Outfit: London charm

You wait four years for a post involving a phonebox and then two come along at once! However, whereas before I was modelling the most common K6 design which is still seen all over the country, today I’m posing with its later cousin, the K8, designed in the mid 60s but most of which were installed in the 70s. The most fascinating fact about this design is that only 54 of the original 11,000 installed are thought to still remain – which is likely at least partly because their large glass panels made them much more vulnerable to damage. So what you’re seeing here folks is a rare part of British heritage – that I imagine survived for so long because of where it’s located. You see, this particular phonebox resides on the caravan park where B’s parents’ mobile home lives, where you really wouldn’t go unless you were a resident yourself. And in fact, I’ve never seen another box like this one outside of this park (there are in fact two of these there) in my travels round the country (UK readers if you have, tell me where they are, I’m intrigued and apparently now obsessed with vintage phoneboxes!).
But why am I banging on about phoneboxes again? Because it’s a red phonebox, of course – the kind that are still heavily associated with London, which made it rather perfect as the backdrop for this new Vendula London bag I’m sporting. The first thing you’ll notice about this bag, apart from its awesome shape and handy size (Vendula are so good at making practical bags for the likes of me who carry everything they own around), is the pretty, dangling, London-themed charms hanging from it. Including one of a woman with a handbag who everyone who sees it says ‘is that you?’ like I specifically requested it (and don’t believe me when I say I didn’t)… And of course, a red phonebox (which is actually a K6, not a K8, but I know no one else is at all interested in that apart from me :D). And this is all before you get to the uber-cute London-themed lining.
I have a confession to make though – I am not by nature a London lover. I lived in London for a number of years in my mid 20s, but it wasn’t for me. I just didn’t love being surrounded by people at all times and I’ve never really been one for nightlife. I also frankly couldn’t afford to live anywhere half decent, which didn’t help (and I still couldn’t years and several promotions later). So, I moved away, but that wasn’t the end of my London story, as I eventually ended up working there again and I still do to this day. My job is pretty ideal for me and I work in a pretty nice area of London in an amazing building that looks like it’s been lifted straight from a tv programme, so I can’t say I don’t have a little bit of love for London after all. And rather a lot more for this bag (what, I have my priorities straight)!
Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit


A rare K8 phonebook


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag in a red phonebox


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag in a red phonebox



Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review


PUG stripey jailbird top and beret


PUG stripe jailbird top, beret and red swing skirt
Hat: Joy (old)
Skirt: Tara Starlet via eBay
Belt: free with another skirt
Boots: B.A.I.T. Footwear (still available in black)

A quick word about those charms! They’re part of a new range of Vendula’s that will see you be able to buy other sets of charms to swap around as you please. There’s something that tickles my love of novelty so well with that. I’ve seen a Frieda Kahlo set on Instagram, and a seaside one that I will definitely want to get my hands on assuming it makes production! As you can see from my pictures, you literally clip the chain/s on and then the charms however you please, it’s pretty simple, but a really cute idea.


What do you think, do you like the idea of these charm-bracelet-esque bags?


  1. September 30, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Such a cute outfit! So perfect to showcase that purse with. The charms on that purse are just adorable and I love that they are interchangeable! Such a great idea and such a cute purse! Also that phonebooth makes the perfect backdrop for these photos! <3

  2. September 30, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Love it! And especially your boots, just lovely!

  3. October 1, 2016 / 1:08 am

    This outfit is soooo perfect and that purse is adorable, I love the cute charms. I am obsessed with your boots and they work so well with this look. Love the phonebooth setting and read up on them too x

  4. October 1, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I'm genuinely fascinated by these phonebox history posts of yours! I've never seen a phonebox like that one, the large glass panels are wonderful aren't they? I am going to keep more of an eye out for phoneboxes, I'll tell you if I spot any unusual ones! Now, on to the outfit. I'm pleased to see it's boot weather, I love that Bait pair on you. The top looks great too, I hadn't seen that style and now I want one. Can I ask where you got it? It's hard tracking down some brands in the UK isn't it? As for the bag – well that lady on the charm does look a tad like you, so you could just pretend that it was specially made for you!

    Wishing you a tip-top weekend! I'm packing away my summer stuff and getting out the Autumn, whilst also culling items and putting them on the 'charity shop' or 'sell' pile, so you can't really see much upstairs floorspace in our house right now!!

