5 Reasons to Fall in Love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection

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Bonjour! Last week I was transported to the glamorous bygone days of the French Riviera… and I didn’t even need my passport (or a time machine!). Instead, I headed through to Edinburgh for a very special visit to The Cambridge Satchel Company’s store at Grassmarket to get to know their new Spring line a little better.

Inspired by vintage travel postcards, pastel-hued French sunsets, and the need to carry all of your precious essentials around in style, The Cambridge Satchel Company’s dreamy new collection left me completely smitten and with major wanderlust! Ooh la la!

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I couldn’t help but snap some photos while I was visiting and chatting all things bag-shaped with the lovely team at the store – so I thought I would share a few of them today, along with some details on what you can expect from the new range.

Here are 5 very good reasons to fall in love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection…

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New colours: taking their cue from traditional villas, the sea and chic vintage French fashion, the colour palette for Spring includes brand new hues in Terracotta (my favourite from the collection, almost verging on peach and gorgeously girly), French grey (a soft, blue-grey that will go with EVERYTHING!), Clay (an off-white that has the power to smarten up even the most distressed denim) and Amber (warm, rich and will only look cooler as it gets worn).

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Floating along on clouds: ahh, the cloud bags! My absolute favourites from the collection (and pretty much my favourite design that The Cambridge Satchel Company have ever released). These adorable, scalloped-edged satchels are included in the new colours and are the perfect size for a day of sightseeing.

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New textures: as well as four new shades, the Spring bags also come in some brand new materials. From soft grain to luxurious Saffiano leather, the structured design that the brand is known for is given some extra je nais se quoi thanks to these additional touches of texture.

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Poppy’s back… and she’s had a makeover: The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Poppy bags are a design loved by many (Lady Gaga often rocks the dusky rose colourway!) thanks to striking the perfect balance between pretty and practical. The retro push-lock closure and doctor’s bag style make this bag seem as though it’s leapt from an episode of Mad Men. So, Poppy is back for Spring because she really didn’t want to miss out on a trip to the Riviera; in new colours and Saffiano leather options.

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This time it’s personal: actually, that’s not strictly true – personalisation at The Cambridge Satchel Company is not a new concept as the brand have been offering this service for a long time. However, there are some new monogram colours and symbols to choose from to help make your new season bag your very own! I love watching the process and I decided to adorn my terracotta backpack with silver initials (mine, of course!) to match the hardware. I just can’t wait to take it on my next adventure…

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The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Edinburgh store is filled with beautiful bags and is a must visit on your next day in Edinburgh. Let me know if you pop in – and which bag(s) you’ve fallen in love with!

Here’s to travelling in style…

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With thanks to The Cambridge Satchel Company 

This Week’s Mini Haul

After getting some good news on Thursday I was in the mood to celebrate so I decided a few little treats were in order.

Like a lot of other people, when I feel like buying a few little things/ need a new outfit/ want a specific item/ any other wardrobe situation  and don’t really fancy breaking the bank there is really one place to go that will tick all of the boxes. The clouds parted, a beam of sunshine shone down through the rain and illuminated the doors of Primark! Hallelujah! Maybe not as dramatic as that but it is in my memory.

The shops are in the awkward ‘getting rid of the last of the winter woolies and having to hang them on racks next to Summer dresses and straw hats’ stage in the season right now (although I reckon Primark kind of always have that going on, it’s part of their charm) so I went in with an open mind and a limit of only a couple of things (one would obviously need to be a dress, but that goes without saying since Primark are the kingdom of the £5 magic dress).

The first thing I found was a pink denim shirt with studded spike detailing on the collar. Phew! Now, this shirt clearly has a lot going on and is not for the faint of hearts (or wardrobes) but I couldn’t stop looking at it and decided to pick up one to run it past The Boy for his opinion. The Boy is going through a ‘customising everything that isn’t nailed down with spikes’ phase right now (and this isn’t a criticism – he really is rather good at it) so it was no surprise really that the shirt got the thumbs up and an enthusiastic nod (the highest of praise). For £12 I decided to give it a go and plan to wear it tucked into a black skirt or over a dress.

