Saturday, 19 April 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Simply Shopping: 7 favourite charm necklaces

1. Azuni | SHOP NOW
2. Laura Lee | SHOP NOW
3. Dinny Hall | SHOP NOW
4. Lauren Padd on Etsy | SHOP NOW
5. Phoebe Coleman | SHOP NOW
6. Bill Skinner on ASOS | SHOP NOW
7. Alex Monroe | SHOP NOW

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What style suits you?

Morning all, Wednesday morning and we are still by the seaside enjoying unseasonably nice weather! I hope you're having a great week wherever you are? I'm still battling a poor internet connection so this week's posts are a little shorter than usual.

I had some good news this week, I passed my teacher training course which means I can officially teach yoga. It's a significant milestone as this was one of my ambitions I've had for the last 16 years since I started practicing when I was 21 living in London. Do you have any dreams, ambitions you'd like to fulfil? I'd love to hear what they might be!

Today on the blog I wanted to talk about what style personality you might be? Understanding what style suits you can be an ever-changing thing, and that's why it's good to take a look at your wardrobe every few years and check that it still represents who you are - now. I think about my friend Liz who worked for years as a project manager in an office juggling the demands of deadlines and corporate expectations. Her wardrobe had to be professional and smart. Liz now has her own business teaching children yoga and so her day to day wardrobe is very different. Have you had a change that has meant your wardrobe doesn't now meet your life's needs? Also we might mellow, change, have different demands or expectations of life.

Rachel Zoe the celebrity stylist once said that our style is a silent language we communicate with. We tell people something about ourselves without saying a word. What an interesting way of thinking about the clothes we wear. Do you know what style suits you? How have you figured it out? I'd love to hear.

I love the idea that you can take 1 dress and everyone will wear it in their own distinctive way. 

How would you wear it?

Dress, River Island | SHOP NOW

1. Hat, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW
2. Gold hoop earrings, ASOS | SHOP NOW
3. Boho bag, Accessorize | SHOP NOW
4. Flat sandals, Next | SHOP NOW
5. Vintage style earrings, Oasis | SHOP NOW
6. Jacket, Karen Millen | SHOP NOW
7. Clutch bag, Kurt Geiger | SHOP NOW
8. Wedge sandals, River Island | SHOP NOW

Monday, 14 April 2014

Inspired by spring colours

Monday evening and a short post today as I've spent the day battling a poor internet connection and frustration. Sorry!

We are back by the sea, enjoying the freedom of no routine and blue skies. 

So in the spirit of our short easter break a little spring inspiration. The snap is from a visit to Wentworth Castle at the weekend. Worth a visit if you're in our neck of the woods for the stunning gardens and ornate Victorian conservatory decorated in intricate white iron work. Just beautiful.

1. Scarf, Cabbages and Roses | SHOP NOW
2. Sandal, Clarks | SHOP NOW
3. Earrings, Azuni | SHOP NOW
4. Cotton tunic, Toast | SHOP NOW
5. Bird print blouse, Ted Baker | SHOP NOW
6. Stripe skirt, Oasis | SHOP NOW

Friday, 11 April 2014

Feel-Good Clothes

Morning All, Friday again and a day to be happy I think. I'm ready for the spring sunshine and in the mood for some colour today on the Notebook. 

Clothes are so much to do with how we feel. They can make us feel confident, happy, comfortable and assertive. My favourite time of the year for my wardrobe is the spring and summer when I start to reach in the back of my cupboard for some bright, enlivening colour and grounding open-toe shoes. I feel lighter, freer, somehow less encumbered, and although we aren't quite there yet here in England, after a difficult week I'm definitely in need of some up-lifting style.

So here is a little spring edit of clothes to make you smile. 

Prints, colours, flattering shapes and cute details to bring the colour back to your cheeks, and I've even included a favourite pillow spray for calming bedtimes - my definite recipe for a happier day!

