If I could have my own personal version of Maria Von Trapp’s ‘Favourite Things’, it would go along the lines of Handfuls of Almonds and Cups of Fresh Mint Tea, Dreaming of Macbooks and Desperate for Mulberry…’

Okay, so both the latter I don’t have as of yet (but one can still dream) and not a year goes by that I don’t pop one on my birthday wishlist, hoping someone will present me with a box encasing a thing of beauty one day soon.

However, I’ve got myself a little somethin’somethin’ to tide me over until I make a big investment myself in the Mulbs, and it’s a real bargain beauty!

Whilst scouring the aisles of TK Maxx sale for something to spend my Christmas vouchers on, I spotted this gorgeous Jane Shilton shoulder bag which ticked all the boxes – easy to shorten, a colour other than black to compliment my wardrobe, great for small trips, and under £20. It is faux leather, which isn’t a huge problem as my black Urban Outfitters bag is faux leather and has lasted well over 3 years, and no wear or tear anywhere!

I’ve found it’s the perfect dupe for the Mulberry Primrose or Mini Lily Bag in terms of shape and design, but obviously at a very attractive short-term price. Just like the Primrose though, it seems to be out of stock online and on TK Maxx’s website, so if you like the look of it, you’re going to need to scour your nearest store!

The bag itself is a great size, and can get in all your daily essentials from phone, lipstick, purse and emergency teabags, to your DSLR and phone and some pounds when you’re off out to an event or exploring. In terms of colour, I love how it compliments my Burberry coat and the other blues and browns in my wardrobe as it’s a lot softer than black (black and studs to be picky) and is just a nice simple piece that you can wear for any occassion, and that people think is worth a LOT more.

So whether you’re lusting over a Bayswater, Céline Micro or even a Whistles Rivington Chain Pouch, make sure to check out places like TK Maxx to ‘try before you buy’ with a style you’ve been wanting for years, you never know, it could become one of your favourite things…

Have you got a designer bag you’re dying to own? Do you buy dupes or invest? What is your go-to brand for high quality bags?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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