1940s black straw hat with yellow flowers: A Vintage Affair in Calgary, AB
White faux pearl stud earrings: Claire's or eBay
Pearl necklace: Birthday gift from Tony ♥
Black thin knit cropped cardigan: Fairweather
1940s/1950s red and Swiss dot dress: (probably) eBay
Thatched Roof Cottage Box Bag, Cosmetic Bag, and Coin Purse: c/o Vendula London
Faux pearl stretch bracelets: Real Canadian Superstore
1940s/50s light yellow gloves: Unknown, had for years (possibly eBay)
1940s/50s style black faux leather wedge sandals: Walmart
Lip colour: MAC Russian Red
Photography by Tony Cangiano
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Vendula London is one of those stellar British brands that I have swooned, drooled, and squealed over for quite some time now, but which I hadn't yet be able to add anything from their offerings to my closet. Not, that is, until a little earlier this year when the fabulous folks there contacted me to see if I'd be interested in receiving the Vendula London handbag of my choice to share here with all of you.
I said yes so fast my head nearly spun completely around and proceeded to pour over Vendula London's many pages of truly awesome, whimsical, well made handbags, makeup pouches, wallets, and a wide range of similar products, with their purses coming in a bevy of appealing styles of both the classic and modern variety, to make my selection.
I would gleefully carry/use any of Vendula's beautiful, creative offerings, so nailing down my choice was no easy feat. Ultimately, being a massive lifelong anglophile, I opted for the fabulously fun Thatched Roof Cottage Box Bag, which instantly calls to mind traditional Tudor style British homes and buildings. The company then very generously provided me with the matching Cosmetics Bag and kiss lock Coin Purse as well, giving me an instant trio of some of the loveliest bags I've ever had the joy of owning.
The first thing that one notices with a Vendula London product is how artistic and head-turningly pretty they are. These bags are not only creative and attractive, but every attention has been paid to the detailing involved with each piece as well. From wonderful printed fabric linings to designs on both sides of the bag (not just the front) to the sturdy construction and vibrant colours, these are excellent purses, wallets and accessories that work a treat for both vintage and modern outfits alike.
I am smitten with my adorable Thatched Cottage set and have been using all three of the bags frequently this summer. Each is roomy, made of durable faux leather, and in the case of the makeup and coin bags, able to do double duty as a clutch as well. Love that!!!
If you're located in Canada or the US and would like to save when you shop from Vendula London yourself. They have very kindly provided my readers with the following coupon code, which will provide you with free shipping on all orders over $150.00: FDUS
Pulling strongly on colours in this elegantly pretty set, I opted for both an outfit and a photo shoot location (the local public rose garden) that featured many of the same hues used in these fantastic bags.
I love, and have owned, this fabulous 1940s/50s red Swiss dot dress for years, but haven't posted it here yet. It's sweetness seemed to match that of Vendula's Cottage bags wonderfully and so out of the closet it came to make its blog debut. My only wee issue with this enchantingly sweet dress is that its built-in tulle under layer + softly pleated fabric from the waist downward can make me look wider in the hips than I actually am, but using the matching belt and opting for a cropped cardigan (or bolero, blazer, etc) can help cut down on that, I find.
As there are hits of both black and yellow in the purse, I reached for such with my accessories as well, finishing the look off with classic pearl jewelry, for an ensemble that makes me think of Alice in Wonderland for some reason. It must be the delightfully charming Vendula bags coupled with the full skirted dress and summertime rose garden setting.
I truly love my new Vendula London bags and want to sincerely thank the company for sending them to me. They've got a fan, and future customer, in me (big time!) and I know that I will use all three of these whimsical, gorgeous bags for many years to come.
Who knows, perhaps I’ll even take them with me if I should ever have the good fortune of visiting their home country of England some distant day (an anglophile vintage fashionista can always dream!).