Tuesday, 30 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





Topshop Unique jacket /
Topshop tee /
Zara trousers /
Burberry shoes /
Topshop bag /
Topshop nails in Parma Violet /

So happy to be getting my summer shoes out of storage again. I've missed these Burberry beauties.




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Monday, 29 April 2013

today i'm wearing...






Topshop Boutique tee /
H&M skirt /
Whistles shoes /
Tom Binns earrings /

What I wore on Saturday to head to the Vogue Festival (fascinating talk by Michael Kors and Yasmin Le Bon) and then onto the Shoreditch Fashion Show.




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Sunday, 28 April 2013

today i bought... whistles monogrammed clutch



I posted about Whistles' new personalised monogramming service back in March when it was introduced, and ever since then I haven't been able to get it out of my head. Eventually I knew I just had to give in. So I excitedly popped along to the Dover Street flagship store (the only place the monogramming service is offered) and ordered this little beauty. I had been hoping to get my hands on the large Delilah clutch in black, but it was sold out due to high demand so I plumped for the mini black/taupe version instead (which I had been lusting after anyway). What I didn't realise was that the monogramming is available on any of Whistles' silky leather range, be it the small clutches, the larger Delilah or the chain-handled Rivington, and it costs £40 on top of the price of whichever accessory you choose (it does have to be the silky leather rather than the croc-print, however). So you can even bring in a clutch you already own and get it sent off for the monogram treatment. There are a wide range of colours to choose from for your letters, including black, lavender, neon green, dark blue and bright blue (which I went for). There are also two sizes of lettering (mine is the small size; the large would have been too big on a small clutch), plus you can choose whether you have bold type with shadow (like mine), or the other way around. In short, you can pretty much make it look however you want. You pay then and there and hand over your clutch, then they call you when it's ready to be picked up. Mine took two and a half weeks but it was well worth the wait. I mean, have you ever seen anything so beautiful in all your life? It's safe to say I'm in wholehearted accessory love right now.


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Saturday, 27 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





H&M leather gilet /
Zara jumper /
Miss Selfridge jeans /
Topshop bag /
Jordan Askill for Topshop ring /

In the pink.




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Friday, 26 April 2013

today i want... whistles bellini sandals



I'm a big fan of Whistles and I'm a big fan of shoes, so it's hardly surprising that when they launched their new extended shoe collection I let out a little squeal of joy. If there's one thing you can count on Whistles for, it's beautiful design that captures the perfect balance between fashion forward and classic. These beauties are a case in point. A timeless leg-lengthening design that's universally flattering and perfect for summer, but with added little touches like the rich khaki colour, snakeskin details and mishmash of textures. They're eye-catching but not so statement that it restricts what you can wear them with. In short... Give them to me now please.


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Thursday, 25 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





Whistles jacket /
Topshop tee /
Zara skirt /
Topshop shoes /
Zara bag /

Still not quite brave enough for bare legs despite the lovely warm weather in London at the moment...




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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

today i'm wearing...






Topshop top /
Zara jeans /
Topshop shoes /
Zara bag /
Dogeared necklace /
ASOS bracelet /

Little bit obsessed with this jacket.




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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





Zara coat /
Zara trousers /
Whistles shoes /
ASOS bracelet /

Sometimes there's nothing I love more than simple black and white. Oh, and I can't tell you how good it feels to be able to wear these shoes with bare feet. Roll on summer!




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Sunday, 21 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





Topshop Boutique jumper /
ASOS shorts /
ASOS bracelet /

What I wore yesterday for a stroll around sunny Southampton.




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Saturday, 20 April 2013

today i bought... zara embroidered bomber jacket



I've been thinking about investing in a bomber jacket for quite some time now, but it's proven difficult to find one that suits me. Some of them are too boxy, too varsity-esque, too short... But this is the one. It is utterly perfect. When I saw it on Zara People the other day it was love at first click. I knew that I shouldn't order it (really, really trying to shop less and really, really failing) but unfortunately I just couldn't help myself, and now that it's here there is no way it's leaving my sight. It fits like a dream, it's soft and silken, it's the perfect length and the perfect colour and - get this - it's reversible, so if I tire of the exquisite embroidery (unlikely to happen anytime soon) I can choose the plain side instead. Genius! It's not cheap as jackets go, but each season I like to invest in one game changing piece of clothing which will really help to shake up my wardrobe. Most of the time I spend my money on basics and timeless classics, so every now and then I need a ridiculously extravagant beauty like this in my life. (Sorry, bank balance...)


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Friday, 19 April 2013

today i'm wearing...






Whistles jacket /
Zara shirt /
Zara jeans /
Whistles phone case /

What I wore for my little trip to Bruges and Oostende in Belgium the other day. Bare feet weather at last!




