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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What I Wore – Bleu

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To satiate your international appetite before I share my video postcard from Paris, I think it might be time to pause for an outfit post.

Though I’d ideally be running around patisseries in a beret and stilettos, tackling miles upon miles of city streets in under 48 hours calls for a more practical ensemble. Casual pleats, bows, and tailoring it is.

What I Wore:
Blue tie-back pleated dress from Closet via House of Fraser
My trusty handbag
Bejewelled city sandals (old, similar here)

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bleu

What I Wore – Julian Hakes and Babes

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Amidst a rough couple of weeks between eye surgeries, my sister* Tiffani finally left the US and made her way over here to join me for two weeks of adventure in Leeds, London, and Paris. Not only that, but two of my favourite Londoners hauled their lovely bums up to Leeds to share in the excitement of her first weekend; an introduction to ‘night’s out’, cathedrals, mystery games, the countryside, latte art, the Great British High Street, and more.

I am a lucky lady.

What I Wore:
Julian Hakes Mojito Shoes from Cloggs (because what better excuse to whip out the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen – plus, they’re on sale!)
Polka dot shirt dress (similar here)

(*Not by blood, but – long story short – after her family took me in and became my family so many years ago, there is no better way to describe her).

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What’s In My Handbag: Saying Hello to the LG G3

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It has been quite some time (and quite a few handbags) since I last conducted a blog tour of my day-to-day haul around town.

Since then, my business has grown aggressively, my tech kit has taken on a life of its own, and this beautiful double-zipped handbag from Pied a Terre has found its rightful place on my arm.

What’s In My Handbag?

Front compartment:
To be frank, this post is mostly an excuse to gush about the new LG G3. While my keys, passport, rail card and multiple Oyster cards all serve their purpose, my star of my handbag is the new LG G3. In my opinion, it is far superior to every other smartphone on the market.

Though a full video review of the G3 will be coming (you have to see some of the features to understand just how groundbreaking and intuitive the smartphone is), two of the main reasons I love it are:
– The camera (the 13-megapixel camera has laser auto focus and dual LED flash!)
– The weight (with the amount of stuff I need to tote around during a work day, having a slimline device that lets me control my inboxes, Google Drive, social media, photos, and more – all on a quad HD display – is incredible).

With all that said, just stay tuned for the full review!

Rear compartment:
To keep everything neat and tidy, I use a small silver purse to hold my cards (front pocket), business cards (main pocket) and money. I then use a slightly larger gold purse to hold my ‘diabetes paraphernalia’, L’Occitane hand cream, and go-to lip products (a day and night red lip, as it were).

Outside of the purses I have my blue mirror-lensed Guess sunglasses and a cookies and cream Quest Bar, leaving the small zip compartment for receipts and tissues.

Obviously, the first compartment totally wins.

Not pictured: my laptop (only in the handbag during business hours) and SLR (though the bag has plenty of room for it, I have no desire to lug it around town when I’m not specifically out to take photos).

What is your favourite item in your handbag?

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