It’s been a while since I updated this blog, sorry guys! Been so busy at work ever since I got back from Pakistan, a couple of weeks later, it was jetting off to Amsterdam for a long weekend! Definitely great fun to experience a different city and see more of this lovely world and go shopping for local products, like food and fabric! Coming back from the Netherlands, it’s more work and trying to get organised and making plans for our wedding!
In terms of my dressmaking and craft projects, the weather here has been too cold for me to start thinking about making new dresses and such, but one thing I did notice on The Purse Blog was this BCBG Emeline clutch in teal snakeskin textured leather:
BCBG Emeline clutch in teal, US$298 (approx £197). Source: The Purse Blog
I don’t know what it is about BCBG (acronym for Bon Chic Bon Genre), I’ve always been a big fan of the Max Azria and wife duo’s designs. Maybe because of their simple, wearable and fashionable styles that are suitable for casual as well as formal events. The style of the Emeline clutch itself is also very versatile. I love the bright pop of teal colour for the coming summer season (hopefully within the next couple months here in Scotland!) and the size of the clutch itself means you won’t be struggling to fit things in it!
If you prefer a different colour or a more subtle style of the same clutch, it also comes in Black, Pink and Natural Combo whip-stitch for that more sophisticated office look:
BCBG Emeline clutch in Pink, US$298 (approx £197) on Amazon
BCBG Emeline whip-stitch clutch in Natural Combo, US$268 (approx £177) on BCBG
Lasercut Harlow Clutch, US$128 (approx £85) on BCBG
It’s definitely more affordable and gives you that impression of hardy lace made from cut out leather. I don’t know about you, but over the years I’ve been building up my own little collection of pretty heels from various designers and the laser cut out leather was one of my favourite styles from BCBG.
As for upcoming dressmaking/craft projects, I was very pleased while browsing market stalls in the Netherlands with my friends to have come across this lovely fabric in Leiden:
Watercolour flower print fabric from Leiden, The Netherlands
What made it even better was I got 3m…for only €18 (£15)! To put it into context, this fabric originally cost €9.95/£8.44 per metre, but was at the market on sale for €6/£5 per metre. If I went to any fabric store, I’m sure I wouldn’t find a similar fabric at all, and definitely not for less than £14.99/metre at least, which would have meant buying it locally would have cost me at least £44.97 for the same amount!
I haven’t yet decided what to do with it, considering my partner (excuse me, I should really say fiancé now!) also found a whole load of silvery grey snakeskin print fabric for me which had been stored away and not used. I was thinking maybe a maxi dress with one and a wrap dress with the other?
I left you hanging there in the beginning, but in case you were wondering about the wedding thing, it won’t be for another couple years, but I like to be organised and knowing what I’m dealing with and getting an idea into my head, any friend of mine will tell you I latch on to it and don’t stop until that idea is turned into reality, ie I get what I want 😉 So, putting plans into place and trying to keep everything within budget, but everything seems to be coming along nicely. It just takes a bit of looking around and window shopping for everything from ceilidh bands to wedding venues!
Anybody got anything exciting to share in terms of DIY/dressmaking/craft projects?