Thursday, 23 October 2014

How to wear pink

Cashmere jumper, £138, Iris & Ink at The Outnet. Culottes: £20, Asos. Bag: Zara. Trainers: £65, Adidas Gazelle
I'm not really a pink person, but you can't deny that it's a huge trend - everything about the hue just seems right (see my last ode to pink on the blog here). I love the soft, dusty version of this cashmere jumper - it's the finest loom, and is a great layering piece - under blazers and great for this weather.

Jumper: Iris and Ink. Jeans: MiH 'Phoebe'. Bag: BHS
Worn under my old New Look blazer

Textured knit, £125, Whistles

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

This Month I'm...

1. Going wheat and dairy free! My husband and I know we've been intolerant for a while but we've never done anything about it. Until now. There just seem so many more options these days, with blogs such as Deliciously Ella and even Sainsbury's selling 'Free From' products...we're using all our willpower to give it a go (for good!).

2...Meeting blogger friends - Briony from A Girl, A Style has been a kind of mentor to me on blogging, and it was about time I paid her a visit in her beautiful city of Cambridge. We're hoping to meet up on halloween for a day of coffee shops, catch ups and sights.

3...Getting over jetlag. Albeit a bit slowly, my body clock has been all over the place since my back to back New York and Arizona trips. I'm quenching my skin with Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and Origins 'Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'.

4...Staying local for a bit. No big travel plans for the rest of the year, currently - so I'll be enjoying the next few months in London (trying out a few gluten free menus, I'm sure).

5...Waiting for the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration to hit stores on 6th November. I went to the Press viewing last week and it looks pretty good. My eye is on the leather backpack and sliders.

6...Replenishing my winter wardrobe. I probably have enough pair of boots, but these sparkly ones from Boden have been calling out to me.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Wardrobe Update: The Sheepskin Gilet

Gilet: £159.20, Wallis. Cashmere sweater: Gap. Skinny jeans: £40, Oasis. Bag: Todd Lynn Edition at Debenhams. Shoes: Jimmy Choo (in plain black here)
A sheepskin gilet is something I've wanted for forever. The perfect jacket for the humid inbetween days we've been having lately. The thing is, they're expensive. That's just it. If you want a chic, expensive looking one anyway.

Step forward the Wallis black long line sheepskin gilet. It's excellent quality and elevates every outfit to the next level. At £199 and with extra discount at the moment, it's a wardrobe statement worth getting your hands on quickly!
Sheepskin gilet, currently £159.20, Wallis
My new favourite cross-body leather bag: £79, Todd Lynn Edition at Debenhams

How To Wear:

1. Cashmere crew-neck jumper, £59.90, Uniqlo

2. Ponyskin clutch, £139, Hobbs

3. Neoprene culottes, £38, Atterley Road

4. Acetate sunglasses, £17.99, Mango

5. Gold-plated silver ring, roughly £85, Sophie by Sophie

6. Wool slip-on trainers, £20, Asos

I've also had a few questions about my leopard flats. They're the Jimmy Choo 'Wheel' slippers, they're rubber soled and the most comfiest, versatile flats I've ever owned. Money well spent.

'Wheel' suede slippers, £350, Jimmy Choo at Net A Porter

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My London Frugal City Guide

Grey wool coat: Oasis (in store December). Black faux leather skirt: £50, Oasis. Shoes: Boden (buy similar here)
Want to know my ultimate favourite places in London? I compiled a little guide for Oasis including just that...

I get a few people emailing me where to go that's cool, has a good atmosphere and affordable, and it's always a pleasure to hear when people love what I recommend. I took my parents to my favourite conveyor belt sushi place on Friday for lunch - they loved it - and it makes such a difference not going to the same old chain restaurants you get in every town.

See the article on my favourite things to DO, SEE and EAT here
Honest Burger - my favourite burger in London (not that I'm eating this on my current wheat free diet!)
The grey coat I borrowed for the photograph (and sent it back afterwards) but I can't wait for it to come into stores in December! It's a total classic and would look great with jeans too.

