Put a Spring in Your Step

“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.” Anita Krizzan

Brighter Days are on the Way

It’s Spring. It IS. Really. The sky is blue (well, sometimes), the birds are singing, the sun is setting later and later, and the trees are in bud. Daffodils are fluttering and dancing in the breeze (apologies to Wordsworth). The pure, unadulterated optimism of crocuses heralds brighter, sunshiney days ahead. Now Boris has spoken of the roadmap to freedom from lockdown and restrictions, happy days are (almost) here again!

“I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on.” Maya Angelou

School’s IN for Spring

Monday 8 March was the first of hopefully many happy days as home-teacher hats were hung up across the country. It seems apt that Mothers’ day follows shortly after, this Sunday in fact. Then it will be Easter.

Soon, we can say goodbye to Zoom meetings, online quiz nights and kitchen discos. Although, actually, we may keep the kitchen disco once we can have guests. Who’s upgraded their kitchen for that very reason? Go on, admit it…

Going Out OUT

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Leo Tolstoy

What do you have planned? Late afternoons and long, lazy evenings in the beer garden? Oh, how I long for a large, chilled glass of wine with the girls… Long-awaited parties with friends? Festivals, race days, weddings and picnics? We have a LOT of catching up to do.

Buy Some Brightness

I predict that come Summer, we’ll all be wearing the brightest shades we can to make up for the past dull, dark days of the year. Maybe money can’t buy you happiness. But it CAN buy you handbags, and that’s a bloomin’ good start - so feast your eyes girls, like the kid in the metaphorical sweetie shop. Goodies galore and handbags of happiness!


First up, look longingly at the beautiful and elegant lines of Zara (not for too long, mind – she’s selling fast). I am LOVING the Royal Blue. Bright enough to lift your spirits but classic enough to go anywhere and go WITH anything. The Orange is rather glorious, too – reminiscent of a sunny Mediterranean Taverna terrace. There’s also a simply exquisite silver and gold. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but all that luscious beauty and brightness comes with literally bags of room too.

Cartmel Collection

I can’t stop waxing lyrical about our EXQUISITE Cartmel collection. These sumptuous, luxurious leather goods – with their history and provenance – have been as loved as I expected. They’re equal to – if not exceeding - anything the designer handbag companies produce. But they’re British. They’re made right here. There’s a little bit of the Lake District in every one.


I am also more than a little in love with Fleurette in the brilliant, bold red. Unapologetic, in your face and nodding to pillar boxes, London buses and telephone boxes. Other colours are of course available, each equally lovely in their own right. But. The red. Wow. Fleurette is dinky and diminutive but with plenty of room for keys, phone and purse, plus enough make-up for touch-ups on the go.


Oh! And a little bit of appreciation for an eternal favourite, the Honey crossbody saddle bag. It’s hard to say which cheery shade is my favourite, but do you know what? At a smidge under £40, treat yourself to a couple. The royal blue, the fuchsia and the bright, bold green are ALL lush. But then, so are the soft yellow and the dusky green…


Onwards and Upwards – in Style

I could write all day to sing the praises of everything in our collections. But, pour yourself a glass of something good. I shall leave you to browse, enjoy – and treat yourself. You SO deserve it. Maybe treat someone else, too. Did you know we can send a gift directly, with your own special message included? Rather more personal that a voucher, n’est pas? And if we’ve learnt anything from the past year - no more saving your beautiful things for a special occasion. Life IS a special occasion. Live it – and buy the bag!

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