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      01.04.2013 19:16
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      5 stars

      I love handbags, shopper bags, any bags really, but have an extra special love for Radley and Cath Kidston bags! They are slightly more expensive than a bag you would find on the high street but I think they are definitely worth it. Aside from they look fab, Cath Kidston seem to make really sturdy and durable bags which are well made to boot.

      One of my favourite Cath Kidston bags is the carry all bags which couldn't be described any better. It isn't for one particular purpose but can be used for anything. I often use mine as a weekender bag for the children, and it will easily fit an outfit each, pyjamas and their toiletries. Equally I have been known to use it for storing work papers in while I carry across sites.

      The durable oilcloth has become a firm favourite with me since having children! I have had my carry all bag for ages now and have used it countless times but it still looks new despite having yoghurts spilt on it, being dropped in a puddle and being sat on several times by two little bottoms! The wipe clean material is perfect for keeping it looking new.

      The two sturdy handles mean weight isn't really an issue with these bags and you will be more restricted with how much you can fit in it as opposed to the weight of what you are putting in it.

      Coming in a range of different patterns and colours, I have a pale blue one with strawberries all over it which is exceptionally cute and girly! There are also polka dot ones in blue or green and every now and then they seem to bring out a different patterned one. I know I have seen people carrying these bags in patterns I haven't seen in the shops.

      For £24 I think they are really great value. Occasionally you may find one in the shops with a few pounds off the RRP but even at full price I think they are well worth it and can be used for so many things.

      Washcare : wipe clean only
      Composition : 100% PVC coated cotton excluding trim
      Dimensions in cm: 40 x 30 x 12cm
      Dimensions in inches: 15.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches

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        25.01.2012 19:00
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        A fantastic range of weekend carry all bags from Cath Kidston.

        I first found Cath Kidston a couple of years ago while shopping with friends in Cambridge and I fell in love with the floral prints and the numerous cute little items that I didn't really need yet felt that I couldn't leave the shop without. One such item that I spotted quite a few months ago was the range of weekend carry all bags, of which I now own three, the 'bleached flowers', the 'Windsor rose' and the 'Royal Stan' all of which look quite different and cost me just under £20.00 from a Cath Kidston store a few months ago, however, at full price they are £28.00 each.

        The main reason for my first purchase was that I used to go and stay at my Mums overnight quite often and as she just lived over the road I didn't want to be lugging a large overnight bag and found this ideal for packing a change of underwear, some straighteners, my Kindle and a few other bits. I then found that I used my bag quite often for other purposes and so I chose to extend from owning one to owning three over time and I now have one that is specifically for lazy days spent in the park and two that are for everything else.

        What I love about the Cath Kidston bags is how floral, girlie and feminine they are. Each of the designs on my bag is quite different and I don't really have a favourite, preferring just to love them all and get as much use out of them as I can.

        This bag is sturdy, it is strong. There are two handles that are stitched on well and I have not had any problems with the handles coming away from the bag at all, not on any of my bags. I do not find that the bag is ideal for carrying over my shoulder as it is just a little too short, however, its not a problem to just carry it like a normal shopping bag.

        The size of the bags I have are 39 x 32 x 12cm. The bag is made from 100% PVC coated cotton apart from the trim. This bag is quiet small for a 'weekend' bag as its listed here, however, I noticed on the website that it just says a carry all bag. I have been able to pack some clean underwear, a couple of books, a hair dryer and hair straighteners in mine with no problem at all and similarly I have gone for a picnic with lots of food packed in the bag.

        I love the detailing all over the bag and how the pattern runs fluidly even across the corners of the bag. There is a handy zip on the side of the bag and I love how I can put some money in here in case of emergencies and feel confident when I am out and about, I have also put my bank cards in here on the occasion when I don't need to take my whole purse out with me.

        I love all three of my Cath Kidston bags and I would firmly recommend these to anyone who is a fan of the Cath Kidston range. I know £28.00 may seem expensive for what is effective a glorified plastic bag but they look lovely, there is a great choice and they are sturdy. Mine have not let me down yet and I have had no problems at all with them, like most of the items I have tried from the Cath Kidston range.

