Amidst the motley array of bedraggled barbie dolls, broken electrical appliances and the occasional fragment of costume jewellery that makes up the neighbouring town's yearly flea market, I happened to chance upon this lovely Hermes Kelly-esque bag, covered in real crocodile skin. As I already have many brown framed bags I decided to augment this one's charm by adding a shoulder strap. Originally I had thought of adding a military khaki strap such as is depicted in this inspiring picture off Garance Dore's blog:
I seemed to remember having such a thing, it was a clip-on strap which had previously belonged to a rather dingy briefcase, used as an english bag when I was about seven. I found the briefcase, but it was lacking the strap I so desperately needed, so I resorted to the haberdashery drawer in our sewing room. there I found a lovely, broad black ribbon which I quickly stitched on and here are the results:
I find peonies completely underrated. Breezier than roses, more voluminous and the rest of the plant looks nicer. Cut yourself a bunch of white ones with a hint of pink, tie with a thick organza ribbon and voila. Also, when the petals fall, they are heart-shaped.
Gaspard Ulliel (Personal crush) is the face of Chanel Bleu.
These three films are simply gorgeous (all three via www.chanel.fr), they are the kind of thing, if I were to go into the film industry, I would aspire to make. Did you know that the Chanel Bleu ad was directed by Martin Scorcese? Positively inspirational.
If there's one thing you must know about me, it's that I LOVE Liberty's fabric. And if there's another thing you must know, it's that I LOVE satchels. Therefore, you can imagine my delight when I came across this baby on the French website Miniseri. It's a combination of everything I most want and I plan on laying my hands on one, NO MATTER WHAT.
As someone who relishes buying magazines every month, I am ashamed to say that I consider analysing ads as part of my reading them. Bad ads, bad mag. Out of all brands, I believe Hermes does it the best. Their glossy double-spreads give off both a sense of whimsical adventure and infinite glamour. Here are a few of my personal favourites:
Just thought I might share what I have on my stitch list this season (i.e., what i plan on making for myself, with some rudimentary sewing skills and an age-old sewing machine. this normally implies me damaging the sewing machine somehow and breaking down in tears of frustration - not easy to deal with):
1. An oversize leather clutch. I've seen several around lately, and have fallen in love. I plan on making a simple 30x20 suede leather rectangle with a utilitiariam zip and a wrist loop. as for sourcing the leather, I already have a suitable suede skirt sourced in a charity shop. for those of you who aren't wild about getting down and dirty with a needle and thread, there is no need to look far: Bimba&Lola have some very beautiful specimens at very reasonable prices, which you can find here.
2.An enormous leather tote. This might be a little harder to source, so I might just have to turn to Zara for this one... just something you can bung things in for a weekend, a trip to the beach or a shopping trip. you know, the perfect bag for someone who has attachment issues with the contents of their make-up bags and such. Know what I mean?
3. A make-up bag. Anyone recognising a theme here? Yes, so the insightful amongst you will be deducing that I aspire to a life of organisation, or rather, that my orgonisational skills extend to grouping things by function and putting them in bags and boxes. Oh well. My current make-up bag is too small and looks like the kind of wash bag that a four-year-old might cherish... I would really like a leather one, a sort of irresistibly chic and yet indestructible one on a simple shape. For those not inclined towards getting friendly with a sewing machine, you can look here.