Bag it up

Every girl has a thing for handbags – it’s inevitable and resides in our DNA. You can never have enough bags and there’s never the perfect one to go with your outfit, leading to more necessary purchases of arm candy. My latest bag crush is on the Spring/Summer collection from Marc B. You may recognise the classic quilted bags with the chain handle which seemed to hit stores just as the Chanel craze took off again… The high street was awash with girls carrying around a much more affordable option! They’ve moved away from this one simple design though (although it still remains a big part of their collection) and have launched a fabulous set of vintage inspired, colourful and classic styles that would look good on anyones arm.

I’m loving the look of the over-sized crocodile clutch… And how good does that girl look getting out of the vintage car? In celebration of this fab new collection (and my drooling) I’ve got one of the Kiki bags from the new range to give away to one lucky reader! Worth £49.00 in black with Marc B’s classic leopard print lining, this is one bag that will get you through every season and never go out of style. I’m sooo jealous as I quite want one of these for myself!

For your chance to win all you have to do is comment on this post, letting me know the best bag you’ve ever bought and why. Was it that classic black clutch that has seen you through the years, the sparkly number that you’ve used once but is just to precious to give away, or the colourful satchel you got in the sale but has now become your favourite bag of all time? Let me know, leave a contactable twitter/email and I’ll pick a winner at random next week.

For more detail on the bag and to perv over it close up, check out Marc B’s website. 

T&Cs: Only one entry per person; open to UK residents only; must be a follower of this blog to enter, must leave a valid email/twitter account to contact you on; winner will be chosen at random on Sunday 13th March and notified within 24hrs; if winner does not respond within 24hrs another will be chosen at random; Marc B will provide the above bag in black and post directly to the winner; judges decision is final.



  1. Discovering Beauty
    March 6, 2011 / 10:04 am

    My best bag is my leopard print purse/clutch which now gets worn with every night out outfit. It was really cheap but it looks beautiful and manages to fit my phone, keys, and money without bulging even though it is quite small. LOVE IT! only the other day I was drooling over marc b’s website so i’m glad you're running this competition :-)!/curly_aysh

  2. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 10:18 am

    That bag is so wonderful!and I love the oversized clutch. My favourite bag has to be (very hard to decide) my Cath Kidston Travel bag because I can fit so much in it, even if I don't use it for its purpose I can fit gym stuff, uni stuff, nappys and so much more just the perfect bag for me x

  3. Big Fashionista
    March 6, 2011 / 10:24 am

    My favourite bag is a soft brown leather bag I picked up in Tk Maxx for £40 3 years ago. It isn't a designer bag but it is gorgeous. As it gets older it looks better. The leather is soft like butter and goes with anything. I change my handbags like my knickers but I always go back to this one regularly.PS LOVING the bags, off to peruse

  4. Lena
    March 6, 2011 / 10:24 am

    My favourite bag has to be my oversized satchel bag, it's soft brown leather, with an over sized lock. It holds everything make up bag, diary, phone, keys, kids toys, baby wipes, work folders and even my laptop!It's amazing and I wouldn't be without it.Lena.Doherty@hotmail.comMumonamission1Xxx

  5. Rachel
    March 6, 2011 / 10:31 am

    the best bag I ever bought is also my best bargain – I managed to get myself a brown chloe paddington in a charity shop, I am never without it and I love it more than any bag I've ever owned :)my e-mail is: you!xx

  6. Stacey
    March 6, 2011 / 10:32 am

    Lovely Bag 🙂 My fave is a silver quilted bag I've used for too long but can't give up. Great comp x

  7. Jessycalouise
    March 6, 2011 / 10:41 am

    The best bag I ever bought was my Paul's Boutique bag.Everyone has them but it has so much space for me to carry around exactly what I email:

  8. Kit-Cat-Kitty-Cat
    March 6, 2011 / 10:48 am

    The best bag I ever bought is a silver messenger Guess bag. It's small but deceptively big enough to fit even a spare pair of flats on a night out. It sounds garish, being silver and being Guess, but it's actuallly quite understated and chic. I've had it now for about 4 years and it's seen me through some great events, nights out, shopping, holidays etc. These Max B bags are awesome – I'm not sure i've seen them anywhere in Ireland.

  9. Harrriiiet
    March 6, 2011 / 11:20 am

    My favourite bag ever bought would be a leather one from Topshop its nothing too fancy just plain and simple but its sooo soft and goes with anything. Plus it wasn't too expensive either!haz_brierley@hotmail.comx

  10. Jess
    March 6, 2011 / 11:20 am

    My best bag that I have ever bought must be my bohemian style over the shoulder bag. I lovee it!

