I recently moved into a new place, and for the first time in my life my own home doesn't have that student accommodation aura that I came to despise in recent years. After a while, the novelty of using my single bed as sofa, table and bed had inevitably worn off, and I was longing for a real abode. My very first home! Ah, the joys of growing up. It still feels a little impersonal though, so I need loads of cheap and cheerful decorating tips please!!!!
ps: Hope you like the wedding picture postcard of my close friends Will & Kate on the mirror ;)
Tee: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Zara / Bracelets: Agatha and House of Harlow / Watch: Michael Kors
In these austere times it is sometimes necessary to get one's hands dirty. After all, knock-offs are sometimes almost as hard to get hold of than the real thing (which is too expensive to even consider), and counterfeits are a categorical no go. My creative side being close to non-existent, I have never actually come up with a DIY sewing job myself. However, I think these homemade high-fashion ersatzes are definitely worth a go. Additional ideas on a postcard please.
Morven's beautiful silver collar tip blouse - inspired by Zara
Andy's soft leather oversize clutch - inspired by Michael Kors
Sabrina's denim cut-off cotton shirt - inspired by Celine
I caved. Oh come on you knew I would. After rationally explaining why I wouldn't be sporting loafers this fall, say hello to - oh wait it can't be - my new loafers. The boyf (as rational explanation could have predicted) is not a fan. Commented that I shouldn't be trekking around grungy London in a pair of slippers. But I thought they where the perfect finishing touch to my all-black Sunday ensemble (after the Versace for H&M tidal wave of crazy prints and blinding colours, I felt the City was in need of a little sobriety). And anyway, what's the point of setting yourself ground rules if you can't break them, eh? Hope you had as lovely a week-end as I did!
Coat, studded loafers, knit and pants: TopShop / Shirt: Zara / Bag: Celine
Despite the fact that I am 24 and still don't - well didn't - own a pair of black heels (and you call yourself a woman they say!) I somehow didn't immediately snatch-up these gorgeous asymmetrical pumps when they hit the stores last season. After unsuccessfully harassing the salesgirls in an attempt to get them to confess as to whether the shoes would ever be returning to Zara's shelves, I finally stumbled across these on eBay. As the French would say l'honneur est sauf, I am a woman after all. It was worth the wait.
Walking back from work this evening I couldn't help but notice how magically lit-up London was. Perhaps mid-November is a little early to start thinking about Christmas (mind you, is it ever too early to start thinking about Christmas?) but the sight made me feel all twinkly inside and I simply had to share.
It all started when turtlenecks began popping up here and there on the runways last fall. Better known amongst the geeks - a black turtleneck was Steve Jobs uniform after all - than the trendsetters, no one seemed to pay much attention to the growing trend until Phoebe Philo sent turtleneck after turtleneck down the runway, each perfectly layered under a minimalist silhouette during the Celine FW2011 show. The queen of effortless chic had struck again. A new kind of sexy was born.
And the best part is that this confident and sophisticated look is inordinately simple to execute at home, not to mention totally comfy and wearable. Follow the golden rules (keep the silhouette neutral and solid - blacks and whites are key to achieve this seamless look, aim for tailored clean lines and don't over accessorise) and you will achieve the ultimate high-fashion less is more, without spending more than 10 bucks or so. Are you swooning yet?
Enjoyed layering leather, fur and silk on a very sunny day in London. If any of you are as obsessed with fur as I am, yet like me don't quite have the budget for it, I highly recommend stalking anything soft and furry on eBay. Miracles do happen, like this beautiful fur vest snapped-up for (practically) nothing. Let me know what you find!
Fur Vest: Maje (Ebay) / Silk blouse: Zara / Leather shorts and pixie boots: Maje / Gloves: H&M / Bracelet: House of Harlow/ Watch: Michael Kors / Sunnies: Gucci/ Bag: Luggage, Celine
ELLE is looking for a beauty intern, and I thought I may as well give it a go. The first stage of the application was a short essay on a brand that you admire. See my entry below and let me know what you think (or better yet, vote for me).
“It's not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change”. Although you wouldn't have caught Charles Darwin flicking through Elle on the deck of the Beagle, his insights into the world of nature seem to translate perfectly to the world of fashion. Indeed, in terms of evolutionary prowess one brand stands out to me as pre-eminent, the Mother of timeless style and elegance: Hermes.
To say that I admire the craftsmanship of the Hermes family would be an understatement. Their savoir faire has been passed down from generation to generation, and the name alone evokes an empire that generations and generations of men and women aspire to be a part of. A brown ribbon tied around an orange box. A horse and carriage. A colourful silk Carré. A hand-stitched leather bag. You might be forgiven for thinking that Hermes errs on the side of cautious conservatism, but you would be wrong. No other brand seems to have better understood how to evolve and adapt without losing any of the founding values set out in 1837. From dressing the horses of the 19th century elite, Hermes has turned its attention to people, be they President's wives, WAGs or anyone aspiring to timeless elegance. Classic and refined yes. Never unadventurous and still.
Nowadays, the holy grail of bags is unquestionably the Kelly. Urban myths whisper that to get your hands on one, there is a waiting list of five years, no matter what your name is. Yet this bag was designed in 1935. Does this mean it has remained unchanged all these years? Colours, fabrics, sizes... the bags has been invented and re-invented a thousand times.
In a world where products have become disposable, I feel it is important to turn to brands like Hermes who have been able to remain so desirable throughout the ages. No one would ever think of throwing away a vintage Birkin. Not least because it gets more beautiful with time, as leather is meant to. And it is this connection with the nobility of materials from which clothes and accessory can be fashioned that seems tome so important. Fashion has always been ephemeral. And today our clothes and accessories even more so. Gone are the days where one would buy one single beautiful item and live with it season after season. Beauty and style is essential (and almost a way of life it seems to me), but at the end of the day nothing is more important than to preserve the beauty of our planet. And in my eyes, paying a little more in return for long life and flawless style seems to be the way forward.