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Behind The Bag: The Longchamp Derby

By Daisy Buchanan on June 19th, 2013
Longchamp-Derby-Verni-Hobo 200Annie might work in fashion, but her most treasured handbag is navy, not neon. Annie learned early that fashion PRs are like successful drug dealers. They pedal the stuff, but they can’t touch it. Realistically, on 24 grand a year, she can’t. When she got her first assistant job (after three years of art history, a year of Style and Communication studies and 18 months of interning) she vowed that in five years she’d be an Account Director with a 2.55. But her thirties are looming, and unless Scary Cheryl leaves, or dies, she’s not getting the promotion or pay rise she needs any time soon. Scary Cheryl isn’t going to leave, because no major agency will tolerate an AD who buggers off for a ‘thinking nap’ every day at 4PM, or brings in her untrained Bichon Frise. So Annie bought a blue nylon Longchamp Derby, and duels daily with smokers who push her on the pavement and into the path of their corrosive ash trails.
Annie is a bit sick of compromising, actually. Which is why she needs to dump Jamie, even though talk of such a decision makes her friends splutter and spill their pinot grigio. “But you guys have been together for five years! You should be thinking about getting married!” The lack of romance in Annie’s life makes her long for a wedding – and sometimes, in unguarded moments, she catches herself making lists (“J. Crew. Diptyque Ciel tealights. NO BUNTING”). Then she thinks about pledging her troth to someone who leaves single, sweaty pieces of cycle gear on each individual stair and says ‘haitch’, and bursts into tears

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Behind the bag: the Osprey tote

By Daisy Buchanan on June 13th, 2013

Osprey-tote-bagLucy plotted this purchase carefully online. She wasn’t thinking ‘mummy bag’. She wanted something classy, classic, summer in the Hamptons, old school power bitch with a Filofax. But now the cream exterior is smudged with biro and stained with mustard, and the interior is a different, even more distressing horror story. She imagines an official government bag inspector rifling through it in dismay, ignoring the shinier signs of success (iPad, Marc Jacobs wallet, Chanel lipstick – in a colour that’s no longer available, but still) and shrieking with horror at the tampons who escaped their cellophane to roll in the bag dust like dirty hippies. And what of the other monstrosities? Nude Topshop ballet pumps with a busted seam that have started to smell ‘curious’. Camus to look cool, Jilly Cooper for luck and an old, unread Vogue doing the job of a document folder. Seven foil wrappings which once held falafel wraps from Leon.

Lucy sometimes finds life in London so overwhelming that she wishes she could climb inside her giant bag and wait for someone to discover her and look after her, like Paddington. Or she could set up home there – it’s no darker or smellier than her Clapham house share, and it’s much cheaper. Perhaps she’ll throw it into the sea and go to her parents’ in Dorset for a bit. She remembers walking around their hall, arms outstretched, feeling for wifi like a Knightmare contestant, and thinks again. She hitches her giant bag higher on her shoulder and its padlock narrowly misses the face of a passing cyclist. In London, you need all the weapons you can get.

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10 fantastic bags you can actually afford. No, really.

By Lauren Bravo on April 25th, 2013

I’m currently suffering from something I like to term ‘Fash bag fatigue’.

Barely a day goes buy where I don’t open a magazine or click through a style site to be told, in no uncertain terms, that unless I’m saving up my council tax and muesli money for a tote I can carry a baby around in, I am missing a crucial fashion gene. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the quilty aesthetics of a Chanel 2.55, or a Mulberry tote, or even those satchels off the Google advert, but I’ve never managed to grasp the dreamy possibility behind the massive great throbbing price tag. Some see design and timeless craftsmanship – I just see a holiday or a Ford Focus swinging from the arms of the elite.

The Sunday supplements, bless their affluent hearts, have made it as far as realising that bags upward of a grand probably aren’t at the top of many women’s shopping lists, so they’ve started giving us bags for £500 instead. Which is marvellous if you’re one of those terrifying 23 year old hedge fund managers you occasionally read about in Vogue, or if your landlord has lapsed into a coma conveniently excusing you from paying any rent, but for the rest of us who don’t have a spare monkey in the bank yet still have to carry our stuff around, it’s not especially helpful.

So here, to prove they do still exist, are some seriously nice bags for under £100. Most are under £50. Some are under £30. Which, unless you plan to take inspiration from the late, great Nora Ephron, who announced that her perfect bag was a bright yellow and blue plastic MetroCard shopper from the Transit Museum in New York’s Grand Central Station (I Feel Bad About My Neck – And Other Thoughts About Being A Woman, 2007 – read it, it’s wonderful), is probably about the best we’re going to be able to do. But at least we can still afford muesli.

Note: I have included nothing from Urban Outfitters, because every bag I or my friends have ever bought from Urban Outfitters has always broken dramatically within three months. If you’ve got an UO bag that you’ve been lugging around unscathed for over a year, please do let me know.

Hardback doctor bag, £26.99

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Doctors can’t claim many professional style victories (word on the wards is they’re still wearing Crocs) but they do have some pretty tasty bag heritage. This cheap and cheerful take on the classic Gladstone from comes in a range of tasteful colours and will ensure that should you ever go to Gloucester in a shower of rain, you’ll be able to cart your brolly around in something stylish. NB: does not guarantee medical knowledge.

