A bag that works from work to weekend (with Radley)


De Beauvoir large zip-top tote, Radley | Leather jacket, The White Company (old season, in black here) | Striped top, Zara (old season, similar here) | Trousers, Noisy May at ASOS | Trainers, Stan Smith Adidas Originals | Sunglasses, & Other Stories

For years I have been an across-the-body bag kind of a girl. It was probably everything to do with having two small children and across-the-body styles meant hands were free to hold, carry or push.

Also, I am fundamentally quite lazy. I don’t have bag-inner sort outs regularly enough, so small bags work because I can’t overload them. Unlike totes, which, unless pruned on an almost daily basis, could contain fourteen pairs of shoes and two hundred lipsticks. Almost.

De Beauvoir large tote, Radley | De Beauvoir large zip matinee purse, Radley | Keyring, Radley | Shoes, Topshop | Beauty products from Bobbi Brown and & Other Stories | Sunglasses, ASOS | Diary, Anya Hindmarch | Notebook, Moleskine

Now my kids are a little older, I can take a few more risks with my bag decisions – and even go crazy with a larger tote. Although this will almost certainly then become fair game for Lego, headless Barbie dolls and sticks.

They’re practical for my commute into London for work, when I generally wear my trainers but carry a pair of heels. But come the weekend, the large size is practical enough to chuck everything in, including snacks, drinks and the aforementioned Lego or cardboard ‘monsters.’

I’ve teamed up with Radley for this post, road-testing their lovely leather De Beauvoir tote.

It ticks all my style boxes, because I love a statement accessory that will pop against a muted weekend uniform outfit like the one I’m wearing here.

It’s also roomy enough for everything I need on a work day.

Plus yellow makes everything better, right?

Sunshine in a satchel.



This post was written in association with Radley, but all photography, words and thoughts are my own.

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