Sunday, 22 May 2016

today i'm wearing...

Zara blue skinny jeans

Alexander Wang black Prisma tote

Topshop white knot front blouse

Zara black mules

Larsson & Jennings CM silver watch

Topshop navy satin bomber

Love this navy bomber jacket I picked up a couple of weeks ago. I've been toying with the idea of a khaki bomber for a while now but somehow they seem too severe; maybe it's the army connotations. Either way, this lightweight navy satin feels much more up my street.

Topshop bomber jacket / in black here
Topshop top / similar here
Zara jeans / similar here
Zara mules / similar here
Alexander Wang Prisma tote / in matte black here
Larsson & Jennings CM watch /


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

today i bought… whistles everett bag

whistles everett bucket bag


I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted, but good customer service is the difference between a one-off buyer and a lifelong customer. Whistles certainly understand this, and that's why I'm the latter type of customer when it comes to them. Case in point: my lovely nude Onslow bucket bag (here if you're interested), which I bought in March last year, unfortunately developed a fault in the stitching of the handle. Even though this was more than a year ago, when I emailed Whistles they were hugely apologetic and offered either to pay for the repair or exchange it for a bag of the same value. After trying to get it repaired and being told it would be difficult, I decided to exchange it for this beautiful navy alternative. Lovely Harriet from Customer Services tracked one down for me, I posted out my bag - the charge for which they refunded - and they sent me back this beautiful new one. I can't tell you how impressed I am with them. Not only were they incredibly helpful and quick to respond, they gave me an amazing replacement for an old broken bag and they even honoured my original 25% discount. And no, I'm not being paid to say this. Just wanted to share this with you because a happy customer = a loyal customer, and a lot of other businesses could really learn from that. So thanks, Whistles, and here's to my lovely new Everett bag!


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Saturday, 14 May 2016

today i love… 5 of the best rose candles


Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm obsessed with rose in all its forms. From the flower itself (in white please, any potential suitors) to rosewater in drinks and desserts (incidentally I'm enjoying a raspberry and rose martini currently) through to anything bath, body or scent related. However, with the latter category, it has to be said that it's very easy to get it wrong. Nothing says fusty like a cheap rose fragrance (which is why it often gets a bad rep). Cheap rose soap or bubble bath = eugh. So that's why when it comes to rose candles - obviously my favourite way to enjoy this scent - you really need to invest in high quality. Above are my favourite deep and expensive smelling rose candles. My absolute favourite, Diptyque Rosamundi, was sadly limited edition, but the standard Diptyque Roses is a close second, while the & Other Stories beauty is my best budget pick - smells way above its price tag. Incidentally, the same goes for vanilla - don't go anywhere near cheap vanilla scents. Diptyque's Vanille is divine though...


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Friday, 6 May 2016

today i'm wearing...

Topshop white Jamie jeans

& Other Stories black cashmere sweater

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& Other Stories black mules

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag Smoke

& Other Stories black heeled sandals

With this warm weather it could well be the last outing for knitwear for a while… But I don't mind: I'm so ready for open toed sandals, bare legs and little jackets. Bring on summer!

& Other Stories jumper / similar here
& Other Stories mules / similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag / in tan here


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Friday, 29 April 2016

today i love… the friday wish list



Not even going to try and keep this to a Monday anymore since I'm always late…

This is the perfect versatile black dress. Just add heels and a blazer for work, trainers and a leather jacket for weekends, or a smoky eye and earrings at night. Couldn't be easier.

It's coming up to sunglasses weather (hopefully at least) and I'm always on the hunt for a new pair to kick off the season. I like the shape of these and the subtle black detailing on the corners adds the perfect amount of interest.

I'm a little bit obsessed with Sort London's shop on Etsy: so many beautiful concrete planters with copper and silver detailing, marble platters and apothecary jars, plus this perfect candle holder. Go check the range out now: if you're as obsessed with interiors as I am, I guarantee you'll be hooked.

Frayed jeans are all over Instagram right now, and I have to admit I'm falling prey to their charms. There's something very nonchalant about a ripped hem. I like the high waist on these too: slightly Mom jean-esque without being too totally 90s.

Sunglasses season can only mean one thing… Bikini season is also just around the corner. Now's the perfect time to invest in one, because you know by the time it actually gets hot they'll all be sold out. I love the print and neon detailing on this set: swimwear is one of the few ways in which you'll get me to wear colour.

Despite the fact that I'm pretty outraged that Diptyque candles have increased in price from £40 to £42(!), I can't deny my continuing obsession with them. My lovely friend Liz recently got me a Diptyque minis set which contains Feu de Bois, and I'm definitely going to have to shell out for the full size. It's deep and smoky and smells exactly like a bonfire. Perhaps more appropriate for autumn, but given this changeable weather I think it's still exactly what you need on a crisp cool evening.


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Saturday, 23 April 2016

today i'm wearing...

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3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag Smoke

Rachel Boston tiny stag ring

& Other Stories black spaghetti strap dress

& Other Stories black cashmere jumper

& Other Stories block heel leather sandals

So I may have gone a little crazy in the & Other Stories sale… #sorrynotsorry.

& Other Stories cashmere jumper / similar here
& Other Stories dress / similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag / in tan here
Rachel Boston tiny stag ring / in silver here


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Saturday, 16 April 2016

today i'm wearing...

Whistles asymmetric skirt

Zara ponyskin boots

Whistles nude Onslow bucket bag

Whistles Axel navy leather jacket

Mango white shirt

I'm thinking (slash hoping) that this might be the last outing for black tights this season. As soon as the sun starts shining, they begin to look very out of place. I'm hoping the great British weather will be on my side and I can start to bust out the bare legs and open toed shoes, and even make the move from the coats cupboard to the jacket cupboard very soon… Fingers crossed!

Whistles leather jacket / similar here
Mango shirt / similar here
Whistles skirt / similar here
Zara boots / similar here
Whistles bucket bag / similar here


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