Mix and match maze

Good day to you my mish mash maidens,  

With the daily changing weather we tend to have in London I feel it’s so important to master the art of mix and matching your wardrobe. For this weeks post I am going to give you the top five tips to successfully making your wardrobe seem endless – the real chronicles of Narnia 😀

1) Invest in a classic little black dress.

The little black dress much like the white shirt is probably one of the hardest working pieces in my collection. I have varying styles – one with cap sleeves for that warm but crisp spring morning, one sleeveless which is perfect for summer and a long sleeve polo neck dress which looks amazing with over the knee boots and knitted stripy tights. Even if you just change the way you style your hair from one day to the next, it can make it look like you have a new outfit on. 

2) Wear colourful cardigans or jackets

At work I am known for my collection of bright cardigans and interesting jackets. I love how versatile they are, you can just throw them on to stave off the air con chill in the office or to smarten up a sleeveless pencil dress in the work place. It’s amazing the combinations you can come up with when pairing a particular dress with a pastel cardigan one day and then with a suit blazer and heels the next week. 

3) Change your jewellery 

The power of statement jewellery is a force to be reckoned with. I wear a uniform of silver bangles and bracelets on my right arm all the time and my watch on my left but if I know I am going to an event after work then I will bring either a chunky costume ring or a pair of chandelier earrings with me to alter my look from work to evening wear. Dependent on your budget you can find some great bargains on the high street or if you have similar taste to me, Swarovski or Emporio Armani have some amazing earrings and bangles. 

4) Switch from flats to heels

I am sure you have all seen the woman on the train wearing her flat pumps on her commute to work to only change into an elegant pair of court shoes when she arrives at the office – that is me to a T. My colleagues laugh at me when I open my drawer to find varying styles and colours of shoes. For me wearing heels at work or for a night out is like wearing make up is for other women. I feel like I am ready to begin my day as soon as I slip my feet into the soft leather. Shoes are such a good way of transforming an outfit too, you could go through every colour of the rainbow or stick to the classic black or nude – it’s completely your own perogative. 

5) Pair designer with good quality basics

And lastly, if you have been reading my blog for a while you know I am a huge advocate of investing in timeless designer items that will last for years to come. It is equally important to pair these pieces with good quality basics. I love the tasseled loafers and day dresses from Massimo Dutti, fitted shirts from Uniqlo and everyday pointed shoes or pumps from Dune. The prices are still deemed high street appropriate but the fabrics they use for their collection ensure they withstand a few months of daily commuting or sticky bar floors on nights out.     

By following these five top tips, you too can be the woman in the office or within your group of friends who seems to have an everlasting closet, or failing that the go to person when they need a great black court shoe or nude wedge to borrow for an impromptu wedding invite or board meeting. 

Until next time, take care

Keya X 

Sumptuous sunnies

Hello my sunglass loving sirens,

With my upcoming holiday approaching, I have decided to dedicate this post to sunglasses. I am a huge fan of this sometimes unappreciated little fashion accessory and I am guilty of having a different pair for every occasion. Below I have outlined my favourite styles and how you can wear them with your spring wardrobe.

I remember the feeling like it was yesterday when I proudly went along to Hyde Park to watch my brother compete in the prestigious Olympic triathlon a few years ago. The Suns beautiful ray’s were beaming down on us all day so these Burberry frames were ideal. I teamed them with a slim fit white shirt, skinny jeans and my fab chocolate brown Nine West loafers.

When I was in Spain one New Year and even over Christmas last year although the weather was a little cool, we still experienced glorious sunshine and blue skies most days. I lived in my tortoise shell and orange Clubmasters by Rayban. The design and colouring are actually limited edition which just adds a sense of originality to any outfit and it’s nice to know you won’t see many people wearing them on your next break either. Below I wore them with my Italian designed fitted jacket and jumper dress and also my grey Armani overcoat over tailored chinos and a Ralph Lauren jumper. They are truly versatile.

  Even when I am training or competing in my triathlons or running events,  I love my Oakley pair which prevent glare (ideal if the sun is reflecting off cars or the road) and they have breathable panels down the side so I can avoid the dreaded steamed up look (Quelle horreur)

A few years ago at a car boot sale I nabbed this amazing vintage red aviator pair which come out of my collection every summer. They really brighten any outfit and complemented this floral day dress perfectly.

I love the classic Rayban wayfarer shape that has graced the faces of celebrities and on the runway for decades. They are my go to style for when I am on the beach or relaxing on holiday. Mine have lasted years and the black frames match every bikini or beach dress.

There seriously are so many shapes and sizes of sunglasses on the market and I would recommend that it is always better to invest in a good quality pair from a recommended stockist rather than from a high street store as they are fully UV protected and also last a lifetime (if you are not one of those people who lose sunglasses like odd socks in the washing machine)

Also what I love about this accessory in comparison to say handbags or shoes, they are a fairly inexpensive way to show your sense of style and be unique. How often in life can you don a pair of bug eyed glasses like my retro Armani pair below and feel like a child again playing dress up. Go wild on colour combos and embellishment, I promise the smile will not leave your face all summer 😀

Have a great few weeks my lovely readers, I am off from next week on a wonderful, eagerly anticipated vacation. Now where did I put my wayfarers. Haha.

Take care,

Keya x