Outfit: Stelllllllllllla

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I wore this Stella McCartney all-in-one to a conference last week, I bought it earlier in the year and couldn’t wait to wear it. Cinched in with Fendi B belt, polka dot tights and patent Dior heels. These are one of my oldest pairs of designer shoes and they have really lasted me, they need a reheel now but other than that remain looking new. I couldn’t resist the little bow with the C and D initial charms. Every time I wear anything Stella I it reminds me of this:

Sunglasses to Suit Your Mood

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Clockwise from top left: vintage Wayfarers, All Saints Cat-eyes, Nichole Farhi Clubmasters. 

I am so glad the sun has finally decided to put in an appearance, it means we can get out our sunglasses! As with most things I’ve acquired a little collection of different styles, I really like to match my sunnies to my outfits. I think by far my favourite styles are big, thick, black frames as they are easy wear and they go with everything. Above is my ‘handbag’ collection, as in the ones I keep stashed in my handbag. They were all cheap, ┬ú20 or under so I don’t have to worry about them getting broken at the bottom of my bag. Last summer the All Saints pair were my staple, such a flattering shape, year before were the Wayfarers. This year I wanted something a bit different and was taken by the Clubmaster style. I was lusting after the Rayban Clubmasters when I found these Nicole Farhi ones. I liked that they had a lower nose bridge and of course that they were only ┬ú20 from TK Maxx. I do think my next buy will be Rayban though, as the cheapy ┬ú5 vintage ones above don’t offer much protection in strong sunlight so I would like a classic pair of Rayban Wayfarers. Red Hot Sunglasses have some amazing ones and I think their prices are very reasonable, they also have an extra large lens Wayfarer design available which I haven’t seen anywhere else.

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Clockwise from top left: Nicole Farhi, Celine, J MASKREY

Besides from my everyday sunglasses I also have a few pairs of special ones. These were either expensive so I don’t want them clunking around my bag when I’m not wearing them or they go with specific outfits. The ones above are my D-Frames, they kind of have a ‘geek’ glasses feel to them, nice and chunky. The translucent ones are really only for a bit of fancy as they don’t offer any eye protection, whilst the red Celine ones I feel need balancing out with the right outfit. The J MASKREY ones with the crystal kiss are my absolute favourite sunglasses in the world ever, aren’t they amazing!

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Clockwise from top: Gianfranco Ferre, Nike, Miu Miu, vintage Dior

If I want a softer look then I reach for my tortoiseshell sunnies, I have them in a variety of frame shapes from nice big cat-eyes, to oversized honeycombs, delicate gilt trimmed and aviator. One for any occasion really! I tend to wear these with a vintage dress and heels, perfect summer look.

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Finally I have these big, bright D&G ones. Not sure what category these would go in! They are great just for a bit of fun and would be the pair to take to sit beside a pool with a cocktail. I also have this sunglasses chain holder from GOGO PHILIP, I’ve got a real habit of tucking my sunglasses over the neck of my tops – inevitably I end up dropping them when I lean over so this is really useful and a little bit cool I think. All I could use now is a beach…

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Outfit: Pastels and Soft Grey

Wearing: Vintage blouse, Vivienne Westwood skirt, Dune clutch, Christian Dior boots from TK Maxx, Chanel heart ring, H! by Henry Holland skull ring.

This is the third post in my ‘How to Wear Pastels’ series, this time I opted for a less summery look. Why? Because pastels are for life not just spring/summer! That’s right pastels were seen all over the runways flaunting next seasons collections. Bora Aksu chose soft greys to pair with pink which is where I took influence from. I’ve had this vintage blouse for ages in my closet but it is one of those buys that needed to sit and simmer until the right time.┬á I belted it over a pencil skirt to give it a peplum look. Everything else you have seen before except for these killer boot! An insanely lucky find in TK Maxx. I know right DIOR!! I had planned to wear these over London fashion week but rushing to pack I forgot them, I know, I know,┬á I couldn’t believe it either, I even considered having them couriered to my hotel but decided that was a bit diva! They are surprising comfortable thanks to their platform and beautiful foot shape.

I really like this skull ring from H! by Henry Holland, I bought it from his first collection. But whatever it is made from does not like my skin it gives me a rash. I  heard coating it in clear nail polish might help, anyone tried that trick?

I hope you have enjoyed my 3 days of pastels, I am sure I will be wearing much more of the summer so watch this space! Do you have a favourite way to wear pastels?

Marc Jacob’s New Look


(Wearing: Whistles top and skirt, Topshop shoes, Fendi clutch, vintage belt)


(With Matthew Williamson for H&M leather jacket)


(Quartz, brass and leather vintage belt by Jutra’s)

In my opinion there is nothing quite like wearing a big full skirt complete with petti-coat, it makes you feel very ladylike. I have this in red too, bought from Whistles outlet last year. The skirt also has pockets, which I LOVE. If I were a deigner I would make sure everything had pockets! I wore this stunning vintage belt to clash up the outfit a bit, I usually wear it with my big brown Vivienne Westwood belt. I had forgotten about this belt, but was reminded when Judy at Atlantis Home posted about her rock crystal belt and some new ones she had for her store. So, thanks Judy it is nice to be reunited!!

In 1947 Christian Dior set the world on fire when he introduced the ‘New Look’ as Carmel Snow termed it, nipped in waist, below knee hems, full skirt and full bust.

(Dior’s New Look)

Marc Jacobs did the same for A/W 2010 Louis Vuitton, once again embracing the female form. Even on the runway, however this was a tricky look to pull off, but done right it looks sensational. For the launch of the new Flagship London boutique the starlets were out, embracing the collection. But who got it right?


Alexa Chung and Kirsten Dunst, both tall and willowy have no problem pulling off the look. Whilst I think Kirsten does it to absolute perfection, Alexa looks slightly to bottom heavey, to her pettite top and waist.

Pixie Geldoff and Daisy Lowe are both curvey, the body shape this look was made for, but the cleavage it just too trashy for me.

I adore Gemma Arterton, but wish she had worn a lower neck and shorter sleeve, this look can make a big chest look too big and out of proportion. I think she should have switched outfits with Alexa. Pixie would have suited Kirsten’s dress better too, whilst Kirsten, with out the big bust, would have made Pixie’s dress look chic.

For me the star of the night was Jerry Hall, leaving the trends for the youngsters she showed true style sticking to a classic look she knows works for her.

Will you be trying out this look?

Pearl