When I first started writing Keeping up with the Joneses, I made a mental promise to myself that I would only review products that I really really like and that I felt tied in with the theme of the blog. So, it came as a coincidence that I was contacted by a company called Bags of Love to review their personalised photo gifts at a time when I had been looking around for something I could personalise as a reminder of my daughter when I return to work next week.
I was asked to select a product from www.bagsoflove.co.uk to personalise with a photo of my choice. It was a difficult decision because there are so many fantastic products and I was torn between an acrylic photo block which I could keep on my desk or the shopper. In the end I chose the shopper in natural and uploaded my favourite photo of little E, which you may remember won Pretty.Little.Things a while ago. There is also a Montage shopper which would be a fab way to display your favourite Instagram pics.
The shopper arrived within 2 days and I. am. in. love! My sister and I ordered an Anya Hindmarch 'Be a bag' for my mum a few years ago, which is a similar to the shopper but it took a few months to prepare in comparison to this.
The shopper has gorgeous tan leather handles, and the edges of the bag itself are a cream vinyl. I wasn't sure if I would like the vinyl part of the bag up close it's actually quite nice, it's really hard wearing and easy to clean any other fabric in this colour would probably get battered.
The bag had it's first outing to the Beach Volley at the Olympics and I got a ton of complements with people stopping and asking me where my bag was from! I have been using it non stop ever since, even taking it as cabin baggage on holiday last week. It's large enough to carry pretty much everything I need, above you can see what I took out on our day at the Olympics (including the obligatory but seriously unglamourous clear plastic ponchos) and there's still a ton of room left inside for a spare cardi or a change of clothes for the little one.
Overall I was really impressed with the speedy and efficient service I received from Bags of Love, the shoppers make excellent gifts for mamas and grandparents and there's heaps more on their website to cater for everyone else, definitely worth a look.