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        25.01.2012 01:46
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        I have mixed feelings about the bag. Despite it's sturdiness it is not that practical to use.

        I got this as a present over a year ago so I'm not sure what the price was originally. I just know that it was purchased from a Cath Kidston shop at a lower price than rrp.

        I really didn't know what to make of this bag since it was quite awkward to carry for me. I found that the handles weren't long enough for the bag to be carried comfortably on my shoulder so there was only one way of holding it really i.e. one hand by the handles. I tend to gravitate towards larger bags since I seem to carry everything you would possible need with me and actually, I thought the size was pretty decent! The bag is deep and wide enough to carry books and paper, and sturdy enough for heavier objects. I liked the oilcloth type material and it does seem to offer some resistance against the rain. The pattern is attractive and simple, like all Cath Kidston designs, but the bag didn't really meet my needs that well. I disliked that there was only a small pocket instead meaning that there was only one main zipped compartment i.e. the bag is just a giant, deep hole when you open it! The small pocket is found underneath the opening to the side and isn't very wide or deep. The pocket is great for small objects like pens, tissues, glasses case or if you want to find your phone/camera quickly, but I felt like I was forced to just put everything else into a disorganised pile, this was despite the reinforced bottom of the bag which provided shape and structure.

        I do like the bag, but I don't think it's practical and I would hesitate to use it if I'm travelling far by foot since I don't find it comfortable to carry. Last time I used it was actually for a small picnic in a nearby park - I really enjoyed taking snacks in small boxes and carrying them inside the bag - they were easy to access since the bag is very roomy and everything is easy to see. I can also see myself using this for a short shopping trip as well. I'd probably give this review 3.5 stars overall - hope this helps :)

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          12.01.2012 15:29
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          A lovely bag from Cath Kidston.

          I bought this bag from the Cath Kidston shop situated in London's ST Pancras station. I paid £20 for it.

          My bag is exactly the same as above. I would describe the colour as "off white" with pretty red and pink floral designs on the front. The roses give the bag a lovely feminine feel. The front of the bag is supposed to be water resistant, so I was told, however I haven't used this bag in wet weather so I am yet to verify that statement.

          The bag is cotton inside and it features a pocket big enough to fit your mobile phone in or a small coin purse. I was also a little disappointed to find only the one pocket inside but I bought the bag purely for the pretty design on the front of it. The bag is really roomy inside and it can be used as a weekender bag or a shopping bag. The bag is quite strong and sturdy and it seems pretty durable. It is very well made and the stitching inside the bag is neat and tidy. It's easy to hold and the handle is strong yet comfortable to hold. The handle is NOT big enough for you to carry the bag on your shoulder, it's just designed for you to carry the bag in your hand.

          This is a lovely versatile bag that I look forward to using.

          I've had many compliments when using it and people have asked where I have bought it from as they want one too!

          A lovely bag.

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          10.01.2012 19:16
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          A weekend bag that really is better suited for days out than weekends away!

          I love Cath Kidston and so it doesn't take much to persuade me to purchase a new bag or accessory to add to my collection. I particularly like the vintage patterns, that give everything a country-cottage type feel. I bought my bag directly from a Cath Kidston shop and it cost me around £26, which is quite expensive for a bag. I would have to agree with the previous reviewer who said this bag was not really big enough for a weekend bag. Even when trying my hardest to travel light, I couldn't get a weekends worth of clothes and toiletries in here.

          What I like about this bag is that it's made out of some kind of polyester that has a waterproof lining on the outside, meaning that not only is it wipeable but it is also waterproof for those occasional (or not so occasional) rain showers that are so common in the U.K. This means that I use this bags for weekend days out with the kids. It's big enough to fit in a small packed lunch each, a towel and a change of clothes, which means that it's a perfect slylish bag for days at the beach and in the park.

          My bag is identical to the one on show here on dooyoo, with pretty red and pink roses all over it. There is a small Cath Kidston logo in the middle of the handles, which are made of the same fabric and are sturdy enough. The handles themselves are quite short and so I often just carry this like a holdall rather than putting it onto my shoulder. I suppose that could be a downside if you're running after a couple of young children. However, I love the pattern, so I don't have a problem with them.