Gallery, Handbags

FOSSIL handbags spring/summer 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 2nd, 2013

Regardless of what the Christmas break may have done to our waistlines, there is one thing we can confidently invest in without thinking too much about size: handbags. Of course you’ll need to consider what you intend to carry around with you (iPad, phone, make-up bag, pug…), but our calorie intake will at least not have an impact on which size we get!

FOSSIL’s spring 2013 collection is ‘rooted in [their] favourite heritage designs’ and offer a classic, vintage-influenced pieces with rich colours, playful embellishments and elevated materials. Get your FOSSIL bag from February.

FOSSIL Spring/Summer 2013

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A Birkin bag made from Lego: The perfect gift for your stylish mini-me

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 11th, 2012

Many women may dream of owning their very own Birkin bag, but for £8,000 per bag it is very likely to remain a dream for most… until now. How? Well… it is a replica (err possible trademark lawsuit waiting to happen?), it’s smaller than the original and it’s made from Lego.

As the Daily Mail reports a Birkin tribute bag in Lego can be found on our favourite handmade marketplace Etsy – makes for a great gift for your mini-me.

At only £89 it comes at only a fraction of the real thing and can be made to order in a variety of colours. We kind of want it…


[via Daily Mail]

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Five colourful bags to brighten up the winter months

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 10th, 2011

The next four to five months can be rather dull; the weather is cold, the days are shorter and people tend to wear a lot of black, greys and browns. Why not brighten up your day and that of those around you with a eye-catching colourful bag?! And if you feel like treating yourself, why not get one colour for every day of the week or to match your mood? Here are our five top block coloured bags for autumn winter 2011/12.

ASOS - Green bowler bag

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Make your friends green with envy this winter with this oversized bowler bag from Asos, £40.00.

Accessories, Gallery, Handbags, Trend Alert, vintage

Trend Alert: Sixties-inspired accessories

By emilyborrett on August 23rd, 2011

Raffia Mini Double Bow Headband

I feel like Autumn/Winter 2011 is my lucky season as it draws inspiration from all of the fashion eras I should have been around for – especially the sixties, where on the runway we saw a curious blend of super-sexy fabrics such as leather and silk, but used in ladylike, prim 60s shapes for a sex-siren effect. For anyone who hasn’t tried the vintage look before, the devil is in the detail and a few classic accessories are invaluable.

You don’t need a whole new wardrobe to make this look work for you – if you’ve got a classic trench coat or a pea coat and a shift dress, to turn it into an on-trend look team the two with a simple contrasting leather handbag, a beehive and demure court shoes. Et voila, fashion magic is happening.

We’re a little obsessed at the moment with Fiorelli’s handbag designs for Dorothy Perkins, especially their beautifully simple square handbag in contrasting nude and black leather – it’s exactly like the kind of “best” handbag that my grandmother used to horde back in the day (and my grandma always looked impeccable). Forget big totes or horribly fussy OTT clutches, as the sixties purse is going to be your new best friend from now on.

Check out the gallery above to see all of our favourite sixties-inspired accessories.

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Summer lovin’: Shiny’s favourite beach bags

By emilyborrett on May 30th, 2011

Yellow "Beach Me Up" Bag

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We love, love, love the zingy yellow colour and slogan of this cool beach bag from River Island. Whether you'll be in St Tropez or in Cornwall this summer, this is a bag that will get you noticed.

It’s always a joy to get a brand spanking new bag, but few are as all-important and eternally useful as a trusty beach bag, your very best friend for holidays in sunnier climes. Designed with the capacity to carry literally everything you need, from a tupperware beach picnic to a spare change of clothes for when the sun goes down (and if you’re like us, a cheeky bottle of Sangria), every girl should have one!

We’ve found a style to suit every different kind of beach babe, from Moroccan-inspired carpet prints to inspire the hippy traveller in you, to bold bright colours and cool slogans to catch everyone’s eye as you’re making your way down to the beach. One of our favourites here at Shiny Style is the folksy-style tote from Debenhams in a really pretty blue-and-white print that will look really cool with some distressed denim shorts and a floaty 70s-inspired blouse.

It’s June in two days, and so begins fashion’s most fun season. Long live summer!

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Shinystyle loves: Party clutches for Christmas Eve

By Andrea Petrou on December 21st, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

Diamante Bow Clutch

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Black will always be chic, as will bows and a bit of sparkle. This clutch purse may look designer but it's actually a bargain from Accessorize.

Three days to go until Christmas Eve – festive decadence is in full swing, and I’m finding it very difficult to not look for every excuse under the sun to spend money on party outfits. If, like me, you’ve got a bit of a shopping itch from buying for other people, and not for yourself, then you might be in need of a little sparkly something to perk you up. Doctor Shiny prescribes a little clutch purse that will breathe new life into any tired old party outfit and perk you up – any of our recommended top 10 (above) will put a fashion spring in your step.

