There are two recent purchases that I'm rather enamoured by and have to share with the world. Partially to spread the love because it's always great to discover a new designer, photographer, blogger who can en-rich your life in their small way, and partially to simply gloat (don't tell me you don't experience an iota of glee when you have a one off item that everyone loves...coz you're lying!).
The first item caught my eye because of it's style and shape: a cute, simple, messenger, satchel bag with a chain handle that could be used as a 'night out' bag or casually. I'm not a high maintenance kind of a girl so anything that is versatile and makes my life easier is all good with me. So I was sold- but I hadn't even seen the front of it yet- all I had been looking at was the chic, plain back of it. On the front was this striking image on an owl. I love owls! I've always associated them with benevolence and wisdom. I'm pretty sure Accessorize recognise me for being 'the Owl Girl' in all their branches now.... Of course I purchased the bag in black...and in white...(don't judge me!)
Yup I love them! They're affordable and surprisingly spacious. They're made from silicone too so veggie/vegans can also enjoy this guilt free. The chain handle is removable so I sometimes replace the straps with something different- like a white leather one- which switches up the style (as long as it has a clasp attachment it will work). Now these bags are quite tricky to get in London but will soon be available in a boutique Etsy in a shop called Osterley & Spring (look up OsterleyandSpring on Etsy.com/uk). They're not up and running yet, but will officially open at the end of April.
My second item is custom made. It's always a joy to have something created, especially, for you. Just makes you feel that extra bit unique. Sometime ago I bought a hanging basket, wicker, rattan (so many names) chair and when it arrived the cushions were covered in this cream/magnolia cotton material. I vowed that I would find a way to jazz it up but how? Do I use the dreaded-I don't know how to get rid of this horrid thing so I'll mask it with a-throw? No, God, anything but that...
Then I met a woman call Tumaini; a very talented designer. After showing me some of her handy work, I knew she was the one who would show my chair some much needed, tailor made TLC. On my last trip to Nigeria I had purchased a whole load of ankara fabric which was sitting in a box resenting me daily, for letting it go to waste. 'Perfect!', I thought, 'That will make my cushions look proper African-chique!'
Once Tumaini measure it all up, she set to work and her magical fingers created something rather beautiful:
It looks sooooo much better! I feel like I should be on a sandy beach with an drink in my hand and the sun kissing my face! You can see I decided on two different fabric designs for the cushions and the contrast compliments the chair very well. The craftwoman-ship is top quality. I recommend Kai Personal Designs whole heartedly.
Tumaini's company is called KAI PERSONAL DESIGNS Lovable Embroidered Gifts and Services
TEL: 07866863946 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @KaiPD
Check her out; she's awesome! And keep your eyes peeled for Osterley & Spring!