          All in all a great little weekend day bag, but definitely not big enough for fitting all of your things in for a weekend break. Go for the bigger version, which I received for Christmas this year and have just reviewed!

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          23.11.2011 14:36
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          4 stars

          I really like Kath Kidston designs and have several items from her range in my house. When I saw this bag in John Lewis' lately I thought that for just under £30 it was good value for money and would come in very useful.

          I am often going to my daughter's for a full day to babysit and thought it would be ideal for that as I always take quite a few items with me which my usual handbag is just not big enough to accommodate. This is far bigger than a handbag, it is called a weekend bag although I personally think it is too small to fit everything in that you would need for a weekend break. It holds a change of clothes, a book and a few other little items but I think you would struggle to fit in everything you'd want for a night or two away.

          It has a pocket on the inside which is useful to put small items in. I put my keys in here as I am always scrambling around at the bottom of the bag to get them otherwise! The handle are two small ones at the top and they're a good size to be able to hold comfortably. They do not dig in to your hands even if the bag is heavy.

          The bag zips up easily with a zip which just runs across the top of the bag. It's really easy to use.

          It comes in various designs which are typically Kath Kidston so easily recognisable, bright and cheerful looking.

          I personally think this is a great size bag if you have several items that you carry around with you but probably wouldn't be big enough for a weekend bag unless you plan on having two!

          For £29 I think it is a lovely bag and is very good quality.

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            20.09.2011 07:47
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            An ideal bag for days out

            I have had this bag for some time now, it was a gift, but hadn't had an occasion to use it. When we recently got married some of our friends booked an overnight stay in a nice hotel for us. We took it soon after we got married and this was the perfect occasion I had been waiting for to use my Cath Kidson Weekend Carry All.

            The bag as the name suggests is designed for a weekend away. Now I know all my family laughs at me when it comes to the amount of "stuff" I take when I'm going away but a girl needs her bits and pieces and with the best will in the world there's no way this would be big enough for a weekend away. It measures 40cm's wide, 32cm's high and is 12cm's deep. It sounds a nice size until you start to use it.

            The bag comes in several of Cath Kidsons distinctive designs, mine is the one covered in pink roses. Its very pretty and the rose design gives it a nice homely old fashioned look, or vintage as some like to call it. Its made from a strong cotton material coated with a PVC covering. This ensures that your things wont get wet should you get caught out in our British summer weather. It has 2 short carrying handles which are fine although I would personally prefer a nice long across the body strap. The bag has 1 small pocket inside the bag which is handy for little bits and bobs, in my case being diabetic its used for needles etc. The bag closes across the top with a zip so everything is nicely tucked away.

            The first time I used my bag was for 1 night away and really I struggled with that. I didn't have many clothes, just one change for the next day, but by the time I had struggled to get my make up, hair things and toiletries in the bag was bursting. For me personally its no where near big enough for a weekend, a single night was a struggle.

            Its a shame about the size of the weekend carry alll, its such a pretty bag but just isn't big enough. However I have since found plenty of uses for my Cath Kidson bag. During the summer holidays I often take my niece and nephew out, we go swimming or for a tramp through the forest. This bag has been ideal for these occasions. I stuff rain macs in it and food and drinks. If we are swimming or going anywhere where a paddle is likely then I pop a couple of towels in it and some spare clothes.

            Despite Cath Kidson products being a bit on the expensive side, this bag is currently priced at £28.00 in John Lewis, its still really popular. I'm pleased with my bag although its no good to me as a weekend bag but I do use it for other things. It seems strong and the handles are well attached.

            If you are looking to buy a pretty weekend bag then this will be no use to you unless you travel extremely light, however if you are looking for something pretty to take on days out then this might be just what you are looking for.

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            16.09.2011 13:37
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            weekend holdall

            For Christmas last year I was given a Cath Kidston weekend carry all bag. I am a huge fan of all things Cath Kidston although the high price does deter me from buying!