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One to watch: Jennifer Witte on

By Andrea Petrou on September 20th, 2010

By Emily Borrett.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good look for some new talent on crafts site Etsy, and it’s high time that I did again. Though you’re pretty much spoilt for choice perusing the site, seller Jennifer Witte, “interior design and art graduate that is crazy for anything and everything vintage” has been a stand-out name to me. The Cali-girl’s speciality is hand-painted vintage leather accessories that she hand-paints herself at home, then sells on through the site. No charity shop tat here – Jennifer’s very picky about the quality of the vintage item that she’ll work onto, so you know that there’s a lot of love going into each piece – and they’re all one-offs.

The designs that get painted onto her accessories are all very fresh, simple, girly and sweet; birds are a recurring theme in her work, as are flowers, trees and other animals. (They’re the kind of accessories that I can image  Bambi would carry, if Bambi had an interest in bags and shoes.) A personal favourite of mine is the vintage blue purse with the hand-painted whale, which is so adorable that my toes curl every time I think about it. For fans of the androgynous, leggy Brit-schoolgirl style that’s seen on the likes of Coco Sumner and Alexa Chung, who want satchels and leather shoes with a unique twist, Jennifer Witte’s Etsy shop is worth a look.

She’s also co-founder of an online Etsy store which sources beautiful vintage housewares and pretty little things. Have a peek at it here.

Brown Vintage Flats With Hand-Painted Cherry Blossoms

Fashion News, Handbags, Models

Kate Moss designs a range of handbags for Longchamp

By Andrea Petrou on January 18th, 2010

Kate Moss bags.jpgKate Moss is no stranger to the world of fashion design, and unlike other actresses and models, she does it well.

Her ongoing and successful range for Topshop has had us saving long and hard for some of her pieces, and now it seems her designing conquest is set to continue with news that she’ll be creating a range of handbags for Longchamp.

The model, who has fronted a number of campaigns for the brand will be working under the supervision of Longchamp’s artistic director Sophie Delafontaine to produce the collection thought to be out around the middle of February.

But if you don’t manage to get your hands on one of these this season don’t worry. According to Vogue this is one partnership that won’t be fading out after one season.

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Gallery: Smaller handbags to fit in with this season’s key trends

By Andrea Petrou on January 15th, 2010

With the news that 2010 will see a smaller handbag trend, we’ve emptied our huge bags of all the old clothes, perfumes and note books and begun looking for smaller pastures new.

There is a huge range of smaller bags on the market today and if you can’t quite get over having to carry around the bare minimum you will still be able to get away with a medium sized tote.

We’ve put together a range of smaller daytime bags to help you get this season’s style with ease.

Click on the picture below to begin the gallery.

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Highstreet VS Deigner: Max C and Chanel

By Andrea Petrou on December 4th, 2009

Max.JPGHigh street stores are becoming more style savvy, creating clothes and accessories, which almost mirror those designed by high end brands.

Yes the fabric may not be as plush, and they are probably more prone to wear and tear, but, unless they’re classic wardrobe must haves, do you really need anything more? After all fashion changes so quickly.

So we were really pleased when we spotted this Max C bag, which is similar to Chanel’s quilted bowling bag. We would be more than happy to have this stylish high street alternative on our shoulder especially when you consider the whopping price difference.

Max C comes in at a very reasonable £40 compared to Chanel’s £860. Leaving us more than enough left over to get matching shoes and outfits.

Ethical Fashions, Handbags

Buy a Tabitha handbag and help an orphaned child in Bulgaria

By Andrea Petrou on December 1st, 2009

BAG.jpgCan you carry love in a handbag? We didn’t think so until we came across this amazing initiative.

The Tabitha bag, has been created especially to help children in Bulgaria who have been abandoned and left in horrific institutions.

All proceeds (100%) are said to go towards supporting vulnerable children in Bulgarian care homes and fund the Baba Programme, which matches a mature woman with a young abandoned child in need of a loving, caring and safe relationship.

With the purchase of the Tabitha, it’s claimed you will be ensuring a child gets another six weeks with his or her Baba.

The bag was designed by Emma Ganderton who has held creative roles at Alice Temperley and Alberta Ferretti and is currently head of design for bags & accessories at leading UK retailer Jigsaw.

The bags cost £155 each and you can buy them here. We think it’s definitely a gift worth giving this Christmas.

Affordable Fashions, Designer Fashions, Handbags, Sales and Specials

It’s going to be handbags at dawn with this designer sale

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

Miu Miu Red Handbag RRP £700 BA £479.JPGAnother day and another handbag bargain (think I’m going to need a bigger house after all of this.)

Now, we’re not talking about low low prices here, but those of you who know how much Gucci and Prada bags cost, will understand why I’m so excited about this.

From tomorrow, and for three days only (ok now I sound like a DFS store advert), designer website BrandAlley is having a handbag sale.

It’s reducing a range of Miu Miu, Prada and Gucci bags by around £200 to £300.

We love the pictured red Miu Miu bag, which is now down to £479 from £700 and the white Gucci bag, which has been reduced from £1142 to £699.

Hmm I wonder if my bank will extend my overdraft, after all it’s for a good cause.

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