Jennifer Hamley England

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What's in your handbag, Cathy Padian?

I'm delighted to welcome back Cathy Padian to take a peek inside her handbag.  If you missed the Q&A on Monday, catch up here to get a glimpse behind the scenes of how she runs her beautiful accessories business, Alice's Wonders.  This inspiring woman sells vintage and contemporary inspired necklaces, earrings and bracelets, stylish scarves and clutch bags, at fabulously affordable prices.  She's a powerhouse that runs the business doing everything herself; from buying to photography, copy writing and social media to packaging and shipping. Cathy Podian from Alice's Wonders.PNG But what does a super busy small business owner have in her pretty and practical Preston handbag from Fossil when she is on the go? Over to Cathy to reveal all... whats-in-your-handbag-cathy-padian-alices-wonders-with-jennifer-hamley 1. Purse; Fossil.  Matches my bag; sometimes, just sometimes matchy-matchy is a good thing.  I was actually given the purse first and loved it so much I bought the matching bag.  Sometimes you just know it’s the right thing to do! 2. Selection of earrings and bracelets; Alice Wonders.  I’m a huge believer in using jewellery to pull your look together, but sometimes I’m just in too much of a rush to put it on before leaving the house so I keep a few bits and pieces in my bag to upgrade my outfit easily. 3. Notebook and pencil.  I adore this notebook, a lovely friend gave me it for my 40th and I carry it around everywhere.  I’m forever planning social media posts, email campaigns or just having general thoughts and ideas and I find writing them down really helps me focus.  I could just put them into my phone I suppose but I’m a bit old fashioned and love a notebook more. 4. Hair elastics; Alice’s Wonders.  I always have a stash of these as I have hair that is frequently in need of taming - plus they double up as extra bracelets and look slightly more polished than a schoolgirl bobble! 5. Hand cream; Oliver Bonas.  I can’t go out without hand cream, this one is OB, but I also love the l’Occitane Shea ones. 6. Mini perfume; Clinique Happy.  Smelling nice keeps me happy! 7. Selection of lipsticks and lip balms; Kiki, Bobby Brown, Bare Minerals, MUA.  Each of my handbags has about 10 lipsticks or lip balms in and they are all either clear or the same shade of reddish pink.  I'm nothing if not predictable. 8. Prescription sunglasses; Toyshades.  I am blind as a bat and hate squinting so sunglasses come everywhere with me, winter and summer alike.  These from Toyshades were a total bargain at about £40 including prescription lenses. 9. Tote bag.  I am determined never ever to buy a 5p plastic bag again so try and carry a canvas tote everywhere.  I am trying to find a good stockist for Alice’s Wonders as I think they would make a great addition to the range. 10. Last but not least, chocolate coins - because you never know when a bit of chocolate might be needed in life!  Thank you so much Cathy, and Amen to the chocolate! Here are the links if you’d like to get in touch with Cathy or treat yourself to one of her wearable wonders with 10% off until end March with the code Hello10.


See you next week when I have another inspiring business lady for you to meet,
Jennifer x

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51 reviews
Classy and functional!

Love my Model KT bag! Received bag in a nicely wrapped box and dust bag. Also received compliments on how beautiful the bag is. Strap is a little long for me since I'm a petite lady.. Would like additional holes so I can adjust the strap to fit me. Thanks Jennifer!

Thank you for your fabulous review Renee! You can make your strap shorter with this technique here (my fave way to wear my Model KT!), I'll also email you directly about getting some more holes in the strap =) Best wishes, Jennifer ❤️
A lovely complement to my KT and KT Mini

I'm now a proud owner of all three JH designs. My Sakura purse is super stylish and fits all the essentials.


Quick delivery nicely packaged it’s a Christmas gift

Small but perfectly formed

I bought this to compliment my Model KT and I was a little concerned about the size. This purse is small but mighty. I love it so much I use it out of work too. It has shown me I don't need a big purse as this holds all I need. I love it!

Style Perfection

I bought the Model KT in black for work. This bag is beyond my expectations. I can carry everything I need whilst looking stylish too. I often have to dash from location to location and this carries everything. The shopping bag is particularly hand if I need to nip out at lunch. I am so pleased I purchased this and I am considering the mini KT to compliment this.