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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?


Classic: 
Carvela Stella boots – £155.04
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Zara autumn/winter 2011 campaign

15 Aug

Stella Tennant was the perfect choice to front Zara’s mainline collection – dark, androgynous, beautiful and classic. I much prefer the Hailey Clauson modelled TRF range though, that may be the part of me that refuses to grow up and wear proper, sophisticated clothing though! The fun, bright collection is much more playful and eyecatching. The green woolen coat is an absolute winter wardrobe must! Which collection do you prefer? 

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)

Everyone loves Prada stripes

20 Apr
The high street may have fully embraced (read: killed) colour blocking and brights, but magazines are going crazy for Prada stripes this season. The number of covers alone is fast approaching FIFTY, let alone editorials. International Vogue editions are absolutely loving the collection, featuring pieces with stripes as well as monkey and banana motif printed pieces. Here are my favourite of the 48 covers..and counting! Anna Wintour’s WSJ cover definitely makes the cut though you can’t see much of what she’s wearing. I think that the fact that she chose Prada for this rare cover and interview speaks volumes. 

Looking beneath the bright jewel tones, florals and cool neutrals littering the high street, plenty of stores have been inspired by prada’s bright, punchy prints. They’re a bit sassier than block colours and the perfect bold antidote to pretty florals which are getting a bit boring and predictable in Summer. Head to toe stripes might be a bit much for some, so choose a statement piece like one of the gorgeous skirts and pair with either brights or neutrals. 
Zara stripe skirt – £25.99

Stripe-spiration

31 Mar
The last couple of weeks have been very Spring-like…hurray! I’ve officially ditched my winter coat in favour of a slightly lighter coat and even wore shorts (with tights) sans jacket on the weekend. As great as the lighter evening and sunshine are, I suddenly feel like I’m ill equipped to deal with the warmer weather. It’s not as simple as just taking a couple of layers off and wearing a lighter jacket, actual hot weather will require appropriate clothing.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer trends is thankfully one that you can count on every year – nautical stripes. Stripes are already all over the high-street  in various guises from traditional blue, ultra thin stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes. My favourite are the more block-y Prada inspired stripes like the Zara skirt in the centre. I also love the Topshop  night shorts which are just too cute to be confined to indoors, I’m planning on wearing them with wedges, slouchy tee and a maxi length cardi. 

Sunshine brights

9 Mar
Spring is finally beginning to spring! London has been basking in beautiful sunshine for the last couple of days and it’s been absolutely blissful. The sunshine has inspired me to start banishing blacks, browns and navys to the back of my wardrobe and start wearing more brights. I’m not one of those people who only wears black during the winter months, I think an injection of colour looks fab but a really bright outfit just looks a little misplaced. Thankfully, we can start lightening up now! Literally inspired by the sunshine, I’ve found tons of sunshine brights on the highstreet. I think plain yellow pieces look fab as they are so you can let the zingy colour do the talking but there are lots of fun prints around too like birds and bananas. 

Zara frilled dress – £39.99

Working pleats

1 Feb

For some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever been into pleats. I think something about them just seems a little high maintenance, the thought of trying to get the pleats to lie perfectly after washing is a little scary. Even Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection didn’t tempt me. However, seeing this gorgeous little pleated skirt I just had to give pleats a whirl. I actually thought it would be a perfect work skirt, I think every woman needs a girly, flippy skirt in their work wardrobe. I threw on this slate blouse as I was in a bit of a hurry, I chose the shoes to brighten up the outfit. Do you have any pleats in your wardrobe? 

Blouse – Zara, skirt – Topshop, shoes – New Look