  11. Georgia
    March 6, 2011 / 11:21 am

    I bought what i imagine Is a fake gucci from a charity shopFor a few pound. It always gets me compliments.

  12. ShimmerDreamz
    March 6, 2011 / 12:23 pm

    My two favourites at the minute is a black weaved Rocha bag that has three really useful compartments and a beautiful rich purple lining. The other's a patent leather, studded black Jaegar bag I use for important occasions since it's not as big and I love to cram junk into my handbags.They would be my current top bag buys but I'm too fickle to stay loyal to any particular bag for long – I might return to it, but that's another story!ShimmerDreamz@gmail.comCassie x

  13. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    My best bag was one my mum got me 2 christmasses ago … its a large black patent leather snake effect clutch!!I love it so much beacuse it goes with everything i wear… i use this to go out with 90% of my evenings out!! It's much nicer than the description sounds lol

  14. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    My favorite is a black Tumi bag (since discontinued 🙁 ). It as the perfect size to fit everything for work/school etc! Love it :)

  15. Rachel
    March 6, 2011 / 1:39 pm

    Thee best bag i ever bought was a silver snakeskin effect bag from Guess 3 years ago…it is big enough to hold the kitchen sink and has kept me rather stylish through my college years…it has now become my laptop case as i had to leave my other one in Luxembourg international airport because my bags were over the allowed weight…story of my life!!! 🙂

  16. thefashionfreak
    March 6, 2011 / 1:53 pm

    The best bag I ever bought was a patent clutch from Dorothy Perkins and it was in the sale for £10. Bought it a good year or so ago and I still use it when I go out in the evenings. As it's black it goes with anything and everything and I love all the extra pockets inside to keep all my junk in!Claire x@cwaterworth

  17. Karen
    March 6, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    My favourite bag is a small Fendi, its the only designer bag I have and it'll ways be my go to bag for spesh ocassions. Would be nice to have a new bag and I really like this bag in the giveaway. New to your blog and loving it!

  18. LKP
    March 6, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    The best bag I ever got was in the sale, and is a grey leather saddle shaped bag, with an amazing folded trim, I looked it up online when I got in and i got it at over half price! amazing, its still going strong 5 years later!

  19. sweetest_potato
    March 6, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    My favourite bag is my Radley bag. I got it for Christmas two years ago. It's gorgeous tan leather that slightly stippled in texture. It's got two quite big pockets on the outside that fasten with magnets which is groovy. I love it because it's not too big or too small, it fits perfectly on my shoulder. My email is I love the background picture to your blog, by the way!Amyxx

  20. Bruce
    March 6, 2011 / 3:01 pm

    My best bag was a pale pink leather buckle up bag I got in Corfu years ago – it lasted me for ages, had just the right amount of pockets and sections and nobody else had anything like it. I was devastated when it died…

  21. Tia Forsyth
    March 6, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    Hiya babe, can you enter me please?! The best bag I've brought/use is a little French connection, black and gold number. Its about 3 years old now, and as I am due to go on a lot of training courses in April, it'd be great to impress/make m…y 'marc' (lol see what i did there?!) with this bag ♥Tia Forsyth – contactable via here or twitter: misstia_x

  22. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 3:56 pm

    My favourite bag is a gorgeous silver one that I picked up in Peacocks a few years ago for £12 it's the perfect size for me and I always end up using that one instead of the wardrobe full that I also own. melspur(at)aol(dot)com

  23. Corrie♥
    March 6, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    Wow fab giveaway 🙂 My favourite bag buy was buying a real DKNY handbag when I won a £1000 House of Fraser Voucher! I split the vouchers with my Mum and Sister and we went to the big Birmingham store and went crazy, it was so much fun and I decided to buy a designer handbag. Sadly as I bought it five years ago my taste has changed but that's the best feeling I've ever had when I bought a handbag! These days all my bags are from Primark 🙂 dizzybrunette3@gmail.comx

  24. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    My favourite bag was my large black slouchy bag, it could fit everything in and I could carry it all day without it ever getting in the way.It wasn't expensive, I got it from TkMaxx, and it came with a matching brolly I promptly lost.I'm following your blog under the name of Red and can be found on twitter @redsbeautyblog

