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The red leather trousers.

14 Dec
You’ve already seen these utterly fantastic red leather trousers in my previous post on Tramp Vintage. I fell for them hard and the super generous ladies at Tramp sent them to me! Forget making my day, they made my week. As the gorgeous cherry colour is so bright, I decided to keep it simple and wear my faithful Georgia Rose stilettos from Sarenza and a plain black vest top from Zara which really allows the leather trousers to become the focal point of the outfit. Not that there’s any danger of them fading to the background, colour aside the great cut, folder over cuffs, tie up back and super nipped in scallop waist make sure all eyes are on them. I think I’ll go for a more high octane look next time though, my sheer cobalt blue shirt is crying out for a playdate with them. Would you wear cherry red trousers? 


TOMTOM Jewellery arrives at Nyla Boutique

18 Oct

During one of my regular ‘look at pretty things on Nyla Boutique’ sessions, I discovered that they cheekily added another fabulous jewellery
brand to their impressive brand roster – TOMTOM Jewellery. If the name sounds
familiar, it’s because designer Elena Coleman Howell designed a capsule
collection for Walt Disney Signatures for the film TRON: Legacy. It only takes
a quick peek at the precision and geometric shapes of the ‘Future 70s’
collection to realise that designer Elena’s background as a trained architect
is a huge inspiration for her designs. It may be a little predictable, but I
fell in love with this statement necklace from the collection. I love the
dreamy deep blue of lapis and it contrasts really well with the antique brass.

As with any great piece of jewellery, I can imagine wearing it in about a
million different ways. I’ve showcased two below: contemporary and classic. The
necklace is simple enough to be dressed down with a simple slogan tee and some
edgy metallic trousers. The blue suede platforms echo colour of the lapis
stones almost perfectly, pulling the outfit together. The classic outfit
features a chic, figure flattering dress from the Mary Portas range at House of
Fraser. The shoe boots add a little bit of an edge while the ring echoes the
triangle shapes in the necklace. How would you wear the necklace?

Carvela Stella boots – £155.04

Getting the swish factor

28 Sep

Picture beautiful, perfect waves. The type that’s shiny, bouncy and looks totally effortless – I’m a big fan of the effortless hair look, there’s no point in looking like you’ve had a battle with the hairdryer, straighteners, curlers and a bottle of hairspray! That Serena van der Woodsen easy, breezy, flipable hair. You know what I mean, right? Unfortunately, that type of hair is unattainable by mere mortals. My thick, tumbling locks go flat at the mere mention of a hairdryer so when I had a black tie ball to attend recently, I called in the big guns – Joe’s Salon.

I was a little stressed and tired upon entering the salon and explained to the lovely Oray that I wanted ‘sort of wavy, maybe a little curly, beautiful hair’ in a very vague manner before my hair was transformed. It was a pretty big job, my hair was sectioned and dried using a round brush then my hair was neatly rolled up into a little curl before Oray moved onto the next section. He must have arms of steel after painstakingly tending to my thick mane. After he took the pins out and we shook my hair out, I definitely had big diva Beyonce-esque waves but they settled into a shiny swish of subtle waves which looked uber natural.

I was a little bit stressed about what to wear for the ball and eventually settled on the gorgeous ‘Samantha’ dress by French Connection. I don’t usually shop there but I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it. They do an update of their gold sequin dress every autumn/winter and this is my absolute favourite. It’s a little low at the front so I had to pin it, but other than that it fit perfectly. I paired it with some semi sheer tights and my lovely charcoal Georgia Rose courts from Sarenza. I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit plain to dress down the gold sparkles a little but the dark tights and dark shoes had a leg lengthening effect too which was a bonus. I was going to go for a black and gold vintage clutch but it just seemed a bit too matchy, so I went for a deliberate mismatch with this stone, highlighter yellow and snakeskin oversize clutch from Marks & Spencer Limited Collection

The cute work outfit

3 Aug
I know, I wear this floral Zara skirt a lot and you’re probably a little bored of it but I’m not! I love buying a piece on a whim and realising that it’s one of the magical go-with-everything items that was missing from your wardrobe for forever. I really didn’t expect such a loud, bright, patterned item to be like that though. I thought the rule was to buy quality staples in basic colours and throwaway colourful trend pieces seasonally to accentuate your wardrobe for a short time. Rules were made to be broken though, and I would happily wear this skirt in a different way every day of the week. Ok, I’ll stop gushing about it now.

I paired the skirt with one of those wardrobe basics, a plain khaki tee. This one is from Alexander Wang and I’m a convert and believer in investing in quality pieces for your wardrobe. The fabric is really soft and silky, plus it just hangs so nicely. I tucked it into my beloved skirt to give my silhouette a little bit of definition as the skirt has a bit of a bell shape. I’m not sure if you can tell from the image, but the tights I’m wearing are actually blue. I have a billion pairs of very similar lace tights in black but opted for the colourful option. Which went down very well, especially with Alex Reid (Katie Prices’ ex), who complimented me on my hosiery. Not bad for a sale steal from M&S!

