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If Only: Outfit of the Day 44#

 As the weather becomes increasingly erratic, I find myself really getting into the flow of layering my outfits, both in these stylised outfits and my day-to-day outfits. While the pinning of sagging sleeves would prove a pest after a while, I am sure, I am really into layering silk kimonos beneath warmer knitwear, blazers and outerwear. It’s just so comfy.

23-sep

1. River Island Mono Print Kimono. £40. Available here.

2. Acne Studios Blazer. £490. Available here.

3. I.D. Sarrieri La Belle Chantilly Lace Bodysuit. £675. Available here.

4. Stella McCartney Costanza Crepe Wide-Leg Pants. £495. Available here.

5. Chloé Lauren Suede Ballet Pumps. £340. Available here.

6. Topshop Mini Tara Holdall. £38. Available here.

7. ASOS Volcano Cut Stone Necklace. £15. Available here.

8. ASOS Rock ‘n’ Rose Cuff. £24. Available here.

9. Topshop Opulent Floral iPhone 5. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 41#

 More back-to-school influences, I think… I swear, it’s not intentional. As for the bright yellow lingerie… I love a pop of colour! Too much? No, I don’t think so, but feel free to disagree. After all, it’s only an outfit of my imagination, anyway.

20-sep

1. Topshop Textured Hybrid Skort. £36. Available here.

2. A.P.C Atelier de Production et de Création Mike Plaid Shirt. £140. Available here.

3. Stella McCartney Gwyneth Lace Bra. £45. Available here.

4. Stella McCartney Gwyneth Lace-and-Tulle Briefs. £25. Available here.

5. Jimmy Choo Gesso Embroidered Velvet Point-Toe Flats. £350. Available here.

6. Alexander Wang Prisma Textured-Leather Backpack. £830. Available here.

7. Arme de L’Amour Gold-Plated Ear Cuff. £75. Available here.

8. Finds + URiBE Gold-Plated Cuff. £550. Available here.

9. River Island Black Wide Waist Belt. £20. Available here.

10. River Island Black Plaited Metal Trim Necklace. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 33#

Maybe it’s because it’s September, maybe because it’s school season, and I suddenly find myself once again wondering whether I am invisible to anyone under the age of sixteen as children leave school on their scooters, ramming the front wheel into my ankle, running their bikes over my toes, headbutting me in the thigh, their screeches of laughter and shouts to each other ringing through my ears, disturbing what was just a week ago a very peaceful route through the quiet residential streets of my neighbourhood. Maybe it’s the first crisp, falling leaves of autumn, but there is definitely an element of back-to-school chic intertwined with an autumnal colour scheme for today’s look. Slightly-clashing patterns, block colours, lashings of accessories and a hit of grown up lace lingerie peaking through a shirt… yes.. I like this one very much.

12-sep

1. Isabel Marant Eddie Striped Cotton Shirt. £185. Available here.

2. Malene Birger Linah Felt Midi Skirt. £210. Available here.

3. Stella McCartney Georgia Bodysuit. £125. Available here.

4. Christian Louboutin Fred Metallic Leather Brogues. £495. Available here.

5. Valentino Rivet Colour-Block Leather Shoulder Bag. £1550. Available here.

6. Karl Lagerfeld Nadine Leather and Cotton Bow Tie. £95. Available here.

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs Obi Leather Belt. £265. Available here.

8. Finds Shore Projects Watch. £115. Available here.

9. Aurelie Bidermann Postiano Bangle. £300. Available here.

10. Valentino Cash & Rocket Studded Leather Wrap Bracelet. £170. Available here.

11. Finds Petite Grand Bracelet. £120. Available here.

12. Maria Black Set of Three Midi Rings. £115. Available here.

13. Maria Black Lilac Gold-Plated Ring. £65. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 18#

Generally, I’m a bit of a fashion traditionalist; I don’t tend to experiment too wildly, I know what I like, I know what I can wear, and what I can’t, and I stick to that. However, sometimes, I’m willing to piece together things that will probably clash; florals and stripes, brights and monochromes, or in this case, silk and silk, green diamonds with blue Tudor-rose-esque motifs. A belt would be required to stop the silk-on-silk slip-and-slide. An extra button undone would reveal a hint of black lace. A few simple items of jewellery would turn the outfit from mismatched pyjama to daytime glamour, completed with rolled up sleeves and folded trouser legs, and a pair of nude heels. I love this trend – the best trends are always the cosiest, after all!

