Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Late Summer Neutrals

ZARA dress, VINTAGE bag (similar), H&M necklace, 
COS necklace, &OTHERSTORIES sunglasses

As natural as it feels to finally pull out our bright colours in summer, there’s definitely something to be said for a clean palette of white and cream on a shady summer day. Especially when the white comes in the form of this structured (big tick), minimalist (bigger tick) Zara piece but with that interesting detail at the front. Seriously dreamy in my eyes. 
(It’s also got the added bonus of having shorts subtly added underneath which definitely justifies the length of it!) 

Coordinated accessories can be either chic or cliché, I personally think subtle touches of a wicker basket (an item which screams summer as much as the smell of sun cream) and a floppy hat stay the right side of the line. 

My time in Spain is running out, but I’ve still got a few days to enjoy some Vitamin Sea down on Costa de la Luz, our second home! Back to London on Thursday and Manchester at the end of September!
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal

"Fashion fades, style is eternal" - YSL

With the inauguration of the Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal exhibition at the Bowes Museum, Yves pioneering designing vision and timeless pieces are being quite rightly praised. We are all aware that Yves challenged fashion in ways that had not been done before him, introducing masculine tailoring in women's dressing which had not previously even been considered. It only takes a stroll through his gardens in Marrakesh to appreciate the unique way which Yves perceived the world, and the creative vision that that perception translated into. I'm sure the exhibition is a must see, much like the film (Yves Saint Laurent) which is a beautifully shot portrayal of his life through very chic cinematography. 

Compiling this look, centred around the Iconic Smoking Jacket, was both the easiest and hardest task. Easy because you can combine any of the pieces together to come up with a killer look, hard because I had to limit myself to one set. I put this together as the ultimate heading out for drinks at dust ensemble.
Scrolling through the items, I realised I could easily fill my wardrobe exclusively with Saint Laurent and reuse the classic pieces again and again in different combinations - always arriving at a look that would be slick, head-turning and effortless. I mean, the monogram jewellery alone is heavenly. Not to mention that brown bag

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Postcard from Thailand: Paisley Shorts

H&M basic tank, THAILAND MARKET shorts (similar)
SPANISH MARKET bracelet, RAYBAN sunglasses
A little postcard arriving very late from Thailand by way of these photos (having lived in China for the last year, I can relate to packages arriving so late both the receiver and the sender had forgotten its existence). 

We vacay'd in Thailand this January because - despite studying the whole way through the Christmas period - Chinese universities mercifully give two months off in the winter. Among the culture intake in Bangkok (read my helpful guide here), we checked into Riley Beach Club where these photos were taken. Cue a casual, coastal get-up which is, in my opinion, just the right side of risqué. Sunset predictably became my favourite time of day, walking through the hotel grounds to try to spot monkeys in the trees (cute until a gang of twenty start to eye you up). If you want more wanderlust photos of Thailand, read my travel diary here

I picked these shorts up in the Bangkok markets for a couple of pounds, no surprises that I'm wishing I'd bought ten! Must thank the Mamá (again) for lending me this statement bracelet for the shoot (I've said it before, I owe all the fashion credit to her...) If you're finding summer packing somewhat overwhelming, try this post or this post for some straightforward advice.
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