Givenchy Antigona Dupes | #SavingSeason

The Givenchy Antigona Tote has been a favourite of bloggers and YouTubers for a while now. Though first released in 2011 the handbag made a comeback in 2016 which has seen variations of this handbag being draped over the arm of many celebrities. This versatile bag  comes in three sizes and in many colours, ranging from the elegant black to a playful pink.

The extremely functional and durable tote was designed by Riccardo Tisci with a clean design and strong geometric ornamentation. Priced between £1,000 and £1,500 (depending on size) the handbag is priced at a somewhat mid-range amount when compared to other luxury handbags brands such as Chanel. However, over £1,000 for a handbag isn’t a cost that the average handbag lover can afford to part with which is why I have been searching for the best dupes available.

There are a  number of dupes that can be found on the highstreet and I’ve listed some of my favourites below.

Modalu Willow Grab Bag

Willow Large Grab Emerald

www.modalu.com, £239

 

Radley Structured Grab Bag

Black Structured Grab Bag

www.tkmaxx.com, 89.99

Modalu Verity Tote Bag  

Moss Green Verity Tote Bag

www.tkmaxx.com, £79.99

 

 Michael Kors Studio Mercer Medium Leather Duffel
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http://www.michaelkors.co.uk, £310

 

Dune Dinessy Tote Bag, Black

Buy Dune Dinessy Tote Bag, Black Online at johnlewis.com

www.johnlewis.com, £70

 

Mango Zipped pebbled bag

Zipped pebbled bag | MANGO

www.mango.com, 29.99

 

So there you have it, you can achieve the same look without splashing out on the expensive price tag. Which one is your favourite?

 

In love with the Gucci Dionysus but not the price tag? Check out these dupes too.

Gucci Dionysus Dupes| #SavingSeason

Hi my name’s Naomi and I’m a bagaholic. I’m a reliable saver but when it comes to handbags I always struggle to say no. As a result, I’ve been in a position to buy a couple of ‘it’ handbags that I will keep forever and always enjoy using.

Although I have a weakness for a beautiful handbag, what I have learnt throughout my purchasing journey is that there are some incredible ‘dupes’ on the market for a range of prices, many at a more affordable cost to the majority of buyers. So, I’ve had a hunt for some of the top ‘it’ handbag dupes of the moment, to show you that you don’t have to spend hundreds (or thousands!) to enjoy a similar look as part of my #SavingSeason. This week I’ll be showcasing those inspired by the Gucci Dionysus. Priced at £1420 the Gucci Dionysus is quite modestly priced in comparison to many other ‘it’ bags, but do you need to spend this amount to stay on trend?

Gucci has made a wonderful comeback in 2016 and is now regularly seen as a brand worn by bloggers and YouTubers alike. From the Gucci loafers to this beautiful bag, the brand has gone through somewhat of a revival which has seen the Gucci Dionysus make a statement in the fashion world. The unmistakable monogram print would have to be faked to truly resemble the bag, and while I don’t encourage heading to a  blatant fake for personal reasons, I would direct you to the following bags which carry a great deal of Gucci inspired style.

Zara Split Suede City Bag

Image 2 of SPLIT SUEDE CITY BAG from Zara

www.zara.com, £69.99

 

JARVA Snakehead Crossbody Bag

JARVA Snakehead Tote Bag

www.shopjessicabuurman.com, $105

 

ASOS Vintage Leather Cross Body Bag With Metal Ring Detail

ASOS | Vintage Leather Cross Body Bag With Metal Ring Detail - Khaki | Lyst

www.asos.com, £28

 

ALDO Blush Jewelled Top Handle Bag

www.asos.com, £55

 

So why not try the look with one of these beautifully inspired handbags?

Autumn / Winter Lookbook

The new season not only brings us shorter days and darker evenings, it also brings a new sense of style and opportunity to express yourself in a completely different way to only a few months before. The cold snap calls for layers, warm accessories and boots to keep the feet warm but needing to be sensible doesn’t mean that your wardrobe needs to be dull and boring. This post is a pictoral lookbook of how I would pair some of those items with my everyday outfits. Enjoy.
Coat: Warehouse / Fedora: (similar) Marks and Spencer / Polo Neck: TopShop / Jeans: New Look / Boots: New Look
Coat (similar): Neon Rose / Fedora (similar): New Look / Jumper: Oasis (ASOS) / Jeans: New Look / Boots: Primark
Coat (similar): Neon Rose / Fedora (similar): New Look / Jumper: Oasis (ASOS) / Jeans: New Look / Boots: Primark
Polo Neck: New Look / Poncho (similar): New Look / Jeans: Miss Selfridge / Boots (similar): Marks & Spencer
Polo Neck: New Look / Poncho (similar): New Look / Jeans: Miss Selfridge / Boots (similar): Marks & Spencer

Office Heel Collection – The Work Edit

New Look. KG by Kurt Geiger. Next

Shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes,shoes. I love shoes of all shapes and sizes. There’s no discrimination here. Shoes with a purpose are my absolute favourite and maybe this is why I chose to show my office heel collection first.

