Thursday, 15 September 2016

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016

After Dries Van Noten, Paris, October 2015.

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016

After A Show, Paris, October 2015.

Autumn weekends sorted! Such a great outfit (and beautiful colours). 

Recreate her look (kind of):

Camel blazer/jacket - Joseph Double Face Cashmere New Roma jacket, BB Dakota Reithe Jacket, Tibi Wool-blend felt cape, Thread & Supply Double breasted peacoat, Rag & Bone Emmet single-button camel coat, or Alexander Wang Shawl Collar vest

Orange-y-toned sweater: Miu Miu wool turtleneck sweater, Tibi Boiled Funnel neck pullover, Isabel Marant Etoile Joey turtleneck, Joesph Turtleneck sweater, or Alice + Olivia Billi slim turtleneck sweater

Jeans - Citizens of Humanity Liya high rise jeans, MiH Jeans Linda high-rise straight leg jeans, Current/Elliott The Fling jeans, Citizens of Humanity Emerson slim boyfriend jeans, or Frame Le Garcon jeans

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Mayka

Mayka Merino, after Miu Miu, Paris, October 2015.

As summer makes way for autumn and finally, winter, thoughts turn to deeper, darker hues....including lipstick. The lip colour after Miu Miu reminded me of berried ivy (hedera helix) and deep red chrysanthemums.

During summer, I love filling the house with plants (many many plants!) and pretty scented flowers or foliage but when the nights start to draw in I crave candles: scented and beeswax. Lighting a candle seems to lift my spirits.... the beautiful scent + the flickering warmth. Once the leaves on the trees start changing colour, and begin tumbling to the ground, I feel a little sadness: summer is at the end for another year and there will inevitably be long grey months ahead (the cold, I love. The grey, not so much). Once autumn is in full swing though - the trees ablaze with orange, red and yellow, and the air crisp and cool - my spirits will lift again.....and there is Christmas to look forward to as well (and perhaps some snow!).

As I type this I am burning a new favorite candle* which feels just right for now, late summer: Bella Freud Je T'aime Jane scented candle.  If you like the smell of tiger lily flowers, you will love this candle. I think it smells exactly like the flowers....heady, strong, intoxicating - a smell you can readily identify when you walk into a room. Only a few weeks ago someone gave me a bunch of tiger lilies as a thank you gift. I haven't even considered them as a cut flower since I have been going to the New Covent Garden Flower Market each week - too many other beautiful, new-to-me flowers to choose from. But those lilies, and this candle, have reignited my love for them. And the best thing about the candle? No yellow lily pollen stains to deal with! This particular candle has a strong throw, even unlit. So if you get headaches from tiger lily flowers (or any strong floral scent), this might not be the right candle for you.

*I absolutely love scented candles and whenever I receive a gift voucher, or am asked what I would like for a present, candles are at the top of my list!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Weekend Life....Croissants + Japanese Anemones

Weekend brekky: croissants + jam + espresso + a vase of pretty Japanese anemones. 

Croissants from Poilane (the Waitrose frozen bake-to-order butter croissants are also rather good too especially if you want to serve them warm. I once read a book written by the owner of a boutique hotel in France and he swore by Picard frozen croissants. I keep meaning to remember to buy some to try when I am in Paris....but I worry they would all defrost on the Eurostar journey home!), lovely homemade raspberry jam and Duchy organic salted butter. 

The Japanese anemones are a happy August/September revelation for me - I had never seen or heard of them before I came across them at the New Covent Garden Flower Market last year. Now I can't get enough of them - so pretty (even the buds are beautiful) with lovely elegant bendy shapes and gorgeous hues. I keep seeing them in gardens now (they seem to do quite well in shady positions) and I saw a gorgeous display at Kew Gardens when I visited last year.  

Ceramic vases and plate by the incredible Janaki Larsen of Le Marche St George 


Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen Grand Prix Dining chairs in walnut (I sat on so many chairs trying to find some that looked good and were comfy too. So many looked beautiful but were ridiculously uncomfortable after only a few minutes of sitting. I love the look of the  Hans Wegner Wishbone chair but the frame at the back just didn't work for me (not sure if it is height issue? Or just a me issue.... I wonder if that is why I see so many of them covered in sheepskin rugs!). Anyway, the Grand Prix chairs are wonderful to sit on, even over many hours. My only regret is not waiting, and trying to source some vintage teak Grand Prix chairs....

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Evangelie

Evangelie Smyrniotaki of Style Heroine, after Stella McCartney, Paris, October 2015.

Black textures (and cute nude fishnet tights!). 

Recreate Evangelie's look (kind of):

Sweater: Acne Studios Deborah alpaca and wool-blend sweater, Vince Cashmere blend sweater, Acne Studios Asaya sweater, or Maison Margiela sherpa-front sweater


Fishnet tights: Commando Very Fine fishnet nude tights, Topshop Micro Fishnet tights, Halogen fishnet tights or ASOS Nude fishnet tights

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Ji Hye

South Korean model Ji Hye Park, after A Show, Paris, October 2015. 

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Anne-Catherine

Anne-Catherine Frey, before Kenzo, Paris, October 2015.

Adore this beauty! And I love her multiple ear piercings as well. Subtle. Simple. Beautiful. 

Recreate Anne-Catherine's look (kind of):

Cuffs and hoops and earring prettiness - Maria Tash rose gold diamond earring, Melissa Joy Manning gold pearl earrings, Shashi Mini hoop earrings, Theodora Ware Topaz and gold-plated earrings, Gorjana Shimmer mini half hoop earrings, Ileana Makri Pave huggie hoops, Ariel Gordon Pave Diamond Huggie earrings, Luv AJ The Pave crescent Huggie earrings, or Melissa Joy Manning 14 Karat gold earrings

Satin blazer - Pallas Ariane satin blazer, T by Alexander Wang satin open blazer, Elizabeth and James Evie satin blazer, Haider Ackermann Glyzinie satin blazer, Racil Disco-double-breasted satin blazer, or Rag & Bone Adler double-breasted satin blazer

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Leandra

Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, Louis Vuitton, Paris, October 2015. 

That Celine dress.....in the most beautiful colour for Autumn/Winter.  The colour reminds me of the Chocolate Cosmos flower or a deep red/black dahlia. 

New York Fashion Week SS 2016....Margaret

Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three, after A Show, NYC, September 2015.

Layer, layer, layer: skirt over trousers, knotted belt over skirt.  A very cute, playful look from Margaret. 

Recreate Margaret's look (kind of):

Olive green tee - Helmut Lang Distressed jersey t-shirt, Re/Done 1960's Slim fit t-shirt, Topshop Soft Washed tee, or Citizens of Humanity Premium Vintage Esmay t-shirt

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Paris Fashion Week SS 2016....Jenny

 Jenny Waltonbefore A Show, Paris, October 2015.

Love Jenny's unique, fresh style, and this trench coat with glorious statement drop earrings (and pretty kitten heel pumps) is no exception. 

Recreate Jenny's look (kind of):

Drop earrings - Marni Ball-drop clip-on earrings, Erickson Beamon Copacabana gold plated earrings, Bauble Bar Ellis Drops, Lizzie Fortunato Art class earrings,  or Marni flower drop earrings