Five Favourite Straps

When I got my Apple Watch last year, I went for the middle of the range option that came with a black leather strap. That was fine, but I wanted more interesting options. It seems odd, but despite coming out over a year ago, there still aren’t that many pretty straps out there, so I thought I’d share which ones I have!

First, the black leather strap it came with. It’s fine, it’s a basic look. £129 for it though seems a little crazy.

I picked up a red leather strap that is similar from eBay, but it’s not one I use much since the connectors that attach the strap to the watch feel a little loose. At the same time, I bought this metal link strap* which also isn’t perfect but cost significantly less than the metal link strap direct from Apple!

After joining the gym and going on a regular basis, I bought a turquoise sport strap from Apple for a little less than the £39 on the store thanks to a discount I get through work. I really want the yellow strap, but it’s always out of stock in the UK.

Finally, the two prettiest straps I have are from a company called Case-Mate – I bought the pink plasticy chain link effect one* and the “Brilliance” strap* from Amazon. The pink one looks pretty cool, although is difficult to get on since it’s one piece, but the brilliance one is probably my favourite as it’s silvery, and a little sparkly.

Since I don’t really wear jewerllery much, this is the only thing I change up to match outfits, so why can’t I buy more pretty straps? Such a non problem!

Purple Is The Colour

When Rainbow Club emailed to offer me a pair of custom coloured shoes, I didn’t even need to think twice about what colour I would choose. You probably guessed from my overuse of purple over on Bonjour, Blogger! that it’s my favourite colour which has been the case for as long as I can remember. It took longer to choose which shoes I was going to wear, but I went for the Stevie satin pumps because I don’t wear heels very much outside of work.

I intended to wear these for a friends wedding recently and take lots of photos in the beautiful countryside but when I was about a mile away from the hotel, I realised I had left them behind in Bristol! Super annoying. Still, a week later, I had a chance to really test the shoes out when I wore them to take part in the Bath in Fashion bloggers preview day. I knew there would be lots of walking so this would be a good chance to see how the shoes would hold up all day.

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These photos were taken at the end of the day, and the shoes were still perfectly comfortable, despite the amount of walking we had done! The shoes are slightly padded on the inside (although this didn’t affect the actual sizing of the shoe – no need to size up or down on this) which meant they were still super comfy after 8 hours of wear. I even had a few people complimenting my shoes when we were in a shop – very unexpected!

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Rainbow Club were also very kind enough to send over a pair of shoe clips which can help you change up the look of the shoes. I chose the Selena shoe clips because, well, go big and sparkly, or go home. The shoe clips are literally just that – like a little hair clip on the back of the sparkles that allow you to pop the shoe clip anywhere on the shoe that suits you – I like them on the back of the shoe!

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One of the things I noticed while browsing on the site to get the links for this post was that after the wedding, you can send the shoes back to Rainbow Club and have them dyed into a more everyday sort of colour – like getting two pairs of shoes for the price of one!

I’d totally recommend these shoes if you’re looking for a specific colour shoe for an outfit – not just for weddings!

Bath in Fashion 2016

Every year, Bath in Fashion puts on various events around the city and for the third year (check out the posts from 2013 and 2014 here), I was invited to go on their bloggers preview day to see what various retailers would be doing.

First though, we got to check out the new exhibit at the Fashion Museum, A History of Fashion in 100 Items. It only opened on the 19th, so we were one of the first groups who got to see the new exhibit. It’s another excellent exhibit, taking you from the early 1600’s to the present day. Here are a few pics from the exhibit, but you must go and see it for yourself!

Open and closed robes from the 1700's. Beautiful patterns. #bifloves

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This is a day dress from 1865 – crazy to think this was considered casual #bifloves

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I would wear this Dior dress now #bifloves

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After a bit of lunch at the museum (and a very messy muffin!), we split up into teams and went around the city hunting out items that showed off some of the latest trends. I was with Josephine, Kate and Clair as Team Rhodes (since Zandra Rhodes is going to be giving a talk at Bath in Fashion), and our task was to find tailored, fringed and tassled items. I found it much easier to find the tailored items, since that’s the sort of style I normally go for! We visited so many lush stores, but in order, we hit up Hobbs, Chanii B, Ezza, Phase Eight, Joules, Seasalt, Crew Clothing, Flock and Next.
Click on the images in the grid below to go to the Instagram pages for each item…

Shoe from Chanii B Shoes Leather bags at Ezza Dress, necklace and bag from Phase Eight Jacket and dress from Joules Shoes from Seasalt Cornwall Short and jumper from Crew Clothing Jacket and necklace from East Necklaces from Next


After hunting down lots of gorgeous items (and creating a bit of a wishlist!), we headed to Jollys (which is actually a House of Fraser) for a makeover with Nars then we were let loose in the store to find items to try on. It’s pretty rare for me to go and try clothes on when I’m actually looking for something, but even more so when I’m not looking for something in particular, so I thought I’d try things I wouldn’t normally go for. I loved this jumpsuit from Phase Eight – it was so comfortable! I also tried on this pleated dress from Biba and a pretty pink dress which I think was from Phase Eight again, but I can’t find that on the House of Fraser website!

We ended the day with cocktails at Be At One and some amazing goodie bags (I especially love the cashmere handwarmers from Brora and the glasses/phone case from Chanii B – I’m wearing the handwarmers now, and the case is great for finding my phone in my bag!)

Bath in Fashion is from 18th – 24th April and there are events for everyone – from watching Breakfast at Tiffanys to craft beer tasting at Hunter and Sons to a wearable technology masterclass (which sounds seriously interesting!). You can see all the events on the site here. Thank you to the Bath in Fashion team – it was such a fun filled day!