For many of us, the start of a new year is when we make resolutions. However as the year gets under way, it's easy to lose track of your goals and focus, in general.
It's also the best time to take a moment to yourself, and reflect on your life goals. Everyone looks forward to March and April for the public holidays it brings. While it's great to take a break, go away with the family and catch up with the kids, carve out some time for yourself also. Whether it's taking a quiet walk, having a coffee or morning to yourself, writing in your journal - just do it.
Make a list of your goals and the things you need to follow up on. Also remind yourself that lists are an ongoing way to shape your life, not to make you feel awful if you're not ticking off items on your to-do list, as quickly as you would like to.
Maybe you want to look around for a new job, update your resume, join new networks - whatever it is, reflect on it, write it down and make a realistic plan how to achieve it. It may be as simple as dedicating 10 minutes of your lunch break to achieve it, step by step! Shake up how you look at things, stay positive and keep moving forward!
February is the month of love! Gifts, declarations of love, champagne and chocolate mark the day.
It’s the perfect occasion for candlelit dinners and a night out with that special someone!
Special evenings out, are just that – special. You don’t want to dress and feel like you do going to work and meetings. Carrying your regular handbag just feels like the ‘same old’.
Choose the style, colour, materials and finish to suit your preference or occasion. Versatile colours would easily complement most of your wardrobe, while an outstanding colour may be more of a statement piece that doesn’t have to match anything. Metallic colours are also a good choice. Clutch handbags in metallic colours are fancy, elegant and glamorous and one metallic piece worn on plain jeans instantly adds glamour and elevates your look!
Straps start to fray and crack, edgings start to show wear and turn color. Expect to pay around R500 for pvc or imitation bag but it might start to wear away after just 6 months or so.
While genuine leather generally costs upwards of R1000, with proper care, a leather bag can easily last for a decade or more. Real leather can be polished and buffed to revive it's shine. This improves the suppleness of the leather and patina over time. Scuffs add to the history and natural charm of the bag, and leather bags can be repaired also. Despite the heftier price tag, investing in a leather bag from the start, makes sense in the long-term.
The average woman has many needs as far as bags are concerned:
A woman's choice of handbag is personal, it depends on her circumstances, fashion sense and preferences. My personal preference is a multi bag approach - using different bags for different purposes. I keep food and gym bags cheap and washable - cheap and easily replaceable in case of damage or loss and washable in case of food spillage and to wash out the odour of smelly gym clothes.
Style & Color:
Depending on your needs, a work handbag should suit your wearing style, personality and be nice enough to wear on a work evening out. Choose a color that suits your wardrobe eg some may prefer a statement handbag in an outstanding color, others may opt for neutral colors that can be worn with almost anything.
Larger and more structured handbag styles make it possible to carry a laptop or the occasional work file. For women who travel for work, besides wheeled luggage, a spacious handbag is probably best - one large enough to fit a laptop but sleek enough to be stowed in the overhead compartment or under your airplane seat.
Function & Style:
If storage space is what you're after, look no further than the classic tote handbag. Tote handbags are spacious carryalls and they don't have to be boring! Look out for styles that catch your eye, with features such as long straps, cell phone pockets and zip pockets and compartments for easy storage and quick access for things like tissues & wetwipes.
Tote handbags have long been the favorites of busy moms as well as career women! They are also perfect handbags for long flights.
Another good alternative is a satchel style handbag. Great storage space and structure, it's another great alternative for carrying a small laptop or large tablet.
Another favorite is the classic bucket handbag for maximum storage. Bucket handbags can carry a lot of stuff, but they mostly come in the single compartment variety. Look out for features such as zipped pockets and cell phone pockets for easy access.
For women who prefer smaller handbags, a cross body-handbag might be ideal or a classic shoulderbag. Crossbody bags are also ideal for travelling, in crowds or at concerts.
Some of our best selling handbag styles:
Featured below are the Tassled crossbody bag, tote handbag with belt strap handles, oblique zip shoulderbag and hobo handbag with side zips.
All our handbags carry a 6 month repair guarantee and delivery is free in South Africa!
