Styling Tips – Bags of Style

So how do you spin your style so that it looks and feels new and interesting without spending a fortune on new stuff…

So after a long absense, for which I apologise, here are a few recent Instagram looks which feature different ways of carrying your handbag or, for my American friends, your purse. It seems a simple enough equation, you need stuff so you carry a bag, right! But listen up folks ;O

Classic flannel coat worn over a black shirt and this season’s favorite animal print pants. I’m wearing the bag over my shoulder from the short chain

One of the simplest styling strategies is to experiment with how to wear a bag. If you always wear or carry your bag in the same way you are missing opportunities to add flexibility and drama to your look, and all without buying anything new at all!

Here I’m swinging my bag from the shorter chain strap

The bag I’m using in all the outfit photos is my current favorite from a favorite brand, Zadig & Voltaire hehre But there are lots of other brands which have the flexibility of long straps for cross-body wear and shorter for on the shoulder.

Here I’m using the same bag as a clutch

Clearly you can remove the straps when you are carrying a bag in this way, however I prefer the effect that the dangling straps give.

Halfway heft!

Cross body on the longer strap

Cross-body hanging to the back

Followers will have gathered by now that my personal style falls into the rock chic or edgy spectrum of fashion, though if you take a closer look most of my key pieces are really classic, and it’s only through the styling details that they become avant garde.

In my blog I try to give easy tips on how to personalise your look and how to get more bang for your bucks. I’m not about buying lots of cheap stuff and throwing it away. My philosophy is to buy good pieces and make the most of them, with a little creativity a little goes a long way.

That’s it for now folks but I’ll be back with more tips and tricks soon. Thanks for dropping by. Sarah X

Transitional Dressing


Now you may have already read the post on the new season’s must haves (If not click on Menu, My Wish List) where I talk about ubiquitous animal print.  Well you either love it or hate it, so if you’re in the later camp there are plenty of other wearable themes that will be populating our high streets for the next few months.


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I started to change-up my closet with the addition of a pair of waisted, tailored pants, above.  I bought these on sale, similar here here here and here I won’t be giving up my jeans or my leather pants but I do think that the tailored cropped pant is looking modern again…or perhaps I just stopped wearing as I don’t go into an office on a regular basis 😉  This style of pants suits a belt to maximize your waist, if you’re lucky enough to have one, I’m wearing a plain black one, similar here but clearly there are many cheaper options readily available.


For this look I’ve paired the pants with a patterned silk blouse, from Zadig but from eons ago.  This season’s version here  Any kind of blouse will work, but I chose a feminine style to off-set the masculine cut of the pants.  Clearly I’m still in sandals but as soon as the temperatures drop a little I’ll be digging out my boots!


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My bag is a classic from Zadig et Voltaire, this time I’ve picked a bigger model, exact here as I needed the space for travel documents etc.  The trend is definately towards bigger bags.  I’ll be topping this look off with a blazer, I like these here and here and here or a biker style leather here  I have these styles already, and I expect that you have too.  My tip for buying leather is to get the best that you can afford.  I soft leather Perfecto will serve you for all your adult life.


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For my second look I’ve switched the blouse for a more structured shirt style, this one is old, but the same style in a  similar animal print is available this season here  I’ve used a leopard print to demonstrate that you should not be afraid of mixing grey and black with brown and tan.  In my opinion the mix is effective and breaths understated style.  To emphasise the point I’ve added a tan belt here and here  and I will do the same with boots soon.


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My gladiator sandals are my go to footwear for a few more weeks, these ones are from Valentiono, scored in the sale YAY!!!, I like these ones here

The message not to forget is to look at what you have in your closet first and then hit the shops, or the keyboard, with a list of the items that you need to refresh what you already have.

That’s it for now folks, thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Sarah x

More Leopard Looks


I’m lovin this saphire-blue leopard lovely, again from , and from the same label as the pants I wore earlier in the week, Fabienne Chapot.  I’ve styled it with lightweight cotton coated pants which give the effect of leather, and a studded crossbody bag from my fav Zadig.  I think this look is classic and chic but with a dash of rock and roll.

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Amongst my parcel of goodies on loan from the-bias-cut I also received this gorgeous little zebra bag (below)




How cute is this little beauty?!  It’s a lovely quality, versatile little number that can be used as a clutch, or worn with the chain as a shoulder or cross-body bag, and the tassel can be removed to create a different look…a win win in my opinion!


Thats it for now folks, thanks for dropping by!  Hugs, Sarah X

FDC Young Designer Awards 2018

Badassbabyboomer was invited Front Row to the FDC Young Designer Awards in Birmingha, UK…so what did we do…hop on a plane..

