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Scarlet Fever Saddlebag gets romantic in Sardinia

Wherever I lay my Saddlebag…….

Firstly, I cannot recommend our accomodation at the Birkin enough! This beautifully renovated boutique townhouse in Castello (Italian for castle, you’ll see why!), is located in the old town in the capital Cagliari. It served as a fantastic base to fully experience the Bijou nightlife of Cagliari itself. The suites all come with their very own Romeo and Juliet balcony, providing just the right atmosphere to have an aperitif before heading out to dinner!


One of my favourite places to eat was recommended to us by the very helpful manager of the property. I always like to immerse myself in the culture of a place, and what better way than through food! Principi Di Dan is in the heart of vibrant Cagliari, offering traditional Italian and Sardinian food. Non veggies will love the meat and cheese antipasti on a huge wooden platter, order plenty of vino rosso from the comprehensive wine menu! Either eat outside in the square or in the traditional old vaulted ceilinged winery restaurant, both equally atmospheric.

Principi Di Dan

We took our Scarlet Fever Saddlebag to Sardinia as the embodiment of Italian culture, heritage and chic, the tan and red feeling distinctively so. Walking round Castello we found Scarlet Fever representing the essence of our Saddlebags Italian leather origins.

doors and bags

We’d like to offer our readers 10% off Scarlet Fever this month, whether a trip to Italy is in the making or not! Simply enter “sardinia” at the checkout!

bags and old town

We also found inspiration in the pastel hues of the painted houses and buildings. Sometimes the best colour combinations can appear to us in the most unusual of places. Visually I enjoyed the traditional old buildings given a contemporary feel through colour, which I play with in all aspects of my design work alot.

castello old town 1

Finally, we were on an island and a trip to the beach was definately in order! We visited a few but found the coastline near Chia the most pleasing with a beautifully calm stretch of sea and sand, and those quintessentially mediterranean rocks to climb on.

Best beach Chia

Ciao for now!



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Coral Crush in Sweden!

This is the first post from our new guest blogger Bryde Gordon, former maverick at Pedlars amongst many other things. Watch out for more postings from her as she scours the globe for beautiful things and images! She took her Coral Crush saddlebag to add a flash of colour to her days in glorious Sweden!

I have always loved Scandinavia and been lucky enough to visit Norway; when I had the offer of visiting Sweden I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately I only had a glimpse of Stockholm by night, next time I will stay longer and explore the city. My destination was the middle of Sweden about 40 minutes from the seaside port of Hudiksval to a small village called Glombo next to a lake. The landscape and beauty of Sweden was just stunning and reminded me of living in the States.

bryde2Ever wondered why a Swedish lake house is red? They are all mostly coated in Falu rödfärg meaning deep copper red which originated from a copper mining town called Falun; this method dates back to the 16th Century. I personally think they are just beautiful, cosy, and somewhere to escape the hectic city life for rejuvenation and total silence. Of course people are still living in them all year round however most young people are moving away to the cities.


When I think about Scandinavia the first thing that jumps to mind is Gravlax salmon, moose, Elsa Beskow stories with their beautiful illustrations and of course impeccable design. I did however get the opportunity to visit an outdoor wildlife zoo in a town called Jarvso and saw a Moose and Lynx cat!

Below is a photograph of a typical windowsill at a lake house. I just love the colours in this photo, the pink flowers with the striped curtains and cut glass decanters.


Thanks Bryde. She’ll be back soon from some gorgeous destination no doubt 😉


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Neon Flash hits Ibiza

Saddlebag Trading have just returned from a fantastic break in Ibiza, where who should accompany us but the Uber on trend Neon Flash! With Ibiza’s party credentials and super cool fashion pack residents we knew this little bag would be the perfect accessory.

ibiza2Whether you’re heading to the beach in a cool kaftan, a hip beach bar to watch the sunset, out for tapas in Ibiza old town in a floaty maxi, or off to Pacha in high waisted cut offs and converse to dance into the early hours this bag is the perfect little number for all occasions.

ibiza4Favourite beaches include the stunning Cala Bassa with its fantastic restaurant, chill out music and massages from lovely therapists, really making you feel totally relaxed and glamourous.

ibiza6ibiza7We watched a magical sunset at Sun Sea Bar with some of the best margaritas and mojitos on the island, they also do an awesome paella too.

ibiza3The tapas at La Bodega in Ibizas gorgeous old town at the foot of the wall of the castle is the perfect place to watch the hip crowds pass by. Book early though as it gets busy quickly and tables outside are hard to come by.

ibiza5My last Ibizan gem is the restaurant garden terrace La Brasa. Hidden behind a beautiful old facade is this stunningly romantic hideaway dining experience, with views of the magnificent Unesco heritage castle all around.

hasta luego x