The thing I fell in love with this week

Beach bag £14 – Matalan


I couldn’t resist this fabulous beach bag in Matalan on a recent visit. It cost just £14 but looks so much more expensive than that with some fantastic details. Plus its huge…you could easily fit your towel, book, suncream etc. inside – I mean, what more could you want in a summer bag?!?

Its detailing is really good (beading and thick embroidery) and there’s a matching tassel charm too!  


It is also lined in black cotton, with a magnetic fastening, zip pocket and additional phone size pocket. For me, these little details make it more versatile than a normal beach bag and therefore an even better buy.

I won’t just save this for the beach…I’m using it as a great ‘carry everything’ summer bag now.  

There’s quite a few different designs to choose from – find the full range here or pop into your nearest Matalan store.

Upgrade your handbag

New fashion hack alert! In todays blog I will take you through a little bit of customising I recently did to a cute Disney handbag I bought from Primark. Its a nice bag but costing only £9 meant that it was never going to have those little extras that makes a more premium bag feel special. 

Now I cant afford Coach (well I can but would rather spend it on my house… priorities right?), but I can be creative and by spending a tenner you can take a nice bag and make it a REALLY nice bag!


First pick your weapons – I wanted to create an ornate bag charm similar to the ones seen on the recent Disney Coach bags so I found a couple of cute charms that matched the colours of the bag and fitted in with a cute Disney vibe.


I then removed the existing zipper pull and replaced it with a simple tassel from the eBay bag charm. I kept the original pull safe as I knew I’d be using it and deconstructed the 2 charms ready to use them.



I then added the deconstructed pieces to a large Mickey Mouse keyring I had trawled eBay for. This was the key item of the bag upgrade and it took me a while to find as I wanted him to match the colours of the bag print exactly. The key to customisation is making sure your finish is good and all your components look like they were meant to be there i.e. dont use anything in a silver metal if the rest of the bag is finished in gold for example.

I then attached the new charm to one end of the bag adding the original zipper pull. By using an original part of the bag in this new charm makes the whole thing feel like it was designed as part of the bag.


And finally the finished product! I love my customised, improved and upgraded bag and its been getting lots of admiring glances and positive comments. Remember, being stylish is about creating looks YOU love and are personal to YOU; so mix and match, take things apart and put them back together again and tweak clothing to make it fit how you like it. After all who wants exactly the same things as everyone else?


Disney bag – Primark £9
Heart bag charm – H&M £2.99
Mickey Mouse keyring – eBay £5
Tassel bag charm – eBay £2.49

New in my Etsy Shop: Vintage Accessories

Do you love vintage jewellery and accessories? I do, and you’ll often see me wearing items in outfit posts and on my Instagram.  Often its hard to find pieces – they are getting rarer and rarer, and more and more collectable. I have just added some fantastic items to my Etsy vintage shop this week!

 

Here’s a selection of whats currently on offer – I have pieces from the 1950’s right through to the 1980’s. They make a great present too if you’re looking of a gift thats a bit different.

For a Mad Men style look these vintage brooches are just perfect… 

diamante cameo style brooch – £10.00
  
diamante bow design brooch – £10.00
 
set of 2 leaf brooches – £12.50
 

Love modernist style? Then this signed 1960’s Pewter pendant by Norwegian designer Eivind Hillest could be for you… 

Eivind Hillest pewter pendant – £30.00
 

Or how about a fabulous 1960’s beaded necklace? I adore the colour of this one… 

3 stranded beaded necklace – £10.00
 

Love the quirky style of the 1980’s? This necklace would look fantastic with its pop of bright colour…

disc bead necklace – £8.50
 

For a bit of fun, retro earrings are perfect…and you don’t even need pierced ears! 

diamante and glass bead earrings – £10.00
cascade earrings – £7.50
 

Don’t forget how well bracelets add interest to an outfit too…

delicate enameled bracelet – £10.00
  
flower & glass bead bracelet – £10.00

Can’t resist a handbag? Be unique and pick a vintage one… 
60’s sequin disc evening bag – £12.50
  
80’s real leather clutch bag – £15.00
  
80’s Suzy Smith evening bag – £15.00
  
60’s box coin purse – £7.50
 

Find the full range of all my vintage items and more details on all the items seen on todays blog in my Etsy shop ‘Always a Blue Sky Girl’ here.