Value VIP

I am starting a new weekly post on this here blog choosing 1 or more VIP looks from the week and re creating it on a budget.

I am loving this idea which I originally got from BooHoo who have asked me to re-create a look of a female who inspires me.

For the first week I’m not re-creating anyones look I’m going to be choosing some designer handbags and finding some affordable alternatives, I hope you like it.

First up this beautiful Chloe Cross Body Bag which retails for £1,105 from their runway collection.

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In keeping with the black/tassels look, this pure suede cross body bag from Oasis is perfect for festival season and a great price at £14.99

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Next up, YSL! I am in love with this clutch and have had my eyeball on it for ages but I think I would get more use out of the purse so I’m still deliberating. However, this croc embossed clutch bag is £795 and I’ve found the perfect croc dupe for only £29.99.

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The great thing about this is if you want to treat yourself to a designer item you can purchase this gold YSL keychain and attach it to a bag and instantly give it a make-over, the one below is from net-a-porter and is £160.

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Following on with the croc theme is this Mulberry Tote, as beautiful as it is it’s painfully priced at £1,200, however, you can stick with a relatively ‘designer’ name tag with this Paul Costelloe Tote which usually retails for about £250 but I have a link below for you to buy at just £69.99, I meeeeeean a saving of £180 is reason enough to buy this one isn’t it? It’s real leather too!

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So, that was just 3 bags that I thought I’d start off with, is this the kind of thing you’d like to see more of? Also, if there’s a certain designer item you’d like a cheaper alternative for just drop me an email, I know you lot aren’t shy, which i love of course.

Hope you’re all well, I’ll do an update on my ‘healthier living’ soon just a teaser for you I tweeted this-

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Letter To My Baby- 9 Months

Dear Oscar,


We have been together for 9 months now, twice that if you count the time you spent in my tummy.


Mummy’s beautiful boy, I can’t believe you’re my baba. Last time I wrote you one of these letters it was difficult to get a giggle from you and I remember those days well. Luckily for us you laugh all the time now. Especially when Mummy or Daddy makes the high pitched noise that you like. Or Daddy does peek-a-boo around the door.

You are always smiling and everyone says how good you are when we’re out. We just moved house so it’s been a bit of an adjustment for you but you’re coping so well.

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I hope you like your new bedroom. I think you do because you still sleep all night thank goodness.

You’re so good at standing up now and you’re crawling everyone and whizzing around, you pull everything out and we’re still adjusting to not being able to take our eyes off you.We recently invested in a ‘baby prison’ or a playpen as some like to call it, you get arrested on a daily basis while Mummy is busy!

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Mickey Mouse is still your favourite, you get very excited when you see pictures of him or hear his voice.

You’ve seen Mickey Mouse in real life when we saw Disney on Ice but I can’t wait to take you to DisneyLand so you can meet Minnie and Mickey- I think Mummy will be just as excited as you!

It’s just been Easter but as you’re allergic to milk you received lovely presents and money instead which I didn’t actually think was a ‘thing’ but you’re such a lucky boy so your loved one always spoil you.

The thing we’re dealing with at the moment is those pesky teeth! They’re upsetting my baba and it’s heartbreaking as you just rub your gums and make a sad face. You don’t have any teeth at the moment but when you do I’ve got a feeling you’ll look mighty cute (cuter than you already are!)

Just got to get you walking next, you need to be walking before holiday which is just after your first birthday so let’s get practising!

Mummy loves you lots Pickle.


A Change is Needed

Be honest with yourself Charlie, you’ve gained 4 stone, you don’t feel comfortable in any of your clothes, your stretch marks seem to be getting worse and now you’re breaking out! 

The fact that it’s taken some spots to make you want this change is surprising. You’re so unhappy with your body but you have no get up and go, no drive to change anything. You know what you have to do but you just do not do it. 

Well, today’s the day. 

Day 1. 

To a better you! 

3 Rules to begin with, we will add to them every Monday, because what better day to start? 

  1. No more fizzy drinks, you’re not supposed to drink them anyway! 
  2. Start running, when your new trainers arrive! 
  3. Meditate, take time to sit in silence and relax. 

Number 3 is potentially the most important one there, you need to take time for yourself. Yes, I am talking to myself guys, I need to give myself a good talking to. I’ve got to a really bad place in my life where everything got on top of me. I didn’t spend long wallowing in self pity because most things in my life are very positive at the moment I just feel rather unhappy with myself, my body, my organisation etc. 

Ever since I had Oscar I’ve just piled on the weight and it’s now become a really big problem for me, I’ve never suffered with any body confidence issues like this before, yes I’ve been unhappy with my body but not to this extent.  

I need to snap out of it and MAKE A CHANGE. So it starts now, keep your eyes open for the post titled ‘I failed’ or ‘I Give Up’