  25. Primp and Preen
    March 6, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    Ooh great competition! My favourite bag is the khaki/brown leather bag from Oasis that goes with everything and was cheap in the sale. Good leather bags usually cost a fortune so I was so happy with my bargain and I have literally used it every day for the last year! Roz @primpsandpreens

  26. @Annieqpr
    March 6, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    Hello lovely, I used to have numerous bags – funnily enough, but I still lust after my leather Gladstone bag circa 1984, with brass clip. It was my love, my life and saw me through the 80's. Possibly time to grow up though, and lurve your Mark B postings 🙂

  27. lorna.peppiatt
    March 6, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    My best bag was a fabulous buy in the pretty streets of La Carihuela in Spain, a gorgeous purple bag with fancy straps and funky buckles. It's just the right colour to complement lots of my outfits and the right size for all that I carry around lol 🙂

  28. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 10:03 pm

    My best bag I ever bought was a lovely big black shoulder bag. So big you could put everything in but the kitchen sink. Probably too big really but at least I knew I had everything I needed!

  29. Mandy
    March 6, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    The best bag I ever had was one my mum bought me a couple of years ago for a christmas. A lovely soft leather black bag, that has loads of little compartments as she know i have bag ocd and everything has to be kept in a certain place lol. I love the bag that you have for the giveaway by the way 🙂 x

  30. Karen Painter
    March 6, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    My favourite bag is a large black leather one I was given 20 odd years ago for a birthday present. It's been on all my foreign travels with me over the years and it is still a regular companion on longer journeys as it will hold so much.

  31. Faridah
    March 6, 2011 / 10:51 pm

    I had a tan leather handbag which I bartered for in Tunisia about 18 years ago. I used it daily and it was so smooth on one side where I had my hand all those years. It finally broke and I had to stop using it. My friend said she had never seen me with any other bag!@FlorrieFloyd

  32. legs21
    March 6, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    Mulberry Jody shoulder bag because it converts to a tote. Love the leather and the color and am only hoping that in the fall, they will make them in chocolate

  33. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 11:27 pm

    My best buy is my black leather shoulder bag from Next. Its like an old friend & gets better with age!.

  34. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    My best buy is my black leather shoulder bag from Next. Its like an old friend & gets better with age!.Sorry forgot to put my name! @Suzi Hares

  35. Vivacia Dreams
    March 7, 2011 / 1:01 am

    wow their bags are beautiful, the only one not for me is the purple satchel! my best bag was £35 from lipsy, it is a gold clutch foiled in a snake skin patern with a jewel bow on the front and a bangle to keep hold of it while dancing away :)when i saw i did a double take and rushed into a store i would never go in to find it lol, it has been my favourite night out bag for the years since!

  36. Ella Mar
    March 7, 2011 / 10:12 am

    I have a fantastic brown leather shoulder bag my mum kept from the early 70,s. So glad she kept it and its my favourite bag, very vintage and complete with a cheesy big brass clasp.

  37. Heather Walsh
    March 7, 2011 / 10:22 am

    My favourite bag of all time is a metallic soft leather bag. I wanted it for ages but at £100 it was too expensive. One day it was reduced to £30 but i only had £1. My hubby suggested going to the bookies and he won £34 so i got my bag and he got some chips.@HevWalsh

  38. kay without a tee
    March 7, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    MY best ever bag was a huge jute bag with a woman painted over it in acrylics, lazing in a chair across the front in gaudy clothes and accessories. In a conservative society that I live in, it always drew attention and I loved it. I used it till it tore apart.Besides, it was the first bag that I bought with my own money, so that made it extra special.

  39. Josie Low
    March 7, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    My favorite bag is a tiny silver box evening bag with a silver chain. It's simply stunning! It was really inexpensive, from the high-street and given to me by my lovely boyfriend so it has sentimental value for me as well. It also has a lovely clasp which has a satisfying 'click' when you close it. It's the little things that please me LOL!XxJosie

  40. jasmine
    March 7, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    My favourite is a black shoulder bag I bought years ago from C&A. It's a nice soft leather and a handy size, it still doesnn't show any sign of wear!!@miskite

  41. @Annieqpr
    March 7, 2011 / 3:03 pm

    I once bought a Mosschino bag in Gran Canaria, but didn't check it closely and soon noticed it had 3 s's, guess not real then!

  42. Bex
    March 7, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    My best bag is the bag I bought only recently with my birthday vouchers. Its a tan bag, and just the right size to fit in all the essentials for a daily life.Thanks for the great giveaway!rebeccajlsk@gmail.comxo

  43. kohsamui14
    March 7, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    @kohsamuirosie on twitter best bag- matched a pair of silk pink printed shoes from Russell and Bromley- I only went in for the shoes!So summery and frivolous like going to out for a pint of milk and coming home with starfruit!

