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Posing with balloons

posing with balloons
posing with balloons
posing with balloons

We’ve had posing with letters, now it’s posing with balloons! These were part of some urban golf event thingy that had obviously been happening around the centre of Brussels the day before these pictures were taken (told you there’s always some festival going on). And unlike the letters, no one else was posing either!

The dress is another new thing, I got it for my birthday. I do actually feel quite embarrassed by how much I’ve been shopping! Plus it’s probably not the cleverest thing in the world to buy clothes just before you’re about to expand (I was week 11 then I think), but it’s knitted so it should expand with me. And it’s quite a slouchy shape anyway, as are so many things in COS. A shape I’m beginning to like!

The other thing of note in this outfit is the bag, which I asked for for my birthday presents from my girl friends. It’s from Scottish company Scaramanga. They’re an ethical company, the leather is tanned using traditional natural methods and is not dyed or chemically treated, so it doesn’t have the uniform appearance of most leather. which actually looks great. They also use small-scale producers whom they pay fairly and do development work with.

Scaramanga are based in Fife (which I must admit was another thing that attracted me – it’s nice to support the Scottish economy) and we actually drove all the way out to Cupar to pick a bag. We’d intended to go on to St Andrews for a little day trip, but then of course the November style weather happened and we never. But by the time we realised the weather was going to be shitty, it was too late to order it in the post and for it to still arrive before I left for Belgium again. And I really wanted to take the bag with me, and thought it would be fun to look at all the different leather markings, so we went anyway. It says on their website that the shop is 40 minutes from Edinburgh, which is a total lie. More like 70, and that’s counting from the very edge of the city. It’s also really more of a warehouse than a shop, so I’m not entirely sure why they even promote it on their website at all.

That little niggle aside, I am completely happy and love the bag! The bag design I chose is excellent because it’s perfect for slightly bigger than A4 folders and it’s wide enough to fit my slr into, unlike most satchels you get. In terms of design, different options (there are LOADS), price and ethical policy they’re well above their competition, and from the comments on their website I see that customer service is good as well, which is more than can be said of the Cambridge Satchel Company (google it).

Outfit stats:
* dress – COS * brooch – vintage market * sandals – camper * bag – scaramanga * sunnies – topshop *

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  • Desiree 9 July 2012, 8:34 am

    Oooooh I absolutely LOVE supporting local/small businesses too! They really deserve enormous respect for braving it through this pathetic retail climate. Your bag is lovely and i can see you rocking this worn cross-body style when you have the baby in tow – you’ll need your hands free:). xoxo
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  • Intrinsically Florrie 9 July 2012, 11:48 am

    I have no idea why everyone wasn’t posing with them- they’re incredible and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to resist 🙂

    The bag looks great and it’s lovely to hear the story behind it too!

    Florrie x
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  • chelsea 9 July 2012, 1:58 pm

    I am all about small and local. I try not to shop big box type places whenever possible.
    Also, the dress is super cute on you!
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  • Terri 10 July 2012, 1:19 am

    Franca–I love the first photo–the colors. I’ll bet the dress will do just fine with the expanding figure. And the satchel looks very fine.
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  • Cristin Cogen 16 July 2012, 9:03 am

    such a lovely photos. So cute. I got a big smile on my face 🙂
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