the best designer handbags to have this season

Ok fellas and ladies who are slightly obsessed with bags of all shapes and sizes. This one’s going to be tough to get through without leaving the internet and your bank balance being the same as it was beforehand. Sorry, but I just had to share the best designer handbags to have this season according to moi. It is my birthday after all today, so why not give the gift of a little retail therapy?! Happy reading 🙂

 

The Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour- £1,350

The Sac Du Jour is a real investment if you ask me. It’s one of those bags that will go with everything- if you’re wearing plain or having a pattern clash kinda day. This bag is so chic, perfect for travel due to its mini size and will see you through a season with no trouble at all.

 

The Dior Diorama- £2,940

I’m sure you’ve seen Jennifer Lawrence’s face splattered across every Dior campaign recently from the TV to posters around town. This cross-body bag naturally caught my eye and the style has been fashionable since 2015 on the Dior catwalk- it’s no wonder why it keeps coming back.

 

The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle- £2,940

Literally translated to “small trunk”, this playful bag is so much fun! Perfect for those who want a true statement bag as they find the most instagrammable location for some snaps with this beauty. Vuitton is still on my wishlist far, far away into the future.

 

The Burberry Rucksack- £695

 

Let’s try something a bit more affordable next for the everyday woman. This Burberry Rucksack is such a stunner with its simplicity and grace. Ditch the old backpack from your uni days and give yourself a reason to sport a cute lil’ rucksack made for the modern day boss.

 

The DvF Secret Agent- £227

DvF is one of the first designers I ever fell in love with as a teen. I distinctly remember scanning eBay and Polyvore during late nights to try and find the perfect bag. This one hits the jackpot, as it’s two in one! Simply undo the zip and you have a perfect clutch! What a stunner.

What do you think about my top picks from the best designer handbags to have this season? I know which ones I’m lusting after, so many amazing bags and just not enough wardrobe space…

Saharasplash x

Thanks for reading! If you’re in a browsing mood, then why not check out my latest post on getting ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers?

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Ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers

I just love this time of year. Not just because there are many holidays and events to look forward to, but we have many birthday celebrations in the family from September to December. This is such a busy season, and I’m always on the hunt for great gift ideas. I’ve got to be really prepared and organised, as we never let an occasion pass us by without some sort of party or family fun weekend. This post is all about being ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers.

I’ve been a big fan of DIY hampers since I can remember. Hunting down all the perfect products to complete a hamper is so much fun. However, time constraints now apply as I am older and responsible for my own little one, so finding a bespoke hamper has to be quick and simple. Take this lovely example, aptly named ‘Simply Delicious’…

Hamper contains:
Founders Stone Shiraz 75cl
Founders Stone Pinot Grigio 75cl
Belgian Chocolate Mint Thins 125g
Sweet Chilli and Lime Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Mint Chocolate Cremes 150g
Minty Crisp Dark Chocolates 50g
Biscoffee Cappuccino Coffee Shortbread 160g
Belgian Fancy Truffles Cocoa Pieces 200g
English Afternon Tea 25s 50g
Monty Bojangles Pistachio Marooned Truffles 100g
After Dinner Coffee Pouch 56g
Cheesy Nibbles 175g
Mrs Bridges Ploughmans Chutney 230g

Naturally I had a very keen Alice wanting to inspect each and every gift to make sure it was up to scratch!

I simply love how so much thought has gone into creating this hamper- the green colour scheme is something I would definitely look for when choosing a perfect gift, also the mixture of sweet and savoury is a definite crowd pleaser.

This hamper is priced at under £100, and Prestige Hampers have gifts to suit every kind of budget. They also have gluten free and vegan hampers which I haven’t seen anywhere else before.

If you’re tight on time but still wanting a personal and excellent quality gift, you can be ready for any occasion with Prestige Hampers.

Alice approves

View the incredible range of Christmas hampers online!

Saharasplash x

Next up, head to my autumn vibes edit for a look at what’s new in my wardrobe this season.

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The Autumn vibes Edit

As I sit on the sofa watching Alice happily play with her toys, I’m so glad that the hot weather is finally over. No more following her around with fans and air conditioning units to try and keep her cool. We are now settling into a routine with playgroups, soft play sessions and we even do Spanish lessons too. As our birthday month approaches, the end of September always means a little wardrobe refresh and an afternoon spent switching over my summer to winter clothes. I always have my trusty staples which I bring out every year, and last autumn saw most of my wardrobe left redundant due to my third trimester belly.

