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Thursday 18 May 2023

Belated Birthday and My new Teddy Blake Bag - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Morning me friends.
I hope you are well.
So sorry for no post on Monday, after the weekend away and a couple of family issues I just couldn't get myself going ... plus the fact it was my birthday.  I got some amazing gifts and cards (love getting and reading cards) & had a super Indian in the evening with the kids and my mum.  You might remember me saying it was my grandaughters birthday the following day and then my son's the day after so it's been full on.  David is away on the 'stag' today, so I've made sure everything is ready for him and also my youngest son who's going too.  I'm looking forward to a quiet couple of days with the controller to catch up of girly telly ... Lol!

Last weekend was good fun and I'm working on a post so I can share some of the antics with you.  I'll also be sharing a couple of new dresses with you but today I wanted to show off another bag from the stunning collection of Teddy Blake.  I'd love you to check back to my older post sharing the stunning pink Lola bag too, it's such a pretty colour and a useful size bag.

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.

These photos were taken Tuesday evening just after I'd had my lash line semi permanently applied.  I'm wanting to share my experience with you and will have a full post up very soon, suffice to say I'm really happy with them so far and can't wait to put proper make up on to see the full effect.  You any be able to tell from these photos that I've hardly any makeup on which shows how tired I felt!

Let me share this delicious bag with you though.  After working with Teddy Blake previously I was delighted to pick this bag to review.  It's a style I've always been drawn to.  Cut-out designs just seem to catch my eye, I love the partitions in this style, they can often be seen in restaurants and bars separating areas.  I also loved seeing this style on outside lights in Abu Dhabi - they were boxes of different sizes and looked very chic around the hotel we stayed in and also dotted around the Grand Mosque. These caught my eye online.

The Vanessa Blossom* is a limited addition 14" bag. It's covered in an intricate lazser-cut design which allows the subtle pale blue lining to show through creating a soft silhouette on a bag that will compliment nearly any outfit.  It's a lightweight leather tote which makes for easy carrying and has two styles of handles, short round for elegant hand carrying or the longer internal strap, that's detachable, can be carried over the shoulder. 

You can see from the photos there's three compartments, with the one in the middle having a zip thus creating a safe for anything valuable. I was surprised at just how much I got in last weekend!

Let's talk outfit I created around this bag.  I've been waiting for better weather to arrive so I could wear my maxi skirt again, and what better way to show it off then with white!  The shirt was a gift from the kids a while ago and I found it while looking through my shirts and tops.  The girls know me well as I love anything with a bit of detail on it, you know frills, ties and bows so it was obvious I was going to like this cotton classic with ties on the arms.  I think it's from New Look, as is the skirt - but both previous season so don't think they have either available now.

I'd asked for a white belt for my birthday and just like that the girls came up trumps and bought this fancy one from River Island.  White goes with anything really doesn't it, so this will be worn again and again through the coming months.  It's still available if you fancy your own, and the good thing about the RI belts is they come in different sizes which is so helpful!

Points to note about my Teddy Blake Bag:

Made in Italy
Vitello Leather
Smooth calf leather with matching trim
Suede interior
Gold-toned detailing

Also available in three other colours, Black & Red, Pink & Fuchsia, Cream & Pink and they're all adorable.  Grab yours before they go!

Time for the #Chicandstylish #LINKUP party.

Let's see who's favourite from last week, say hello and welcome to Marsha - Marsha in the Middle.  Loving this Co-Ord, I'm a big fan and will be sharing mine from the hen weekend with you soon.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and staying with me, I really do appreciate it.
Catch you on Monday when I hope to be fully recovered.
Cheerio for now.



  1. That's a beautiful bag Jacqui. I love the laser cut design. I've just got a stunning Tan tote from Teddy Blake to share. Belated birthday wishes to you xx

    1. Great isn't it, don't they have lovely bags. xx

  2. Such a chic look! I love the bag!

  3. Replies
    1. Many thanks that's so kind Jennifer. Have a super week. x

  4. I haven't see many bags with cutouts. I love that you chose a white one as it will be perfect for the warm months. Your outfit makes me want to pull out my denim skirts. I haven't worn either one lately.

  5. Happy belated birthday! Love your new TB bag! The laser cut design is gorgeous!

    Jill- Doused in Pink

  6. Thank you so much Mireille, so kind and thanks for stopping by. x

  7. Lovely bag. Glad you had a birthday to remember!

  8. A perfect spring/summer bag, and a very cute outfit, too!

  9. Oh, what a fabulous bag, Jacqui. I adore cutouts like that and this detail is especially nice for Spring/Summer fashions. Your whole look is marvelous as well. I'm quite curious to see the results of your lash line treatment.


  10. Happy belated birthday, gosh I love that bag :) Thanks for hosting.

  11. That bag is so pretty! It's perfect for spring and summer!

  12. The bag is fabulous! I love the laser cut design and the little attachment on it. Glad you had a great birthday!

    Emma xxx


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