Monday, 14 April 2014

Mama loves Style - My backpack obsession, Rabeanco

Do you ever find yourself suddenly obsessing over something that you've glimpsed and not even been aware that you were really struck by?  I have a Brazilian girlfriend who always carries a small leather rucksack, it's her thing, and she has been  using it for years.  Everytime I see her, she is nonchalantly swinging her arms - ok, at the end a small child is often attached, but it looks a lot freer than a tote bag falling off your shoulder while said child swings you around (rather than vice versa!).  Somehow, I've ended up reeeealllllyyy wanting one too!

I've been scouring Zara, TopShop, ASOS, H&M, all the usual haunts, but of course, Selfridges gets it right (and pricey) before everyone else, with a great selection  here, with bags from The Row (lust!), Stella McCartney, MCM, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schoeler and many more.   I snapped pictures of a few facves when in there last week - what's not to like!  

Left - Meli Melo
Top Right - Kara
Bottom Right - Barbara Bonner

They've been touting SS14 as the season of the backpack, although I've been hunting well before they came out with that decree.  The Marc Jacobs version is a bit less expensive than some of the big boys, and I've spotted it on a couple of fashion blogger sites, like Carylee over on More Pieces of Me.

The problem is that I'm petite, and so I don't want something that is so huge that I look like I'm going camping (Camping?  I'm strictly an indoors plumbing kind of girl!), however I don't want one of the itsy bitsy ones as I need it to actually hold stuff.  Top Shop has a great selection, with prices from £30 all the way up to £290 in all different sizes.  

Mr.G was away in LA on business last week and in between meetings he snuck out, hit the shops, and after texting me several pics of bags he found, brought back this beaut red leather backpack from Rabeanco.  I'd never heard of the brand before, but they are known for making beautiful understated pieces in high quality leather, and have a flagship UK store in Covent Garden.  I am absolutely in love, and the other day I wore it (pics below) with my bright yellow Forever 21 jumper and dip dye pink H&M skirt to pop into town for some errands, and was street-snapped for the first time!



This style is called the Rabeanco Kanga, and the leather is super soft.  It is also large enough to comfortably fit my laptop, as well as the other daily necessities.


Just squeezing in a fun piccie of my point of view with my sparkly sandals from M&S children's department (similar here, up to UK size 6).  So lovely to get the tootsies out, and once again wearing bright brights!


Now, onto the next obsession... what are yours?  I'd love to know!  Share with me and you could win a box of gorgeous beauty treats, including 2 Sally Hansen nail polishes, a neutrals eye-shadow palette and shimmering lip gloss from Rimmel London and an award winning SPF30 BB cream by Ginerva.  Just leave a comment below, telling me what you're loving right now, AND follow the Rafflecopter prompts.  The competition is open to anyone over 18.

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PS - I co-host the #AllAboutYou link up every Tuesday, a link and pin party where my co-hosts and I would love to see whatever you're into - whether it's style, recipes, a project or just sharing an opinion, it's all about you! This week Angie of Reasons to Dress is co-hosting with me.  Grab the badge here and come along and join in!  We pin and tweet every post where we see our badge or link back to the party.

Linking up with:

All About You // Transatlantic Blonde What I Wore Wednesday // Manic Monday // Little Miss Monday // Stylish Tuesday // The Pleated Poppy What I Wore Wednesday // Because Shanna Said So Random Wednesday //Style Sessions and Fab Favourites at Style Elixir // Get Your Pretty On // All Things Thursday // Fashion Friday at Mummy's Got Style // Fashion Canvas // Walking in Memphis in High Heels// My Fashion Forward Blog // Vodka Infused Lemonade Tres Chic Thursday // Fashion Informant Friday// Style Me Sunday

20 comments:

  1. Hi. First of all i love the length and color of that pretty scarf. Great idea pairing it with Yellow. Your back-pack is real pretty too. All the colors that you are wearing today make me so pretty. And I will make sure to link up with you tomorrow Zarouhi.

    Stop by to see how I am remixing my closet this whole month of April. Thanks, Ada. =)

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  2. Bags!! Ah gawd, i think i need to treat myself to a bag-the last one i bought was a fancy pants nappy bag (although, it's beautiful & I'm still using it now). on my lust list is: A Longchamp 'Le pliage' & one of the beauts from the Cambridge satchel company. But I'm loving the idea of a backpack around the tot: stylish & practical! x

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    1. I love the Longchamp Pliage bags - another obsession! I have 6! They also do a really nice backpack actually....

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  3. So glad you were able to get this! What a nice find, and like I said, the color is just fab, too!
    Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

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  4. You look so cute! Loving your color combo!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm not really a back pack kinda girl. But I love how you've styled it, I think it looks great. As always all the colours look great together. Xxx #streetstylesunday

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  6. That bag is lovely, I don't use backpacks much anymore, but from your point of view it must be great and practical! Good choice with the leather, you should have it for years to come. P x

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  7. I can't believe you MAN picked that out for you! It is fabulous, wow he must know you well and have good taste! I also love the black one form Kara in the picture! Your Brazilian friend is having a domino effect because now i totally want one too! Thanks for letting me co-host this week and for linking up to #AllAboutYou!

    Angie from reasons to dress, life as a North American mom in Italy.

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  8. When going back to work after my first child, I carried a Danier backpack for my active commute. Walking (and running for buses) is so much easier with a backpack than any other kind of bag. A good tip for moms is to find one with a detachable strap so that it can easily be strapped to the stroller!

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  9. Hey girlie! Love the outfit, thanks for sharing on Little Miss Monday & God bless. ;)
    XO,Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  10. Loving the whole outfit! Looking fab :)

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  11. That bag is so soft! I want one! Liking your whole outfit too. Colors worked well with the bag =) #pocolo

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  12. I'm obsessed with nail polish and neutral eyeshadows - so a great giveaway for me! Tracey Yardley

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  13. I'm a backpack fan - just a practical girl at heart!
    But my secret obsession at the mo is L'Oreal sublime gradual tan, getting myself glowing for the summer :)

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  14. I'm into things for the home at the moment more than anything ... trying hard to make our little house into a home :-)

    Besides that I'm a backpack fan too ... easiest way to carry all my 'essential' bits and pieces :-)

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  15. That back pack is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway too. I am a bit obsessed with a dress at the moment and my Mum gave me some money for Easter so I am off to get it on Tuesday! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  16. Oh wow looking stunning as always (indoor plumbing kind of girl)-lol me too sister, me too! Your husband has great taste-never heard of this label, maybe a trip to LA is in order (will forget I read the flagship store in CG bit)! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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  17. Your bag very stylish, very popular recently MCM backpack,MCM backpack is very stylish, very personal, so going to buy one recently.

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