My September essentials

I hope you are all having a gorgeous weekend!  Mine has been relaxing, although there has been a little bit of work included but life is pretty balanced on weekends.  When time is short, I like to surround myself with simplicity and a handful of my favourite feel good items.  My essentials.  This month I have been fixated on these four items (more than most that is).

Some fresh flowers from the local market always lift my spirits. I really don't buy flowers that often so when I do they are really a treat.  When I don't have flowers I spend time pottering in the garden. It may sound a little old maid(ish) but gardening and nature are just so therapeutic and my escape from the modern (connected) world. 

My new Dylan Kain 'Wax' bag which arrived Friday so it's a super duper newbie.  I love the texture mix up and the gold chain for that little touch of essential bling. It's rather different than anything I own which is important for me.  The perfect little take anywhere size and with a price that is very bearable compared to other 'little' bags in its class.  I just know this is going to be the bag that I can't live without.

My Marc Jacobs 'Lola' perfume which has a special place in my heart. It was a gift from my daughter so everytime I wear it I think of her.  It's also a light floral scent and perfect for Spring which is still desperately trying to arrive.  

My Dolce & Gabbana aviator sunnies (similar here) because you just can't beat the classic flattering shapes that don't date.  I've got this thing about protecting my eyes.  I'm not sure if it's an age thing and not coping well with glare these days, or the fact that I wear glasses that some how I've adjusted to having glasses on more often than not.  I've had this pair for as long as I can remember.

Have you got any essentials that are currently on heavy rotation?  


  1. That is such a cute little bag!

    Glad to hear you've had a lovely, relaxing weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

  2. The bag is gorgeous, great find!

  3. I'm a total purse girl and feel in love with your Dylan Kain bag. Too bad they are sold out :(

    1. Hi Crystal, I know they will have more stock available online in the next few weeks :)

  4. Those flowers have AMAZING color. I bought a cutting of a white hydrangea the other day - its going well in its giant pot. Love your bag too.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  5. Loving those sunnies, might have a little look online now hehe

  6. Mandi, that bag is just divine. What a great buy!

    For me, I think my essentials are pretty much my Phillip Lim loafers with everything. I always find my pace quickens in Spring - perhaps excitement of impending summer days? x

  7. Love your blog !

    Lovely day
    xx Julien

  8. Anonymous23.9.13

    The bag is amazing!! Can never have enough fresh flowers ;)

  9. i love that little black bag!i'm in desperate need of one, too!

  10. Great post dear, the bag is so elegant, haven't tried this perfume as yet. Sounds divine. Stopping by to wish you well for the week ahead.

  11. Beautiful bag with little bit of edge... it fits your style perfectly..

  12. the dylan kain is a stunner mandi! it was on my wishlist for ages, you're lucky to have managed to get one. sold out!

    steph /

  13. I've never heard of Dylan Kain before and had to google him. I'm in love!! The price point is incredible. No wonder pretty much everything's sold out!