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ORA NATURALS

31 March 2013

Ora Naturals is a new organic beauty brand created after trips to the Moroccan region where Argan Oil is produced from the nuts of the ancient Argania Spinosa trees (interestingly, it's believed to be the rarest oil in the world as it's only found in this one small area).  The founders were inspired to develop a luxurious skincare range based on natural ingredients, focusing on Argan Oil, which has many health benefits for skin, hair (I'm a Moroccan Oil addict) and as a healthy food supplement.  Used for centuries by the Berber tribeswomen of Southern Morocco, it's known to have anti-ageing properties, aid sun protection and is full of the skin-friendly, moisturising Vitamin E.


FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: HAPPY EASTER

29 March 2013

FEBRUARY INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

26 March 2013

February saw a relaxing minibreak in Wiltshire, which ran into London Fashion Week, It was super duper cold so I wore my Duvetica down jacket pretty much throughout the whole month, I picked up my first road bike (my Victoria Pendleton transformation has begun) and we hibernated indoors and cooked up a feast from fresh ingredients at Borough Market.  Good old Borough Market.

 1. black ellos dress 2. sunny walks in Wiltshire 3. trying out HealGel samples 4. neon yellow necklace gifted by Goddiva 5. LOVE my new, navy varsity jacket 6. new studded cat eye sunnies 7. my beloved blue velvet boots 8. hello, absolutely bloody gorgeous Shorouk bracelet 9. Borough Market

1. my trusty MUSTO boots walking in Wiltshire 2. The Thames 3. checking out the new Salvador & Amanda in Bloomsbury 4. floral goodness in the scent library from Penhaligon's 5. living in my puffer jacket 6. beautiful earrings sent from designer Georgia Wiseman 7. the refurbed and resplendent Pompadour Rooms at Cafe Royal 8. pastel pink houses 9. my new badass BMC bike


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J. CREW JEWELS

Jewellery is the last to be put on, first to be noticed...  And is the easiest way to update an outfit, be it bauble necklaces, stacks of bracelets, plenty of rings or statement earrings.  Jewellery should be sparkly and sculptural, bright and bold, with nothing precious about it.  Pile it on with abandon - the more the merrier!


SIXTIES HAIR

25 March 2013

The 1960s is my favourite decade for style. Swinging London came to life as the centre of the fashion, music and culture scenes and the nation was in high spirits; rock and roll - led by Great Britain's finest, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who - took over the world, the post-WWII austerity was officially over, England won the World Cup in 1966, the British fashion scene exploded with Carnaby Street and the King's Road in Chelsea as the places to see and be seen. The post-war baby boomers came of age and the youthquake movement was born, inspiring trends all over the world.


FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: NIGHT DRIVE

22 March 2013

Peter Keetman Highway By Night, 1956
Peter Keetman - Highway By Night, 1956

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BLACK ISSA DRESS

20 March 2013

My first piece of ISSA made its debut at London Fashion Week last month, which I'm sure I'll wear for years as you can't go wrong with a classic, simple black dress.  Especially a versatile one that's suitable for both the office and to dress up after hours.


COLOURED GLASS

19 March 2013

I have a soft spot for coloured glass; I like arranging vases and bottles on windowsills, using little jars and pots as candle votives and clear, coloured pendant lampshades as the light looks so pretty shining through it.

coloured glass pendant lampshades

POLLINI SANDALS

18 March 2013

Every Spring/ Summer the nautical trend re-emerges and these elegant summer sandals from Pollini are a great way to subtly nod to the trend without the usual navy and white stripes. The blue and beige leather platform sandals have chunky rope detail cord laces, metal eyelets and a considerable 5 inch heel.


They're quite pricey, but the Italian footwear label has been crafting handmade leather shoes and accessories since it was founded in 1953 and have a good reputation for good quality so it's worth the investment if they're going to last you many holidays and summers to come.

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MARKUS LUPFER RED MESH DRESS

17 March 2013

Last night I went to my best friend Saskia's birthday party (the theme was disguise, so wigs were the fancy dress accoutrement of choice) in my new tomato red mesh dress from Markus Lupfer, which was part of my haul in THE OUTNET's recent 85% off sale.


HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

I love this old black and white photograph of my Irish grandparents' wedding on Saint Patrick's Day in 1956. They met and lived in London after moving from Ireland and I love hearing my Grandma's fantastic stories about winning dance competitions together, attending the London Olympics in 1948 and how the capital used to be back in the day.


A March wedding calls for spring flowers and I like the choice of simple daffodils, my Grandma's favourite flower to this day.  Happy St Patrick's Day to all you paddies!