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Thursday, 18 April 2013

today i love... ifb links à la mode

In case you haven't heard of IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers), it's a great community for up-and-coming style bloggers offering useful tips, a great forum for getting your voice heard and your questions answered and providing loads of new ways to expand and grow your blog. Every week they post a round-up of 20 of the best blog posts out there, and each featured blogger then posts the links on their site. It's a great opportunity to find out about new blogs, so I hope you lovely readers will enjoy having a look at the other links that have been included alongside mine. This week's theme is all about style influences from around the world and while that's not explicitly what my featured post on 3 ways to wear white is about, I do think it's something that's so important to recognise. The bloggers I love come from all over the world - Amsterdam, Sweden, LA, Norway and Greece, for example - and one of the things I think is amazing about fashion is how it can transcend cultural and language barriers. It may be a cliché, but the language of style really is universal. Anyway, you'll find the round-up below. I hope you find it inspiring!


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World Click


Does it matter where you blog from? I say this as I've lived in four cities during my blogging career, and to tell the truth, it kind of does, but it also kind of doesn't. This week Style Bazaar asks that question to a few bloggers about their experiences with blogging and location. We also travel around to Australia to check out their MBFW, how Man Repeller got us thinking about Japan (again), about how female politicians across the globe relate to fashion (should they?) and where you can get globally conscious accessories. As always it's a mixed bag, so enjoy!


Links à la Mode: April 18th

  1. Anna Lou Elliott: 3 ways to wear white: for day, night and work
  2. Attire Club: What We Can Learn From Superheroes
  3. Cosmolawitan: Dove: Empowering Women With Its Ad Campaigns
  4. Dressed up on a cloudy day: How to Combine Colors : Analogous Colors
  5. Fashion is Evolution: 4 Tips for Pushing Yourself to Achieve Your Creative Goals
  6. Fashion Moriarty: Are female politicians reduced to what they wear?
  7. Hey Mishka: 5 Globally Conscious Festive Accessories For Summer
  8. HH Designs: Glamping: My Overall Lack of Roughing It...
  9. Lara Lizard: Test : Are you the cutest creature of the social media?
  10. Incognito: On how Man Repeller got me thinking about fashion in Japan
  11. Modestelle: Mercedes Benz Australia Review 2013-2014
  12. Mis Papelicos: My 6 Easy Steps to Happiness
  13. Nothing to wear: The Rookie Department: Hair Styling For Beginners
  14. Runway to Style: 7 Style Guidelines To Look Your Best at Prom and More
  15. Style Bazaar: Blogging: How important is your location?
  16. The Curatorial: Vale Jewelry: Algorithms and Delicate Jewelry
  17. Undercover Dress Up: Interview with lolita icon Emilka P.
  18. We Are Ready Made: Irreverent Youth
  19. Wild Beauty World: War Paint
  20. Youth Savage: Fashion Blogging vs. the World


SPONSOR: Sale @ Shopbop: Timo Weiland, Rebel, Star Mela, Beth Richards, Hunter, Voltaire Zadig, Mugler, Ulla Johnson, Jill Stuart, Superga, & L'Wren Scott



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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

today i'm wearing...





Whistles jacket /
Topshop Boutique tee /
Topshop jeans /
Zara shoes /
Cambridge Satchel Company bag /

Casual look for shopping the other day. Bare ankles = spring is finally here!




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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

today i love... travel essentials


Tomorrow I'm off to Bruges for a quick 24-hour trip and it's got me thinking about travel essentials. Over the last few months I've had a couple of weekends away as well as a big trip to Australia and I've started to hone my (previously terrible) skills at sensible packing. When you're obsessed with fashion, packing is much more difficult than it is for someone who's happy to wear the same outfit days in a row. Previously I've taken hundreds of clothes in lieu of some far more important items, but by packing lots of separates and just a few standout accessories for Australia, I managed to fit three weeks' worth of outfits into my suitcase and still have room for some more practical travel necessities. Tomorrow I'm hopping on the Eurostar so I don't have to worry about 100ml liquids or anything like that (I love how easy it is!) but it's just as important to pack carefully and focus on the must haves rather than the would likes, especially if you'll be carrying your luggage around with you all day like I will. So above I've selected a few essentials for the sensible but stylish travellers among you. Some of these are probably obvious but I hope they're helpful anyway. See you on Thursday!

Perhaps not the most portable of items and not necessary for a quick Eurostar trip, but if you're flying anywhere or will be travelling on a coach/train for a long time, this is absolutely an essential. This one is particularly genius because it transforms from a neck pillow into a standard rectangular shape, which will prove useful for everything from hotels with fewer pillows than you like to comfier sunbathing on the beach.

I don't know about you, but there's nothing like a slightly extravagant stylish travel accessory to make me feel like I'm really on holiday. These luggage tags will put a smile on your face while also making your suitcase super easy to spot on the luggage carousel.

