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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

How to wear a colour pop skirt

Just add a J.Crew  Tippi sweater, and if you are investing in one for the first time start with a grey, then black or navy and then try for a colour (I went for red). The Tippi is an essential building block for your wardrobe, it is literally the T-shirt of knitwear and you will wear it with everything. It's got the perfect crew neck (looks great with necklaces or none), arm flattering 3/4 length sleeves and comes in the most gorgeous colour selection. Also the weight is perfect for in-between seasons (aka in the UK all year around!)

Flash back - with Jenna Lyons and this very same outfit in May last year.

The broaderie top

Another thing I pulled out of my summer boxes is the white broaderie anglais top that I bought from Whistles last year. It's a great little staple to have in your wardrobe and you can wear it in lots of different ways, giving it a more casual or dressed up spin. I often pack it for week ends away because even with a pair of jeans and flats it makes me feel a little dresses up. I pair it with a black leather skirt for work, or even one of the colour pop skirts in this weeks Star Buys. While I was looking for alternatives on the Internet (mine isn't  available any longer), I found this fab dress style from Alice Temperley.. Very tempting as I still regret not buying the Etoile similar version a few years ago and this could be the perfect replacement.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter holiday sea escape packing how-to

Whenever I have to pack for a holiday, however long and to whatever destination, I always start by picturing in my mind what kind of girl I want to be. Once I've pictured "her" it is so much easier to pack and my suitcase instantly becomes a cohesive capsule wardrobe. I then proceed by considering the location, the length of the stay and what I will be doing. I lay everything on my bed divided in day and night outfits, followed by essentials (underwear, nightwear) and finished off with shoes. I am often cold, so I always make sure I have all weather options: this could be as simple as packing tights/closed toe shoes/jacket/jumper to go with your outfit. Beauty case and make up are always the last ones to go in, followed by techie stuff and neatly re-arranged handbag (I don't need my work pass on holiday!)

For this three night holiday to the sea in the UK, my inspiration was this J.Crew girl: cool, relaxed, stylish but realistic. I will be taking walks on the beach with my daughter and friends so I need a wardrobe of easy staples that I can mix and match, whatever the weather. I've gone off trilby's and now prefer a slouchier hat, if I will get to wear swimwear at this time of the year it has got to be a black, chic one piece. I take pleasure in creating a sense of occasion for whatever is going on in my life, so always pack something a little something special. A little black dress always deliverers, it's got to be something unfussy but equally gorgeous that if I go out for a dinner I feel a little dresses up. I will be taking my Other Stories dress and wearing it with a fun colorful clutch (the only time I don't wear a designer bag). I always pack a small selection of inexpensive jewellery and always get a glossy gel mani and pedi before I go. It just makes all the difference. Happy Easter WIT readers, see you next week!

J.crew shorts £59.50

J.Crew week end sweatshirt £59.50

J.Crew linen shirt £79.50

Mango shirt dress £29.99

Mango parka £69.99

Aquazzura Belgravia lace-up suede point-toe flats £440

MiH Jeans Phoebe mid-rise boyfriend jeans £195.00

See by Chloé Cotton-jersey and crocheted cotton mini dress £250

Accessorize  Fine Straw Crochet Hat £17.00

Asos mini drop earrings £5.00

ASOS Aztec Clutch Bag with Pom Poms £28.00

Ray-Ban The Wayfarer D-frame acetate sunglasses £125

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Thought of the day: wear wear wear!

Sometimes I tend to save my favourite items and only wear them for special occasions, my peplum skirt for example (that I absolutely love) I've only worn it once during Milan fashion week. What's that about?!  Well, my thought if the day is that every day is a special day so wear, wear, wear ALL your favourite clothes. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

The cargo pant

I did my seasonal wardrobe swap-over at the week end and found these old cargo pants that I suddendly had an urge to wear again. I remember buying them as a nineteen year old and thinking they were the coolest thing ever (they are from Pinko!). Today I am breathing new life in them with my Sophia Webster heels and Tippi crew neck. If you have a pair of cargo pants buried in your wardrobe take them out, and here are three updated ways of wearing them as a grown up!

From the left:

Casual Friday (flash back)

Today I'm cheating a little bit and posting an outfit that I wore Friday.  Today's actual outfit needs some shopping tips which I haven't had time to do this week end, but look out for it tomorrow. Here I am outside Shoreditch House graffiti wall after a busy morning of meetings in my Chanel sweatshirt, Top Shop lurex skirt and LK flats. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

WIT mama Friday: Mini Me

Greta and I last summer in Amalfi in matching broaderie tops. Photo by Julie Adams
Now that Greta is growing up I am starting to notice that I am dressing her a little bit like me. For starts we will both be wearing one piece swimsuits this summer as well as slip on trainers, hers from Boden mine from Kurt Geiger and our Stella-ish neon cork sandals. I love a little bit of denim or chambray with a delicate broderie anglias top and my Isabel Marant Etoilebeach cover up will certainly be repeated in the form of a boho dress for her. We also both love monogramming and I have been fantasising about a bespoke "GZ" Walton (which I would use until she gets married) for a while now... and lastly I won't be wearing pom pom hair clips I kind of wish I could. 

I shop from my pages

I remember trawling through the rails at the Karla Otto press office some three months ago looking for gems for my May shopping pages, and finding this dress with love at first sight excitement.

I pictured a summer version of myself in it, made a mental note to buy it as soon as it hit the stores and used the top version for an Isabel Marant  inspired section in my trend report. 

Fast forward to last week and The Frugality reminded me that the dress was in store and off I went to buy. It comes in black and white but I opted for the Italian widow look ;-) 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The flat that makes me feel like I'm on heels

I have a little (big) crush on my strappy Aquazzura flats and simply want to wear them every day. It may also be because I had te pleasure of meeting the designer duo behind this made in Florence made brand, and they are such lovely people that the association of the two puts a smile on my face every time! This is the flat that makes me feel like I'm on heels minus the hassle (let's face it) of commuting on stilts, and I am literally obsessed with it. I know they are pricey but believe me that cost per wear they are totally worth it, so start saving up. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

My favourite red lipsticks

Almost every day when I post a picture of my outfit I receive an email, a tweet or a comment asking me what shade of lipstick I'm wearing. The truth is that I don't always wear the same shade, I have a selection that I choose from that goes from orange-red to a more cherry-red and which one I opt for totally depends on my outfit. So today I've decide to come clean and answer this question once and for all by revealing my "closet" of favourite lipsticks, because as with my clothes every day is a new lipstick day.. and PS. the shade I'm wearing in the pic is MAC lipstick in Lady Danger

1) Nars semi matte lipstick in Heat Wave £19.50
2) Top Shop Lips in Infrared £8.00
3) Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella £19.00
4) MAC lipstick in Lady Danger £15.00
5) Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon £23.00
6) Top Shop Lip Bullet in Heartbeat £8.00
7) Nars semi matte lipstick in Red Lizard £19.50