I am only a little blog, I don't do this full time, it's purely a hobby that sits alongside my styling business and being a Mummy so I still get excited when I'm approached by a company to review a product. It's a novelty that never wears off (and apologies in advance, for some reason they've come in a flurry so expect a few more over the coming weeks). Mandy's Heaven contacted me to see if there was anything I fancied reviewing from their online store, naturally I went straight to the handbags. I was even more excited that the one I homed in on was leather and made in Italy. Result.
|Sweater & Jeans; Topshop|
Bag; Mandy's Heaven
Cat; My Own
Unfortunately this bag is now out of stock but they have some other fabulous ones in, in particular this suede one that like mine, can be used as a clutch as well as a cross body bag. It's also available in other colours. Have a look here to see their collection.
So the little reminder to oneself - have you guessed it yet? You know I always harp on about fibre compositions (check the Italian leather handbag reference?!?). Well I haven't been 100% true to myself and bought two sweaters in the last 6 months from my beloved Topshop that I really shouldn't have. I love this one I'm wearing in these photos but without planning it - I was thinking about the handbag close up, the picture below shows the true extent of buying a sweater that isn't made to last. Insert a sulky face there if I could. Now for some, they accept it, it doesn't bother them but me, I like my pennies to go a long way and pride myself on buying well made, stylish clothes to remain in my wardrobe for a good few years at least. I got carried away with the sweatshirt trend and as you can see below, the jumper is now matted and not as fluffy as it was a few months ago. It is made from 66% polyester, 22% cotton and 11 % viscose. My other one is 76% polyester and 24% cotton. The cotton content was just not enough to stop them looking tatty in less than 6 months. Such a shame.
I'm sorry Topshop, you are absolutely still one of my favourite shops on our High Street and I fully support you and all the hard work you do. You provide on trend pieces for a wide variety of age groups, I just got this one wrong. It wasn't pricey at under £30, I'm just a hard working Mummy not a frivolous teenager and I expect a lot for my buck.
Readers - don't ever say I'm not honest in my own little blog space on the World Wide Web!