Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kitty's new Mulberry Bayswater

I've been lusting after a Mulberry Bayswater for a while now. I adore the classic shape, the practicality, the size...

Mr Kitty had offered to buy me a Mulberry bag when we were in the UK as a gift - he's a very generous man! As such I did a lot of research before heading overseas to try and narrow down the selection.

I did see this one on the Mulberry Website a while ago but I already have a big Furla leopard bag and the price was just a little out of my league (mmm.... perhaps a lot outside of the ballpark, actually) and what I really needed was a good quality everyday black handbag. I contemplated getting a patent leather Bayswater (it had silver hardware which is more "me" than the standard bronze) but it looked a bit more formal and I wanted to be able to use this bag for everything - casual, work... But I didn't think the patent would work as well for casual.

We visited a couple of the Mulberry stores in London to do some more research and after quite a bit of deliberation and "testing" I decided on the Mulberry Bayswater in Black Natural Leather. It was so soft and beautiful but hardy enough to withstand the rigours of Kitty's day to day life: it ultimately ticked all the boxes and seeing as this one was Mr Kitty's treat I didn't want to overspend. I did toy with the idea of buying one in plum which I saw in Harrods but after much deliberation I finally decided that I wouldn't get the use out of it to warrant the cost. Twas uber pretty though.

The rather battered Mulberry Bag - all the way home from London!

After one last look at the Mulberry store at Bicester (where they didn't have anything in the Bayswater range, but I thought I would check, trying to embrace thrift more) I decided to take advantage of one of Heathrow Airport's fabulous services: you can email them through their Reserve and Collect system and order goods for collection the day you leave. You don't have to deal with multiple retailers if you have a few things you want and if they don't have your item in stock, they will order it in for you and you are guaranteed to get the item you want at the duty free price.

The bag in its dust bag!

A few short emails later I had reserved the bag at the duty free price. The added advantage of using this service is that you don't have to cart your shopping all the way around the UK with you if you are on holidays. I wish more airports would have this service and also the diverse number of wonderful shops that Heathrow actually has!

My precious!!

But I digress. The morning we flew out, we checked in for our flight, went through immigration and rocked up to the Mulberry store where my bag was waiting especially for me. We saved approximately 95 pounds by buying it duty free, but what was more important was the hassle we saved. It was so easy and convenient and because I already had a lot of stuff I had bought I didn't have to haul another thing around for 2 weeks while we were travelling. I'd definitely do it again.

Inside of the bag

And just because I couldn't resist, when we got to Hong Kong, I bought this little beauty!

The plaque says "We believe in Tea and Cake". Damn straight we do!

So that's the story of Miss Kitty's favourite purchase for this overseas trip. Stay tuned for the next few posts on other things she purchased!



Anonymous said...

that is so beautiful. i love it!!!

i think you would've gotten plenty of use with the purple - but the black is faaaaab!!)

v. jealous.

CameronPoe2409 said...

Gorgeous bag and a great saving! I love the purse, "We believe in tea and cake" is a great motto!

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

Loving the bag Clare - really I am! And although I loved the purple, I think I will get more use out of the black in the long run.

Cameron - I agree! It is indeed a fabulous saying!

Sydney Shop Girl said...

I love both the bag and purse! How true is the motto.

SSG xxx

She Wore It Well said...

gorgeous buys! xo

She Wore It Well Blog

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous bag..I love the Mulberry Bayswater since it's so practicable to use as an 'everyday' bag - I bet it smells great too! Lucky lucky girl!!

Kiki Chaos said...

"We believe in tea and cake" - well of course! How I want a wallet that agrees with me on that :) You lucky girl!

Miss Kitty-Cat said...

It went out for it's first outing yesterday and it acquitted itself very well. I think I made a very good choice ladies!

And not surprisingly every time i look at the wallet I feel like tea and cake. I think I might just have to go searching for some now!

断了翅膀的梦 said...

A casual shopping for excellent evening gown or an evening party outfit will definitely conclude with the following remarks: the actual variety lies in Karen Millen Dresses Outlet and they consist of garments ranging from a prom outfit to a typical drink gown or even a professional elegant dress. The cocktail garments are usually stylish and modern with dim colour focusing more on the person's skin tone.
The shopping spree may just end in a pleated wedding dress, or sleeveless dress or frilled sleeves much to the choice of the buyer. The English shades are particular attraction in Karen Miller sale that have reserved acclamations from leading companies. The specific dresses are extremely elegant. The zero detail reflects the clothing describing the great imaginative brains of the designer in every possible manner.
The specialty of Karen Millen Dresses UK Sale is that every outfit chosen is the best fit for the body type giving a feel as if it was designed exclusively for the great lady out there. The designer offers expected actual proportions in the body and gets them manufactured giving that great look. Sunlight weight fabric is the best choice for summer season and one must be careful while choosing the kind of clothing or else one may end up buying a boring or uninteresting colour for the summer vacation.
The Karen Millen Outlet UK range also includes the wedding collection with padded pallus for the bride's mom. For the bride, the heavy gowns adorned with sparkling stones give an elegant appearance for the d-day. Apart from the trendy, modern and fashionable clothing, Karen Millen brings along great bags and accessories like sunglasses, jewelry and watches, making the fashion style statement a complete one. For a graduation day, many students opt to rent out the Karen Millen One Shoulder that are usually stored in reseller stores. A glimpse at the new trends will help one to make the choice. Caps are also one added accessory that goes along with the graduation gown and make the day extremely important.

Jessica beeb said...

Very practical bag. I love the mulberry bayswater bag. Xd