28-Aug

1. J. Crew Collection Silk-Foulard Wide-Leg Pants. £475. Available here.

2. Equipment Blaise Boundless Print Silk Shirt. £320. Available here.

3. Stella McCartney Georgia Glowing Stretch-Lace Soft-Cup Triangle Bra. £85. Available here. (Matching briefs can be found here for £45)

4. Miu Miu Madras Textured-Leather Tote. £1080. Available here.

5. Gianvito Rossi Leather Pumps. £425. Available here.

6. Fendi Two-Tone D-Frame Acetate Sunglasses. £200. Available here.

7. ASOS Chunky Metal Super Skinny Waist Belt. £2.50. Available here.

8. Maria Black Vixed Gold-Plated Necklace £130. Available here.

9. Jennifer Fisher Screw Gold-Plated Cuff. £315. Available here.

10. Arme De L’Amour Chevron Gold-Plated Phalanx Ring. £110. Available here.

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A Perfect Pyjama Party

As you eagle-eyed fashion followers may have noticed, pyjamas are following suit with lingerie’s underwear and outwear rebellion and are no longer bedroom-only garments. And no, I’m not talking about those lazy pyjama days slouched with a box set in front of the TV in your living room. Pyjamas are venturing outdoors … they are leaving the building! It’s been toted as the best solution to the summer heat, and frankly, I think it’s a great idea.

Like all trends, this one began on the runway, seeping into the consciousness of the catwalk models who clearly can’t help but draw fresh inspiration from each show, from them to the celebrities who line the runway each year, and now, dear readers, we have begun to sit up and take note. Vogue is talking, and we’re listening.

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Stella McCartney.

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Clements Ribeiro.

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Jonathan Saunders.

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Haider Ackermann.

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Ferragamo.

This trend, however, is not an opportunity to be lazy. Styling is still required to transform your nightwear into sleek day wear or elegant evening wear; have accessories at the ready, and a killer pair of heels!

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Cara Delevingne.

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Rihanna in Pucci.

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Jessica Alba

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Sofia Coppola

I’ve been scouring the internet and have put together my favourite pyjama-inclusive outfits in all their adventurous glory!

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Olivia von Halle. Lila Nika striped silk-satin pyjama. £330. Available here.

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Olivia von Halle. Bella silk-satin pyjama. £185. Available here.

Carine Gilson. Silk-satin pyjama bottoms. £415. Available here.

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La Perla. Stretch-silk pyjama bottoms. £245. Available here.

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Raphaella Riboud. Roxanne Silk-crepe pyjama shirt. £648 £324. Available here.

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Temperley London. Silk-satin pyjama set. £160. Available here.

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Altuzarra. Redwood printed techno-satin trousers. £605 £220. Available here.

This entire outfit would cost £2640… so what’s that? One kidney, or two?

And for those of you us who who are looking for this trend on the high street, at high street prices, here are a few more affordable options for you to consider:

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1. Rosie for Autograph. Floral short pyjamas. £29.50. Available here.

2.  Untold Memoir. Plain silk pyjama shirt. £65. £52. Available here.

3. Topshop. Floral cigarette trouser. £38. Available here.

4. Topshop. Floral chiffon robe. £32. Available here.

5. Topshop. Geo jacquard trouser. £42. Available here.

6. River Island. Light pink floral shirt. £38. Available here.

7. Topshop. Clean rose cigarette trouser. £42. Available here.

8. River Island. Black and white striped shirt. £15 £7. Available here.

9. River Island. Dark red floral print slim cigarette trouser. £40. Available here.

Also, I’d just like to point out, I was wearing a silk pyjama top as a shirt way back in 2011… and I’m pretty sure that as a kid, I managed to slip by my parents a few times in my pyjamas (the top, anyway.. bottoms would have been too conspicuous) when when reluctantly accompanying them on their boring grown up errands… does that make me a trendsetter? I’m going to count it.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 3#

