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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Toast Elinor Half Moon Bag



Happy birthday to me ...
Happy birthday to me ...
Happy birthday to meeeeeeee ...
Happy birthday to me ...



Yeah yeah - only a week late. It took a bit of doing but I got there. I finally found myself a birthday present! I didn't spot anything in London town when I was there on my birthday weekend but to be honest, I wasn't really looking. I was busy meeting people and shopping really wasn't on the agenda though everyone did their best to coax my credit card out. The thing is, I'm a lone shopper. I don't like to be influenced by anybody else. It's easy to get swayed (yup I nearly bought some Chanel sunglasses) but there was nothing that floated my boat enough. I didn't know what I was looking for but I knew I hadn't found it that weekend and I also didn't want to buy something for the sake of it. And then it just so happened, that I came across the Elinor Half Moon Bag from Toast. And not a moment too soon either as the Grumps said he was just about to go and choose something for me if I didn't pull my finger out. Argh! 

It's a cute little bag. Not big by any stretch of the imagination but it fits a small camera, purse and a phone in. Maybe some pocket tissues, a pen and a lip balm as well. And that's it. Like I said, it's not big. I was eyeing up the APC half moon bag which TK was carrying when I met her and this is a similar shape.




Uniqlo Shirt, H&M Jeans, M&S Brogues


I also like the black and dark tan contrasts - the tan strap adds interest to what would otherwise be a plain black bag. But it is ridiculously long - even though it's on it's shortest setting. I can't see a way to shorten it so it doesn't flap too much so I've decided to treat it as a "feature" and let it just hang. If it starts to annoy me, I think it will have to get jiggy with some double sided sellotape or a glue dot.




It's a thick grainy leather - not beautifully finished like some high end bags I've seen and touched recently and it even strikes me a little rough and ready (rustic for a more charming description) around the edges but I don't mind - it's a little like me :o)  And according to the notes on it on the website, the leather should age well with use and will adopt a nice patina.



So considering that it has a verging on too long strap, and it's not the best finished bag I've ever had, I have two good reasons for returning it but guess what - I'm not going to! I'm keeping this one, yes I am!

Besides, it goes a treat with my Uniqlo shirt. See - finally my shopping luck is changing!



38 comments:

  1. You better had keep it - it is just perfect - so lovely - the shape is amazing. You can always get extra holes punched in the strap no?

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    1. p.s. a cobbler or 'leather worker' could shorten the extra bit for you if you want?

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    2. I did think that a cobbler could do that but I was worried in case they didn't do a good enough job. Not to worry though - I'm on the case of how they can do it and not so that the changes can be seen!

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  2. Great look! I've been wearing my brogues a lot. That bag is so neat and lovely. Agree about going to a good cobbler who will be able trim the excess strap and add more holes for you - if you are really, really, really going to keep it :-)

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    1. SPD, I'm going to keep this little bag. I'm not a biggie for bags so if I actually find one I like, it's bordering on a miracle these days. I will get the strap sorted though when I find a cobbler I can trust.

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    1. Perfect sizing for me right? :o)

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  4. I can now put my finger on your' style, ( I love the bag btw ) you make everything you wear look incredibly expensive. I am not being facetious I assure you. That bag looks a perfect length to me. If it gets on your' wick you could just add another hole with ease. X

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    1. Helen. I actually threw a wobbler when I stood outside Whistles yesterday and your lovely black bag was in the window waving at me. At that point, my phone went ding and there was a comment from SPD above saying ... if you keep it. And I thought "arghghhg" what do I do, what do I do? as I genuinely love both bags. As it is, I think it's good to be different. Besides if it's small, the boys will have to carry their own stuff around (those iPads weigh a ton).

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  5. Oh boy Sue! That bag is a present worth waiting for! It's perfect, I adore it! It looks amazing with your outfit x Great choice :0) x

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    1. Thanks Michelle. There's something about the black and tan combination which is really grabbing me. A bit like your black and leopard M&S bag - it's such a winner!

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  6. Gorgeous bag Sue & the perfect size for holding just the essentials.....you have to keep it!!
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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  7. Absolutely freaking gorgeous! I am so in love with your look today

    Fiona

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    1. Thank you Fiona. And so easy to wear!

