Good afternoon my beguiling beauties,
For this post I am going to delve back into my own archives revealing how my fashion journey started and my main style influences.
From a very young age I was lucky enough to own beautiful, hand made French clothes – suede dresses paired with floral Dr Marten boots, or polka dot, pleated skirts with stripey tights as seen below
When I became a teenager, my parents encouraged me to express myself through my outfit choices and I was always the funky girl at school who would scour shops like TK Maxx or the Brand Centre (those from school you must remember how cool that shop was) spending my wages from my part time job on Moschino jeans and Evisu jackets.
As I’ve matured into a woman, I love investing in timeless pieces – mixing a classic Burberry trench with Mango or Uniqlo separates. For nights out I am partial to fitted, A-line dresses worn with my beloved Valentino or Jimmy Choo shoes.
My fashion influences growing up have always been my parents and younger brother who are the most stylish, elegant people I know and in the public eye I have always loved the style of the 50s era in particular my idols Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn’s effortless flapper dress and fur coat in the film Some Like it Hot and Audrey’s little black dress and wide brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s filled me with excited glee.
The most important lesson I learnt from these screen icons was that you didn’t need to show too much skin to be deemed elegant and beautiful. To this day, I do not feel comfortable in short dresses or tops that are low cut. Many top fashion designers have conveyed the message the models in their catwalk shows are like human clothes hangers for their creations – after all the best weapon a woman can possess is leaving the female shape to one’s imagination.
Until next week take care
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