I was lucky enough to receive the above Proenza Schouler clutch as a gift and it has without a doubt become a workhorse in my wardrobe because it ticks all the right boxes: it’s simple, it’s understated and as it’s black it goes with virtually any day or night look. I think a clutch is the kind of thing every woman should have at least one of in her wardrobe. You can of course invest in a statement clutch or one in a more ornate style that’s perfect for a formal event however a great place to start is a bag that can accompany you when you’re heading out for a nice dinner or out with the girls. I think the key is to find one that can fit your essentials and is a bit of a style chameleon in that it can work with a variety of different colours, a range of different looks and is appropriate for most occasions.
Shop my edit of the most versatile clutches for every style and budget…
For a busy day being on the go you can’t beat a beautiful cross body bag. For those times when I need to keep my hands freed up from carrying a bag such as when I’m travelling, running errands or simply being with my kids it’s great to have the option of just slinging a bag over my shoulder and going about my day. When buying a bag I always like to have the option of two straps – one longer strap and a shorter one just in case I want my bag to look a little dressier. There are so many great satchel options out there whether it by a suede tasseled number like my bag above or a sturdy leather carryall, it’s the perfect option for any busy woman.
One of my fave accessories is a gold medallion my dad had made for me out of an antique gold coin. I’ve had it for years and wear it all the time as I love its sentimental value, and on a more practical note, it goes with virtually everything I own. Its had many an outing whether it be to a big event for work or a day spent with my family and each time I find it adds a special touch to each look. I’ve also noticed that the gold medallion is popping up on my fave blogger ladies’ Insta feeds (see below for some of my picks) and its definitely giving me plenty of ideas on how to wear my own, whether it be to a dressy affair or when I’m doing off duty style.
I find the key to a flattering fit is to ensure that you don’t clutter the look too much by allowing the gold medallion to take centre stage. You can do this by either wearing it solo or pairing it with simple, minimalist pieces. As for what to wear it with, your options are plentiful. I’ve worn mine with everything from a shirt dress to a strapless jumpsuit but the key for me is to have a bit of décolletage on show to allow it to really pop. And as with most accessories there are plenty of options out there for this particular style, from the budget-friendly to investment piece territory, so you’re bound to find a piece that suits.
Scroll below for some blogger-inspired looks and to shop my gold medallion picks…
While our love affair with white sneakers will no doubt remain if you’re after a new alternative shoe option to add to your athleisure wardrobe then it’s time to set your sights to all things metallic. You’ll find high shine options from every brand from Gucci to Converse and it’s just the thing to elevate a casual look into something that’s instantly fashion forward. Whilst a pair of silver or gold sneakers might at first seem difficult to integrate into your wardrobe I can tell you its anything but. I wear my silver Gucci sneakers to death as I find the hue actually works with most things that I’d usually pair with my trusty white kicks. Consider it a neutral that has just that little bit of extra sparkle.
There are times when you just want your accessories to do the talking and nothing is more suited to the task than a pair of statement heels. Whenever I feel that my outfit needs a bit of punch it’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to deliver.
When it comes to statement heels I think you can go as bold and daring as you want—often it’s a case of the more adventurous the style the better. However if you’re not one to go too over the top you could start with a heel in a vibrant colour a la my candy red Gucci heels above. But if you really want to go all out look to dramatic embellishments such as oversized bows or jewelled adornments which can turn an ordinary heel into a work of art.
The great thing about a statement heel is that you don’t really need to fret too much about the rest of your look as often a killer pair of shoes is all you need to really elevate your look to one that will impress. It’s the simple addition that requires minimal effort but delivers oh-so much. When it comes to this trend, if someone stops you to comment on your footwear then you know your job is done.
Looking for a pair of showstopper heels? Shop my picks below…
Balancing my family and my work commitments along with everything else in between is quite the juggling act most days. I can often be found trying to carve out time to work on the blog and answer a million emails whilst also organising street style shoots and most importantly being a mum to Sophia and Grace. It’s a frenetic existence at times but I wouldn’t change a thing. It often feels as if there are never enough hours in the day and sticking to a schedule is one way I can ensure I make the most of my time. I utilise every technological tool at my disposal to help me stay on track and organised but the one thing that I’m a bit old school about is using a watch to tell the time (an iPhone clock just isn’t the same!).
