Sunday, 25 December 2011


Wishing all our valued customers a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

What Makes A Good Handbag Really Great?

We asked a few ladies what separates a good handbag from a really great handbag and here is what you said.

Many women sited colour as being their number one priority for choosing a handbag with Black being the most popular as it’s a colour that goes with any outfit and can be used for many different occasions. If the budget is tight and you can only afford one handbag then it has to be black. For those who like to stand out and are not afraid of colour, the brighter and more eye-catching the better.  Matching bags and shoes are a fashion faux-pas.

High quality is next on the list of basic requirements. Words such as durable and long lasting were bandied about with craftsmanship. One lady intimated that she needed her handbag to stand up to lots of abuse. Most women agreed that leather was a hardier and more beautiful looking material for handbags than PU or fabric.

 Gianni Conti Maremma Cross-Body Bags £95.95
As quality is generally linked to budget, it was agreed that in reality you should buy the most expensive handbag you can afford. However, if you saw a handbag to die for, then by hook or by crook, you’d find the money to buy it whatever the cost.

Yes, size does matter! Many women want a large handbag with a roomy interior as they need to carry lots of items. This goes hand in hand with bags which open wide for easy access. Equally, lots of women want small, neat bags that look cute and are not cumbersome or heavy to carry.

A number of women cited pockets as being the most important factor. Handbags with great organisational features such as interior side zip pockets, pen holders, sections for credit/store cards and i-Phone holders were most prized. Outside pockets also increased a handbag’s attractiveness as they are useful for storing keys and items you want quick access to.

Smith and Canova Large Handbag - Venice - £99.95
A lot of women like their handbag to fasten with a zip. If the handbag is accidentally dropped, embarrassing contents don’t fall out. Plus, there is an additional feeling of security when out and about in cities or on local transport where pick pockets might be ready to take advantage.

This also featured quite highly on the list of requirements. Women wanted their handbag to be noticed and admired. A stylish handbag with a fashionable design is viewed as a status symbol. The perfect handbag is one that can be lovingly gazed at time and time again, giving you that warm happy feeling.

Following on from Creativity, handbags made to showcase fashionable designer effects are high on the list of desirability. Distressed leather, washed leather, metallic, slouchy and crunch leather feature highly in the most wanted lists; anything that is not plain and boring but with plenty of detail.

Marta Ponti Onion Bags £119.95

Timeless Classics.
A high proportion of women wanted their bags to be classically timeless. If they found a bag they adored, they wanted it to last forever. If they had to change their handbag due to wear and tear, then they wanted it to be exactly the same as the previous one they had owned.

Bag Charms.
Ladies love dangly bits. Big themes include animals, hearts, letters and gems. Fashion plays a big part in choice, too; shiny gold and silver for those who love bling; feathers and beads for a touch of boho; dark and mysterious for gothic; vintage or antique for the preppy look.

Much the same as for bag charms, personal preference is the overall decider as to whether to opt for gold, silver or antique metal fittings on handbags. Interestingly, it also depends on what colour jewellery you normally wear.
 Catwalk Collection Laptop Bags - Helena - £89.95

Interior fabric was another important factor in the perfect handbag but for many differing reasons. Light coloured fabrics are revered as you can find contents more easily. However, as many women said they preferred dark coloured fabrics as they hide stains from leaky pens and perfumes. Signature linings where the maker’s brand name is imprinted into the weave are seen as the most elegant. Patterned linings or stripes are playful and fun-loving.

Long cross-body straps or shoulder straps that can be adjusted to fit for personal sizing would be a nice option

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Monday, 5 December 2011

What gifts and presents will you be buying online during Cyber Monday?

The first Monday in December has become known as Cyber Monday when people rush to their computers to order Christmas gifts for family and friends. Cyber Monday is always the busiest day for internet purchases. The mix of December Sales and brand new products arriving online produces an exciting frenzy of Christmas shopping second to none. 

This Christmas looks set to be another record-breaker for many online sectors. It is forecast that shoppers in the UK alone will spend around £19million per hour on the biggest online shopping day of the year and online retailers are bracing themselves for a record 85million visits today.

The bestselling selling products in The Real Handbag Shop online are Catwalk Collection Handbags and staff at the warehouses are working flat out to deal with more orders this year than ever before. Also very popular are Gigi Handbags and at the luxury end of the market, Gianni Conti Leather Bags. Customers know there are big savings to be had on leather handbags, work bags and purses when they buy online. Peak buying times will be at lunchtime and in the evening.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

October Birthday Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Whether you are buying a gift for a charismatic, diplomatic, idealistic and romantic Libra or an ambitious, intriguing, discerning and sexy Scorpio, here are some great ideas for people who have October birthdays.

October Birthday Facts
 Birthstone: Opal
Flower: Marigold or Calendula
Star Sign: Libra (the scales) September23 – October 22
Star Sign: Scorpio (the scorpion) October 23 to November 21

 Ladies Leather Handbags from £29.95 and Purses from £25.95

Famous Celebrities Born in October
 Julie Andrews Actress b. October 1, 1935
Kate Winslet Actress b. October 5, 1975
Simon Cowell A&R Executive b. October 7, 1959
Sharon Osbourne Celebrity b. October 9, 1952
Paul Simon Singer b. October 13, 1941
Roger Moore Actor b. October 14, 1927
Zac Efron Actor b. October 18, 1987
Kim Kardashian Socialite b. October 21, 1980
Katy Perry Singer b. October 25, 1984
Hillary Clinton Former First Lady b. October 26, 1947
Bill Gates Entrepreneur b. October 28, 1955

Mens Leather Bags from £45 and Wallets from £11.99
 October Poem by Robert Frost
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.