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16 October 2016

ap*passion*ata for bags!

I have a longstanding love affair with bags.....it's well documented here. My first serious bag purchase was made some 30 years ago when my collection started with a Louis Vuitton Speedy. I'm still obsessed as ever.....now this gorgeous little addition has been added to my hoard! Meet my new Chiara from Appassionata Boutique.....



One of the many delights of Instagram is the gorgeous new brands that you are introduced to. One such brand being Appassionata Boutique who design and create luxury handmade Italian leather bags. These beautiful bags are made by the Ribicini family who craft bags for the likes of Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Prada....though thankfully they have a much more palatable price tag! Who doesn't love a bit of luxe for less?! The Chiara is made from the most exquisite buttery soft leather, it has a chain strap and secure fold-over flap with popper fastening and it comes in taupe or black. It's the perfect size to hold all of my essentials....purse, sunnies, keys and a lipstick! In terms of quality for me it is on par with my Balenciaga bag.....my most beloved bag as it just gets better with wear and age (it's about 12 years old now) which is exactly what you'd expect when buying this type of luxury item.


You may have noticed that my bag of choice most days is still a messenger but the beauty of the Chiara for me is that it can be worn three ways as the strap is fully detachable, making it mega useful for the likes of me! It's looks great as a clutch.......


.....but I also love it worn with the chain doubled up as a shoulder bag too!


Appassionata Boutique has a style for every bag-lover. If you are more a fan of the grab handle then the Antonella is stunning.



Or if you are like me and like your bags to be multi-purpose the Eva could be for you as it comes with a long and short handle.



I'm a sucker for any bag donning a tassel so the beautiful Isabella obviously caught my eye! ;0)



I've yet to add a backpack to my collection yet so I also love the look of the Luisa.



That's just a small selection from what Appassionata have to offer, you can see the rest here.

Are you passionate about bags....a fellow bag-addict perhaps?! As always I would love to hear.

My usual outfit round-up....it's a week's worth as I've been a bit slack on the blogging front this week!


Primark bomber, past season alternative here
Uniqlo Merino sweater, here
Uniqlo shirt, past season similar here
H&M trousers, here
Office Dapper loafers, similar here
Mulberry Dorset tote, past season High Street alternative here


Banana Republic sweater, past season alternative here
Gap Breton, past season alternative here
H&M trousers, here
Office Dapper loafers, similar here
Mulberry Dorset tote, past season High Street alternative here


River Island cardigan, past season alternative here
Zara Breton, similar here
Gap skinny trousers, past season alternative here
Kurt Geiger Miss KG boots, past season similar here
Mulberry Dorset tote, past season High Street alternative here


Topshop jacket, past season alternative here
Love.Wear.Live sweater, here
Zara jeans, past season similar here
Converse, here
Appassionata Chiara bag, here


M&S Limited Edition coat, here
H&M Breton, past season alternative here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Next pixie boots, here
Balenciaga bag, past season similar here


Zara shirt, sold out alternative here
Zara jeans, past season alternative here
Converse, here
Appassionata Chiara bag, here


H&M sweatshirt, here
Zara trousers, past season alternative here
Urban Outfitters Kate ballet shoes, sold out alternative here
Appassionata Chiara bag, here

Another busy week ahead....we are staggering along to half term! I hope to be back again mid-week providing I can squeeze a bit of research in! ;o) 

Until then wishing everyone a lovely start to the week!

This post was written in collaboration with Apassionata Boutique - all words and opinions are my own.

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