We're well and truly in the throes of Spring now, I can tell by....the way the weather is grey and rainy outside of my window right now. Weather aside, I've been spring cleaning like there's no tomorrow. I'm trying hard to extend that spring cleaning mentality to my wardrobe, and what with the recent addition of shoe shelves to the wardrobe room combined with regular decluttering and insta-sales, I thought it was all going pretty well. Until last week where I was awoken in the night by my clothes rail finally giving up and collapsing. Now there's a kind of mountain of dresses, which is really getting in the way of taking any lovely photos.
Anyhow, having parted with several sizeable handbags which had come to the end of their functioning life, I practically jumped at the offer of a new one. Although it's true that I'm a sucker for a novelty handbag, I'm quite picky when it comes to day-to-day handbags. I carry a lot around with me, including my diary (which is A5 in size and I'd be thoroughly lost without) so it's got to be something which can fit that in with no bother.
Having narrowed my choice down significantly by size, this floral print caught my eye. It's by Aldo, which I'd associate more with shoes than bags, which just underlines why department store websites like House of Fraser can be so damn useful for things like this. I'm a sucker for a floral print and this one features on quite a few of the Aldo handbag range this season. So, it really just came down to a choice over the size and shape.
I opted for this, the Aldo Outline Metal Detail Satchel, as I love it's retro shape. To be honest, although it comes with a fairly long strap, which is detachable, I don't think I'd have called this a satchel. It's more the shape of a traditional handheld bag, I'd say.
The bag is a lovely sturdy faux leather fabric, which fills me with confidence that it will withstand the day to day experiences of being in my possession. (I've been known to be a bit of a spiller, so wipe-clean is always good). As mentioned. the floral print design was a winner for me when I came to choose and it's just as lovely as I thought in the flesh. The base of the bag, along with the internal lining and top zip are in a lovely contrasting coral colour, which is a shade I always associate with cheerful sunshine.
The handles, along with the matching shoulder strap are a tan colour; the double handles finished with shiny gold-coloured hardware, which just adds to the appeal for me. I've definitely got a new favourite daily handbag.