Doesn't it look perfect?!

Doesn't it look perfect?!

You either love them or not, and whether they're a part of your style or not, this summer they are THE accessory to have and to hold! I've always loved a good basket, I love the feeling of freedom and countryside it evokes in me, that I'm at a wonderful outdoor market just piling good cheeses and fresh vegetables into it for a good meal later. Or that I'm going to spend a glorious day on the beach with a satisfying book, or that I'm walking through the tiny streets of St Tropez on my way to a café. Now that's dreaming for you, but somehow that is what a basket creates for me, a feeling of insouciance, and I suppose we all get that from the bag we choose to carry. Whether it's a logoed Gucci, or a discreet but $$$$ Hermès, we all shout out our preferences, status, (real or perceived) and our image for that day. Sorry for rambling on, but what your wear sends out sooo many signals... but that's another post. 

It's as if you're always on holiday...

It's as if you're always on holiday...

5 Best Baskets

Jane Birkin, who always carried an overflowing basket, that in 1981 spilled for the last time at the feet of Jean Louis Dumas, CEO of Hermès on an Air France flight. The rest we know is history, and the famed Birkin is now one of the most coveted handbags all because of a broken basket...and luck! 

Jeanne Damas

Jeanne Damas

Zara delivers as usual...

The perfect summer bag, inexpensive, pretty and cool.

The perfect summer bag, inexpensive, pretty and cool.

Great carry-all.

Great carry-all.

Even when paired with unexpected leather it works.

Even when paired with unexpected leather it works.

So if you live in Portugal, leave your status symbols at home, and go out and pick a local basket, as from North to South, we have an amazing selection of shapes, sizes and colours.

Life's a beach,

xxx

Isabel 

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