Transitioning, Winter into Spring

Transitioning, Winter into Spring.

With the clock brought forward I think it might be safe to say it’s officially Spring unless if we get a surprise snow fall like last week.  AnyhoO positive thinking only, I’m here to show you how you can shift your cozy Winter looks into wearable Spring trends.

Now let’s face it although it’s officially Spring the air is still quite chilled so put aside your double breast coats  and opt for a wrap around wool coat. It’s lighter in weight, keeps you warm when there’s a chill and looks great opened up with a T-shirt or blouse teamed with Jeans or Khakis.

I love wearing lighter tones in the warmer months so when I spotted this lovely 1960s checked coat in my local vintage shop, it was love at first sight. I teamed this coat with an oversized acrylic neck piece from Marks and Spencers, a chocolate brown vest top and a caramel bootcut and black patent shoes. A casual smart look to combat the chills and welcome in the warmth.

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1 Neck piece – Old Marks & Spencer – similar 

2 Vest top – Marks & Spencer – similar 

3 Trousers – H&M – similar

4 Coat – similar

5 Shoes – similar

 

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LFW – Apu Jan AW18

LFW – Apu Jan AW18

 

Hey Fashionistas!! Its been a minute, how are you all doing?? My first blog post of 2018!!! I know I know forgive me.

So this time last week I looked at my 3 invites, and was trying to decided where I could squeeze in a show or two. I’ve been very busy lately however I was determined not to miss Fashion Week, I was going to see some shows no matter what.

Well I was late to 2 but managed to see 1 and it just happened to be one of my favourites. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad!!

London Fashion Week for me is all about the creativity, the undiscovered, the young bloods who are hungry for the spotlight the ‘Off Schedule’ shows. Please read my piece on why I love the ‘Off Schedule’ shows.  

Home of 'Off Schedule' Fashion

Vintage Coat - Portobello Market | Green Jumper - Uniqlo | Trousers - Primark | Shoes - ASOS |

Apu Jan is one of my favourite labels and every season feels like a continuation of the one before. Unlike other young labels Apu Jan’s brand identity is very strong. They know who they are and are consistent every season. Their colour palette never really change from season to season, they’re very consistent and creative in the textures they use, the shape, and scale they create. They’re playful with their materials and always use juxtapose fabrics and textures to create elegance, and timeless pieces. There’s always an element of the Far East cleverly woven through the collection.

Here are a few that caught my eye tell me what you think below.   Rx

Mixing of unusual fabrics

Traditional Eastern Asia shapes

 

 

London Fashion Week – SS18

London Fashion Week – SS18

 

The London Fashion Week ship has long sailed away, onto #MFW and I’m still here trying to sum it all up. #betterlatethannever

This season, London Fashion Week featured more than 100 designers from different parts of the world. It drew in more high-profile brands than ever before. Labels such as Emporio Armani, which hasn’t had a show in London for about 10 years. Tommy Hilfiger which moved from his usual slot in NFWK and first-time shows such as the elegant Couturissimo whom I had the pleasure of attending and also the knitwear womenswear label Sabinna.  It’s definitely great to see London challenging rival cities on the global style scene: it’s proof that our city is an international cultural and creative hub. With 100 designers being featured this season, the need for a place to unwind in between shows was crucial. My in-between shows hub was at the Felicities PR Lounge, where I used to update my instastories, charge my phone and catching up with fellow fashionistas.

 

 

Couturissimo

Couturissimo is a fashion platform that delivers support and provides sustainability for the couture industry while broadening the reach of couture designers through a collaborative approach to limited edition collections. The SS18 collection was shown at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, it was created with the spirit of couture at its heart by a collective of couture designers. With accessible price points and global access to unique collections through their website, this new direction hopes to attract a new generation of couture fans.

 

 

The couture industry, forever in constant transformation has found itself at a crossroads between the traditional and the contemporary with Couturissimo providing a sustainable bridge that links the past and the future. Much like the English founder of Haute Couture, Charles Frederick Worth, London based Couturrismo is pioneering a new era of fashion innovation. The brand’s goal is to provide greater access to beautifully crafted, quality collections that capture the spirit of couture at a price that is within reach of the modern woman.

