Outfit: Repertoire Fashion

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 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.

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Summer Styling with Gray and Osbourn

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Wearing: Betty Barclay jacket, vintage t-shirt and jeans, Rupert Sanderson heels

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Ronen Chen chiffon cocoon dress, Keds sneakers

I had a lot of fun with my mum over Mothers Day, Gray and Osbourn sent over some of their summer collection for us to style up. Here are the looks I created and you can see how my mum style it soon in part 2. The key pieces we chose are the striped Betty Barclay jacket which has a Breton stripe edged in a pop of hot pink and the Ronen Chen dress which has a fabulous floaty chiffon layer in khaki shades. We felt both pieces are the perfect options for summer as you could easily dress them up or down. My mum and I both have very similar styles and have a fair few identical pieces in our wardrobes. I only wish she had saved more of her old clothes as she is forever telling me ‘I used to have one of those’. I don’t often wear jeans but the one pair I will never throw out are my mums old Wranglers, super high waist and perfect fit. Here I paired the jeans and jacket with an old tshirt and chic red heels. For the dress I went for a festival vibe and simply kicked on my ancient Keds.

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Such a shoe selection!

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The finishing touches, Lime Crime Velvetines are my new staple red lip, utterly smudge proof they last all day.

Hello Jaguar

 

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Wearing Cleo Ferin Mercury Jaguar scarf*, Terry de Havilland Stella shoes, Lulu Guinness lips clutch, vintage t-shirt and necklace , TK Maxx skirt

Oh my gosh a blog post with actual photos, I know its been a while but I am finally getting settled in my new job and home. Not having a trusty team of photographers on hand means you will have to put up with the iPhone snaps too but I will do my best. Those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) will have seen my new friend already, the lovely gold Jaguar scarf by Cleo Ferin Mercury. Isn’t he lovely! I have had him draped over my shoulder for the past few weeks. Cleo’s scarves are utterly beautiful hand made from silk in the most striking of prints. What I really like about this scarf is that it’s an easy way to dress up a simple outfit, or vice versa if worn over a LBD you can tone down your outfit easily just by removing the scarf, useful if you have to adjust your style to your work place. Worn here with ┬átwo of my summer staples this vintage tshirt and pink skirt I’ve had for ages now. The purple bejewelled Terry de Havilland wedges usually live in my ‘fancy shoes case’ but I do break them ┬áout for special occasions they are so comfy for such a high shoe. They look amazing with turquoise nail polish, this sunny day caught me off guard though I’m afraid to say. I think I’m still in February can it really be spring already!

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Pharrell Williams Mountain Hat Rainbow

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Pharrell has made his love of Vivienne Westwood Worlds End Mountain Hats no secret, even more so in his new Marilyn Monroe video where he chooses a different colour for each scene! ┬áI still don’t think he owns more than my buddy Alquin but he sure has a fine collection! Thanks to Raf for these images.

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 Watch the full video

Outfit: Pencil Skirts

 

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I have a thing for pencil skirts, I would say for sure that the majority of skirts I own are pencil. Perfect with a blouse or tshirt, dressed up or down. The argyle one above is the classic pencil shape, attributed to Christian Dior and his H-Line. Whilst the grey one below is the perfect example of Vivienne Westwood’s signature quirk with tucked up bustle effect.

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Time as always is running away with me, I have a stack of wonderful things I want to shoot (properly not iPhone snaps). This cheeky Leopard chappy from Cleo Ferin Mercury is first on the list. Those following my Instagram will already have had a sneak-peek at how he looks draped around your neck but I am excited to show him off in full over Easter.

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┬áWith the weather picking up a bit I’ve been able to pull out my Ann D’s, still truly the single most amazing boots in existence I have to say.

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Vivienne Westwood Special Edition Summer LookBook by Garment Quarter

 

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I really like the spring / summer lookbook Garment Quarter produced this season featuring Vivienne Westwood with a smatter of Victoria Beckham, KTZ and Sibling for good measure! Here are my favourite images from the shoot. If you haven’t heard of Garment Quarter they are a luxury boutique in ┬áBristol and also have the Vivienne Westwood store in Cardiff. If you aren’t local to either store you can check out all the amazing designers on Garment Quarter.com.┬áI first visited the Bristol store whilst I was working down there and was really blown away with the customer service, something I am always delighted with when I mail order from them too. They are a super friendly bunch so do pay a visit.

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Fashion Trainers?!

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┬áI’m still not entirely convinced about trainers as a fashion item. The gym yes, but that’s my general limit. So it came as a shock to myself when instead of doing the flats to heels shuffle on the first day of London Fashion Week I found myself saying sod it and kept the trainers on. With a suit. Do I think this looks better than with heels? Nope, but I don’t think it looks bad either. Besides it was utterly horrendous weather and trying to work in the rain and cold is quite enough drama let alone throwing the whole heels-and-cobbles-debacle into the mix. I chose the Nike Free Run for the spangly bronze laces, I think the metallics dress them up a bit more. Not sure if these will ever find a place in my wardrobe besides being commuting shoes, we shall see!

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Trends: The Call of Carven

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I find it fascinating watching how a new designer comes along and breaths new life into an established house. Madame Marie-Louise Carven created the couture house back in 1945 working until she retired in 1993. Laying dormant until┬áGuillaume Henry breathed new life back into the label in 2010, from which it has gone from strength to strength. A big part of the new brand legacy has been its adoption on the street and the subsequent features on popular street style blogs, such as the snaps by Tommy Ton for Style.com. In turn fashionistas know that a key piece of Carven (paired with model looks) is sure to set you in the sights of the photographers. This is something I see more and more attending London Fashion week, you can pick out those who are sure to be featured on the blogs. Picking up on the eye of Scott Shulman and Phil Oh you can see the trends which fit in with their blog aesthetic. Carven is notable for it’s wonderfully playful, yet chic tailored pieces. Adding one bold, statement piece to your staples makes fashion easy, a colourful printed skirt or pair of trousers can add a pop to simple trench coat or classic white shirt. If I had to pick out the key Carven pieces for summer I would go for the wonderfully cheerful embroidered face sweater and flippy neon orange skirt. Wonder if we will see them on the street this season? Paris fashion week isn’t long now, excited to see what Carven will bring out for autumn? Until then you can check out the current spring collection on Style.com along with the street style snaps from London and New York fashion weeks.

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Images via Marie Claire.com and Style.com