Next up was this most excellent McQueen-esque bag for a mere tenner! Ever since my faithful Lulu Guinness bag bit the dust (*sob*) last Autumn, breaking after two years of loyal service I have been on the lookout for a new everyday/ work bag that it big enough to tote all my rubbish essentials around in. I have other bags but they are brightly coloured and printed and sometimes all a gal really needs is a big black bag – a more stylish version of a bin bag if you will! This guy fit the criteria and was immediately hired. No more interviews, the position has been filled!

I really like the embossed black-on-black skulls – you can never have too many – and the size was just perfect. I had to giggle at the fact Primark were marketing it as a ‘Weekender’ bag – I consider it an everyday bag, but I’d love to show the head dudes at Primark what size of bag I’d consider to be a weekend bag!

It will never fully replace the Lulu Guinness-shaped void but it will certainly do for now.

I also bought a grey and black striped dress that I’d had my eye on when it was full price (£13) and now it was marked down to £7 so I snapped it up. Unfortunately it has to go back due to sizing issues but hey, you win some you lose some!

After hitting the ‘Mark I headed over to Boots and ended my little purse-friendly splurge with a new blusher. I had been keen to try Nicola Roberts’ Dainty Doll range for some time now but never got round to it. Boots currently have 1/3 off of the range and so I decided this would be a good time to try it. I opted for shade number 2, called My Girl. It’s a sweet, cotton candy pink colour and I will be writing a separate post about how I have found it to be after testing it out!

 
All in all, a happy little haul that didn’t cost much!

Have you treated yourself this week? Got your eye on anything nice? Feel free to comment below! 

Thanks for reading!

She’s a Lady…

1950’s retro style is all over the Autumn/Winter catwalks right now. Ladylike looks featuring circle skirts, gloves, blouses and cardigans are the order of the day this upcoming season and even though it’s still – technically – summer, I’m looking forward to it.


(The ever stylish ladies – and gents – of Mad Men)

The prim and proper ladies of Louis Vuitton are leading the way with swishing skirts. Prada’s printed dresses are cute and very wearable – Miuccia has the Mad Men look down to a fine art (not bad for someone that has apparently never seen the show!) – and ensures that pulling off this look is easy. For those wishing to achieve a more subtle nod to this trend, pencil skirts are also very ladylike and classic. Channel your inner Marilyn and get wiggling. Classic fabrics such as satin, wool and tweed and prints such as florals and checks all feature also feature heavily in this tribute to timeless femininity.

As for accessories, the ladies on the catwalk have made it clear that for this particular look, there are two main footwear teams: pointed toes (championed at Louis Vuitton) or square toes (as featured at Miu Miu). Pick a side. As for me, I’ll be rocking my ladylike threads with my trusty brogues for a bit of a twist! Kitten heels are also making a bit of comeback for this one, so girls with platform fatigue can relax for a while.

The modern lady keeps her essentials in a simple and stylish top handle handbag. Some of the best designer offerings so far include Mulberry’s Neely, Dolce & Gabbana’s Miss Sicily and Louis Vuitton’s Neo Speedy. But our high street is offering very stylish, affordable alternatives at Urban Outfitters, Topshop and River Island. Perfect with a cinched-in waist, scarlet lips and a pair of gloves, darling.

(Mulberry’s Neely – £650.00)

(River Island’s red faux snake print doctors bag – £39.99)

While writing this blog I got to thinking about why I personally love this look so much. I think it’s because it appeals to my inner retro-vixen, and it is a chance to champion womanly silhouettes, femininity and as Marc Jacobs has said, “Celebrate the beautiful intrinsic value and the joy of being a woman”.

This Autumn/Winter just got flirty, feminine and fun – so enjoy. It’s a perfect excuse to dress up and feel glamorous. I know I will be. Elocution lessons optional.