The artistic geniuses behind Parisian brand OnAura Tout Vu, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, have overseen a team of couture designers to deliver the beautifully imagined SS18 collection. Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who has created masterpieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, has worked closely alongside Sebastien Gunawan, the pioneer of ‘fashion-culture’ in Indonesia, as part of the international team contributing to this season’s collection. The SS18 Couturissimo collection conveyed the principal codes of luxury and couture via high fashion designs, ultra-feminine cuts, a demanding level of fabrication, motifs embroidery and original prints but at a more democratic price point than traditional couture gowns.

Sabinna

 

Sabinna - SS18 / Catwalk + Presentation

Lovely catching up with @AdrienneLdn

Fashionistas!!

 

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Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

 

I was having a discussion with a friend and she asked me how I manage to always look so well put together? I told her I had a few rules, first of all, I buy most of my clothes when they’re on sale. I don’t really follow trends, I stick to what suits me and most of all I only buy what I love. I have also come to understand wardrobe staples, wardrobe staples?? I hear you ask, wardrobe staples are items of clothing you wear on rotation. The fact is your wardrobe staples never change, they’re the basic items that everyone looks good in and it stays consistent year after year. This discussion got me thinking, to start a series featuring my wardrobe staples showing the importance of creating a wardrobe staple that sees you through all seasons.

 

The Blazer

The first wardrobe staple I want to feature is the blazer. A good blazer will see you through out the whole year, depending on the fabric of course. So what equates to a good blazer? The most important thing to look for in a blazer is the shape and the fit, you need to make sure the blazer suits your shape and fits you well. A blazer is not only for the office it can be worn with denim, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The purpose of a blazer in my wardrobe is to bring the outfit together. So, for example, I would wear denim cut off shorts with Tshirt and flats, to make the look a little smarter, I would change the shoes to heels and throw on a blazer. My ultimate ‘go to’ for a casual smart look, stylish but not trying too hard. Lol 🙂

 

 

 

The blazer is definitely one of my favourite wardrobe staples I’m always on a look out for different variations of the classic design. This could be in the colour, fabric or special features as demonstrated in my latest purchase. I have about 3 blazers which are very similar in shape and cut but it was the tassels on this classic shape that caught my eye. I love the element of evening wear although this can also be a great piece to wear to a music festival, how? Add a white Tshirt, leather trousers, knee high flat boots or converse trainers and your music festival ready.  In this case, I kept it simple and styled it with very short tailored shorts (shortest shorts I’ve ever owned) men’s shirt, and heels. This is probably my favourite ‘go to’ look..if ever in doubt monochrome it…always.

 

 

Blazer - Zara similar Men's Shirt - Zara - I'm wearing an xs, it's still quite big but I love how the cuffs extends to my hand.

The same blazer teamed with a mesh skirt.

 

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Maxi Skirt – ‘Boho’ chic no more

Maxi Skirt – ‘Boho’ chic no more.

 

Maxi skirts are worn all year round but they’re most popular during the summer months alongside its counterpart the maxi dress. However, in today’s post let’s focus on the skirt. Whenever the maxi skirt is mentioned it’s always followed by the trend ‘boho’. Now there’s nothing wrong with putting the bohemian look in the same style category as the maxi skirt, but that’s not the only look the maxi skirt can be styled with. Unless you’re heavily into the 70’s, hippie, flower power, fringed waistcoats, suede jackets and cowboy boots look, you should really keep the word ‘boho’ out of your style vocabulary when styling a maxi skirt.

 

Maxi Skirt

 

Maxi skirts have forever been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. In actual fact, I bought this stripy number especially to wear as a dress and then later on decided to wear it the right way. As a dress, this look works particularly well too with a belt in the middle or with a lovely suit jacket on top.

 

When styling this stripey maxi skirt, my focus was to make it elegant and stylish. I have always loved playing with ‘shape’ so if it’s a maxi skirt, then it has to be super maxi for my small frame. So I’m normally a size 6 but I bought this skirt in a size 16. I wanted the volume of the skirt to be exaggerated. This was teamed with a white ballooned sleeved shirt, Chloe shoes and Chanel bag. In order to keep you in proportion, make sure the top is shaped to accentuate the waist and it’s worn with heels.

 

 

 

Update your maxi skirt leave the boho chic in the 90s and embrace a new modern look. Maybe try the skirt as a dress or update with a fitted shirt. Let me know how you got on.