The shoes are absolutely gorgeous, aren’t they? My new favourite pair, I actually bought them to as ‘work shoes’ but they’re too pretty to be worn for work. They’re by Guess and from Sarenza, the leather is amazingly soft and they are super comfy. What more could you want from a shoe? The bag is my current favourite and a great, roomy everyday bag. I love the striking but subtle-ish gold accents. What a beaut. I’m glad I finally have some shots of my jewellery as I do love a shiny jewel but never manage to capture what I’m wearing properly. Details are underneath each picture. Super huge thank you to Susie from Take Out in Couture for the amazing pictures, definitely my best outfit post. 

Tshirt – Alexander Wang (from Net-a-Porter)
Skirt – Zara
Belt – Vintage
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Guess, courtesy of Sarenza
Bag – Michael Kors (from The Outnet)
Key necklace – courtesy of QVC
Ring – YSL (from Net-a-Porter)
Lion head bracelet – gift from Florence
Red and metal bracelet – COS
Spike bracelet – Joomi Lim (from Nyla Boutique)
Charm bracelet – Links of London (from Selfridges)
Bee charm – Peculiar Vintage (from Rokit)

Pearls and playsuits

31 Jul

Recently, the lovely guys at Jersey Pearl asked me to take part in their ‘rock your pearls’ style challenge. The idea is to rock peals in a unique and interesting way. I actually adore peals and wear two pearl studs in my ears and a single pearl on a necklace everyday, I never take them off. Though I love them, I think some people can be a bit hesitant to wear them as they’re quite ‘classic’. That’s why I chose to style them up in a very contemporary way, with a floral printed playsuit, tan platforms and my beloved Alexander Wang bag. The necklace I chose was a long freshwater pearl necklace which can either be worn long or looped around to make it shorter. 

Playsuit – Courtesy of Clothing at Tesco
Pearls – Courtesy of Jersey Pearl
Heels – Courtesy of Sarenza
Bag – Alexander Wang

Wednesday Wish List

13 Jul
Desa Pony in Layers

My handbag habit is getting pretty serious these days. Apart for the Alexander Wang, they’re all pretty subtle though, aside from the soft leather and a few hardware details they look pretty ordinary and under the radar, exactly how handbags should look I think. Which is why I adore the bags by luxury brand Desa. This ruffled leather beauty is £435 and available at their stores in St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden and Hamstead high street or online
Mellow Yellow Jenvy

I had my eye on these colourful Jenvy platforms a while ago and I’m finding it really hard to resist them, especially now that they have a massive 60% off in the Sarenza sale. I already have a pair of crazy high Mellow Yellow platforms and can attest to their comfort, I even wore them to drive in! These babies are just £60.40 in the sale from £151, get them while you can. 

Medwinds Marsella tote

Back in February, I fell in lust with the Marsella tote when I went to the Medwinds showroom in Barcelona. The leather was unbelievably soft and the size was absolutely perfect for carrying a laptop or iPad. When I saw it again at the UK press launch, it was incredibly difficult to leave without casually slinging the sample over my shoulder and pretending it was mine! The tote is available on the website for £109.

Rare pleated chiffon midi skirt

I’ve been enamoured with midi length pleated chiffon skirts since I first clapped eyes on the elusive Whistles Carrie skirt. This version from Rare hasn’t caused a stampeed just yet, but it’s sassy on the knee length and deep purple colour make it a great buy for colour blocking this season and pairing with warmer, Autumnal tones next season. Best of all, it’s just £35 and available on the Rare website

Bitching & Junkfood Remade bitchy stud shorts.

These Bitching & Junkfood Remade shorts are all sorts of rad in one teeny pair of reworked vintage shorts. They took a pair of high-waisted Levis 501s, distressed them by hand for custom rips and shredded and added some killer spike studs down the side. Available at Bitching & Junkfood for £75. 

Aqua Fleetwood maxi dress

Aqua are one of my newest favourite labels, their structural and futuristic designs feature strong lines and striking silhouettes. This maxi dress is a little different from their usual slashed and cut out dresses, but I adore the structured shoulders and bold print which is a little Christopher Kane. Available at Asos for £140. 

Acceptable in the 90s

20 Jun
Does this outfit seem a little 90s to you? It does to me, but I kind of like it. It’s sort of mismatched and effortless, perfect for mooching around the East End then! The fab jumpsuit was gifted to me by the sweet PR team for Komodo, who are an ecologically-produced, Organic, Fairtrade fashion company. Being green and ethical has become a bit of a buzz-word over the last couple of years, but Komodo is the real deal. Established over 20 years ago, Joe Komodo works with the factories themselves in Nepal as well as charities such as Free Tibet.

The collection is lovely and on trend as you can tell. Prints and bright colours feature heavily. I’m becoming a bit of a playsuit/jumpsuit/romper fiend at the moment but this one instantly jumped out at me. I was glad I chose it as it’s such a statement piece and really lightweight and comfy to wear. The ditsy floral print actually works really well in such a big piece, proving that you can wear this sort of print all over! As the jumpsuit is printed, I kept the rest of the outfit simple with tan coloured accessories. Although the jumpsuit comes with a matching fabric belt, I thought this looked better tied a bit loosely to keep with the casual feel but the cropped jacket gave the outfit a bit more definition and nipped in shape.

The gorgeous chunky heels are from Mellow Yellow courtesy of Sarenza, the bag is by Alexander Wang and denim jacket is from River Island