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Monday, 2 March 2015

Travel: Lisbon Visual Diary


Last month, I posted about my lovely stay at the Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade. I wanted to share my favourite pictures from my weekend in Lisbon to give you a flavour of what to see in this beautiful city.






  Graffiti by Os Gemeos on Av Fontes Pereira de Melon
 
 


 
Rooftops of Alfama

 
 
 Sunset over the Vasco da Gama bridge on the Tagus river

 
Dining and graffiti in Bairro Alto
 

 


 
The funicular

 
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

How I Style My Alexander McQueen Bucket Bag


I’ve been lusting after bucket bags ever since I first spied the now iconic Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. I do believe that Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel redefined the bucket bag with their new minimalist take on the bag shape. Let’s face, they were a little Kate Moss at Glastonbury in 2003 before their sleek and simple bag launched.
 
Of course, getting your paws on a Mansur Gavriel is nigh on impossible. Every fashionista is after one so demand has more than outstripped supply. While keeping a beady eye on the Mansur Gavriel social media accounts to see when a new drop was hitting, I scoured London for the perfect bucket bag. Which is a LOT harder than it might sound. Alexander Wang’s Diego is super heavy, the Saint Laurent Emmanuelle is too small, you see the dilemma?
 
I finally stumbled upon the dream bag – Alexander McQueen’s padlock bucket bag. I did the usual stalking for a month or so then eventually bought the bag back in November. I know, I kept that one quiet. It hadn’t even hit Instagram til this month. Sorry about that.
 
 
What I love about the McQueen bag is that it’s so simple, the logo is extremely discrete, the leather is plain and there’s only a small skull detail on the side. C’est tout. The leather isn’t shiny like the Mansur Gavriel, which means it’s not so susceptible to being ruined by a scratch, the leather is soft but durable – essential for Tube commute. Pretty sparse inside, there are three pockets and it is a little like a Tardis as my keys/Oyster Card/eyeliner are always getting lost in it but it’s no biggie.
 
In terms of styling, as it’s such a simple bag it’s become my everyday, go-to bag and I just sling it over my shoulder. Admittedly it’s not great for super dressy, evening shindigs but for work, post-work drinks and weekends it’s absolutely perfect. Here are a little taster of how I’ve been styling my bag:  
 

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Friday, 27 February 2015

London Fashion Week: Aspinal of London x Etre Cecile AW15


Pairing classic English luxury brand Aspinal of London with quirky fashionista favourite Etre Cecile doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice, but actually it really works. The juxtaposition of the chic, clean lines of Aspinal work so well with the bright colours, prints and textures of Etre Cecile, adding a fun, playful edge to Aspinal’s grown up bags.
The collection features bold primary shades, rubberised leather, nappa leather printed in plaid and a decidedly 90s vibe to five bag shapes including the Mayfair, mini trunk, rucksack, mini rucksack and the tote.
This is one of my favourite fashion collaborations in a LONG time

 




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Thursday, 26 February 2015

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique AW15


Ten years after its London Fashion Week debut, it’s hard to distinguish Britain’s beloved high street brand from the “proper” designers on the LFW roster. Inspired by the Seventies and English heritage with a rebellious streak, the collection was unkempt with a tomboy edge; rolled up sleeves, loosely belted and a little dishevelled. Pinafores layered over knits, chunky Aryan roll necks and nostalgic Seventies floral prints were the look for day while ruched leather and marabou trimmed prom dresses were the look for night.
 
A collection for the cool girls, Topshop Unique always leaves me coveting the entire collection. This season is no different, I’ll have one of everything please. 
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

London Fashion Week: Sophia Webster AW15


I have to say, Sophia Webster’s presentations are always a highlight of fashion week. By the time Sunday swings around, everyone’s a little weary and most definitely in need of a pick-me-up. Enter Webster’s exuberant presentations which jolt you awake like a triple espresso. This season, the “Freak Like Me” invitation denoted either the Adina Howard classic or a more American Horror Story inspired freak show.

Set in the derelict Welsh Chapel, the first spectacle in the presentation space was a pair of contortionists as the warm up act. Ascending a very rickety metal staircase, I found myself in Webster’s fun house. Blunt-bobbed space girls trampolined or swished about adorned with metallic shoes and statement clutches, emblazoned with “Miss Thang”, “Say My Name” and “Just Sayin’”.
 
The more eyecatching pieces were naturally a hit, but I also loved the butterfly collection; butterfly flats and heels with butterfly wings all with matching Mini Me shoes for your little one. Another fantastic collection from Sophia Webster.




 
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