You're never fully dressed without a smile.


It's been forever yet again since I wrote a blog post. I am absolutely beyond obsessed with magazines, fashion bloggers, reading blogs, and stalking all of my favourite bloggers on a daily basis. Yet, when it comes down to writing my own blog I loose my confidence a little. I have so many ideas for content, and so many things I'd like to write about and photograph but not having anyone to take the photos for me proves difficult sometimes, and I've not really been feeling myself the past few months since coming back from London so haven't wanted to write.

However, I read a phrase recently which I absolutely loved... 'The comeback is always stronger than the setback.' And I SO hope this is true. Recently I'm starting to feel much more like me again, and totally getting my focus back.

I never lost it, I've always known exactly what I want to do, and where I want to be, it just got put to one side whilst I found my feet again after London and saved again, to which I aim to be going back very soon fingers crossed! The past year of my life has taught me a lot of painful lessons, you never know what's around corner, good or bad, and you can never take anything or anyone for granted. I don't agree with this next sentence fully, but we do control our own destiny to some extent and its time I got creative and confident again! So here goes...!

Enough of my life story and onto the main event - the outfit. Well mainly... THE BAG. Lets just talk about this beautiful bag that unexpectedly made its way into my wardrobe. I had some savings for a holiday this summer that didn't end up happening, so what better way to spend the money then on a Mulberry...? 

Me and my Mum went to York for a day out, and I wanted to go in the Mulberry shop to admire the beautiful bags from afar, (never did I ever dream I'd be walking out with one) but there it was. Just looking at me... with its beautiful Oxblood leather lambskin texture and perfect golden chain... I tried it on out of curiosity and because I was so drawn to it, but it was love at first sight. I didn't want to take it off. I'd gone into the shop wanting to look at Mulberry Lily's (which I do wish to own one, one day as they are such a classic bag...) and walked out with the beautiful Winsley. I absolutely LOVE the colour of it, the texture is amazing and the chain is perfect for me as all I mainly wear is gold, and I like that the chain isn't a bright brassy gold, its more of a dull molten colour. The chain also doubles up so it can be worn on the shoulder, but I prefer it long on one shoulder or across the body. 

If it wasn't for my Mum's persuasion and encouragement I probably wouldn't have bought it, as its the most I've ever spent on an item, (and I definitely had hot sweats when I was at the till paying) but I see this as a complete investment piece. And cost per wear makes it sooo worthwhile. I don't think I'll ever get bored of wearing it as it's timeless and definitely a love forever piece. I cannot tell you how excited I was walking out of the shop with it.

I finally own a really special bag, and for an absolute accessory and handbag addict this is a big deal.

I've always dreamt of having a designer bag collection, I could tell you the names of all sorts of designer bags, as accessories are my absolute favourite things in the world. Maybe this might be the start of that amazing collection I have always coveted... One can dream anyway! :)

As for the rest of the outfit, its quite basic (and all quite old), but I have photographed my shoes though, as they were an absolute BARGAIN. You know when you've looked at something all summer, and it sells out everywhere in your size, then you come across one pair and they've gone down in the sale... this is what happened with these little Topshop gems. Although I do feel a bit like a school girl in them and as though I should have pigtails in my hair! They are definitely not my usual style of shoe, but I quite liked these for a little change from sandals and sliders, plus they are gingham which has literally been EVERYWHERE, and if you don't know what gingham is (Sam I'm looking at you...) then were have you been hiding this Summer?!

PS. The last photo I took when I wore my bag to my cousins wedding recently, but how beautifully does it compliment and tone with the nude caramel shoes?

Sophie x 

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