10 Seaside Savvy Beach Bags…

Beach Bags

AHOY There Beauty Buddies…

Okay, so last Friday we took a peek at our packing lists for a day at the seaside in Beach Bag Essentials, but what’s a list of nautical goodies if you don’t have a gorgeous tote to put them in?! Any excuse for a shopping spree, are you with me ladies 😉

So to ensure our stash of beach accessories are all taken care off (in the most beautiful way) I’ve uncovered some of the most bedazzling bags in beach couture. So whether you’re jetting off to far flung shores or simply taking a two minute dander to your nearest beach side spot, why not spend the next 5 minutes cooing over which of these funky bags you’d be tempted to take with you…

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ACCESSORIZE STRIPED BEACH TOTE

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Head to the seaside with this striped beach tote bag, designed with leather-look handles and trims. This zipped style has plenty of space for holiday essentials, plus an additional front pocket for smaller items! How very handy 🙂

How much? Quite the catch at £25!

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SURFDOME ANIMAL POPPY BEACH BAG

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I’m loving this gorgeous paper straw bag with contrasting ethnic inner print, knotted rope handles and branded animal logo to front. Stylish, chic and oh-so-nautical, the perfect pal for a day in the sun!

How much? Currently reduced to £23.99 – be quick!!

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VERY MULTI STRIPE BEACH BAG

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With its beach hut hues and nautical-inspired rope handles, nothing says summer quite like this stripe print beach bag! The canvas shell and simple shape keep things classic, and it’s just the right size for all your beach essentials!

How much? A total beach bargain at a mere £10!

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LIPSY NEON JELLY BEACH BAG

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How fun is this cute clear jelly beach bag with matching interior zip pouch! You’ll never have to rummage for your sunscreen again as one glance and you’re on it 😀

How much? Could be yours for £40!

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PERSONALISED BUTTERFLY BEACH BAG

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This personalised canvas bag would make the perfect beach or shopper bag. Large enough to hold all your beach essentials and plenty of space to make it a sturdy shopping bag… handy if you happen to be passing by any beauty boutiques gals 😉

How much? A steal at only £15

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BETSEY JOHNSON BOW-LETTE STUDDED TOTE BAG

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You never know what you stumble across on the virtual ailse of Ebay. How sassy is this Betsey Johnson Tote Bag?! Perfect for the rock chicks amongst us it makes for an eye catching beach bag with it’s fun black and pink stripes and huge studded bow!

How much? $79.95 (approx £56)

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MARNI WICKER SHOPPER BAG

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Marni’s wicker shopper is a beach side essential that will adapt to urban surroundings seamlessly. Crafted in Italy, this cavernous design will hold all of your daily must-haves and more. Chic stripes and an internal drawstring pouch makes this piece an elevated option this season.

How much? £530 – yep you’re reading it right… for those that love an ultimate splurge!

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BOOHOO KARA PRINTED BEACH BAG

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Bring your accessories a-game in the perfect bag for those everyday essentials and night out necessities. Printed backpacks make any outfit pop, shoppers are chic and cross body bags fuss-free for when you’re out and about. Cocktails and clutch bags go hand in hand – liven up your little black dress with an embellished envelope clutch this party season.

How much? A rather cheery £12!

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ACCESSORIZE EGYPT PRINT TOTE

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Get that global traveller look down with our Egyptian tile-print tote bag, embellished with embroidered patterns, sequins and a statement tassel. This eye-catching piece has faux leather handles, and a contrast lining with a zipped pocket.

How much? £29

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BAGS AND PURSES BY BETH: POLKA DOT BEACH BAG

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What collection of funky bags would be complete without ,y favourite print!. This gorgeous handmade polka dot tote bag is a such an eye-catcher. Bright and cheery with a hint of seaside nostalgia. I love it ❤

How much? £31.32… a nifty price for a handcrafted item!

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What’s your pick of the bunch? Have you recently treated yourself to a fabulous new beach bag? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend!

