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 is on Facebook, where you can ask questions, place an order and arrange delivery. They can even send you photos of your choices, to help you decide what to buy.
Much love, Vx
[Disclosure: Marcia at the O bag shop pimped my two handbags in return for this blog post, for which I am grateful.]