27/09/2014

ALL WHITE NOW

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skirt - asos
blouse - h&m
trainers - gola x liberty
sunglasses - dior
tote - lfw ong-oaj pairam
watch - michael kors
ring - accessorize

I love the concept of an all-white outfit, especially out of the summer season, it gives a clean, high-end look (although of course it's pretty hard to maintain - cut to friday afternoon during fashion week where i'm in the loos at Somerset House with some Vanish, scrubbing to remove some red lipstick!) I fell in love with this skirt when I first saw it on Juley over at her blog, & so with a hop, click & a jump, had it delivered just in time for fashion week this season. I'm hoping to transition it into the cooler months with some funky ankle boots, either keeping the white theme going, or maybe with some cut-out black chunky heels.. watch this space. 




{photos by Sophie, edits by me}

18/09/2014

TOGA ARCHIVES SS15

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Toga Archives SS15 produced a wonderful collection of strong pieces,  showcased within the gorgeously grand-cum-industrial background of the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras. The first half of the collection glowed with neutrals, golden yellows & intimidating whites, bookmarked with black pants or swinging maxi overcoats (NB, apparently there were two halves, Sophie at La Fashion Folie ended up capturing the second half, so between us we covered full ground!) Silhouettes were bold and beautiful, empowering with glimpses of unabashed femininity such as the angled, pleated hem, or the pointed bralette. Accessorising was key, as ears were emblazoned with oversized cuffs or geometric shapes trailing over the neckline, and reflective silver hair ties captured the sleek ponytail of the Toga woman, keeping the whole look neat & on track. Brushes of pink or yellow colour were boldly washed over the eyes whilst lips were kept nude, the colour rediscovering itself again on a gauzy yellow pocket here, a pink & black sandal there. The subtle intricacies of a hand-stitched, crocheted sleeve, or a ruffled, gathered neckline continued to emphasise the idea that this collection was the product of a particularly detailed and thought out aesthetic, epitomising what the designers mused to be "fragments, reflection, floating."

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{all photos & edits by me}

15/09/2014

EDELINE LEE SS15

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Stepping into Edeline Lee's world for SS15 was like stepping into a paintbox, albeit a very grown-up one, with a delicately pretty concoction of colours. Every season, Edeline comes up with something completely different & refreshingly original, & this season was no disappointment. Inspired by the process of restoring her own Victorian house in East London, the designer brought together the 3-pronged relationship between art, interiors & fashion, & assimilated her colour palette, architectural structure, & the cut of the dress into a collection of very feminine, empowering pieces. Each look worked around a basic tone, adding a triangle of white here, a stripe there. The set was beautiful, with models captured in their own boxes, their own worlds, the viewer voyeuristically peering into a living room, or a kitchen. Within each room played a digital loop of the collection's video campaign on a small television set, essentially a replica of the presentation itself, as models smaller & smaller explored sets teenier and tinier. The touches of magical realism extended to a ceiling suffocating with pink roses, a prettiness bursting to escape. The colourful intensity & childlike containment reminded me of Alice having fallen down the rabbit hole, a world within a world within a world, enticing, bewitching & naively intoxicating.

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{all photos & edits by me}

24/08/2014

BIG SKIRTS AND CROPPED KNITS


Wore this skirt for the first time yesterday; it was only when I got home that I realised the tag was still attached! *d'oh!*

The full shape & structure of the skirt reminded me of the big skirts at Dior this season, & I really wanted to clash the pretty pastel colours with a 1970s orange knit. I've pretty much found my (literal) comfort zone in flats & pumps recently, these grey pumps from Primark fitting the bill on so many days. I'm also tempted to take my first foray into the Allstar market, maybe a pair of red or neutral cream ones to wear with dresses into the Autumn...

We tried out the Providores & Tapa Room for brunch beforehand: Turkish eggs with yoghurt & chilli served with soda bread, & eggs on chorizo were recommended, as was the bloody mary...

