Fashion Chic: handbag trends for spring / summer

Summer is within sight. Before you know it you’ll be ditching your pea coat and leggings and going bare legged and bare armed with open toed shoes, sunglasses and sun hats. The season’s fashions look delectable and almost good enough to eat. From a pastel rainbow seen at Prada and Chanel to shimmering metallics and sequins at Armani and Alexander McQueen. But we all know that it’s the accessories that make the outfit, right? So cruising right past the jeans, dresses, jackets and blouses we take a closer look at all the new trends in handbags and purses. Here are our top picks.

Tropical clutch

Clutches are the only way to go when you have your glad rags on. Full on handbags are a little too much to deal with and detract from your outfit and generally get in the way of looking fierce. This season the best way to party is Hawaiian style; so look for emerald, turquoise, canary yellow and gold as your colour palette. One of our favourite clutches of the season is available from the wide range of designer handbags at House of Fraser. The Head Over Heels Beauty H Rouched Bag in green – pictured below – is cute and sassy, but ladylike too. Plus at £35 it’s a real bargain.

Duffle Bags

Fashion designers seem to have been inspired by the impending London Olympics and have come over all sporty on us. We just love it. The chance to mix sporty fabrics with fashion styling is a challenge we relish. The perfect bag for this trend needs to have its own sporty style and duffle bags are the way to go. However, you can never let your fashion guard down and that’s why we love the Dune D Luffle Quilted Duffle Bag, another one of House of Fraser’s designer handbags. The cream colour, luxury leather material, gold metal detailing and plaited strap give this a sport-luxe look.

Pastel Purses

Pastel shades of lilac, dusty pink, mint and lemon bring a healthy dose of ladylike charm to summer’s brasher trends. What could be more ladylike than a click-top fastening purse. Straight out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although in much softer shades, these feminine purses are delightful. Our favourite pick from the range of designer handbags is Ted Baker’s Kassady Purse in baby pink. The cute bobble fastening top and patent leather is in total harmony with the girly pastel trend.

Nautical Totes

Hello Sailor, nautical fashion is back. Think boat shoes, Breton stripes, chinos and white jeans. We are loving Blake Lively’s look here, and you too need to get a nautical-esque tote to work this trend. Of course navy will work best, but red or white and striped versions can also look great. Nine West has gone all out with its One Stop Large Shopper Bag, with sailboat design and blue and white stripe. We love it and think it’s the perfect addition to any nautical outfit. A red and white striped version with anchor design is also available.

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Love your laptop with Dell design studio

A one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Dell Design Studio offers people the opportunity add a touch of personal style to any Dell Inspiron Mini 10, Studio 15 or Studio 17 with a choice of over 130 eclectic images exclusive to Dell. 

Set up as a virtual art gallery, Dell Design Studio imagery is grouped by theme making it easy and intuitive to go online and select the perfect customised cover. You can design, change viewing angles, zoom in on details, and read an artist’s inspiration or bio with a few mouse clicks. You can also share your fave images with friends through links to FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter and Digg.

 Get a polished look with a new collection of covers inspired by renowned nail lacquer experts, OPI. With colours like “I’m Not Really a Waitress,” “Big Apple Red,” “Strawberry Margarita,” “Rosy Future” and “Kyoto Pearl,” OPI deliver supreme style, with 26 glossy OPI shades available exclusively on Dell consumer laptops. Or if you’re more into your footie then check out the world cup “Anthem Series”, a new collection of flag-inspired artwork in striped or heritage designs.

For more details check out

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Headfunk ‘sidekick’ speaker bags for iPod and MP3


The Sidekick is a cute, durable, stereo speaker and storage bag in a range of camo colours, very handy. They deliver great stereo sound, are lightweight and perfect for all iPod’s, Mp3 Players and Music Phones. Once connected with the 3.5mm jack cable and with the case zipped shut, the hardware is fully protected by the tough camo outer and the inner EVA lining. A secure metal Karabiner clip lets users attach the Sidekick to a bag or belt.


Three 3 camo colours
– Blue Ocean camo
– Green Woodland
– Pink Terrain


– tough protective speaker bag
– buit-in amplifier and stereo metal-cone speakers
– perfect for all iPod’s, Mp3 Players and Music Phones
– great value and a perfect Christmas present

Price £24.99 available online at

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Audiochi: serious sound serious style

By focusing on style as well as substance, the debut collection of Audio Chi headphones is fresh and fashion forward with bold use of graphics and  on trend colours. They have a great finish with funky soft quilted headbands and chrome detail.

Audio Chi’s design team have also solved the two major headphone headaches; tangled cables and faulty connections *grrrrrrr*. The woven and colour co-ordinated outer fabric ensures the end of annoying tangles, whilst their detachable connection eliminates faulty connections. What better way to mix style and quality tech.

The W-Series utilises Audio Chi’s Structural AcousticsTM Technology which boasts one of the headphone world’s most exclusive sound units, the Titanium-Mylar Driver. This is a sure fire way of combining flawless sound, creative design and comfort.

The Audio Chi W-Series is available in 8 different designs and will retail at £69.95. Check out for more details.


• 40mm Titanium Mylar drivers
• Frequency response: 16~22KHz
• 32 ohm impedance
• 1.2m detachable cable
• Rated power: 30mW
• Maximum power: 100mW (1.79V)
• Sensitivity: 113 dB +/- 3 dB
• Channel balance: +/- 3 dB at 1 KHz
• 2.5mm Adapter for mobile phones
• Carry bag

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Zoooom into Christmas with has now relaunched as to reflect the wider product offering and an increasingly dynamic brand. It is the newest online computer, camera, gaming and mobile accessories superstore, boasting over 10,000 products to suit gadget-lovers of all ages. Perfect! 

From a bedroom-based entrepreneur with a vision, the MD Jonathan has built an extensive management team to continue to drive the business forward. “We’re not short of ambition,” he adds, “and fully expect to develop ZoomBits into the biggest accessories site on the web.”

The recent launch of their new website at the Soho Hotel was fab, there were gadgets everywhere for everyone at every budget! Here are my top 3 stocking fillers from in the run up till Christmas and even better they are all under £20.

Z Flyer hand command astronaut


The ZFlyer Hand Command flying astronaut puts remote control power right into your hands with an innovative and unique control system. Hovering just above the ground in normal flight, when you place your hand underneath him, he’ll follow your lead so you can control his flight with hand gestures. How cool is that!  Hand Command is simple to fly and will stay upright with no effort at all – errrr probably not if I was doing it!  Price around £15

Satzuma USB mini fridge cooler

Keep your drinks cool by your computer with this very *cool* little fridge. No software or batteries needed just plug into your USB and away you go.  Great stocking filler and you can spend even more time at your computer than you already do!! Price around £15.

Gorilla Pod by Joby

We all love the gorilla pod spesh the new pink flavour that has been launched following on from the original one. Girlie, bright, and super useful, you can also get it in red, blue, green, orange and yellow. It is the lightest and most versatile camera tripod available today. Featuring over 25 flexible leg joints that bend and rotate, it will firmly secure compact digital cameras to virtually any surface – anywhere and everywhere! So attach it to the Christmas tree and snap away!! Price around £14

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