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I love Lipsy for a bit of glam and have a few dresses, bags and shoes by them. They are quite expensive but really well made and as I said quite glam so they are a good brand to buy if you need an outfit for a wedding or party etc. I have a couple of Lipsy clutch bags but my favourite one is my gold faux snake skin one. It isn't for everyone as it is very glitzy and in your face so not for those who are looking for a subtle bag but for those women who are looking to make a statement then the bag fits the bill perfectly. The clutch is supposed to look like snake skin and it does actually look a little bit like snake skin but up close you can see and feel that it is actually plastic but it is well made and all the stitching is nice and tight. It has a shiny sheen to it and to make it even more glitzy looking it has a gold coloured plate saying that it is a Lipsy bag smack bang on the front of the bag. It is a clutch so designed to be used by holding it which looks good but isn't very practical when you are on a night out but luckily this clutch also has small chain on it which means that you can wrap it around your wrist to make it more secure to hold. Like the rest of the bag the chain is also gold coloured. Storage space isn't as bad as with some clutch bags and inside there is more than enough room for me to be able to take out my purse, phone, lippy and a few odds and ends. Ideally I would like to be able to add a few more bits and pieces but then the bag would look too big and at the minute the size looks pretty much perfect when hanging from my wrist. The bag cost me £35 from Dorothy Perkins and I think it was worth the money as it is really well made and looks really nice and I have had loads of compliments when wearing it on a night out with people shocked that it came from Dorothy Perkins.
THE DESIGN A hard shell clutch bag in curved heart shape. The plastic shell is overlaid with a black floral and leaf lace, each half of the heart is edged in a silver metal and the clasp features a large hard plastic diamond. The bag is a clutch but also has a slim silver rope handle for shoulder wear, this strap is not removable but the fixings swivel into the bag so you can stow it away inside. WHEN TO CARRY THIS BAG It is a clutch so best suited for evening use, the fatter design gives you lots of room inside and it will hold more than the more traditional flat clutch bags. I carry it usually for business lunches when making arrangements with my clients because I can carry a small notebook and pen as well as a small purse, I like that I can carry a few cosmetics samples in the bag instead of having to take along my larger case bag for just a few small items. WHAT I THINK I like the loose Lipsy lining because it has a luxury feeling but doesn't get in the way, it is gathered and sewn along all edges with a soft smooth texture. I don't like the way the bag opens because the hinge is at the very bottom of the heart so it opens too widely, I dropped my purse onto the floor last time I used it because the bag opened up quicker than I expected. If I have a lot of things in my clutch I have to sit down when I open it because things can fall or roll out if I don't keep one half steady. It's not comfortable to carry as a clutch for very long because of the hard round design, the lace makes it feel slippy in my hands too so I usually have the strap pulled out ready to place on my shoulder when my hand begins to ache. For lunches I carry it as a clutch so I can put it on the table while I am eating. The strap is strong but the fixings look flimsy so I have asked my husband to attach it more securely. The metal on the edging of the bag goes dull quickly so I polish it every time I use it, the diamond clasp is a bijou touch but lacking in quality. 4 Dooyoo Stars.
Lace seemed to really come into fashion late last year which was perfect for me as it came at a time when Id just bought a lace dress and shoes so for once I was spot on with my purchases. Anyway this dress is something that I wear out loads because it in my opinion is the dress that suits me the best and Im always getting told by others how 'mint' the dress so a few weeks ago I started to search around for a handbag to match - seeing as Ive already got the shoes. I happened to find one on New Look that I really liked and was planning to order until I saw this 'Lipsy Lace Clutch Bag' on sale on amazon and because it was so cheap and as I knew it would match the outfit PERFECTLY I bought it immediately and I am so happy I did because I use this bag all the time. My bargain Lipsy purchase. Useful Information: Price: £10.21 - Thats including P&P Stockists: Amazon & Lipsy. Other Info: This is available in Black & Silver and Black & Nude - I personally went for the first option. This is described as a heart shaped, statement piece which is perfect for evening wear - but in my opinion it can be easily used in the day as well. This IS a clutch bag but it has a small strap should you want to wear it across your body for extra protection of your things which is how I tend to wear it most of the time. This bag in reality does look exactly like the image with this review so if you are buying online like I did what you see is what you get. The bag is in a heart shape that is silver in colour with a lace overlay over the top - the lace is floral and the same type of material as a net curtain only much better quality and much better looking. At the top of the bag is a magnetic fastening which can be popped open and closed shut very easily and even though I didnt think a magnetic fastening would be strong enough to close the bag for good for Ive found it to be very secure - its never opened by itself when Ive been carrying it around anyway so your stuff will remain safe as long as you close it properly. This is designed to be a clutch bag and it is very easy to hold and keep hold of that way but it also has a silver cross body strap if you cant be bothered to carry it around that day or you want to make sure your stuff is extra safe on a night out - I prefer the cross body option BUT using it as a clutch is a nice option. The inside of the bag is a silky, black material and the inside is actually quite small - which I think most people will have guessed due to the shape of the bag. So you wont be able to fit loads of things in this bag but its good for going out/everyday use because I dont carry that much stuff around with me on a daily basis anyway so its the perfect size for my make-up, perfume, change and Ipod which is all I need to carry around with me. Design wise this is a gorgeous bag that look high quality and actually is - Ive owned it for a good few weeks now using it all the time and there is no signs of damage at all. You might not be able to fit a million things in the bag but its great for everyday essentials. Now due to the lace design of this bag it might not match all colours or styles but to be honest Ive been wearing it with loads of different things and it has matched everything so far. While I would say that this is better for evening wear because of the clutch/lace design it is still okay to wear this in the day as well as it can really jazz up an outfit. Ive been using this bag with simple jeggings, black top, black flats and it really manages to dress up that outfit which would normally be so boring so this bag really is an investment because if your anything like me you will be using it all the time - night and day! Highly recommended - get it now while its only £10 - for a Lipsy bag that retailed at around £50 when I first noticed it that is an amazing bargain. Thanks For Reading. x0 Salz 0x