Summer. Shoulder bag. Must be capacious. Easy to get into. With a flat base. I’m not exactly demanding. At least I don’t think so 😉 but there are certain requirements for a bag that’s going to take you through a busy work day and home again…
This spring I’ve updated my work bag with the #RadleySummerReady collection and gone for the type of over-the shoulder tote – one of my favourite Radley styles, the De Beauvoir – that I love so dearly. I’m not an over-stuffer. I keep things pretty simple. More of an essentials plus notebook (always a spiral one for ease) and camera kind of girl. And, y’know, extra battery power to keep me charged up throughout the day. Got working phone, can function.
Most days ideally start off with some email time. Is it just me or is everyone’s inbox just getting out of control these days? Chaser-on-chaser-on-chaser emails have become the norm because the likelihood of people missing emails seems to have exponentially increased as the volume of emails sent increases. I’m guilty of it all the time and always have to set aside time to trawl back through the last 24 hours just to make sure I haven’t missed anything.
Email time is usually worked around dropping Gus off at nursery – which as all parents know can range from ‘C’mon Mum, hurry up’ to ‘I DON’T want to go to pre-school today’ which is never not heartbreaking. But our nursery is just at the end of our road, which is a boon and I’ll usually head onwards to the station afterwards for any meetings, press days or shooting I have that day.
Somehow I think I knew deep down that freelance life would wonderfully echo uni life, at least on the surface – I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder, a lot more so than I did at uni! – by which I mean getting to visit and hang out in lovely cafés. This is something I’ve always loved and continue to do so; so much so I’ve even started a #cafesoflondon project with @poppy_loves_london and @lifeofyablon on Instagram – @cafes_of_london – come follow!
But without an office, cafés become the place that you have your meetings and it’s something I love – so many in London to explore. The ones for the meeting in these pictures is the gorgeous Holborn Dining Room. Afterwards I headed off for a little ice-cream tasting (cannot cannot complain!) before hitting a couple of press days.
In bag, as long as I can easily reach for purse – a big one like this is perfect for all my coins and receipts and then I tend to keep a small cardholder in my coat pocket for trainfare – camera, extra lens and phone battery I am pretty content. That’s why I like a zipped top that I can leave open, but great to secure closed if you need to.
I also find that checking your watch for time during a meeting rather than your phone is a much gentler and less offensive gesture, so on busy days I like to to wear one – really charmed by the light bracelet style strap of this one – hadn’t seen the Radley watches before and really impressed! So much easier to make a quick glance while you’re standing in tight conditions on the tube or hurridly walking somewhere. And love accessorising with a scarf (apples & pears make for a lovely colour combo against the ivory leather) every now and again, which can be called upon should the weather call for a little neck tie as you make your way to that last press day before heading home.
This post in collaboration with Radley. Check their #RadleySummerReady collection here.
Bag | Radley
Jacket | Topshop
Jeans | Vintage Levi’s from Bad Denim
Watch | Radley
Purse | Radley
Scarf | Radley
Shoes | Converse
Top | Hush Homewear
Notebook | Radley
Sunglasses | Finlay & Co
Headphones | Happy Plugs