Coach & Nicholas Kirkwood – Autumn/Winter 2012 Press Day

Finally here are the photos from the new Coach Autumn/Winter 2012 Press Day and the Nicholas Kirkwood Autumn/Winter 2012 Press Day. I saw both of these collections on different days during my London trips last month and I loved them!

I’ve never owned anything from Coach, but I have always loved the fact that they are not afraid to use bright colours and make their accessories fun! I also adore Nicholas Kirkwood, the shoes are generally always amazing and unique, but again I haven’t owned anything from them. I have included the writing about the collections under the sets of photos for each brand within this post. So what do you think of the new Autumn/Winter 2012 collections from Coach and Nicholas Kirkwood?

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My Wardrobe Staples & Essentials

I mentioned before that I would share my wardrobe staples with you, so here they are. These are the things that are essential to me and items that I couldn’t really put outfits together without!

Blazers.

I think a blazer is one of the top pieces of clothing that everyone should own! I actually have quite a few blazers and as long as I get the fit right on them and they are flattering, then I’m all set. They can dress just about any outfit up. My two favourites are my black one from Topshop as it’s the most versatile and my burgundy one from Zara as it’s fun and adds colour to my looks.

Coat.

Living in England means that a coat is pretty essential. The weather is often cold and this new one that I got from Topshop is my favourite one. It’s flattering because it’s nipped in at the waist but it’s also very girly with the skirted area. The colour is also perfect for winter. I feel the cold so easy so I honestly couldn’t be without a coat!

Leather Jacket.

I don’t like the real leather jackets so I prefer to choose the faux leather option. A black biker jacket is something that I wear often, especially in the spring and autumn. It’s one of my go to jackets and it just matches everything. It’s easy to pair with everything from jeans and shorts to dresses and skirts. It’s just a jacket that’s really easy wearing and I love it. You can just grab it as you go out and it will work.

Classic Skinny Jeans.

You all know how obsessed with jeans I am so I can’t just pick one specific pair. I find having a pair of dark jeans, a medium wash and then a light wash are definitely essentials! The dark washes make a more smarter outfit and are more versatile while the light washes are more casual, but the medium washes are somewhere in between. I always pick skinny jeans though for essentials. I live in them and it’s very rare that you find me without jeans. I think it’s safe to say I wear a pair of jeans about 350 days of the year. Ha ha.

Fun Jeans.

Fun jeans are always important to me. When I don’t feel like wearing normal blue jeans I choose to wear coloured denim or faux leather jeans. The coloured denim is just amazing to me. It brightens up any outfit and I love wearing bold colours. I like reds, purples and blues the most. Well, those are the colours I own, but I would love a yellow pair as well! Now for the faux leather jeans, I find those to be needed. They give that rocker feel but they are also what I call sexy jeans, for obvious reasons ha ha. They are easy to pair with many things and I think they just give an edge to an outfit.

Scarves.

A leopard print scarf to me is the must have scarf. I am pretty sure if I could only have one scarf I would pick a leopard print one. I have a lot of scarves because like I mentioned, I feel the cold easily, so having something around my neck really keeps me warm, but I also find the scarves tend to pull any outfit together. I love that they just add something different and colourful to your outfit. They help make an otherwise plain outfit, really interesting. Coloured scarves and neutral ones are equally as important.

Clutch Bags.

Clutch bags are the bags I will always pick as long as they have a long strap handle. I don’t like the heavier bigger bags like totes etc because they tend to hurt my arms and I get fed up of carrying them. One I would definitely call my essential would be my Mulberry Alexa Clutch in Powder Sparkle Tweed, but I also love my Marc by Marc Jacobs bags. The clutch bags never swamp or over power an outfit and they don’t feel too big for my frame either. They are perfect to me and I never carry a lot of items with me so they are generally the perfect size too.

Heels.

This would be way too hard to pick just one pair so I think having a pair of nude and black heels are an absolute must, but I also love brightly coloured heels because they make an outfit pop. Shoes are a weakness of mine though, but as long as I have stiletto platforms then I think they make every outfit much more feminine and sexy. I love heels with mary jane straps as well because they feel more secure on my feet.

Boots/Wedges.

Ankle boots to me are perfect! They keep your feet warm and they look great for the autumn/winter time of year. Whether I pick heeled ankle boots or flat ones, they are definitely an essential to me. I actually live in my flat ones a lot. I don’t have any good photos of them though as they are shoes I always wear for errands and things like that, but I can’t live without flat boots. Wedges also, especially the Urban Outfitters ones above, those are like a shoe wedge and they are so classic. They go with all of my jeans which is definitely a must and the colour is very neutral .

So these are all of my wardrobe staples. What are some of yours?

My Obsession With Bags

So I thought that I might start doing a few story posts on my blog. I know when I read magazines that I like to read the stories written in there as I find them really interesting. The first one I wanted to write is about my obsession with bags. I know it’s probably something a lot of you ladies can relate to so hopefully you like it! I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know your feelings towards bags 🙂

I never used to be a bag fan, in fact, I used to really dislike the thought of going out and having to carry something extra. I was always worried about losing it, as I can be quite forgetful sometimes or I just didn’t want the general hassle of carrying something heavy. I get back ache quite easily and I have loose shoulder joints so the thought of having to lug around a heavy bag just really put me off. I never understood what the obsession was at all. People would say to me ‘why don’t you like bags?’ or ‘you will change your mind and love them sooner or later’ and I was completely adamant that I wouldn’t. I just thought, they didn’t know me at all, so how could they possibly say those things? Every one is different.

