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Shopping for Paris : Handbags

WARNING!! For the next 3 weeks there is a distinct possibility that I will wreck everyone’s heads by talking non-stop about Paris. I’ve never been before and i’m beyond excited.

Between now & then I’m going to be looking for key pieces to make my birthday trip as stylish as can be. Well, it is Paris after all…
I’m also looking for some shopping tips – especially vintage – so if you have any, please share in the comments!

Today i’m looking for the perfect bag to bring with me. I have a gorgeous brown leather vintage satchel which i’ll be bringing, but it’s quite small so I need something a bit more multifunctional that will fit camera, bottle of water, possible picnics, raincoat etc.
If I bring too big a bag I will find a way to fill it with unnecessary crap so i’m  not looking at anything too big and it must have an inside zip as otherwise i’ll definitely lost stuff, i’m stupid like that.

ANYWAY, here’s a few of my faves from what i’ve seen online so far.

ASOS Washed canvas pocket detail webbing strap bag (phew!)
River Island yellow satchel bag
Topshop taupe suede slouch satchel
Modalu leather Kensington satchel bag
Zara double handle city bag
Topshop top handle leather bag
At the moment I think the ASOS canvas bag is winning, for it’s simplicity and functionality, but I love the colour of the above Topshop bag. Hmmm….decisions, decisions…

An Island to themselves..

Killing some time after work and trying to avoid the swarm of Gardaí due to the Queen’s visit, I found myself wandering around River Island’s flagship Dublin store on Grafton St. 

Now, i’ll be honest, i’ve gone through phases with River Island; when I was younger I loved it, then late teens I found it to be a bit too expensive for my student income, early 20’s found me feeling that the clothes were a little bit…shall we say cheap, in terms of quality and style, but not price. However recent years have found me loving it again. 
In between them collaborating with fresh-out-of-college designers and heading up innovative and fresh designs and re-releasing capsule collections like the 70’s throwback Chelsea Girl, there’s pretty much something for everyone. 
They always have a staple collection of jeans, tshirts and not too blingy jewellery, but what caught my eye yesterday, in between the gorgeous dresses and colour block tops & trousers, were the amazing accessories. 
Clutch bags, slouchy hobo’s, amazing heels, summery wedges and must-have satchels. I want them all! 
I’d urge anyone with a penchant for accessories to go in and have a look. If you’re disappointed i’ll give you a fiver*. 
In the meantime, here’s my picks! 
*might be a lie, a high-five possibly! 

River Island Picks

I wandered into River Island yesterday on my lunchbreak. I went in quickly to look at a bag i’d seen a few days beforehand….but left with a list as long as my left arm of things that I want to buy come payday.
I thought i’d share a few of these items with you – they’re all dresses, surprise surprise, i really need to start wearing more trousers!
River Island is a shop I loved as a teen, fell out of love with in my early 20’s and is now firmly one of my must-go high street shops. It’s sizes are generous and it stocks up to a size 18. And the collaborations they do yearly with recently graduated fashion students is great – it’s brings a great freshness to their lines.

Anyway, here are the items I saw…and drooled over!

I love peter pan collars SOOOOO much – they’re just too damn cute and manage to look stylish even when dressed down with opaque tights and flat shoes.

River Island Black Peter Pan Shift Dress

The style of this dress is timeless & sure to be flattering on most shapes. I’m envisaging wearing this for an autumn wedding.

Brown Print Midi Prom Dress

And finally…THIS! My absolute favourite of the lot. If i’m honest, this picture does NOT do it justice. I saw it on a mannequin on the shop and it falls so beautifully. The sheer fabric will look effortlessly sexy and can go from day to night with the addition of heels. It sort of reminds me of old country rock stars – think Elvis in his good looking days.

Black Swing Shirt Dress

So, what do you think? Have you seen any high street items that stand out recently?

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