A Travellers Tale

Today I’m on the move. I’m off to France for a bit of R&R, to see the Tour de France 3 day start in Normandy and maybe get some inspiration for new designs too.

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I love travelling with Brittany Ferries. You feel like you’re in France as soon as you board and a little mention of them on Twitter always gets a warm response.

There’s a bit of a rough sea today so I’m keeping myself busy writing this and remembering a lovelier crossing last November.

It was around my birthday when we took the long overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Saint Malo and on waking early in the morning I decided to try my luck and ask Brittany Ferries, via Twitter, if I could be allowed on the Bridge for our arrival in port.

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If you don’t ask you don’t get, as they say and luckily enough my birthday wishes were answered and voila, up to the Bridge it was.

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What surprising event has happened to you when you’ve been bold enough to ask?

A VIP in France: Bags on Tour

I launched my VIP Club in March this year. It’s for anyone who likes my designs and wants to always get the best deals on everything they buy. For a small membership fee you get to save on every purchase you make and even earn spending money when you recommend me to your friends. You…

100 Years of Vogue: part 3

I’m still reading my copy of the 2016 June Vogue, celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and this bumper issue is definitely one I’m going to keep as the articles are fascinating and the photography amazing. This photograph is one of my favourites. The full page photo by Tim Walker is a family portrait of photographer David Bailey…

Saturday Shopping: Yellow is the colour of Summer

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100 Years of Vogue: part 2

Following my earlier post about Vogue’s 100th anniversary, I did indeed manage to locate my archive old Vogue magazines from the 1980s. It’s so funny to look back through them and think that this was the height of fashion in those days. It looks so dated now! Here’s this month’s cover and one from 1985….

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I’ve decided to take up a 30 day blogging challenge. 30 days on the trot to post something here that readers will be interested in. So, what better than to start on day 1 with a pic of Sarah Arrow – my blogging challenger – modelling one of my designs! And it’s not even her bag (but…

100 Years of Vogue: part 1

Vogue is 100 years old and the June issue of the UK magazine is a bumper edition with the most fascinating articles and reports inside. If fashion and it’s history interest you, it’s well worth investing in a copy to keep. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is on the cover so I couldn’t resist taking a photo…

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