Ikea's concept of creating affordable furniture is simply brilliant, and I think there aren't many households in the Western world that don't own at least one or two Ikea products (I know I do!)
But because of the store's popularity it can be difficult to find something at Ikea that is not too basic, but also not something that is too recognizably 'Ikea', and therefore with a bit too much 'college dorm room' feel to it.
Luckily, the past few years Ikea has been focusing on designing products that are neither: interesting pieces that are not 'too Ikea', except for their price of course. Below are seven of my favourites.
The RANARP work lamp
The LAPPLJUNG RUTA geometric cushion cover
The LÖVBACKEN side table
The ALSEDA stool
The ALVINE RUTA rug
The STRANDMON wing chair
The RIFFLA basket
I plan on buying the STRANDMON chair in navy velvet next month. I love that one, it reminds me of my grandma's chair :P What is your favourite Ikea product?
The Summer Blues
Dress: Logue London / Shoes: Hobbs / Bag: Arvisha / Sunglasses: Rayban / Watch: Peugeot / Earrings: Ebay
I love how easy it is to dress when it is summer. You can just put on a dress and accessorise, and you're good to go! And of course a pair of platform wedges dress up any outfit!
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Last Monday I received a little package from Arvisha Accessories with a great replikate of the Duchess of Cambridge's navy suede 'Muse' clutch by Stuart Weitzman (US$ 430), one of her favourite bags.
Arvisha's 'Celesta' clutch is handmade of good quality suede and costs only US$ 87. It has a cotton lining in a matching colour, closes with a magnet button and comes with a detachable metal chain shoulder strap. The measurements of the bag are 10.5" x 4.5" x 2" (26 cm x 11.5 cm x 5 cm), which means it is big enough to hold everything you might need comfortably, but still small enough to carry it around easily.
Arvisha Accessories ships worldwide, and if you order you don't have to worry the bag might damage during shipping. When I received mine, it was so well wrapped it took me at least five minutes to get the bag out :-P
Arvisha is an online shop run by Diana from Bali, Indonesia, which offers handmade leather and suede bags and shoes at a very reasonable price. Apart from the 'Celesta' clutch (which she also offers in the same chocolate brown colour the Duchess also carries) she also has great replikates for Kate's Emmy 'Natasha' clutch and her purple L.K. Bennett clutch. Arvisha can also custom make bags on request, so if you would like a smaller or bigger bag, or in a different colour, don't hesitate to contact her via her Etsy shop of via email.
THE VERDICT: The only thing I miss a bit in the bag is a small 'pocket' for creditcards, IDs etc. That would be very practical, since I don't really want my entire wallet with me when I carry a clutch. But nonetheless, Arvisha's 'Celeste' clutch is very well made and the suede is of good quality. The magnet closure is very strong and the colour of the bag is a very beautiful deep warm navy. I usually wear my clutches without a shoulder strap, but if I do, I think I would have liked a matching suede shoulder strap more. However, the detachable shoulder chain is of good quality, not at all flimsy. I would definitely recommend this bag and Arvisha Accessories as a shop! My own personal favourite at the moment is their Medialuna bag, which I think is absolutely gorgeous!
Note: Tatiana's Delights received this bag as a gift by Arvisha, however my opinion is, as always, my own.
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