Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The fail-safe combo

Jumper: £25, Asos. Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Shoes: £42 in the sale, Office. Bag: Sezane (sold out but buy similar here). Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell
I think I've found it. A bright pop of colour jumper, jeans and leopard accessories. The easy outfit which makes you feel cool, relaxed but also a little bit fashiony. 

This was my London Fashion Week outfit for the last day of the shows, and I felt like me.

Apart from my 1970 Bella Freud jumper I don't actually own any red clothing, but this may be about to change. Tomato red is one of the colours of the season and you'll be seeing a lot more of it...and this Asos jumper at £25 is the ideal entry point.

You also may have noticed I've ditched the skinnies for straight leg of late...I got another pair whilst my Asos ones were in the wash (I know you're not supposed to wash jeans but I can't....) and these are such a good wash and shape, plus they stop just above the ankles: so you can show off your (£42) shoes. I know I keep going on about Gap lately but it really is good at the moment and I've lived in these jeans.

Silver bangle: £89, Uno de 50 Silver plated open bangle: £79, Uno de 50.  Silver plated spiral bangle: £79, Uno de 50. Silver-plated ring: £55, Uno de 50
Jumper: £25, Asos. Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Shoes: £42 in the sale, Office. Bag: Sezane (sold out but buy similar here).

Sunday, 25 September 2016

I'm with the band...

T-shirt: $10, Old Navy (bought in NYC). Trousers: Madewell (old). Shoes: £115, SezaneSuede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell 

I'm not sure when this band tee craze started back up again, but I sure wanted in. I'm really into classic tees at the moment, but one with an allegiance? Perfect. 

But which one to choose? My old Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins t-shirts from my teens were long gone, and even if they were around they were so ill-fitting they just wouldn't have worked. I love the Hades jumpers that everyone is wearing at the moment but what with my Bella Freud obsession, they're a no go right now for me, budget-wise.

And then I stumbled upon this: $10 in the men's department of Old Navy (rummaging whilst my husband tried a few things on in New York). I thought...is it wrong to buy this and pass it off as something I bought at a gig? And then I thought, it's $10 and I don't care that much.

The thing with these tees is you kind of have to know the band you're swearing by. And I choose Floyd. 'Wish You Were Here' is one of my favourite albums to listen to at home (and watching that amazing documentary on the making of the album makes it even more heightened).

I've teamed with these Sezane block strappy heels to add a touch of girliness, and with a denim jacket for later on. I feel it has breathed new life into my khaki chinos (and got me out of jeans for a little bit).

Jacket: £45, Oasis.

Earrings: £25, Finery
And the earrings? I read on Who What Wear this week that oversized earrings will now be worn with everything. And by the looks of Streetstyle at the shows, it seems to be the case - everyone in the crowd were wearing big gold earrings. These are from Finery and a nice way to dip your, well, ears into the trend.

Jacket: £45, Oasis. T-shirt: $10, Old Navy (bought in NYC). Trousers: Madewell (old). Shoes: £115, SezaneSuede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Bella noche...

Jumper: £320, Bella Freud. Skirt: Marks & Spencer (old but buy similar from Zara here). Heels: £109, BodenEarrings: £25, Finery. Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell 
I wanted to share a few snaps from my Bella Freud private shopping evening and preview to the new season in the Marylebone store, to kick off London Fashion Week.

It was a small, intimate affair (and was oversubscribed on the first day!), which meant I could catch up with everyone personally - and it was like chatting with old friends! 

I really mean it when I say thank you for all your support. Sometimes blogging can be lonely and you're really not sure whether what you're writing about resonates with anyone...so the fact that likeminded people are reading and care about the same things I do makes it an all round better experience. I was thrilled so many people love Bella Freud as much as I do (and have done, since my early twenties) and it was so much fun watching people try on and buy with such a thrill.

I sourced the flowers from new favourite florist Grace & Thorn

Canapes were by Canababes

What did I get? Well, I had to give back this fabulous pink cashmere....but swapped it for the tee instead! Plus my mum came and bought me a cushion I'd been after for a while (which we aren't allowed to touch until christmas!). And with an exclusive discount and a set of the amazing long matches with purchase? A no brainer...

Jumper: £320, Bella Freud. Skirt: Marks & Spencer (old but buy similar from Zara here). Heels: £109, BodenEarrings: £25, Finery

My wonderful husband photographed and filmed a short video for the evening through LuckyNo 13:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

For the love of stripes...

Ribbed roll neck: £59.50, Boden. Suede miniskirt: £199, Boden.  Leather saddle bag: £199, Boden. Photographs: Eva K Salvi
Always a perennial favourite for me, it's as if a magnetic force draws me to those horizontal lines. And this has always been where my connection with Boden began - a brand that shamelessly heralds stripes? That's something I can get on board with.

But this season they've added a few twists. I tried, for the first time, a stripe rollneck - which will look equally good with skinny black jeans and under a black mac (I'm thinking PVC a la Alexa during fashion Week). And then the classic breton? Try one with a paint stripe of pink down the front, or with velvet lace ties on the shoulders...because this season, it's all in the details.

Heels: £109, Boden
And I really don't think we need to talk about the leopard shoes. Dreamy.

Notting hill streets, where we shot these photos

And from work to weekend, my look goes a little more (okay, a lot more) relaxed...my favourite weekend breton top feels fresh with a splash of pink - I have this style breton in a few colour ways now: classic, with spots etc - it washes so nicely and is a real outfit maker.

Coat: £139, Boden. Breton top: £39.50, Boden. Cropped trousers: £59.50, Boden.  Leather bag: £199, Boden

Trainers: £79.50, Boden

Milk, Balham, where we shot these pics

This post was in collaboration with Boden, as part of the 'My Week' campaign - a brand I love all year round (and know you do, too!).
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