I work in quite a corporate environment with many men in suits and polished black shoes. Although I love working in this type of workplace, it could be quite boring if my day didn’t start with spending time on myself, choosing the perfect outfit for the day. In fact, the only thing I find more joy in at 6am is selecting the perfect shoe to accompany the outfit.

I don’t know what type of environment you work in but I think there are some general considerations that can be taken when choosing the appropriate shoe for work. (Disclaimer: I may have made one of these words up!):

Suitability: First and foremost, your shoe should be appropriate to the environment that you’re working in (although this shouldn’t limit your style). This doesn’t mean that your shoe choice needs to be boring but there are some shoes that won’t be appropriate in all situations. For example, open toes in the deep depths of winter when you have to trudge through the snow to get from the car to the door. Or a skyscraper heel with a 4 inch platform and silver diamante crystals. Though only a little over 5 foot myself, this shoe would not be appropriate for shuffling across the office floor. Similarly, if you spend your whole day standing, or running after children, you should consider your heel height more carefully. Though I may sound older than my years let me tell you- comfort is king!

Steve Madden


Walkability: Very important! Ask yourself: can I walk in these shoes? I’ve stepped out of the house a number of times in a pair of heels that I could walk in so gracefully that I could have taken on Sandra Bullock’s role in Miss Congeniality. However, walking on the cushiony carpet of your bedroom is very different to trying to make your way across the office hallways that could be used as an ice rink after hours. I remember wearing a truly stunning pair of high court shoes to work in my first week of joining the company. I teetered around, having to take three small steps to a normal person’s one. I really couldn’t walk in them. It was quite embarrassing really. Especially when I had to ban myself from going to the bathroom for fear of staring in my very own version of Bambi on Ice right in the middle of the office!

A little tip to look out for- if you’re new to wearing high heels then choose a shoe with an ankle strap. This will help to support your ankles throughout the day and make sure that your foot stays comfortably in the shoe.

KG by Kurt Geiger



Personality: Though there are some sensible considerations to be made when choosing the perfect shoe, don’t be limited by what you think you should be wearing in the office. Why not take a step out? (No pun intended). My favourite pair of ‘out  there’ shoes are my bright blue heels from M&S. I held onto these, not brave enough to wear them into the office for a while, before daring to be different and wearing something that was sure to turn heads. These are the shoes that I have had the most compliments from and I really do enjoy spending the day in them. They always brighten up a black skirt or trouser set and can be used to venture out of the office and into the evening for after work socialising.

Marks and Spencer
But most of all, choose a shoe that makes you happy to be wearing them. There’s a reason that Marilyn Monroe famously said ‘Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world’. These beauties are my Bond Girl shoe. If I was ruling the world, these are what I would be wearing!
Marks and Spencer
Why not come over to my channel and have a look at my full collection.

Mulberry Bayswater – What’s in My Bag

The What’s in my Bag video… it’s a classic. I’ve watched what some would call one too many over the last couple of years but I do enjoy them. I suppose that it’s the nosy nature within me. I love to know what other people are up to, what they carry with them, and the reasons why. I think that there’s a bit of that curiosity inside us all.It just so happens that I satisfy this through mediums such as handbag videos on YouTube.

To be honest with you, I never thought that I would focus my blog on the usual Handbag, Unboxing or Make Up Tutorial type posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching them but the long term goal for my platforms is to tailor them toward young professionals looking for a realistic insight into the working world. I’ll be looking to focus my content here soon but for my first real post I wanted to do something fun, that you would find engaging whilst you’re getting to know me. And that’s how this post and video came about. Having a nosy is just so fun, isn’t it?

I did contemplate emptying out the ‘true’ contents of my handbag before perfectly placing in a variety of blogger worthy contenders but then, where’s the fun in that? So what you see, apart from the multitude of malting hair and unidentifiable crumbs at the bottom, is really what was in my bag on that day. Granted, the photos below are somewhat staged, but trust me, you don’t want to see the bomb site that fell out of my bag when I’d emptied it! My bag is glamorous for about the first five minutes after leaving the house but after that it’s as normal as the next person’s.

