[Craving] Whistles New Season AW14

Not sure about you but I am well and truly done with sale time.  Don't get me wrong I've picked up a few bargains, but I am ready for a change.  It probably doesn't help that I'm not the keenest summer dresser so this 32 degree (say WUT?) London heat has felt like the apocalypse.  I'm so ready for some cooler, long sleeve tee shirt type, sunshine.  

Whistles White Coat (she's probably a bit warm here, but give her a few months and she'll have a happier face)

The temperature is also causing me to rinse cash, as an example last weekend I dived into Harvey Nichols purely to benefit from the air conditioning and found myself in Whistles spending all my money (namely these sale bargains here and here) whilst going through their new season and made a strong decision: I would quite happily dress solely from their new in category for the foreseeable future.  Here are my favourites...

So to kick off with, here's a jumpsuit.  Clever blend of a pair of dungarees and jumpsuit in fact (dungasuit? jumparees? dungajump..?).  The fabric is linen and they're navy = you can wear them a lot. The embellished pool slides will definitely not make boys fancy you, but girls will think you are super, super cool. A few pieces are your new forever-basics; Whistles are renown for their leather jackets, this white split skirt could be a very useful piece (with vests now, jumpers later) and the navy skater dress is a bit of a failsafe for a night out, or even the office. Oh, and I wouldn't be being me if I didn't mention a navy and white stripe piece so here are two: love this strapless dress and the jumper has got lazy-Sunday written all over it (well it's hasn't, it's got C'est La vie, but whatever). Finally, I've mentioned the leather culottes in last week's post so I won't again but if you are after a solid investment, they're your new friends.

Sometimes I do worry that I get a little bit "samey" harping on about Whistles - but you know what? I don't care. For me, they are without a doubt the best store for norm core-with-an-edge dressing - enjoy!


[Feature] Whats In My Rucksack?

A few weeks ago, L.K.Bennett approached myself, Anneli and Wendy with an idea.  A very simple one; wearing a rucksack. I for one had never worn one before (unless you count being eight years old, when my mum bought me one so large it rubbed on the backs of my calves on my way to school) so was pretty keen to give it a go.  You'd have to have lived in a hole this year not to have noticed rucksacks are a pretty key piece right now, but was I going to be able to pull if off? 

L.K.Bennett Sophia rucksack / APC x Liberty Tee (old - similar here) / Zara denim/linen shorts (old - similar here) / Shore Projects watch / Jimmy Choo x Carrera sunglasses

So, off I went on my first day armed with my Sophia (the lady herself, which has just launched on the L.K.Bennett site)... As much as you could argue you are "hands free" with a handbag it feels all the more apparent when you wear a rucksack.  I'm normally balancing carrying a dog lead, answering phone calls, finding my Oyster card, using my wallet and grabbing my sunglasses all at the same time.

This somehow felt an awful lot more doable with my Sophia than with any of my others (all the more noticeable when you go back to using your usual bag, and you drop your phone and the dog makes a run for it halfway up the street...).  Forget hands free, this is arms free - running around town was an awful lot easier and I didn't have that ache in my shoulder I usually do after a long day...

I am completely sold. Who'd have thought something so simple could make my day that bit easier? I guess the next issue is, was it big enough? Size matters with these things.  I could fit my iPad easily in it on top of all my usual essentials. It's funny, until setting up my camera to take this I'd never really considered that I had "essentials" as I'm pretty "rough and ready," but on trying to lay this out artily I've realised there are some bits I just cannot live without besides the obvious keys, wallet, phone, etc...

You've probably noticed quite a few tech-type things, but when you work on the go you have no choice but to be prepared. My iPad and I are joined at the hip, closely followed by my Anker phone charger (£10 and has around 4 full charges for your phone before needing a boost itself, I bought one last year and now all my friends have them) and my Alcatel My-Wifi dongle (£20 and you can get 4G coverage wherever you are).  The Kindle was a birthday present, I wish I had more time to read but I always keep it in my bag just in case.