I like to think that motherhood has brought me a new horizon on fashion, and I’m definitely wearing things I haven’t ever done before. For example, this pastel purple cable knit from Forever 21 has snuck into the Autumn vibes edit…

Let’s not forget about keeping Alice nice and cosy, and what better way to do just this with a snuggly snow suit! This cute zebra suit from Dare2B is available via Simply Hike, along with lots of other winter essentials too.

Now I am probably the worst sock keeper ever, mostly because I really don’t like wearing them 8 months out of the year. I can never find a matching pair when I need it, so I’ve decided to turn over a new sock leaf with a robust pair from Smartwool (available from Simply Hike).

This year,  I’ve also decided to venture into the land of thermals. My body temperature is constantly changing, and I find myself wearing oversized hoodies when I should be dressing a little smarter. So this two piece layer set from Dare2B is coming with me everywhere from now on…

Now I’ve got a few wishlist items for the autumn vibes edit. I’m so done with mustard and orange this year, so I’m bringing you a frosty coloured cardigan from JD Williams instead.

Dare2B is fast becoming my favourite new discovery of the season, and this women’s ski jacket in snakeskin is top of the list and next in my wardrobe lineup.

Thanks for checking out The Autumn Vibes Edit, if you are thinking about making some hard wardrobe decisions this season, I hope I’ve inspired you!

Saharasplash x

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What to do when your hair is falling out

Truth be told, this isn’t actually an all-male problem. Sure, us ladies don’t have a very common gene for pattern baldness, but there are many of us out there and lots of reasons why we silently struggle with hair loss. My mum has suffered for years with cyclical hair loss, and it’s very recently happened to me. Mine is definitely a post-partum hair loss which many women go through after birth. I have found that it’s one of those issues (like piles) that you just don’t talk about. Well, I want to… here’s what to do when your hair is falling out.

I’ve always had super fine hair, and going back to my school days I always had issues styling my hair. Scrunchies would simply fall out no matter how many times I looped it round, and once I remember being teased for having such little hair in secondary school. I’ve always wanted thicker and different hair, so when I was 16 I had a perm to help with the flatness. It was great for a while until I ended up with straight roots and suddenly curly hair 6 months later so I didn’t do it again.

As I grew into adulthood, I started experimenting with colour, and by the age of 25 I was really happy as I learnt how to style my hair better. Loose waves added body which I just couldn’t achieve as a teen and I definitely got a lot better at french plaiting. I’m going to show you my hair journey over the past two years, and what to do when your hair is falling out…

Here is my hair pre-wedding, pre-baby back in early 2016. It was long, full of life and just great to manage.

I then decided to go grey in October 2016 for the wedding, and this is by far the best my hair has ever looked and been.

Now this was how my hair looked at the end of my pregnancy, no more grey but still really manageable, stylish and bouncy after a few curls.

Fast forward to earlier on in the year, I decided to have a ‘mummy chop’ as Alice was constantly trying to grab it when it fell over my shoulders and was around my boob area- just no! So I cut it short, also to get rid of the blonde and even the tones out more. I was really happy with the result…

Now we’re heading into tougher territory as the six month post-partum hormones hit. In May, my body definitely told itself ‘you’re not pregnant anymore so stop over-producing all those lovely vitamins and minerals’, and thus my hair started falling out big time…

I wash my hair every three-four days on average, and every time I do this is what comes out. So twice a week, I have this massive ball left after I shower and gently comb through my hair with a conditioning treatment. I’m using the best tangle teezer brushes which deals with any knots, and I always let my hair dry naturally under a towel.

I also have to deal with a day of shedding on the day I wash my hair, my clothes get covered as the strands keep falling..

If left unstyled, my hair is flat, thin and clings to my face…

So, what to do when your hair is falling out? There are several ways I manage my hair loss on a day to day basis. Of course I can’t style my hair every day, but when I do I love using my Hot Tools Curl Bar.

I wear extensions to make my hair seem thicker and longer- all temporary so no rings, loops or glue required!

I love braiding my hair and having it out of the way where necessary. This lasts much longer than a regular ponytail and even though I can’t help noticeable gaps in my hair, it makes my hair feel thicker in a braid and I’m glad Alice can’t pull it out this way!

If you are suffering from hair loss, take a look at what the Harley Street Hair Clinic have to offer. They are one of Britain’s leading clinics for men and women and have helped the likes of Wayne Rooney to restore his head of hair! Feel free to reach out to me on social media to talk more, it’s a subject we shouldn’t ignore or suffer in silence with.

