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Did I say “roses season”? Silly me. Of course I meant rosé season! London has been experiencing a serious heatwave so the streets are full of floral frocks and our livers saturated with the pink drink of dreams. There are also shirtless/swimwear clad Brits splayed all over every single surface one could conceivably sunbathe on. Poolside at Shoreditch House, scrubby grass by Soho Square, side of the road… When the sun comes out over excitement sets in and any semblance of self restraint goes straight out the window.
When I came up with the title for this post I’d genuinely forgotten that my previous Look Du Jour had a rather similar name. This could, and perhaps should, make me feel a smidge ashamed of being so predictable and lacking in imagination. But, as will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, I do not. As I say should-be-embarrassing-ly often, I have zero shame in my game. Even less than the aforementioned pavement sunbathers, including the fellow I saw spreadeagled on the side of Hammersmith Road wearing nothing but budgie smugglers just the other day… Ok, maybe not him, that’s a level of shamelessness I seriously hope I never reach. But I am ridiculously pleased with myself being able to incorporate one of my top five favourite phrases into this post and definitely have zero shame about my love for seasonally appropriate prints and drinks. Particularly when the two can be combined in a glorious fest of co-ordination; coincidentally another of my favourite things.
One thing I love about dressing for the heat is how gloriously simple it is. At it’s height, you don’t even have to think about finding a damn jacket. Summer dresses and wedged sandals are pretty much all you need, leaving all the more time for rosé drinking! These particular little numbers are from IKRUSH, an online store I was recently introduced to and can’t get enough of. The bag is a beloved Sophie Hulme classic that is so adorable I don’t even care that it’s highly impractical and all of my stuff always falls out.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and drinking ALL the rosado!
Is it just me or has gingham been bang on trend for about ten consecutive summers now? Not that I’m complaining. Whether in the form of a slouchy shirt, sculptural silhouetted blouse or sweet sundress, gingham is just plain great. Speaking of sundresses, how adorable is this little number from Superdry?! And where better to wear it than for a dog walk (with plenty of pub stops, obvs) along the river?
I’ve lived in Hammersmith since I was 18 years old, give or take a shared house experience that ended in utter carnage and is a tale for another day/never. Anyway, one of the many reasons I love the area – and West London in general – is the fact that within five minutes, you can be next gazing out over the River Thames or in the heart of Holland Park. Shoreditch citizens can keep their warehouse spaces and exposed brickwork as far as I’m concerned, especially when the sun’s out. As anyone who’s gone anywhere near my instagram recently will be well aware, I recently got a puppy (or “ridiculous bat-weasel”, according to my dad) and am completely in love with her. Having spent years strolling in the park or by the river, sad and dog-less and staring at other peoples pooches, nothing brings me more joy than doing those beloved activities with a dog of my own. Especially when I’m also feeling my outfit, which is the actual point of this post so I’ll restrain myself from going on a pup related rant and get back to it.
Some pairings are just perfect; rose & riversides, steak & frites, Gin & Tonic, leather & lace… The list could go on for God knows how long and it sure as hell includes gingham & denim. Initially this ensemble was all about the dress and the denim jacket was somewhat of an afterthought. Given that I’ve basically not taken if off since, I think it’s fair to say that my “afterthought” has proved to be a good one! As you know, colour co-ordination is my obsession so naturally blue and silver hues were the only accessories option.
What do you think of this Look Du Jour? Are you as excited as me that it’s officially gingham season?
Spring has sprung! Or more accurately, we had a few days of heatwave followed by a lot of heavy rain and/or thermal underwear level coldness then back to heat, a cycle which will continue on repeat… much like every other April to May transition in the history of British weather. But whether it’s shirts off scorching or February freezing, the time has come to segway into Spring attire.
Having spent what feels like a million months bundled up in knitwear – not to mention the fact that it snowed just a matter of weeks ago – I decided to start off small and simple. Better to ease into clothes designed without insulation in mind than whip out all my pasty limbs prematurely and end up cold, confused and probably wearing the wrong shoes. These shoes, however, are just right and were the starting point for my Spring segwaying outfit.