 

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Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender

 

Londoners what’s happened to the weather? For a moment there we had ‘summer’ oh well, it was good whilst it lasted, however, please please do not discount the British summer just yet not until you’ve been to lavender picking at Hitchin Lavender Farm. Yes, lavender picking!! I escaped the hustle of London and headed to the countryside at the weekend and I’m predicting lavender picking will be as big as when knitting became ‘the cool thing’ to do. You remember about 10 years ago when we were seeing grown men and women knitting on buses, on the tube, anywhere and everywhere.  Basically prior to Saturday, the word lavender brought up images of purple rinse grannies, pot pourri, and retirement homes. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did ok let me explain.

 

The Farm

 

Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction situated between London and Cambridge. It has around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick from. At the price of £5.00, you can wander through purple fields and cut your own lavender bunches. They provide scissors and a brown paper bag to put your bunches in. The colour is spectacular, as well as the fields of lavender, they also grow sunflowers and for £1 each you can cut your own. The farm has some amazing views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks surrounding it. The fields are in full bloom in June and July,  then in August, the sunflowers come into their own. Inside the 17th century barn, is a range of delicious home made cakes available, you can also browse through the range of products and choose from a large variety of lavender plants on offer.

Style

 

I had never heard of Hitchin Lavender farm, so I googled it to see where we were going and when I saw the purple fields I had a change of mind on the outfit as I saw a great opportunity for a full on photo shoot. Lol. My poor friend had no idea what she had let herself into. Much to my surprise, most people were also there to capture the beautiful rows of purple hues that seemed to go on for miles. I kept my outfit very simple, although it’s a great photo opportunity I had to remind myself that it’s a farm. Making sure my shoes were sensible and also to keep to a neutral palette that compliments the surroundings. So my vintage inspired ASOS jumpsuit was perfect. Wide leg trousers with a cut out back paired with a hat. Although I didn’t wear the hat much it was very useful in storing the lavender I collected.

 

ASOS Jumpsuit – similar

H&M – Hat

 

Do’s / Dont’s

 

Do take a camera/phone camera

Do wear trainers or wedged shoes

Do keep your clothing simple

Avoid strong perfumes, there are a lot of bees and wasps

Avoid high heels

Avoid very short length clothing.

Hitchin Lavender was the perfect day out, ideal for families and tourists wanting to get a taste of the English countryside. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Visit before the end of the summer,  you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

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OKAPI x MAXHOSA

OKAPI X MAXHOSA

 

In recent years the continent of Africa has been churning out some amazing luxury brands. From Atelier Loza Maleombho, Orange Culture, Maki Oh, and my very favourite Maxhosa by Laduma whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Okapi store. You can find most of these brands online, however just like most Fashionistas when it comes to luxury goods I prefer to shop the traditional way.  I want to see and touch the items it’s a whole shopping experience. What if I told you there’s a shop that does exactly that, showcasing only African luxury brands here in London.

Let me introduce you to Okapi, Okapi was first launched in Capetown in 2011 by South African Painter Hanneli Rupert. It’s the home of luxury artisan handbags and accessories made entirely in Africa. The very opposite of fast fashion, the ethos behind Okapi is to craft carefully selected locally sourced materials into unique pieces that can be customised and added to over time. By keeping production local, the brand is able to create job opportunities on the continent and develop its employees. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all brands had the same attitude?

The Okapi ethos of carefully selected craftsmanship has been adopted into a pop-up store this summer in London, showcasing the SS17 collection of South African based luxury brand Maxhosa by Laduma. The collection will be there until August 31st, it’s a well-crafted, beautiful and versatile collection, but don’t take my word for it go and check it out.

OKAPI, 40 Eaton Terrace, SW1W 8TS, London

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Kisses,

Rx

 

SS17 - MAXHOSA

SS17 - MAXHOSA

OKAPI - Luxury Handbags

SS17 - MAXHOSA

Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top

Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top

 

Summer has finally hit London Town, with the weather hitting 33 degrees we don’t know what to do with ourselves. You can hear the conversations on the trains and buses right now ‘Oou it’s hot innit?’ It always fascinates me how the weather seems to break down barriers, you can strike up a conversation with anyone about the weather in London and they’ll be right there complaining about it with you. It’s British thing!! Lol

There’s nothing that says summer than a lovely white cotton shirt. In my last post, I showed you how I styled my Ballooned Sleeved Shirt, in today’s post I want to share my love for men’s shirts.  As far as I’m concerned every woman needs a couple of men’s shirts in their wardrobe. They are the ultimate basics, you can wear it as a dress with a belt, wrap it around you as a top, wear it around your waist as a skirt, the styling possibilities are endless. (‘hmmm possible blog post me thinks’) It’s definitely one of my staples for the summer and I’m loving the eclectic mix available.

