I'm not even going to start this post telling you where I've been or how I got here. It's been a somnambulistic journey and my eyes are barely open. Enough about that boring claptrap though, I come to you today with a question (and a promise that I will be posting once a week from now on, because that's the best promise I can currently manage). Have you ever wondered what's in my handbag?
Well, you're in for a treat. Here it is in all its glory…
- 2 mittens. For the SAME HAND. Different ones. I am clearly incompetent.
- A lint roller. Doesn't everyone keep one of these in their handbag? Not to mention, it doesn't have a cover on it so it just collected all my things in my handbag like a badly-made multi-use tool (including keys, a pack of tissues and some paracetamol)
- 2 biros. Neither work.
- A chewed up drinking straw. This was clearly planted by my cats, who are obsessed with the mystical bendy powers of the straw.
- A loyalty card for afternoon tea. Don't tell my gym coach. (5 stamps to gooo!)
- 9 (!!!) lipsticks. 7 pictured, found an extra two later.
Hayches, a little London-based company, contacted me a little while ago, because I'd had some of their beautiful suede pouches pinned forever. I saw a review a really long time ago, and had been pining over these beautiful suede pouches on their website for about…a year. That's a lot of pining. I chose to review the Clive pouch in pale grey, because it looked so simple and classically elegant that I just couldn't not. I already know that next time I'll be going back in for the black, and also a bigger one (to keep ALL the things in). I am so messy, but there's something satisfying in compartmentalising my mess into smaller, more manageable messes.
The Clive pouch is a gorgeous little soft suede pouch to keep emergency things in in a classy and elegant manner (like tampons, because you never know when you're going to pull one out of your bag while rummaging for something else… we've all been there). It has a silk lining with a print that reminds me of a beautiful Liberty print scarf I once had, and it's soft and pliable and well-made.
|Hayches Clive pouch in pale grey|
The zipper is brass and chunky, and it's the simplicity of detail that had me at hello with this little pouch. It's perfect for keeping iPhones, all the lipsticks you have in your handbag, your Oyster card, and those little bits and pieces that don't have a place but always end up getting lost and then you panic (mine is keys). The thing that blew me away with this little pouch is the quality - the suede is so soft and pliable and smooth feeling, and it's finished beautifully with the detail of the silk lining adding to the understated elegance. I'd like to point out at this juncture that I'm slightly worried I'm going to ruin it, because it's too pretty for me.
|Detail shot - inside label and lining.|
The thing that drew me in about Hayches was the simple, understated design of the products on their website, because they are exactly something I'd pick for myself in terms of my own personal style. I class myself as 'boring', usually, and 'plain' swiftly after. I usually mean 'classic' - and that's exactly what these pouches are. They retail for £23 on Hayches.com with free UK shipping...
BUT! There's a little bit more.
Hayches are offering 12% discount and free shipping on the website with the code 'Camiloveskiwi' for the next 10 days...
And! You can win either an iPhone or Blackberry sleeve of your choice by commenting on this post. Hop on over to the Hayches website to see what sleeves they have to offer, then comment back here with your choice. The lucky winner will be picked by random drawing in 7 days time, and the giveaway is open internationally!
(Just so you know, I'm logging IPs, so I'll know if you cheat!)