THE YEAR OF THE BLING EARRING

16 March 2013

2012 was the year of arm candy and layering up wrists with every bracelet and bangle you own. 2013 is the year of bling bling earrings, well that and wearing rings on every finger, a la Balenciaga, but let's talk big and bold earrings; ASOS stocks every statement earring under the sun, here are some of my favourites outfit-makers.

ASOS big, bright statement earrings

I'm loving the lacking-in-subtlety, in-your-face glitzy 80s/ doorknocker/ Dynasty style, as you can see.  Any favourites?

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FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: OCEAN

15 March 2013

Fed up with this cold weather, March is supposed to bring Spring cheer! 
Wish I was sailing off on holiday...  Have a good weekend.

WHISTLES MID SEASON SALE

14 March 2013

The Whistles mid season sale starts today, here are a few of my favourite picks, in my favourite colours: bright blue, grey, black and navy.  Whistles now ships to 40 countries worldwide and for a limited period is offering free shipping for all UK and international orders, so clickety click click over to whistles.co.uk

A WEEKEND IN WILTSHIRE

13 March 2013

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at award-winning The Beckford Arms, a country inn tucked away in the heart of leafy green Wiltshire.  The Beckford Arms at the foot of the Fonthill Estate, once owned by William Beckford who was the richest man in England, balances a traditional style country pub with a luxury boutique hotel perfectly.  Owners Charlie Luxton and Dan Brod learnt their trade at Babington House, so as Nick Jones and Soho House pretty much wrote the country house hotel rulebook, you're in good hands here.


INDUSTRIAL METAL CHAIRS

12 March 2013

Eclectic, mismatched chairs are everywhere - every other modern interior magazine feature shoots of homes with reclaimed church benches, galvanised metal stools, vintage painted wooden armchairs and a Philippe Starck for Kartell Louis Ghost chair (shop at John Lewis) thrown in for good measure.  I particularly like industrial metal chairs and stools, especially Xavier Pauchard's iconic Tolix designs.

multicoloured Tolix industrial metal chairs

ALLSAINTS HARPER BIKER JACKET

10 March 2013

AllSaints is great at the moment, I want half the store.  Following on the spring pastels theme, I particularly like this pale lemon yellow biker jacket which Mollie King from The Saturdays was pictured wearing.


The casual Harper Biker Jacket is made from calf skin leather with a soft matte finish and looks great with the light grey and white leopard print Yosa Sweat and distressed denim Haru Carson Shorts.

MIAMI HEAT

9 March 2013

British model of the moment Cara Delevingne fronts Polish young fashion label Reserved's Spring/ Summer 2013 Be Inspired photoshoot, shot in Miami by Mateusz Stankiewicz.  She's a babe.

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: EMERALD GREEN RUFFLES

8 March 2013

Gucci SS13

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WABI LONDON

7 March 2013

I recently visited new Japanese restaurant Wabi, from former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth, and had one of the best dining experiences I can remember in London. We went for the ten course tasting menu - eleven if you include the charming dessert chef (and fellow ex-Nobu alumni) Sergio del Castillo Mora's complementary dish - and not one disappointed.

Wabi London lounge bar

REISS 1971

The latest 1971 collection from Reiss is here and it is fresh.  Pale, pastel, tonal colours are washed up with white for a youthful yet sophisticated contemporary wardrobe perfect for Spring.


My favourite womenswear pieces are the sky blue mesh insert Jazz Dress, off white quilted Dijon Sweaterapricot jacquard pattern Drea Dress, ice blue Maya Leather Jacket and the off white/ mint frill Hestia Dress, below.

NIKE COURT TRANXITIONS

6 March 2013

Inspired by Nike's original basketball shoes, the Court Tranxition is a mid-top style women's trainer with ankle support and comes in a stylish colourway of matte black, silver snakeskin leather and hot pink contrast.


The sports luxe trend is still going strong and these will look great dressed down with black jeans, basic black tees and piles of silver jewellery on the days where heels won't do.

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DIGITAL PRINT

5 March 2013

This digital print dress from River Island is quite an odd one - it's a thick neoprene-like fabric in a busy diamond, smoke and space print decorated with little silver studs, a.k.a. a love-it-or-hate-it kinda dress...

Fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla in a digital print dress from River Island | UK style blog

STRIPES OVERDOSE

4 March 2013

This crazy Broad Band Connection shoot from the July 2011 issue of the FT's How to Spend It magazine styled by Damian Foxe, photographed by Andrew Yee and featuring Brazilian model D├ębora Muller with stripes, stripes and more stripes should not be looked at when the viewer is experiencing a migraine.  My eyes.


FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: SEVILLA

1 March 2013

I needed to escape the London chill, so I'm in Sevilla for a long weekend staying at the beaaautiful Corral Del Rey.  Will report back on my recommendations soon! Have a lovely weekend.

Sevilla beautiful Spanish city break European holiday weekend destination

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