Now being me I've actually lost all my photos that I took while I was there... #bloggerfail. But you can see it all in it's delicious goodness in the vlog from that day.

I never thought I'd type this but Im kinda going off monochrome! YES THATS RIGHT ME, MONOCHROME MELROSE is done-diddly-one- with black and white. Well maybe. A little bit. I seem to be drawn to blue and navy at the moment instead of my usual black. I picked this dress from my latest Topshop A/W Haul and the coat was something I'd purchased earlier in the month but has barely left my shoulders since. It's lightweight enough for autumnal breezes and thick enough to not leave me shivering. Plus it goes with so many things. The pattern is just darling.

Denim isnt one of my favourite things in the world, I was a jeans dodger for years in the early days of this blog. None the less this petrol blue number has slipped perfectly into my wardrobe without feeling out of place.

& Yup, still not given in to tights weather!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Catchup #1

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001. As this was such a sucessful feature last week I thought I'd get back into the swing and do it properly again! Woop!

002. I went to see Gone Girl last night which I really enjoyed. I honestly think its one of the best films I've seen this year. I havent read the book yet but I think Im going to crack it out next week to get the full story. I dont think I've ever seen a film with Ben Affleck in (apart from Dogma, ha) I really liked it though. So man twists and turns and kept me gripped throughout the film. Like everyone is saying about the film is that it ends really weirdly, leaving you want to know more! I guess thats the sign of a gripping story!

003. On Tuesday I popped west to go see the oh so lovely Manchester Orchestra. They are such a sweet band and I'd highly reccomend checking them out. My favourite song is Pensacola and you can check more snippets out in that vlog from the night. I also went to Afternoon Tea with Zoe at Cafe Royal which was absolutely amazing, I do have a full post on that coming up this week though. Spoiler alert, THE CAKES WERE AMAZING.

004. On Thursday night I went to see the wondeful Blitz Kids and then ended up going out to UPRAWR at the Purple Turtle.. then a casino before rolling into my house at 6am. You can check the vlog of the evening here and then my hungover vlog from the following day. I was a little bit ruined to say the least! I had the best time though. Reminded me that even though I've totally left my band days behind I do love hanging out with fab music minded people. Super inspiring! Even though my head hurt alot the next day and I was on set with a brand for a few hours! Oops! You live and you learn!

005. Sorry I dropped a little off the face of the blogging world towards the end of the week. Im thinking of cutting my blog days down to 5 days a week on here, keeping ETCLLYMLRS daily (even though I barely posted this week!) while I do vlogtober. It takes up a lot of my time editing and sorting those vlogs out but I think 5 posts is just enough on here alongside all the other bits I do on here. I'll be doing Sunday-Thursday daily postings around the 5pm mark! Even though this is a bit late and it's the first one >.<

Thursday, October 09, 2014

looking towards autumn


new look jeans
forever 21 clutch

The weather is just… the worst today. Lots of sitting under my duvet and catching up on the new episode of American Horror Story Freakshow and a tonne of coffee have kept be going. I’ve just been thinking about things I want to do over the next coming months. I’ve decided to stay in the UK for a bit rather than travel around but there are so many awesome things to do here in the UK I haven’t done before. Glamping was on my Summer bucket list and I still haven’t done it! So that's going right to the top of the list for now. Tonight Im going to see Blitz Kids at The Garage which should be mighty fun. 

Remember to check out my Vlogtober videos if you havent already! We're already on day 8! Cant believe it!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

quit horsing around

lulu guinness for uniqlo
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Topshop Skirt
Office Shoes

Part of the a capsule collection with the iconic designer this Uniqlo partnership is one not to be missed. It's a bunch of cool and quirky (and SO Lulu) tee's and sweaters. A lot of the styles have already sold out but I have two which I adore and love to bits. I sported one of the Lulu Guiness x Uniqlo tee's over Fashion Week and it went down a storm (it was even on the Daily Mail!). When I bought the tee I also picked up this sweater. Which I did think about returning originally as I liked it but I wasn't quite sure how much I liked it at first, I'm glad I kept it because it's a beaut. Uniqlo often have really cool collaborations which hardly get shouted about. Defintely worth keeping an eye on them!

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