Archive | June, 2010

Weekends Away

26 Jun

So, summer has arrived, bringing with it beautiful, long weekends spent at the houses of friends and relatives or trips to the coast and countryside. It’s so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of London and spend long, lazy days outdoors with nothing but an ice-cold drink, an absorbing read and good company. Here are my brightly coloured essentials for my summer travels.

1. Union Jack Weekender, £37. Accessorize.

2. Tie Dye Chiffon Beach Bando, £4. Accessorize.

3. 3 Milly Butterfly Charm Ombre Plastic Sunglasses, £15. Accessorize.

4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

5. Sports Watch in Coral Orange, £20. Oasis.

6. MOLESKINE Large Plain Notebook, £12.99

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Over the Rainbow

22 Jun

Sometimes, when putting together at outfit, my childish side comes out and I find myself with a giant bow in my hair, cartoon socks or, in this case, rainbow nails. There have been a lot of pastel nails around this summer and it’s difficult to choose between a rosy pink or an apple green, a lavender or a sunny yellow, or my current favourite – a beautiful sky blue. Why not all five? One colour per finger. Here is my ideal rainbow combination.

1. Feelin’ Hot-Hot-Hot, O.P.I.

2. Bees Knees, Topshop.

3. Gargantuan Green Grape, O.P.I.

4. The Big Easy, Topshop.

5. Do You Lilac It? O.P.I.

Prints Charming

20 Jun

I know that prints are all the rage at the moment and I’ve been trying to look for the perfect printed item. The problem is though, I am too much a fan of nice, clean lines and beautiful non-fussy clothing to adorn myself in raging florals or cluttered animal prints. Luckily, there is one type of print which I would gladly cover myself in: the simple silhouette print. This bunny scarf with a black leotard worn under black skinny jeans would look incredibly elegant. Similarly, the Primp thermal would be very chic with an otherwise all black ensemble and swept back hair.

1. Rabbit Print Scarf, £16. Oasis.

2. Owl Long-Sleeve Thermal Tee, $29.99. Primp.

Hareem Pants… Begrudgingly

9 Jun

I always swore that I would never wear hareem pants. Despite how many shops tried to thrust them upon me, I always thought I would refuse. The look of them alone makes me feel a little queasy. To me, they just made a person look as if they were wearing a giant adult nappy.  That’s right, they are the trousers for the incontinent. The saggy crotch struck me as utterly unflattering and well, just plain weird.

That was until today.

Shuffling around Topshop this morning in a pair of tight-in-all-the-wrong-places skinny jeans that, at the same time as digging in causing me unrivalled discomfort, managed to be loose enough to need constantly hoisting up, I finally fell temptation to a pair of khaki hareem pants that were hanging on the end of a rail eyeing me up: “We wouldn’t fall down, we wouldn’t have a fly zip that constantly undoes itself in public, we wouldn’t be made of rough unforgiving fabric, we would allow you to frolic unbounded in a wide range of weather conditions” And I gave in.

Since I came home and changed into them, I am an absolutely convert. I’m even thinking of getting them in other colours. They are so comfy, and dare I say it, have a certain something about them that really makes an outfit. I’m looking forward to trying them on with other pieces from my wardrobe and seeing what sort of looks I can create.

A rather Topshop-heavy outfit, but hey, if it ain’t broke…

1. 1/2 Sleeve Body in White, £14. Topshop.

2. Hareem Trousers in Khaki, £25. Topshop.

3. Sequin Disc Collar, £20. Topshop.

4. Metallic Stripe Cross Body Bag, £28. Topshop.

5. Nightingale Bead Cuff, Black Leather. £55. Office.

One of a Kind

8 Jun

Whilst browsing for style inspiration earlier, I came across a picture of, um, an Olsen and whilst originally glancing at it quickly as just a rather plain casual outfit, I did a double-take and realised that, in fact, I liked it very much. The way in which the sparkly evening bag is pared with a very casual slouchy outfit makes me very happy indeed makes it look effortless and quirky at the same time. And whilst I despise white sunglasses (so have substituted with tortoiseshell) this. on the whole, is a look that I could live in for a long time. Plus, with my recent bag downsizing agenda, this is a perfect solution.

1. Leather Weave Belt in Pale Camel, £25. Oasis.

2. Choc Raglan Grandad T-Shirt, £15. Dorothy Perkins.

3. Ray-Ban 2140 Wayfarer in Light Tortoise, £88. Sunglasses-Shop.co.uk

4. Chain Envelope Gold Turnlock Cross Body Bag, £20. Accessorize.

Edie-esque

6 Jun

I think Edie Sedgwick is one of the best beauty inspirations around. Her unique look can be imititated for both daytime and evening purposes. For day, it can be pared down with just a simple slick of lip colour, a smudge of eyeliner in the outer corners of the eyes and a coat of mascara. For the night time look, go the whole hog – flawless skin, intense dark eyes and pale baby pink lips.

1. Extra Super Lash Mascara Curved Brush, Rimmel.

2. BadGal Eyeliner, Benefit.

3. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips, E.L.F.

4. Soft Finish Makeup, Clinique.

5. Anticerne Pour Petits Matins Concealer, Bourjois.

5. Brightening Eye Color in Drama. E.L.F.

Hippy Chic

5 Jun

We threw a party last night and despite copious cocktails and a 5am bedtime, I woke up this morning only a few hours after going to sleep feeling incredibly bright and spritely and cleaned the flat from top to bottom. It’s now spotless and I find myself sat stretched out on the sofa looking out over a beautiful sunny day whilst everyone is still asleep upstairs . All this hot weather is making me want to break away from my usual style of clean lines and neutral colours to embrace the hippy within with patterns, prints, swishy fabrics, bright colours, bangles and beads.

1. Chain Floppy Hat, £22. Topshop.

2. Floral Bandeau Maxi Dress, £30. Topshop.

3. Pink Printed Maxi Dress, £30. Miss Selfridge.

4. Farrin Printed Maxi Dress, £430. Diane von Furstenberg.

5. Belle & Mimi Shell Detail Cuff Sandal, £40. Barratts.

6. 8 80s Tortoise Flat Top Plastic Sunglasses, £14. Accesorize.