LACED

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Summer is rolling in and last years penchant for side slits has been replaced with laced up details. The top and sandals from Zara are my new go-tos that I’ve been wearing on repeat for the last month – apologies for only just getting around to documenting it! I love the subtlety of these pieces with the slinky ties up the side of the blouse and the just above ankle height of the sandals. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the knee high lace-up gladiators as they’re slightly too flashy for my less is more ways but these ones felt just right. As always Zara have the best selection of runway “inspired” pieces so I’m on my way to feeling like a Chloe girl this summer. 

Blouse & Sandals: Zara // Culottes: Whistles // Bra: Valentine NYC // Watch: Daniel Wellington // Bangle: Celiné


THE SANDRO COAT

sandro2Sandro3Sandro8Sandro5Counterintuitive though it may be, buying a winter coat as winter draws to a close is actually the best time to invest in that timeless coat. If you need some evidence then let’s just say the Sandro sale was good to me… very good to me. I had been eyeing this beautiful wrap coat all season but as it was unlined (and unaffordable) I really couldn’t justify the splurge (and pay rent). Then last weekend I stumbled across the last one in my size on the sale rack so obviously it was fashion fate. Having seen the AW15 runways it’s safe to say the wrap coat is going nowhere next season so I finally bought the coat of my dreams at an equally dreamy price. If I needed any more justification then the unlined style will work thrown over all my spring outfits as well so I get to wear it now too. Win, win.

Wrap Coat: Sandro // Turtleneck: Zara // Jeans: ASOS // Boots: Whistles // 


COLD SPRING

4231Wide leg trousers and duster coats, have become something of a default for these cold spring days. The slouchy tailoring finished with white sneakers (one of my favourite pairings) feels completely effortless and understated which is exactly how I like to feel about my style. I would almost be blending in to the grey soho surroundings if it wasn’t for all the oversized proportions.

Happy Weekend!

Duster: Zara // Trousers: ASOS // Bag: Alexander Wang // Trainers: Sandro //


The Cut

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As the snow begins to thaw in New York and the layers of thermals are (slowly) peeled away, it finally feels like spring is on the horizon. I always love the changing of seasons, not only for the longer sunlit days, beautiful turning of leaves and sprouting of flower beds, but also for the refreshing new season styles that go with it. The seventies revival has been gaining considerable momentum since it ruled the runways last September (thanks to Chloe and Gucci) and I already have a wishlist full of the seasons must haves.

That being said, I don’t consider myself a slave to trends so if it feels like me and I love it then I incorporate it into my own style.  For me less is always more. So when it comes to the seventies trend, head to toe fringing, floaty peasant blouses and hippy busy prints are strictly not my thing. No one wants to look like they’ve raided the costume store. How I’ll be adding hints of Marianne is with light touches of suede in rich camels and gingernut, some subtle snake accessories, relaxed slightly flared jeans and the ubiquitous long tunic (taking my cue from The Row’s tunic masterpiece). It’s all about balance. Above are the pieces that make my cut and hopefully I’ll be wearing them when those birds start to sing.

Knit Tunic: Zara // Snakeskin Boots: Topshop // Slouch Flare Jeans: Whistles // Neckscarf: 45 RPM // Circle Earrings: Maria Black // Gingembre Candle: Byredo // Mini Drew Shoulder Bag: Chloe //


 

FOREVER

Whistleswhistles7Whistles2whistles6Whistles3whistles8whistles4One thing you might not know about me, or wouldn’t have guessed, is that my other big interest besides fashion is the environment. My guilty pleasure is binge watching environmental documentaries, reading tons of literature/websites and signing endless petitions for causes I support. The thing is, all of this seems so at odds with the frivolous fast fashion we’re surrounded by. I try to feel better about this by being green in other ways; buying local organic foods, being fully vegetarian, even using wind energy as my energy provider. When it comes to fashion, or more accurately my style, I feel much more restricted with my options for going green. Unfortunately my bank balance won’t stretch to Stella McCartney, sigh, so instead I’m attempting the “buy less wear more” ethos. I’ve said before on the blog that I’d rather invest in forever pieces (timeless and well made) than the throwaway trends that won’t survive longer than a season, and let’s face it aren’t made to either.

So with that in mind the above were recent ‘investments’ from Whistles that sum up perfectly the minimalism and timelessness I’ve been aiming for, which doesn’t need to mean boring. I had my eye on the Haru trousers all season and couldn’t believe my luck when I found the last pair on sale in my size, I’ve already got so much wear out of them I know they’ll be a firm staple. Turtlenecks have been my unfaltering uniform for the past few winters anyway and pretty much as classic as it gets. This navy one is very lightweight and cropped so I can see it being worn with a vintage suede skirt and birks when the weather warms up, as well as recycled and layered up again for those those chilly winters to come.

Trousers: Whistles // Turtleneck: Whistles // Trainers: Sandro // Bangle: Celine // Watch: Daniel Wellington //