  44. natalie white
    March 7, 2011 / 9:18 pm

    It's quite hard for me to choose a favourite really as I'm a BIG bag fan, and I have quite a large collection of them in different sizes & colours to match my clothes!!lol, but if I had to pick one then it would have to be my pink Nica bag that I bought recently,the bonus was that I got it at a bargain price.. I love the colour and the size is just right for everything i need.Following on twitter as @natz44Thanks for a great comp!x

  45. Kat M
    March 7, 2011 / 10:34 pm

    My favourite bag, I actually picked up from a Charity Shop about two years ago, for a couple of quid and I absolutely love it.It's a cream-coloured shoulder bag, with huge smooth stones on it (it sounds horrid, but it's really gorgeous) and you can just tell that it has been hand made. It's amazing what bargains you can find in Charity Shops :DEmail:

  46. Izzy
    March 9, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    My favourite bag is my Longchamp limited edition white bag. I love it to pieces! Such a pain to keep white bags clean though, but it is one pain I don't mind having ;)Email:

  47. DelorisPea
    March 13, 2011 / 8:56 pm

    Favourite bag I have ever bought was from Next. It was a brown satchel type bag and literally holds my life in – I'm going to mourn the day it falls apart!No so glamorous but definitely a favourite!! I think you can't go wrong with Next for some lovely work bags!@LouiseLesley on twitter 🙂 and your just reminded me to watch Being Human – thanks!

  48. Anonymous
    March 13, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    ive never owned such a lovely bag like that but id love to 1 day. my bag i brough ive got now is from peacocks was £8 i got it as it fits all my bits in it and looked good for the price. on twitter @gettogirl09

  49. Anonymous
    March 13, 2011 / 9:00 pm

    my favourite bag is a black leather cross over one that my mum bought me for my 30th 7 years ago it goes everywhere with me x@glitzygail x

  50. Steph
    March 13, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    Hey :DSo my favourite bag ever is this gorgeous Massimo Dutti thing in a caramel suede and with fringe on the side and it's made of amazing… Picked it up in the sales for 100 euro, reduced from something like 200 euro or so. Sadly it recently broke, the strap completely snapped :l@brainsinajar on Twitter 😀

  51. Anonymous
    March 13, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    It's all about my Chloe Paddington replica!! I love that bag. It's red and black, soft slouchy leather and the big ol' padlock on the front! It goes wiu everything and gives an everyday outfit a bit of glam. Plus it's spacious…. Just wt any girl needs when carrying her make up and goodies around :-)C_Brookes (twiter)

  52. lucia
    March 13, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    My absolute favourite bag is a black quilted leather cross-body with a gold chain. It was my mum's when she was in her twenties and was definitely inspired by the chanel bag but still differs a little from the bags which were everywhere a year or two ago. I'll keep it forever! My email is

  53. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    Can I enter?? Love marcbbags!!! Anyway lol my fav bag is a little earth bag. Made completely out of recycled materials. It looks cute and saves the environment 😀 my email is and twitter is @NicolaBear987 Thank you. Nicola

  54. Aveen!
    March 18, 2011 / 2:07 am

    This is this first time I've seen your blog and i literally can't believe I've never seen it before!? You are AMAZING. That is all.Anyyywayyy… my favourite bag of all time is actually a Marc B bag I got in topshop last year, its a quilted leather baby blue chain strap bad boy and I've used it for absolutely every occasion, not even bothering that it didn't match and using the excuse that I was going for the "clashed" look.I love love love the leopard print insides and cam across this offer by reading Fleur de force's twitter, then I found you!I honestly would die if I was selected for this.. living on a student's budget, I really have to starve my want to expand my Marc B collection.Aveen <3

  55. Lauren
    March 20, 2011 / 3:00 pm

    I love your blog and this is an amazing prize!!My best ever bag I actually found in Tunisia when I was on holiday. I managed to haggle an excellent price for a gorgeous black camel leather satchel. It is a perfect bag for most occasions and I'd be lost without it!!My email is budgetbeautyqueen@hotmail.comPlease check out my blog at budgetbeautyqueen.blogspot.comxx

  56. caroles
    October 29, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    My best bag is a big, mulberry coloured satchel that I have had for years. It is large but light to carry and I can stuff it full of all sorts of things – it is a bit like a may Poppins bag@caroles2311

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