As an Aries I don’t enjoy being told what to do (we are the ‘leaders’ of the zodiac, after all). So when multiple physiotherapists told me to stop carrying heavy handbags or risk making my back pain worse I didn’t really listen. And – surprise, surprise – my aching shoulders continued to cause problems.
Eventually I gave in, and you’ll notice I’ve been carrying petite cross-body bags and leather pouches in most outfit posts this year. But every now and then I’ll break the rules for something really special. And Russell & Bromley’s smart gilt-edged tote is the very definition of special. It’s so damn chic I’d actually move into it if there was enough room!
Top: Maje c/o (sold out – similar here and here)
Bag: Russell & Bromley
Shoes: Coach c/o (sold out online – similar here)
Necklace: Monica Vinader
Camera: Olympus Pen EP-5 c/o
I followed the tote’s pale pink and burgundy colour palette when putting this outfit together, and tucked Maje’s David Bowie tee into a pair of H&M shorts. On the hanger the floral culottes looked exactly like a mini skirt, so I got quite a surprise when I took them into the fitting room. But they work better as shorts, as you don’t have to worry about accidentally flashing your knickers.
And the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the chic little Olympus Pen that’s slipped into this post. I’ve been using the EP-5 for a few weeks and absolutely love it. It syncs up to your smartphone’s wifi so you can Instagram photos from your camera on the go, which is really useful. Plus it fits into most of my smaller handbags, so .
Do you rate this look? How would you style H&M’s floral shorts? As always, leave a comment and let me know…
Photos by Kylie Martin
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