Fashion and beauty blog for the more mature woman not ready to hang up the high heels yet.

02/03/2017

Heavenly Bags With 20% Off For Readers - Celebrating Style Link Up

Hi Everyone. I'm so pleased that so many of you joined me last week! Thank you All xx

On this week's Celebrating style, I'm sharing with you my first cold shoulder top, not just of the season, but the first ever. I'm a little behind with this fashion trend! It looks like it's very much here to stay, though, because the shops are full of them. 



But for me, the most important item in this weeks Celebrating Style post is my new handbag. This has kindly been gifted for me to share from Jay Robinson. A lovely lady who owns Mandys Heaven This bag is full leather, beautifully made and my favourite shade for summer. 


I always prefer it when a bag has the studs on the bottom. It really makes a difference. There are lots of handbags and accessories to choose on the site, and some lovely items of clothing too, so please do pop over for a look and at the moment you can claim 20% off. I will leave the code at the bottom of the post.



Although it's still a bit chilly today, it's been so lovely and sunny. I time each day as it's getting lighter in the evenings. I straightened my hair today because it was windy again!  at least it wasn't like Doris last Friday. Just a small gust of the wind and I look like I'm going to disappear in that hair! 


I prefer short handled bags, they just look better with me being a shortie, but there is also a shoulder strap provided with this bag. It really is good quality for £48.00



I'm really pleased with this bargain buy Cold Shoulder top too. All my favourite colours here, and when the weather is a bit more warmer, this will go so well with that long baby pink skirt I wore a couple of months ago here


I will just stand here a while! The sun is really warm without the wind!


Bag Co/Mandys Heaven
Cold Shoulder Top -  here
Trousers - On sale - here
Necklace - East UK - here
Shoes - Absolutely Ancient Ted Baker

Please take a look at what Mandys Heaven has to offer. The special discount code for 20% off is VANITY20
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XO Laurie




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72 comments

  1. Cute bag, pretty cute for the spring and summer, nice top too. Not sure i'll be trying the whole cold-shoulder look, although I've seen a charming gingham off the shoulder blouse in F and F, I may have to try and see how it looks. Jacqui
    www.mumabstylish.com

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  2. Gorgeous bag. You are such a bad influence on me. I must go and look, but good value. Leather at that price.

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    1. Thank you Anna. I was really surprised at how good the quality is.This is my favourite SS17 colour too x

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  3. Great bag!! Love this look. :)
    Jaymie

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  4. That's a beautiful bag, Laurie! And the top is cute, too!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great weekend!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I hope yours was good x

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  5. Blue is a good color on you so I can see why it's a favorite of yours. It took me a while to warm up to the cold shoulder look too and I think you made a great first choice. The sweater looks lovely on you and it will be a fabulous as the weather starts to get warmer.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Thank you Rena. I can't wait for that better weather! xx

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  6. Laurie, you look absolutely stunning in this open shoulder top!! Love the bag, the color feels like spring!! xoxo Zuma
    www.splashofteal.com

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  7. I do love the open shoulder shirts---they just seem so interesting! We were out to dinner tonight and I saw quite a few of them on other ladies!! It's so refreshing to see women having fun with fashion!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie. It's taken me a while to warm up to this trend. Got there in the end! x

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  8. You look great in this cold shoulder top. I like the colours and stripes. And I love this cute bag. Leather bag for 48 ? Great. The colours are so beautiful. Thank you Laurie for link up hosting.
    xo Tina

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    1. A bargain it is Tina! Great quality and I love the colour xx

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  9. Lovely colour combination and the bag goes beautifully with the top! I haven't bitten the bullet yet with cold shoulder tops..I thought they would have gone by now but as you say, the stores are full of them!
    Gail
    www.isthismutton.com

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    1. Thank you Gail. I wasn't keen all of last summer! I wondered if I would get away with this trend. But like you say, there's not a lot out there without shoulders missing! Still not sure actually. xx

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  10. Beautiful...! Love that top and ur purse...you look lovely..xx, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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    1. Thank you Neha. Thank you for stopping by xx

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  11. Beautiful bag! And your outfit is equally lovely!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  12. Love that bag and that top! You always look so put together. Everything you wear fits you perfectly.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a lovely compliment! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  13. Gorgeous bag! I love the colour, it's perfect for Spring. I prefer bags with studs on the bottom too because they prevent scuffs (and they look nice!). I'm surprised the cold shoulder trend has stuck around but I'm glad it had because I really like it and I don't like buying into a one season wonder, it's such a waste. Fab outfit :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thanks Emma.I really thought this would be a one season wonder, but there's no sign of it calming down yet.xx

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  14. Such a polished look! I love your top and bag. I have yet to purchase a cold shoulder top. I've tried a few on and just didn't like the way they look on me. I might have to skip this trend.

