Friends and family say that buying presents for me is an impossible task. Apparently I really stress them out at birthdays because they think I’m so particular. Well, I’m not sure I believe that because I always receive such perfect gifts. This last birthday was no exception.

You met my fabulous sister in law Keri earlier this week and it was her idea to find me the perfect Lulu Guinness handbag for my 40th birthday. My brother Hugo (Keri’s husband) was also in on the deal and soon after their flight from London landed in Seattle I was the proud owner of a killer new handbag.


Lulu Guinness is a well known London accessories designer. She is particularly famous for her 50’s style, somewhat conversational, retro handbags. I admire the classic and quirky character of Lulu Guinness accessories and I’ve had my eye on her collections for years. It took Keri a while to select the right Lulu Guinness because for months none of the styles were quite right. But when she saw the black and cream polka dot shopper with inset bow and patent trim, she knew it was the one. It’s so perfectly me.

Modeling the Bag

I didn’t waste any time showcasing my Lulu Guinness. It came out to play the next morning when we took the family to see the floating homes and house boats on Lake Union and the sights in downtown Seattle. It’s first little outing was with a pattern matched outfit (Greg took that picture on our front porch). Frock, leggings, denim jacket and ballet flats. A comfy gal on the go outfit with (extended) family in tow.

Thank you Keri and Hugo! I absolutely LOVE my new handbag. I couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful and beautiful gift from my London family. I shall treasure it.

Lulu in Action