Winter, I’m bloody well done with you! Post Christmas, the cold goes from whimsical to damned insufferable and my wardrobe is just not cut out for the cold. I adore a cashmere sweater as much as any wasp worth her pearls but I feel it’s time for a little spring splendidness and there’s nothing quite so spring as pastels. Not exactly ground breaking but damn it if they don’t put a smile on your face.
This ruffled beauty from Sonia by Sonia Rykiel is the sort of saccharine knitwear my winter wardrobe dreams of. SO so divine, I would go all out and pair this with a full leather skirt and pink lips for a subversive girly twist.
A little lemony freshness goes a long way on grey days Topshop have definitely injected a dose of sunshine into this white knit with a crocheted yellow overlay. The perfect partner to pretty up a a pair of jeans and boots.
Cable knits are definitely a cold weather essential but you can firmly stow memories of lumpy, baggy numbers to the back of your mind as there are a plenty of super fine, luxe available to keep you cosy and chic. This powder blue beauty from Needle would be perfect with a pleated midi skirt for a stylish play on textures.
Yes, more yellow (What can I say, I’m drawn to sunshine)! Whistles have long been a go to for knitwear – it’s always suitably luxurious without the added price tag and they always have the little details (such as this shoulder zip) that elevate a simple piece to something delightfully special. Wouldn’t this work a treat paired with a pencil skirt and a statement necklace.
I love love LOVE this Michaela Buerger jumper. Hand spun in a cotton & cashmere blend, each piece is completely unique and finished with some darling crochet detailing at the hem and crystal embellishment at the shoulders. Thrown on with a pair of cigarette trousers, bright pumps and a wide brimmed hat for a quirky yet chic ensemble.
I definitely, definitely need this bag in my life. Like I need oxygen. Possibly even more than that.
Italian-Brazilian designer Paula Cademartori designs these beautifully detailed and intricate yet functional pieces, that are created to just be cherished. The flamboyant mix of colours will catch your eye but the exceptional italian craftsmanship will ensure that you’ll never want to take your eyes off it. Need it, want it, must have it!
As Valentines Day approaches my inbox is positively buckling under emails flogging anything vaguely pink, red or heart shaped in the name of romance. Here’s the thing though, I’m not exactly all a dither over the prospect of glitzy pink tat – so here’s my very own, tastefully (and lustfully) curated wish list of pink, red and heart shaped things. I fully intend to reclaim the holiday in the name of gorgeous accessories and will be lavishly gifting myself – because there’s no love like the love a lady shares with her wardrobe!
OK so I know the whole LOVE keychain, ring, etc. thing exploded post the SATC movie but this beauty from Wonderluk is actually printed via a 3D printer. And it’s rose gold. Bloody amazing basically and I want want want it!
There’s something a little naughty about wearing sparkles during the day. Like eating chocolate for breakfast, the festive season is the perfect time to break the rules and indulge in the inappropriate. My adored Chanel brooch has been enjoying many a breakfast meeting over the last few weeks and slowly but surely, the sparkles have been creeping onto my wrists, my ears and snaking around my neck. Because really, why should engagement rings have all the fun – diamonds are not just for dinner time!
If pulling the gemstones out of the safe feels a little devil may care for your day to day commute then fear not. There’s an abundance of palpation inducing costume jewellery available at this time of year just yearning to adorn your fair self. Go on, give in, be sparkly.
Here are a few that are making me gleeful right now.
Kenneth Jay Lane wants to be wrapped around me neck – that’s what this beauty is telling me anyhow.
The late Oscar De La Renta was the authority making women sparkle. Additional sparkles optional (read: necessary).
I’ve had my eye on the Clarisonic cleansing brushes for a while now. Whilst the system has received rave reviews I found it slightly *very* challenging to understand how an oscillating brush could cater to my rather sensitive skin. However, I gave in, thought it was time to give it a whirl and lets just say it was a bloody marvelous idea.
There are three nifty little speed settings for varying levels of cleansing, you know, depending on how *ahem* dirty you’re feeling. Speed 1 is perfect for a gentle daily clean for even the most sensitive of skins whilst speed 2 is suitable for all skin types and offers up to six times better cleansing that using hands alone. Speed 3 is a handy function for when you need that extra little boost of clean, providing the power to loosen and remove set-in debris; quite the perfect pick me up for skin after a day of heavy make up or a night out.
Whilst the Aria can be used to remove make up, it’s advised to remove eye make up before applying a layer of cleansing cream to damp skin and moistening the brush slightly before using it on the skin. It’s recommended to use the system for a minute each day, 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin and 10 seconds on each cheek, with the device helpfully beeping between each lapse of time using an in built timer. The feeling of fresh skin was instantaneous, giving a level squeaky cleanliness usually only achieved through a facial. The beauty of such a deep cleanse is that your products then sink so easily into the skin. The hyper clean leaves the skin even and prime for any post cleanse products; my evening serum absorbs perfectly, as did does moisturiser, leaving my face feeling super hydrated, as well as super clean. You wouldn’t quite believe the difference a perfectly cleansed face can make to your complexion, giving a hint of luminosity and clarity that no one can quite put their finger on, making the Clarisonic a must have in my beauty arsenal.
Having enjoyed a mid season holiday (a grown up half term as it were), preparing to return to work this weekend feels as though I’ll be returning into Winter. The most exciting thing about the drop in temperature (one has to find joy in the small things) is that it allows for a revamping of the wardrobe and the addition of new cashmere, which is always a joy. A wondrous day spent at Westfield resulted in a seriously good haul of gorgeous new pieces, leaving me almost excited (almost!) for the cooler weather.
Whistles has long been a go-to brand, apt as they are for achieving the fine balance between smart, sharp and feminine that is just unfailing perfect for workwear. This Cliche Jumper is both adorable, neutral and ridiculously warm, the perfect whimsical partner for slim black trousers or a leather skirt. The Jumpsuit is a serious departure from my usual silhouette but a new season is as good a time as any to try something new and paired with a slim blazer and a killer pair of pumps this may well become one of the hardest working items in my wardrobe.
Cos is rapidly becoming another favourite for those essential pieces that you just can’t do without. This gorgeous blue Waterfall Cardigan is a throw over anything, wear anytime piece that has already been worn nonstop since I purchased it earlier this week. The merino wool is uber luxurious and the cobalt hue gives style to even the simplest of ensembles. I love it with this Sweater Skirt from Gap for a super cosy outfit. And the crowning jewel in my winter wardrobe will undoubtedly be this divine printed Jacquard Dress. Edgy yet simple this will work for the day, partnered with opaque tights and a pair of biker boots or with bare legs, peep toes and slinky gold jewellery for evenings out.
Something about the approach into September, despite many years having passed since I was at school, feels like the beginning of the year for me. A fresh start, a new ‘term’ and a whole host of sartorial possibilities as the sun sets and autumn starts to take hold. As the bank holiday weekend comes to a close, *cries*, the approach to ‘the new year’ is set and it seems the perfect time to make plans, resolutions and set goals.
Having come not long after my 25th birthday, this autumn coincides quite nicely with my sartorial quarter life crisis. My youthful, rather saccharine wardrobe suddenly feels out of place and so it’s been a resolution of this new year to add a grown up polish to an overtly feminine aesthetic.
Cutting my waist length hair to a choppy shoulder length was the first step and a cleansing of my wardrobes will follow. After all, there is always room for new clothes and a new sense of style.
“STYLE is self-expression, but you have to have a self to express.” Lucinda Chambers Vogue fashion director