Monday, 17 November 2014

Humble Abode

Currently dwelling in the hotel of mum and dad, I have to say I do think a lot about living on my own. I love having my own space and I can't wait for the day when I can call some place my new home, and relish the ability to roam from room to room without a care. It has to have a view. I can't stress how I feel about this. Even Harry Styles said his time in One Direction has taught him to appreciate a good view. Now I'm not in One Direction, but I am definitely picking up what he's laying down. Check out my dream home-spiration while I work out how to save (and not sell a single shoe)...








Images via Pinterest and Domaine Home







Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel

Images via Ftape, Pinterest and WeHeartIt

Simply stunning editorial in the November issue of British Vogue shot by Patrick Demarchelier. Featuring Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio in anticipation of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show taking place in London in just two months time. Stripping the Angels bare to showcase heavenly couture disproves any opinion that they are just wholesome Victoria's Secret catalogue models, these girls have real credentials - and seriously good genes.

Fancy Flats


Jimmy Choo 'Guild' Flats

Because however you choose to wear your knitwear: layered, knotted, oversized.. It's always nice to have a little juxtaposition on the bottom half. Jimmy Choo's flats have got it all, the zips, snake print, pointed toe - it's just all too much! Wear with leather trousers for added subtle sex appeal.

Sweater Weather

Stella McCartney Sweater, Marc by Marc Jacobs Necklace, Larsson and Jennings Watch, Whistles Culottes, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, Eve Lom Lip Balm, Whistles Clutch, Zara Boots.

Earlier today I was astonished that I would even ponder the possibility of spending £550 on a sweater, but then I remembered that I was about ready to spend that on a coat and I stop judging myself.

The weather has taken a real turn for the start of October and it's finally time to slip on a sweater -  Hallelujah! I can't tell you how much knitwear I've been bulk buying (Thank you Inditex) in preparation for cooler climes. The real lustworthy lothario in the knitwear world is this Stella number. The asymmetrical oatmeal cosy knit deserves a veritable smorgasbord of positive adjectives, but I'll leave that as it is for now and let you think of some for yourself. The other step in the direction towards Stella was the simply stunning editorial in the November issue of Paris Vogue featuring Anja Rubik and a multitude of deliciously soft knitwear in a woodland setting. Shot by Lachlan Bailey, the layer upon layer of sweet wool and cashmere goodness is enough to get lost in the pages.



Images via The Fashionography

Alas the cabin in the woods vibe is not always the most practical, so it's nice to style up the sweater with a more urban edge thanks to Whistles' butter soft leather culottes and Zara's Celine inspired ankle boots. The texture clash is amped up one more with a huggable faux fur clutch from Whistles and as such the look desires minimal make-up (Think Cara D at Stella's show with a low loose pony) for a real nod to sweater weather..

Monday, 6 October 2014

Shop Differently

I'd say I am pretty tech savvy in most cases. By tech savvy I mean I got the Harpers Bazaar emoji app  and that was a big deal for me. On a more serious note, I am always on my phone. Always. So it's not that surprising to hear that I do most of my shopping from my phone too, just for simplicity. I tend to go straight onto Safari for what I'm looking for, but the Net-a-Porter app is always a favourite for a little style stalking. The worst thing about Safari shopping is tabs - there are always too many tabs to keep going back and forth and the struggle is real. 

This has since been eliminated with the help of Mallzee. I heard about Mallzee a while ago now, read a few reviews from both bloggers and magazines but I had never given it a go until now. After only a week or two using the app, it has completely changed the way I shop, being able to tailor the app to my personal needs is so handy and I can shop my saved items and looks any time of day. Swiping seamlessly between style feeds and the brands I want to shop means shopping from my phone has never been so easy. I'm the first to admit I'm about 12 months too late to the Mallzee party, but better late than never is all I can say. With per 100 brands in Mallzee's roster, you can shop everything from ASOS, Reiss, Topshop and Urban Outfitters! Plus Free People, Pull&Bear and MaxMara for something a little different. Now do you see why it's so easy?!