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    1. I totally get where your coming from Amy. I tried on so many and didn't like them. It's a hard look to pull off at my age I think without looking Mutton xx

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  15. Lovely look, and honestly I have off the shoulder tops but no cold shoulder tops either! love the peek of the shoulder for a bit of sexiness. Lovely bag! We are both carrying the same robin's egg blue colored bag today!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess. Great minds across the pond huh?? xx

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  16. Laurie I just adore your style, seriously. And the purse is so Jackie Kennedy. Fabulous and ladylike detail! xo Sabina

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    1. Thank you Sabina. That's such a lovely compliment xx

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  17. Laurie, I bought my first cold shoulder top just a few months ago. It was on clearance from Nordstrom Rack and I liked the color and the way the opening fell. I haven't worn it yet due to the cold weather, but will probably do a blog post on it as well. It is not a trend I am really into, but I figured I had to try it right? We have to get our of our comfort zones once in a while. You look fantastic in this one you are wearing and that bag is lovely. Beautiful as always! Thanks for hosting the link up! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Amy. I totally get you about this trend. There are so many out there, and I tried quite a few. The jury is still out for me. I look forward to seeing how you style yours xx

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  18. Loving the baby blue bag ... perfect with your outfit!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday. It feels good to catch up with everyone!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com/

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  19. Oh I received a cold shoulder sweater yesterday! So I am very late too! But it looks good on you! I ve checked Mandy s Heaven, what a nice items! The Snake print bag is gorgeous and she sells great tops and cardigans!

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    1. Yes Nancy the tops and T shirts are lovely. I fell in love with this bag though! It seems a lot of us older bloggers are late getting into this trend. If you read the comments you will see we have nearly all said the same! xx

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  20. Those blues really suit you, the bag is nicely neat. I haven't tried the cold shoulder yet either, but it seems like it's more than a passing fad so who knows!

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    1. I'm surprised this trend has lasted longer than a year Mary! It's here to stay I think. x

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  21. Such a lovely look! It really suits you!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

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  22. That is a pretty bag and it is at a steal! I haven't tried a cold sweater sweater like that before but I would not mind if it looks good like that.

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    1. Thank you Lanae. I think you just need to shop around to find the right one that fits. I found some of the openings way too large xx

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  23. Thanks for your link up party this week Laurie. Like you, I adore this shape of bag. I've got a dark green one in exactly the same style which I found on one of my charity shopping sprees. The cold shoulder top is sweet and maybe just the right time to show this now that the weather is warming up.

    Have a lovely week x
    Anna

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    1. Thanks Anna. One good day for a change! Can't wait for it to be warmer! x

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  24. Beautiful outfit! So glad to be with you on the #fierce50! You look wonderful and I will link up ..thanks for sharing!

    Valerie

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! Such a great group, and I have found new friends! xx

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  25. Love the color of the bag!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Katherine. Thank you for stopping by x

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  26. Looks a great outfit - I've not tried one of those tops either, but have got into short sleeved jumpers which seems an anomaly to me! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo x

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    1. Thank you Stephanie. The sleeves on this jumper are actually at elbow length. Iv'e rolled them a bit to make it look more balanced x

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  27. The bag goes so well with those lovely straight leg trousers. #CreativeMondays

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    1. Thank you. These trousers are so light to wear. My favourites from Eastex. x

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  28. I love the cutout details on the top and that bag is gorgeous. Such a chic look!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  29. I love the bag! It's a gorgeous colour. The cold shoulder top is super cute as well. I'm quite new to it to be honest. The only thing I've bought so far is the glitzy dress I wore on Christmas day! I did see a gorgeous jumper and stupidly didn't buy it and when I went back it was gone. Bummer!
    You look gorgeous, as always! But I can't imagine it was warm enough for a short sleeve though brrrrrrr
    Suzy xxx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. Our weather is so up and down at the moment Suzy. If I left the house a jacket would have been needed for sure! x

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  30. Nice bag... I love the colour and classic style. You top is so nice too. Gemma x

    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  31. What a fab link up! If I ever do a style post I'll link up. Love the bag, stunning colour. I'm intrigued to know what difference studs on the bottom makes. Do they keep the bag cleaner? I'm such a bag novice, I buy one and use it for everything! #sharethejoy

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  32. Oh I love the colour! Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon. I've shared on social media. Have a lovely week!

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  33. Beautiful jersey and beautiful handbag. I love the delicate color tone of this look. The pants are very elegant.

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  34. Thanks for joining the Ageless Style Linkup party.

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  35. Really love this bag, it's a gorgeous colour and looks like a great size to fit everything you need in it! #bestandworst

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  36. Really love that bag. Beautiful color. The 20% off doesn't hurt either seems like a great deal. Thanks for sharing

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  37. Gorgeous colour and looks fab on you - as always!! Nicky #TweensTeensBeyond

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  38. Love the color & shape of this bag! Such a chic purse for work

    michellespaige.com

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  39. I love that bag! Such a chic shape and the color is so pretty!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  40. Loving the bag - powder blue is a favourite colour of mine and so versatile. Also like the top too - I bought my first cold shoulder top last week too and then went into a massive bra dilemma as the holes revealed more than I had thought. It is a nice trend though. Thanks for joining us. #TweensTeensBeyond

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  41. Love the bag - in fact love the whole look. I really want to get a cold shoulder top for the summer - or I may borrow my teens! Thanks so much for linking up at #TweensTeensBeyond

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  42. What a gorgeous bag! I have something like this myself in the same colour too! You absolutely can never have enough bags :-) Thanks so much for sharing with the #dreamteam x

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