Friday, 11 December 2015

Buying a Handbag: how to avoid the most common mistake

We’ve all done it, seen the most gorgeous handbag online and immediately imagined possessing it, caressing it with your fingers and visualising how good it will look next to your body. In your mind, you’ve already morphed the bag into the perfect size to suit yourself. However, when delivered to your door, it’s not the size you wanted it to be and you’re greatly disappointed.

Here are two bags as they would be displayed on a website. Are they the same size or is one bag bigger than the other?

In reality, whilst the photos are the same size, the bags are probably differing sizes, only you can’t see the size difference because photographers always fill the frame. They don’t leave gaps or white space. Online photos can be deceptive to the eye when it comes to size and you shouldn’t try to guess.

A ruler or tape measure is invaluable when making purchases online and is a good investment. Most websites do show the measurements of the bag, so at this point you should get out your ruler or tape measure in order to visualise more accurately how big the bag is going to be. You could even draw lines on a newspaper and cut out the rough shape of the bag so you can get an even better idea of size.

For more clues as to the size of a bag, check the online description. Does it mention if the bag can hold iPhones or note pads? If the website doesn't show you the details you require, you can usually send them an e-mail requesting product information. Most companies will respond within 24 hours.

Some websites show the bag on a model and this is a really helpful guide. Obviously, as most websites don’t tell you how tall the model is, nor what size clothes she wears, it’s best to view these photos as an approximate size reference that cannot be completely accurate.

Laura Crossbody Bag and Victoria Tote by Catwalk Collection Handbags Ltd

If the bag you have ordered is not the right size, you can always return it for a refund but as you normally have to pay for the privilege of returning the unwanted bag and it takes time and trouble to return items, it’s always better to try to avoid 'buying' mistakes in the first place.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Possibly The Best Little Cross-Body Bag In The World #handbags #small

If you need a small handbag to hold just the essentials for a daily commute, then the lovely Lena Cross-Body Bag will be perfect. The small outer zip pocket is great for an Oyster card and there are interior pockets for mobile phone and pens as well as a middle zipped pocket for tissues, mints and lip salve plus an additional interior zipped side pocket for compact mirror and comb; the main compartment will even hold one of the new 6” Kindles plus a coin purse and a set of keys.  Other useful items to carry are a folded plastic carrier bag, miniature scissors and a small notepad, or you may wish to pop a pair of glasses in. For a small neat little bag, you can sure pack a lot into it.

The leather feels gorgeously smooth and soft and the strap is ample length for wearing across the body which is useful if you need to keep your hands free. The bags are well made and yet the price is very reasonable for such a fine quality product. 

Each bag fastens securely with a zip which is a great deterrent against would-be thieves.

As if this wasn’t enough, each bag comes with the most adorable cat logo bag charm which is an absolute must for cat lovers. The fact that the charm jingles also deters thieves!

There are ten colours to choose from, so once you’ve bought one, I can guarantee you’ll soon be wanting another!

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

The Cat Version of a Radley Bag for Lovers of Cats and Handbags!

'What do I know about handbags? Nothing! That’s my wife’s domain. My wife loves handbags but I wanted to buy my wife a surprise present and I had no idea what to buy. We
were out shopping, me in the Blu-ray store, my wife either in the jewellers or the handbag store. She told me there was nothing there she really liked. It was then I noticed the little dog hanging from her Radley bag and thought as we have cats, is there a cat version of a Radley bag? Found Catwalk Collection. Read all the reviews; didn't mean a great deal to me. I knew the bag had to have a middle aisle, two sections sort of, zips, adjustable strap, phone section. The fact that it is blue (my wife’s favourite colour) is a double bonus. Bought it. Wrapped it. Handed it over. Moment of truth. It instantly became bag Number One. Within seconds, current bag was tipped upside down and emptied, hurled across room. My wife assures me the leather, the feel of the bag, the compartments, the length of strap, everything about the bag really, was first class. So whilst being far from an expert on handbags, I know from my wife’s reaction she is impressed with this bag. Had it week now and still hasn't found fault. I count that as good product, good price, well packed. Result!'

Review by martyp

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