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Clutch Me Close.

As I sit here writing this post for you gorgeous lot I realise I have run away with myself.


You see this post was meant to be more of a discussion piece; instead it seems to have turned into a shopping list for the millions of bags that I’m currently coveting.


But I’ve taken the liberty of assuming that you won’t really mind feasting your eyes on the profusion of pretty that I’ve laid out for you below. Plus looking at a host of scrummy pictures might help to get your debating juices going – it’s a thought anyway.

And so to business.


Jewel-encrusted clutches, big-day purses, oversized pocketbooks and glittery miniature totes. You name it, I probably want it. Whilst shoes, for many of you, are your downfall, bags are my kryptonite.

They make me go weak at the knees and I break out into a little pony-stamping dance if I see a piece of leathery goodness and I can’t have it. I am such a drama queen.

But….somewhat surprisingly, I went bag-less on my actual wedding day. I just couldn’t be doing with holding the bouquet and then a bag on top. Instead I left my essential valuables in my room and gave my lipgloss to my bridesmaids to hold.

This wasn’t my best move…but that’s another story.

So I want to hear what you think.

Have you purchased a wedding day clutch or will you relying on an old favourite? Perhaps, like me you’re choosing to opt out of the big day bag scenario because the thought of it is too much to bear.

Either way I’d love to hear your arguments – both for and against.

And whilst we’re discussing the finer points, here’s some delectable clutches to have a look at.

Metallic Maidens

I know. I know. I’m a broken record.

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that I love all things golden so I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to mix my bag lust with my favourite colour palette.

In my defense there’s something about glittery, sparkly hues that scream PARTY!

Be it an oversized clutch, a sequin encrusted pouch or a miniature boxed case complete with jewels there’s pretty much something for everyone here.

Which brings me onto my second question…

For those of who will be appropriating a bag on your big day…how big do you go? How big is too big? How small can you go before it all seems a bit pointless because you can’t actually fit anything in apart from your lippy?

FYI my favourite golden clutch here is the Bottega Veneta although I’d probably have to remortgage my house to buy it.

Berry Burst

Admittedly you’d have to be a brave bride to opt for a huge bag in bright orange like this girlie at the top here. That said, I love a bride that makes a bold fashion statement on her big day.

I confess that this concoction of images is inspired by my current obsession with viburnum berries which take on an amazing metallically, petrol blue colour – hence the feathered teal clutch at the bottom. And then I just generally felt berry inspired (sorry I couldn’t resist!).

In all seriousness though there are so many evening bags in this colour spectrum that are available to purchase right now. I’m not sure whether it’s this time of year but it seems that all of my regular haunts are stocking clutches in reds, corals, oranges, yellows and pinks.

The world is your oyster my friends.

Don’t you just love the book inspired bag with the ‘once upon a time…’ inscription on the front. Perfect for the start of your new chapter together.

Feathers And Frills

….and studs and appliqué and mother of pearl and fur and tassels and pearls.

You name it, this board has it!

But when does so much become too much?

I’m in awe of the spiky number at the top here but I wouldn’t quite know how to hold it. For example, popping it under your arm is a definite no-no unless you want to spear yourself in the process.

I do love the frilly number in the middle too – perfect for a bride with a ruffled frock, it just oozes romance and could very easily be reused after the big day for other nights out.

Perhaps my favourite however is the circular tasseled bag and the feathered clutch which would suit girls wearing a 1920’s inspired frock on their big day. You can just imagine a fringed bride shimmying her way around the dancefloor to The Charleston whilst grasping one of these numbers.

Internal Workings

This last moodboard is not so much concerned with the bag itself but rather your perfect recipe for its contents.

What would you pack?

Having learnt from experience I strongly recommend that any bride keep a pack of tissues as close to her person as possible. If you’re anything like me then you’ll blubber your way down the aisle all the way to the speeches and then some more if you’re lucky.

Take it from me it’s best to keep some tissues on hand.

If you want to stay ahead in the style stakes then investing in some pretty paper for this purpose is the way to go. I wished that I’d come across these equestrian inspired tissues for my own big day; aren’t they gorgeous?

Any girl worth her salt knows that a perfectly applied lip is the keystone to a glamorous look. It makes sense then to not only include your favourite lippy and blusher but also a cutesy pocket mirror too – I’m in love with this mirror from Depeapa.

Hairgrips are handy too if you’re planning to go all out on the dancefloor. Make them glittery and fun or kitschy cute to ensure you look your very best.

And lastly, a girl can never have enough pocket mints – you want to make sure that you’re minty fresh for your new spouse don’t you?!

So will you be clutching a glitzy number on your wedding day or is this another bit of paraphernalia that you can really do without?

Who will be looking after your prized possessions instead?

Your chief bridesmaid or your mum?

I should also note at this stage that I am in no way responsible for any damage that may be inflicted upon your bank balance after viewing these clutches, purses and miniature totes.

Alternatively it might be worth leaving the laptop open at this page for ‘passers by’ in order to give them some inspiration for your Christmas presents.

Failing that there’s always Santa…but then that depends if you’ve been a good girl this year.

Have you?

All my love Lolly xxx

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Ban.do Beautiful

So, it would seem that we are all about the hair accessories just recently… can’t imagine why that would be… 😉

After the rather formal but very glamorous Louis Mariette taking over our pages on Sunday with glittering jewel like pieces, we now have a post of still glamourous but completely different pieces by one of my favourite ever accessory designers… ban.do.

As I write this I’m actually feeling rather guilty for this gaping omission so far on our pages of pretty, for ban.do surely has some of the most whimsical, perfectly delicious and sweet as sugar creations for a bridal head to be decorated with, but if we always shared everything in our heads there wouldn’t be anything left to blog about. I’m mighty glad today is the earmarked day for us to share ban.do with you. Sure makes a Tuesday special!

I could wax lyrical all day about how beautiful these babies are, but how about you take a look for yourself…

Bow Peep

Um, hello to the accessory that’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tongue in cheek and totally retro fabulous, the bow.

*101 $165 and 104 $130

Veil Va Voom

How much Mad men glamourama can you put into one birdcage veil? Rhetorical question, as ban.do make the perfect example.

*11, $135

Flower Child

Fancy something floral and full on fabulous? Well, whether you want to work a completely grown up chic look, or be all floaty channelling a flower child, there’s something for you…

*Clockwise from top left: 10 $130, 112 $225, 111 $130 and ‘m’ $35!

I’m seeing #10 worn with a flowing vintage number, working this seasons seventies vibe, or 112 at a terribly elegant affair with ball gown style.

Simple and Sweet

Not looking to make a statement? Just want something simple, elegant and A.Mazing? Well we’ve got that covered too with super lovely bands…

*Clockwise from top left: 60 $95, 115 $225, 88 $165 and 92 $225.

Loving the bee hives, loving the sixtes vibe and loving the simple chic with these beauties.

We Die…

And I might just die if I don’t show you the most beautiful accessory images I have ever seen. Yes folks, we are very very, naughty as this is the Couture collection, with prices to match. But with $300 translating to around £170 it isn’t necessarily out of reach.

*ban.do couture, prices $300-350.

And Yes. We Die.

Of course there was more lovely than I could fit on these very pages so you will just have to head on over to ban.do and check out the array of finery that could bedeck your maids or in fact your own fair locks for that looming special occasion…

I have only one more thing to say.

Get me those Eye Lashes!

Yours Truly,