**Alert: there’s an O bag competition at the end of this post**
With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl to do. I have a habit which must be fed.
While sharing a coffee with my friend Marcia, the happiest woman in North London, I may have dropped a few not so subtle hints – for she is the “bag lady”. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.
You can read Marcia’s back story here – she is the owner of London’s O bag shop, which is heaven for bag lovers who can’t make up their minds. Every element is customisable, so you can buy the main bag body and dress it in a new look every season, with different handles, inserts and trims.
This is fashion for the indecisive.
Marcia offered to pimp my two O bags.
This is my rock coloured ‘mini’. I use it a lot, so it was looking a bit tired and dull and needed some TLC.
First we gave it a wash – the carcasses are made from a silicone material so can be wiped clean. Then Marcia and I experimented with a few new style options.
The accessories are easy to remove and attach, with plastic screws and caps inside the bags – which are invisible from the outside once the handles are in place.
I chose a contrasting Autumnal faux fur trim, a new dark canvas insert and longer handles.
Next was my much admired turquoise O bag. This is their signature size bag, called ‘the classic’ and is quite a bit larger than the mini. This combination was my perfect beach bag and, having done more air miles than David Attenborough in the last couple of years, was looking a little forlorn.
Marcia to the rescue. She quite rightly advised me not to go for the zebra pattern insert I was drawn to, instead opting for something muted and classic – a dark tweed.
New leather handles, a woollen trim and O bag charm finishes it off nicely.
Two tired old bags. Pimped! Obsession calmed. Addiction abated.
This is my happy dance:
O Bag Store is open in Crouch End, North London seven days a week and the website allows you to order your various elements, which the lovely O bag team will put together for you to collect. If you’re unable to make it to the store, please contact them about delivery options: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7993 4260. They can even send you photos of your choices, to help you decide what to buy.
Now for the exciting news. Marcia is offering Lifestyle Maven readers the chance to win a load of goodies from the O bag shop.
**First off, she’s giving away a free O bag charm worth £14 with every order placed before 24th December*. Just mention Lifestyle Maven on the phone or in store to get your freebie.
Also, she’s giving away £50 worth of accessories (trims, handles, inserts or charms) to one lucky winner. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the competition box below. The competition ends on 30 December. Good luck!
Much love, Vx
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*While stocks last. Order before 18th December for delivery before Christmas. UK only. Note: an alternative gift may be substituted as a result of limited stock.
** This offer and giveaway is only available from the O bag London store in Crouch End, online at: www.obagnortlondon.co.uk, or by calling the store on 020 7993 4260, when placing a phone order. O bag Store London is an O bag franchise.
[Disclosure: Marcia at the O bag shop pimped my two handbags in return for this blog post, for which I am grateful.]