Cheerio Chums…

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The Look Of Love…

The Look Of Love

Hello Lovelies…

Can you believe it’s February already? Nope, me either. However seeing as it’s the first post of such a loved up month I thought it was only fitting to start it off with a sprinkling of fashion inspiration for all those ladies who’ll be stepping out in style this Valentines night. So whether you’re off to see the highly anticipated 50 Shades Of Grey or cosying up in your favourite restaurant with your other half, it’s inevitable you’ll want an outfit to impress…

 Valentines Style

 1) I spotted this gorgeous hot pink dress whilst flicking through the latest Simply Be catalogue. I absolutely adore the vibrant colour and sassy little metallic waist band detail… best of all it’s available in sizes 12-32 *click here* for more details.

 2) What glamour obsessed gal doesn’t love a metallic clutch? I spotted this gorgeous little number on Chic Bag and thought it would tie in perfect with my Valentines outfit choices. Shockingly (I hope you’re sitting down) it’s reduced from £180 down to a staggering £11.99!

 3) If you love layering up your lashes then Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is right up your street. Its hourglass shaped brush and lash lengthening formula will undoubtedly bestow you with movie-star eyes. Available from Debenhams.

 4) This is probably one of my all time favourite perfumes… Miss Dior is a fragrance that I can only describe as liquid love in the most daintily pretty little bottle. After my hubby treated me to a bottle at Christmas I’ve been hooked ever since. Check out the scent-sational range of Dior fragrances available from Boots.

 5) What outfit would be complete without a statement MAC lippy to add a perfect pop of colour? This gorgeous shade ‘All Fired Up’ is one of my favourite passionate pink tones. Check it out by visiting the MAC store online.

 6) I’ve recently just discovered this beautiful bronzer from Vivo. For only £4.99 this stunning velvety-soft bronze powder is not to be missed. Just *click here* to check it out on Vivo’s website… who knows what other beauty bargains you’ll stumbled across?

7) Any of the Urban Decay palettes are worthy of a mention, however seeing as we’re sticking to silvery tones for my Valentines outfit choice what could be more perfect than the sumptuous shades of the Naked 2 collection? I’m in love! *swoon*

8) Now ladies most of you know only too well how much I love my glitter, so when I spotted these cute little hot pink hearts on Etsy I knew they’d be the perfect Valentines accessory – without running the risk of looking like a misplaced Christmas bauble! They’ll add the perfect little sprinkle of shimmer to your lobes. Grab your pair from LittleBearsMom Etsy shop.

9) Having spent the last few months encased in winter boots, I’m looking for any excuse to step out in sassy little strappy sandals. Available from ASOS, this pair of stunning stilettos are guaranteed to add the perfect finishing touch to any loved up outfit… just don’t forget to treat yourself to a little pedi-party before stepping out in style.

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So there you have it ladies, my ‘Look Of Love’ in nine stylish steps. Have you any plans this Valentines night? What will you be up to & what’s on your must-wear menu? As always I love reading your thoughts in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter!

Cheerio Chums…

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Top Travel Essentials for your Jolly Holidays…

Travel Essentials

For many of us, the long haul of travelling to our destination is all part and parcel of the honeymoon or holiday excitement – but if you’re not properly prepared it can soon turn into a terror trip than that relaxing vacation you’ve been dreaming about for the last few months. So whether you’re off on a romantic getaway for two, heading home to family this Christmas or planning a fun weekend away with friends it’s essential you get yourself geared up & prepared for the journey ahead…

The Travel Bag:

Okay, so I’m assuming you’re checking an overstuffed trunk of holiday goodies into the check-in desk which leaves you pondering what handbag should accompany you on your journey. Well, before you dust off that favourite designer tote, stop and think about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing when you get there. If sightseeing is top of your list & you’re hitting a high tourist destination spot it could be worthwhile leaving your mesmerising Michael Kors bag at home and choosing a much safer option. With pick-pocketing, bag slashing, muggings and handbag theft at a serious high, it’s a good idea to treat yourself to one of these handy little travel buddies by Pacsafe

Citysafe 100 anti-theft handbag

So what’s so unique about them? Actually, quite a lot! Not only are they designed to neatly store every gals travel needs, the sleek Citysafe 100 is undoubtedly the James Bond of women’s handbags. The adjustable straps are reinforced with lightweight stainless steel along with similar reinforced panels in the most vulnerable and commonly targeted areas to help prevent bag slashers running off with your contents.
As most passports, credit cards and ID Cards have an RFID chip that contains personal data that many thieves can access via certain radio frequencies (scary thought!!) the Citysafe 100 boasts the award winning RFID safe micro-chip that blocks out these transmissions – helping to prevent your data from falling into the wrong hands.
This brill bag also has a variety of anti pick-pocketing features such as zipper security hooks and secure fixture mechanisms that allow you to secure your bag in place when set beside you… making it even harder for any savvy snatcher to make a dash with your beloved belongings!

