Friday, 23 January 2015

Caught on camera: out and about in Geneva



As part of my skiing trip this year to Chamonix, my boyfriend and I took a day out of hitting the slopes to visit Geneva yesterday, to see sights like the Jet d'Eau (massive fountain), browsing areas of the old town and the numerous watch shops and designer boutiques, as well as its large selection of museums... and of course tasting Swiss chocolate! 

Boots - Office
Necklace - H&M
Jumper - Whistles
Shirt - Topshop
Fox Fur Stole - vintage 1940's
Coat - Whistles (A/W 14 collection)
Handbag - Marc by Marc Jacobs 




Thursday, 22 January 2015

An essential sno-ccessory...


Red Bobble Hat, £19.99, Topshop [as seen on Caroline Flack :)]

I may be over in the snowy mountainsides of Haute-Savoie (French-Alps) and wearing a very un-sexy ski helmet and goggles for a large majority of my time here. However when I am not protecting my head with this unfashionable safety gear, I am opting for the trusty bobble hat.

I use the word trusty, as I wear a bobble hat on all opportunities where the weather is particularly being unfavourable to my newly blow dried hair, and needing to get from A to B without looking like I have been attacked by a hedge.


Looking back in time a bobble hats was traditionally considered a functional cold-weather wear item and in the late 20th century were seen as very unfashionable and usually seen on older football supporters in club colours during the 1960s and 1970s. However times have changed, and the bobble hat has gained a position as a fashionable hat to sit alongside the beanie and the fedora as a practical yet stylish item.

I would also say that I have heard from many people (surprisingly a few men too) saying is does border on the 'cute' side when a woman wears it. So do give a thought to what colour, pattern bobble hat you choose, as if you are trying to pair it with a smart suit for work... it isnt likely to give you the sophisticated look you were after. However is in doubt stick to plain colours and steer clear of the knitted apres-ski look ones that are neon green! save those for the ski holiday.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

How I layer statement necklaces…




 





















The thought of layering several statement necklaces on top of each other initially makes me shudder, as it really doesn’t take much to go from something that could resemble a chic ensemble that Olivia Palermo could pull together and something that looks like you are trying to rival Mr T.

Though after much practicing and being honest with myself when I look in the mirror to check if I do look ridiculous, I have found my feet. So below are a few rules that I try to stick to.

1. I am all for layering diamonds, though when layering it can be too overpowering if the necklaces don’t look that different. When pairing coloured gemstones, I try to at least either match one colour in both or try to make them at least a shade different.

2. Use common sense; the longest necklace should be added first as the bottom layer, ending with the shortest last as the top layer. One thing I look for is an adjustable clip so you can play around with the length.

3. Bear in mind the occasion. I have gone dancing with two statement necklaces on and it was a too heavy to bust my best moves on the dance floor. Also thinking about work, one statement necklace can draw the eye enough, two can make someone look at your neck and not listen to what you are saying in a client meeting… I wont touch on wearing this to the gym (promise I have never done this).

My main rule is if you think it looks silly or OTT it probably is, so trust your instincts and go rock your look with confidence.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Shopping for vintage inspired accessories...





My nanny was the one person in my life that would make sure that she left the house wearing jewellery, usually a pair of peal earrings or a piece of gem encrusted costume jewellery.

She would wear a couple of expensive pieces and would mix them with items that may have cost her only a few pound from the charity shop or a hand me down from a friend. She was very particular about the items she chose though and would always look glamorous…. more Joan Collins than Pat Butcher, but she always could find some real treats when I used to go out with her into town.

Thinking about what I have seen recently when I am rummaging through vintage shops or being hassled by a antique dealer.. it can be a challenge to seek out an item that doesn’t look naff and could ideally could pass as an accessory in Tatler.

My friends do get annoyed sometimes, when they ask where something I am wearing is from and my answer isn’t Topshop or Zara, and I reply with “Oh this old thing, its from a cute little vintage shop in Liverpool”. You can see them getting a bit annoyed that they wont find the same finds when they go out hunting for that finishing-touch accessory that no one else will have.

Though proper vintage shopping takes time, research, and a trained eye (and I would advise anyone to try it), you can find some wonderful retro and vintage inspired pieces on the high-street. Vintage inspired pieces often use modern techniques to create similar details as their old rivals. Though take a look below for my top 5 items on the high – street that can get you that vintage look at a lot less!




1. Limit ladies watch, ASOS, £19.99
2. Silver Gem Leaf Chandelier Earrings, New Look, £5.99
3. Embellished Cape, Miss Selfridge, £22.99
4. Lorna Round Glasses, Accessorize, £14.99
5. Ballroom Hardcase Clutch Bag, Accessorize, £25.99


Friday, 22 August 2014

A snapshot of my trip to Milan...


Some of you may have seen from my Twitter feed and my Instagram account that I took a weekend break to Milan with my friend Jenny not long ago. I was updating sun kissed photographs constantly about the wonderful sights, architecture, shopping.. and most of all the glorious food I got to experience! From the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, to the cafes of Brera I found Milan a stunning city to visit and would totally recommend it to anyone just to experience.

With so much to explore and as a fan of Paris and London I knew that I would feel right at home there.

For those that didn't get to see them and what I got up to enjoy the below!

























Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Step away from black and into the yellow...

Like many girls I like black clothing... not in the Gothic, black eyeliner kinda way.  But more of the slimming trying to look like Kate Moss way. Whether it is my Reiss black cardigan, Top Shop black jeans or my trusty cotton Whistles black t-shirt - during the dull weather i wrap up and stick to the London Fashion Week staple of an all black outfit.

Though one thing I am known for is my love of accessorises and this is where I try to step away from the safe-ness of the darkness!


One of my favourite colours in spring is yellow and these earrings and perspex clutch from Zara were my go to items recently for a date night and helped me inject some colour into my otherwise all black outfit- teamed with red nails and loose curls date night outfit sorted!
'til next time xx