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A press/blogger invitation to attend the Fashion Designers’ & Craft Makers’ Network annual Young Designer Awards show was an opportunity not to be missed.  It is a new departure to feature a fashion show on my blog but as the event combines two of my passions,  fashion and supporting young people to achieve their goals it was an easy dicision to take.  Photographer, Iza Jarcyn, and I hopped on a plane.


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Young designers competed for the prestigious title and the winner announced.  The title of FDC Young Designer 2018 deservedly went to Bethany Hilton.  Bethany graduated from Birmingham City University only this year but has already clocked up impressive work experience with J W Anderson, Julian MacDonald and Amanda Wakely amongst others.


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Bethany Hilton designs and mood board



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From the start I liked Bethany’s professionalism, and although I thought that her competition model was rather overwhelmed by fabric, I liked the attention to detail in the design and make.


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The designer watches one of her models from backstage



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I particulary liked the designers screen printed fabric designs (hand painting her screens  with dye resistant media first to create unique textures in the design) and the metallic hilights in print and in accessories.  I loved the silver hardware (but of course!) that Bethany used to create detachable pockets and straps.

The final deciding factor for me, and a guess for many other fashionistas, was would I wear it?  I this case a resounding yes!  I would dearly have liked to sneak off with one of Bethany’s maxi coats.  I would style it street wise over jeans and tee and it would look sensational 😀


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After the show I had an opportunity to take a closer look at the garment finish which was immaculate in Bethany’s case.  For me a worthy winner and certainly a name to watch in the future.  Congratulations to Bethany Hilton!


Bethany had some stiff competition and we also liked designs from Gema Lewis…


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We were not disappointed by the talent on display.  Hosted at the Cube, Birmingham, canal side, the venue could have been perfect on such a sunny day.  The stair-well of the cube would have created a much more spectacular runway for the models who were struggling to walk in a gloomy low ceiling venue with dark carpeting.  It was a shame too that the turn out was sparse.  The competition and the talent on display deserved better planning and organisation to do it justice.


The charity associated with the FDC fasion show for Angleman Syndrome (discover more and help ) was represented by Donna Edmunds who spoke passionately about the foundation’s ongoing research to find a cure for the little known syndrome from which her five year old daughter suffers.


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Donna has been inspired by her daughter’s needs to create a range of bright and fashionable clothing which solve problems such as wear and tear on the knees of children who continue to crawl, or suitably comfortable pants for those who are constantly seated in wheel chairs, or for those who are stressed by tight fitting clothes being pulled over the heads and necks.  Donna is seeking financial support to forward her business so that she can mass produce her clothing designs.


That’s it for now folks.  More of our adventures in Birmingham in a later post.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a little fashionista input.  Bye for now, Sarah X





Tiger + Leopard = ? ;)


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There are not many places that are quainter than our local white town (Pueblo Blanco) of Benahavis, set in the foothills above the coast of Marbella.  We wandered around the little windy, cobled streets one evening this week and my friend Claire snapped me in various locations while the menfolk enjoyed a glass of wine in a tiny courtyard bar.  I’m mixing my animals Tigepard?  Leoger?  ;p  This outfit is pretty well all old pieces so I’ve done my best to show similar items to get this easy breezy look.


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The poet blouse is a real versatile buy, similar here and here and for a cheaper alternative here the pants are also by Rabens Saloner, no longer available, similar here and these are rather fun here ;O


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My bag is a current shape from Zadig but not available in leopard at the moment.  No wardrobe is complete without a spot of leopard in my opinion, and a handbag is an easy way to buy into this timeless trend.  This one is cute here or you could blow the budget on one of these investment pieces here and here ;)….I would LOVE that Dolce & Gabanna one sigh….

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I’m sporting plimsoles again…soo comfy!  These ones are cheap as chips from H&M here

I’ve chucked on a handful of hardware for the finishing touch and I’m ready to go in 5.

Once again many thanks for stopping by.  Hugs, Sarah X

Rockin’the Blues in Zadig




Here I’m wearing a navy cashmere fringe cardi in one of Zadig’s perenial designs here over the same tee as before here




How cute are the bag here, and I also loooove this one here, and the hat here  the whole outfit looks cool with these blue leopard pants don’t you think?  here

I don’t often wear blue, but I must say I’m very tempted by this little ensemble ;D!!!




It’s all in the deets!  Love the side stripe with the leopard, and check out the exact match with my jewelery…YAY!!!!

That’s all for today’s peek into my Zadig dressing up box 😉  More to follow….

As always thanks for stopping by my friends.  Bye for now, Sarah X


Rockin Zadig

Rockin Zadig & Voltaire, El Corte Ingles, Marbella, with Iza on camera…

So what’s a girl to do when she gets an invite to rock some of her favorite items in Zadig ….ENJOY!!!  Here I’m in the softest of cashmere sweaters, cosy, comfy and super stylish, what could be better?  here with my own pink jeans here and Chloe boots here and Zadig’s iconic Rock clutch in snake print here




AS you can see from the pics we did have a great session and I have to admit that my Lust List is growing at an alarming pace :O ….but the sales are coming up soon ;D




Here I’ve styled the bag to wear crossbody…handbag as jewelery!




