Friday, 31 October 2014

Bag of the month: October is for Smythson

via fashionedbylove: bag of the month Smythson Panama tote bag
Am I the only person not talking about Halloween today? Well, there's a huge bowl of sweets in my kitchen for the kids, so I feel like my job here is done as far as the scariest night goes.

Instead I am going to talk about my latest bag of the month and introduce you to this monochrome beauty from the Smythson Panama collection, inspired by the portable diary created by Frank Smythson in 1908 and nicknamed "the Panama hat of books".

This classy tote is not just a life-saver for those girls who love or need to carry their life around, it's a statement that the owner of such a bag appreciates true elegance and knows the meaning of timeless style. 

It's classy, spacious and crafted to perfection from the cross-grain calf leather. It has just the right amount of light gold hardware. And the most scrumptious rose suede lining that does not only make it easy to navigate inside the bag, but puts a satisfied happy smile on your face every time you see that powdery surface. 

The tote is waiting for you at Smythson and Matches. Make a date and make it yours - you'll be best friends forever. 

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P.S. And it is my pleasure to announce that Emma Lowe is the winner of my Links of London giveaway. Congratulations!
Thank you to everyone who entered, for all the tweets and shares. Keep an eye on the blog over the next couple of weeks - another beautiful giveaway is almost here.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Beautiful dozen: grey coats | 2014 edit

via fashionedbylove | fashion editorials | grey coats | Lydia Willemina Collins in Harper's Bazaar Australia September 2013 (photography: Simon Upton, styling: Tamara McQuillan)

Lets move swiftly from the classic camel coats to the ones in every shade of grey, the colour I adore and the garment that always brings back memories

Grey cover-ups were a part of my "Beautiful dozen" series last year, in their most classic versions to treasure for years to come, and it was interesting for me to go back and see how the fashion offerings of shapes and colours has changed since then: the coats became more sporty, more masculine, but still retained some feminine softness, the cocooning effect, the cosiness... 

And, of course, grey became one of the 2014 trends. The classic turned the latest must-have (and, wonderfully so, it was more about the colours of nature and not a certain over-hyped book/film) and made my job of picking up the cream of crop much easier - the high street had plenty of beautiful and affordable options that looked just as gorgeous as the designer ultimate fantasies without being too dramatic on the wallet, but still delivering that sublime quality we all dream of.

After all, our coat is what we end up wearing and seeing the most. It conceals pretty much everything we have underneath, our most stylish choices and occasional faux pas, satisfies our natural need for warmth and even more natural desire to take somebody's breath away and, lets admit, it really is a grown-up version of a comfort blanket. Obviously, it's got to be good.

Do you even think about that sensual movement of your coat when you walk? The soft lines? The moment that feels like a hug? To me, these are the signs of a perfect coat.

And how would I wear my greys? Keeping the lines simple and playing with textures instead. Going for cashmere, merino, wool and silk. Head to toe, monochromatic, blending two or three different grey-on-grey hues, or mixing with a little white, dusty rose or burgundy as long as the result is muted, calm and quiet. 

via fashionedbylove: grey coats edit for all budgets | Jaeger, Joseph, TopShop, M&S, MSMG, Valentino, Stella McCartney

Where to buy: 1. Slim colourless coat, 2. Single breasted light grey coat, 3. Light grey felt long coat, 4. Oversized two-tone wool coat, 5. Grey wool coat, 6. Double-faced herringbone coat, 7. Grey wool-blend oversized coat, 8. Wool & angora blend coat, 9. Grey wool cape, 10. Cashmere-blend coat, 11. Straight cut wool-blend coat, 12. Fluffy double collar coat


P.S. Today is the last day to enter my latest GIVEAWAY - if you like the prize, try your luck. The winner will be announced tomorrow. 


Photo source: Lydia Willemina Collins in Harper's Bazaar Australia September 2013 (photography: Simon Upton, styling: Tamara McQuillan) via fgr

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Stylish quote

Codie Young wearing Sonia by Sonia Rykiel | Sleepwalker editorial | Nasty #4

"As soon as you have found your look, your shape, you don't need to alter it too much. In fact I would say that you should not change it. 

Women who retain a unique shape are usually unique people."


Sonia Rykiel


Photo source: Codie Young wearing Sonia by Sonia Rykiel | Sleepwalker editorial | Nasty magazine January 2014 #4 (photography: Nhu Xian Hua, styling: Francesca Pinna)

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