ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a bag maker called The Cambridge Satchel Company and it produced, among other things, these amazing fluoro-coloured leather satchels.
One day, a blogger with an eye for a bargain (let's call her Bargainista Fashionista) spotted one of these satchels in the Urban Outfitters sale (it wasn't hard to miss).
She broadcast the news far and wide (through the medium of Twitter) and learnt that her friend Suz dearly desired one. Especially at that price: it was grandly reduced from £105 to £40.
But word had spread too fast and by the time Suz went to buy her satchel, it was gone.
Not one to give up, Bargainista Fashionista searched the length and breadth of the country to find Suz another bag and, a week later, a fluoro pop of pink winked at her in a different outpost of Urban Outfitters.
United at last, Suz and her bag lived happily ever after.
*** THE END ***
I love playing personal shopper. Obviously, spending other people's cash is fun, but saving them money is even more satisfying.
Anyway, Suz kindly lent me her new satchel so it could be shot for ELLEuk.com's What ELLE Wears blog this week. Isn't it awesome? I love that The Cambridge Satchel Company has revamped a classic old-school design in fabulous fluoros. There's neon orange, yellow and green, too. You can even have your bag embossed with your initials. What colour would you get? I think fluoro orange is pretty cool.
As for my outfit, here's the details:
Jil Sander for Uniqlo jacket
Banana Republic cardigan
Sonia Rykiel for H&M shorts
River Island boots
The Cambridge Satchel Company bag
PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE SIAN SMITH