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The easiest way to update a look

26th September, 2021

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I am a sunglasses girl through and through and have managed to build up quite the collection simply because of the fact I’ve found that sunnies are a simple and easy way to update a look. Simply changing up the frames you’re wearing can instantly give an outfit an entirely different vibe. Now that it’s definitely sunglasses weather there are so many great styles available that I’ve definitely started to compile a wishlist of a few pairs that I’d really like this summer. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies, here are some of my tips for buying a pair you’ll love…

Try them on in person

I’ll buy almost everything online but will refrain from making a sunglasses purchase unless I’ve tried them on in real life. Even with the measurements listed you won’t really know if a pair will suit your face unless you’ve roadtested them first.

Make sure they’re the right fit

It sounds obvious but sometimes some people may not realise they’re wearing the wrong fit for their face. Ensure that they’re not too big – so they shouldn’t sit past your cheekbones, along with not being too wide. If you find you’re constantly having to push them up they’re likely not snug enough to comfortably fit.

Choose a lens to suit your wardrobe

If you wear lots of black go for a black lens as you’ll fine you’ll be able to work it back with your wardrobe a little easier. If you wear lots of brown tones then go for a bronze lens. That said if you want to make a statement you could opt for mirrored lenses which have made a comeback.

Try different brands

You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses to have them look great. Sure, there are some amazing designer frames around but they also come with a hefty price tag so you may want to save those brands for when you’re really trying to spoil yourself and buying a classic pair that will last a few seasons. There are some great frames from brands such as Le Specs and Local Supply and even your local chain stores have some fun options available and they’re great for when you want a pair of sunglasses that are up-to-the-minute and very much on trend. Plus at a more reasonable price point you can consider buying more than one style.

Experiment with shapes

I love everything from a cat’s eye to round John Lennon style sunglasses and classic Ray Ban Wayfarers so you definitely don’t have to restrict yourself to just one shape. Have fun trying a few pairs on so you can see what complements your face shape and also your style.

 

My life in frames!

Just a few of my favourite sunglasses…

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Crossbody bags for every style and occasion

16th July, 2021

If there’s one thing that rates highly in my book it’s and bag that allows you to go handsfree. Whether it’s being out and about running errands or travelling, I always like to keep my bag choice to either anything I can wear crossbody-style or a backpack, so I’m comfortable, agile and not fussing around with straps or trying to balance everything. I had a reader question pop up a few weeks ago asking for some recommendations for crossbody bags so I decided to round a few great options at every price point, and to suit every occasion. From dressy to casual cool, here are some great bag options that will ensure you’re ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you.

Bucket Bag

I’ve always been a big fan of the bucket bag because it’s a great shape and quite roomy, too. I’ve always found it to be able to hold all my essentials, and it can easily be worked back with multiple looks.

Textured

I like embracing textural elements to add an element of interest to an accessory and these are just some of the ways it can be done. Whether it’s quilted design or a lovely herringbone pattern, it takes an bag from something utilitarian to a decorative piece worth showing off.

Classic Black

Every woman needs a classic black bag in her collection. These crossbody bags are all varying shapes and sizes, but in such a classic colour, they’re become a mainstay in any wardrobe. Plus you can easily dress a black bag up or down which makes it ultra versatile.

Dressy

Don’t dismiss the crossbody style as being just daywear! You can totally do this style at night, but look for elevated features such as a chain strap or embellishments to dial up the glam factor.

Designer

If you want to invest in a bag that’s not only comfortable but will last, you can’t go wrong with a crossbody bag from the major high end fashion brands. The construction is always impeccable, the fabrication and hardwear on point and the designs have a luxe vibe that add to their appeal.

Structured

Soft, relaxed styles are great, but don’t overlook the slightly more structured options when it comes to crossbody bags. They look sleek and sophisticated and will give any outfit a polished feel.

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Designer items that will never go out of style

3rd July, 2021

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Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.

Burberry trench

If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round.

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Chanel 2.55 bag

Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.

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Cartier LOVE Bracelet

The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold, and if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.

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Balenciaga moto jacket

I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.

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Chanel ballet flat

Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into truly classic style territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe department would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Almost 70 years on and it’s still going strong.

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Gucci loafers

First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 68 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.

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Tell me—which designer items do you think will always be in style?
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6 ways with sunglasses

7th June, 2021

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One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.

If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.

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Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.

embellished cat eye sunglasses

Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.

mirrored sunglasses

Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.

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Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.

rimless-rayban

Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.

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Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.

