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#BLOGGED Zigzag shaped summer sandal delights from Atalanta Weller at Young British Designers.
I love these sandals. They have all the comfort of a wedge but the deceptively slender back-view of a stiletto. Ta da!
Block Heel Zigzag Sandal by Atalanta Weller at Young British Designers
Atalanta Weller has produced a stunning tan-caramel suede, block heel sandal with soft, pale cream, zigzag accents. The heel height is just over 3 inches - so very practical. I think these shoes well deserve a place on your holiday packing list, they’d be fab for adding a little extra length to your pins and a little extra wow to your outfits.
A few possible ways to wear them:
Don your comfiest slogan sweatshirt, a pair of sunnies, pile your hair up high and pull on a pair boyfriend jeans to showcase your pretty little ankles. Source: atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com via Hayley on Pinterest
#BLOGGED Thank you, Charlotte Taylor @YBDfashion for a fresh new take on this summer’s party dress.
So, I’ve had a look in my wardrobe and it turns out I own all sorts of prints…
- Trumpet Lantern
The list goes on… and on… and on.
BUT! I realise, I have never before owned or worn (in all seriousness) something resembling zebra print.
You hear zebra and, admit it, you tend to think of a zebra crossing or of garish black and white mock-zebra stripes. However, you will be pleased to know, Charlotte Taylor has managed to sweep away those ghastly predictable connections and produce a fun, unexpected, young and pretty print that is perfect for introducing to your spring/summer 2013 wardrobe.
Young British Designers stock a good selection of Charlotte Taylor pieces and her zebra range is pretty extensive.
wearingloving the orange chevron striped Zebra Cotton Mini Dress by Charlotte Taylor at Young British Designers, £210 worn (above) with the fabulous Atalanta Weller Sea Blue Sandal Wedge. I find the repeating pattern of little zebra heads set against the quirky orange backdrop very fun.
I also adore the chiffon maxi version of this zebra dress too, priced at £390. It would be perfect to wear as a guest for a friend’s spring/summer wedding. It’s rather demure neckline belies the sexy low v-cut back along with the pretty capped sleeves and chiffon floaty fabric, which make it a very wearable, lightweight summer staple.
If you’re still a little scared of going ‘all out’ zebra, treat yourself to a little Charlotte Taylor scarf to dip your toe into the quirky Eastern inspired waters.
Zebra Chiffon Scarf by Charlotte Taylor at Young British Designers, £120
Photography © jmgcreative + Lucie Kerley
#BLOGGED Statement shoes by Atalanta Weller at Young British Designers and how to wear them.
These sea blue peep-toe sandal wedges by Atalanta Weller are certainly eye-catching. But how on earth do you wear them? I decided to set myself a small mission to answer that question.
Here are some outfit inspiration photos that I found on Pinterest, my favourite visual mood-boarding site.
“How To Wear Statement Shoes?”
1. Think casual, think neutral and let your feet do the talking.
Wear a camel jacket, simple white t-shirt, coral red nails and skinny ankle-grazer blue jeans with your statement shoe of choice.
2. Tie your shoe colour in with your accessories.
Whether that’s picking a shade that matches your shoe by pairing it with a necklace or gorgeous clutch bag, have fun with it. Go for jewel-tones: hot pink, burnished orange or emerald green.
3. Colour Pop.
Pretty fuchsia pink colour-block boots add a little something extra to this grey, navy and black-leather ensemble. Wear your favourite ‘look-at-me’ footwear and purposefully play down the rest of your outfit’s colour palette to make them look even bolder.
4. Monochrome magic.
Dress solely in black and white. Give your outfit a twist by playing with printed trousers and then add your favourite colourful shoes to finish the look off. This look could work with flats or heels.
Choose a simple long-sleeved dress in one hue and then select your shoes and accessories depending on complementary shades on the colour wheel.
#todayimwearing @topshop block check denim, @ybdfashion @sophie_hulme tote & @drmartens Darla boots.
Delectable dishes made with seasonal produce, by Nuno Mendes, meant great East London food coupled with impeccable service at Corner Room, @TownHallHotel, Bethnal Green, London. A very enjoyable visit.
A Sunday food day in London with a twist. I was treated to a very fancy meal by my step-mum-of-sorts, Kim (Thank you very very very much - for the food and the company.)
East London has it all! It really was a menu to make your mind wonder, see here. We (Kim and I) needed most of the dishes translating into ‘normal-folk’ food speak.
Fortunately, Jody McConnachie - step-brother-of-sorts and Chef at Michelin star fine dining restaurant Alyn Williams at the Westbury, Mayfair in London - knows his stuff. With Jody and the lovely waitresses help, we worked our way through the menu and chose a few rather exciting dishes.
My favourite, although I LOVED all of the courses, was the dessert - the colour, the presentation and the texture of the pannacotta ice cream was dreamy. I adore good food.
(Yes, dreamy. I can say that, I’m a girl.)
