All posts tagged: SS2015

Reflecting white

Just before heading east to Hong Kong, I managed a few more shoots in the beautiful city of Paris. With the backdrop of such an architecturally rich city it inspires one to “up ones game” and look chic even if in a pair of denims (did I mention how much I love a pair of denims?) I also love this summer’s all-white trend and I’ve longingly looked at the white denims in store and lusted after a pair, but each time I’ve slipped them on, they just don’t look right on me. So, instead I’ve found myself a light grey pair that I’m more comfortable in and works with summer’s lights ‘n whites – with the added help of these voguish Spartan sandals from IRO of course (totally obsessed with them). I’ve been able to mix and match these denims with almost everything and cheat on the all-white look too. So, if like me, you love the idea of summer whites but can’t bring yourself to wear an actual pair of white denims, then go for the …

Palma hues

An afternoon walk in Palma de Mallorca amongst the city’s cobbled streets, sherbet coloured walls, pretty balconies and contrasting shutters called for a simple outfit. Hello denims. Denims are my staple and I probably wear them 60% of the time. I find them comfortable, versatile and no fuss. They’re the “easy going” item that can be made up or dressed down and are always included in my travel wardrobe, coming in very handy when you find yourself exploring a beautiful city such as Palma. Each season comes with its own styles, colours and details and so a pair of denims is not usually an investment item for me – I prefer to buy the high street versions from Zara and H&M, mostly so don’t feel too bad at the end of the season when the new styles take my fancy. Summer has brought with it the shorter ankle grazer with frayed edges and torn knees (the I-don’t-really-care-look!) and while I’m sure this won’t last for too much longer, I love that it screams suuuuuummer, especially in this …

Golden summer days

Paris is the most beautiful city. You don’t have to search very far to find something that charms the eye and it has spoilt me forever. Each time I step out of my apartment I’m greeted by something breath-taking which reminds me not to take each of these moments for granted. The only problem for me is deciding which of the many impressive landmarks is my favourite, and I often hear myself telling whoever is in earshot that “this is my favourite building in Paris” and it’s never the same one – it’s just so hard to decide! In all my shoots I’ve specifically chosen places where a landmark or special place is shown and this look is no different – and yes, ‘It’s my favourite’! The glimmering coupole of the Hôtel des Invalides is truly magnificent and lucky for me around the corner from where I live. The final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, but commisioned by Louis XIV back in 1670, and is home to the Musee d’Armee (the military museum). It’s impeccably manicured gardens provide a calm place to …

Spring into Palazzo Pants

With the change of season and the longing for hot summer days I see no reason why not to wear a pair of ultra wide-legged trousers – also known as Palazzo pants. I love these ‘I’m really a pair of pants but look like a skirt’ pieces of fashion; they have such a cheeky sense of humour. Finding their way onto the fashion scene in the late 60’s, these comfy, practical and elegant pants became super popular because various stuffy restaurants owners at the time didn’t like contemporary fashion trends where womenfolk were wearing trousers, and so they refused to allow these modern gals into their establishments unless they were sporting a dress. And so, some of our awesome predecessors decided to outwit these ‘rules’ and opted to introduce Palazzo trousers into their evening wardrobes (ah ha! Take that you stuffy, sexist so-and-sos). Subsequently a trend arose that reoccurs on the catwalks every few seasons – and here they are again for Spring 2015! They shout relaxed, easy and cool whist being feminine and practical. I …

Ola! I’m off to ESPAÑOL-A!

By this time every year after a few months of heavy winter coats, cozy scarves, thick socks and hardcore boots I’m itching to get some sun, sea and beach. May in France is full of holidays so gives the ideal time to break away and find some much-needed soleil au bord de la mer – although I don’t need any excuse to explore and travel! Our spring destination this year is Majorca, the ancient and largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago in Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Majorca has a long history that dates back to the Neolithic period of history, but the Phoenicians were the first to colonise the Island and then it was the Romans who founded the capital, Palma. After being conquered over the centuries and changing hands many times now the Island is part of Spain and attracts plenty of tourists and travellers with it’s beautiful coastlines, interesting history and picturesque architecture. Big blue sunny skies, long hot days, late tapas dinners, sand and sea… So what does a girl pack for such a holiday? Well, I’ve …

On the Lust-have List ❤ The Bucket Bag!

