Summer loving. 

Good afternoon my high street heroes and heroines,

Firstly, sincerest apologies for my late posting of last weeks blog, I have just got back from a lovely vacation so I am suitably well rested and energised whilst writing this entry. 

  
As my last few posts have been geared towards high end brands, I thought for this weeks entry I would fill you in on my favourite high street stores and online sites which I swear by for all my fashion needs for those highly anticipated summer holiday outfits 😊

As the weather was amazing in stunning Spain, my case consisted of vest tops in every colour mainly from H&M or Uniqlo as they really last well when faced with the elements (no one likes an out of shape top after only one day at the beach!) 

I love my jean shorts from Espirit and Miss Sixty – they are a low slung boyfriend fit which look awesome when paired with my array of bikini’s. The below shorts are one of my all time favourites from French Connection – the colours are so bright and fun, and look even better with a golden tan. 

For the evenings, I usually will wear either easy throw on dresses I have managed to find in fabulous Sunday markets on my trips through Europe or I love Mango/ Massimo Dutti who have some amazing shift dresses which suit my frame perfectly and can be dressed up or down dependent on your evening’s antics 😀  

 For suitable footwear, on the sandal side, I love the embellished styles seen at Guess and Nine West and for wedges – my go to shoe on holiday for chic drinks out on the sea front (I am sure most women can recount a treacherous stiletto plus cobble stone story – absolute no-no) I love my trusty black leather ones from River Island and my tan ones from Dune.

Bikinis are fab this season in H&M, Roxy and Quicksilver – the floral and fluoro trends look incredible on swimwear – especially with your retro coloured lense Ray Bans wayfarers – so beach chic 😀

For that holiday season it really is about looking laid back, individual and above all not too try hard! Every outfit looks better with that glowing complexion, relaxed wavy hair and a wonderful umbrella clad cocktail in hand 😊

  
Bring on Summer 2015 😁

Until next week, take care Keya x

Act your age, not your shoe size.

Good morning from a lovely spring day in London,

This weeks blog post is about how to look chic and on trend whatever age you are.

I think one of the biggest mistakes people make when they get older is when they find a shop they like as a young adult, they stick with it no matter how many years or life events pass. Believe me I would love to still be able to wear my little pleated kilts from River Island or one of my many outfits I adored from Kookai but I do not think my friends or colleagues would appreciate it now that I’m in my late twenties. 

  

Many of us are lucky enough as we get older and settled into our working lives to be able to afford to buy pieces that are timeless, pairing them with everyday basics from our beloved favourite stores like Gap, Uniqlo or Topshop. 

With my 30th birthday and entering a new decade fast approaching, I know I will stick with my tried and tested style of pairing beautiful classic items like that all important LBD, nude court shoes or a well fitted blazer and then mix and match my basics to create interesting new outfits every day. 

  

Into your forties, fifties and beyond in my opinion it is so important to dress for your shape and feel confident in whatever you wear. If you have problem areas like all of us, for example the top of your arms all it takes is a pashmina or cropped cardigan over a shift dress to keep you on trend but also feel comfortable. You can still wear clothes that are “in fashion” but after living a full life getting married, having an amazing career and bearing children you really do not need to be dressing like the latter to look current! What happened to the adage of with age comes wisdom? That wisdom can also be used to make great fashion choices. Great shops I like for the more mature person are definitely Massimo Dutti, Marks and Spencers and also you can find some great bargains in TK Maxx if you have a spare afternoon to browse the chaos 😀

 If you are smart about the investments you make in your early working years, those pieces will last until you are well into your excentric eighties. If in doubt, longer length dresses with a cute cap sleeve are effortlessly timeless, well tailored trousers are a wardrobe staple and those black leather peep toe shoes from Jimmy Choo which nearly gave you heart failure when you purchased them will go the distance I can assure you. The only difference being we may not be able to walk quite as far in them in twenty years time 😁

  

Until next week, take care 

Keya x

The Key to Accessorising. 

Good evening my bangle loving beauties, 

Today’s post I wanted to talk about my second favourite way of expressing my individuality – accessorising 😊

From as far back as I can remember I have always loved jewellery. My earliest memory is of when my beloved grandad bought me an engraved gold bangle. It never left my wrist until it sadly snapped when I was 16! It still holds pride of place in my jewellery box. 

Even now I always have an array of bracelets and bangles adorning my wrists as I just feel so naked without them. That subtle jingle jangle whenever I move is like my personal security blanket in a way. I have accrued numerous trinkets on my many travels around the world; I love how they tell a story, capturing a special moment in my life. The below photo shows some of the bracelets I bought whilst in the Amalfi Coast celebrating my 25th birthday. The silver charm one is from Thomas Sabo, I just fell in love with the turquoise colouring against my olive skin and the heart bracelet is from the wonderful Tiffany and Co. 