 

 

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How to layer jewellery

24th May, 2021

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There are some days where I will keep my accessories quite pared back while other days I’ll layer a few pieces. There’s no doubt that the layered jewellery trend is huge at the moment and what I love about it is that it can be worn in so many different ways. However I’ve found that to avoid the whole look being a bit overwhelming, there are some important things to keep in mind…

If you’re layering bracelets…

If you’re going to the beach or something more casual then anything really goes and you can wear fine jewellery with a chunky watch mixed with material or leather bracelets. If you’re dressing up a bit it’s great to keep the same theme and keep your bracelets in the same metal family and the same thickness. I do sometimes like to clash my metals but I always have to have something that ties them together somehow; for example when I wear gold and silver it’s because I’m wearing a watch that features both those colours.

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If you’re layering necklaces…

If you’re layering a thin necklace then it’s best to keep it in the same metal and the same style. For example you don’t want to do a beautiful long thin necklace and then have a chunky choker. You just want lots of delicate pieces in all different shapes and sizes.

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If you’re layering rings…

As rings are so close together, it’s a good idea to have them in similar colours if you’re going to be wearing a few (if you are wearing an engagement ring or a wedding ring I think you can get away with them not being the same colour family). It also comes down to the type of rings you’re wearing. With more delicate rings you can get away with wearing more than you would if you were wearing chunkier, statement rings.  Ultimately it’s about mixing and matching until you get a combination that you’re happy with.

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What do you think of this trend? Do you like layering your jewellery?

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New jewellery brands to refresh your accessories collection

23rd January, 2021

A girl can never have too much jewellery, right? Lucky for us we’re thoroughly spoilt for choice when it comes to cool jewellery brands at the moment. Whether it’s delicate rings and necklaces or statement earrings that are guaranteed to be the centrepiece of any look a nice bit of sparkle is always a good idea. So whilst the iconic jewellery houses are always a great place to find something special, these days there’s something to be said for the smaller boutique labels which deliver a unique aesthetic and standout pieces you’re guaranteed to love. Here are seven to keep on your radar.

Reliquia Jewellery

The brand’s name is derived from the world relic and the Spanish word for family heirloom and it’s a fitting description for Reliquia’s range. Each sculptural piece has a strong art deco influence that shines through and you’re guaranteed to find something that makes a bold statement.

Katerina Makriyianni

Inspired by her native Crete, designer Katerina Makriyianni creates her entire collection by hand. Her signature look is all about working with a rainbow of vibrant colours and natural textures, with the fan design being a staple element of the brand.

 

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Rebecca de Ravenel

I have a pair of ombre pink Rebecca de Ravenel earrings and love that they’re so striking. Each of the colourful embroidered drop earrings in the range are handmade in India and incorporates a sphere design element throughout.

Alighieri 

Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ each piece in the collection is inspired by one of the poets 100 poems. Think arresting gold pieces that almost feel like they’re each a mini sculpture. The detail, the shapes, the texture all equate to singular pieces that each have their own unique feel.

 

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Catbird

This NYC-based label is all about modern minimalist jewellery. Delicate rings and necklaces along with dainty studs and drop earrings makes for an understated way to accessorise any look.

Natasha Schweitzer Jewellery

This Australian brand is designed and handcrafted on home soil with its pieces being worn by the likes of Lara Worthington and Jessica Gomes. The design is quite sleek and streamlined with geometric influences throughout. Perfect for the girl who loves jewellery that’s a little different and is a talking point.

 
 
 
 
 
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A fave of influencer Elle Ferguson (her little sis Lucie is also the founder), Babyanything’s aesthetic is distinctly bohemian. Think a Bondi/Byron vibe. With fine delicate pieces that are perfect for layering, this brand is the key to a great accessory party.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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With a range that encompasses fine jewellery and also pretty everyday pieces, Holly Ryan’s range is one that can fit into all facets of your life seamlessly. 

 
 
 
 
 
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UK brand Missoma delivers on the kind of on trend pieces that can update any look. From medallion necklaces to bracelets, statement earrings and cuffs, it’s the perfect go-to brand for sourcing up-to-date accoutrements.

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The one thing I do every season

27th December, 2020

I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.

Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.

Tell me, what do you do each season?

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What I Wore: Festive Glitter

22nd December, 2020

I love this time of year and have always enjoyed the festivities, particularly when it comes to dressing up. It’s always been fun to spend the day with family, embrace a great outfit and add a dusting of jewellery to really amp up the festivities and embrace some Christmas cheer. I’ve been lucky enough to wear some truly beautiful pieces by French jewellery house, Chaumet this year and in particular the pieces from the Josephine collection below are some of my faves. I tend to favour delicate pieces that have a bold sensibility, and the bracelets and rings below are just that. With a sprinkling of diamonds and pearl accents, they’re feminine and striking.

