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Brand new bag

Boss aw16 camera bag

When it comes to bags versus shoes, I’m much more of a bag girl. Bags are practical, they’re harder working, while shoes only really do one job. A new bag feels a bit like a new back-to-school pencil case, symbolising potential and possibility. Oh, the places we’ll go!

I’m a self-confessed double-bagger. I like a chuck-everything-in tote (I use this Smythson one – tip: the zip version is a really great price right now ) as well as a smaller, easy-access cross body bag. I love all the camera bags doing the rounds – such as these newbies from Hugo Boss, which I spotted a while ago at the press day. Much less spendy are these chunky beauties from J. Crew (called the ‘Signet’) that come in fifteen varieties. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marni Trunk Mini, and although they’re hella ubiquitous, the Guccis are just so user-friendly!

Tote-wise, Hill & Friends is the new line from Emma Hill (ex-Mulberry) and the smiley face hardware and upbeat colour palette of the Happy Zippy bag are a good foil to the sensible proportions. (If you’re colour-shy, I think the maroon is just perfect.) While I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, I came across the Herve Chapelier store, which is tote heaven. So many permutations of their signature tote, I loved all the grained leathers…
tote bags and camera bags

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Toga talk

Toga AW16 green dress

When people ask me my favourite designer label, my mind tends to go blank. Because ‘Celine’ or ‘Raf Simons’ or ‘Helmut Lang circa 1995’ is not very original and also because (shhhh,don’t tell), I hardly ever buy designer clothes these days.

But here’s a good one: Toga. I love Toga for its sweet spot between interesting and wearable, and dressy but not trussed up. The proportions are off-kilter (I’m very much feeling the voluminous sleeves), the quality is amazing for the price and I like that it’s not overexposed.

Toga is known for its cultish Toga Pulla shoes and brilliant knitwear. It’s designer Yasuko Furuta also makes the most wonderful mannish coats and deconstructed shirts. Her LFW shows are a highlight for the poetic layered styling and standout accessories. I could go on, but I’ll let Matches do the rest.

Toga AW16 is in the ‘coming soon’ section of Matches Fashion, so have a nose below (I’m especially partial to this little green number) …
Toga aw16 tulle dress
Toga aw16
Toga aw16 asymmetric sweater
Toga AW16

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Clever beauty: Clinique Eye Makeup Remover Stick

Clinique Eye makeup Remover Stick

Thank you British Beauty Blogger (aka my ‘oracle’) for the heads up on Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick (£16). File under ‘why has no-one thought of it before’, this is a faff-free eye make-up remover in stick form.

I’m so bored of decanting eye make-up remover into one of those mini Muji bottles every time I travel, because I don’t want to lug a giant bottle around with me. This would be the perfect travel companion. I can’t vouch for its efficacy (it launches 22nd July in the UK, although it’s already available in the US at Sephora and Nordstrom) but if it works, I’m a convert.

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Oh la la Garconne

La Garconne Acne Studios sweater

I never get bored of La Garconne’s editorial shoots, just the right mix of wearable with a bit of… something unpredictable. On my wishlist from this shoot: the Atalantique Ascoli smock shirt, the Lemaire mustard knit and both creamy Acne studios sweaters. (more…)