Summer is finally here and I have been bitten by the bug. The bucket bag bug that is. It's a great bag for summer activities. The bucket bag has structure but not too much. When the day calls for a bag that is not oversized but needs to hang seamlessly over your shoulder, the bucket bag is a must have. It's clean lines make it a classic, which means it will be around for a while. Looking for places to wear this staple? Festivals, museums, brunch, outdoor dinner or late night dates are perfect experiences. Enjoy and Live Completely!
When we first came across Tatyana’s Instagram page, we had a sneaky suspicion she would be a great blogger to work with from the UK. Once we visited her blog, “Lafotka” www.lafotka.com, formerly “Secret Little Stars”, we knew for sure we had to reach out and see if we could collaborate with this amazing lady!
Tatyana hails from Scotland, where you can find so much hidden culture inside and outside of Glasgow and what serves as amazing backdrops for the sensational photos she takes. Venturing into blogging two and half years ago and with her background being in marketing, Tayana started with Secret Little Stars, which was just rebranded to “Lafotka” because of her endless love for clothes, shoes and handbags. “I also needed an outlet for my creativity where I could really feel free to experiment with my own. And it’s still to evolve and grow as I grow - an ongoing personal project.” With her own daughter being her true motivation, Tatyana hopes to inspire other moms and moms-to-be. She says, “I hope to inspire any girl really to remain stylish - it’s about feeling good about yourself on all levels for me and I hope that comes through in my blog.”
You can get a sense of her personal style from chic “Lafotka” where she shares her take on fashion, health, quotes that inspire her as well as “Must Shares”. Her personal style as she says is, “boyfriend jeans with heels! I definitely love masculine sharp shapes but with a feminine touch.” You should see the way she paired our Theresa Tote in Black with her shredded ripped boyfriend jeans, long sleeved-stripped top, tasseled beige scarf and a long chunky coatigan. We faint! It is the PERFECT outfit to state masculinity meets the female body. And the heels SET. IT. OFF. Please head over to www.lafotka.com and check it out. She did justice to the Tote, adding spring flowers to the photos to really make the bag pop.
Speaking of handbags, the Theresa Tote in Black has become one of her favorites. We quote her blog, “This Theresa leather tote is my first ever proper tote. Crazy, right? I’ve always wanted a leather tote and there’s so much choice out there from well-known, yet affordable labels like Michael Kors, Radley’s, Ted Baker and many many more, but I wanted something different, something more luxurious and special…” Constantly smelling the real leather Linell Ellis Theresa Tote as she carries this bag, Tatyana is able to fit all her essentials in it as well, such as her laptop, camera, an extra pair of flip-flops and emergency backup items for her daughter. “It makes such a difference to wear a stylish tote of great quality, making every day errands so much more enjoyable.”
We agree with Tatyana when she says size does matter in a handbag. Her advice when choosing one is, “always imagine yourself wearing it with as many of your typical looks and colour schemes as possible. If you’re wearing a super casual outfit with sneakers - a nice structured tote or a leather clutch can always glam up your outfit. Go for bold colours and shapes that complement your complexion on any day, even if it’s a dull and rainy one.” We promise you won’t be disappointed visiting “Lafotka” and gaining some fashion tips.
Not only is she a wonderful Mum and a terrific blogger, but some may be surprised to know Tatyana used to be the lead singer of her band and was almost signed to Universal Records! There is no doubt her in-the-know, witty fashion sense paired well with that too. We are so thrilled to have collaborated with her and she even hosted a give-away for us, where one lucky winner won our Theresa Tote in Black… was it you?!? “Being able to inspire others with my outfits, stories, work with amazing brands like Linell Ellis, treat my readers to giveaways and meet new people who have the same passion as me,” is what satisfies Tatyana the most about her blog. We leave you with her favorite quote, “Thoughts become things, so choose to think good thoughts.” Think about it; pun intended.