Stylish Travel Bags for Women: Accessories for the Chic Traveller

Women are not known for travelling light. Other than their main luggage, they also carry around purses and tote bags. If you look inside their baggage, you will find their belongings neatly organized into more bags. There’s one for toiletries, one for makeup, and separate shoes and lingerie bags.

It comes as no surprise that travel bags for women do not just come in one big luggage; rather, they are a series of bags each with their particular purposes. A wash bag, for example, is where they put their toiletries-body wash, shampoo, lotion, etc. There’s the makeup bag where they put their cosmetic products. A jewellery roll bag is where they keep their jewellery while travelling. They come in small purses and wraps.

Have you ever heard of swim bags? They are simply waterproof pouches where you can keep your wet items when going for a swim or the spa. The pouch will keep them away from your other dry items while inside your day bag.

Some also bring several shoe bags for every pair they are bringing. Then there are lingerie bags for their pretty and delicate underwear. Lingerie bags come in fabulous materials like satin and silk, perfect gifts for new brides going on their honeymoon.

They also have different bags for different travel needs. They have overnight bags, beach bags, and canvas tote bags for shopping. Add to that collection a daily office bag and evening bags. Do not be surprised if you open a girl’s closet and you find piles of bags. Other than using different bags for specific needs, women also buy them for the styles and designs. Like shoes, women can never have enough bags.

It has become a trend in recent years to buy accessories from online shops. You may find more unique designs, even custom-made ones, from online sellers. It follows that women looking for trendy items prefer to check out websites offering accessories from trinkets, shoes, clothes, and bags. Even travel bags for women now come in chic styles, adding flair to one’s leisure trips and/or adventures.

The different designs also allow women jetsetters to bring along bags that are functional. Designers now take into account the many facets of a woman’s personality. The bags should not only look good, they should also be useful and store the many items women cannot do without-makeup, gadgets, accessories-on a daily basis.

Shopping online also gives you more choices and more great finds. A traditional bag weaver from as far as Brazil may be selling her one of a kind creations; or a jewellery designer from India makes elegant charms. These items are rare and you can’t find anywhere else. Having them in your collection means you are putting together a look that is uniquely your own.

If you haven’t discovered the joy of online shopping, now may be the time to start. Find cool items from jewellery, shoes, shirts, and bags. While you’re at it, check out some stylish travel bags for women for your next holiday trip.

Top 5 Fair Trade Gifts This Christmas – Not Just Coffee and Bananas

Yesterday, The Independent reported that takeaway coffee giant, Starbucks, was to begin sourcing 100 percent of its coffee fair-trade. In the past, this might have seemed a very bold move for such a large company (especially during a recession), however their move can be seen to highlight the increasing popularity of fair trade goods and the gradual social acceptance that buying fair trade benefits everyone. Christmas is fast approaching and the time for trying to come up with suitable gift ideas is already upon us. So beyond coffee and bananas, what are the best fair trade gifts currently on offer?

5. Stationery. I think it was Freud that said, ‘Deep inside us all there is a portion of our heart devoted to stationery’. Actually, he didn’t. But who can dispute the rush felt when receiving a new notebook, set of pencils, or an eraser in the shape of a stegosaurus. Thankfully, fair trade stationery has wound its way onto the market shelves, and the range of cards, notebooks, and address books is of a quality that truly beats the chain stores.

4. Toys. Giving at Christmas is what the season is all about, and when a child receives a gift they really love, their display of joy and subsequent hyperactivity is something to behold. Today, there is a wide range of fair trade kids stuff available, including traditional wooden toys, children’s instruments, as well as brightly painted money boxes, puzzles and mobiles.

3. Accessories. I admit that this is quite a vague area of gifts, ‘How about I get you an accessory for Christmas?’ But there has also been an upsurge in bits and bobs in the fair trade sector. These range from eco-friendly recycled bags made from newspaper to more durable seeming carriers made from hemp and silk. Batik and sequin purses are also proving very popular this season.

2. Homeware. Homeware is perhaps the most intriguing area of fair trade products. From cutlery carved from coconut wood and plates made from cinnamon sticks set in wood, there are many ingenious designs available for people looking for a slightly more original gift this Christmas.

1. Jewellery. The high street has been looking to the east for jewellery designs for some time now. Today you can get authentic fair trade Indian earrings in a host of traditional colours such as turquoise, onyx, and black – as well as original teardrop, lantern and coral designs. There is also a significant diversity in types of jewellery and this certainly seems to be one of the fastest growing areas of fair trade production. Alongside earrings, there are also pendants, bracelets and necklaces available in abundance.

Style File – The Season’s Key Trends, How to Wear Them and Where to Get them – It will Be All White

This summer is set to be a scorcher and the fashion trend is white hot! Think classic white T-shirts worn with hip-hugging jeans. Great for Saturday afternoon shopping trips and Sunday lunch with your mates. For a white T-shirt with a twist, try A Gift From The Gods elegant long sleeved T-shirt with an unstructured floaty hem and draped sleeves for a luxurious feel. The boutique womenswear fashion and accessories brand is loved by celebrities and models and their funky style T-shirts are often spotted on TV presenters.

An easy way to work the white trend is to accessorise, accessorise, accessorise – think handbags, watches and jewellery. When the sun shines a white handbag will make you feel like a true jet-setter and a celebrity favourite is the Athena Charm Bag from A Gift From The Gods. Recently featured in Heat magazine in a Steal Her Style with supermodel Kate Moss, it’s been a must-have for goddesses up and down the country. A best-selling handbag in ivory white or sugar pink, it’s a practical barrel shape with plenty of room for all your stuff – you know, lippy, keys, purse, mobile phone, address book, mints, brush, brolly and that sneaky bar of chocolate you’re trying to ignore. It’s bang on trend with a tassel and charm feature and looks truly cosmopolitan held at the elbow whilst carrying your cappuccino or simply handheld when rushing about.

Complete your white look with a designer white watch. Trendy cuff watches are big news and a favourite with pop-stars and style setters. It’s a great way to wear colour on your wrist and make a fashion statement. Whether you want to achieve some rock-chick style with a studded cuff watch or carry the trend off with a plain but sophisticated cuff watch, boutique brand A Gift From The Gods has both. The studded cuff watch has a crisp white double strap with studs on the inner strap which reflect the light and pick up on any silver jewellery you may have for extra shine. The plain cuff watch also has a crisp white double strap and a large watch-face but is kept plain for a clean, streamlined look and is an elegant way to wear the look. Each watch-face carries the A Gift From The Gods logo so reminding you that you are A Gift From The Gods every time you look at it.