What we ate:
- Wood roasted salsify, scallop and wild herbs
- Sea bass ceviche, tangerine & carrot
- Beef heart, buttermilk whey and celeriac
- Aged beef, ash, eggs and radishes
- Cod with Portugeuse XO & coriander porridge
- Iberico pork, clams and yeast
- Apple & hazelnut with frozen pannacotta
- Butternut squash, smoked coconut
- Rhubarb radish parfait and pickles
Cheeseboard to finish - great finger food!
To drink: Prosecco, sparkling water and beer
Total cost: £144 for three people
Verdict: Divine fine dining, perfectly proportioned, yet adventurous enough to force you out of your culinary comfort zone.
Corner Room at Town Hall Hotel
Photography © Lucie Kerley
May I introduce to you the delightful Jenson.
The gorgeous chicks @LamaPeach of www.lamapeach.com were very kind and sent me these fabulous custom-made (in Italy!!!) python leather boots.
OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD.
I received a little message on my tumblr blog around Christmas as was literally jumping up and down with joy at what it said. (See photo)
You may have seen me in outfit shots wearing another of Lama Peach’s boots - Paige, these were from www.youngbritishdesigners.com. They were THE boots to see me through last summer.
Festivals, parties, shopping trips, beach days, etc, etc.
For 5 ways to wear Lama Peach have a peak at these outfits featuring my Paige laser cut cowboy boots:
They currently stock at pair called Payton, which are a similar style to my Paige ones. Soooo nice! Perfect summer ankle boots.
Lama Peach does very cool footwear. Not only does it look HOTTT, but they also produce boots that are comfy as hell. Never a blister will grace this foot wearing these badboys.
So, Jenson, will be gracing my feet a LOT this spring/summer 2013.
What will you be treating your tootsies too?
Check out more SS13 footwear at www.lamapeach.com and follow them on twitter @LamaPeach.
THANK YOU LAMA & YOUR LOVELY CHICKS!!!! MMMMWAH!!! XXXX
Photography © Lucie Kerley
P.S I’ve already been eyeing up other snakeprint accessories like this White Rock Snake Camera Bag from Young British Designers, by Meli Melo:
When I unwrapped not one but two of The Sartorialist books on Christmas morning my heart did a small leap of joy (Thank you JMG). My fingers stroked the soft matt laminate cover and took in the little penguin stamp of approval on each spine.
Scott Schuman’s books: self-titled The Sartorialist and his second installment ‘Closer’ are now mine to covet forever more.
Whilst I’ve probably seen (read: swooned over) the majority of these images on his blog over the past couple of years, there is something undoubtedly tactile and almost lust-inducing about the combination of touch, the feel of a beautiful image imprinted upon delightfully good paper stock and the vision of beauty embodied in each of Scott Schuman’s photographs.
I’m a sucker for beautiful things.
Clothes, people, places, objects, design, light, feelings, friendship, food, love and family.
The Sartorialist isn’t just about Fashion.
It isn’t just stylish pornography for bloggers or avid followers of fashion. Although there is a certain yearning ache that you get, filled with awe, over some of his images. It’s a celebration of people wearing things that they love and exuding a sense of style and confidence, which shines through their choice of clothing. Schuman has inspired a generation of up-and-coming bloggers, photographers and fashion folk with his carefully executed style.
Fashion for Schuman isn’t just about capturing a stylish veneer. When you look at the people, young to old, captured, forever, immortalised in his work, you realise that his photographs go deeper than ‘Street Style’ in the “it’s just about fashion” sense. They are a study of a time, a place, an era, a feeling. They are Anthropological. They have dates and titles. They are not a celebration of celebrity or brand. They are untainted by sponsorship or bias.
He captures people of interest, including his beautiful partner Garance Dore.
The worn leather gloves, the stories behind certain pieces of clothing. It makes my heart ache with a sense of nostalgia that I probably have no right to feel. I do not know the people pictured in his books, and yet in a small, and indescribable way, I feel a sense of admiration for the way that people celebrate their uniqueness. I love the people who dare to be different, not in an eccentric ‘you look ridiculous way’ but in a ‘WOW! You look incredible’, in a ‘brave’ way.
One of the things that has stuck with me, that I remember reading a few years ago, probably in the pages of one of my glossy fashion magazines, was a piece encouraging people to be more adventurous with their sense of style and to try the latest trends. It said that you can wear anything you want to as long as you have the confidence to pull it off and even if you don’t have the confidence, fake it, and no one will be any the wiser.
Schuman also mentions, on multiple occasions, that if you fall in love with an item for its beauty alone, not because of brand, status or fad, you may be one of those people who stand out from the crowd. Chic is not effortless.
He explains that it is critical to make good decisions in the changing room, by only buying what you absolutely love and that it is these decisions which will make the chance of you piecing together ‘successful’ or chic outfits from your existing wardrobe, on a daily basis, a lot easier.
Scott Schuman’s personal style, if I remember this correctly, is often influenced by outfits that he has seen other people wearing. Other ‘people’, meaning someone who has the same body shape/ physique/ attributes as he does. He says, this way, you know whether you can pull off certain colours, cuts, patterns, fabrics, etc. It’s like looking at human mannequins for inspiration and taking all the best ideas for yourself.
Take notes people. I am.
