One Brand, Two Bags

I've realised lately that I always find my current favourite bags in stores which my group of friends don't shop in and which cost a fraction of the price of many bags I lust after! Accessorize and Monsoon are two brands which everyone knows as it's a shop you're able to walk into and certainly find jewellery you like (shout out to the Z line which is amazing), but what about the other pieces? Having discovered the brand a lot closer in the past year or so, I can assure you that it's not what you remember from your youth, as all I remember is that I got my prom dress from there! 

Since receiving these bags, I have been obsessed with them and they have been my go-to bags whenever I don't need to carry a load around. The above Blue Leather Bucket Bag is without a doubt my favourite as I had been looking for an electric blue bucket bag without spending over £100. Although the blue colour is no longer in stores as it was part of the Spring collection, there are many bags in the same style such as this gold version and this super cute laser cut bucket bag! I didn't expect such a high quality bag and for it to be so well-made, I've certainly used it a lot and there has been no wear and tear. On top of that, for such a small bucket bag, you're able to fit so much into it. When using it, I will carry around my iPad mini for reading on the tube, an umbrella for those unexpected summer showers, my camera if I'm shooting something (like that particular) and all the lip balms I don't need at the bottom. 

The below black bag is another small leather bag from Accessorize, this time a mini bag with fringe detailing on the front. Snatch it up in the sale now! Although it may look small, with some good tetris skills, you can actually fit a lot into the bag. I find that it's the size of my iPad mini as that slides perfectly into the bag with space in front of it for a lipstick, card holder, key holder and earphones. Online it's available in a lovely tan colour, but look in store for the black bag as it may still be there in the sale! 

SPECIAL MENTION:

A special mention has to go to the below customised bag which I created at the Accessorize AW16 press day! It's a special mention because unfortunately the whole process isn't available to you all. However the below patches and pins will be available in September, along with the rest of the AW collection. Until then, they currently have the cutest Rosie Wonders patches online and in stores! 

Christmas at Somerset House

Something I love about Christmas are the traditions which come along with the festive periods. No matter how small or big they are, I absolutely love them and cannot wait to one day create my own traditions. One tradition I have with my sister is that a weekend before we head home for Christmas, we'll head to Somerset House to see the Christmas tree. Every year it's one of the most beautiful trees in London and although we're not going ice skating there too, we just like to see the tree. 

Wandering around Somerset House at the weekend, I took advantage of the pretty surroundings to show you my go-to outfit at the moment. Ever since the weather has changed to winter temperatures, there are a few items which I haven't stopped wearing. First up is this scarf from Accessorize, a striped blanket scarf which really is big enough to use as a blanket. It's super thick and warm, plus the colours match my wardrobe colour palette perfectly. Paired with the scarf is a navy wool-blended long coat from Monsoon, which originally had a fur collar attached to it but I took it off so I could pair it with scarves instead. 

I will openly admit that I have an obsession with trainers, I own so many pairs already yet I always am lusting after a new pair. I only ever really wear trainers and ankle boots, so I can justify buying them as I always wear them till they're ruined. In the summer I purchased my first pair of Superga trainers, a light pink pair which I still love but after realising how comfortable they are, I've been looking for an A/W pair. I love the dark burgundy colour of this pair, mostly as it matches all my bags which are burgundy. This particular comes from Cloggs.com, where they are currently on sale too! 

Winter Wishlist

A little fact about me - Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons. I love everything about the seasons! I mean, I love summer but having the opportunity to wrap up in 5 layers and to boil the kettle just to fill up the hot water bottles makes my heart warm (also from being too hot due to the two hot water bottles in bed). But shopping in winter is my favourite, also because it's Christmas and I just love Christmas. As I get older, I have started to enjoy Christmas more. I love giving presents to my family, as I've never been in the position to do that properly before now. It's one of the only times throughout the year that I get to see everyone in my family as everyone is always home. 

Does it mean you're officially an adult when a juicer and a spiralizer is on your wishlist? I want to be able to make courgetti and a juice in the morning, shoot me for being basic! I'm also pining after a new Barbour jacket as they're practical and warm, whilst also being slightly fashionable. Along with a new pair of Nike trainers which I can wear out of the gym for once.  

What is on your wishlist this winter? Also, would you like to see a Christmas gift guide this year? 

Luce x


Late Summer // Wishlist

Anthropologie Marrakech Sunset Dress // Ace & Jig Carousel Dress // Anthropologie Lucy Sunglasses // ASOS Sundress // Windsor Smith Bondi Tan Leather Sandals // ASOS Maxi Dress // Jennifer Behr Headband // Topshop Bikini // Anthropologie Madison Shirt

Although it's mid July and most people have already been away, I'm not going on holiday until September and I still haven't bought many summer clothes. I've bought a few dresses, but as I'm not a big shopper, I don't buy a whole load of clothes and shoes. 

When browsing to pick some items of clothing, I've realised how much I love Anthropologie clothes. I already loved the homeware as I keep buying pieces of crockery from the store, but I usually pass their clothes and don't look at it. On top of that, I keep finding myself browsing the Ace & Jig site and lusting after all of the clothes. Ace & Jig are a little different to other brands as all their clothes are yarn-dye, woven fabric which has been handmade in India. You'll notice that all of their clothes are striped which are due to the yarn-dye, as stripes are always timeless, no matter what the era. 

Now I may be looking out to a grey sky, but I'm heading for hot Indonesian sunshine so I need to get buying some light cotton layers! Plus if a pair of sunglasses has the same name as you, it's a must to buy them, right?

Luce x