Last year I opened up my shoe collection for Marie Claire China to do an interview and photo shoot. I agreed not to share any details until the magazine was published. Sadly they let me down and never sent me the promised copy of the issue or any of the photos from the shoot. So if anyone did see the feature please let me know.
Anyway I thought I would share a few snaps I took myself from the day, especially as I adore the outfit I wore, Vivienne Westwood Worlds end jumper and Gold Label skirt and shoes.
These gold shoes have been my go-to favourites for a while now and sadly they are now a little worse for wear – multiple trips to the cobbler can only take them so far. Since I love a bit of gold metallic I’ve been on the look out for something a little more summery so I can give these a rest and these Michel Perry gold t-bar sandals really caught my eye. I already have a cute pair of Michel Perry sandals with cherries on which I adore so these are up on my wish list.
How is it May and I am still needing to wear boots and a faux-fur coat?? Have to say I have lived in this all winter after buying it on sale in the summer from Cow vintage in Sheffield – buying out of season always pays off.
This weather is impossible! It’s meant to be summer but it really does feel a lot like winter. You can’t beat a good pair of high-tops for these days, paired with baggy ripped jeans and a slouchy jumper. As I’ve been living in these Nike’s I am currently really wanting to add another pair to my collection. I’m currently lusting after these amazing Nike Blazer in shimmery red, you can’t really go wrong with a bit of glitter right!
My best friend got me into candles, after being forced to smell every possible scent in Jo Malone and Molton Brown each Saturday I eventually gave in and jumped on board the band wagon. Now we have trays of candles in every room, a different fragrance for any occasion or mood imaginable. I had been wanting to try the Flamingo Candles* for a while, I’d heard only gushing reviews of the wonderfully creative scents and you can’t deny the come in the prettiest flamingo branded jar. These Flamingo candles are from Flamingo Gifts
who offer a huge selection in the range, with fragrances from the tradition such as Oriental lotus & Rose otto to Blackcurrent Jam there will be something to suit everyone! They really do fill the whole room with scent which lasts and lasts, I am a real convert and am already making a list of which to choose next. Flamingo Gifts have 10% off at the moment too (usually £11) so well worth taking advantage of that and having a treat, or two.
I’d love to know which fragrances you have tried?
Wearing: Sweater Tokyo Laundry, ‘Mom’ jeans H&M, shoes Vivienne Westwood Gold Label
For someone who loves fashion and loves getting dressed up at any possible occasion, I find myself seeking out simple basics more and more at the weekends. After planning work outfits five days a week on top of any outfits for nights out its reassuring to have comfy bits I know I can just pull on to go out for lunch or a walk around the shops. I’ve been living in a mix of jeans and these two sweaters from Tokyo Laundry*, simple classic basics you can dress up or down as you like. I hadn’t shopped with Tokyo Laundry before but was impressed with their fast delivery and quirky packaging. Both jumpers were under £20 and yet really great quality, both lovely and soft – my purple sleeves even got stroked. They do a Menswear line too so one for the guys to check out. I really am looking forward to dressing these two pieces up, I would wear both to work with a pencil skirt and heels for a smart-casual look.
You can also see my new photo spot on our balcony, its a real sun trap and we are looking forwards to sitting out on long summer days- when they get here anyway!
Wearing: sweater Tokyo Laundry, shorts River Island, shoes Converse
I have had this little Vivienne Westwood kilt for years, its one of those pieces I can rely on – easy to dress up or down. Lately I’ve been pairing it with either this cream jumper or my Worlds End boobs t-shirt, I like how simply changing the top makes a hugely different statement. The boots I’ve had for many years too, the super high stiletto means I don’t wear them all too often but when I do I think they make quite an impact. If you are looking for similar this pair from Charles Jourdan are beautiful and Bronx are generally a great brand for boots.
We’ve been moving these past few weeks, all I can say is what a nightmare! Still surrounded by boxes but getting there, if slowly. First thing’s first, getting all the shoes out of their boxes and back on the new shoe wall.
There aren’t many things I will wear to death, but when I do find something I really, really like then I will wear it until it falls to pieces! These black suede Ash Jalouse boots, which I have mentioned far too many times to remember, haven’t left my feet since I got them. They are the perfect heel high to be both comfortable and a little dressy and really do go with everything. As I love these so much and have really not been kind to them I also got a pair of the Ash Jess boots in a soft grey-brown, but I am trying to save those until the weather is a bit more friendly. I took my Jalouse to the cobbler for a re-heel and he also gave me some black suede dye so I can try to revive the colour – will let you know how that goes.
Wearing: Day Birger jumper*, M&S jeans, Guess shoes, Vivienne Westwood handbag
Jeans and jumpers are pretty much my work wear staple at the moment. With this impossibly cold and changeable weather simple yet classic items are key, then you have the option to dress them up or down. This Day Birger jumper from Repertoire Fashion is the perfect neutral base item, it goes just as well with jeans as it does skirts. It is a great balance to these patched jeans and leopard print shoes, taming the prints clash. I especially like the longer back and side split, which is not only a flattering cut but adds interest. You really can’t beat an Aran knit sweater for winter. If you’d like the chance to win a fabulous new winter knit check out the Repertoire Twitter giveaway too.
I love velvet, in fact I’d happily live in a world filled with the stuff its perfect for chairs, sofas, cushions, bedding you name it. Where it gets a bad rep is when its used in fashion you soon get visions of Blossom’s floppy hat, Gothic long black Frock coats or bad stretch trousers from your Gran. But when its used well – think Christopher Kane, it can be one of the most striking fabrics plus everyone will want to hug you… that could go either way I guess. Anyway my point is that it shouldn’t work on a pair of Converse but it does, really, really well! I’m utterly obsessed with these and when they match the décor of your local pub that’s even better right? RIGHT? I’ve been eyeing up the Con’s in the sale and am tempted with the leopard print ones, you know I can’t resist an animal print!