Between their delicate straps, stud detailing and chic yet non cripplingly high heels, these backless babies from IKRUSH tick every box.
First and foremost, how the HELL is it Christmas already!?! I know that’s a painfully cliched thing to say. Not to mention something you’ve already had pointless conversations about with every friend/family member/colleague/uber driver/human that you’ve encountered over the past few weeks. But seriously, wasn’t it August just the other day!? Not complaining though. For one thing, I’m pretty happy to see the back of 2017 and very excited for the year to come. More importantly, the arrival of peak festive season makes dressing up in the sparkliest, glammest, most OTT ensembles totally acceptable at all times. Fancy turning up to a casual family brunch looking like the lovechild of Mariah Carey and the Nutcracker Prince? Then go right ahead. No one can say dare hate on your extra-ness without seeming mean spirited… Merry Christmas one and all!
Every family has their own individual set of Christmas traditions; leisurely lie in or up early to open stockings before church, hearty walk or tv marathon, what time the big meal itself takes place, charades vs monopoly, who falls out with who over the washing up every single year… The list goes on. What you wear and/or how many outfit changes you throw during the day has its own set of time honoured traditions, in my experience at least. My usual look line up kicks off with casual wear for stocking opening and coffee mimosas. In the past that’s taken the form of tartan pyjamas and this year I’ll be debuting a delicious cashmere tracksuit that, given how incapable I am of not spilling stuff on myself could potentially be destroyed within ten minutes. Then it’s time for outfit change numero uno which inevitably involves enough layers to avoid getting hypothermia from spending a good hour shivering in a cold Church. Despite the fact that Christmas is literally the only time a year that my mum actually goes to Church – and, by her own admittance, is only there for the atmosphere – she somehow always manages to guilt me into going with her. Once back home I usually try to change back into my pyjamas/tracksuit, get told off for doing so and reluctantly continue wearing actual clothes. Opening presents, playing board games, drinking consistently and pretending to help with the cooking may not be activities that necessitate such sartorial constraints but having had that argument 25 Christmases in a row, I know full well it’s one I’ll never win. Not that we won’t have it again this year with exactly the same result… Gotta love those family traditions eh!
Moving on from that particular annual argument to the most important outfit of my Christmas day, and indeed the point of this post, dinner attire. For as long as I can remember we’ve have had our “big meal” in the evening which makes absolute sense to me for several reasons. One obvious benefit is that you can pass out in a food and/or booze induced stupor directly after polishing off the turkey without anyone expecting you to do anything other than pass the gin and/or mince pies, then watch Love Actually for the millionth time before waddling off to bed. The whole suppertime situation also brings my penultimate and by far favourite Christmas day outfit change, cocktail attire. There are some festive family traditions I could happily say goodbye to but this one I insist on sticking to and insist on everyone else sticking to too. My brother will be forced into something vaguely suave no matter how strongly he tries to resist or the impact my making him wear a semi decent shirt might have on our relationship.
As you might have guessed by now, this is the outfit I plan on wearing for Christmas dinner 2017. I’m slightly obsessed tbh and am potentially going to wear it for New Year’s Eve too. The little lace number is by Sonia H, a contemporary womenswear brand who make the most divine party pieces imaginable. I’m planning on pairing it with sky high Kurt Geiger stilettos and my Charlotte Olympia embellished box clutch. As I may have mentioned once or twice already in the post, Christmas for me is an excuse to really get my glam on. So this year I’ll be upping the accessory anti by adding lashings of Lowndes London jewellery. Named after the iconic Belgravia square, Lowndes is a contemporary jewellery brand whose pieces are inspired by the rich history of London’s high society. Their key collections, Georgiana, Ranelagh, Salisbury and Almack all reflect different tales of the city’s past and future. My personal favourites are the rose gold Almack pieces which, as luck would have it, work perfectly with my Christmas cocktail dress.
What do you think of this outfit? I’d love to know what you guys will be wearing. And of course, Happy Christmas! See you in 2018…
Happy Monday mes amies! It sure as hell has been rather a long time since I last posted… Yeah, sorry about that. There are actually pretty legit reasons for the radio silence and a lot of exciting new things to come but those are subjects for another time. For now, let’s talk about this outfit.
