A pretty, pastel-y, luxury accessories post for you today, because spring is finally here and I’m on the hunt for a bit of a treat-to-self! Though it actually seems more like summer, in London – I have suntan lotion on and everything. There’s nothing like a mini heatwave to raise the spirits, and there’s also nothing like a mini heatwave to suddenly put you in the mood to update your wardrobe. It’s usually around about this time of year that I have a bit of an update – a few key pieces to add some splashes of colour to my (mainly black, grey and neutral) sartorial palette. (I tend to live in denim and knitwear in the cold months, moving towards brights and patterns as the weather gets warmer. Probably like 90% of women!)
This year, however, things are a little different: there’s not much point in me investing in lots of summer clothes, because I have a humungous baby bump which will have (mainly) (hopefully) diminished in a few months’ time. I’m basically a shape-shifter. For this reason, I have become slightly obsessed with spring accessories – namely bags and shoes. The ultimate obsession? Mulberry’s Bayswater bag in a very seasonal and sunny Camomile yellow. Just gorgeous, though it would be rather a big “treat to self”! (Find it online here.)
But the whole bag-and-shoe preoccupation started when I discovered the new luxury shopping site, Very Exclusive. Right up my street – brilliantly edited pieces from brands that are really high-end, but not as jaw-droppingly expensive (on the whole) as the ones at, say, Net-a-Porter or Matches. I love this nude Karl Lagerfeld “K” bag:
which is half-classic, half-sport-luxe (£285 here), and this little beige number from DKNY:
Though I’m afraid I’d have to remove that metal logo hanging tag thing on the side immediately! It’s a nice price, for such a chic little bag – £120. (Find it here.)
Next obsessive-window-shopping-stop: LK Bennett. I still haven’t found a brand that makes shoes as comfortable as LK Bennett’s; whenever I need to invest in a new pair, they are my first port of call. And this season, they have too many beautiful things to fit on this page! Highlights include these lurex flats (perfect for tired, pregnant legs):
(they are called the Winnie Rope Sandal and cost £125 here); and these very special flower-embellished Fiore court shoes:
The Fiore style is so comfortable and the heel height just about convenient enough to wear all day. I love the addition of the flowers – it turns a classic court shoe into something a bit more interesting, but they’re not so OTT that you’d have to save them for going out. Totally appropriate for work or play, I’d say, and definitely the pair to snap up for summer weddings and parties, though at £395 they are very much a special purchase! You can find them here online. My LK Bennett bag pick? The Pearl Nappa Organiser Tote:
Just yes, yes, yes a million times. I absolutely adore it. Very “First Lady meets Lulu Guinness” with a touch of “Bree from Desperate Housewives”. It’s £395 here.
On a completely unglamorous note, I’m about to hit the “buy” button on a pair of Birkenstocks. I have never succumbed to the Birky Temptation before now, but I have to say that practicality is beginning to be more important than looks what with my current heavier state and my assistant Rach promises me that these are the comfiest thing in the world. They had better be, because to my mind they are just one step away from wearing Crocs, and I simply cannot for one minute get my head around the whole Croc thing. Just..no. I’m going for these white “Arizona” Birkenstocks…
…unless anyone has a better suggestion. They are £49.50 at ASOS.com. (There’s another pair of the same sandals, just ten pounds dearer. If anyone can shed a light on the difference between them, I’d be most grateful, otherwise I’m opting for the cheaper ones!)
Right, I’m going back into the sun for some much-needed Vitamin D. Take a look at my Burberry post if you’re after a classic pair of sunglasses, and if you’re in need of an SPF recommendation then you can find all of my suncare posts here.