Lovely readers, I need your help. Now that the sun has come out none of my handbags are ‘summery’ enough, and I’d like your advice on choosing one. I usually just use a tote or a canvas bag when it gets to summer, but this year I want a bag that is a little more ‘grown-up’.
I like Radley handbags because their Scottie dog logo makes me think of my lovely sister’s dog, Monty (that’s both my sister and Monty who are lovely). The only problem is that searching their site has put me in a dilemma as there are too many pretty bags to choose from (and I didn’t know they sold shoes as well – my credit card is quaking!). This is my shortlist:
I love the print on this ‘Windsor‘ bag, and that it’s a cotton tote, but the leather handles and lined interior make it into the grown-up handbag that I am looking for. But, it comes in three colourways: mint, brown, and red, and I just can’t choose between them. Then there is a wide range of mustard-colour handbags, which is one of my favorite colours:
The across-body strap on this ‘Compton‘ bag means I would be able to wear it that way when on the Princess (my bike), and the colour would also look good in Autumn. But should I be even more ‘on-trend’ and go for a pastel-coloured bag, like this mint ‘Angelica‘ one:
The interior is split into three compartments, with a lining in the same lovely print as the exterior of the ‘Windsor’ bag, so that would make me happy. However, I do not wear pastel colours, as they wash me out, but would a pastel bag be ok with my usual more autumnal-coloured attire?
See, I really do need your help. Please do have a look and help me choose. Which one of the above is your favourite or are there any others I may have overlooked that you like better? I’d love to know.
Maybe I am stretching the concept of ‘handmade’ just a little bit too far here – but my contribution this week is a post about ice cubes!
On my allotment the annual herb borage self-seeds freely, and I let it do so, as the pretty blue flowers attract bees, and I like to use them to freeze in ice and add to summer drinks.
It does not involve any more than that – collecting the flower heads and placing one in each individual ice cube (or ice heart in this case) compartment, and filling up with water before freezing.
Making these borage-cubes always makes me happy and is a true indicator that summer has finally arrived. They are perfect in summer drinks like home-made lemonade, Pimms, or a good old Gin and Tonic (though the picture below shows sparkling water masquerading as a G&T, as I am on a course of anti-biotics at the moment so cannot indulge, boo!)
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