I honestly can’t remember the exact point in my life that my feelings started to change though, I know it was last year or the very beginning of this year and I think it might have something to do with my boyfriend and my best friend from the US. She has a huge love for bags, probably the biggest love I have seen lol and I think some of it may have rubbed off on to me. I know I still had some growing up to do and I think I am pretty much finished with that now though, I don’t go out in the young looking clothes that I used to and I am no longer a huge fan of Rocket Dog shoes and Primp etc so somehow I think the influences around me and the getting older, made me change my mind. Plus the need for actually having to carry things around with me now when I am out, bags can be somewhat useful.

I thought that I might just buy a bag to see what all the fuss was about, so my first designer bag that I bought was my Marc Jacobs bright pink quilted Bruna that I bought from The Outnet, and when I first opened the package, I was so taken aback by the colour, it was shocking and the most brightest pink I had ever seen, but I loved the shape of the bag. I wasn’t sure about it and thought that I should probably just return it, but the ladies on The Purse Forum changed my mind and I am glad they did. Since the Bruna is super heavy and it has to be carried like a tote, I barely wear it. The situation with heavy bags and me is still the same as before, I can’t do them. I think that one needs to be kept for very special occasions. I’m pretty sure though that this was the very start of the obsession.

I then thought to myself, if carrying heavy bags is not for me and I generally don’t have a lot to take out with me, why am I buying big bags? I feel like big bags didn’t suit me anyway as I am quite small so I decided to go looking at the smaller bags, the cross body bags mainly because you technically don’t have to carry those ones, your body carries them for you. This is exactly when I knew they would be perfect for me! I bought a few smaller cross body bags over the next few months, mainly ones from ASOS, Topshop and River Island. Just cheaper ones so I could get used to them and I found that I absolutely loved them! They would look cute and make the outfit look better. I fell in love with a couple of Topshop ones I had. It was then I realised what everyone was on about, I really had been missing out.

I’ve always had a thing for colour and when I used to look online for designer bags, the brightly coloured ones which caught my eye would always be Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love his MbMJ collection because it’s fun and it’s a lot cheaper, so it’s much more in my price range when I save. The next bag I bought, that I love, was my MbMJ Dandelion Karlie clutch and I think that’s the bag that has had the most use out of all of the ones I now have. I love the bright yellow colour and the chain as the strap as well as the shape. It just literally turned out to be the most perfect bag for me!

During this transition, I definitely became addicted to online bag shopping. Not the buying part as most of them were way too expensive, the looking for them part. Browsing online at the new styles and checking the new in or coming soon section has somewhat become a daily hobby of mine. I get so excited when I see a new bag that I like!

I’m also not sure what it is exactly that made me a huge fan of Mulberry though, I think I just developed a crush on the brand after seeing the bags around and online. I remember going into the Mulberry store at the Westfield shopping centre in London and seeing a Watermelon Mini Alexa and I completely fell in love with it! It was so pretty but I never bought it because it had a price tag of just over £500, that’s way too expensive for me unfortunately.

I did develop a crush on the Alexa though and when I went to Kilver Court for the open day, I had saved a lot of money to take with me to the Shepton Mallet Mulberry Factory Shop. I knew that that would be the day where I bought my first Mulberry! I never went with intentions of a specific bag to buy, I just hoped I would see one there and fall in love with it. That’s when I saw the Alexa Clutch in Powder Sparkle Tweed. It was so gorgeous! The way it glistened and it looked so perfect! At one point I almost lost it because another lady had picked it up and I was wishing for her to put it down! Thankfully she did and then I grabbed it and never let go lol. I was lucky enough to get an amazing deal on it too, it was under £300, I love the sales and prices they have there! The Alexa Sparkle Tweed is my favourite bag that I own now, it’s the perfect size and just so pretty! I can’t wear it often though as it’s so delicate, but I love it so much! I was then lucky enough to meet the founder of Mulberry, Roger Saul, he was so nice and I got the chance to do an interview with him for my blog.

I find myself always eyeing the new Mulberry bags though, I check the coming soon section everyday and there is a wishlist I have, but I can’t spend over £300 on a bag (my personal rules) so I think my only place to buy them is the Factory Shop or in the sale! Although the last bag I bought was a MbMJ Berry Percy which I think is so cute! I love the berry colour, but I have developed a liking for classic bags now too, brown ones and neutral colours as you can wear them with anything. I still love the bright colours as they give a pop to an outfit but since I wear a lot of colour in my outfits, I think neutral toned bags are a nice compliment. So the next one I have in mind to get is a Mulberry bag in Oak or Deer Brown, I love those shades!

Luckily my obsession with bags is somewhat kept under control due to the fact that I love animals so much and I wont buy any exotic skins. I wont even buy lamb leather because I sort of had a pet sheep a long long time ago, I never eat lamb either. I think they are beautiful. I only buy regular leather bags so that really does help me save a lot of money and keep my collection fairly small. I do struggle with the regular leather too though since it’s a cow and I love them too. But that’s something that is so hard to avoid, leather is everywhere, it’s even on jeans and pretty much all shoes are made from it as well as everything else. But I do baby my bags now and really look after them so that does make me feel better lol. That might sound crazy to some of you but I am sure it makes sense to others.

So now bags have really become a huge part of my life! I’m currently trying to save for a new Mulberry, there are a couple I have in mind like I mentioned above, so hopefully they will be in the sale soon or I might find them at the Factory Shop. I find I jump from obsessions though, I wrote about my Christian Louboutin obsession before and that one was really bad. Luckily I have a lot more self control now and I know when buying things is a good idea or not! I know I get the excitement now of falling in love with a pretty bag and if I can, buying it, then getting to match outfits to it. It’s so fun! I’m sure you all know what I mean lol 🙂

So let me know if you liked this story post and if I should do more. I’m even open to suggestions on a story you would like to hear and I would love to hear about your bag obsessions!