            The bag is marketed as a weekend holdall; although it wouldn't be big enough to hold all I like to take for a weekend away! Having said that at 32 cm high by 40cm wide and 12cm deep, it is a decent size for a day trip! The bag has a zip closure so keeps valuables safe. It is made from strong cotton and covered with a PVC coating. Inside is one small pocket for holding keys etc. The bag has two small handles.

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            I have this bag in a rose design ( as shown in the photo) It is available in several different designs including a lovely navy blue with bird design. I really love the gorgeous colours of my bag; very distinctly Cath Kidston!

            I like the PVC coating that not only makes this bag shower proof but also means it is very easy to wipe clean. I have been using this bag on a regular basis since receiving it and it still looks as good as new.

            I like the zip closure as this gives extra security. The bag appears very sturdy and well made and hopefully will last for a long time!

            On the negative side I don't really like the small carry handles. I would have preferred a longer carry handle that would allow the bag to be carried on my shoulder, leaving my hands free. There is only one small pocket inside the bag and small items tend to get lost inside. I would have liked several more internal pockets; preferably with zip closures to help keep small items easy to locate. I have often spent several minutes rummaging around in the bag looking for my mobile phone!

            This bag retails for £28 and is available from the Cath Kidston website or from John Lewis. Overall I really love the gorgeous print but think that there are much better designed bags for the cost!

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              04.09.2011 05:26
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              Overpriced and not great, but not a purchase I regret

              I often stay over at my boyfriends house for weekends and also regulary visit my mum for a few days back home, so that is the main reason I purchased this bag - to use it as a small luggage type bag, although I do also have other purposes for it and have used it as a shopping bag numerous times, although only when i've done a big shop as it can fit a decent amount of stuff in it. I don't really think it looks out of place as a shopping bag although people who are a bit self concious might feel a bit silly walking out of Tesco with there shopping in this as it is quite a 'dressy up' type of bag - does that make sense?!

              Anyway, I bought this bag directly from the Cath Kidston website although it is also available from John Lewis. As far as I know these are the only places that sell this particular bag, however i'm sure a few will pop up on eBay. I am sure most of you will know that Cath Kidston products are pretty expensive, and I paid £28 for the bag which is pretty expensive in my opinion, however because it is very pretty, generous in size, and it is also obvious it is a Cath Kidston product, I do feel it is worth it. It's also pretty hard wearing and can hold a decent amount of weight without the straps straining or breaking. It is not disclosed how much the maximum weight it can hold is, but as I usually only put lightweight items such as clothes and makeup in it, this is not really an issue for me personally. It also copes well with 2 full supermarket bags so it is pretty strong!

              The bag is 100% PVC coated cotton and it feels lovely - really smooth and luxurious. It is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth although it doesn't really attract dirt. The bag as I said above is large and the excact measurements are as follows - Height: 40 cm, Width 32 cm and Depth 12 cm. It's a handy sized bag and can be used for all sorts - it could even be used as a laptop bag! It's also handy to put my uni stuff in - books, folders, etc. The design of this bag varies and there are a number of prints to choose from. The prints are mainly floral - white with pink flowers, beige with pink flowers and there's also one that is blue with birds printed all over it. I have this bag in the beige with pink flowers design which is called 'Country Rose'. It is a very subtle bag compared to the more vibrant pink and white one and it is more 'grown up' looking than the bird one.

              The bag has a zip on the front which is handy for phones, small amounts of makeup, pens, keys, ipods, etc, and a main compartment which holds the most stuff. Each are secure and items can not fall out. There is also a small pocket inside which I rarely use but it is still handy for change, bus tickets, etc. Just above the zip on the front it has the white and red Cath Kidston label stitched neatly onto it, showing that it is authentic. The handles on this are a good size and simply fit over my shoulder, making it easy to carry. I am skinny so have small arms and although it feels ok, it is tighter than I am used to as I prefer tote bags with long handles. I don't want this to sound nasty but the straps may feel a little tight/uncomfortable on 'large' people and it may be better to carry it with your hands. To be perfectly honest I would of preffered this to be a cross-over bag with a longer strap as that way it doesn't put as much pressure on my shoulder when the bag is full. Also because it is a shoulder bag, when the bag is full and heavy I often feel like my balance is uneven and it is quite uncomfortable.