You can even like and share looks with anyone you want, so if you're thinking of hinting at any potential birthday or Christmas presents this is definitely the way to go. I can't wait to use it next Spring to help create the perfect holiday wardrobe - mainly to make packing a whole lot easier!

The only way to really experience Mallzee is to download it and start shopping! Download for free from the AppStore now and watch the way you shop transform before your eyes.





Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Power in Paris

Chanel 'Riot' via Style.com


Where else would you see such grand set designs including a supermarket, carousel and an enchanted woodland, other than Paris of course?! Milan excels in excess but anything goes in Paris. The ability for creativity to thrive as it does in such a unique setting is astounding, and as another Paris fashion week draws to a close we reflect on how far Paris has come as a permanent fixture on the fashion map.

Today's Chanel show was an event in itself, with models storming an indoor Boulevard Chanel - designed and built by Karl and co - protesting women's rights. Trust Karl to create the show that divides opinions, hell last year he put trainers on the catwalk and it was astonishing for some haute worthy fans. Cara led the charge with a megaphone and along with Binx Walton, Gisele Bundchen, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid among others they yelled and protested as they strutted along the boulevard in Karl's creations. In an ode to Emma Watson's recent #HeForShe campaign, Karl's riot came at a completely welcomed time when it seems like people are finally ready to listen, not just to women, but to the fashion industry. Despite Karl's role as an innovator it's interesting that Karl's movement has come about a little later than others, and this is likely one of the causes of the split opinions in the industry.

For years people have scoffed at the mere thought of people in the fashion industry having an opinion, or a desire to make change happen, but in the last decade at least it seems the power players in the industry have made their voices heard. Everyone from Anna Wintour, DVF and even Kaye West have actively pursued ways to prove that fashion is not just fruity, frothy chat heard in a shoe store, but it is an extension of personal style. Style is never having to say you're sorry, and fashion is the unapologetic way of putting that into action. Whether you choose to express your style through a classic Balenciaga Le Dix bag, or a dramatic Dolce and Gabbana Red Riding Hood cape, the power is in the expression. For a total of eight weeks of the year we are encouraged to have fun with fashion, and to feel good in clothes because let's be honest, we all have to wear clothes and whether people like it not, the bi-annual fashion month has the deciding vote.

I don't need to remind you of one iconic Miranda Priestly quote about 'a pile of stuff ' do I?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Heaven Sent

We're almost at the end of the last leg of fashion's most exhausting calendar month.. But don't kick off your Stella McCartney flatforms just yet, we still have a long way to go by way of Hedi, Karl and Nicolas. Before we let the males go head to head, let's talk about my two favourite shows of yesterday, presented by two of the industry's most inspirational women.

Céline SS15 via Style.com

The woman, the icon, Phoebe Philo. I could wax lyrical about my love for Phoebe and her design aesthetic. Only Phoebe can create this minimalism coupled with intricate details that just free flow like a stream of consciousness. The smooth blend of clean lines and tight knits undone by a mass of fringing and loose cutaway sleeves allows for power dressing with a twist, awash with a smattering of signature Philo print for good measure. This time, gone are the artistic brush strokes of SS14, in favour of florals and the cross pollination (excuse the pun) of the ditsy and the bold. Something that works against the minimal silhouettes of Philo's design and is a soft accent to the cream, black and navy that will fly out come next season.

I'll take the knitted fringe dress in both colours. Or maybe just the whole collection, natch.

Chloé SS15 via Style.com

A successor of Philo at Chloé, Clare Waight Keller has transformed the label in her own right to create an ethereal angelic aesthetic symbolic of the brand. Chloe is a brand that everybody wants a piece of, right down to the fragrances, and the SS15 collection is sure to shoot to the top of wish lists across the world. Boasting fans including Rosie H-W and Clemence Poesy, it's natural that the collection would harbour the stuff of dreams, but Waight Keller surpassed expectations with luxe broderie anglais boho sundresses and seventies reworked suede short suits. It was like watching a revamp of Love Story at Coachella that was just incredible.

But can we talk about that loungewear as outerwear set? WOW!