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The Perfect Bag

We were waiting in Heathrow T5 for our flight to San Francisco, Alex had just dragged me out of the Mulberry store they have there (T5 has quite “high end” shops in it, which surprised me because they were full of the sorts of things that you wouldn’t buy on impulse) so I turned to the Mulberry iPhone/iPad app and sneakily looked a things I could never afford.

Then I saw this bag and squeaked because IT IS PERFECT.

Things I like in a handbag:

  • Big (this is a Bayswater, so its pretty massive. I have one of the Target ones and it is HUGE. I could probably fit a frozen turkey in there if I so desired.) (yes, I’m still sad that we didn’t get to have Christmas dinner)
  • Grey (I have a bit of a thing for grey in the same way that most people love black. Grey is the best non colour ever.)
  • Leather (I always try to buy leather handbags whenever possible, because they last forever. Grey leather handbag I bought 4 years ago from Topshop still going strong – its only because I have been given quite a few handbags recently that its been put away)
  • Pretty (The Bayswater is a pretty classic style, you have to admit)

Not only that but TEAPOTS. TEA. POTS. I know. I’ll admit, I don’t quite know WHY there are teapots all over the handbag, but I don’t care. It is like this handbag was designed for me.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t (because it it was, wouldn’t I have been given one?). And more sadly, it’s a LOT of money. Like, £4000.

My secret hope is that no one will buy it (because obviously it wasn’t designed for them) and it will turn up in our local factory shop around the end of August for about um 99% of the price. I might have a chance of someone buying it for my birthday then.

Choosing One Is Hard

…iPad case that is.

As I may have mentioned once or twice (or pretty much every day – #ipadwanker) the boyfriend bought me an iPad for my birthday.

I stole….er, borrowed his Apple iPad case (well, he wasn’t using it!) He’d been tucking his iPad into his work notebook until I nicked his case, then he bought this hard shell case. It’s actually quite nice, but I want a case that will protect the screen as well.

It seems that a lot of designers have caught on to producing iPad cases, it certainly seems that there are a lot more out there than there are iPhone specific cases.

Here are a few cases that I wouldn’t mind having, you know, if someone were to buy me one.

First up is the iPad cover from Moleskine. I know. Moleskine. Don’t they make notebooks that you actually use a pen (or pencil) to write in? Well, yes. And you can still do that with this one. The case is made from the same materials as a normal Moleskine notebook, and has a “Volant” notebook on the inside as well, so you can still take notes with those pen things. They also do a iPhone case and a Kindle case (although neither of these are for the latest models)

Mulberry have also hopped onto the iPad case bandwagon by designing three different styles that are under the “Coming Soon” label on their website

“Deciding to develop the collection was a no-brainer,” says Emma Hill, the label’s creative director, who describes herself as “hopelessly devoted to and obsessed” with her iPad. “I think the Mulberry customer wants to retain the coveted exteriors of Mulberry icons, like the Bayswater for women and the Brynmore for men, but inside have enhanced features like padding, pockets and headphones access – combining style with function.”


Left to right, there are the adjustable iPad sleeves (£350) which look to do the same sort of job as the Apple case (£35), the Bayswater iPad sleeve (£250) which is cute, but its just a clutch bag really and the Simple iPad sleeve (£130) which is a more reasonable price, and a nice enough case to slip into another bag, but still a tad expensive for what it is.

Slightly more affordably, Ted Baker had produced a lilac iPad caseicon for £39, which is also available in grey (my second choice, of course) and “Straw” which I’d politely refuse. (Its not that I’m ungrateful, but peach is not a colour I would choose)

Again, more affordably, Marc by Marc Jacobs has started a range of “tech-sessories” such as USB memory sticks, headphones and including this iPad case for £35.

If designer labels aren’t quite your thing (and there were so many more I could have chosen from) then good old Etsy to the rescue.

This case by helekstudio, called the Lady D, costs about £45, but I love cases that don’t look like cases (if that makes sense?). One for the Early Grannies perhaps?

Of course, the iPad would fit nicely in a Mulberry Bayswater (I have tested this and yes it does fit, but still needs a case)…

Shoe Porn: Irregular Choice Shoes

Lets attempt another semi-regular feature on here then… although with this subject, I could quite happily post every day. (I won’t. Mostly because the boyfriend complains if I look at shoes too much.)

I’ve been a fan of Irregular Choice shoes for a long time. I can’t remember when I first saw the Tape Measure Court Shoes, but they’re the first ones that I remember seeing and they appeal to the crafty side of me. Here are a few others that caught my eye on the IC website

The colour of these “Rose Slip” (£80) shoes were what caught my eye at first, the gorgeous plummy colour going well with the blue velvetty lining. Even though no one else will ever see the lining, I love that Irregular Choice put some thought into it. You can see it a little bit on this picture as well, but Irregular Choice soles are usually decorated with a bright random pattern.

I think its obvious why I was drawn to the Swordmaker boots (£85). LOOK AT THAT HEEL. I love any shoe that has a weird shape to it. The colour of these is gorgeous as well, although I wouldn’t normally choose gold and brown. If this was pewter and black though, I would be all over that like a crazy girl in a shoe shop. Um…

Finally, the Patty (£50) shoes (and matching clutch bag (£37 – doesn’t that seem like a massively high price compared to the shoes?)) are a little bit patriotic (sort of) and a bit crafty (doesn’t it look like someones glued felt to their shoes? In a good way of course) IC has these in different shades of blue, but these navy (at least, they LOOK navy on my screen!) ones are a bit smarter than the lighter blue pair, and much less in your face than this floral pair.

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