Today I’m feeling very English country, because what’s that saying? You can take the girl out of the [tiny Derby-skirting village/series of European hostels], but you can’t take the [country/wanderer] out of the girl? Something like that. Of course, I had my exact outfit of the day in mind… only to realise that all of my wonderful baggy jumpers are still locked away in my Dad’s spare room, waiting for me… so instead… if only. Besides, it’s too early to tell yet which way the weather will turn. You just never know. Sunny sundress or farmer chic?13-Aug

1. John Lewis Ghost Keira Tea Dress in Blush. £60. Available here.

2. Stella McCartney Faux Leather Wedge Ankle Boots. £355. Available here.

3. American Apparel Sheer Luxe Shapes Over-the-Knee Socks. $15. Available here.

4. Burberry Medium Grainy Leather Bowling back. £1350. Available here.

5. Topshop Acid Wash Jumper in Khaki. £40. Available here.

6. Topshop Assorted Bead Necklace. £18.50. Available here.

7. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Green Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

8. My Flash Trash Gold Chain Turquoise Stone Bracelet. £20. Available here.

9. Topshop Enamel Arrow Finger and Midi Ring. £6.50. Available here.

10. Asos Felt Floppy Hat in Camel. £20. Available here.

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May Wish List

This month’s wish list clearly reflects just how many old black and white movies I’ve been watching lately… Hitchcock, Curtiz, Wilder and Huston, I’ve been locked well and truly in a film noir binge for several weeks now. That of course means that I’ve been spending far too much time day dreaming about my dream boudoir bedroom, complete with a glamorous peignoir to sweep about the room in, a la Gilda.

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1. Latte Design. Dream Big Art Print. £9.16. Available here. If I’m dreaming of hollywood glam boudoirs with luxury wardrobes, then I’m clearly dreaming big. I would have this centre stage in the middle of a wall of art, as the ultimate motivation.

2. Steve Madden. Cori Cut-Out Oxfords. £60. Available here. I always have a pair of brogues or oxfords in my wardrobe, wearing them until they’re tatty and torn. Never before have I seen cut-out oxfords, however… they’re beautiful! Not great for rainy English days, however. Great for my favourite summer past time of reading books in quiet Parisian cafes, quietly people watching over the page. Library chic.

3. Yang Li. Full Length Cotton & Silk Skirt. £1375. Available here. This dress is expensive, dramatic, and oh so glamorous. I’d style it with a cream silk camisole with the thinnest straps and a low cut back for Paris, a low backed fitted top for Milan, a plaid shirt tied at the waist into a crop top for New York, and with an oversized, fashionably torn slogan t-shirt for London. So versatile but daring.

(Update* See how I have styled this skirt for NYC, Milan, Paris and London here.)

4. Laura Mercier. Creme Brulee Honey Bath. $45. Available here. Everyone has their signature scents, and mine have for a long time now been honey and vanilla, from my hair potions, skin lotions and perfumes (but for the occasional spritz of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle thrown in there in all its floral glory on special occasions).  If it contains either of my beloved favourite two ingredients, I want it. I don’t know why, but I especially love the little honey dipper that comes with it. I’m a sucker for good packaging, I guess.

5. Stella McCartney Balcony Bra. £96 £67. Available here.

6. Stella McCartney Underwear. £52 £36. Available here.

I make it no secret that I adore beautiful lingerie, and cobalt blue is my ‘colour of the month’. Stella McCartney has never let me down, and so I of course adore this beautiful lace and silk blue lingerie set.  So pretty, so sexy.

