The Zara Edit

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Some of my favourite new pieces from the forever stylish Zara…

Boucle blazer

I can never resist a blazer and I am definitely missing a white number in my wardrobe. I love just how classic this piece is- a must have for a little riviera chic.

Sunglasses

Now granted sunglasses aren’t a necessity in Autumn, especially in good old Blighty, but I just love these! They’re so stylish and will bring a bit of elegance to any outfit, whatever time of year.

Shirt

A must. Always.

High waisted jeans

I’ve very much been lusting over these recently. They’re so easy to wear and are just a little twist on a staple wardrobe piece.

Coat with fur collar

A dusty pink coat, with a fur collar, absolute perfection!

Necklace

This necklace is just so stunning and yet it will go with so much. It could be classed up for an evening or worn with a white t-shirt and jeans for a more relaxed look.

Jacket

Another charming jacket that I fell for. I imagine it’s just one of those things you’d find yourself constantly reaching for.

Mini City Bag

This is such a sweet little bag, perfect for everyday.

Silk Blouse

I love sheer blouses and this pink one is an absolute darling. I’d wear it with jeans and ballet flats for a day look or with a midi skirt and heels for an evening look.

H

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Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel, Keira and Me

When I was twelve, in Galaries Lafayette in Paris, I fell in love with Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and have never wanted to wear anything else. For me, it is the perfect soft musky scent that has some delightful floral notes to finish it off. So, coupled with my love for Keira Knightley, I always look forward to her Chanel ads and the most recent definitely didn’t disappoint!

Here it is…

And here are the past ones too (because, well, I couldn’t resist)…

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My Fashion Book Collection

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Hello darlings,

For Christmas I received quite a few fashion books so now I have quite the collection which I thought that I’d share with you…

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The Fashion Book | A Passion for Stilettos | Shoes

My little version of The Fashion Book is an incredibly cute A-Z of all things fashion whilst my two tiny books about shoes are full of nuggets of delightful information about all kinds of shoes.

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100 Ideas that Changed Fashion | 50 Fashion Looks that Changed the 1990s

I love my 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion, it’s full of information about all things fashion from the open shoe to the death of the corset. Similarly my 50 fashion looks that changed the 1990s book is a compilation of wonderful 90s things from the wonderbra to the Spice Girls.

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Vogue Collections

These are just my favourite things, yes they’re not books, but they are the epitome of fashion with just pages and pages of glossy pictures from the season’s main shows and the accompanying accessories.

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The Fashion Book | Fashion A History of the 20th Century

The Fashion Book aka ‘the fashion bible’ as dubbed by Vogue is the A-Z of everything fashion and quite simply, it is absolutely fantastic! It is a real must for anyone who loves fashion’s rich culture. In addition the Fashion History of the 20th Century is full of beautiful pictures of garments from throughout that 20th Century with short and sweet explanations.

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Jimmy Choo: Icons

The crème de la crème for any shoe lover’s book collection. Believe you me if you love shoes you will adore this parade of some of the most beautiful shoes known to man- it’s glorious!

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How to be lovely | So Audrey

Once again not fashion books but I couldn’t leave these two little gems out of the mix with Audrey Hepburn being an idol to me in more ways than simply regarding fashion. My Oma bought me the How to be lovely book which was so very kind. It’s full of extracts from Audrey’s professional and personal life and most definitely a must read for any self confessed Hepburn fan. The So Audrey book is full of sweet one liners to add a little Audrey into your life.

H

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Wednesday Wardrobe Staple: Christmas Special

Hello darlings,

I can’t believe that Christmas is only two weeks away; so with this firmly in my mind I thought that I would put together a little list of my Christmas necessities…

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Coat (Zara) | Scarf (H&M) | Pjs (Next) | Jumper (Topshop) | Dress (Topshop)

H

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H&M Knitwear Haul

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With the winter well and truly here I decided that it was about time to stock up on this season’s knitwear and my choice of shop was the ever fabulous H&M

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This jumper is so soft and a really beautiful colour for winter- it’ll look perfect with jeans, a blouse with a pretty collar and boots for a really relaxed autumnal look.

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This jumper is such a wonderful basic and of course I couldn’t resist this shade of this season’s hottest colour of pink.

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I have the navy version of this cardigan and it has served me so well that I bought it in this rich burgundy which I’m sure I will get my money out of too.