These Topshop Boutique beauties are my favourite basics: I currently own this style in navy, taupe, khaki and grey marl but my collection is ever expanding. They're perfectly loose and draped and can be teamed with everything from leather trousers to denim cut-offs, making them ideal for holiday. Stock up on a few different colours and roll them up: they will take up hardly any room in your suitcase and provide you with a multitude of outfit options. Just be sure to size down and hand wash them only.

My black Ray-Bans are as essential to me as my passport on holiday, and I've got my eye on this tortoiseshell pair, too. Just be sure to pack them in a hard case (love the patent lilac of this one): sunglasses are all too easy to sit on.

Decanting your toiletries into mini containers might seem like a wasted effort, but a few bulky shampoo bottles can seriously add up in terms of weight and suitcase room. Alternatively you could head to Boots' travel section where you'll find mini versions of most of your favourite hair and body products, but this is a cheaper way to do it. These ones are great for getting through airport security, too.

A beautiful passport cover is lovely to have, but I find it much more useful to take a wallet in which you can fit your passport, boarding pass and other travel documents all at once. No more faffing around at the gate: just pull out this tropical beauty (doesn't that print just make you want to be on a beach already?) and you're golden.

A good sturdy weekend bag is always essential, whether to hold everything for an overnight stay or to serve as your hand luggage on a long haul flight (you'll even fit your neck cushion in here). Real leather is a must and I love the pleasingly weathered look of this Topshop one.

The last thing you want on holiday is to drop your phone on a hard stone floor and suddenly find you've got no way of contacting that person you were planning to meet up with. Luckily thanks to Whistles' adorable range of cases it's easy to protect your phone in style. While we're on the subject of phones, make sure you stock up on a few useful apps before you set off. BBC iPlayer is my top pick if you're in the UK: download all of your favourite programmes and you can watch them offline for 30 days (in case you don't like the inflight movies). Plus add a couple of practical ones such as a mobile banking app, a currency calculator and a wi-fi finder to locate your nearest Internet fix.

A bulky glass perfume bottle is one thing you definitely do not want to be packing, so investing in an atomiser or two to fill up with your favourite scents is a necessity. The last thing you want to find when you unpack in the hotel is a nice cracked bottle and that expensive fragrance soaked into all your clothes...

And one last thing: earplugs. Pick some up for free when you're next at a gig or pop into Boots. You never know when these are going to come in handy, whether it be on a noisy flight or in a hotel next to a main road. After all, I don't know about you, but one thing I really want on holiday is some good quality sleep.


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Monday, 15 April 2013

today i love... links of london


1. Links of London Infinite Links ring / £110 at House of Fraser
2. Links of London Reach For The Moon charm / £35 at House of Fraser
3. Links of London Noble classic watch / £180 at House of Fraser
4. Links of London Signature bracelet / £195 at House of Fraser
5. Links of London Four Leaf Clover charm / £45 at House of Fraser

You've doubtless heard of Links of London: you can't go far without finding someone with one of their friendship bracelets firmly attached to their wrist, or hearing of someone who's collecting individual charms for different milestones in their life. Given that I'm not really a fan of friendship or charm bracelets, I hadn't given the label too much thought until recently. But they've got much more on offer than I first realised: chunky rings, chain bracelets, simple necklaces and all manner of watches sit alongside the more famous charms. So above I've picked a few of my favourites from House of Fraser's current Links of London range. I've been thinking of investing in a standout ring for a while now; currently I wear two quite understated ones, but there's something about a chunky ring which makes the perfect statement for a night out, and I love the slightly industrial quality of this heavy chain ring (1). I loved my ASOS gold watch but unfortunately it's no longer with us, so I've been looking for a replacement, and this Links of London men's watch is perfect (3). There's nothing better than a slightly masculine watch with a feminine outfit, and I just love the leather strap on this one. Talking of wristwear, I usually rotate between a few favourite bracelets but I always go back to chunky chain link styles. This one (4) is the perfect mixture of feminine and industrial: it stands out but won't overpower an outfit - just what a good accessory should do. Finally, I know I said I don't wear charm bracelets but I do love the idea of putting just one tiny charm on a very simple chain necklace and changing the charm according to your mood. This moon charm (2) and four leaf clover charm (5) are both beautifully understated but at the same time totally eye-catching: in short, exactly what I want from my jewellery. Shop the whole Links of London collection at House of Fraser here.


This post was written in collaboration with House of Fraser. All views are my own.


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Sunday, 14 April 2013

today i'm wearing...






Zara coat /
Topshop Boutique top / similar here
Three Floor shorts / similar here
Whistles clutch / similar here

What I wore last night for a very lovely dinner & cocktails with my friend Charlotte.




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