7. Very Home. Wood Frame Etolies a Marrakech Diffuser. £53. Available here. Living on the very edge of a city, surrounded by fields and farms, it’s fair to say that things smell strange here, and so I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with covering those ‘country smells’ of pigs, cows and horses with a range of candles and diffusers. I can’t believe I went years before finally buying a diffuser set for myself – they are amazing! Their scent is stronger than a candle, you don’t have to worry about your house burning down if you fall asleep in front of the Eastenders omnibus (I caught a few minutes of it just last week, and I can tell you that it’s a very real threat!) and they don’t make that irritating little hissing puff sound that plug-in or battery powered air fresheners do either periodically or – worse – whenever you dare to move! Definitely my new favourite way to stop those wandering farm smells from invading my house.

8. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. £18. Available here. I’ve never actually tried gel eyeliner, but I have always heard good things about it, and I think that when I do finally get around to that make up bag purchase,  Bobbi Brown would be a good place to start. Has anyone tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

9. Fornasetti. Silenzio Candles. £109 each. Available here. Nevertheless, there will always be a place for candles in my heart home, and this (rather expensive) Fornasetti candle set would look amazing, side by side on a white coffee table.

10. Lush. Vanillary Gorilla Fragrance. Prices from £28. Available here. Some vanilla to go with my honey bath… stuff (what do I call it exactly? Bath cream? Bath gel? Bubble bath? We speak a language that for each word in the English dictionary, has 100+ alternate words that share the same meaning, and yet we refer to anything that we add to our bathwater as either bubble bath, or, if you’re a grown adult, ‘bath’? Where’s the sense?) I’ve long trusted Lush and their products, and I’ve often used their solid perfumes while travelling, especially Vanillary, a tried-and-trusted favourite that everyone always compliments.

11. Montegrappa. The Brain Gold Fountain Pen. £29,580. Available here. I had to include this one just for the ridiculous extravagance of it. Almost £30K for a fountain pen? I may be one of the only members of the Y generation who still puts pen to paper, but is it really such a spectacular design that it would be worth the kidneys, eggs, pints of blood and miles of hair that I would have to sell to be able to afford it? Doubtful.

12. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. £. Available here from 8th May. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since it was first announced, and I will be sure to snap it up from the nearest bookshop next week. I have long enjoyed reading the biographies and business advice books of various entrepreneurs, picking their brains, trying to understand how their businesses boomed as they have. Sophia Amoruso is yet another idol of mine, the founder of Nasty Gal, which began as a humble Ebay shop. I can’t wait to see what she has to say.

13. Eicholtz. Royal Master Sealight Lamp. £1539. Available here. Again, I’d blame my love of old Hollywood movies and, of course, photography, but if ever I spot an extravagant, industrial-style lamp such as this one, it stops me in my tracks. Yes, the price is a little steep (how many donated eggs would that cost? Two? Three?) but I love it.

14. Ted Baker Opulent Bloom Black Cabin Luggage. £199. Available here. My choice of luggage matters just as much to me as what I pack inside it, and I’ve lately seen a range of beautiful, floral Ted Baker suitcases lining shop windows, tempting me. One day I’ll succumb and replace the ultra light, red IT suitcase with something albeit chunkier and heavier, but so, so much more beautiful.

15. Heaven Tanudiredja. Baven for Death Princess Necklace. £869. Available here. I rarely wear jewellery, but when I do, I go big. I’m all about statement necklaces to bring together, and how great would this necklace look teamed with the Yang Li skirt and a white silk camisole? Or for a more casual day look, a simple yellow tea dress…

16. Kikkerland. Sharp Image Pencil Sharpener. $19.99. Available here. Of course, as a photographer, my eye will be drawn to a camera-shaped pencil sharpener, even though it has been done a thousand times before. Cute, quirky and so typical, I’m amazed that I haven’t found one in a Secret Santa stocking before!

17. Too Faced. Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Peony-Dusty Rose. £21. Available here. Last but now least, we have a liquified lipstick (or a thicker, gooier lipgloss, if you prefer). I’ve always been quite traditional about my lipsticks, but dried out, chapped lips caked in flakey clumps of colour have always been a problem for me, while lipgloss simply gets on my nerves, with its need for reapplication every five minutes, so perhaps it’s about time that I experiment with this go-between solution.

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