I also am partial to a great hat especially at this time of year as it prevents my in between styles hair from looking wind swept or getting rained on in the unpredictable british weather. I just purchased a vintage bowler hat which I debuted this past weekend. I paired it with a polo neck crop top, skinny wet look jeans from Massimo Dutti and my studded Converse. 



I have always absolutely loved watches, although my early collection of fashion styles have undergone a dramatic revamp ever since I started working in an office. I adore oversized men’s watches and I am lucky enough to own Mont Blanc and Longines timepieces which always make any outfit look chic and elegant. They are a worthy investment.

My all time favourite way of accessorising by far however, is by donning a super pair (or pairs in my case) of sunglasses. On a gloriously sunny afternoon I love putting on a pair of my fabulous frames to finish off any look, whether it be work wear or casual at the weekend. I recently purchased an amazing limited edition pair by Ray Bans when I was in Spain, and I also love these Burberry ones. The classic tortoise shell design is updated with the brushed metal arms making them so 2015.



Whichever way you plan to accessorise this summer, keep it classic, fun and most of all bright! When the sun is shining, the bolder the better 😀

Until next week, take care

Keya x

It’s all about the LBD

Good evening my fellow fashion fans,

I thought for today’s post I would dedicate it to the hardest working item I own in my wardrobe and its equally conscientious items in contention.

Personally I think every wonderful woman’s wardrobe should contain that all important crisp white shirt. It is that one item that as long as it has been washed with light colours (cue Daz commercial) and has not gone that awful grey hue (which has happened to all of us I know) always looks fresh, minimalist and clean. Either paired with a sassy pencil skirt or those incredible cigarette trousers which you have been flummoxed as to what to wear with so are banished at the back of your closet with the forgotten hair ties or odd socks. One of my favourite ways of styling my white shirt is as below 



I wore my Uniqlo slim fit shirt buttoned up underneath my fantabulous monochrome black and white blazer from Gap, skinny black trousers from Massimo Dutti and black laced up brogues from Dune. The red lipstick and smoky eye effect worked perfectly with the two tone ensemble.

One of my fail safe, last minute.com outfits of choice for that whimsical social event, swanky date with your partner or formal meeting at work would definitely be one of my array of Little Black Dresses (LBD). I just love how versatile they are – dressing it up with a sky high pair of stilettos and big jewellery or going casual with flat tasseled shoes and a nice jacket. 

On a recent night out I wore this outfit 



The dress is a vintage Italian lace one I bought on one of my many unplanned shopping trips, which I paired with my nude Christian Louboutins, my mini Chanel bag, a wonderful pair of chandelier earrings and my bespoke timepiece by Mont Blanc.

I would say if in doubt about how dressy to go for an event you are invited to, I always add layers of unique, eye catching trinkets around my wrists or wear a jewelled hair band which instantly adds the glam factor but also can be removed in a jiffy if you feel a bit too theatrical for the setting upon arrival 😀

My last tid bit of advice would be always just wear what you feel happy and comfortable in. If I am having a bad day, a bold lip colour and chic dress always cheer me up and sometimes those comfy slouchy sport luxe trousers and an oversized jumper are the smart and ONLY choice. Have fun with it, after all life is serious enough right? 

Until next week Keya x

London Fashion Week – my favourite time of year (excluding Christmas of course!)

Good day my lovely fashionistas,

This weeks post is all things London Fashion Week as iconic buildings around the city are over run with stylists, models and fashion designers showcasing their latest collections.

There is definitely something in the air during fashion week in the capital. One thing I love about London and have been hard pressed to see replicated in many of the other cities I have visited to date, is the ability Londoners have to be truly unique and unafraid to dress in head to toe trends or in their fail safe uniform of “I’m comfortable and don’t care” style.

Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to a number of fashion shows in prestigious buildings like Somerset house and the Natural History museum. I cannot explain the excitable elation I experienced on the morning of the event. I was also filled with utter dread as to what on earth I would wear to such a soirée. After numerous outfit changes I chose the below due to its ability to keep me cool when sitting under the harsh runway lights and also the flats made walking between the shows a trifle more enjoyable :-

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My shirt is a wonderful silk tied front Massimo Dutti creation, my white pleated skirt from penguin was purchased on a Saturday jaunt to Portsmouth and my blue suede brogues are also from Massimo. My sunglasses and plum lipstick are from the new Burberry collection which stopped me in my tracks when walking past the shop in Bond Street. I just HAD to have them! I also had my most revered arm candy with me in the form of my Chanel 2.55 bag which holds a special place in my heart. Fabulous and incredibly functional! The smile on my face never dissipated for the whole day as the models sashayed along the runway in fairytale Oscar de la Renta and futuristic laser cut designs.

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I am obviously biased as I love living in this diverse, edgy city but I can honestly say that I completely understand why so many designers love coming to London where street style is ingrained and not taught in so many people.

Here’s to another great week in the capital, let’s see what the new collections have in store.

Until next week, take care
Keya

x

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