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I really love Stella McCartney’s ethos and products – faux leather is a major selling point for me.

None of Stella’s products are tested on animals so (aside from the price) you can have a guilt-free purchase.

These bags cost roughly the same as most leather designer bags… i.e. over £500.

stella mccartney

The above bag is £680 from Net-A-Porter. The gold chain trim is the show stopping factor for me. I do really like the look of this one… however I wish Mulberry would do faux leather options as I am still a sucker for their style over Stella’s. I have to admit that I love the Alexa, especially the fact that it is such an iconic bag (although I see at least two every day on my commute to work!). While I do think the Falabella (above) is a lovely bag – I am not quite sure if I would only be buying it for its faux leather qualities, as opposed to for its style.

About time more designers jumped on the faux leather bandwagon and make the market more competitive, I say!

What do you think? Does it matter to you if a bag is real or faux leather?





books for june

I am currently reading the absolutely stunning book that is ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey, who I had the pleasure of meeting recently.

The book’s narrator is 82 year old Maud who is sliding into dementia, she keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.

I honestly can’t put this book down. It is the sort of book that makes me look forward to getting the tube in the mornings (and that says A LOT) just to have a solid 20 minutes of reading before work.

Aside from the novel itself, I adore the cover art! Go to my other blog Kelly Illustrates to see more of the book’s artwork and find out about the fabulous artist behind the illustrations.

The next book I have lined up to read is ‘Almost English’.




elle’s first bookclub


Last night ELLE’s inaugural Book Club took place.

As a regular attendee of Glamour’s GBookClub I was interested to see how this would compare. Both events cost roughly the same (C.£20). For this price ELLE gave a year’s subscription to the mag, a signed copy of the book and canapés/Baileys/wine at the event.

Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals, was the guest speaker and her reading of some extracts really brought the characters to life ( I loved her accent too!). She was funny, friendly and a great author to introduce the #ELLEbookclub series. If you haven’t read the book I would say go pick up a copy – easy to read and a good look into female friendships and debauchery, while exploring the pressures put on women to ‘behave’ and ‘settle-down’ as they enter their 30’s.


The event was held in the Hoxton Hotel which was great for me as it is a short stroll from my Old Street offices. It started at 7pm which was a massive plus for me – most book club events I have gone to before are held in central London and start at 6.30pm which pretty much makes it impossible for me to ever arrive on time!

The venue itself was lovely and I made sure my Bailey’s stayed topped up throughout the night. The canapés were tasty enough (although they ran out fast and could have done with more vegetarian options). Due to a torrential downpour (in bloody June!) the event had to be paused shortly after it started as the courtyard’s covering let some rain in! Other than that the event ran pretty smoothly.



There were a lot of nice touches with ELLE’s Book Club – such as the personalised letter that the book came with and I definitely liked that they did offer nibbles as most events that happen over dinnertime leave me famished with a rumbling tummy! I received the book about a week before the event so didn’t have time to finish it before last night (I am about a chapter away from the end) so had to cover my ears at certain points as spoilers were unleashed! It was assumed that everyone had completed it by that stage which (having sat at a table with 5 others who hadn’t reached the end) was certainly not the case.

All in all, I really enjoyed the evening. I am away for the next one which will be held on July 7th but would highly recommend going. Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth is Missing, will be the author of the month. I met her last week at a Bailey’s event in Southbank and found her to be very inspirational. I have already bought her book (and got it signed!) so am very excited to read it when I finish Animals.

You can get tickets to the next event HERE.




Oliver Bonas

There is an Oliver Bonas shop near work that I can’t stop visiting! And every time I go in there I find it hard to resist buying the entire shop…

I got some lovely wrapping paper recently…


and a statement necklace…




hello feet

Summer is here!

That means it is time to pack away the boots and whip out the flip-flops. Although knowing London weather it will probably be snowing next week…

I have teeny tiny feet (1.5 UK) so I bought some kids Havaianas (size 1-2 UK) from Flo & Jo.


Where’s Wally?



welcome to the jungle

My new Kindle Paperwhite arrived last week and I absolutely love it.

I had been searching for a decent cover for a while but kept finding the usual plain, uninspiring ones. A friend had gotten a beautiful cover from Not On The High Street so I decided to check them out.

Klevercase make the most wonderful creations – mine came today after I ordered it last week and it is so detailed.

You can choose from a selection of classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden and Sherlock Holmes. I picked Jungle Book.

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Cost: £24.95

I love these covers as the make the Kindle more ‘book-like’. One of the reasons I put off getting a Kindle for so long is that I love the feel and smell of a real book. I love a full bookshelf in houses – it’s the first thing I notice. I never want to have a home without books! However, traveling home to Ireland, commutes to work and holidays means that lugging heavy books around isn’t always practical. Plus, I do love a gadget!

These are some of the other covers that Klevercase do:

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Which is your favourite cover?





I went to a little pop-up event by The Collective in Boxpark Shoreditch this week where Wah Nails were doing complimetary nail art.

I got little magpies on my nails – two for joy of course!

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office visitor

This little chap made my entire week…




GBookClub: April


Last night I went to Glamour’s #GBookClub.

It’s my third time going to the event and I love it! Last time I went, Irish author Cecelia Ahern was there to talk about her latest book and have a Q&A. Yesterday, it was the turn of Laini Taylor, author of Dreams Of Gods And Monsters, and Lauren Owen, author of her first novel The Quick. Really keen to read The Quick, a Gothic novel that Lauren developed while doing an MA in Creative Writing.

the quick

I always find the events to be quite inspiring and offer great insights for any aspiring writers out there.

  • “Sometimes the needs of the book outweigh the needs of the characters” Lauren on hurting/killing-off characters.
  • “I began with the twist… I wanted the characters to have normal lives before supernatural chaos” Lauren on The Quick.

At the end of the evening we got given amazing goodie bags filled with books and treats!




Already looking forward to the next event! You can find out more on the Glamour Book Club Facebook page HERE



oh deer: illustrations

One of my favourite sites at the moment for home-ware and quirky gift ideas is Oh Deer.

It was started by illustrator Jamie Mitchell and the site now works with more than 35 illustrators – including one of my my favourites Gemma Correll who is famous for her pug and Poms not Bombs illustrations.


Recently I treated myself to to dinosaur cushions for my bedroom. I adore cushions and have a silly amount of 9 pillow/cushions on my leaba (that’s bed as gaeilge).




If you have a penchant for all things dino you can shop their dinosaur collection (It’s bloody amazing!!!).

Along with things such as mugs, tees and cushions; they also stock prints, wrapping paper and gift cards. If you are a fan of illustration then definitely check it out!

I Like You 3_0 lf3 copy Party Cat

Have you ever bought something from Oh Deer?

Kellebelle x


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