Some men are actually very attuned to getting their partners perfect gifts, but for the others and for the women tired of receiving gifts that are just a waste of money, we've put together some helpful suggestions to help you land that dream gift!
1. Drop a hint.
Say something like "I really could use a new handbag" or talk about how much you like that product you saw at a particular store. Try to be specific as possible, otherwise you might be given something resembling what you mentioned, but not quite what you had in mind!
Timing is crucial. If you drop your hint too early, it could just get lost in mind fog and if you wait till the very last minute, he may not have enough time to get you what you want.
Also, if you are dropping a hint, let's say you want a Christmas gift and you hint that you're thinking of getting this item later on, make sure your trigger event in your hint is after the occasion right now. That way, he'll try to beat you to it and surprise you with the perfect gift you want, before you can get it for yourself and it will all be his idea!
3. Shop together
Shopping together is the ideal time to point out what you like, if hubby is with you. If you split up to get errands done, then try 'dropping a hint' (1 above), telling him how much you like and need a particular thing at the store you saw it at. If he's paying attention or with you at the time, he should get the point.
4. Print out the gift you want
Print out what you want, from the website where you saw it at, and “accidentally” leave it somewhere where he's bound to see it, like the kitchen counter, on the desk in a shared study, near his work bag, car keys etc.
When asked about it, say something like "I'm thinking of getting this when I get my bonus/because I sure need a new one" etc. If the occasion is around the corner and he's already thinking of what he could get you, this hint could help him out. Men love feeling appreciated, more so, when they please their loved ones and giving a loved one a gift she desires is a morale booster!
5. Work the grapevine
If his sisters, mother or best friend has his ear and you have a good relationship with them, then try telling them what you would like as a gift. He would appreciate the hint which relieves him of the guesswork, and he's likely to trust their intel. Have the trusted friend or family member drop a semi-subtle hint like “I don't know if you have Jen's gift yet, but she was talking to me about needing a new handbag". He's likely to think they did him or her a huge favor when in fact they did you a favor!
Building up the grapevine network is a great idea, because they get to help you out and when their special days come around, you can return the favour!
6. Love it anyway, or at least pretend to!
We all get gifts that turn out to be dust traps. Try to remember, it's the thought that counts and love it anyway. Otherwise, if he doesn't mind you wanting to exchange or return it, most stores are happy to return or exchange unused merchandise within 30 days. Sometimes the store is happy to credit you the value of the item in the form of a gift card, which you could use to get yourself what you really want.
We offer a 30 day return of unused merchandise, and gentlemen, we offer a free gift service and free 24 hour delivery! Our handbags are also available through Takealot offerring the same 30 day returns.
Wishing all our customers and friends a safe & prosperous festive season. Go on, give her a gift she'll love!
Believe it or not, the hobo handbag style was actually inspired by the homeless street folk (“hobo’s”) who would often bundle all their possessions into a large pouch and either carry that over their shoulder or tie it to a pole, slung over the shoulders!
To this day, hobo handbags are still largely unstructured, roomy and very casual. It's usually a shorter handbag slung over the shoulder and carried under arm - this gives the wearer some degree of safety. But nothing beats its casual, slouchy look and the large storage capacity!
Over the years, the hobo handbag has been reinvented in a myriad of designs and details from small to oversized, plain to fringed, with feature zips, sparkly stones etc. You dream it, they've made it!
The hobo handbag is the perfect handbag for daily use. It's perfect to wear to work in the week and carry around over the weekends with jeans. Lookout for long straps and features like zips for quick and easy storage!
It's also the perfect gift idea for the modern woman, nearly impossible to go wrong with a stylish hobo handbag!
The Tote handbag is synonymous with ‘shopper’ bags - the eco-friendly, reusable, carry-all shopping bags used to stow away groceries and shopping, that was basically a rectangular bag with two handles.
Oh, but how the tote has evolved!
Pictured below is 'Scandal' tv star Kerry Washington, as the powerful fixer 'Olivia Pope'. Olivia loves her totes!