Given that Halloweek is still underway (yup, as fas as I’m concerned it lasts a solid seven days) you could be forgiven for thinking that this ensemble is a sixties themed costume. The miniskirt, the poloneck, the neat little white booties… If they don’t scream “swinging London” then I just don’t know what does! Add in the Union Jack inspired colour scheme and I’m legitimately wondering why I didn’t rock this ever-so-slightly Austin Powers esque look for Halloween. Oh well, there’s always next year… Or another celebration later this week, after all the fancy dress bonanza ain’t over yet now is it!
Aside from semi fancy dress dressing, one of my greatest sartorial pleasures is of course colour co-ordination. Seriously, I do it all the time without even thinking about it. I can be being carted off to A&E with a kidney infection or neck spasm and will somehow have managed to match my pyjamas to my coat, socks and pain killer filled handbag despite being blinded by pain and without even thinking about it. That’s no exaggeration, both of those things actually happened, on more than one occasion. I’m not complaining though, realising that your unicorn slippers and slightly unwashed t-shirt match did go some way to making a recurring spinal problem a smidge more bearable… Although admittedly, that could be the heavy duty muscle relaxants I’d been administered talking.
Anyway, this outfit is a red, white and blue colour co-ordination tour de force that put a spring in every step I took around Soho soaking up one of the past fortnights gorgeously crisp autumn afternoons. You most likely recognise my beloved tomato hued Maje biker jacket from many a past Look Du Jour and instagram post. No matter how excessive my kaleidescopic collection of bikers grows, it will always remain a fave. The leather miniskirt however, only the most hardcore LPA readers could know. I bought it from Urban Outfitters almost a decade ago and completely forgot it existed until I stumbled across it in my sisters bedroom while raiding her wardrobe for crop tops. Needless to say, I nabbed it straight back and have since worn it non stop, hence the rapidly disintegrating hemline. I fear I’m going to have to put it out to pasture quite soon. Any item of clothing that’s served its owner so loyally for so long deserves a peaceful retirement free from wine spillages and being slept in after all.
As with any ensemble, the finishing touches came courtesy of the accessories. First and foremost, my Aspinal Micro Lottie Bag… I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with it!! Aspinal are one of my absolute favourite accessory brands and the Lottie is my go-to style. Seriously, I have it in just about every colour, skin and size. The miniature Scarlet style is the latest addition to my collection and was my non stop London Fashion Week companion. Our love affair didn’t end there and the poor thing barely gets a day off tbh. Last but not least, I added the ultimate swinging London touch with a pair of sixties-tastic loafer boots by up-and-coming footwear designer Havva Mustafa. If you haven’t heard of her then you need to check her out literally right now.
What do you think of this Look Du Jour? And, more importantly, what have you been dressing up as this Halloweek?
As Coco Chanel famously said; “fashion fades, only style remains”. It’s a quote so well known and parroted it’s become cliche. The fact that it’s been plastered everywhere on everything from coasters and makeup bags to coffee table tomes and more other random objects than I could even begin to list. Regardless, the statement remains relevant, true and widely applicable today. Even to this outfit, no matter how much Mademoiselle Chanel would loathe it.
Trends change and our personal style, tastes, shapes and lives do too. But in my experience, there are certain things/people etc that you adore to the extent that they survive those changes and almost become part of your identity. For me, that is what defines “remaining style”, even if the whatever-it-is in question isn’t what I’d consider “stylish”. There are many examples of that in my wardrobe (and life) but the particular one I’m talking about right now is the colour pink.
