Have you ever discovered sunglasses so perfect you buy them in the darkest months of the year? This lady has.
Say hello to my brand new Tom Ford Lana superspy shades (from the sunglass superstore that is SmartBuyGlasses).
To keep my eyes feeling happy after multiple laser surgeries, I have been wearing a selection of old school sunglasses, then throwing them in my handbag in the evening. Naturally, this has resulted in some wear and tear. To combat the issue, I have been wearing my Tom Fords from sunrise to sundown, then tucking them into their uber luxe suede case like a responsible adult.
It must be love.
As a blogger, I get especially excited for this time of year. It’s my personal favourite of all the shopping seasons, I adore helping people find great gifts and gift experiences, and I trawl through everyone else’s shopping guides like the PA of Mr. Claus himself.
Thankfully, clicking through Yahoo’s 15 Snuggly New Accessories For A Cold Winter (without which I would never have discovered my penchant for furry designer shoes – oh, Valentino) reminded me of a blog promise I made to one of my favourite people…
…a showcase of my favourite snuggly accessory; The Complete Collar Shopping Guide*.
Shop the image:
Silver tone draped chain collar necklace
Cream faux fur collar
Jewelled Collar necklace in green
White Cotton Hands Collar
White Embroidered Fauna Collar
Vince Camuto Spring-Hinge Collar Necklace
Flower Pattern Cut Out Peter Pan Collar Necklace
*Of which we know I hold a flame for.
I’ve gone blonde. Some would say from brunette to blonde, but realistically I’ve gone from ginger to blonde. With a bit of ginger left in. A blonde balayage, to be specific.
Though I hadn’t been blonde for a good number of years, scrolling the socially-shared images of Gro London instinctively dared me to make a colour change (you have to look at their rainbow hair work). On top of that their six salons are all situated in the suburbs of London – the Hamsptead location being a convenient walk around the corner from my best friend’s house in Finchley Road.
From the second I made my appointment with Serafina, I experienced a level of customer service that echoed through my entire visit. Before going in, we exchanged a few inspirational images (thank you, Pinterest) and discussed the current state of my hair so we both knew exactly what to expect when appointment day arrived.
And because looking at hair is so much more interesting than talking about it, I filmed the entire experience to share with you in the vlog below. As you’ll see from the video, the experience went perfectly from start to finish; from proper discussions and colour examples to complimentary lattes and the most welcoming environment you could expect, I wouldn’t change a thing. It also doesn’t hurt that the blonde balayage is bangin’.
From this point, I’ll probably go a little bit blonder once my hair recovers from the lightening process (though, to be fair, a mix of Oribe and coconut oil has left me with no breakage or problems since the first home wash).
Stay tuned for more Gro London adventures…
Once upon a month ago, I was chatting to the folk at HTC about the release of the HTC One M8 (you’ll see the red version in my paws, above). While we all know I’m something of a nerdypants, this was actually more of a fashion chat than a tech talk.
In collaboration with one of the industry’s leading fashion illustrators, Jacqueline Bissett, HTC just launched the first ever illustrated look book for a smartphone, placing their flagship device in the limelight.
I was asked if I’d like to be included in the project and have Jacqueline illustrate me with the scarlet smartphone.
Have me illustrated at the creative hands which curated the illustrations of Givenchy, Swarovski, Harrods and more? I didn’t need to be asked twice.
The result is below, digitally, though the full illustration has been hung as the focal point in my hallway. While the illustration is altogether more glamorous than the tired remains of Post-Fashion Week Lela, I think it only proves the accessory magic of a beautiful smartphone. Like a red lip, a red phone is the wearable cherry on top.
(And when all your energy has been spent running around the country in your get-out-of-jail-free-card*…that’s an essential.)
What I Wore:
My #1 Autumn/Winter pick – the Simone Rocha tulle embroidered dress
(in real life)
* The get-out-of-jail-free-card (the perfect Winter coat) from Superdry – the spoils from their Fashion’s Night Out celebration!
Taking a break from scheduled programming, I wanted to forgo a traditional outfit post to scream and shout about Bethnals and Butterfly Twists.
These two new additions to my wardrobe may just be flats and jeans, but as a woman who has never been able to identify as a flats or jeans-lover, my infatuation for each item is simple testament to the pieces themselves.
On leg? It’s Bethnals. The brand (which is very much still a baby) is London-based and was established by Melissa Clement – denim and creative product development genius – last year. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to find investment for production, her unisex denim brand got the thumbs up from all the right people…and now, me.
With denim sourced from ISKO – the highest quality denim mill in the market – Melissa’s designs (like the rinsed indigo ‘Pete Skinny‘, shown here) are able to make quality, conscious, beautiful denim a reality at price poiints that bridge high-street and high-end. I am a complete convert.
Shoe-wise, you’re looking at a pair of Butterfly Twists.
More specially, the Gabriella flats. Though I will often throw on a pair of reasonably-heeled boots if I’m running around all day, these flats have come as a luxurious alternative. While the brand is known for its post-party foldable flats, these pony hair smoking shoes are quite literally as chic as it gets. The quilted memory foam insole means you feel like you’re walking around in slippers, yet the silhouette maintains all seriousness.
Note: no sponsoring of nothing, nada, zip. I just need to share the love.