How to Find Your Perfect Bag

I’m usually a one-bag-girl. Not in the sense that I only have one bag, oh hell no. But when it comes to my everyday bag, I don’t switch up my bags very often. I will most likely wear one bag continuously, until I find the next bag of my liking. Any particular reason? Yes, laziness.

Not going to lie, I’m basically Mary Poppins when it comes to having too much stuff in my bag, meaning that transporting this ‘stuff’ from one bag to another every. single. day. can be a tad impractical. Keys, purse, mirror, lipstick(s), tissues, hand sanitizer, a pen, paracetamol, Kindle… and usually an abundance of receipts that seems impossible to not exist in my bag. About 98% of the time before I have to leave on a morning, I am running around like a headless chicken, so believe it or not – I don’t have the time to transport my ‘stuff’.

What’s important when shopping for your perfect bag…

I bought this bag for the intention to become an everyday bag, meaning that it needed to be big enough to hold my ‘stuff’ previously mentioned. However, seeing as I am quite a busy girl, hopping from coffee shop to the library (and, let’s be realistic, probably to another coffee shop), I also wanted a bag big enough to be able to hold notebooks and my laptop if required.

The colour of your bag is everything

One thing that instantly drew me to this bag was its colour. Anyone who knows me well will know that natural/neutral colours are my absolute go-to, meaning that khaki is most definitely one of my preferred colours when it comes to my style. It matches every other colour in my wardrobe (brown, grey, black, white, beige shades), and its classic style is perfect for all-year round.

The tip when searching for a bag you are planning to wear copiously is make sure the bag is a dark(ish) colour. This means that you are guaranteed to be able to wear this bag with almost every outfit. And as a bonus, any dirt or even dye from your jeans won’t be as noticeable – win win!

My Top Tip

When I search for a bag, I also like to think about the hardware tones. It seems a little extravagant, but this really is one of my most important tips when it comes to nailing your bags. Firstly, I consider what type of bag I am searching for (casual/daytime, a work bag, evening, smart, special occasion). Knowing that this bag was going to be for everyday, I then thought about the jewellery I tend to wear on a day-to-day basis – which is gold. Choosing a bag with gold hardware accents will complement the jewellery I am most likely to wear, meaning the bag will match almost any outfit I choose to wear. This is a smart way to make sure you get the most wear out of your bags.

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Images: Harry Dyer, Rachel Jefferies

5 Things I Love About Christmas

The other day I overheard someone in a coffee shop bewilderedly gasp “It’s only five more Monday’s ’til Christmas!”, which got me thinking about Britain’s favourite time of the year. I can already hear some of you moaning “but Christmas is still a month away!”. Yes, Christmas is still a month away, I hear you loud and clear. But when you’re sat in your uni halls room, dreaming of your mum’s delicious Christmas dinner and watching Christmas films under a blanket, you kind of want Christmas to arrive on a sleigh to take you home already. Besides, when your flatmates trim up the kitchen and blare Christmas songs, you can’t help but join in. If that hasn’t convinced you yet then bah humbug! to you! So to all of you Festive-At-Heart’s, this one’s for you.

 

5.Christmas Decorations Festive decorations

Hanging up tinsel, decorating the tree, switching on your Christmas lights; they’re all things that get me in the festive spirit. However it’s not just the trimmings at home I enjoy. I am guilty for spending a lot of time (and money in that case) at coffee shops, so going to your favourite coffee shop, where artificial snow, fairy lights and seasonal colours represent the excitement of Christmas (plus a limited edition gingerbread latte) is basically heaven. Christmas shopping is much more exciting and cheerful – a well deserved break from walking around in circles from shop to shop trying to find Christmas presents making you want to scream “ahh!” into a stranger’s face. (Please tell me I’m not the only one).

 

4.  Mince pies

Mince Pies I’m always baffled as to why I have been crazy over mince pies and Christmas pudding for the past few years. Perhaps it’s because it’s only seasonal, therefore it makes it more special. Either way, nothing beats a good, warm mince-pie with cream, or hot Christmas pudding with custard. I’m guilty of consuming a lot of mince pies recently. I don’t even want to think about it, essays complement comfort food, okay? A lot of people tend to not be a fan of these festive treats which I find ridiculous because of how delicious I think they are. More for me I guess, so it’s a win win (kind of).

 

Christmas Tree3. The fresh scent of a real christmas tree

About six or so years ago, my parents decided to rid our tiresome fake Christmas tree (of what they called, the Toilet Brush) in replacement of a real Christmas tree, and since then, we have never gone back to the ‘Toilet Brush’. Stepping from the chilly bite of December into the oddly satisfying, sauna-like heat of your home after a long day isn’t even the best bit of being home. Because when you are greeted by the warmth, it’s not just the heat that you’re engulfed by. It’s the green pine needles that becomes your new house scent, complemented by cinnamon from Christmas decorations. Mmmm, the real scent of Christmas.

 

2. Christmas films Christmas Films

You know it’s Christmas when your favourites; Elf, Santa Clause, The Grinch and The Polar Express, take over almost every TV channel. Spending the night in with your family, curled up on the sofa, watching Christmas Films with a cuppa and a box of chocolates- obligatory Christmas treats, hurrah! If sitting and watching a film with your loved ones doesn’t happen often (like mine), Christmas is the time for it to happen.

 

Christmas Dinner1. Christmas dinner with the family

That’s right, you’ve guessed it. How could anyone resist home cooked Christmas dinner; spending quality time with your family? I know I fall into Britain’s most favourite Christmas tradition, how generic of me, I know. But what would Christmas be without seasonal favourites, such as succulent turkey, crispy roasters, herb infused stuffing, and the best of course, cranberry sauce? Nothing. Christmas would be NOTHING. Although every year we are still nagged to eat the sprouts we roll on our plates with our fork, picking to eat everything first like that one sports team player that is always left when neither team wants them. (Ouch, blame movies for that analogy). Nevertheless, coming together as a family, creating special memories over this joyous celebration is the best thing about Christmas for me.

So there you have it, my top 5 ‘Things I Love About Christmas” – what a treat! What’s your favourite Christmas ‘things’? Comment below!

Images: Google Images (Not my own images)