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I am always a fan of a cable knit in the winter as well as this gorgeous green colour. I’ll be wearing this lovely jumper over a little dress with knitted tights.

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I think that the colour of this cardigan is the real winner here. Plus it’ll work in spring (and a British summer) too.

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This scarf is an absolute delight; it is so warm and snugly- I absolutely love it!

H

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LFW: My favourite Shows

Hello my lovelies,

I thought that today I’d share with you some of the shows from LFW that sent my heart aflutter…

Unique from Topshop

I happened to be on twitter when this show was starting so I managed to catch the show just by chance and it turned out to be a wonderful coincidence as it was such a stunning, perfectly springlike show.

What I loved: Pattern matching of romantic fabrics like satin and chiffon; a relaxed, rich coloured collection.

Mary Katrantzou

I was introduced to Mary a little while back and loved her work, so I really wanted to see what she was going to pull out of the bag this season. And I wasn’t disappointed. It was such a unique and interesting show.

What I loved: The bejewelled floral print and pattern clashes- very lovely!

Bora Aksu

I found out about Bora Aksu via Tolmeia’s blog Tolly Dolly Fashion, definitely go check out her LFW review here, which I was very lucky to do. I definitely will make sure I’m free for every one of his shows from now on.

What I loved: The playful, whimsical feel of the white and blue clothes with the splashes of hot pink and yellow for good measure.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is always a good bet for a good show and this one was a real beauty.

What I loved: The masculine tailoring with a French Riviera feel and an awful lot of check.

Matthew Williamson

I’d never seen a Matthew Williamson show before and I have no idea why not! I adored his clothes and would feel so terribly ladylike wearing the outfits.

What I loved: The print especially the embroidery on the very classy dresses and skirts.

Temperley

Temperley has long been one of my favourite designers, ever since Kate Middleton brought it to my attention, and I am currently very much lusting over this collection.

What I loved: The rich purple and pink colour palette teamed with 50’s style skirts and dresses with matching coats.

Mulberry

There was no way that I was going to miss this show and what a beautiful collection it was, which you can see, in full, in pictures here.

What I loved: For me it was the accessories that stole the show, they were absolutely lovely and terribly unique- put me down for one of everything!

Emilia Wickstead

This collection really is lovely, so I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered Emilia– a very lucky find!

What I loved: The first outfit especially but less specifically the ‘Easter colours’ of yellow, pink and light green; along with a gorgeous array of white outfits like many of the designers but in my opinion Emilia did it best!

Burberry

Definitely my favourite show of all, you can see pictures of the whole collection here, it was all just stunning! I really would have worn at least one thing that each model, even the men, was wearing- all at one if possible!

What I loved: The ladylike lengths, stunning lace and gorgeous colour palette- a wonderfully British show!

What shows caught your eye?

H

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Avenue 32 Autumn Wishlist*

Hello my lovelies!

Recently Avenue 32 approached me about creating an autumn wishlist featuring one of their wonderful designers and, well, with my love for all things autumnal I very happily took a look to see whether there was anything that caught my eye. And low and behold I found some incredibly beautiful pieces from Carven that I instantly fell in love with…

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Carven at Avenue 32

– Firstly I chose this jacket because it’s so wonderfully classic; I think that it would look stunning in the evening over a brightly coloured dress or with a big snood and jeans for a more relaxed day look.

– I adore this little skirt! I couldn’t help but fall for the, very in vouge, colour and think that it would look lovely with a pair of grey knitted tights, a cream blouse and a grey jumper- pretty, pretty, pretty!

– Now, I realise that this dress isn’t perhaps totally ‘practical’ for the up and coming months but hey I’ll happily just look at it for the next 6 months until it’s a little more wearable; it’s just so stunning!

– I think that this dress is wonderful because, unlike my previous choice, it will last the whole year- whether it’s with tights and a thick cardigan for autumn/winter or with dolly shoes and bright, chunky jewellery for spring/summer- it’s a true investment piece!

– This coat. What to say? I think that it is the most darling thing I’ve seen in a while. I can’t imagine feeling anything but beautiful wearing this.

– My last choice is this gorgeous jumper that I think would look just right with jeans and tan ankle boots or a pencil skirt, a pair of tights and a pair of courts for two very different day looks.

H

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*this is a featured post but all opinions are most definitely my own