I’m keeping the focus on fashion with a very exciting post today all about my amazing new Radley bag and one of my fave blogging collaborations yet. I remember worrying that moving to Germany might mean missing out on working with brands due to my location. But, this year has been one of my absolute best yet for special blogging projects and having the opportunity to work with a brand I have always admired will always be such an amazing reward for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of this blog. In the interests of transparency, in this post I will be styling up a beautiful product from Radley London which was gifted to me in exchange for the post. Naturally all opinions remain my own and I will only ever endorse products that I genuinely love and that I think you guys would love as well. And let’s be honest, is there anyone out there who couldn’t appreciate the beauty of a seriously luxe Radley handbag?
Styling the Radley bag
As someone who spends all her money on travel, often I have to sacrifice spending money on expensive clothes or handbags, but it doesn’t mean I don’t lust after luxury items. Radley London are one of those brands, one that has been an institution with a seriously classic style that I’ve admired for years. I’ve always been the kind of girl who gets a handbag and really loves it, instead of changing it up every week, I’ll wear a bag all season. I picked out the Hill House Medium Multiway Compartment Grab Bag from the collection, embracing the sports luxe look with this gorgeous leather bag. It was hard to choose but in the end I felt this was the Radley bag that fitted best wth my style, not only was it simple and elegant, but practical with the longer strap and several compartments. I love that it can be smart for work, or also works with more laid back looks for the weekend, and it hasn’t left my side since it was delivered. The striped strap makes a bold statement with the white leather, while still remaining chic and elegant with the fine gold detailing and the iconic Radley dog charm.I styled up the bag with this leopard print H&M slip (€19.99) and teal jumper (€24.99), and an old pair of Primark chunky heels. For those who are looking to shop the Radley bag, you’re in luck and the Hill House style is actually reduced at the moment, retailing at £229, it has now been reduced to £137, so now is the time to treat yourself! It’s the perfect-sized Radley bag for keeping all my essentials in it, my camera, phone, purse and some make-up, the perfect blogger’s essential.
Happy Hamburg Anniversary
This week marks my six month anniversary of living in Hamburg. These last six months have been some of the hardest and most rewarding of my life. If you weren’t following back then, to update you, after travelling solo for more than three years, I met a boy. I never thought I would be the kind of girl to change her plans for a man, but that’s exactly what I did. I uprooted my whole life, changed my travel plans and moved to Germany! In the last six months, I decided to put love first for the first time in nearly five years, we moved into our second home together, I found a new job in a new industry and was offered a promotion within two months at the company. We travelled for a month around Europe in the van we had converted together, we argued like crazy, we danced around our kitchen like fools, had travelling friends come and visit from the other side of the world, danced at festivals, dived into mountain lakes and drank a hell of a lot of coffee.Moving to Germany was never in my life plan, but taking on the biggest challenge of my life has been one of the best decisions I ever made. So if you’re ever facing a life decision as big as this one and don’t know what to do. Go with your gut. Say yes to change and to every challenge. In the end, all you can do is fail and try something new. But at least you’ll always know that you tried. Trust me, it could turn out to be so much better than you ever could have dreamed. Following your heart can be the scariest thing in the world, especially if you have been hurt before. But it’s a lonely old life if you never take a risk. Don’t be afraid to strike out, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. It could be the best thing you ever do.
Do you love luxe handbags as much as I do? What style would you choose? What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?