Thursday, 6 December 2012

Confessions of a leopard-print addict...

I never used to like leopard print, the first time I wore it was back in March 2011 and since then I have slowly been adding it into my wardrobe. I have stuck to accessories for now though, as I still worry that I would look a bit 'tarty' in a full blown dress or skirt. I really wish I had the confidence to pull it off! So, when House of Fraser asked if I would like to review this bag I almost bit their hands off. I love a nice mini bag like this and thought it would be perfect for those days where you don't want to carry around the kitchen sink...

Coat: vintage Dannimac via my mum, dress: Mango, bag: Biba c/o House of Fraser, belt:New Look, shoes: Office
I always seem to wear this dress with the same coat and belt, I think the camel coat makes it look a bit classier despite being a really short skirt! ;)


I am always looking for more dresses like this for work, the shape and sleeves are perfect for a temperature variable office. I love the one that Ellie wore here, does anyone have any recommendations as to where I can something similar up? 


As you can see, neither the bag nor the logo is particularly subtle but then, leopard print for me is all about injecting that bit of 'oomph' into an outfit, it's definitely not for those who want to blend in! Saying that, I do like the more subtle purple leather version of the bag, isn't it the most gorgeous colour?! 




The inside of the bag is absolutely HUGE, looks are definitely deceiving with this Tardis of a bag. I managed to fit my phone, diabetes stuff (about a make-up bag's worth of stuff) purse, passport and keys and still have all this room left! I think the 3 separate pockets are fab, especially if you are as prone to losing things as me and I love the print on them too. I'm not so keen on the flap and handle of the bag, it is leather but feels a bit cheap and nasty (and at an eye-watering £179.00 full price, it certainly shouldn't!) The bag is in the sale at the moment for a slightly more reasonable £89.50 which for a sturdy leather bag like this, I think is fairly reasonable even if completely opposed to the essence of the original Biba brand! (where everything was designed to be cheap and disposable)



I desperately need to get my hair cut again but I cannot be bothered to make an appointment. This twisted knot/bun has been keeping out of my (cat) eyes and is a nice way of keeping the curls off my face...


What do you think of leopard print?

15 comments:

Gem said...

I've got the more handbag style of this rather than a clutch/satchel. I love that it feels a bit furry! x

Sherin said...

Leopard print has slowly but surely made its way into my closet too. The bag is the prettiest.

Sophie - CGDN said...

leopard print has got a hold on me too. LOVE that bag! x

Winnie said...

Your hair looks so cute Maria!

I like the odd bit of leopard print but I seem to collect more subtle variations - like detailing on a cardigan or some Zara jeans..this bag looks like a great size!

Emsipop said...

I love that you've paired it with a camel - such a classy way to do leopard print! =) x

Sarah said...

Love how you've styled this look!
x

Harriet said...

That bag is the cutest! I love deceptively large handbags, especially with lots of sections so everything has a little pocket!

underthewillowtrees said...

Absolutely love the coat, the colour really suits you. And you've got to love a little bit of leopard print now and again. I went through a stage of buying leopard print underwear. Made me feel a bit...daring I guess! So out there. A dash of leopard print looks cute though Xx

claire (jazzpad.) said...

Yayyyy Biba / leopard print twinnie! I love how your style has evolved over the past few months Maria, but you never look uncomfortable in a new experimental look, if that makes sense. I love that belt, I have leopard print boots, dresses, shirts, bags... but not a belt! I must rectify this! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

Tia's Way xo said...

Wow...Leopard is really fun. I am hooked as well! lol I did a complete head to toe blog on leopards...take a look and let me know what you think!

love to hear your thoughts. Tia xo

Coco said...

For a leopard-addict you manage to "dose" it perfectky! I'm in love with your belt.
Happy Sunday! Kisses Coco

Cruella Belle said...

I think the bag goes wonderfully with the rest of your outfit- very classy looking indeed. And your hair looks beautiful, btw.

Nat x

danniekate said...

WORK. love love this! i have a soft spot for this print too...xx

xXxStundonxXx said...

I love a bit of leopard print so this bag caught my attention. Unfortunately even at sale price it's out of my budget :( xx

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

Leopard print is a bit of a staple for me- particularly for shoes. It's a great way of injecting a brown palette into your wardrobe if you don't wear it much (which I don't) and can be great to spice up an all black combo- in shoes or cardigan or handbag format.

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