Sunday, 21 September 2014

Postcards from Spain {Part 1}

Greetings from Nerja! Full of relaxation (a little bit of work), gazpacho and the excitement at finally wearing my beach clothes.

Dress, £65, Asos
Dress: Accessorize. Hat: Melissa Odabash. Sandals: Birkenstock. Bag: local shop in Nerja
One of the many beautiful wedding locations in Menorca
Dress: Isabel Marant at Vestiaire Collective. Clutch: Koku Accessories. Sandals: Dune

My packing essentials:

Packing for the trip: Bikini: Triangl. Denim shorts: 
New essential: Lemlem kaftan
It wasn't until I went to Ibiza earlier this year that I realised I have no appropriate beach cover-ups. Everyone needs at least one good quality one, so I went for Liya kebede's ethical version, all made in Ethiopia (plus it's neon).

£160, Lem Lem at

Friday, 19 September 2014

*Frugal Buy* Next Mules

Jeans: MiH (buy similar here). Ponyskin mules: £55, Next
Black, chic and super on trend, these affordable Next mules are a must. They're not to everyone's taste, which was I was so surprised by the positive instagram thought I'd better share - looking forward to wearing them with my new season trouser: the culotte.

Did I also mention that for a heel, they're actually rather comfortable?

Mules: £55, Next

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Frugal To Do: Jane & Serge at Proud Chelsea

Jane & Serge, 5th May 1969, copyright Andrew Birkin
The love affair between Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin has always been one that fascinates me. Now an exclusive exhibition at Proud Gallery, Chelsea, is housing photographs of the couple taken by Jane's brother Andrew Birkin.

Jane & Serge, 10th May 1968, copyright Andrew Birkin
There is a beautiful intimate quality to these photographs, documenting their 12 year relationship, the exhibition is free but you can also buy prints from the exhibition (from £900). 

Jane & Serge in Oxford, 1969, copyright Andrew Birkin

Oxford 1969, copyright Andrew Birkin

If you can't quite afford the prints, the book is also fantastic (and highly recommended)

In my home: Jane & Serge book, Taschen (it comes with real photographs inside) and 'Je T'aime Jane' perfume, Bella Freud at Harvey Nichols

The exhibition is at Proud Galleries, Chelsea until 26th October 2014. 

Whilst you're in the area, you should definitely visit the Saatchi Gallery's exhibition of photographs of Coco Chanel's apartment by Sam Taylor-Johnson (see my blogpost of when I visited the apartment here).

See you there....?

Jane & Serge with Kate, Oxford 1969, copyright Andrew Birkin

Monday, 15 September 2014

Outfit Post: New Winter Kicks

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Jacket: Jigsaw. T-shirt: Edith A Miller at Austique. Bag: Zara. Jeans: AG 'Drew' Jeans (buy a version in the sale here). Shoes: Moda In Pelle 
My failsafe look is a blazer, tee and jeans. So I like to mix up my footwear a bit. 

I'm actually a bit tired of wearing Birkenstocks for the entire summer - it's refreshing to slip my feet back into something more structured. There are so many new shoes styles to choose from this season, I'm really excited (hence I've been buying A LOT of new shoes lately - well, that's my excuse).

These photos were taken by my husband (he has become quite creative with a lens now - he kind of has to be!) at our local indoor market Merton Abbey Mills (my grandad used to work at Board Mills factory that stood here and this was also where William Morris used to have his studio). 

I used to come here a lot as a child but there aren't as many stalls or restaurants as there used to be. There are still a few lovely independent restaurants and a good pub ('The William Morris') so it is definitely worth a trip if you're in the area. We had delicious Brazilian food at Katavento and then watched a T Rex tribute band - the best bit was being able to walk home afterwards - bliss!

Ring: Pandora. Bag: Zara
The more masculine pointy flat - a big style for A/W

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Entries from my scrapbook...

Images from Pinterest (follow my board 'I dream of summer' here)

...and I'm off. After a bit of a hectic summer, I'm excited to get a proper break. I have scheduled some posts but I am also excited to take (a bit of) time off so I will try and relax as much as possible (it really is hard as a blogger as you never want to miss an opportunity!). 

I will be on instagram whilst in Spain - there may be a few pictures of palm trees and paella - don't say I didn't warn you...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Trending: Blue

Images from Pinterest
Blue is having a bit of a moment - navy blue Birkenstocks, blue denim, the blue coat - every fashion item I'm currently dreaming of is blue!

Any shade seems to go, really, from pastel to electric blue. I love the idea of wearing in different shades head to toe and breaking it up with blue denim.

And since it's my favourite colour, long may it's how to get in on the act:

Wearing my Helen Moore scarf in Paris
Faux fur scarf, £120, Helen Moore

Skirt, £28, Peter Ting for Oasis
Shoes, £24.99, New Look at Asos
Broken-in boyfriend jeans, £128, J Crew

Wool coat, £129, Marks + Spencer Autograph

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Must-Buy: Patchwork Denim

Shirt: H+M. Jeans: MiH Jeans. Clutch: Gap
MiH, denim and patchwork: possibly 3 of my favourite things. All of these things in one = the dream. MiH jeans are quite expensive but the 'Phoebe Slims' fit me so well, they're a good buy in my eyes.

'Phoebe Slim' jeans, £205, MiH Jeans at MatchesFashion

Heels: Manolo Blahnik 'BB'
There are, of course High Street alternatives...

1969 patch and repair boyfriend jeans, £49.95, Gap
Patchwork jeans, £30 (reduced from £60) in the sale, Urban Outfitters

'Jimmy Jimmy' boyfriend jeans, £162.18, Paige Denim at

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