I wanted to wear something light and bright and this look by Aje is the embodiment of both. The cropped top has the signature tie detail and puffed sleeves that Aje has become famed for, and the silhouette works perfectly with high waisted styles. I wanted something to contrast with the softer details of the top and tailored trousers were the ideal pairing. With a tapered silhouette and cuffed finish, it’s polished without being overly rigid, making it an ideal option for summer, and for enjoying Christmas fun.

Credits: Top and pants, Aje; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet

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How to pull off beach glam without looking over the top

7th December, 2020

Whilst most people probably don’t have the time or inclination to go all out, next-level glam a la the Kardashian clan at the beach there is something to be said for adopting a slightly more considered look the next time you’re headed for a day of enjoying sun, sand and surf. If only for the fact going from an ocean dip to cocktails is then made oh-so simple. Who wants to rush home to change when there’s a rosé with your name on it waiting for you? And let’s face it, Instagram just wouldn’t be Instagram if you didn’t post a few shots of you looking cute at the beach this summer. So here’s the key to nailing a stylish look the next time you’re off to the beach…

Start with good quality swimwear

A great swimsuit is the lynchpin of your entire look so its worth getting it right. Invest in a good quality swimsuit that will hold up to numerous swims and constant sunscreen application without losing its shape or colour. Also try on lots of options before buying one as you want the most flattering fit – for example a bikini may be your go-to but you may discover that a one piece suits you phenomenally well.

Arm yourself with key beach attire

I always have a nice sarong, linen pants and denim shorts on rotation for when I go to the beach. I find all three work well with any swimsuit I’m wearing and help add a touch of polish to my overall look.

One of my fave beach looks

Consider your accessories

I have a big sunglasses collection so I always just rotate them whenever I’m going to the beach. I tend to favour fun frames with a little colour or embellishment. Also scarves  are great for not only keeping your hair off your face but also look totally chic. If you want, you could also pop on a simple bracelet or a pair of dainty earrings to dress up your look—just make sure they’re pieces you don’t mind jumping in the water with. Another must is a great hat to help protect you from the sun. A wide brimmed straw hat is a favourite of mine as it serves the practical purpose of providing shade but also, it’s a great way to accessorise a beach look.

Scarves are always a great hair accessory for the beach

Have the right bag and shoes

If you want a look that’s a touch more glamorous for heading out straight from the beach then be sure to come armed with a nice pair of sandals or slides rather than just your favourite thongs. Even if you’re heading out in the swimmers you’ve had on all day, great shoes can make all the difference and dresses up a look immensely. I also always carry a nice roomy bag with me to carry my essentials and this season there are so many nice options to choose from whether it’s a canvas bag or a straw tote. It’s the details that can really help finish off an outfit.

A great hat is a must

Avoid looking “too done”

Save a full face of makeup for a big evening event. Keep makeup subtle and to a minimum. Think tinted sunscreen, a little waterproof mascara and a swipe of blush with a dash of colour on your lips via lip balm or gloss. It’s about looking fresh faced not all out glamorous. Also it’s the ideal opportunity to skip your morning blow dry. Let your hair go au naturel and you’ll find by the end of the day you’ll end up with the best beach waves without having done much at all. Alternatively, top knots are always great for staying cool and keeping your hair off your face. And one thing I tend to do regularly in summer is get a fake tan whether I do it at home or go to a local salon. I’ll never lay out in the sun to get a real tan but I do love the bronzed effect of having one so faking it is by far the best option.

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The one area of my wardrobe I update every season without fail

1st November, 2020

 

There’s one area of my wardrobe that I’ll always update every season without fail and that’s my accessories. I think the addition of the right accessory to an outfit can really lift it and make it instantly fresh and on trend. It’s also got the power to turn casual looks into something polished, instantly expanding the wearability of what’s in my closet.

I’ll often tailor my accessories to the season too, so when buying a new shoe I’ll look for a great boot for autumn/winter and a statement stiletto for spring/summer. With the purchase of a single new season shoe I’m able to instantly make older pieces look modern and contemporary by pairing it with something that’s current. It’s an effective trick for getting more wear out of my wardrobe.

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The right statement shoe can really make an outfit

Also I always keep an eye out for key pieces like belts and bags as I think they’re an easy way to restyle existing things in my closet and make them look different. The addition of a new belt to a skirt or pant can give it a new vibe by changing its shape or look and feel. And switching up bags can often act as an accent piece that can rejig an ensemble. For example a structured top handle bag can make an outfit feel polished whilst a leather crossbody carryall is a little more relaxed and casual.

Accessories are a great way to feel like you’re wearing a new look, and it’s often more economical than buying something every time you want to freshen up your wardrobe. At the start of a new season, it’s a great idea to take stock of what’s out there and then pinpoint a few thing that you know will a) work with the rest of your clothes and b) has enough flair to stand out on its own and act as an accent piece to any look. It’s simple, easy and definitely effective.

What are some things you always update every season?