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If Only: Outfit of the Day 40#

I think this one may require a little more imagination than most, as I really wanted to throw together something as smart and sophisticated as this Roland Mouret jumpsuit with slouchier, slightly boho pieces such as the headband and peacoat. I myself struggled to see whether or not my idea was working until I threw in the Alexander Wang tote bag, but now, I have to admit, I love it.

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1. Roland Mouret Agena Silk-Marocain Jumpsuit. £1,195. Available here.

2. ModCloth Right to the Point Flats in Black. $34.99. Available here.

3. Urban Outfitters Leaf Chain Clip Headband. £18. Available here.

4. Free People Topped in Fur Peacoat. £198. Available here.

5. Alexander Wang Rockie Textured-Leather and Calf Hair Tote. £1,025. Available here.

6. Free People De Petra Osiris Necklace. £325. Available here.

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Hand Flower Jewellery

There are certain things that I think are best bought on online markets such as Etsy (and I am yet to find better than Etsy), and body jewellery is definitely on that list. When did jewellery suddenly become so interesting (I know, I know, this isn’t a new trend), and Etsy makes it all the more so, because suddenly, we’re not limited to the same old, same old that appears on the high street, or even the more exclusive, but still widely-available designer pieces. We can buy the individual creative gems of a whole host of upcoming, locally established or hobby designers, people whose work we would never otherwise see. Instead of wearing something that is worn by the millions of others who stop at that retail brand worldwide, we can buy something and see there on the screen that there are only a few available, or even, only one unique item.

I honestly think that sites like Etsy are helping drive jewellery in a whole new direction, away from conventional necklaces, earrings, pearls, jewels and diamond rings, and instead we find ourselves wearing handflowers bracelets, body chains over our clothes and weird and wonderfully draped chains that I don’t even know the name of. Personally, I love it.

I especially love hand flower bracelets. While body chains are pretty, and subtly sexy, they can be cumbersome, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to snap more than a few fine chains from forgetting that I am wearing them, or from simply snagging them as I rush through a busy street. I find that ear cuffs can be a bit too hard and edgy for my general style, and I tend to lose my knuckle/midi rings because I subconsciously twist and remove them, never to be seen again. Hand flowers, however, are delicate, beautiful, and they don’t get in my way. They are especially great for special occasions, I find, such as to finalise a guest’s outfit at a boho wedding… or even the boho bride herself, perhaps?

I’ve browsed through Etsy and chosen a few of my favourite hand flower bracelets currently on the market. I want them all…

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1. Alapop Jewellery. Turquoise Drape Hand Chain Bracelet. £14.86. Available here.

2. Paula B Design. Hodu Hand Chain Ring/Bracelet. £47.66. Available here.

3. Femme Mecanique. Hand Harness No. 4. Tribal Chic Jewellery. £40.23. Available here.

4. Uncommon Folk. Beaded Egyptian Link Hand Chain Bracelet. £29.71. Available here.

5. Elea Jewellery. Gold Hand Chain Bracelet. £22.28. Available here.

6. Funny People Co. Boho Hand Chain Bracelet. £9.90. Available here.

7. Lone Wolf Accents. 24K Gold Crystal Hand Chain Bracelet. £41.47. Available here.

8. Love Caroline O. Gold Hand Chain Hand Chain Bracelet. £6.80. Available here.

9. Gold Cuff Ring Hand Bracelet. £11.14. Available here

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Kate Moss for Topshop

Everyone with an even remotely fashion-minded blog is talking about Kate Moss’ new Topshop collection, and of course, I felt it only right that I join in. It’s been eagerly awaited since it’s announcement last year… probably longer in fact, as I think many die-hard fans have spent the last three and a half years with cramping crossed fingers for a return of their favourite fashion model-slash-designer. Thinking about it… has it really been seven years since her first Topshop collaboration??

