Week by Week

In the early stages of my pregnancy, I knew how far along I was to the day. Months later, I frequently get it wrong. I thought I was 30 weeks gone, but I’ve just checked my calendar and I’ve realised that I’m actually at week 31. This means I have one week less to get stuff done, assuming baby boy rocks up on time. If he’s anything like me, he’ll be late. But I’m not panicking because I’m having a surge of energy and focus and I’m more productive right now than I’ve been in my entire working life. I assume this surge in productivity is just pregnancy hormones doing their thing, but it’s useful nonetheless. I’m still doing my upmost to avoid the scourge of terrible maternity wear. This Lily and Lionel dress is […]

Bohemian Baby

I’ve always been fond of a bit of boho, although the term has rather naff connotations. I think the key to a chic bohemian vibe is not to over do it with the accessories; too much jingiling jewellery can undermine the look. If I’m wearing a boho dress, I like to wear one or two bold pieces of jewellery. I love this silk dress by Me & Maya. It skims over my baby bump nicely, but will work post-baby next summer, worn with bare legs and tan sandals. I’ve styled the dress with a faux fur coat from Whisltes (similar here) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Leather and Lace

After weeks of avoiding maternity wear, I’ve finally caved in and bought a couple of maternity dresses. My priorities have changed and comfort is the deciding factor; I can’t bear fabric that’s even slightly scratchy or clingy. This lace dress from Mamalicous is soft and comfy. Looking at these pictures, I think the frock will work better when I’m more heavily pregnant, but it’s so comfortable that I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve layered it under my old faithful leather jacket from Whistles and a 50s vintage faux fur coat (similar here) that’s oversized enough to see me through my pregnancy (similar here and here) . My boots are from &Other Stories (similar here) and my sunglasses are by Versace.

Skirting Around

It’s very gratifying when my talented friends achieve the success they deserve. I’ve featured Teatum Jones on my blog dozens of times and every season, they go from strength to strength. After winning the Woolmark Prize earlier this year, Catherine and Rob’s career trajectory is on a steep incline. This skirt is from AW16 – my favourite collection so far. It has the classic elegance of Christian Dior’s New Look, combined with the exquisite textiles and modernity that’s associated with Teatum Jones. It’s also one of a kind, which makes me very happy. I’ve styled the skirt with an old blouse from Mango and heels by Whistles (similar here and here).

A Lengthy Process

I like to think that my style is constantly evolving, but there are certain things I stick to, regardless of current trends. Long skirts with nipped in waists are my go-too staples, I hardly ever wear anything above the knee. I used to rock leather mini skirts with over-the-knee boots; my look was a cross between Madonna circa ’83 and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. It didn’t really suit me, but I didn’t care. As time has progressed, I’ve whittled down my look to a limited number of shapes that I know work for me This skirt from Roksanda (similar here) is one of my favourites, it needs very little embellishment as the colour does all the talking. I’ve styled it with a vintage belt and a top from Whistles (similar here and here) and shoes […]

Precious Metals

I’ve always found shiny things irresistible, my magpie tenancies have recently been expressed through my makeup. I’ve been dusting my face with masses of Champagne Pop highlighter from Becca. One should be light handed with super shimmery makeup, but I can’t leave well enough alone and my look has veered into Jennifer Lopez circa 1999 territory. Which is no bad thing, in my book. I like wearing lustrous clothes, but I think it’s important to keep accessories to a minimum. I like the combination of these tan platforms (similar here) with the clashing metallic textures. I bought this skirt from Whistles a couple of years ago (similar here), and the top is from Topshop (similar here).  

Cold Shoulder

Some trends hang around for more than one season and this spring, the off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong. This time round, OTS tops have bold details, such as cascading ruffles at the sleeve or loud stripes. It can be a tricky look to pull off, especially for those with a generous bust or broad shoulders. I have the latter, but I think it works nicely tucked into a flared skirt to emphasise a small waist. Styling it this way has a vintage inspired Bridgette Bardot feel, which I like very much. Here are some of the best OTS tops around right now.   Feature image Ellery SS16, courtesy of Vogue.com

Spring Jellyfish

I’m becoming impatient for spring, despite the cold reality that winter has at least another six weeks to go. In years gone by, I’d start to dress for the new season when there was February snow on the ground. I’d be freezing but I’d put up with it for the sake of being ahead of the game. Looking back realise what a ridiculous fashion victim I was. However, this pretty pastel jacket by Judy Wu could be layered over a skinny-ribbed knit and a pair of jeans for a pre-season look. Judy is brilliant at taking a classic piece and adding an interesting feature to elevate the look. I love the undulating coral detail across the shoulder, it reminds me of the an etherial jellyfish, drifting through the ocean. I’ve styled the jacket with a camisole by Whistles (similar here), a […]

Playing Dress-Up

When I lived at home with my parents, I would often leave the house dressed up like a Christmas tree. My look was usually totally out of place with my surroundings. My Mum didn’t try to stifle my flamboyance, but would often suggest that I slung a denim jacket over whatever frivolous outfit was I wearing. I would groan in exasperation, in the way only a teenager can. Looking back, she was inevitably right, which was annoying at the time, but ultimately reassuring. I’ve replaced the denim jacket with a leather one, and I like to style dressy clothes with casual, sporty basics. This skirt is by Lisa Redman, the t-shirt is from American Apparel, the trainers by Nike and the jacket is by Whistles.

The simple Slip

After the festive hullabaloo has died away, it’s refreshing to look forward to the coming season. One of the key trends for SS16 is the slip dress, which isn’t particularly new. 90s inspired, slinky frocks have been knocking around in one form or another for a while. It’s not an easy look to master, especially for those with a generous bust. However, I think they looks great layered over a marl grey t-shirt or a lacy long sleeved top. When shopping for a slip dress, look for something with a little structure and try to avoid any material that’s too static. A slinky dress clinging to you like an amorous shower curtain is not a good look. I have a black one from Whistles that I picked up in the January sales last year, I’ll wear it with a classic […]

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