I'm Kelly, a twenty-something marketer living in Cambridgeshire. I've been blogging in my spare time since 2013, covering everything from books to travel. As a millennial, I also like to write about life's little ups and downs, and ways that we can ground ourselves as each we try to carve our own paths.

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My new Cambridge Satchel Push Lock Bag (a.k.a. the love of my life)

Every year I keep an eye on the Cambridge Satchel website during the January sales, lusting over their beautiful leather bags. And every year I talk myself out of getting one. I'm not the sort of person to splurge on accessories so I wanted to be totally sure I was buying the right thing! This year, however, I convinced myself to take the plunge on a bag from the Push Lock range - and I'm very glad I did!

Since my wardrobe is mostly made up of black, white, grey and muted neutrals, I decided that even though I wanted to go for something a bit different I would make sure the colour was wearable. I settled on the Damson shade since it's a change from standard brown or black. The colour is a deep purpley-brown and I love how sophisticated the bag looks (unlike the rest of me).

The craftsmanship is second-to-none, with the cut, stitching and embossing of the leather all done to perfection. For the embossing, I decided on blind rather than gold or silver, and opted for my Chinese birth year rather than my initials - that way it means something to me but not in an obvious way! The leather and closure are a little stiff at the moment since it's new, but I know from friends who own these bags that they soften a bit and develop their own 'personality' with continued wear.

One thing that I will say is that I'd recommend checking the measurements of the bag before buying. I spent a long time debating whether to get the medium or large size before getting a tape measure out. The large Push Lock bag is kind of small compared to the rest of my bags! It'll comfortably take my purse, camera, eyedrops, keys and a lipstick or two but that's about it. It's absolutely perfect for going down the pub, a weekend shopping trip etc but I would definitely need a bigger bag for work!

The Cambridge Satchel sale ends in just over a day, but there are currently loads of styles and colours in the sale for 40% off, and you can get a further 10% off (yep, half flippin' price!) by using the code 'TAKE10'.

The MAC lipstick shades you NEED in your life

OK, maybe I started off a bit strong there with the title of this post but hey, it's lipstick. I'm surgically attached to the stuff these days. I really never used to be a lippy person, but since I discovered that paying a little extra for a black tube of MAC goodness meant that it doesn't slide off after an hour.

I know that some beauty bloggers have huge collections of MAC, but I'd never use them all if I had them. They'd just sit in drawers in all their glory. Instead, I've built up a modest collection of shades that I know suit me and can be worn over and over for different occasions.

Velvet Teddy

This is probably the ultimate wearable lipstick - I've never found another like it. Velvet Teddy is a warm nude in a matte formula that makes your lips look like a super sexy version of themselves.


More of a brown/terracotta shade, Persistence is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought. The matte texture reminds me of the 90s, but in a good way.

Viva Glam I

One of the only reds I feel genuinely comfortable wearing and it's another throwback shade. The original Viva Glam shade has a matte finish and blueish tones running throughout. I honestly think it would suit anyone!

Peach Blossom

This is definitely the coolest-toned of the bunch. Peach Blossom was given to me for Christmas by my sister and I'm in love with the soft cremesheen finish. I can see myself using this up pretty quickly as it's a great shade for work/daytime.


Another new addition and a classic hue, Retro is subtly different from the other nudes in my collection in so far as it's more purple-pink in shade. It's a satin finish which means there's a subtle sheen, but with the staying power of a matte.

I'm sure there are more shades out there to add to my collection, but for now I'm quite content with this set of seriously good lippies in my arsenal!