Wednesday

[Love Her Look] Camo and Stripe

This week's stand out favourite outfit over on my Pinterest account (don't mean to boast or nothin' but I am so damn happy to say I have just over 420,000 followers on there…) was this one - and boy is it one close to my heart… Camo, stripes, aviators, and sneakers. Some casual gold arm candy going on for good measure. YES.


You all know I'm obsessed with breton stripes. Obsessed. I own so many it's embarrassing. My current favourite is this Theory one and my favourite all over striped piece is this ASOS one (love the cut out area). As for the camo, my favourite is this one from Missguided, or if you're after an investment piece this one from Denim and Supply is fantastic too.


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Monday

[Outfit] Sunsets in Camps Bay

I've been wanting to post this for a while what with the weather (and the fact I lost my camera's memory card) but it didn't seem right talking about summer back in January when these pictures were taken! Here is little, old me on Camps Bay in Cape Town at the very beginning of this year wearing a couple of new brand finds…


The first is Leo Joseph, which I've mentioned before but Leo has recently taken his collections to the next level adding in womenswear and some really cool accessories (as well as the menswear swim shorts that in my humble opinion are the best in the business - just in case you have a boy to buy for) including the bag I used whilst on holiday (here). I may be biased as I know Leo, but its so nice to really believe in something that a friend is doing and his clothing is ridiculously well made, so check it out here.

sunset over Glen Beach and Camps Bay

The top is from a brand called Witchery and I bought it whilst I was there (at the V&A shopping mall which is very much worth a visit). Witchery is part of Woolworths (which is actually Marks and Spencers, all gets very confusing) and a sister store to Country Road. Think of it as somewhere between a Whistles and a J Crew and you're halfway there. I bought loads (thank you Rand exchange rate) and am so excited to wear it all when it starts to get warm again. The espadrilles are from LK Bennett - if you're after the Valentino/Chanel style without the price tag then these babies are for you.

walking up Table Mountain

My sister is in Cape Town for the first time so as much for her as for you all I thought I'd write a couple of good places to go (although I've only been twice and at Christmas time when the city is incredibly busy!) :
  • Attempt to climb Table Mountain - we gave up as we didn't start early enough and it got too hot, but even the bits we did manage gave us amazing views of the whole of Cape Town that I doubt you could beat anywhere else
  • Go for sushi inside a shopping mall - I was dubious, but the sushi at Willoughby's inside the V&A shopping centre is some of the best I've ever tasted.
  • Visit The Biscuit Mill - get up early on a Saturday morning and head to an area called Woodstock where you'll find The Biscuit Mill which houses an amazing food market and up and coming fashion and home wear designers.
  • Always be outside for sundowners - or "sunset" to us Brits. Evenings really are exceptionally beautiful in Cape Town so do not miss a single one.
Clifton Beaches
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Thursday

[Outfit] Office Cowgirl


I've already blogged about these suede culottes and they're definitely a "marmite" fashion choice. I was walking the dog wearing them and got wolf whistled by some undesirables Bradley Cooper lookalikes (hey, a girl can dream!) when their mate yelled out "But those velour shorts are rank!" The self conscious teenager in me died from embarrassment, but after a minute or so I realised I really didn't care. They're so, so easy to wear (unbelievably comfortable) and this outfit is a classic example. Love them so much here is a little edit of my favourite, from £35 to £350…



I mentioned the top in my shopping edit a couple of weeks ago - it's a River Island baby. In the same post I said how impressed by RI I am this season, this shirt is a prime example. It's £30, and looks and feels much more expensive. I've worn it to death already; its great for dressing up with jeans or layering under cropped jumpers.


The shoes were a present from L.K Bennett when I went to visit them a few weeks ago - and it's love. They're from the Laura Bailey collaboration and at first I wasn't quite sure about them as I'm so boring with my shoe choices but actually they've taught me to be a little bolder - I get so many compliments in them, they're like a "feel good shoe."


My bag I pinched from Anneli as we met up to do some pictures together and I realised I didn't have anything to put my stuff in; it's from Karen Millen (again, hugely impressed with their spring/summer collection - in fact I may do my Shop Sunday about them this week…). The double suede somehow works even though it really shouldn't… This is about as "on trend" as I'll ever get - and I'll wear all the individual pieces with loads of different outfits so I don't feel at all guilty about it!

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Monday

Shopping for Summer with Lyst


This week's Shop Sundays is all about those summer essentials; I thought it might be a good time for you to consider investing as it's not only pay day weekend but also a bank holiday (so you can spend the extra Monday shopping!). In collaboration with Lyst (a site which cleverly collates all my favourite designers into one, nifty feed - as well as being super good for hunting down something specific) I've selected my top SS15 pieces to invest in: 



For me summer is just about being a more colourful version of my usual wardrobe. I think people (taking this from what friends tell me) struggle with how their style should be when it gets warmer and I just think you should apply all the same rules about shape and fit in winter months. Yes, you can't cover up as much so you need to think a bit more about what suits your body shape (for me its halter neck or scuba necks and no patterns on the chest as it makes me look square).

A few tips:
  • Boyfriend jeans are a super important part of my wardrobe in summer, particularly for evenings. I treat my denim terribly; it gets thrown about, rarely washed and often ends up creased on the floor in my wardrobe. For that reason I invested in a decent pair so that they stand a chance of making it through a season (these). Plus, expensive denim is just such a good purchase - thats one thing I have learned since starting the blog.
  • Isabel Marant is such an obvious summer brand particularly now "boho chic" is at the forefront of the SS15 trends. Retailers like Zara and Atterley Road have great replica/copycat pieces, but owning some of the real thing is a worthy investment. Marant's footwear, jewellery and boho tunics are always a good buy.
  • Invest in some decent flat sandals - because there will always be a time you need to potter about in the sunshine. Ancient Greek Sandals are the best for me, the leather is so soft you don't get those weirdly placed blisters that causes the well known "flipflop hobble." Additionally, its important to get a good summer-sneaker and these new-in Superga slip ons are really very cool.
  • Swimsuits can be sexy, especially now. Gone are the days that they're just for being who *shouldnt be* in bikinis. It's worth investing in them, and the brand of the moment is most definitely Mara Hoffman as they're cut so well. Her illusional patterns hide a multitude of sins too. 
  • For the gazillionth time; investing in t shirts is key. Gone are the days of 2 for £10 from the high street for me. I spend an arguably insane amount on my basic tees because I need durable (tumble drier, sand and beer proof) versions. The same for breton tees, like this Theory top.

*This post was in collaboration with Lyst
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Friday

[Outfit] Topshop x Adidas

You know you're getting older when you see friends do a complete 360 and come back into being cool again. I first owned this tee when I was 14 years old. It was my uniform, complete with popper-tracksuit bottoms and most probably a baseball cap. So when Topshop asked if I'd like to promote their new Topshop x Adidas collection, the teenage nostalgia set in and was not disappointed...


Lopez and I went for a little stroll this week in the London sunshine to take some pictures of my new wares.  The t shirt is just like one I owned fifteen years ago (gulp). It's amazing how classic like this never change. 


The trainers/sneakers are a twist on the classic superstars. You can choose if you want black laces or white, when they arrived I thought I'd prefer the white but actually the black ones are really fun. If you haven't tried the style before, they're a much comfier version of the Stan Smiths and Gazelles




I paired the pieces with a simple green parka jacket and my new moto girlfriend jeans that I am living in. At the moment I'm not feeling particularly great about my shape and these jeans are the reason behind multiple compliments - the height of them hides a multitude of sins - so I recommend them for anyone who is *about to start* bikini dieting and needs a morale boost - find them here.


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