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What I Wore – The Tiny Red Telephone Box

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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:
(in illustration)
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!
Sargossa heels

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What I Wore – Bethnals and Butterfly Twists

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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.

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The Weekend Wonder – Margaret Cho

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“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them, too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose.”
Margaret Cho

London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

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I am a renter. A renter to my very core. I’m not sure if it comes down to the slightly nomadic tendencies of my early twenties or the fact that I didn’t grow up in a ‘permanent’ home, but the idea of being attached to a single residence for more than a year lacks any appeal.

The majority of my quasi-domestic adult life has been spent renting in London, which could be considered an art form in itself. For anyone who hasn’t grown up in the city (I’m over here counting my cultured blessings!), the unstable knack for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ areas and the prices that both ends of the spectrum call for could make your head spin.*

When MyRooms offered me a discount code (for £100 off your first month’s rent!) to share with my readers, I could hardly say no. (it’s LELO01 and is valid until September 30th, 2015 – enjoy!).

In fact, I want to help you renting fashionistas out as much as I can. After twenty-four years of borough hopping from North to South, West to East (…even zone 5), I am now schooled in the art of a good postcode.

Therefore…

London’s 5 Most Fashionable Areas to Live

(Use the postcode map – above – to get as close to them as you can!)

Postcode: W1
W1 puts the life into London. Not only is it the shopping capital (hello, Regent Street and Oxford Street) but it also boasts some of the most chic restaurants around. Good ol’ West One has stood the test of time.

Postcode: E1
Over the past five years, E1 has taken the cool kid cake of London. The ultimate balance of high and low, street style and couture, all with students alongside professionals. Special shoutout to the best vintage markets in London.

Postcode: SW3
The home of the Chelsea set. Be you Made in Chelsea or not, anyone can appreciate the beauty and style of the Fulham Road and its surroundings. Sophistication, grandeur, and a hell of a lot of yummy mummys abound.

Postcode: N1
Though the postcode reaches as far as Dalston, I find N1’s proximity to King’s Cross the biggest coup. Easy access to champagne bars and spontaneous travel (St Pancras = weekends in Paris, natch) is hard to beat. Don’t miss: the indie fashion houses of Upper Street.

Postcode: WC2E
I know this one is rather specific, but I have something of an infatuation with this area. Covent Garden/Leicester Square has always felt like the centre of the universe to me, and if you manage to find a room to rent in this postcode; you are golden. The access you have to all of the postcodes above? Unparalleled. The area itself? A snapshot of all that makes London magical (along with some of the best boutiques around).

* Even though it is 14% cheaper to rent than buy in the city.

LG at London Fashion Week


As LG‘s official blogger over London Fashion Week SS15, I found it truly inspiring to get an intimate look at not only the designers, press, and madness of Fashion Month, but the ways in which the fashion industry expands beyond everything I’ve experienced.

From steaming next season’s most Instagrammable looks to collaborating with up-and-comers, LG really made their mark on this sensational sartorial season. In fact, having just finished their seventh consecutive year of sponsorship, projects like their stunning Ashley Williams garment bag collaboration are a simple testament to their (dare I say it) passion for fashion (cringe) and the continual growth of the industry.

Now grab yourself a culpa and enjoy the LG & LFW highlights from each day, below.

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