The versatility of men’s shirt knows no limit because it’s a basic staple I decided to style it with this one shoulder denim crop top I picked up from ASOS, this gave it a tomboy, layered look. The ASOS crop top reminded me of a fitted waistcoat or a little corset, either way, it did the trick. Now we all know when you live in a city like London with its unpredictable weather it’s important you master the layered look so you have the option of not using a jacket. The shirt and ASOS crop top were teamed up with a wide leg black trousers and a patent black and white brogues. I would normally style this look with heels however I wanted a relaxed, preppy, classic styled look. Without heels, it can look slightly oversize but I quite liked it that way.

Take a look, tell me what you think I love hearing from you so make a commented and check out my previous posts.

 

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

 

There’s no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of the summer. After a long winter of burying ourselves in layers, all that ‘us’ stylish girls want to do is wear a good statement top.

Now 2016 was all about the ‘cold shoulder’ ‘off-the-shoulder’ trend. 2017 is showing us an eclectic mix of shirts. The shirt mania is definitely the ‘must have’ for the season and I’m loving it!! No matter what your budget is, whether you’re a larger size or petite like me there’s something for everyone.

This is definitely the trend of Summer 2017. Every retailer from fast fashion to high-end is in on the statement shirt mania. Let’s look at the ballooned sleeves, what’s the best way to style this look?

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar

Boots - Zara (old) Similar

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar | Trousers - H&M  | Boots - Zara (old) Similar

 

The Pantry Underwear

The Pantry Underwear

 

Every once in awhile you come across a shop that changes your life, as dramatic as it sounds it’s very true. lol. Ok, picture this, a calm and stylish lingerie shop with all the perks of a boutique, a selection of great brands, established and independent, all under one roof with the prices of a department store. Are you impressed yet? Well, there’s more, with sizes ranging from AA – HH / 28 – 44, they offer fitting services, bridal appointments and ‘Pant Parties’ lol (keep reading I’ll explain ) what more could you ask for?

Eloise Rigby had the vision to create a cool, modern, space a one stop shop for the locals and beyond. The Pantry Underwear can be found on the cobbled street of Camden Passage, it’s about 3 minutes walk from Angel tube station. The original storefront and layout of the shop have been kept to reflect the history of the area, it is often a talking point of the shop. A clean cut cork table displaying lace underwear, Calvin Klein minimalist worthy enough for an Instagram flat lay. The merchandise also includes lesser known British brands that I’d probably not have known about had I not been in the store. Unique, great brands that don’t cost an arm and a leg adding further to the boutique cool factor.

This affordable price point paired with Eloise’s commitment to truly cater for all shapes and sizes are what places her at the top among the bigger more overpriced underwear boutiques. The lack of affordable underwear available on most community high streets is what inspired Eloise to set up The Pantry Underwear.

‘Since opening, I’ve been reminded about just how complicated and daunting underwear shopping can be for women’ explains Eloise. ‘Our fitting service is great and our average bra price is below that of most independent underwear shops, yet we never comprise on quality.’

For Eloise, actions speak louder than words, so when she says she wants to make her mark in the community she means it. ‘We run a ‘Pant Party’ where the guests get complimentary fizz and 10 per cent off in store, and we’ve recently launched Yoga Tuesdays for women in the area’

This is a great shop and Eloise is the loveliest, if you’re in the area or better if you live in the area drop by check out the different brands I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on my discovery. Please look out for a competition on my Instagram page coming up real soon.

 

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Entrance into store.

TRIUMPH - Beautiful lace set

LINGADORE - Independent designers.

Bridal Undergarment - Corset and Garter

CALVIN KLIEN - Swimwear

WONDERBRA - White lace

LEPEL - Beautiful lace and ribbon, ideally worn undershirts, suits.

Selfieeee with Eloise x