The 3 L's

Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Yes, I know that I have been all about London since I moved here, London, London, London, London this and London that, but today, I spotted a news article that really struck me in a way that I would not have expected; today, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last Mitford sister, Deborah Cavendish, passed away.

This isn’t a grand obituary, or any such thing, it just felt right to whip up a quick post for someone who always seemed to feature somehow in my consciousness, be it a day trip to Chatsworth, a Nancy Mitford novel or a documentary on the Mitford clan. Not to mention, someone who I’ve always envied for their style. Go to Chatsworth, and you will find countless paintings and photographs of the glamorous Duchess, and, later, Dowager Duchess.

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Having spent just under four years living in Derbyshire, and before that, eighteen years just one county away in Staffordshire, Chatsworth house – the Cavendish estate – has always struck me as being the most magnificent house in the whole world. I have visted Blenheim and Versailles, and I still prefer Chatsworth. I think that preference is in part down to having spent my childhood reading and re-reading Pride and Prejudice, only to then pick up the remote and watch the BBC series (and later, Joe Wright’s beautiful 2005 version), on repeat. After all, rumour has it that Pemberley was based on Chatsworth, which was visited by Austen. I also think that it’s partly down to a consistent fascination with the famous Mitford sisters.

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Can you blame me for having sat up straight and taken notice of them? It’s not every day that you come across a family of sisters as varied as the Mitfords: a novelist, a duchess, a naxi, a fascist, a communist and… Pamela, the one with the quiet life. I have lost count as to how many Mitford books I have read (both those written by Nancy and the numerous biographies and autobiographies, and so it just seems obvious that I would love visiting Chatsworth even more, it being the home of one of the fascinating six sisters, a home which is also one of the most beautiful houses in the country.

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Like most of us, I never met the Dowager Duchess, but I saw what she and her husband, and later, her son have done to the estate over the years; the farm shops, the twee little cafes and the produce that lines the shelves of independent shops across the county, all to stop Chatsworth from becoming another National Trust property – not to mention the constantly updated art collection that lines the old walls in a more modernly styled wing of the grand house.

And then of course, as I said before… she was just.. so glamorous!

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 39#

It’d be wrong for me to post this without giving a shout out to my lovely flatmate for this one. Being from Spain, she always survives England’s pitiful excuse for a summer (especially now, on the brink of a new season), with skinny jeans and the cosiest looking jumpers that are just a size or two too big. It’s a look that we all reach for at the time of year, but whereas I’ve always stuck mostly to dark jewel tones (but for one regrettable orange jumper), she knows how to bring summer cheer to a sluggish day. Honestly, while I’m living here, you’ll be seeing a lot of influence from both of my two flatmates creeping into my style. The turban, however, that’s all down to the mystery stranger on Brick Lane.

18-sep

1. Gucci Waffle-Knit Wool Jumper. £455. Available here.

2. J Brand Jake Midi-Rise Slim Jeans. £270. Available here.

3. Christian Louboutin Sakouette Loafers. £425. Available here.

4. Finds En Shalla Beaded Bag. £365. Available here.

5. Nasty Gal Rattle Your Cage Bustier. £25.71. Available here.

6. Virzi+ De Luca Rio Gold-Plated and Cotton Charm Necklace. £610. Available here.

7. Ruxi Tirisi Set of 3 Rose Gold Filled Bracelet. £59.58. Available here.

8. ASOS Knitted Turban Hat in Tobacco. £10. Available here.

9. Joules Saddle Brown Ffionbrooch. £19.95. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 38#

Recently a friend told me that I have a very ’70s vibe’ going on with my look lately… honestly, it surprised me, but looking now at today’s styled look (as while I can’t afford this crazy, wear-it-once wardrobe of my imagination), I can see what she means. The chunky heels, the socks, the colour palette… yes, I see it now.

