Look Inside Yourself, Not Your Handbag

Look Inside Yourself, Not Your Handbag

Hi Guys!

Today’s post is all about one of my favourite things, handbags!! YAY! It’s in collaboration with Hayley Miller, an amazing handbag and accessories designer. Inspired by the popular ‘What’s Inside My Handbag?’ blog tag, Hayley wants to explore why handbags are so important to us – Could we live without them? Can we have too many?? (…erm no and no!)

Hayley asked us to start by writing all about our favourite bags…


So my favourite bag in the whole wide world is my Balenciaga Giant 21 Gold Velo. I originally bought this bag a couple of years ago from Ebay, I’ve been lusting after so many designer bags for many years and a Balenciaga, Dior or Mulberry Alexa have always been top of my wish list. When I spotted this Balenciaga Velo for a ridiculously cheap £300 on ebay (it’s £1254 new) I quickly snapped it up! It is 100% authentic, but please be careful when buying second hand designer goods as there are so many fakes out there.


The Giant 21 Gold Velo literally means it has ‘giant’ style studs, and gold plated metal hardware all over the bag, and is in the ‘Velo’ style. This bag isn’t made any more so I feel kind of special that I have one! It’s made of the most gorgeous soft lambskin leather, which makes it really soft and slouchy. There are a couple of down sides though, because the leather is so soft I worry about damaging it, I have also lost the mirror which was originally attached to it 🙁


This bag is the perfect size for me, I like a fairly roomy bag as I carry lots of junk important things around with me, like a bulky fiolfax and massive purse! This bag has spent a looong time packed away in my wardrobe, simply because I was too scared to use it for fear of damaging or marking it. Then one day I just thought, what’s the point in having nice things if they’re hidden away? This bag was made to be used, it is a functional object! So I took it out and have been using it ever since. I now use this as a bag for weekends and going out, rather than taking to to work every day.

I have to say I absolutely love this bag, it just makes me feel fabulous! 🙂

Accessories, in general I think can make or break an outfit, and can also change your mood. As soon as I throw my bag on my arm I feel great, I feel smart and I feel confident! I’m not a complete handbag fiend by the way, I only have 3 or 4 day bags, and a few evening ones (including a vintage Wham! wash bag turned clutch, oh yes!) I know some people have hundreds… actually I probably would too if I could afford it!

Whilst writing this post I’ve been thinking… What’s so special about handbags? Why do girls go weak at the knees over them, and are prepared to sacrifice savings / rent / food money just to carry a certain piece of leather on their arm?

Well, I think I’ve figured it out. Handbags fall into the same category as jewellery in my little world. Handbags do not make you feel fat / uncomfortable / self conscious (like wearing certain clothes might) they do not accentuate your wobbly bits, they will not pop a button and expose your heaving bosom, nor will they strain and refuse to be pulled up over your thighs, leaving you sobbing silently into your pillow, and they will not make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. I think what I’m trying to say is choosing and wearing clothes is a minefield for anybody that’s even remotely body conscious, which is probably most of us in one way or other, but with handbags the only negative really can be the price!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you have a favourite bag?

There should be quite a few other bloggers joining in this project so If you want to read about everybody else’s bags you can search #LookOutsideTheBag on Twitter!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx





  1. Lizi L
    25 February, 2014 / 8:29 am

    I totally agree with this post – if you have a fat day where you’re not feeling 100% great about yourself, buying a bag can give you that ‘yay new things’ buzz and a statement bag can take the attention away from whatever you’re feeling self conscious about. I find the same is true with makeup – it’s always going to ‘fit’ and makes you feel better about yourself 🙂 xx

  2. AgentSmyth
    25 February, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Such a pretty handbag! I know what you mean as well, clothes don’t look as good on me now as they used to but a hangbag will always make me feel great! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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