Last Wednesday I met my lovely friend Laura for coffee at Bold Street Coffee (incredible coffee, you must try 👌) and then decided to nip into Pop Bouqtique for a browse – ‘a browse’….

I bought a gorgeous bag by the Italian brand Vera Pelle. These bags cost around £30 or more through Amazon. Mine cost £25 so not that much cheaper, however it appears to be a discontinued design and it is still in very good condition.

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I have been searching for a bag this size for a few months now but haven’t been able to find one with this quality and size below £60. I have searched in Debenhams, Next, Fat Face, White Stuff – you name it! I have one half the size of this from Resurrection but it cannot fit a big book in it. Even when I have a slim book I have to take out other things I need in order to take it with me or I just have to carry it. The same goes for anything when you have a small bag.

I already have a bag by Vera Pelle that I bought when I was in Rome last year. It is still genuine leather and the fact that it still looks brand new after wearing it so much was one of the reasons I took the plunge and bought this vintage bag.

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So the bag featured in this post is a great size for a day trip. However the classic and elegant look of it means it would look lovely for an evening out. My friend and I went to a Band Society event last Friday – if you haven’t listened to DECHO or Damn Fine do listen, they are incredible!! Before the event I went to a canapé evening at East Avenue Bakehouse on Bold Street. It is a new restaurant that serves seasonal food and celebrates local produce including craft beer. Every Friday 5pm-7pm they serve free canapés with any drink.

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I took a book with me and spent an hour and a half there just relaxing. The canapés were delicious! I went the Friday before last as well but I didn’t go for the canapés – I just happened to go in for a coffee at that time. I was given a free canapé which was a brownie – omg it was THE best brownie I have ever had….

I wore my bag to that evening so I could take my book with me but it also looked really classy because of the dark leather and the minimal look of it.

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This bag will be going everywhere with me I’m sure! Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a bag where I throw anything in there and don’t clear it out for months! It better not be like a Mary Poppins bag…

Oh I just want to mention the scarf as well. Many people have told me they love this scarf.  I bought it in in Bahrain for the eqivalent of £6. My dad works there so my mum, sister and I went out to visit him. I always pair it with neatral colours to bring out the vibrancy of the colours. As I have mentioned before, I don’t like to pair lots of different colours and patterns together as I feel the outfit becomes too busy and I much prefer a simple and minimal look. This outfit was lovely to wear on a cool summer evening.

So if you’re struggling to find a particular item whether it be bag or a pair of jeans, just hang on a bit longer and rummage through some vintage shops – you might just find a little gem 😉

 

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