The Origin of Leather

I love a great looking leather handbag,  I’m drawn to the beautiful styles and colours of the leather. Yet, I never stop and think about why leather is used and where it originates from. And I don’t just mean from large animals.

The Origin of Leather

Leather tanning goes back in history for thousands of years, it is believed to be one of the oldest human activities along with hunting. Our Ancestors found that the animals they hunted for food also had skins that could be used. They realised that these skins were durable and they begin making clothing, shoes and tents with them.

In the colder months the items became stiff and unusable, yet in the summer they started to rot with the heat. So they started to look at ways to make the animal hide more flexible and stronger by rubbing animal fats into the skins. It was soon discovered that drying the skins in the sun or by using salt to dehydrate, stopped the rotting process.

As the centuries passed methods to preserve and maintain have become more refined yet the basic processes are still being used today.

Uses of leather through the ages

The Egyptians tombs shows that in around 5000BC leather was used for sandals, clothes, gloves, buckets, elaborate jewellery items and even for sending off after death. It is believed that they preserved leather by using tree bark and leaves that they soaked in water to coat the hides.

The Romans used leather for footwear, clothes, military equipment, including shields, saddles and harnesses for their horses.

As the centuries passed leather became more and more popular and by the medieval times most villages had tanneries. They were located by the rivers so there was a constant source of water.

When the Tudor Boat the Mary Rose was recovered it showed that they had started to use leather for not only clothes, bags and footwear but also used for furniture. Chairs, leather cases, wall coverings and also elaborate carriages.

During the 18th and 19th century there was more demand for different leathers, lighter weight items. So new machine processes were being used to make the leather thinner, lighter weight more readily available and more durable.

Leather today

Today leather continues to be a popular choice of material, it is used for so many everything items. Bags, shoes, furniture, phone cases, passport covers, wash bags, today leather can be made into just about anything. All produced in a variety of beautiful colours. It is not just used around our homes but also within the automotive, aviation and marine industries as well.

What is your favourite leather product? Mine is my beautiful tan leather handbag, that cost more than I am happy to admit to my Hubby.


The perfect designer bags by Philini

Finding the prefect light wight summer bag is not always easy. Something that looks fabulous with the everyday casual jeans and a t-shirt or a cute summer dress, but is also practical and spacious. Designer bags by Philini offer just this, with their range of cotton cross the body bags that have been designed for Spring/Summer 2017.

Designer Bags By Philini

Who are Philini?

Philini is a German based designer brand owned by Nataly Brunner. Nataly started to create items of clothings at the age of just 13 using her mothers old clothes. By the age of 20 Nataly had opened her own fashion house in her home country of Moldova. Later moving to Germany to working hard to make her designing dreams come true. Nataly now runs a very successful designer brand making luxury leather based items.

Designer Bags By Philini

Philini specialise in making very limited numbers in each style and colour of bags, so seeing someone else with your stunning bag is very unlikely. With a designer bag, the last thing you want to be walking about Covent Garden to see other people with the same one.

My ‘Flora Black’ across the body bag

The ‘Flora Black’ is a very light weight bag, perfect for those summer days. The bright floral cotton fabric, making it the prefect statement bag, that would complement any outfit this summer. Great for simple dresses or just that casual jeans and t-shirt look. It’s a spacious bag with two zipped pockets on the inside, to keep your valuables safe. Then has a magnetic button style closure at the top. The straps and edges is made of black calfs leather, the strap is adjustable. So if you wanted it slightly longer or shorter it can be adjusted to suit your outfit, or to change from a shoulder bag to across the body.

The size of this bag is great, not to small not to big. Measuring 30 x 30cm square and just 2 cm wide but that expands depending on what you fill it with.

My ‘Flora Black’ bag cost €159 so is a investment bag for the summer months. Think weekends away with the girls. A flight bag with enough space for tickets, passport and money. Heading off to a festival or even if you are just popping to the shops this bag is versatile for so many occasions. I love it.

*Thank you so much Philini for gifting me this beautiful bag, looking forward to using it over the summer months. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Beautiful floating lockets – Pendique Lockets Review

Pendique Lockets started when their creator Nicola wanted to design handmade jewellery, and began selling items on eBay. Nicola then set up a jewellery bead store to allow people to buy items to create and design their own jewellery.

As people’s love for unique personalised items emerged over the last few years, Nicola fell in love with floating glass lockets. After months of searching for high quality items, Nicola was able to launch Pendique Lockets – your very own unique pendant lockets.

Pendique Locket Review

I have seen a few different locket style necklaces available, while searching on line for various unique gifts. Pendique Lockets offer something a bit different. Their lockets come in different shapes and sizes. Plus they are all great value for money.

Nicola got in contact with me, asking if I would like to see one of her lockets. Of course I would! They are beautiful. I went on line to choose what I would like even looking at Pendique Lockets on Instagram, as I just could not decide what to choose.

Pendique Locket Review

My Pendique Locket

Pendique Lockets Review

After quite some time looking at the different options, I chose the medium size rose gold locket, with 20inch rose gold snake chain. When it came to choosing the charms, it took me ages. I loved so many of the different charms, little cupcakes, star signs, wedding items, animals, christmas. The list was endless.

The wedding charms are lovely. They would make a wonderful gift for your bridesmaids, or even for yourself as a lasting memory for your day.

Pendique Locket Review

I really like having something that represents my beautiful little family. So I chose the infinity symbol, to show our family being continuous, so full of love and happiness. I then opted to birth stone crystals. February’s purple Amethyst for both mine and my Hubby’s birthday, July’s red ruby for my Son, Septembers blue sapphire for our wedding anniversary and then Octobers pink for the tourmaline stone. Along with an extra charm window. My delightful daughter ran off with her pink crystal, and since then I have not been able to find it, lost in the abyss of the playroom. I shall be ordering another one to complete my locket.

Pendique Locket Review

My Pendique Lockets Review

My beautiful locket arrived, wrapped in tissue paper, and in a lovely gift box. I love it when items arrive beautifully gift wrapped. It makes a wonderful first impression of the item you are about to open and enjoy.

I was a little bit worried about the colour of the rose gold, because sometimes it can look a bit cheap. However, this was just perfect a real rose gold colour that worked beautiful with my chosen charms and window frame.

Pendique Lockets Review

It’s great that I ordered the window frame to go with my locket, because it means I can change it. I am able to remove the window frame easily, giving a real floating look to my locket. It looks fabulous up against my block colour clothes. Next winter it will be firm favourite with my much loved black roll neck jumper. Changing the look of the locket depending on my mood.

I love my new Pendique Locket, it’s stylish, unique and completely personalised to me. I going to have to order one for my bestie before she steals it from me.


*Thank you Pendique Lockets for sending me this beautiful locket for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*