Monday, 20 October 2014

Wardrobe Update: The Sheepskin Gilet

Gilet: £139.30, 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 an extra 30% off at the moment, it's a wardrobe statement worth getting your hands on quickly!
Sheepskin gilet, currently £139.30, 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 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Packing Lyst

This last few weeks has been crazy in terms of travel, New York for a few days, London for few, then back to Arizona. But I have to admit, I quite enjoy packing. Arizona was a particularly fun trip as I was shooting in a spa for Red Magazine. Hiking was possible, yoga was highly probable and a chic sportswear wardrobe was essential.

1. Hoodie: GapFit. 2. Sports Bra: GapFit. 3. Leggings: HPE. 4. Trainers: Nike (buy similar here). Shorts: Old Navy

This is where I realise, although I have a few key items, my fitness wardrobe could be better, and when I get back - my new health and fitness regime starts. And I mean it this time!

SO....along comes wardrobe sorter and answer to my prayers: Lyst.

Have you heard of Lyst...? It's basically an online portal with products from almost every brand imaginable...where you can put together dream lysts of products, or just shopping wishlists, where every item is available and shoppable.

It's great for me as a stylist, as I can see what is out there for shoots, create a moodboard to get ideas for colour palettes, or just be inspired to find future purchases. You can join online or via the app, and you can choose who you follow - from big brands such as Matches or Asos to style influencers - and the best bit? When you create your lyst, you notified when they go on sale! Hence my Arizona Spa Lyst is a bit 'dream scenario' wardrobe!

You can follow my new boards on Lyst here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Postcards from Madrid

Dress: Asos. Sunglasses: Asos. Sandals: Birkenstock
Retiro Park
We had a beautiful few days in Madrid last month - although it feels like a lifetime ago now...
The architecture is astounding, we enjoyed just wondering around, visiting Museo El Prado (Goya is one of my favourite artists), lazing in Retiro Park and finding new tapas spots. 
It really is almost unparalleled for places to eat and drink, and the tapas is excellent, not to mention the churros!

Paisley jumpsuit, £48, Oasis. Bag: Anya Hindmarch. Sandals: Dune
Wearing my new favourite shirt brand, Rails, available at Harvey Nichols (PS it's Gisele's fave, too)
Retiro Park
My YouTube postcard is also ready to view online, filmed and edited by Lucky No 13 - see it here (hope you like it!)

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