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Most girls fall into either being a handbag girl or a shoes girl, and I'm firmly in the latter category.  I have way too many pairs and every season I have an urge to add to my collection.  One of the most popular shoes from the past couple of seasons has been the highly-Instagrammed lace up Christy flats by Columbian footwear brand Aquazurra, combining elegance with comfort and looking great with trousers, skirts and dresses. I rejoice when flat shoes are deemed "in" and comfortable flats pop up everywhere, but I also have my eye on some heeled lace-ups.

Outfit inspiration for lace up ghillie shoes, in collaboration with Lyst | fashion & style blogger

The ghillie originates from the Scottish highlands in the 1700s, designed as a lightweight shoe to endure marshland with no tongue so water could drain quickly, and laces up the legs so they could be pulled out of the mud.  Even though it's left behind its functional origins, the design has sticking power.  This post, in collaboration with Lyst, features some chic pieces to wear with ghillies, both heeled and flat, high end and high street.

Head over to to create easy wishlists, wardrobe planners and shoppable moodboards from hundreds of brands and browse the LongLyst for style inspiration.


Last night I attended the most glamorous night of the year in London: the British Fashion Awards held at the Coliseum in Covent Garden.  We had dinner at Asia de Cuba then faced the drizzle on the red carpet before a Champagne reception and taking our seats.  I got back late from San Francisco the night before so had a lunchtime blowdry at Millimetre Salon on Mortimer Street: I may be jetlagged and look tired, but at least I have shiny curls! I wore a navy blue lace from British brand Jones + Jones and pink lace up McQueen heels.

The British Fashion Awards 2015 at the Coliseum


Pretty pastel streets in San Francisco - colourful buildings - cool architecture - travel blog
After a week in Santa Monica and Big Sur, I'm now in beautiful
San Francisco for a few days. Happy weekend!


American IT-girl du jour Gigi Hadid covers the November 2015 issue of Vogue Italia with a photoshoot filled with colourful afro wigs, huge statement jewellery and OTT looks from the likes of Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Blumarine, Miu Miu and Philipp Plein. Photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeel and make up by Pat McGrath.

Gigi Hadid in Vogue Italia crazy fashion editorial


I love living in the middle of a huge, busy city but it makes me appreciate countryside breaks, going home for the weekend and long bike rides out in the sticks even more.  We're heading to California in a couple of days for a friend's wedding and during a little road trip up the famous Highway 1, we'll be visiting Big Sur for the first time.  

Glen Oaks Big Sur, California - rustic wood cabin

Between the craggy cliffs and crashing waves, Big Sur river and peace and quiet in the woods, we'll be staying in a secluded, cosy cabin at the charming, rustic Glen Oaks lodge and I'm so looking forward to some chilled R&R, hiking and catching up with my old friend Hunter S. Thompson.