So there she is, my Mulberry Bayswater. Chocolate brown with brass hardware. This handbag is just over six years old and is currently my absolute favourite. I find that I have to force myself away from it in order to mix up my standard black and white outfit combo as I automatically reach for this bag on most occasions: both work and play.

 


The Handbag: A Mulberry Bayswater. I had a look on a number of websites to find this bag in the deep chocolate brown that I bought mine in but my search wasn’t too successful. As Mulberry’s own website doesn’t have this colour on it I would presume that this colour has been discontinued. I hope that the colour will be back in stock soon, especially with us moving into Autumn/Winter as it’s such a versatile colour to work with and it looks especially good when the leather has softened. I purposefully don;t want to review the Bayswater in this post (although please let me know if this would be of interest) but I would highly recommend this bag. When you first make the purchase the bag feels well structured and stiff but the more you wear it, the more that it softens and gives a more relaxed finish.

The Purse: I’ve had great use out of the DKNY Saffiano Leather purse. The black colour makes it a perfect partner for most handbags and also means that I don’t feel too guilty throwing it into my handbag without much thought. I bought it three or so years ago from John Lewis and apart from a slight discolouration in the DKNY metal logo you really can’t tell how long I’ve had it for.



The Phone: Oh, the iPhone 5s. I don’t really need to say anything about this phone as most would have come across it before. I chose not to upgrade to the iPhone 6 as I’m a true ‘if it ain’t broke why change it’ kind of girl. Three years and it still works but I do notice the difference in the quality of my pictures and videos when I compare them to my friend’s iPhone 6/6s. I am contemplating moving on up to the iPhone 7 so watch this space.

The Card Wallet: I love the Little Brown Bag from Bloomingdales. It not only holds my many loyalty cards so that I don’t stretch out my purse but it also reminds me of my travels to the USA and my week in New York with the Mother.

The Perfume: Lancome’s La Vie est Belle. My favourite perfume of all time. It’s been my signature fragrance for the last few years. Enough that people now recognise me by my scent. With notes of blackcurrant,pear and orange blossom it’s quite a fruity scent but remains sophisticated enough to not be sickly sweet.

The Glasses: I really need to start wearing my glasses so my eyes can take a break from contact lenses but I just cant bring myself to make the switch. I tend to feel like my outfits becomes more frumpy when I wear them so that’s probably why I steer clear. If you have any tips on how to style up glasses then please let me know.

The Powder: Bobbi Brown is my go to make up designer. Whenever I walk into a department store such as John Lewis I emigrate straight to Bobbi Brown and usually only venture away when they don’t have exactly what I’m looking for. Bobbi Brown was the first high end make up that I was treated to when I reached sixteen and so my loyalty is many years old now.

The Brush: The softest, most luxurious brush I own- the YSL Powder Brush. It does exactly what you’d expect and so I don’t think I need to elaborate here but I will emphasise just how soft and luxurious it is (did I say that already?!)

The Nail Varnish: Temple Spa call their nail varnish’s a Nail Treat and they really are. Rich in vitamin E and calcium, they provide a smooth even coat while treating your nails to a spa experience. And best of all- they last on my nails for at least 4 days without chipping which makes them the best nail varnish I own.

The Tangle Teaser: Another product that does what it says on the tin. Easy to carry with you and tangle the mane on the go. Bright enough to find in the bottom of the black hole that sometimes becomes of my handbag.

The Compact Mirror: A cute little number from Primark that I’ve surprisingly managed to keep in my bag for well over a year without smashing!

And there you have it, the contents of my handbag. I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to have a sneaky insight into what I carry around with me.

 

What items can’t you leave the house without?

Welcome to Naomi Sophia


Hello and thanks for stopping by!

 

My name is Naomi Sophia and this blog is something that I have been thinking about starting for a couple of years now. I’ve finally done it and it feels great! I know that there are a lot of blogs out there, and corresponding YouTube channels already but I enjoy them so much that I wanted to be a part of the action.

The idea for this blog is to concentrate on the usual fun posts, such as fashion and beauty, but I would also like to focus on posting material that would be useful to young professionals. The kind of posts that I wish I had found before I entered the somewhat daunting working world. Having finished university and worked for a few years now, I feel that I am well placed to talk about my own experiences and journey along with some of you too.

That’s all for now- a brief introduction to what this blog will be about. I hope you choose to stay for the adventure.

Come and see me at YouTube, Twitter and Instagram (naomisophia_) too!