Buy the books here
Oh Sartorialist! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Look at that sea, all gold and shadow and things not seen.. (by Konstantina Tzagaraki)
OMG! What a beaut! Love this look.
My Farfetch.com lust-have SS13 outfit #1
My Farfetch.com lust-have SS13 outfit #2_Print Clash Colour-Pop_
- NOEMI KLEIN multi chain branch necklace, £180
- BALENCIAGA floral print dress, £3552.92
- CHLOÉ buckled ankle boot, £584.80
- TWIST’N’SCOUT moon stone necklace, £85.47
- KENZO printed sweater, £230
- ALICE+OLIVIA embroidered skinny jean, £131.08
- GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN pointed toe pump, £341.89
I’m a firm believer in ‘try before you buy’ and so had a ball trying on some of the cute SS13 knitwear pieces on sale at their China Doll Boutique Pop-Up shop.
Blake Red Velvet Dress, £40. I’m wearing a size medium (which is about a size 8-10) as they come up quite small in size.
Pom Pom Bobble Jumper, £34. This was my FAVOURITE!
London Fashion Week - Day 1 @ NIAN & Janucha Jale Hurdogan
Emerald green tailoring, tight black leather and wet-look hair was the look du jour for NIAN AW13 whilst Jale Hurdogan opted for soft cable knits, earth coloured tweeds and delicate black lace headbands. A wholely different kettle of fashion fish.
Both shows ran back to back with a falling wall covering making the fashion crowd gasp when it came loose from the wall at the Freemason’s building waking them from their fashion trance.
I spotted one of the Janucha Jale Hurdogan models wearing her feline flick eyeliner and slouchy knitted beanie hat on the street post-show. And very comfy it looked too!
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Spotted at LFW 2013 - Day 1.
Cotton candy haired smiley girls - Vogue Writer and Isabella Blow’s niece - Harriet Verney, fashion journalist and photographer Steffen Michels, Metal Magazine Contributor and Kayne and Abel Blogger - Stephen George - I WANT his Hermes tan suede bag. The fabulously extravagant beauty that is Daniel Lismore of i-D magazine - covered in an enviable array of rings, and Singer/Songwriter VV Brown posing for street style photographers.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
London Fashion Week is the ULTIMATE place for a spot of street style photography. I had a ball! So many beautiful people, accessories, dresses, hats, and shoes.
Here are some of the lovely people I saw on Day 1. My favourite Young British Designer folks - Julian Whitehead and Debra Hepburn, Designer - Kelly Shaw, fashionistas Jessica Quillin and Jessica Hines, Illustrator - Ruby Browning aka Jennifer Roberts and other gorgeous girlies!
Photography © Lucie Kerley
BLOGGED: A few things I fell in love with yesterday. P.S. I bought the @REISS Scarlett Wide Brim Trilby Hat.
Black and White, Sixties style faux leather mini-dress, £15, (SALE) River Island @Highcross (tried on a size 6 as only one left)
Black, Leather look panel bodycon midi-dress with studded collar detail,
was £50now £25, River Island (tried on a size 10)
Black, Patent leather detail mini-dress, £25, (SALE) River Island @Highcross (tried on a size 10)
Forest Green, SCARLETT, Wide Brim Trilby, £59, Reiss (S/M) It was a matter of “I NEED this in my life” and it matched my Sophie Hulme Tote from YBD a treat!
Silk Satin jumpsuit with a rosette, was £29.99 now £22.99, (SALE) Zara (tried on both the XSmall and a Medium. A Small would have been perfect!)
Black and Gold, Ankle Boot with studded toe,
was £119now £59.99, Zara (I can’t believe they still have a size 5 (38) left in these beauties!!)
My outfit yesterday, for a spot of rifling through the sales, consisted of my favourite black and gold studded velvet leggings from Topshop, which were around £20 - a variation of which are now in the sale for £12!
I also wore my newly purchased Scarlett Trilby from Reiss, after ogling Garance Dore in hers whilst flicking through the new Sartorialist book. (I’ve done a little write up about the books, which I will post soon!)
I threw on my comfy oxblood coloured ‘Neppy’ tee from Topshop, a steal at £14. They have them available in khaki now too.
Last but not least I wore my Dr Martens Darla Chelsea Heeled Ankle Boots, another steal from TK Maxx for a few squid. (about £35!)
I topped it all off with my smart new camel coat from the Next sale (was £60 reduced to £30) and my Sophie Hulme Green Leather Tote Bag from Young British Designers.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
Product images c/o: Reiss, Topshop, Dr Martens & Young British Designers.
Feeling all festive and wintry in a touch of tarten.
As most of my good friends will know… (and often look at me aghast!) I’m a fan of mixing colour, print and texture, so decided to pair my Topshop boutique grunge floral dress with some fairisle Tightsplease grey tights, and an old Primark tarten bomber jacket (I’ve spotted one for sale on eBay starting at £5 in a size 10). I topped the look off with a big vintage fur hat and my Sophie Hulme green leather tote bag complete with beautiful gold plated hardware detail and my Dr Marten’s Clemency Boots.
Photography: © jmgcreative & Styling/ Edit: Lucie Kerley