              Overall this is a really cute and eye catching bag, but the fact it is a shoulder bag is a bit silly seeing how large it is and how much it can hold. The price is also extremely expensive for what it is and similar floral print bags can be found in primark for £8-£15. Despite this, I award the bag 3 out of 5. This is generous in my opinion, but it does deserve a somewhat decent amount of stars due to how cute it is, how sturdy it is and how easy it is to clean.

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                30.08.2011 00:59
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                Cath kidston weekend carry all bag.

                I have a love for all things Cath kidston. I love the vintage pattern, the fact the items I have bought in the past have been great quality. I have many Cath kidston items from my children's bedding, mugs and clothing.

                I normally request Cath kidston gifts on a wish list as my family find me hard to buy for, this is usually only christmas and birthdays if i am lucky mothers day too. I chose this Cath kidston bag for my birthday this year because i had to go into hospital for an operation and wanted a good sized weekend type holdall, my mother happily obliged.

                The Cath kidstone weekend carry all bag costs £20 and can be picked up in John lewis or from the Cath kidstone website.

                The bag on the outside is cream in colour with little pink and red roses spread out around the bag, it has an oil coating over the bag making it water tight on the outside. If the bag gets dirty a damp cloth is enough to take the dirt off.

                The handles of the bag are short ones , this makes me happy because when i carry the bag its not to low to the ground and not going to get scuffed and i can carry the bag like a shoulder bag bring the bag top waist height.

                The material inside the bag is cotton, and has one small compartment on the the side , this compartment is only big enough to hold my mobile phone or purse. Cath kidstone weekend carry all bag was big enough to hold all my belongings i took into hospital, its a good size measuring 16 inches wide.

                The bag pattern of fabric is called country rose, if you don't want this design there are others to choose from like chelsea rose and wild birds all very pretty.

                I have used the Cath kidstone weekend carry all bag a few times in the last month for different trips and once for doing my shopping, its great for carrying clothes etc but a nightmare as a tote bag, i had to empty half my belongings out the bag at the Tesco check out just to find my purse. I wish it had more that one storage pockets inside.


                I love this bag, so famine. I recommend Cath kidstone weekend carry all bag .

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                  29.08.2011 16:17
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                  A fab bag!

                  Cath Kidston is a very 'Marmite' style - her designs are synonymous with all things floral, bright and girly (much like Laura Ashley). I love it - so much so this review comes to you from a Cath Kidston styled MacBook! So I'm sure it's no surprise that I love the Weekend Carry All bag for it's chintzy, happy rose print and it's practical size.

                  The bag is a decent size, a large shopper style, but differs from a shopper in that it has small hand held handles rather than the longer swing handles, or a shoulder strap. To be honest as I have a small baby and always need my hands free it would have been good to have at least an optional shoulder strap but it's good to pack with essentials and stick under the buggy or in the car. I am not sure about it being enough for a Weekend but for an overnight stay it will just about fit a change of clothes, flip flops, and a few personal items. Think of it as a hot weather, or summer lightweight bag. The bag is zipped, and inside the bag there is a pouch just big enough to hold my purse, keys and mobile phone, though in practice as I use this as a second bag, it tends to hold a few bits of make up or a few bits for the baby.

                  The good thing about this bag is it does suit a number of uses - as a shopper, a baby bag, knitting bag, or even for carrying to the office, with paperwork (though I don't think it's suitable for a laptop). The price is pretty good, too, for Cath Kidston - £28 from John Lewis, and it would make a lovely gift - you could even fill it with some nice treats :)

                  The bag is certainly made to last and cleans well, too. The zip is sturdy as are the handles. I think the price is fair and the design is excellent - it's a great buy for floral lovers! I highly recommend it, it's a lovely, practical bag that doesn't cost the Earth and has a multitude of uses. Fab.

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                  28.08.2011 01:44
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                  Well worth the money and look lovely!

