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)!
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?