Forgive me father, it’s been two month since my last confession. Sorry, bag review.
I’m not the religious type at all but I feel I have to confess my sins. December started out just like any other month – a tour of the new stock to choose a bag to road test for the month. And that’s where any similarities ended and I fell in love.
The Jimmy Choo Mahala is one of our newest bags and I started to get all warm and fuzzy as soon as I picked it up. Gorgeously soft black leather offset with suede panels gives this bag a lovely tactile feel. You really do just want to stroke it the whole time. The handles are a perfect length for carrying this bag over my shoulder but not too long that I couldn’t carry it by hand also.
My heart started to beat faster when I opened it up to reveal not one, two or three internal pocket but FOUR! My inner control freak was rejoicing by this point (regular readers will know I am an organising obsessive!).
Transferring all my stuff from the previous bag (and this included a lollipop, 5 lipsticks, 2 Sylvania families figures and a tin of almonds, more on this later as it’s a fab new promotion we’re working on!) it seemed this bag was designed for me – maybe even by me. Every pocket seemed to be the perfect size for the items I was putting in it. Purse and phone in back zipped pocket (for security), tissues, pen and notepad in front pocket (easily accessible), keys in the left pocket, make up bag and my daughters bits and pieces in the middle and business cards in the small outside zipped pocket. See – told you I was an organising obsessive!!
However, this bag really came into its own when I started using it. The open-top design (not very suitable if mixing in light-fingered company!) does mean you can drop smaller things straight into the bag without having to undo it. It also makes locating items a cinch too as the top opens very, very wide! The magnetic fastening is really strong, which means you only need to throw the strap over and it catches very easily.
It was my anniversary on 16th December and I’d booked a meal for us at a rather posh restaurant. I didn’t have time to change my bag to a small slinky affair (and to be honest neither did I want to!). I thought it may have been a little on the large side for a romantic dinner (three people at the table, hmmm – not the best!) but it didn’t get in the way at all. It even got admiring looks from the waitress and in the bar after our meal a lady actually told me it was gorgeous (to which I replied – well, you can always hire it!).
Next up was a child’s birthday party. It swallowed the card and present with ease and still didn’t feel heavy, but more importantly didn’t lose its shape. A wedding reception and the obligatory family boxing day party came and the Mahala was perfect in every situation – this bag is amazing!
Early January it accompanied me to London for an important business meeting and then a trip to the theatre. Once again – perfect! I really think the bag being with me at the meeting helped me clinch the deal and the lady sat next to me at The Adelphi (Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera is amazing!) could not stop looking at it.
Quite a few of you have asked to see pictures of the bags being used so you can get a better idea of dimensions (and to see how I look maybe?!?!?!). Here is me with the beloved Mahala in Trafalgar Square.
Bag: Jimmy Choo Mahala, Coat: Reiss, Dress: Topshop
As in all our other bag reviews, you can borrow this bag for half price for a months hire, that’s just £42.50 including next day delivery and return collection. An absolute bargain for an £875 Jimmy Choo!
This offer is valid until the end of February so better be quick! Just visit the Jimmy Choo Mahala page on our website and add discount code BOTMFEB11 at the checkout.
But please don’t – I don’t want to give it back!
until next time
x x x