I’ve been through many a sartorial change in my time, some more awful than others. Some so skin crawlingly appalling they’ve almost been erased from memory… Or at least, my memory. Friends and family seem remember them very clearly and take great pleasure in reminding me.. Anyway, back to remaining style and all things pink. Regardless of particular shade or how heinous the item in question may have been, pink has been a mainstay of my wardrobe and style for a long time. It weathered my Avril Lavigne “inspired” phase, the logos and low-rise True Religion jeans moment, the Juicy Couture tracksuit era (which is back btw), my WAG-tastic tango skinned time, the more recent Blair Waldorf esque prep fest and whatever is going on with my aesthetic right now. Right now, this ensemble is my ideal pink situation. It’s coordinated to a level some might consider unhealthy and there’s an A-line mini involved, two qualities that could be attributed to the majority of outfits I’ve work over the past five years. But I feel that this outfit has a different aesthetic and my overall style does too, whatever a pink-on-pink colour coordination situation may suggest on paper. Swapping a Peter Pan collar blouse for a boxy cut Commes Des Garçons t-shirt and replacing ballet flats with sneakers may sound insignificant but can be the exact opposite, both in terms of aesthetics and attitude. Ultimately, whether I end up wearing sweatpants or Scandi chic oversized tailoring or bodycon just-about-qualify-as- mini-dresses it is very clear that pink will always remain.
Fancy rocking a palette of pinks too? Or maybe you just like one of the pieces but don’t want to dress like a paint swatch used to decorate a seven year old’s Princess themed bedroom… Either way, you’re in luck. Both my t-shirt and skirt can be snapped up on Farfetch.com… I mean, obviously!
Basically every sartorial delight worth wanting, having or dreaming about can be found there. Speaking of Farfetch, in between browsing, wish listing, cart stocking and weighing up whether paying your phone bill is actually more important than owning whatever item(s) capture your heart, I’d also recommend checking out the Style Guides section. Over the past couple of months I and a few other influencers have been working with Farfetch to style out dressing dilemmas and current trends. The two I’ve been involved in so far are online now, you can click straight through here & here.
Can you actually believe that I managed not to give this Look Du Jour a nautical themed name?! As many of you probably already know all too well, I have a long standing obsession with all things nautical. An obsession that has resulted in my owning at least twenty-six sailor striped tees and sporting an anchor tattoo on my right buttock, true story. Let’s not even go into the ingrained need to uniform level colour co-ordinate at all times, even when jet lagged, hungover or bed bound with flu. Anyway, the reason I went for “Orchid Orange” instead of another nautical related name on this occasion was my handbag. Not only because of its gloriously summer shade but also due to a source of inspiration cited by its’ creator, Kenzo Takada…
Yep, I meant the Kenzo Takada; the iconic Japanese-French designer whose unique way of combining Eastern and Western style will forever hold a crucial role in the history of fashion. Keno Takada’s designs were renowned for their youthful, joyous fusion of bright colours and bold patterns. One need only think of the deliberately clashing shades and prints that permeate today’s trends to recognise the influence his work still has today. Produced in collaboration with beauty giant Avon and inspired the Orange Orchic and the Campanula, two flowers each carrying a personal meaning for the designer, this bag conveys that aesthetic and the intimate creative journey behind Takada’s work perfectly. Not to mention, makes it an ideal way to add an instant injection of summery brightness into your spring wardrobe.
Now let’s talk about the rest of this outfit. I’d be hard pushed to think of an ensemble more typical of my style! As you know, I’m all about a biker jacket and this scarlet stunner from Maje is the perfect way to break away from the ubiquity of black leather. It’s colour clashes with the orange of the bag, which I’m going to claim was in homage to the style of Kenzo Takada. Denim skirts are a current obsession of mine and I’ve literally been wearing them non stop! This Whistles number has a lace up detail at the front which is very on trend for SS17 and gives it a point of different from the others in my ever growing collection.
Despite always being a ballet pump or heels kind of girl in the past, recently I’ve found myself gravitating more towards trainers and plimsoles for casual outfits. It doesn’t get more classic casual than ice white Keds, am I right? Unfortunately I’m incapable of not spilling stuff on myself, stepping in puddles and generally getting things grubby so these bad boys probably can’t be classed as “ice white” anymore… Maybe I should stock up on a few more pairs to wear on rotation.
What do you think of this Look Du Jour? And are you a fan of the Kenzo Takada x Avon collaboration?