Above…and this is why I’m still in love with Chloe Susanna boots ;D


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The Art is Truth tee has already found its way into my wardrobe…Hmm!  Well we all need a new white tee every now and then don’t we?  here

More of this story another day…there were many more than one new pieces that we LOVED!  :p  That’s it for now my friends, as always many thanks for dropping by.  Sarah X

Summertime & the Livin’ is Easy…


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This is such a classic look to ease into summer.  The pants are light weight and fluid, these are from last year, these are similar by Zadig current season here  and I like this pair too here  With a classic white tee, exact here  or a looser style here would look and feel cool.


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The canvas sneakers, or what we Brits call Plimsoles, are supremely comfortable and look perfect with this laid back look here I buy 2 or 3 pairs of these from H&M every summer.


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The scarf is also a season or two old but the skull pattern is reprised every season exact, though not sure if its still in stock, here or here and this year here in gorgeous green!

I’ve paired my box bag with a guitar strap and left the regular handle to hang down.  This styling adds interest to the look, aswell as helping to elongate the silhoette!  Bag here and strap here mines an old one, of course ;O, but I love this season’s rendition with the Girls Can Do Anything slogan here


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That’s it for now folks.  Thanks for stopping by, Sarah x



Light-weight Layers for Transition Styling


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I love to layer up for style and practicality.  None of these pieces are new so I’m just giving ideas of how to style this look using similar pieces.  My style philosophy, which I learnt from my mother, was to choose a few good quality items and mix and match them to get multiple different looks.

The longer length cardi is from my fav Zadig & Voltaire and I bought it at the end of last summer season on sale :0….Result!  I like this style as it slims the hips and covers the bum if you like it that way.  Similar here and here Styled with a camisole the cardi transitions into summer and covers up in the morning and evening when there is still a chill in the air.  This camisole is a Liberty of London print produced in a limited edition for Uniclo, therfor cheap as chips!  Sadly no longer available but I love this one here or for a warmer palette this one here

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Love my skinny jeans as you may have realised by now!  Look out for lighter weight cotton mixes for summer wear.  These are old ones from Hudson Jeans – I wish they still produced them with back pockets as they are very flattering for a boyish figure like mine.  Some alternatives that I like are here or my favorite pink ones here


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I like to wear my boots for as much of the year as possible so the plethora of white ones that are available this year are a great bonus for the summer vibe that they add.  Mine are from Chloe so an investment piece, but if I ever tire of them they will sell on consignment for not much less than I paid for them and never, never will they go for landfill :O!!!  here and here I like this neutral color pair, similar style here but much more reasonable ;p and also this style here and these boot style sandals look pretty cool too here  My bag is also from my favorite major design brand here and here but these saddle bags would look good with the outfit too here and here and here

To complete the look I pile on a collection of silver jewelry with a few turquise accents, perfect for a summer boho vibe.

Thats it for now folks.  Thank you for stopping by, Sarah X


Neutrals with Attitude…

So here I’m wearing a favorite mix of girlie and tomboy…


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So here I’m dressed in my favorite casual style…classic [in a badass kinda way] neutrals with a pinch of femininity.  I’ve teamed a lace trimmed silk cami, mine is from a previous season Zadig &  Voltaire, new season here or a similar style here  with a casual open cardi, similar here  and here  and skinny combat style pants, similar here or these ones would look cool here


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Love the back of the Zadig cami, attention to detail but so discreet!…and the same finesse in the seams of the cardi.  Love it!


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The footnote is also Zadig, as is the bag, all from previous seasons but still produced by the brand each season in slight variations.  The Mods style boots are available in this colorway, which I loooove, here  or this cheaper version would be acceptable here The bag, called Rock, is a trans-seasonal classic, this is one of this season’s offer which would look amazing with the Mod boots above ;O here


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I’ve accessorized with my usual hardware…as you can see I’m getting loadsa use out of my customized dog tag here and I’m also having  fun with the new circular necklace that can fit all the different pendants and charms that I’ve collected over time here  The shark tooth is from several years back, similar here


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The bracelets are my permanent summer adornment, here  and here and here and the ring also gets lots of outings 😉 similar here and here


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…and finally, my watch, similar here [very expensive I know..but cost per wear FREE!!! however there are many cheaper versions available], the reason why the watch works so well for everyday is the metal mix of gold and silver colors that make it go with any of my jewelry and other embellishments.   Very similar sunnies here


That’s it for now folks.  Thanks again for stopping by and for all your support and comments.  Bye for now, Sarah X