                  I was given a gift voucher from my great gran mother who's in her 90's for my birthday, the voucher was for John Lewis. I rarely shop at john lewis as I prefer debenhams as a department store but I did manage to spend my gift voucher on buying another cath kidson bag.


                  I was bought in store at john lewis but they also sell the bag online as well, It cost £28.00 which is quite a lot of money for a bag but I actually needed a new bag of this size for my weekend travling up and down from inverness visiting my family. Its from the 2011 range and differs from the old one slightly.


                  The cath kidson weekend bag also known as the carry all bag is available in many different patterns, I bought the chelsea rose ruby bag. Its mainly ruby red all over but has a old fashioned rose print design all over the bag.


                  The bag is cotton but is coated in a 100% pvc oil cloth material, this makes the bag feel glossy and smooth and also keeps the bag and your contents dry as its waterproof. The bag zips right across the top of the bag, the zip works easy and is secure when zipped, I have never had any problems with the zip sticking e.t.c, the bag also has a good sized pocket which also zips closed. I use the pocket to store my make up, loose change and bus tickets in. Above the pocket has the cath kidson label sewing on, this makes it instantly recognisable that its cath kidson.


                  Its a fantastic sized bag as I can fit all I need in it for a weekend away, I can fit a few tops, jeans and change of shoes, pyjamas and everything else I would need for a weekend. The bag can fit a lot in but remind you have to carry it, the handles are strong and reliable on this bag and there is no chance of it breaking on you. Its a good size to fit in the over head storage in the bus or on a plane. The dementions are H32xW40xD12 cm.

                  I love the bag and love everything cath kidson, highly recommend this bag and think it would be a lovely gift for any female of any age as it has a cool retro pattern and very practical.


                  I have wiped the bag down with a damp cloth when need and it has not caused any harm at all. Its really been a handy and one of my favourite bags that I have ever owned and have had lots of use out of it. This makes me not feel as guilty spending that much money on it. I have had lots of compliments from friends and would now like to purchase the oil cloth book bag next.

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                  Sooo Pretty!

                  Well what a perfect oppurtunity to review my much loved Cath Kidston bag since it has been bumped up into the highest Dooyoo miles category! This 'Weekend Carry All' is the one and only Cath Kidston bag that I own as they aren't cheap and personally I don't buy that many hadnbags compared to what I do clothes etc. Cath Kidston is most famous for her floral kitsch sort of designs which mainly consists of handbags and purses but she does make other things for the home to which are equally lovely.

                  There are a few different Cath Kidston designs available and although they are all mostly floral, there are one or two other variations such as star patterns - they are all very feminine! My favourite pattern of Cath Kidston is the Red/Pink rose on the White background which is exactly why I opted for this particular bag when browsing through the many designs available. I bought it online so I hadn't had a proper look at the bag to see what the quality was like, so I was really hoping for the best. I paid £28 for it so I figured it wouldn't be too bad and also since it was described as a 'Weekend Carry All' I knew that it was going to be a decent size which is what I needed.

                  On its arrival, I wasn't disappointed as first of all the size was perfect for me. I wouldn't exactly say it is a bag that you could go away for the weekend with and fit all of your essentials in - it's a bit too small for that, but it is certainly bigger than a regular handbag and therefore I can fit all of my stuff as well as my baby son's stuff such as nappies etc. when we are going out. That is mostly what I use the bag for and it houses everything in there very well!

                  The material of the bag is like a PVC coated cloth which I've found very easy to wipe clean - thanks goodness as I've had a few spillages! The colours of the bag and the Rose patterns were perfect and exactly as the photograph on online had shown, I was concerned that it would turn up and be a bit darker than the picture and look a bit dated - but it is is perfect! The handle of the bag and the zip also feel very sturdy and although I've owned this bag for almost 1 year now, the stitching etc. is all still great and it's as sturdy as ever.

                  My only niggle with the bag is that it could have done with more pockets on the inside as that is where I like to store things like my mobile phone & lip gloss etc. so I sometimes have to spend a while rooting through the bag to find what it is I'm looking for. If I'm really honest I think this bag incorporates style more than practicality. As I mentioned earlier, as a travel bag it isn't ideal because it isn't big enough for that type of thing. But if like me you carry a lot round with you on your daily outings, then this bag is very handy.