Are you considering taking your designer bag now? Hmm, maybe not!

Looking Good:

So now that we’ve got our super-safe travel bag, if you’re anything like me the first thing you’ll want to do is fill it with the absolute essentials of any trip… make-up! Considering all those hours waiting (patiently) in queues, recycled air, sweat, headaches etc. you’ll probably want to freshen up your holiday face at some point. Freebie samples and testers are perfect for this as they’re compact and easily tucked into a pocket. Other handy items to keep with you are make-up removal wipes, small deodorant, hair clip, nail file, travel hair brush with mini built in mirror.
Just don’t forget to bring along those little plastic zip-lock bags for security check-in!

The Nibbles:

Even just an hour or two of travelling on a rumbling tummy can leave you feeling like a wilted grape – however before you stock up on goodies wait until you’re through the security checks or you’ll more than likely end up waving goodbye to that huge bar of galaxy you’ve been hoarding. Once through security you can treat yourself to a range of snacks & refreshments. Cereal bars are a traveller’s best friend as they’re so easy to pop in your bag, won’t cause a huge mess and are a great little boost to keep the energy levels up. If you’re prone to air pressure ear popping *ouch!* it could be a good idea to buy a little bag of boiled sweets to suck along the way… I’ve heard it works a treat to help reduce the discomfort!

The Entertainment:

I personally enjoy catching up with some of my favourite glossy mag’s such as Glamour & Cosmopolitan when I’m on the move, especially the smaller travel sizes that are hassle free for popping in your handbag. If you’re a book reader it’s always a good idea to get your Kindle (or other device) well stocked up with a good variety of top reads. There’s even an app for your smart phones if you want to keep your e-book tucked up at home, or why not give Audible a go –you can just lie back and listen to a great story without even having to glance at a page! Alternatively if you’re travelling at night it could be a good idea to take along a sleep mask so you can catch a quick nap if you’re feeling worn out from all the excitement.

The Important Stuff:

Yes, you know – all those vital documents you need to get from A-B without the intervention of frenzied relatives or government officials. Make sure you keep an easy-access compartment in your bag for passports & other important paperwork that is easy to access when needed. Ensure you have confirmations of travel printed out & at hand should anything be queried (the same goes for medical insurance documents) and of course don’t forget to make a list of important contacts should your phone get misplaced or stolen! Important numbers to note should always include travel agents, family members, friends, Doctors surgery, your hotel, credit card company, insurance company, bank etc. Don’t be tempted to lift your address book, as if that goes walkies you’ve just handed a stranger the entire contact details of your nearest and dearest!

Feeling Comfy:

You may have your travel bag organised to perfection but it’s important you travel just as well as your belongings do. Wear something light & comfortable as opposed to tight and tailored. Stretchy layers are super comfy & a great way to let you regulate your temperature to the surroundings – if things get a bit chilly you can hop up in your vest top, long shirt tee & hoodie or if you’re feeling the heat you can remove whatever you need to cool off *within reason of course ladies, ah hem*
Slip on shoes should definitely be considered an essential! In fact I’d go as far as saying they should be a legal requirement… especially if like me you’re always the one who is stuck behind the person that decided to wear knee boots with 40-something zips and buckles *sigh*

Have you a romantic honeymoon booked or are you travelling over the Christmas Jollidays? If so, do you have any top tips or tricks when it comes to travelling? Is the commute something you enjoy as part of your holiday, or are you the ‘get me there pronto’ type?

As always I’d love to read your thoughts and feedback in the comments below, so do stop by and say hello…

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