17-sep

1. Zara Double Layer Top in Black. £25.99. Available here.

2. River Island Black High Waisted Peplum Shorts. £28. Available here.

3. River Island Black Lace Up Chunky Heels. £35 £20. Available here.

4. Topshop Tara Colour-Block Holdall. £45. Available here.

5. ASOS Metallic Contrast Over-the-Knee Socks. £15 £4.50. Available here.

6. Zara Contrast Check Scarf. £25.99. Available here.

7. Zara Rhinestone Necklace. £19.99. Available here.

8. Ottoman Hands Ruby in the Rough Gold-Plated Ring. £44 £33. Available here.

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This could so easily step over the line into a going out outfit, especially with the heels and clutch bag, but I would still dare to wear it to the corner shop to buy milk for my cornflakes… is it just me who finds it impossible to say ‘milk for my cornflakes’ without feeling slightly uncomfortable, like it’s a badly veiled euphemism or some such thing? …I think I need to find some girl friends to dilute their foul-mouthed, dirty-minded influences. Anyone?

16-sep

1. Whistles Suzu Crepe Jumpsuit in Lilac. £255 Available here.

2. AllSaints Ireen Rip Bomber Jacket. £195. Available here.

3. Oasis Kimono Envelope Clutch Bag. £25. Available here.

4. Zara Sling Back Heels. £39.99. Available here.

5. My Flash Trash Spine Bangle. £70. Available here.

6. Giles Libertine Thorn Ring. £25. Available here.

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Just how pretty is this dress? I’m a sucker for big, girly skirts and waterfall hemlines, and so of course I was going to fall in love with this one the second I saw it… I may have to make this a real-life ootd… the dress, anyway.

15-sep

1. ASOS Skater Dress with Full Dipped Hem in Petrol. £48. Available here.

2. River Island Tan Chunky Cleated Sole T-Bar Shoes. £35 £20. Available here.

3. Topshop Saffiano Colour-Block Satchel. £30. Available here.

4. Reut Seagel Long Statement Necklace. £51.43. Available here.

5. Topshop Assorted Bangle Pack. £16.50. Available here.

6. River Island Eclectic Ring Pack. £8. Available here.

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Because surely there’s nothing better to round off an all-cream look than a glorified shopping bag? Keep it simple, let the bag do the talking. Yes.

14-sep

1. No. 21 Mohair and Silk Dress. £615. Available here.

2. Charlotte Olympia The Lady is a Vamp Leather Pump. £545. Available here.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Totes Amaze Embossed Leather Tote. £910. Available here.

4. The Elder Statesman Wear LACMA Printed Cashmere Scarf. £175. Available here.

5. Hervé Van der Straeten Hammered Gold-Plated Ring. £155. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 34#

Is there anything more English than a flat cap? Besides… a Union Jack-printed flat cap, perhaps, but luckily I don’t think such a things exist (except for perhaps in the deepest depths of an Ebay store warehouse in China). I’ll admit, one of the things that I have found to be tricky since cutting my hair, is finding a hat that suits a pixie cut.  I know that hats and short hair can work – plenty of men look amazing in hats, after all, but I definitely find myself much more limited for choice than I am used to. A flat cap, however, works even better with short hair, in my opinion, than long. It’s a hat designed for a pixie cut… and, like I said, I find it weirdly patriotic. However, lets throw in some jewellery, a cute bag, a pop of red lipstick and these beautiful blue floral heels to stop the look from becoming completely androgynous. I’m just not in the mood for going entirely androgynous today.

13-sep

1. Frame Denim Le High Flared High-Rise Jeans in Dark Denim. £235. Available here.

2. The Row Sabeen Jersey T-Shirt. £210. Available here.

3. Chalayan Stretch-Twill Blazer. £655. Available here.

4. J Crew Floral-Print Twill Pumps. £285. Available here.

5. Chloe Baylee Medium Two-Tone Leather Tote. £1235. Available here.

6. Max Mara Velo Flat Cap. £108. Available here.

7. Topshop Large Purple Stone Ring. £10. Available here.

8. Topshop Bead and Tassel Bracelets. £14.50. Available here.

9. Forever 21 Cylinder Bar Necklace. £2.50. Available here.

10. Mac Makeup Lipstick in Cockney. £15.50. Available here.

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