I’ve always been a watch girl, something I think I’ve inherited from my dad who loves great timepieces. I’m a stickler for design and quality when it comes to my watches so I was excited to be introduced to Michel Herbelin‘s range. Their watches are not only classic and stylish with that je ne sais quoi that only something with a long French heritage can possess but—watch fans will appreciate this—they’re also crafted in the original watchmaking district of Jura in Charquemont in Switzerland. A watch is always a considered decision for me as I wear them every single day, and with Michel Herbelin’s timeless look, Swiss-made precision and affordable price point this is one timepiece I know that will be able to keep up with me, my busy schedule and my wardrobe!
Enjoying my on the go breakfast of choice of coffee and a croissant whilst catching up on emails
Squeezing in a What I Wore shoot in between appointments
Heading straight to another meeting
Spending quality time with Sophia and Grace every day is a non-negotiable
Precious moments with my girl
My day doesn’t stop! Making my way to a work event…and ready to do it all again tomorrow.
This post was produced in collaboration with Michel Herbelin
Every so often a trend comes along that just looks so right it makes you wonder why it didn’t become a thing sooner. Circle bags are having a moment and has us wanting to eschew hard lines and instead embrace this softer silhouette. Whether you opt for a top-handle ladylike incarnation like blogger Blair Eadie above or a practical crossbody version this spherical accessory will round out (sorry, had to be done) your new season wardrobe.
Accessories are an easy way for me to change up the look of a particular outfit and give it a different vibe so I love experimenting with different pieces whether it be a pair of knockout statement earrings or a simple necklace. Whilst I am known to mix it up I do have a regular rotation of accoutrements which I almost never leave the house without, with most holding really special sentimental value. These are my faves….
A watch, Cartier nail bracelet and engagement and wedding rings are a constant in my everyday look
My wedding and engagement ring
I feel naked if I ever walk out of the house without wearing either of these rings. They hold such great sentimental value and are a lovely memento of one of the best days of my entire life.
Cartier nail bracelet
A classic piece that I’ve had for several years and pretty much wear every single day. Cartier do such beautiful investment jewellery that is timeless yet still has a modern touch. I can count on this bracelet to work with virtually everything I wear and always makes a great complementary piece to any watch I’m wearing.
I’m a definite watch girl and always have a timepiece on every single day. I’ve got a few different watches ranging from the ultra special such as the watch I received as a gift on my 30th birthday to on trend pieces that are very of the moment. I like to mix it up depending on my mood that day.
These diamond earrings are timeless and go with virtually everything I own
My family gave me a pair of diamond studs as an 18th birthday present and I rarely take them out. I think that’s the appeal of diamonds—they’re definitely a splurge but they more than make up for it in cost per wear as they can work for a daytime look just as easily as they can work with an evening ensemble.
This coin necklace was a gift from my dad
Gold coin necklace
I have a piece that my dad gave me which is a gold necklace with a coin. It’s an antique coin that he had especially made into a necklace for me so I have always treasured. I love that it also has a historical element to it.
What are your favourite can’t-live-without accessories?
Want to bring a touch of resort style to your everyday look? Raffia bags look oh-so perfect on a tropical island getaway and now the relaxed vibe of this beach holiday staple has made its way into the mainstream. They add an interesting textural element to an outfit and are an easy-breezy option for carrying all your essentials. Whether you opt for a tote, a crossbody or tote incarnation it’s one way to feel like you’re always on an exotic sojourn—even if you are just heading out to buy coffee! And hey, if Olivia Palermo has given it her stamp of approval you know it has to be good.
Pint-sized shoulder bags are a winter must-have. They’re ideal for a night out as they leave your hands free for juggling canapes and cocktails, and for all day as a compact way of carrying your (smaller) essentials.
If you want to elevate a look, the addition of a gilded accessory is a guaranteed way to make something look luxe. Team this bag with a classic top-to-toe black ensemble for the ultimate in effortless chic.
MIMCO’s Trance Mini Hip (in Black/Alabaster) packs a sartorial punch with the combination of mirrored details, metal studs and a beautiful scalloped strap. It’s an eclectic mix but when worked back with muted tones such as black and grey it’s striking rather than overwhelming.
Every girl should own a neutral bag that she can easily pair with numerous looks. This bag works for a simple day of errands, as well as for the transition to an evening event. Whilst it can easily remain in regular rotation in your wardrobe, the rose gold finishes keep it from being boring.