Beauty wise, I'm clocking up quite a list now which is quite impressive given how "only-face-wipe" I used to be:
  • Weleda Skin Food I think I've talked about this on the blog before, it's an absolute saviour. I get patches of dry skin quite a bit in summer, and it's also great for sun burn and scratches. Available in a lot of places but cheapest at Birchbox.
  • Guinot Eye Fresh Cream As you know I'm a bit obsessed with Guinot's facials, but this is a product is one you can use at home. If you've ever had a late night, this gets rid of it. You need one. Seriously
  • OPI Big Apple Red I always keep a red polish in my bag as it goes with everything. OPIs are bullet proof, I've even managed to paint my nails on a busy, jittering bus without a problem
  • Ciate Brocade Parade and Rimmel Pillow Talk You may have seen on my Instagram that I've been wearing these two together a lot recently - my new found faves.
  • Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation I don't wear a lot of make up, but this is a must. Just one pump of it a day keeps my skin looking fresh, and rinses off easily in the evenings too. Stocked at Space NK
  • Yes To Cucumbers Moisturiser Loving this at the moment. Not too greasy and your skin just feels so clean afterwards. Marvellous product, and am convinced it counts as one of your five a day, right?
  • Mary Kay Mascara - Sworn by this for a long time, every girl should have one.
  • Original Minerals Atomic Thickening Spritz I use this several times a day to give my hair a bit of beach-like texture. I used to swear by salt spray but it made my hair so dry and brittle in the heat, this is a real improvement

Other bits you might notice are my jewellery, this time by Monica Vinader and J Crew (I was taught by my Grannie to always keep something in your bag in case you need to quickly look a little more glam, she also told me to always keep Wine Gums too in case you needed to break the ice in a conversation and offer someone one, cute).  My inhalers are never more than a foot away from me (in case you didn't know already, I'm a chronic asthmatic...), and lastly my aviators are always close by.

I hope you enjoyed that little insight into my daily world!  I really would recommend giving a rucksack a go if you're anything like me and always on the go.  As someone who tries to stick by shopping practically, the Sophia is a fantastic option. Find it at LK Bennett here.

This post was written in collaboration with LK Bennett. Photos by Michelle Bobb Parris


[Trend] A Lot Of Culottes

similar printed pairs: here + here

Wow, where has this week gone? Suddenly it's Friday and I have no idea where it went.  Excitingly, the week kicked off with an exciting project for Pitch & Post, my creative collaboration agency for brands and bloggers.  I'm so proud of how it's shaping up and can't wait to share the results with you. For the meantime, I'd love it if you could show a little love and follow us on Twitter here.

similar white pair: here / similar black pair: here

I really haven't had much time to think let alone blog (excusing the new season additions I've added to my boutique) but today I was walking in Soho to meet Reward Style and spotted tens of girls wearing culottes. It's taken me a while to get used to these as being on trend. I wore them at school to stop the boys being able to lift your skirt up in the playground (North London for you): they were armoury not fashion. But I'm coming around to the idea, particularly as I'll take any excuse to wear anything cropped at the moment and they look fab with little vests and shirts.

This red pair were the first to catch my eye having spotted them on the Topshop website earlier in the week.  I love the statement they give if you paired them up with neutral vests or tees (this would look awesome with it). More on the casual side of things, I'm a wee bit obsessed with these denim ones - I mean imagine them thrown on with a pair of sandals and a khaki shirt, fresh off the beach = yes please. On the other end of the scale, Whistles just kicked the ball out of the park with this leather pair.  I mean... YES.  Paired with my new Peridot cropped shirt (best purchase ever, fabric is so good you don't even need to iron it...) and some coloured heels (this pair, need I say more?) and you've got my demi-corporate style nailed.

similar white pairs: here + here

I guess what I've worked out if they're not just for skinny, tall people - short, round (i.e.: moi) people can wear them too.  I've fallen head over heels with each of these looks, thinking the leather pair might just trump the other two though - what do you think?  Have a fab weekend guys and dolls, enjoy the SUN.

*all photos via Pinterest, for additional credits contact via email