I didn't necessarily go to Spain with the intention of buying a new handbag, but I did have in the back of my mind that a new mid-sized handbag that doesn't knock out anybody in a 2km radius (a la the Aquascutum beast...) for y'know, leaving the house without a laptop and 3 phones.
When I walked past the shop initially, I spotted a few very nice looking bags, but on day 2 of 5, I didn't feel I could justifying blowing over €100 on a present for myself, despite T telling me I should anyway. Cue major buyers regret..... hand stitched leather and a dreams of something green instead of black. I wouldn't say I'm much of a daddy's girl.... but on departure day, T persuaded my Dad to drive us back into old town Marbella to make the bag purchase, since we had a fair volume of Euros left....
Although priced at €115 when I looked at it, the lady either took pity on me, or was pleased to be making a sale before even officially opening the shop (yes, I was the creepy girl hanging about the shop waiting for it to open....) because she gave me 20% off, taking it down to €92. The leather is beautifully buttery and the pictures above show a mostly true to life colour- a fabulous forest green. There's also a shoulder strap which can be attached to the handles, but I'm not currently using it.
Based on the current exchange rate, the approximate cost in sterling was around £72, considering the beautiful leather, construction and the unusual colour, I'm pretty happy with that. I've become a bit militant about finding leather bags since I've had a few non-leather, even ones that have cost a similar amount to this beauty, fall apart or worse, become very scruffy with scrapes or wear on corners, and although prepared to pay for a good quality leather, I can help feeling this was nearing bargain territory.
The inside is made up of a single large space, with a zip pocket and a small pouch style pocket set into the flat lining. I quite like this as I use a lift-out bag organiser and a centre divider can be a nightmare for that.
I won't be posting specifically about our little jolly to the Costa del Sol, it was a brief family trip in lieu of doing Christmas presents, which seems to be a new tradition. We ate a lot, drank a lot and I don't think videos of us lot singing along to Donna Summer (don't ask) are quite what I have in mind for my blog content.... Suffice to say, landing back into Gatwick on Tuesday was disappointing!