Sunday, 6 February 2011

Handbag Woes

Recently I've felt a little 'stuck in a rut' when it comes to my handbag collection. Alas, there are no fancy designer handbags here, but a mish-mash of several high street stores, with a Pauls Boutique or two thrown in along the way. But I feel I have grown out of my Pauls Boutique/leopard print bag/slouchy Primark satchel phase and I am looking for something a little more grown-up. What I am currently lusting after desperately, is a 'classic', 'timeless' handbag in which I can use everyday, no matter what the outfit. As much as I would love to be able to fork out on a Mulberry Roxanne or Alexa, I do not have the cash and I also do not wear real leather. This is purely a personal choice of mine. This is where my problem really lies - there seem to be very few truely 'timeless' bags out there that are not made of the leather stuff. However, I stumbled across a couple of Marc B bags on the Topshop website a few days ago, which immediately caught my attention. No, they are by no means my 'perfect bag'. I would ideally like something with pockets (okay so I want a non-leather Mulberry Roxanne, we can all dream) but these are the only bags I can seem to find which catch my eye. What do you think? Which one do you prefer? I am honestly not at all sure about either, but there is something enticing me in. 


The Lana Bag 

The Cleo Bag

Both bags retail around the £50 mark which I think is reasonable enough, if they are decent quality. I have never purchased a Marc B bag before and therefore have no experience with them - have any of you ladies? I would love to know if the quality matches up to their pretty appearance. Or, if you have seen any similar bags which scream 'grown-up' then please let me know. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday evening! 
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22 comments

  1. Wow the second one is gorgeous!

    I'm going through a similar phase, looking for the perfect classic timeless bag can be such a pain especially in high street stores.

    Hope you find the perfect bag!

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  2. I prefer the first!

    And as a heads up for the savings account.. my mulberry roxanne tote is a vinyl one. It comes in black and other pretty colours, mine is red :)

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  3. I really like the cleo bag, the buckles look great. I think it's grown up enough whilst still being cute. I think £50 is reasonable for a quality bag that will last.

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  4. The cleo bag is so cute! I love the colors of these bags, very sophisticated =)

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  5. Both bags are lovely. I have a had a Marc B bag for a couple of years now, a sort of quilted chain one, and I have to say the quality is good. Not quite Paul's Boutique standard but it is a good sturdy bag...Hope this helps =D x

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  6. Both are stunning bags, but I think if I really had to choose between one or the other...it would be the Lana bag :)
    I think the simplicity of it is extra cute!

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  7. Ooh the Lana bag is beautiful! I've never had a Marc B bag but I'm with you on struggling to find nice quality and timeless non-leather bags. Total pain! xo

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  8. For the price, they are lovely bags! I saw these in Topshop the other day and they look even nicer in real life xx

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  9. I cant decide because they both look like luggage bags http://beaufashionxoxo.blogspot.com/s

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  10. I totally get your handbag woes, I really need a new everyday bag that I can just grab & go, nothing too big, nothing too small. I really want a satchel type one but I haven't found the perfect one yet!
    I personally prefer the first one though, it's more simple than the second and I think it'd go with more, plus the second has quite a lot of brighter gold on it which I find is sometimes an issue for me because I tend to wear more silver. x

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  11. I love the Cleo bag.
    I have a small chain bag from Marc B and its lasted me ages! And thats through nights out where its been chucked about, had lots of items rammed in it and numerous drinks spilled on it! They last a long time. :-)

    I hope this helps with your decision!

    Leanne.
    - leannemariea.blogspot.com xx

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  12. I totally understand your handbag woes :) I have been having the same problem! I couldn't find a bag I liked, unless it cost silly amounts of money, for months and months, and now I've ended up buying two in the space of a few days! lol I totally need to send one back as I can't afford them both :( I've never owned a Marc B bag but they always look lovely! :) I particularly like the Lana bag, so simple, nice size and a lovely colour! :)
    Speak soon :)

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  13. The Lana bag is my fav, GORGEOUS! xx

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  14. I think I like the second one best, the other one seems a bit like you might keep your tiny dog in there. haha, i dont know. I like the colour of the first one better though.

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  15. I prefer the Lana bag, although I would want it in grey instead of brown. I haven't heard anything bad about Marc B bags so it should be OK to buy them!

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  16. Hello! Those bags are beautiful! Especially the second one.

    I just saw that you bought some nice stuff recently at Primak (which by the way is my favourite store) so I thought that maybe you live in London or England. In that case, I'd love to ask you about the weather in England, what's it like now? I'm coming to visit London in the end of February and I'm hoping for nice wather since its snowing here in Sweden. :)

    Love your blog by the way! xx

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  17. Both of them look good! Though I would maybe prefer the Cleo. Love your blog


    http://hereinmylife-paula.blogspot.com/

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  18. I'm a huge fan of Fiorelli bags! Not sure if you will be too, but maybe something like this: http://www.fiorelli.com/product/wimbledon-medium-shoulder

    I do like both of the bags you blogged though! :) xx

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  19. They're both gorgeous but I personally prefer the Cleo bag. I love the chocolatey colour and the buckle detail. Not only does it look very grown up and chic, it also looks a good size - so nice and practical. I've never tried Marc B before but £50 isn't bad. Is a lot cheaper than the Mulberry bags I will never be able to afford *cries* x x

    http://angel-in-this-dress.blogspot.com/

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  20. I hate being in a handbag rut! SO annoying. I like the second one much better too, so cute xx

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  21. Ah, the classic choosing-between-two-handbags fashion challenge. There was never a shopping day that my wife didn't encounter that. Especially when we were in Calgary -- ooh, we had to extend our stay just because she couldn't make up her mind! Well, I guess it's really challenging to keep up with the trends while choosing a timeless design.

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