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Day one of LFW, I was determined to look stylish, but as I legged it across London in my vintage blue velvet platforms, channeling my inner seventies style icon Jacqeline Bisset, I remembered just how challenging it is to contend with the famous cobbles of Somerset House.

At the end of a busy first day attending shows including the Merit Award AW15, Paul Costelloe at the stunning Wardorf Hotel, and Ashley Isham (posts to follow soon!), I mentally shoved my beloved heels to the back of my wardrobe and hobbled to Shuh on Neal street to pick up a pair of Nike Internationalist trainers I’d had my eye on. Though I’m not usually one for ‘comfortable’ footwear, I needed something that would allow me to sprint from venue to venue, and I’m sorry to say heels just don’t allow that flexibility!

This season I am really excited about the seventies trend and so this was my inspiration when planning my LFW outfits. As much as I wanted to dress for S/S, the English weather wasn’t cutting it, so I teamed my Spring pastel duck egg blue skirt with pocket detail, front zip,and frayed edging from Topshop with a trusty black ribbed turtleneck from Miss Selfridge and some black suede platforms. I also wore this look with my brand spanking new Nike Internationalists for running from show to show, and let me tell you- they were the best investment yet!

IMG_0628IMG_0650IMG_0630IMG_0626IMG_0622Stay tuned for my reports on LFW shows coming soon! I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be featured as guest blogger for Fourth Wall so make sure you check out their features!

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Seventies Starlet

LFW Day 1- Charlie May

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Charlie May’s AW14 collection is one I was dying to see up close and personal, so when my invite dropped through my letterbox I was over the moon!

Held at the stunning OXO2 event space at the iconic OXO tower, with panoramic views of the River Thames, the venue offered the perfect backdrop to next season’s collection.

What I love most about Charlie May’s designs is her minimal approach. Her focus on silhouette creates pieces that are visually elegant, and the depth of her designs comes in the heavily textured fabrics which work together in absolute harmony. The AW14 collection has a definite sports lux style, which is a trend that we will undoubtedly see into AW14.  The luxe style is heightened by an entirely monochrome line, which draws the eye to the detail of the designs and textured fabrics. Oh…and I almost forgot to mention the collab with New York milliner Gigi Burris…her beaver felt hats are the icing on the cake!

Her inspiration for the collection are clear in her designs, ‘textures within the landscape of Dartmoor in Devon; the rugged, windwept environment is reflected in the use of pony hair and Mongolian furs.’

I’ve also discovered Charlie May’s blog Girlalamode which is pretty damn cool, you should check it out.

Now, enough of my gushing…I’ll let Charlie May’s AW14 collection talk for itself….

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Peach Perfect…

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Chunky Cable Angora Knit in Peach by Topshop

Houndstooth cropped trousers by Zara

Platforms by Steve Madden

As the cold Winter months descend on us, I have been looking for the perfect chunky knit. I looked no further as soon as I spotted this angora cable knit from Topshop.

As well as being the cosiest knit I’ve ever found, Angora keeps me toasty warm, and the pastel peach colour gives it a bit of the punch that’s sometimes missing from your average winter knit.

I don’t need to remind you that Houndstooth is huge this season. I decided to make a statement with this trend and picked up a pair of cropped print trousers from Zara.

Teamed with my fave pair of Steve Madden Platforms, I like the 60’s edge it gives to this look. 

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Peach Perfect…

Whistles…

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(Camo skirt by Whistles, Leather Jacket by Topshop, pastel pink patent and suede platforms by Steve Madden, New York)

I’ve always had a bit of fashion affair with Whistles. There’s something so special about the contemporary and effortless style that dominates their brand like no other. I simply could not resist this take on this season’s camouflage trend seen on runways of the likes of Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang.

Pastel colours and jacquard make this take on camo wearable and feminine, and I love the box pleat shape which is another major trend this season and one to watch for next! Styled with a simple white chiffon shirt, I think the look is clean and contemporary, just how Whistles made it to be! Teamed with skyscraper Steve Madden’s and a leather jacket, I’ve gone for a camo by night look, but I could just so happily wear this piece minus the jacket and shoes for a toned down look.

Photo’s by CGJ

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Easy like Sunday Morning…

Sunday was the perfect day… Lazy coffee morning in front of Sunday Brunch, dressing up for the hell of it, and taking a spontaneous trip to my favourite hidden shopping gems in South West LDN to see what bargains I might find… What more can you ask for?!

Parsons Green is the answer to my prayers…think charity shops, but not your average mothball- smelling-old-ladies-castoffs. Instead picture treasure troves fit to burst with designer goodies donated from Fulham’s finest ladies and you got it! You think I’m joking…I kid you not.

My first stop is always Fara on New Kings Road. It’s not unusual to pick up a pair of killer Acne boots for under 100 quid or a patent Versace mac for £75! This weekend I wasn’t quite so Lucky but I thought I’d share my secret with you anyway!

Next stop is my best and most frequented find of all time-Deuxieme.

Deuxieme is a treasure trove of good as new designer clothing and accessories! No rummaging required, this place is wall to wall rails of beautifully arranged designer finds.

What sets this boutique apart from the rest is its careful selection of second hand seasonal pieces that are not only on trend but for half the original price! Deuxieme welcome sellers to drop buy with pieces they no longer wear, and offer to sell them for 50% less than the RRP- the sellers get 50% of the sale and Deuxieme make a 50% commission. It’s pretty impressive stuff and I am blown away time and time again by the quality of pieces you can pick up at bargain prices!

Here a few of this weeks finds…

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Easy like Sunday Morning…

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A trend we are all to familiar with this season is GEOMETRY!

This Summer I’ve been more about clashing prints, but I just cant wait to put my S/S pieces to the back of my wardrobe and make room for A/W!!

After posting my ‘Ece Gozen’ blog for Fashion Strikes a few weeks back, I was inspired to roam the high street for all things geometric!!

I’ve been hunting for some bold earrings in keeping with this trend for a while but hadn’t found exactly what I was looking for until last weekend when I popped into Primark to replace some laddered tights! At a bargain price of £2.50 I just couldn’t resist…

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Stay tuned…later this week ill be posting pics of my new geometric print dress…just as soon as it arrives in the post…

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