Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Hayches Clive Pouch, a little giveaway... And the sad story of what's in my handbag.

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.
The point is, I have 9 lipsticks in my handbag, because I'm nothing if not a woman who likes a lot of choice.  A LOT (hence why when we order Chinese food I order about 5 dishes).  The point is, I'm supposedly an adult, and my handbag is totally full of junk, and I'm one of those people that loves to compartmentalise.

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.

Hayches Clive pouch in pale grey
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.  

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 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!) 

Good luck!


  1. Hello there! :)

    My favourite sleeve is the Chiswick Blackberry

    I hope I win this one! xx

  2. The lining inside the pouch looks gorgeous. I love details like that even if you don't see them most of the time :) I don't carry a lint roller in my bag, but now I'm thinking I need one since my tights/trousers are usually covered in kitty hair..

    My favourite is the Camden Iphone case :D

  3. Loling at the two different mittens. Something id have in my bag. Glad to see a new post from you.
    My favourite is the chelsea iphone sleeve. x

  4. Yay you are back :)
    This is such a typically awesome Cami post - haha at inventory.
    My fave is the chiswick sleeve.

  5. Um, how are these only £23?!! I've just died and gone to pouch heaven! I now have my eye on the emerald clive. Perfect for summer. And easy to find inside my black bag of doom... And my iphone would look super tasty inside the Kensington iphone case. x

  6. I love the lining so much, so something my grandmother would have (in the best possible way!)I'm so glad you're back!

    I'd pick the Chiswick Iphone sleeve :)

  7. I have just been convinced to pack my tampons and whatnot away from prying eyes. It would be excellent for sneaking off to the restroom at work without carrying my giant purse with me.

    Also, I love the Putney iphone sleeve. I'm getting my first iphone next month and would be stoked to win!


  8. I don't have an iPhone or a Blackberry. I just wanted to say that I am thrilled that you posted again! I have MISSED you!

  9. Glad to see you're back! I bought an emerald clive about 2 minutes after reading this post - I'd actually been looking for a pouch but had been umm-ing and ahh-ing over where I should get it from. Anyway mine just arrived (lightning fast service) and is so so beautiful and soft!

    1. Good on you! The emerald Clive is gorgeous - I neaaaarly swayed and picked that colour when I saw it! There's always a next time though :D

  10. Have missed you Cami. Would love the Putney iphone case. Not too ostentatious.

  11. I like the Knightsbridge iPhone sleeve!


  12. How ridiculous that all this time I've been watching you on YouTube, and I didn't realise you had a blog. Hooray! I would be spoiled for choice with these lovely products, but I think I'd have to go for the Knightsbridge, because I'd paint everything in my life taupe if I possibly could :) xx

  13. I'd go for the Chelsea iPhone case :)

  14. I'd have to go for the Fulham case i live there. <3sw6<3

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  16. So glad that you're back! Oh and that Kensington iPhone case is just fabulous. x

  17. Yay you're back :) 9 lipsticks in one handbag... sounds all too familiar! My favourite has to be the Hampstead iPhone sleeve. x

  18. Nine lipsticks?! Wow. Although I definitely have about four in mine right now...
    My favorite is the Chelsea iPhone case. Need a little glam every now and again :3

  19. I am so in love with the lining. I have a really beautiful bag that is even more beautiful because it has a lovely well-made canvas lining with a yellow floral print. All this to day I'm a sucker for sturdy and well-made lining.

    I immediately fell in love with the beautiful Emerald Clive Sleeve, would love that one.

  20. I have missed your blog posts Cami! I think the Camden one from me, I love gypo-chic :) x

  21. Knightsbridge iPhone please. I am WELL classy.


  22. The Kensington iphone sleeve looks lavverly jubbly! Also how amazing are the coin rings?! added to my wishlist right there!



  23. My girlfriend would love the Camden iPhone sleeve. Poor college student here, help a sista out.
    I follow you on twitter and look forward to you blogs and videos.

  24. Silly woman. I forgot to add a contact. @chomskyinthesky

  25. Welcome back. We missed you.

  26. My favorite is the Hayches. Love the details and that pattern inside.

  27. In my bag, I have at least three to four different lip sticks plus chap stick just in case. As for the iPhone case from Hayches, I do like the Fulham iPhone case. It's simple and classy. :)

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  29. I love the clive pouch! It's simple and chic.


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