Which bags meet the needs of single, working mums who frequently fly across the globe as a sports TV anchor? A Sarah Haran of course! CNN powerhouse Amanda Davies is currently down under as she covers the Women’s World Cup in Australia, so of course we had to get the low down on exactly what she’s packing, how she’s styling herself and why a bigger bag is always better!
Hey Amanda, it’s great to chat with you! What are your wardrobe essentials for this season?
Can we even still talk in seasons when the weather has been so crazy?! I’m big on jeans or tailored trousers, with a jumper or t-shirt and jacket at the moment. I love playing with colour, so lots of brights and colour clashes. Trainers are an absolute essential to me, unless I’m working from the studio.
I’m definitely not afraid to embrace the Barbie trend either… any excuse to wear pink! I’m getting set to head to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand… so in the process of getting some great coloured coats, and thermals together – and dusting off the big boots for life on the road.
What’s in your handbag right now?
What’s not?! Everything!
I’m no stranger to using a weekend bag as a day bag – and as a journalist it’s important to be prepared for every eventuality, or suddenly getting a call to jump on a plane. I’ve always got my passport to hand, my various TV earpieces, my laptop, all the chargers and battery packs you’ll ever need, makeup, hairspray, sunglasses (great to hold my hair back for TV), a notebook and pens, a disgraceful number of unfiled business cards, a couple of squashed protein bars, and I’m never without my trust old school Filofax. The source of much amusement to everyone who’s ever laid eyes on it. But as a single full time working mum, literally the control centre to life. I’d be lost without it.
Which Sarah Haran bag is your favourite style / colour combination?
The Jessica Tote, with the Ivy clutch should be added to the list of great British pairings. Like fish and chips, and strawberries and cream, or jelly and ice cream. It works with my life so brilliantly – the tote to fit my entire life in for during the day. And then the clutch for heading to an event after work, or to a game.
Because of security arrangements – often big handbags and football and sports events aren’t a happy combo. You’re only allowed a small clutch inside the grounds – and the Ivy is perfect for that.
I haven’t managed to get my hands on one of the Marigold weekender’s yet.. but it might well give the Jessica a run for its money!?!
What’s your favourite way to mix your Sarah Haran bag up?
I’m generally someone who goes bright with clothes – and classic with my bags. So my favourites are the black and gold; or tan and gold combos. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been stopped using the Jessica with the Ivy, and matching tassel asking what make the bag is, and where it’s from. Being able to add the gold chain to the Ivy and add or remove the tassel is great to mix it up – and the organisational compartments make finding things an absolute breeze!
If you could design your dream bag, what would it look like?
It would be BIG! A classic shape, soft leather with a great lining, and it has to have a sturdy strap I can wear on my shoulder. And maybe I should embrace a bit of pink?! If it’s good enough for Barbie??!?
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