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!



sweater & skirt - topshop
top (just seen) - h&m
pumps - primark
bag - zara
sunglasses - dior
watch - michael kors
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{all portraits by Sophie, edits by me}

05/07/2014

ORLA KIELY / BRITISH SUMMERTIME


There's this hidden corner of Clapham that Sophie & I head to when the sun's out & we feel like dancing around in new outfits & getting a bit snap-happy, & of course there's nothing more suitable for this than an Orla Kiely dress & matching shoes! I originally wore this dress to London Fashion Week last season, so when it came up in a 50% flash-sale I couldn't resist! Huge thanks to Clarks too, who are producing the Orla Kiely footwear range & rather wonderfully sent me this gorgeous Marianne pair...


Afterwards, Sophie & I headed to the new No.32 in Clapham (used to be the Frog), & whilst they had a few teething problems (smoke alarm for starters!), the food was certainly worth waiting for!



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{all portraits by Sophie, edits by me}

15/06/2014

ETHNIC CHIC : CAPSULE UNITED COLOURS OF BENETTON COLLECTION


Having only just got back from a Moroccan adventure myself, it seemed like the perfect breakfast meeting ever, an invitation to take a sneak peek at United Colours of Benetton's Ethnic Chic capsule collection for Spring/Summer 14, whisking me back to hot summer days, bustling souks, & colourful scarves.

A pretty fabulous platter was laid out by Momo Restaurant: cinnamon buns, donuts, Moroccan pastries, breads & jam sandwiches, topped off with sweet mint tea & fresh fruit juices every which way we turned!

I loved the t-shirts with jewelled decoration, they'd work great in making an everyday outfit a bit prettier, or matched with a stripy skirt or loose flowing trousers for summer. One of my favourite pieces was the sequinned scarf pictured below - so delicate but still subtle, I would wear it to a summer wedding, or just with jeans & t-shirt alike!

Keep an eye out for the collection to hit the shops!




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{all photos & edits by me}

14/06/2014

THE WELL: FARRINGDON GASTROPUB


The Well in Farringdon is one of those gastropubs that truly commit to the art of drinking & dining well (sorry!) in an atmosphere & surroundings worthy of the traditional British pub. On one of the finest days of the year so far, we paid a visit to this institution on Saint John Street, nestled in amongst offices & tower blocks, its front & side walls opened up to allow tables & patrons to spill out onto the pavement. 

We arrived 10 minutes before the end of happy hour, immediately encouraging us to make a snap decision on cocktails, deciding upon a Strawberry Passion (Zubrowka vodka, passion fruit, strawberries & black pepper) and a Berry Swizzle (Prosecco, Chambord, raspberry vodka, & strawberry puree). The latter seemed a bit tangy for my tastes, but the former was deliciously light & frothy, served in a martini glass & garnished with a fresh strawberry. For my starter I chose one of the specials, a soft-boiled black gulls egg served with herbed mayonnaise, crushed black pepper, & flavoured salt. The egg was marvellously runny & red-yolked, although it would have been all the more perfect served with some buttered granary soldiers! The Well seems to specialise in produce from the sea, so I chose a main of mussels in white wine, cream & garlic sauce, which was nicely complimented with the addition of sliced fennel, celery & onion. Hand-cut chips were an obvious accompaniment, & were just the right amount of crispy salty goodness. Minted veg also appeared on the scene, a hint of mint & a generous helping of butter creating the perfect side.

The best dessert we tried was the sticky toffee pudding served with butterscotch ice-cream & toffee sauce. Surprisingly light, with a thick, syrupy sauce, a great endnote to the meal. Throughout the meal we enjoyed one of the nicest Roses I've had in quite a while, a Cotes de Provence Melopee de Gavoty, of the lightest pink & most delicate flavour. Dessert was another matter, as unable to decide upon a dessert wine, our waitress advised us of an off-menu sherry, a lovely velvety, dark, sweet wine that was so fabulous, I forgot to read the label & remember the name! I did, however, hastily order a 2nd glass even after dessert was over - only slightly less enthusiastic than my companion who suggested ordering a bottle. Too much for a thursday night? Never!

Mains average on the pricier side towards £20, but if you have a gourmet card (we did), you'll get 50% off food.




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{all photos & edits by me}
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