RIDING ON THE THAMES

I recently spent an exhilarating afternoon speeding up and down the Thames, courtesy of London RIB Voyages.  The 'Break the Barrier' ride starts at St Katharine’s Pier by Tower Bridge and takes you to the Thames Barrier and back at 40mph.  My cheeks hurt not only from being whipped by the wind (oh God, my hair) but from smiling so much.  SUCH good fun.

London RIB Voyages

F+F LINGERIE

At a recent Florence + Fred press event, a designer showed me around the lingerie, nightwear and loungewear collections and I was impressed. F+F isn't a brand I'd ever considered for lingerie, but they're launching their first silk set this season, developing a more luxurious line with Swarovski crystals, rich jewel tones, pretty embroidery and bold floral prints - and it's looking pretty good.

Florence + Fred navy blue Gwyneth lingerie

COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS

I picked up this printed stretch silk dress at a Comptoir des Cotonniers sample sale when I was living in Paris.  Arlettie arranges a different sale with a chic French fashion, shoe or accessory brand every week and I picked up dozens of bargains.

London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla in purple print silk Comptoir des Cotonniers dress

The kaleidoscopic print features a floral and butterfly repeat motif in vivid, electric purple, bottle green, rust red and black.  It's versatile, I like wearing it with straightforward all black and it's one of my favourite work dresses.

Purple print Comptoir de Cotonniers dress
wearing with my black fringe suede boots 

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FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: CASA DEL COLOR

gloriously colourful home in Spanish Architectural Digest
gloriously colourful home in Spanish Architectural Digest, in three of my favourite shades:
electric blue and grey with magenta pink as an accent colour

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PHASE EIGHT

For Autumn/ Winter, Phase Eight mixes feminine shapes with soft fabrics and contrasting textures in bold prints, including the essential dark winter florals.  Neutrals and black tone down the rich autumnal palette including forest green and claret red, in heritage tweed, delicate lace, graphic checks and jacquard co-ords.  I normally think of Phase Eight as an occasionwear brand, but here are four lovely fashion-forward pieces for the office and upcoming party season.

PHASE EIGHT SIENNA EMBELLISHED LACE DRESS
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