A few years back I bought this adorable nude coloured bucket bag from Topshop on Oxford street. I was obsessed with it – until the pretty nude colour became more of a desperate-for-a-wash hue and that when I decided we needed to part ways. Lucky for me, this season brings the bucket bag to the forefront of must-have bag shapes which means, you guessed it, I’ll be adopting another favourite I’m sure! Perhaps the hugely successful Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag has inspired the resurgence of this bag shape. Launched in 2013 by female duo Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, these handbags have become a phenomenon due to their non-descript, moderately-priced, un-labeled and simple design. The result? Waiting lists of almost-Birkin-bag proportions! If Mansur Gavriel’s overtly modest design is not attention-grabbing enough for you, it’s good to know that other designers such as Phillip Lim 3.1 and Moschino have gone for wilder textures and prints, and at the same time you’ll also be able to find more subtle detailing at Michael Kors and Gucci. It’s the slouchy-ness of the …

Converse goes from generic to universally personalised

I purchased my very first pair of Converse recently, all because I found a pair that I really love. I’ve always found the sneakers a little generic, which I know is why they are so popular, but have never enticed me. However, this season, not only have I finally found a pair that I like and so have been “convers-ted” but the footwear house’s innovative summer 2015 campaign totally appeals to me too. The Campaign, labeled “Made by You”, searched the planet and collected the personal pairs of the original Chuck Taylor All Stars from both well-known and anonymous fashion enthusiasts, musicians, artists and skateboarders. They’ve then shot each pair highlighting how this “generic” high-top has been completely personalised and individialised. You can see in the pics how each pair has been painted, drawn-on, studded, beaten-up and dyed and most of them completely worn-in and treasured. Vice President of Global Marketing at Converse says, “We all want to be authentically ourselves,” and continues that, “Fans of Chuck Taylor are those that have made it a symbol …

All that glitters IS gold

Flat fancy shoes covered in glitter, erm YES PLEASE! Italian company, Anniel have been creating fabulous flats since 1976. Inspired by a long ballet tradition, the company first started making sports items such as sports shoes and sportswear but later moved onto designing handmade soft shoes which made their name famous in Japanese boutiques in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagasaki. Now Anniel is a world-renowned and much loved brand that stays true to creating 100% hand-made shoes in Italy, focusing on fun creativity, comfort and Italian heritage. With my favourite glitter lace-up booties, (gimme guld any day!) I’ll be pirouette-ing myself into summer – as well as leaving a trail of gold sparkles behind me! See their new s/s collection here.

Calling all Space-agers (and small knights)

Last week my son came home with an entire Knights costume made from aluminium foil. Not only is this DIY costume crazy shiny and naturally I was impressed with his armour making skills, but more importantly I completely taken by how “on trend” his pre-school is – they MUST surely know that metallic silver was all over the spring/summer 2015 catwalks! Here is some inspiration to get your metallic on, (Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Barbara Bui were a few designers to lead the way) it’s the perfect way to transition your wardrobe from winter to summer adding a little bling to get the new season jump-started – and remember the shinier the better! Image sources: Vogue.com, Pinterest, Elle.com, style.com

Pimp your normcore sneakers

Normcore is here to stay, you know the unisex fashion trend that has taken the last few seasons by storm and dressed even the most fashionable fashionistas and celebs in unpretentious and average-looking clothing so they can distinguish themselves and be unique? !?! Whether for convenience, laziness, pure comfort or stand-out appeal, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast, and so if like me, you’ve purchased that obligatory pair of white, non-descript, unpretentious pair of ‘tennis shoes’ but are feeling like they could do with a little “dressing up”, then you’re in luck! Check out these cute and easy concepts that I spotted at Le Bon Marche – jewels, coloured laces, stars, pom-poms, the list goes on. If you haven’t got yourself a pair then perhaps here’s the perfect reason to get them now, you can create a new pair of shoes with an easy accessory! Bling those snow-white sneaks with these ideas, and if you haven’t visited the new shoe department at Le Bon Marche yet then get to it – you won’t be disappointed!