Sunday, 19 May 2013

My London Survival Kit

I am spending approximately 3.5 hours a day commuting to and from London at the moment.  I'm working with an amazing store and really enjoying it but I will admit the commute is a bit exhausting (hence my lack of posts - but fear not, it's not forever!).  I have been so grateful for a few key pieces that have helped me survive so far.  Firstly, my Mulberry Bayswater.  I will admit to buying this 3+ years ago as it was a very 'on trend' handbag and I had to have one.  It did get used, but not as much as it should.  However it has shown it's true colours now.  I love that I can just chuck everything in it (lunch, shoes etc) and I can let out the sides for it to expand and hold all my junk.  Once at work I can then unpack it and do it up again, making it sleeker.  The simple internal pocket is perfect for easy access to passes and the single twist lock closure is a no fuss quick lock, perfect for a London commute.  The handles are great for either over the arm or on shoulder.  My Baywater's has had a new lease of life.  I am loving the raspberry colour (originally thought it was red when I purchased it...) and have had several comments on it's cheerfulness.  I also must add that the studs on the button are a double up in regards to this sturdy bag.  It's a hard wearing tough leather, I would really recommend if you are going to be hard on your handbag.



I purchased these Jones Bootmaker ballet pumps a while ago now for the bargain price of £15.  They are leather inside and out and have really moulded to my feet.  They are easy to slip on and off ready for the commute and still look good after wear every day for the past 3 weeks.



I use my Bare Minerals powder first thing but throughout the day I need to touch up especially after being on the trains.  It gives a great matte look and the solid surround means the powder doesn't break up. 

My true savour is this Jessica nude nail polish called 'Sweet Tooth' (No; 434).  I apply just the one coat the day before (this picture is just the one coat) then the second on the train the next day.  By letting the first coat dry with no extra layer straight away, I find it's a firmer base and the colour lasts up to 3 days.  Even after that as it's nude, even if there is a slight chip it's barely noticeable.  I am missing wearing a brighter colour however time doesn't allow for a daily colour change so this is doing the job of tidy manicured nails perfectly.  


11 comments:

  1. Where are you working? Or are you revealing later?

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  2. That bag is amazing Natalie, so jealous. The shoes are gorgeous too. I also wear a similar colour on my nails as I hate when nail varnish chips, I have to remove it or touch it up straight away but with the nude it's barely noticeable. Hope the jobs going great! X

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  3. Ah thanks Trea. I felt like I was just buying into the craze after I bought it but now I am so pleased, it's a great bag. Same with the polish, especially with brighter colour I need it off asap! Hope your well x

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  4. Gorgeous bag. I also have a Mulberry, but it's a Kensington in a buttery beige shade. Definitely doesn't get used as often as it should ... maybe once I start working again! And how cute are your shoes??!!!

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  5. Those ballet pumps are amazing - love them totally

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  6. Great essentials and love the nude polish. I commuted to London for years it is so tiring!

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  7. I love a bag you can throw everything into! The pumps are perfect - always looking for new ones, and a great price!

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  8. Oh you stylish commuter! Love the shoes and bag and that polish is fab - want it now! Missing your regular updates but can't wait to hear all about what you've been getting up to during these 8 weeks. Hope you're taking LOTS of photos xx

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  9. Fully recommend the pumps, they are wearing so well and comfortable. As for the bag, she is doing an amazing job! x

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