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  8. Ooh that's a nice one :-) Am loving small bags at the moment.

    A very happy Birthday to you - have a great day and many happy returns (in all senses of the word!) xx

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    1. Belated Happy Birthday that should have said, sentiment still the same :-)

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    2. Your new bag is a cutie as well. Very you. It's funny how we're both having a bag moment. Besides, handbags always fit whatever size we are!

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  9. Oh Happy Birthday bloggy friend, mine is coming up in two weeks. Are you an Arian too or Pisces, that bag looks adorable on you, I have scaled back too with a much smaller purse I bought years ago.

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    1. I'm a calm fishy rather than a fiery ram.

      And yes it's nice to carry something smaller sometimes - helps my back too! Gosh I sound so old!

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  10. Aww Happy Birthday - lovely purchase and I love black and tan too it's a perfect classic combo.

    Ooh I must agree I am bit of a lone shopper too. A shopping ninja even. I am not really a browser, I know my style, what I want and go in for the kill! That sounds terrible doesn't it, but it's true!

    I don't mind shopping with other people if it is for them, am quite happy to give an opinion here or there, but I even went wedding dress shopping on my own because I didn't want to be influenced by anyone else.

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    1. A shopping ninja - I like it! I usually have an idea of what I want and then go round the houses getting it i.e. I have to explore all versions of it until I make my mind up and go with the original anyway. And I agree about shopping with other people, I don't buy when I am with someone but I will objectively comment. I will talk about fit and fabric but as for the style - that is up to the individual. I don't like to sway people (unless it's dire).

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday! Love the bag, I don't get on with large bags. Much prefer smaller cross body ones, it's really nice. And a good price for Toast too!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised actually that Toast was doing this bag for this price. Last time I looked, everything was around £250+ so this coming anything under is a bonus.

      I have to say, I'm a bit of a crossbody bag girl myself too. Love being handsfree ... literally.

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  12. I don't think I wished you a happy birthday in the blogger meet up post comment - so happy birthday and what a perfect present you have picked - very you again! Great outfit, love tan with black xx

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    1. Thank you AnneMarie! Another very me item. Gosh, I'm getting predictable. Time to bring out the dayglo yellow!

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  13. Ooohhh! Fab bag, Sue. Looks perfect with your new shirt. I'm with you on being a lone shopper. I'm in my element when I can lose myself and not worry about anyone else or their opinions when shopping. Definitely a keeper. Lynne x

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    1. Shopping alone is good - no one can see how fussy/OCD/anally retentive I actually am then :o)

      And you've got a lovely new bag too! March must be bag season for everyone.

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  14. the leather looks stunning sue! and the shape is lovely - it's such a good size! looks really well made too, you know how i feel about leather bags.. :) too bad about the long strap - maybe you can take it in to a professional and get it shortened properly :)

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. Stephanie, I will get the strap shortened as I intend to keep this bag. It's perfect for the summer too.

      And I know you love your leather bags - you have quite the covetable collection.

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  15. I love black and tan combo too, I have a bigger bag which is black with tan strap. I'm also very short and long straps are a problem so I bought this hole punching tool thing thats makes holes in belts and bags, from ebay or amazon I think!

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    1. I know the kind of tool but I just wouldn't dare to do it on this bag strap. I have a feeling I'd just end up leaving little circular dints all over it if I wasn't strong enough to punch through cleanly the first time. I think it's going to be a cobblers job this time.

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday Sue - are you a fellow Piscean? I like the combo of the black and tan and the shape - although it would have to be a bit bigger for me to carry around the plethora of lip products that end up in my handbag! :)

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    1. Jenny, I am a fish too.

      And the bag can hold over 10 lipsticks ... if you throw everything else out :o)

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  17. Very cute bag Sue. Hope you had a lovely birthday xx

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  18. Ay yah yah......I was beginning to think you'd never swipe that card of yours. I think everyone needs something a little smallish - just enough to put a few essentials. I still think that Chanel sunglasses have your name on them.

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