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Friday, 12 September 2014

Have you been in... Whistles lately?

This season I am skipping almost entirely all fashion weeks - Petro and I are too busy with the #witproject and we need to put all our energies into getting ready to launch. However, this week end end I have two events I've decided to go to attend and both of them require a "bit of an outfit". I'm not buying anything new for them (I can't I can't I can't) but that doesn't stop me from popping my head into a store (or two) and trying some things one for you

Whistles maxi dress £650
So I happened to be in Whistles and spotted quite a few fabulous thing starting with this black, asymmetric maxi dress (too pricey for me but WHAT a buy!). It's super long at the back and then short at the front. I suppose you could wear it really smart, but I would dress it down and and wear it with a statement flat in the day. 

Leather culottes £395
They also had some amazing T-shirts, really simple but beautifully cut and of a great cotton quality plus a grey jumper that was really similar to the Isabel Marant one I bought last season (and still treasure today). And then of course all coats were so flattering on and I love the shoes and ankle boots too. I left with the leather culottes... Don't judge me! 

Black leather culottes £395
Longline split end T-shirt £40
Tila pointed mule £155
Motoko black maxi dress £650
Masa knitted grey jumper £175
Julia textured navy coat £350
all from Whsitles

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Statement shirt (for the day)

I tried to resist wearing my J.Crew shirt again so soon after the Sloane Square event, but I just couldn't! The good news is that although it's a great evening/dress up piece it can also totally be dressed down with jeans and trainers, and today I am doing just that for a day in the office. Plus, between us, with a price tag like that... we better make the most of it! So if you have this shirt or bought it at the event, please email/Tweet/Instagram me at @WITblog with a pic of how you wear yours - I need all the inspiration I can get!

J.Crew Collection jewelled bib shirt £498

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wait for it...

After such a busy evening last night (what a fabulous do and thank you again for everyone that came along!) I woke up this morning and thought: "This is a jeans and T-shirt kind of day". But then I looked at my wardrobe and realised that my leather skirt is just as comfortable as my jeans, and my new Valentino flats are just as comfortable as my slip ons... So why not! Same time getting dressed, same comfort factor but quite a substantially different end result. Plus today, going against all my hand bag principles I'm wearing (wait for it) a £12 Primark bag as seen on my fabulous nanny. I didn't make the trip to the store (can't face it) but I did ask her to grab me one!! 

See all pics from last night on my Pinterest photo diary!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Today you will mostly find me...

... HERE and HERE live, from London as I get ready for my #jcrewxlaurafantacci event tonight.
If you want to see what I was up to yesterday, click here to see my Pinterest photo diary.

x Laura

See you tomorrow!

Happy Monday! Today I have a super busy day at work: first breakfast  in town with a PR, then I need to pop by on a (very exciting) shoot and the I'm heading to the new  J.Crew store to see how tomorrow's party is shaping up. 

I can't wait to see you all, I've heard that lots of you have RSVP'd and it all promises to be another super fun evening. Please come and say hi and don't forget to Tweet and Instagram all your photos to @WITblog and @jcrew and hashtag #jcrewxlaurafantacci to help me collect all our photos for my  Pinterest photo diary from the night. Check out the one from last time here.

satin shorts £168 and cashmere jumper £298 with leopard print shoes £175
and earrings £45 all J.Cre

Friday, 5 September 2014

WIT mama Friday: jewellery that's OK to wear on the school run too

There is no real reason for this, but after having pretty much ignored bracelets for years, I now constantly find myself reaching out for all sort of arm candy: colourful friendship bracelets, dainty little gold numbers, bold bangles and diamante stacks. I like to wear them all at once to spice up my outfits, everything from a shirt and an A-line skirt at work to my jeans and trainers at the week end.

Bracelets are a really easy piece of jewellery to wear, unlike rings, necklaces and earrings they feel less fussy so they are perfect even on the school run or a play date. Stack them up, mix high and low and have fun with them. The best thing for me is.. Greta loves them too! I love anything from Z for Accessorize, Monica Vinader, Dana Levy and Bex Rox, here are some of the ones I have and others I long for...

