When I received an email from Paul's Boutique I was slightly skeptical. Their quilted jackets and flashy bags immediately came to mind - I never really thought of it as my kind of thing. But as I continued to read the email from the lovely Lizzie I was very excited to hear that the team were looking to rebrand their image. I have to admit I had never actually checked out PB items whether it be in store or online so I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised and even had trouble choosing a bag! I ended up picking out this leather Kristen satchel in cream and I certainly feel like I made the right choice.

The strap is a good length and the size of the bag is great for those summer lunches and dinner dates. There are a few small features which I feel as if are more than necessary to point out. Whilst I like to think of myself as a bit of a word genie, I seem to be lacking in the handbag vocabulary department so I am going to go with "strap hook". The hardware on this beauty allows the strap to be securely attached to the bag, which was the first feature I noticed. If you scroll down to the bag detail photos what I am trying to explain will hopefully make a lot more sense.

As for the inside of the bag I was overly happy to find three compartments! One of my essentials when looking to purchase a bag is a zipped off section for my phone which acts as a comfort for the paranoid person that I am. As for the two open/exposed parts, I can just about fit the largest wallet I own along with my keys in one and the random stuff, like eye drops and old receipts which I never get round to throwing away, in the other. As with a lot of Paul's Boutique bags, this one came with a small detachable accessory which I decided to add to my keys. Had I worn a more casual look such as a white crop top and denim high waist shorts I most likely would have left the tassle accessory on the bag.

Overall, I was very impressed by the great variety handbags that they had to offer as well as the quality of the one that I received. I hope you trust me when I say that there are a few things that I really think you guys will enjoy taking a look at! Exams are coming up/have finished - why not treat yourself for all that hard work you have done?

Jacket - H&M
Dress - Topshop
Necklace - Birthday gift
Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - Primark

Photos by Christine Xuan

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