One thing that I have noticed, however, is that my personal ‘top picks’ from her long awaited new collection, seem to differ from the top picks of most bloggers. It is a gorgeous collection, for sure, but no matter how many fashionista models or designers try to persuade me otherwise, I won’t be joining in with 2014’s cow girl trend. Not even Chanel can convince me otherwise. Nor am I a fan of seventies inspired fashion. I’m just not one for fringe.

Kate Moss Topshop collection 2014 preview

Kate Moss Topshop collection 2014 campaign

Nevertheless, it is a stunning collection, and no doubt it will remain on rails for all of five seconds. I think I’ll have to avoid Topshop for a while unless I wish to be trampled to death. I’ll stick to online shopping for my favourites. Maybe I can just about squeeze the gorgeous black jumpsuit into my suitcase.

My Topshop Top Picks:

Also, who was the photographer for her collection?? Brilliant.

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Not the best wardrobe for backpacking…

When it comes to fashion, I think the 1950s were the best time for travelling. How on earth they managed to so perfectly pack those huge Grace Kelly skirts without completely ruining them, I’ll never know… how they managed to find the space to pack anything other than those space-hogging petticoats and skirts, I have no idea. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve tried in the past to be ‘sensible’ in what I pack for my travels. Jeans were banned (in the summer, anyway), my love for big midi-skirts was ignored, and I’d stick to a boho, mix and match, Free People-esque capsule wardrobe; lightweight, fold-resistant fabrics that take up minimal suitcase space . You’re mocked if you’re a girl with a big suitcase (especially one like these), full of the latest trends, which is definitely flared or pencil midi skirts right now. People – guys especially – roll their eyes out if they catch you applying lippy, or straightening your hair (though that last ‘backpacking offence, I am entirely innocent of, despite the cowlicks). You’re supposed to wander around with a grubby backpack (been there) – something ‘serious‘ (aka, ugly), or if you’re fashion conscience, vintage and canvas, which therefore feels like a bag of bricks hanging from your shoulder blades (done that).

I prefer to step off every plane, train and bus like this:

Minus the pin-perfect curls. I really don’t care that certain people who I meet on my travels openly presume that I am a) rich b) spoilt c) a bimbo and/or d) ignorant to the reality of backpacking. I’m not about to climb mountains in a pair of stilettos! Especially as I can barely walk down a perfectly flat and even pavement in stilettos without falling flat on my face… needless to say, while stilettos are pretty to look at, I never take anything higher than kittens abroad.

Fashion and travel don’t always work well together, of course… take the second Sex and The City movie. There were some great outfits in that film – I love the Dior tshirt-and-big-skirt combo. But equally, sometimes it was like a car crash headfirst into the wardrobe department. For example:

Personally, I think people have become lazy when it comes to fashion when travelling. I get that when travelling, people don’t want to spend hours and hours getting ready each morning. It takes me half an hour. Bam.

I think this is an expansion on my RSS… my fashion style is definitely ‘settled and working in the big city’, while my passion is to keep on moving, moving, moving. I’m molding the two tough, into something that works well for me.

Now days, besides making sure that I have one or two practical outfits for things like rock climbing, long, long, long walks or anything else that can’t be done in ballet pumps and kitten heels, I pack whatever I want, and just keep my fingers crossed that it will all fall naturally into a perfect capsule wardrobe. I seem to repeat the same go-to fashion habits again and again when it comes to colours and patterns, so generally, my entire wardrobe works well together. I guess in a way, I’m not particularly imaginative.

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Bottega Vetena

Rochas

Fashion week still fresh in my mind, I’ve been thinking about my packing wardrobe of the season… Yes, the skirts are staying, along with tuxedo jackets – buttoned and bra-less… or maybe a cute lace bustier…hmm…), big petticoats beneath midi-skirts, patterned pencil skirts and amazing shoes.

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Look One: BlazerPetticoatSkirt. Shoes. Bag.

Look Two: BustierTrouser. Bag. Shoes. Belt. Necklace.

Look Three: Top. Skirt. Shoes. Bag.

Look Four: TopSkirt. Shoes. Bag.

Basically, I travel Audrey and Grace style.

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