    • October 2, 2016 / 9:29 am

      They are – but you can see why most of them haven't survived. In fact, the second one on the caravan site is missing one of its panels 🙁 Ah, I bit the bullet with this top and took the customs whack – I bought it with a code straight from PUG. I really wanted it, because I knew it would be a quality separate, and I'm already getting good cost-per-use out of it, but I wouldn't have bought it if that hadn't been the case as far too pricey. However, saying this, Top Vintage have sold this style in the past and I think currently stock the white one. I don't know why the likes of Deadly is the Female and Campbell Crafts haven't picked it up though – they always favour the peasant tops which are totally impractical for 70% of our weather! xx

  5. October 2, 2016 / 3:55 am

    I love the phone booth history! I have never seen one like that before, so that is rather cool. I visited England last year but only saw the K6 design. And in Canada, we don't really have red phone booths (I've only ever seen one here before, and it is in a trendy historical area of Edmonton).
    I also really like the shape of the purse. I have been looking for something like that- with the big clasp and frame rather than the zippered purses which are so abundant. . . Why is it so hard to find a "classic" bag I wonder?
    The Artyologist

    • October 3, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Yes definitely – frame bags are my favourites but they're so hard to find in large, modern iterations like this. I tend to find vintage styles just aren't big enough for things like my giant phone and the kitchen sink that I carry around with me…

  6. October 2, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Gorgeous blog photos with that red phonebooth, I'm loving that bag but those boots are totally awesome…love them a lot on you! xo

  7. October 2, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Haha I actually encountered a similar phone booth like this just the other day and instantly thought of you! Sadly the one I found was next to a court house and utterly destroyed…but don't they just make for the best photo opportunity?! The fact that you can remove and swap around the charms is a fantastic idea, really ideal for me because sometimes I don't feel like bling and then there are times I do. I need to go and investigate the Frida Kahlo set of charms, sounds like it would be right up my alley :O When it comes to London, I have very similar feelings – it just isn't a nice place to be if you are living in one of the more dodgy suburbs. So I do have mixed feelings about the place – adore all of the history, architecture and museums but not a place I would want to live unless I won the lottery and snagged a house in Chelsea or Notting Hill…

    • October 3, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      They so often are destroyed these days 🙁 It's often the case over here too – and just you try to find one that doesn't smell like urine on the inside :S I can report that this one, thankfully didn't!

      Yes I imagine I'd feel quite differently too if I could afford to live somewhere actually halfway decent in London!

  8. October 3, 2016 / 3:01 am

    Love your boots with that striking ensemble Cici! Somehow you always manage to look so Parisian with your outfits, it's very chic. And… I love your bag! The charms are too cute and perfect and I think they match you to a t! 😀 ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  9. October 3, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    The charm idea is SO cute and clever! Love that you can not only customize it the way you like but also change it to fit the season/occasion/etc! Vendula seriously makes the sweetest bags! I hope to one day have one of my own! =D

  10. October 3, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I love the idea of styling your own bag, so cute and personal 🙂 Your outfit is also very nice, I adore those boots! x

  11. October 3, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Wonderful photos!

    When I lived in London phone boxes were disgusting and smelled like stale pee. Ha ha! This one looks much cleaner.

    I adore the idea of cute charms. It is the boots though that I'm really lusting after.


  12. October 3, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    What a cute look! I love the red skirt with the striped top, and that sweet bag is the perfect thing to go with it. I do love the charm detail, especially since you could mix and match to show off your favorites. It's a really fun idea, and it's interesting that this is becoming a thing at the same time as mainstream brands are pushing bag accessories, like pom poms and decorative straps.

  13. October 7, 2016 / 1:05 am

    That purse is just the coolest thing! It appeals to both the fashionista and the scrapbooker in me. 🙂

    Love this charming (quite literally regarding the bag :)) look – super including your brown lace up boots, which are pretty much my absolute dream footwear.

    So fun, pretty and cheerful!!!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  14. October 11, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    What a charming idea for the removable charms. So much possibility wih that idea. Objects a little fun into the wardrobe, but you aren't stuck with one particular theme that only works with one look. Brilliant! And those boots! Swooning over those, super autumnal. Love this look, and good to see your berets back!

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