Friday, 26 April 2013

Red Rose Cameo Black Velvet Handbag by Restyle

Restyle's handbags have been on my wishlist for absolutely ages. Their red rose one in particular caught my eye, and I'd been watching numerous clothing websites for months waiting for it to come back in stock, so I was pretty excited when The Gothic Shop made them available to pre-order! My old handbag was falling to bits, the zip opener kept coming apart and I was struggling to open it, so this order was definitely overdue!



This bag features a red cameo rose on the front of the bag, encircled by ribbon and lace. The back of the bag is made from faux-leather and the front is velvet. The top of the bag has a silver metal fastening, decorated with silver leaves and gems. It also has two compartments on both ends of the bag, which have a magnetic fastening. The handles are also faux-leather, and are extremely strong.



Inside, the bag features a zip pocket and a pouch. There is ample room for me. I managed to fit a small notebook, a pencil case, a small water bottle, a lunch box, my huge purse, my hairbrush, a lipstick, a 500 page novel and my glasses case in there last Wednesday. It will pop open if you cram too much in there as I discovered when I tried to fit in all my dissertation information and module book in there too! In particular I like that it has a zip compartment to put more valuable items in. I get really paranoid when I'm wandering around in town on my own so it helps to know that nobody can reach in and take anything important!

The handbag is longer and flatter than I was expecting when it first arrived. Of course, I forgot to check measurements again. It's also quite weighty, it was a lot heavier than I was expecting when the postman handed me the parcel! I'm actually glad that it's bigger than I was anticipating, because it means I can take it with me to university instead of my giant backpack on days where I don't have many lectures. It's a lot rounder once you begin to fill it.

My only concern with this handbag is the rose on the front. I had a top made out of the same material and the design eventually wore away and I'm worried that the same thing will happen to this bag. However, aside from that I really love it. It's beautiful but also very practical. I would even consider buying one of the other ones for variety at some point!

This handbag costs £34.50 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop or the Restyle website.

Disclosure: I bought this handbag myself.

11 comments:

  1. Oookay that's just a little bit gorgeous! I can see what you mean with the rose fabric though, when you've spent that much for a beautiful design, hopefully it's going to stay put for a long time! At first glance I was apprehensive it wouldn't fit much in but judging by how much you've crammed into it, I'm glad I'm not the only one that carries the kitchen sink with me! xx

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    1. When I ordered it I thought I'd only be able to fit in my purse and glasses case in at best, so it was good surprise! You should see how much I manage to fit in my big backpack!

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  2. I own the bag with the skeleton cameo in front and can tell you that after a year, the design has not rubbed of or show any damage. The handles are actually the part that gets a bit worn down...

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    1. That's great! It was the only thing I was concerned about so that's good to know. I nearly bought the skeleton cameo instead!

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  3. I love their bags, but shipment to the USA is the same price of the bag! The only way that would be worth it (price wise) for me is if I made a very large purchase that included multiple bags at the same time.

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    1. That's why I order from a UK site instead. I wasn't sure if they'd charge for currency conversion if I ordered from the Restyle website either. It just feels a lot safer to order from a UK site!

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    2. I've ordered from the retyle.pl website before (the purple bat necklace) and it was a good experience. They convert the money, and then once you sign in, it increases the projected shipment costs on item pages for your country of origin. So while these bags would cost like $3.50 to ship in Poland, they cost about $35.00 to ship to my location in the US. This is probably based on weight + size. Jewelry shipment is more reasonable. Instead of $3.50, I pay about $7.50 total. I can live with that, especially since the items arrive VERY quickly. It took a week to arrive which is pretty phenomenal for overseas packages. I haven't found a US retailer yet who carries restyle items. If I did, I'd be much more tempted to get a bag. Their bags and purses are so beautiful.

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    3. The jewellery shipment really doesn't sound that bad. I can't remember how much I worked it out to be to ship to the UK, but it does work out better if I order directly from a UK site instead. Plus I wasn't sure how I would go about returns if something arrived faulty so it's a lot easier to order from a local site for me! It's a shame that you haven't found a US retailer who stocks them. The bags really are gorgeous.

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  4. That bag is an absolute beauty, you lucky thing!! :-D

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    1. It's so gorgeous! I love how practical it is too! I need an excuse to take it out somewhere now!

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