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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Another Handbag....?!!!

After the school pick-up yesterday, we headed to TK Maxx to get some Easter Bonnet 'stuff' as I reckoned they'd have lots of furry chicks and bunnies I could stick on a hat...surprisingly they didn't. (On an aside - for any of you doing Easter Bonnets my tip is to head to your local florist. Later in the day,  seeing the amazing window display, I called into the florist near our school and they had a fab selection of decorative eggs, bunnies, feathers and ribbons...and we even got a load of that yellow stringy stuff that looks like straw for free!)

But back to TK Maxx because I wasn't going to waste a visit to one of my favourite shops and surely having the kids with me would curb my spending??....

I have been searching online for navy handbags over the past month as I'm using my navy Canonbury Clutch so much but have been finding it too small at times - especially when I want to bring my good camera out with me. This beauty from Dune called out to me for just £39.99 - down from an original price tag of £70.

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Now it's not leather - though it took considerable hunting for labels to confirm this - it really is made of an excellent pleather. So it breaks my golden rule of not buying non-leather bags but what sold it to me was the similarity to the Miu Miu Matelasse tote - which I'd drooled over last year on my 40th present hunt.

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This particular handbag is not available online - but there are a few other Dune totes on this link. I did dither over this Paul Costello leather shopper in navy but it was very plain in comparison and a bit too wide but it's priced really well at £59.99 from an RRP of £225 and it most definitely *is* leather.

But I didn't stop at just the handbag...oh no....my friend Emma (who blogs here) reminded me over a coffee yesterday how great TKM is for sunglasses, so I had a quick look as my favourite grey M&S ones have gone missing. There was an good selection of well priced options from Superdry, Cole Haan & Kenneth Cole to name a few but I opted for a pair priced at £9.99 (RRP £39) from a brand I've never heard of - guaranteed to not make me cry when they're lost or squashed as they are likely to be by the end of the summer. The UVA & UVB protection was highly rated and I liked the simple lines and neutral colour. Not really a brown, or a grey...somewhere in between...tho I appreciate they look black in the photo!
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The last purchase was a till-point one - these shoe liners from Pringle were snapped up - £4.99 for three pairs..perfect for easing your feet back into wearing ballet pumps again. I like that they have a silicone detail around the heel to keep them from slipping off and they are a cotton mix to allow the feet to breathe. I wore them with my Gap metallic pointy flats all afternoon and it was virtually impossible to see them around the edges.
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I did a good job of ignoring the shoe department...I could see these beautiful flats (also from Dune) calling to me but I resisted..just about!

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Running out the door now to post lots of parcels as the Flower Statement Necklace is back in stock in the shop and lots of you want one! But before I go, just a reminder that the LK Bennett bag competition has only a few days left to run. Thanks to everyone who's entered so far but if you haven't - be sure to check it out on this link...

Ax

 
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25 comments

  1. Gorgeous bag - great style and colour.

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  2. Just gorgeous......want one!!!! xx

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  3. The Dune bag is an absolute ringer for the Miu Miu one, great buy!! You can't beat T K Maxx for some great reasonable shades (espeically if you are like me and habit of sitting on the darn things!!) I've picked up some fab Furla ones and a gorgeous pair of Stella McCartney's for less than 20 quid in the clearance! Looks like another trip to T K Maxx for me is needed!! xx

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  4. I instantly thought of the Miu Miu as soon as I saw the picture! Fab find, I certainly wish I had one nearby. x

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  5. Gosh that bag is SO like the Miu Miu Avril - great find!
    x

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  6. I love the bag. I have not come across the invisible shoe liner, interesting, as I can't get my head around the 'no sock' idea at the moment ( totally nesh and totally sensitive in the foot dept ) I am due a TK Maxx visit. I like to give it a few months in between to freshen up. H xx

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  7. Hi Avril! I really love the Dune bag, such a lovely choice and it's amazingly similar to the Miu Miu one and a great price! I love how you've styled your Next bomber jacket too, everyone looks fabulous and the jackets themselves are perfect colours for mixing and matching! Your blog makeover is great, I hope you're having a good week! xx

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  8. Gosh you are right, it is so like the Miu Miu. Great spot Avril and long may you and your new bag be happy x

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  9. Lovely bag....I bought the stone one in 2012, still going strong and looks fab.

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  10. Claire - I *knew* I'd seen it before...did you send a picture of it to me? So it's all your fault....and I thank you for it! x

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  11. Thank you Donna - I predict a long and happy future together :) x

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  12. Thank you Sharon - I'm so pleased with it! I did wonder about buying it whenever it's not like I've not got many other lovely bags but everyone's lovely comments have completely justified it!! This week's been hectic but I've loved every minute. Heading over your way for a bloggy catch up now...it's been too long! x

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  13. Well, you always do get a little peepage around the edges with these sockette thingys but it's still far preferable to sweaty toes!! lol..I'm a bit funny about feet too - hence no close up pictures!! x

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  14. Thank you Nic - it just *had* to be bought...and sure wasn't I saving myself thousands not getting the Miu Miu (woman logic)! x

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  15. Aha my friend - great minds and all that! I don't think I could cope if I didn't have 3 TK Maxx's within 6 miles of me...I just love a good old rummage there every now and again. Though it might be dangerous for you to have a one near you as you're such an amazing bargain hunter! xx

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  16. Thanks Michelle - wow Furla and Stella? I've never seen brands that good over here. Making a mental note to check the sunnies again in September time for some clearance bargains. Ax

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  17. Haha - get you down to your local TKM!! x

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  18. Thank you Jane - hope you're keeping well. I'm long overdue a catch up on the blog...heading your way now! x

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  19. That's a great bag! Now maybe I need a navy one...

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  20. LOVE TK Maxx and I always buy sunglasses when I go in - why pay £100 when you can pay £20 for designer there?

    Bags too - they have some FABULOUS ones and I REALLY love the one you bought

    Fiona

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  21. Now I really really love that bag, beautiful! I need a navy one!
    Abbi x

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  22. Oh, yes. This is a beautiful classic bag. I actually jus baught a navy bag from Boden (the bowler) and I love it. I wear so much navy that it made sense that I have a great navy bag. Enjoy :)

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  23. Doesmybumlook4011 April 2014 at 16:51

    Love that bag. Amazingly like the miu miu one & gorgeous colour . Also has a real Smythson look to it. Love it!!

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  24. Wow Avril talk about great bargains! I always forget about TK Max for sunglasses. I'm definitely have a look next week.. that handbag is amazing! xx

    lou xxx

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  25. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges14 April 2014 at 21:22

    Wow! What a great haul & selection of stuff! I love the sandals too! The texture of the bag & colour are so lovely & I'm sure it will get used loads! xx

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