Saharasplash x

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Alice’s weaning journey update

This post has taken me a long time to put together. Mainly because a weaning journey is something that is constantly changing and updating as much as your child grows and learns. Alice’s weaning journey has been a very successful experience in my opinion, and although I haven’t had much to go on being my first time, I think I’ve been incredibly lucky with how Alice has done. She took her first taste of purée at around four months. I felt she was ready, and by the way she started to grab the spoon and feed herself almost immediately I’d say that was a great indication. I’ve listed three categories below to help break things down, and hopefully you will get a good insight into Alice’s weaning journey update.

The tools Alice uses

It’s a little bit daunting when you first enter a baby aisle and see the huge array of products and feeding tools on display. The most important thing to remember is that there isn’t a right or wrong way to approach feeding your baby. Choose what you like, and if it doesn’t work out, that’s ok. We went through quite a few bottles before we found one that Alice liked, so trial and error is your friend!

Here are some really handy NUK tools by Annabel Karmel. Alice just loves the spoons, fruitsicle lolly holders and also the stackable pots below. It’s so easy to fill them with different snacks when out and about rather than taking a whole packet and then having to deal with a half open bag after lunch. These store fruit, crackers, whatever your baby is munching on at the time.

The bibs Alice wears

We are such a fan of the Bibetta bib range. Their neoprene like material make them sturdy, pliable and super easy to wash and clean. We didn’t get on with hard plastic bibs, the paper travel bibs lasted about two seconds before she ripped them off, so these are the ones that fit just right, as Goldilocks would say!

I must also give a quick mention on our clever Bamboo plate, which sticks to our high chair and makes for rather cute insta snaps too!

The food Alice loves

So, we started out with purées and pouches to begin with, and we found that Alice loved this selection from Babease the most. Each pouch has an amazing mix of ingredients which has definitely inspired me in my own kitchen too.

We moved onto things like wafers and soft fruit pieces by the time she was five months. By six months Alice had learnt how to drink through a straw, and so much preferred to suck on a pouch rather than be spoon fed from it. In fact, from about six months she didn’t want to be spoon fed at all. Hand her a chip or slice of pear and she was happy!

We have been doing three meals a day plus snacks for quite a while, she loves anything I give her including marmite covered crumpets!

Here’s one new discovery we have been enjoying recently… they are frozen baby cubes from Lickalix (available at Waitrose + Ocado).

These handy frozen cubes are perfect for adding into any meal to boost fruit/veg portions. Mix the broccoli spinach cubes into some mash, or add the strawberry mango cube into a plain yoghurt. They’re a lot of fun, and Alice is a big fan!

One last group of products I must mention on Alice’s weaning journey update are Piccolo Foods. This Mediterranean inspired brand produces the finest range of meals with flavoursome tastes, and we are loving the new Piccolo squares as well! Harder and larger than the regular baby cracker, these are great for teething tots and keeping them occupied a little while longer I have found!

Tell me all about your weaning journey if you are weaning right now. Pop a comment below or feel free to message me on Twitter too 🙂

Saharasplash x

Fancy some more baby-related blog posts? Then head to my Aldi Baby and Toddler post next!

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what’s coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event

It’s always a privilege to be able to work with your favourite brands as a blogger. I’m always blown away when I am contacted by the likes of Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, and also supermarkets like Aldi too. It’s been almost a whole year since I brought out my first post on the Aldi Baby and Toddler event when I was expecting Alice, and it’s so nice to keep bringing you new and exciting content and sneak peeks from their collections. So here’s what’s coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event (and there’s the full list of items and prices at the end for you).

Food time

I thought I would separate the items out into categories, so depending on what items are on your list you can make your way through each section. Lily&Dan never fails to bring out a lovely selection of bibs and clothing and I’m a sucker for a cute pineapple design. What’s also really popular right now is bamboo style dinnerware for kids. This sweet mouse dinner set is just £5.99, I can see this going fast!

Bath time

Now onto bath time. You can never have too many bath essentials when it comes to that time every day. If you’re like me and travel to see family quite frequently, I always make sure to leave some baby bath products wherever I go so I’m not bringing the kitchen sink each time! I can’t get enough of this strawberry shampoo, it makes Alice even tastier. We can’t wait to use our wind up bath toy too, this looks like a lot of fun.

Bed time

Bed time routine is so changeable for us all. Every baby needs something a little bit different and so here is a selection of products coming up in this season’s Aldi Specialbuy event. A great (and short!) book with hidden items under flaps along with a snuggly blanket should help set the mood. Also our top pick this time round is the silicone rabbit night light. It’s so different to anything else out there I’ve seen, creates a soft light in different colours and also doubles up as an interesting toy during the day time! Bye bye boring plugins, hello Mr Rabbit! Also available in pink and white for £6.99

Here’s the full list for you so you can get your shopping list sorted. Products available online from Sunday the 12th August and in store from Thursday 16th August.

Saharasplash x

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