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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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What The Wife Likes…. Experimenting.

I don’t mean in a mad professor way (although I did resemble one after Saturday’s barnet shenanigan’s but that’s a story for another day) I mean in a trying something new way. It’s no secret I love fashion and make-up and statement jewels… but give or take the odd new season addition 90% of the time I have a tendency to play it safe.

Now I’m all for sticking to what you know (tailored jackets, leg lengthening jeans, cute dolly dress with black tights..) but recently I’ve been opening my wardrobe to find that the sea of black, mid-grey, marl-grey and um….charcoal-grey is a little bit….dull. I seem to be reaching for my peach jumper all the time, or the hot pink cardigan I bought in the French Connection sale about two years ago…

Yup. It seems this wife is definitely in need of some colour in her life.

Unfortunately I don’t have the budget (or the shopping time) to go purchase a dozen or so rainbow items so I went on ASOS, picked up a couple of accessories and figured I could wear them with lots of pieces from my existing wardrobe… particularly all that grey.

And my colour choices?

Yellow because it makes me happy and a pale sky blue… because it’s just so pretty.

* Cross Body Bag in yellow £30 and blue patent shoes £50 both at ASOS.

Obviously I won’t be wearing them both at the same time… although I guess you could.

Dirty Hair

I don’t mean as in the great unwashed… or slutty* even, I mean as in that kind of matt-textured messed up just-got-out-of-bed hair that I keep seeing on the catwalk and want for myself.

Well I think I’ve found the products to make it happen, has taken a wee bit of practice but I swear (and this is coming from someone who doesn’t “do” hair) once you get the hang of it you’ll be (ahem) dirty in a jiffy.

* Redken Powder Grip at HQ Hair and Undressing Creme from Space NK

On towel dried hair I apply the undressing creme from root to tip, I use a blob about the size of a 10p piece, I also comb it though with my tangle teaser to get an even spread.

I then tip my head upside down and “rough” blow dry i.e. in any old haphazard way. Once dry I shake out some powder into my palm and distribute evenly, paying particular attention to the roots…don’t forget some in the ends though – it gives that whole beachy bohemian look.

This kind of textured hair is really great for those of you that fancy an easy breezy up-do, the folks at John Frieda sent me this video which is ace – honestly, take a butchers and let me know what you think, it’s an achievable style that I think would look immense on maids with some kind of delicate hair band action going on.

Fancy Face

I tend to have an everyday make-up look (do most people?) but recently I’ve been getting out some of the many many items I can’t stop myself from buying and actually using them.

And when the BHLDN (the wedding arm of Anthropologie) update email dropped into my inbox (if you don’t already subscribe people you must you MUST) it was cosmetics a go-go with all of their lovely fresh-faced ideas.

The How-to can all be found on the BHLDN website, BHLDN also have great W-day hair-do inspiration too…. The Elfin is my favourite.

Music Pin-UP

I’m no music guru, and God forbid I would ever try and write a trying-to-be-Q-magazine review for you, but I have become a bit obsessed/intrigued by the apparent enigma that is Lana Del-Rey.

Is she really called Lizzy Grant? Is her Dad a multi-millionaire or did she in fact live in a trailer park?

Has she had her lips done….?

Who cares. I think she’s beautiful, and I love her voice – reminds me of Fleetwood Macs Stevie Nicks. The song Video Games is available now and her album “Born To Die” is released on 30th January on iTunes…. I have mine on pre-order.

So you gorgeous lot, any new purchases you want to share?

Anything you might be treating yourself to this weekend….?

I am trying my hardest to stay away from Zara, I’m like a kid in a sweet shop as soon as I step through the door.

Big Experimentation Love

Charlotte xxx

* Could be slightly slutty if worn with smoky eyes and whatnot…. 😉