1. Paint brush silk top, Jigsaw | SHOP NOW
2. Deep sleep pillow spray, This Works | SHOP NOW
3. Sophia Jumper, Boden | SHOP NOW
4. Cambridge Satchel Company clutch from Red Direct | SHOP NOW
5. Daisy skirt, Whistles | SHOP NOW
6. Tulip dress, Miss Selfridge | SHOP NOW
7. Gem necklace, Martine Wester at House of Fraser | SHOP NOW
8. White gem sandals, River Island | SHOP NOW

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Style Advice: Blogger Style

Wednesday morning and back in the office. It's good to be back, hope you had a lovely weekend. I've had a roller coaster few days, mostly ups thankfully with very few downs. I think I quite fancy sitting on the round-about for a little while!

Today on the Notebook some over-due style advice for a dear blogging friend in New Zealand. Mel is a busy Mum to three beautiful children with a successful design blog, Armoire, Pegs and Casserole to keep her busy.

Mel wrote a few weeks ago looking for some style inspiration for her everyday wardrobe:

I have a question for you for a future blog post. The bloggers uniform. A usual day for me revolves around school and kindy drop off, back home to work and/or off to take photos and then school and kindy collections, perhaps an after school activity and every so often an opening or launch in the night. I love to feel comfortable, I'm terrible with heals unless they're wedges. I'd really like to look chic yet with an edge. How could I carry a look throughout the day? Mel xx

It's a lot to consider isn't it? 

A busy Mum, a design-led job, openings and events to attend, but at the root, a desire to be comfortable, confident in all these different situations, and to feel her style reflects all these interests and aspects of her life. With private clients I would spend time with them getting to know their life, routine, existing wardrobe and demands for what they might need to buy, but as Mel and I are on opposite sides of the world this might prove difficult! Shame!

So I've got an idea of Mel's taste from pictures and Pinboards instead. Her taste in clothes is reflected in her taste for all design; modern, unfussy, with an eye to design details, and quality finish. Mel should look to reflect this authentic side to her style by building new pieces into her wardrobe over time. This isn't a process anyone should rush, but look to add organically to what you already have in your wardrobe.

Start by editing your existing pieces. Ask yourself:
  • Do I love it?
  • Do I wear it?
  • Does it fit well?
  • Do I feel good when I wear it?

If the answer is no to any of these questions then consider if it can be altered to fit better, or saved for doing the gardening in? If not it might be worth sending to charity or passing on to a friend you know would love it.

1. Bag, Massimo Dutti | SHOP NOW
2. Shirt, H&M | SHOP NOW
3. Coat, Cos | SHOP NOW
4. Dress, Zara | SHOP NOW 
5. Jeans, Emerson Fry | SHOP NOW
6. Silk dress, MadeWell |  SHOP NOW
7. Silk blouse, & Other Stories | SHOP NOW
8. Sandals, Mango | SHOP NOW

Once you've pared down your existing wardrobe to pieces you love and wear regularly it's now time to start filling in the gaps. I've written before about starting with the basics and building up so I won't go over this too much, but consider buying a few really great capsule pieces that you know will be wearable for most days. For Mel these might be:
  • Cropped trousers / jeans
  • Knee to mid-length skirts for everyday
  • A few well-cut shirts and blouses
  • A great leather bag for your laptop / kids essentials
  • A couple of investment dresses that can be dressed up and down

Look for quality fabrics, blouses and shirts in soft silks and cool cottons that will look smart but effortless. With the basics in place consider where to add your own distinctive personality. I think Mel should look for architectural or structured tailoring for a design-edge. This is where the quality will speak, but doesn't need to necessarily be designer prices. Great tailoring can be found at ZaraCosMassimo Dutti and Mango [hoping that some of these might be available in New Zealand?!]. But with these statement pieces it's worth saving and spending what you can afford, not the time to scrimp.

Mel is influenced by French style and I know this is key to her aesthetic. This kind of easy, everyday approach is all about the details; a rolled cuff, ruched sleeve, a piece of antique, statement jewellery to lift a sweater from the ordinary to the chic. Mel should embrace her eye for design and be bold with the details whilst keeping the structure simple. 

I hope that helps Mel? Be confident in your choices and make considered purchases that will reflect your aesthetic and you can't go wrong!

Don't forget if you have a style question click on the link to the right of the screen.