Coat: Oasis. Cashmere sweater: Gap (buy similar at Uniqlo here). Skirt: Oasis. Bag: Atterley Road. Shoes: Boden (buy similar here)
Read the full Q&A and my recommendations for things to do and see in London, click here.

Following this, I'm starting to compile a best brunch spots blogpost...especially for gluten/dairy free diets - so watch this space!

Friday, 17 October 2014

7 classic coats that you'll wear forever...

Everyone needs a classic coat, something that will pull together a simple jeans and sweatshirt look....

Wearing a camel coat: H+M. Jeans: MiH Jeans. Boots: Tabitha Simmons. Bag: Todd Lynn/EDITION at Debenhams
I'm a strong believer that an impeccably cut coat (expensive or not), can take your look to the next level. Stick to monochrome and classic camel and you can't go wrong. Here is my edit of the best on the High Street:

Wool mix coat: £89, Topshop (I just bought this!)

Coat, £65, Next
Wool coat, £120, Wallis
Wool maxi coat, £99, H+M
Herringbone coat, £269, Jigsaw
Camel coat, £99.99, Mango
Wool coat, £95 each, Asos
The key with Asos is to buy a wool coat. I accidentally bought a classic black one last week and it turned out to be crepe. Ewww. This one is next on my wishlist. But which colour.....?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Postcards from Arizona

Sedona, to be exact. I was fortunate enough to shoot in the red rock mountains for Red Magazine last week - and it really was spectacular.

Wearing Cos dress, Valentino sunglasses

Yes, someone is sitting on top of that rock playing spiritual music...
Life at a spa retreat!
We stayed at Mii Amo spa and Enchantment Resort, it's in the centre of a spiritual Vortex and previously been voted as Conde Nast Traveller's No 1 spa in the world. Not bad. 

The views are spectacular. Just being there makes you feel energised and ready to take on the world.

Using trees as styling areas...!
On my last day, I had a morning to myself and spoilt myself with a treatment. I went for the prickly pear butter body wrap, I definitely needed it after all the travelling I'd been doing lately. It was absolutely divine.

And when I got home? I followed through on my experience and I have started a wheat and dairy free diet. It's going to be hard, and also a bit more expensive but I think it's worth doing to feel better. Wish me luck!

My on-set wardrobe. Shirt: J Crew. Shorts: H+M. Shoes: Tabitha Simms x Toms (some of the range is still available at The Outnet here - they are THE most comfy shoes I have owned!)
Catching up with the new issue of Conde Nast Traveller on my morning off, out now (I edited the style pages!). Suncream: Susanne Kaufmann (it smells amazing)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Marques'Almeida x Topshop

Jumper: £70, Marques'Almeida x Topshop.
Orange and pink bag charm: Marques/Almeida x Topshop.
Die-hard fashionistas will have heard of design duo Marques'Almeida, but perhaps not everyone. Topshop's latest collaboration is much more underground (and way cooler, in my opinion), supporting more emerging talent.

Caroline de Maigret in runway Marques'Almeida, photographed by Boo George for Matches Fashion
The Topshop collaboration takes reference to its runway collection, featuring its signature frayed denim, bright faux fur and oversized, slouchy knits.

Yasmin Sewell wearing Marques'Almeida at Paris Fashion Week (Photo credit here)
As a Topshop x The Frugality collaboration, I chose to style my favourite pieces from the collection - I fell in love with the faux fur bag charm (which has sadly sold out - sorry!) and the oversized navy ribbed sweater, a piece really missing from my wardrobe. There is something so wintery and cosy about a slouchy knit and this would look great with jeans and skinny leather leggings, too.

Oversized sweater, £70, Marques'Almeida x Topshop


Here's what I think is a good investment...

All Marques' Almeida x Topshop

1. Skinny jeans with frayed hem, £70

2. Denim backpack, £65

3. Denim frayed edge parka jacket, £150

4. Pink sheepskin stole, £195

5. Oversized navy jumper, £70

6. Colour block sandals, £85 

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