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What’s In My Bag

27th June 2014

What's In My Bag


My love affair with handbags began at an early age. My mum loved bags and when she bought a new one I used to watch her transfer her things from her old bag into the new one. It was like a ritual.

I developed a taste for designer handbags after treating myself to a DKNY satchel shortly after I became the manager of agnes b. You can’t rough it when working in a French designer boutique! Since then I’ve gradually acquired a number of handbags ranging from the Chloe ‘Paddington’ to the Balenciaga ‘Twiggy.’ To me, handbags are things of beauty and I’m always excited to view the new season collections.

The reason for this post is to introduce you to the gorgeous illustrations of the Stockholm-based artist Kristina Hultkrantz also known as Emma Kisstina. Kristina draws pretty illustrations of flowers, perfume bottles, handbags and many other pretty things. I was honoured when she contacted me to draw my bag as part of her blogger what’s in my bag series. And with my 40th birthday only a few weeks away, this illustration now marks a milestone in my life. Thank you so much, Kristina!

To see more from the fabulously talented Kristina do visit her blog and shop. Here are a few more illustrations from the series.

What's In My Bag

Candy Pop’s illustration:
Bag – Orla Kiely | Wallet – Balenciaga | Perfume – Bluebell by Penhaligon’s
Pearls, compact and nail varnish – Chanel | Lipstick – YSL
Ice cream charm – Juicy Couture | Deer – Vintage

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  • Reply http://evaetsandra.com/ 27th June 2014 at 10:19 am

    Love these ilustrations, they are so fresh and original!
    I love the bags as well when I make shopping I always look for a new one. Mine's come from Zara, Massimo dutti, Lancel and the last one Gérard Darell….but I dream of a Channel and Loewe !

    • Reply Candy Pop 27th June 2014 at 10:20 am

      I've wanted a Chanel bag for as long as I can remember!

  • Reply Ingrid Orens 27th June 2014 at 11:33 am

    I could live with the contents of your bag :-))
    I don't care much about clothes, but handbags, that's another story… I love a classic, neutral, "good-for-years-without-being-out-of-fashion" handbag. I prefer spending a lot on one good bag, in stead of buying every season cheap ones… So I have some nice ones in my cupboard 😉

    • Reply Candy Pop 27th June 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Oh yes, handbag shopping is so much more fun than shoes / clothes shopping!

  • Reply Daisy Jones 27th June 2014 at 11:56 am

    Glorious illustrations checking these out asap.
    re above comments, my first chanel (which i still have!!) was from cannes in 1989!! (courtesy of very special boyfriend ) still as soft as butter I must dig it out. You never forget your first!!!
    bestest D xx
    Ps 40th wow you only look 19!

  • Reply CraveCute 27th June 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Lovely illustration! Kristina captured your Candy Pop essence well!

  • Reply Vintage Sheet Addict 28th June 2014 at 2:39 pm

    What lovely, quirky illustrations! 🙂 x

  • Reply Candy Pop 29th June 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you all!

  • Reply Victoria Eales 30th June 2014 at 10:42 am

    You like bags?! Who knew… not me!! ;o)


  • Reply alexis 30th June 2014 at 11:38 am

    Oh my gosh– what a lovely illustration— such a fitting gift! Like you I really love a beautiful handbag. I think, when cared for correctly, a bag only becomes more beautiful with age…

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  • Reply KatGotTheCream 2nd July 2014 at 9:22 am

    Oh how wonderful. That Orla bag of yours is my favourite, it's so quintessentially you, as is that perfect illustration. What a great gift! X

  • Reply Zoë Power 5th July 2014 at 4:36 pm

    What a beautiful illustration – so much amazing detail! And happy nearly 40th birthday – hope you have a fabulous trip – bet you can't wait!! xxx

  • Reply PinkBow 7th July 2014 at 2:31 pm

    love love love this post! the illustrations are so beautiful.

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