Sexy Back!

School may soon be out, but I won't be ditching my backpack this summer.

Once the preserve of school kids and hikers, the humble backpack made a return to style some seasons ago and I for one am fully schooled in it's multitudinous merits.  Now I'm not suggesting for a minute that you rush out and buy a nylon, sporty number with a zillion pockets and straps that are so heavily reinforced you could bungee down a building with them! I'm talking sleek, stylish and preferably, luxurious, real leather.

Girly girl black-pack!

As a self-confessed handbag lover and collector of many a ladylike style, it was a revelation to rediscover just how practical and easy a backpack is to wear. The simple fact that it lets you stomp the streets handsfree is liberating and super-helpful when you're out shopping or, like me, carrying your mobile office (aka my Mac) around the city. I think the images above prove that backpacks can work with the most floaty and feminine sundress... They're not just for the Sporty Spices out there!

Get it white!

My first backpack was this super-summery, white, leather number from Karen Millen. It's pounded many a chic city street from Lisbon to London, accompanying me on city breaks, business trips and even the odd beach party!

If you love leather backpacks as much as I do, MAHI Leather is running a competition to win a personalised leather backpack (worth up to $150) every 2 weeks in June. Click for full competition details.

The Nomad ~ click to shop

The Nomad ~ click to shop

The Explorer ~ click to shop

The Explorer ~ click to shop

Not to influence your selection but these two beauties above are my personal favourites - and would make a gorgeous addition to my burgeoning collection!  I'd LOVE to see one of them emblazoned with my N O W brand initials!

Simply sign up to the MAHI mailing list for a chance to win, there's no limit on how many times you and your friends can enter, and names will be drawn out of a hat every two weeks from 17th May and ending 29th June.

Which one would you pick? Click to enter... and good luck!