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                    Looks good but not functional!

                    I travel a lot and, as such, I have a variety of travel bags and suitcases so that I have a choice of what to use depending on the type of trip I'm taking. Wherever possible, when I'm going away just for the weekend, I like to travel as light as possible, taking just hand luggage so that I don't have to bother with checking in bags at the airport or retrieving them from the luggage carousel. One such carry-on bag I have used several times in the past is the Cath Kidston Weekend Carry All bag which was bought from the Cath Kidston store in Cheltenham for the reduced price of £18. This was a present and so I didn't actually pick it - and so its worth noting that its not the usual style I would opt for and so this may affect my review.

                    There are several styles of Cath Kidston Weekend Carry All bags, and the one I have is the Briar Rose design (which is the one in the example photo above) and I think this is probably the most typical of the Cath Kidston design. The main body of the bag is white and then this background is emblazoned with red and pink roses, complete with the Cath Kidston logo.

                    This bag is 40 cms x 33 cms x 14 cm in dimensions which makes for a decent size carry-on bag and even when it is packed completely full its size is still suitable for plane carry-on. It is made from cotton but this cotton is reinforced and protected by a PVC coating, which not only strengthens it, but also makes it waterproof. I like the fact that it is waterproof, not only because my clothes get protected should I be unfortunate enough to have rain at my chosen destination, but also because it means that should the bag get dirty, I can simply wipe it over with a damp cloth and then its good as new. I have found the bag to be fairly sturdy, although because it is soft in design, it does not offer any protection to fragile items (as I found out when I discovered two glasses I bought as a gift to be shattered upon return home!).

                    One area in which this bad falls down for me is in the way the storage is arranged. I am a bit of a stickler for being able to sort my personal affects in such a way that I know exactly where everything is so that I can put my hands on it quickly and effortlessly. There is only one small internal pocket, and so everything else needs to be arranged in the main component of the bag - meaning that its not possible to have everything separated out. I do think that the bag could do with a few more internal pockets, as well has having at least one zipped external pocket for storage of travel documents. The main component of the bag is zipped and so items cannot fall out, which gives extra security.

                    However, the main reason I do not use this bag very often is because of the handle design. There are two handles which do feel strong and sturdy - but the holes in the handles are tiny. Its okay if I want to carry the bag by its handles, but if I want to carry the bag on my shoulder, it is actually very uncomfortable.

                    Overall, I don't feel that this bag is something that is necessarily designed with travel in mind......although the name of the range leads you to believe that it is. Although I think the bag looks nice and it of good quality, I don't feel that its designed with convenience or functionality in mind.

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                    11.11.2009 13:21
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                    What you see is what you get. If you love Cath Kidston you'll love this bag.

                    Personally I love Cath Kidston designs, and chances are you're reading this review because you do to!

                    Retailing at around £25, this particular bag is also quite a bargain as Cath Kidston designs go. Obviously if you are after a basic travel bag and aren't fussed about the look, you could probably find something else pretty for a bit less. However, in my experience Cath Kidston bags are excellent quality and therefore the relative premium you pay for the pretty design is not that high.

                    The bag is fairly sturdy and durable, which is surprising as the material feels quite thin, and can carry a fair amount of weight. The oilcloth material is also really easy to clean, which makes it useful for a multitude of purposes.

                    However, I find that it could do with slightly sturdier handles, which are also oilcloth. The handles on the more traditional handbags are woven cotton and feel a lot stronger (although on the plus side, the handles on this bag don't discolour with use, as I have found with the handbag). They are also just a little too short to fit comfortably over your shoulder if you wanted to wear a coat etc.

                    For an even wider variety of uses, the bag could do with having a few more compartments or pockets, although this is just personal preference rather than a fault with the product.

                    My personal needs mean that I prefer my handbag, but as a carry-all their weekend bag is very functional, and the lovely designs mean you won't want to hide it away.

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                • Product Details

                  It has 2 handles and one zipped main compartment with a small pouch pocket on the inside.