Star friendship bracelet £6 Accessorize

Evil Eye £10 Accessorize

Havana friendhip baracelet £85 Monica Vinader

Open bangle £21 J.Crew

Lulu Frost £75 Whistles

Spike bracelet £170 Eddie Borgo

Friendship bracelet £4.50 Accessorize

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Not just a skinny black trouser...

J.Crew top, Best of British trousers, Jimmy Choo shoes, Bally bag
I know most of you have to wear more formal wear to work so this post is dedicated to you. 

What do you wear to a super important meeting? One where you need to look, feel and mean business?  For me it's a sharp, tailored, all black trouser. I have a lot of meetings lately, I'm running around town giving presentations, and from time to time my neon skirts and statement heels have felt vaguely out of place, so I've been desperately looking for a new pair of smart trousers. I was even prepared to bring out the cash to make a real investment and then... I found these trousers. Balenciaga? Stella? Nope. My new favourite store ;-) Best of British from Marks and Spencers!

OK so things I love about them. The fabric: a  light weight wool that feels weighty and expensive. The slim leg: super flattering and very slimming. The lenght: ankle grazing perfection, so sexy. The front pleat: gives them a smart, tailored edge.  The side pockets: like a boys trousers. The price: £129. 

WIT readers, I dare you to try them on and and tell me if you don't feel like a super business woman in them!

Best of British Pure New Wool Modern Slim Leg Trousers  £129 Marks and Spencer

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Winter denial

Stella McCartney skirt and sandals, J.Crew sweater
Are you in winter denial? I definitely am - just like every September, when I know winter is just around the corner and I want to make the most of what's left of my sandals/bare legs/coat less life. I looked at my wardrobe this morning and I want to wear all my colourful skirts and once, I refuse to stop wearing sandals (and getting pedicures) and I insists on leaving the house without a coat. Today I'm taking my Stella McCartney skirt and sandals for one last outing (I don't do colour with tights); don't be surprised if you see me "in denial" a lot more in the next few weeks... I'm a summer girl at heart! 

The ferrari of shirts: Equipment

Many of view asked me where the shirt I was wearing in my video yesterday was from, so today I thought I would dedicate this post to an absolute wardrobe essential: the Equipment shirt. I actually wrote about the Equipment shirt in my September Get The Gloss column, that was all about those key transitional pieces and early season investments:

"Another essential to ease you into autumn is the forever chicness of a silk shirt, and when you are talking silk shirts there is only one place to go to: Equipment. I don’t quite know what it is about the Equipment fit, but it looks great on virtually anyone, of any age or size. If you are investing for the first time I would go with a classic black or white with contrasting piping, but if you already have one in these colours think about a pale blue (looks great with your September tan) or even a printed one. In fall, wear tucked in your high waist jeans or hang loose over leather leggings. In winter layer under a boyish cashmere V neck sweater or a fur gilet. It’s a pricey buy, but cost per wear it’s a great investment."

Today I am wearing a grey striped one but if I could I would have one in every colour! 

"Inspired by Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, Christian Restoin's 1975 collection introduced men's shirts to womenswear. Current/Elliott's Serge Azria relaunched the brand in 2010 with a collection of boy/girl styles in luxurious silks, infusing the label's heritage with contemporary edge."

Monday, 1 September 2014

How to wear tomato red

Before leaving Red I filmed a few videos for www.redonline.co.uk that will run in the next few months to go with my magazine edit (my last issue was the September issue... grab it before it goes!) and the first trend up is one of my favourites: tomato red. 

I have a red Zara coat that I bought years ago that I still love and take out every winter. I also like to clash red with a deep burgundy and of course it looks amazing with soft greys, leopard print and denim. It an easy colour to incorporate in your wardrobe, nonetheless because you can always just wear a coat of red lipstick, my all time favourite (and the one I'm wearing in the video) is Nars Red Square. 

Hope you enjoy this clip!

From the video I'm definitely buying the Lace dress from Hobbs (£399 Hobbs coming soon!) but if you prefer something cheaper Marks and Spencers have a great alternative.

Lace dress £59.00 Marks and Spencer

Marni Glossed-leather shoulder bag £620

Red suede courts £100 Kurt Geiger

Vanessa Bruno Bamako Crepe Mini Skirt £275

Nars Red Square £18

Cashmere sweater £140 Iris and Ink