Saturday, 4 July 2015

Thought: Blogs In Brief

This week has been full of some great style tips, so come and catch up with us, over a morning coffee.

R shows us which classic, white trainer to match to your own style, in this Style: White Trainers blog post. It's definitely worth a read, so you know what to go for this summer. 

Ever wondered what great clothing is made in the UK? A shows us whats what, so have a look and get ethical, in your shopping! Pop over to the blog post Style: Made in the UK

Life: How To Pack For A Summer City Break, here A shares the best tips for packing for your summer holiday. 

If your after more interesting reads, then don't hesitate to enjoy some of this recent find of mine: The Socialite Family. I love it and so will you if you've got a soft spot for interiors. What are you waiting for? Head over there, I promise it includes lovely photographs, interesting narratives from all over the world and great interior recommendations.

E x

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Style: White Trainers

R matches this year's white trainers to your style.

You may have noticed a small eruption of white-clad feet around the place. Thanks to the clean cut, effortless effect of an all white trainer, this trend has fast become the done thing. 

While not cutting edge anymore, the look still has legs so it's well worth picking up a pair for the Summer and beyond. However, it's not as simple as choosing a blank canvas, in fact, the style you choose leans you towards one of three particular camps. 

Retro trainer fan

Whether you're wearing the same trainers you always have, or you're taking an ironic stance and referencing looks you weren't alive for, retro trainers are a distinctive way of carving out your own style and the Nike Air Max's are a classy way to do this. For a sleek take on the trend, go for the Air Max Thea with their streamlined silhouette. 

Fashion blogger

The popularity of Stan Smiths at the moment is overwhelming. Their nod to normcore, combined with authentic sports appeal means they finish every outfit with a serious case of "I'm so effortless". 

Hip hop girl 

Worn by girls with serious attitude, the Nike Huarache's carve out a distinctly hip hop feel, leaving you three steps ahead of the hipsters while still nodding to street style. Their strap design and badged-tongue give your jeans + tee looks an easy edge. 

Which white trainers will you go for?

R x

Monday, 22 June 2015

Style: Made in the UK

Celebrating great clothing made in Great Britain.

A quick run-down of who's making what in these sceptered isles lately...

This iconic British brand has been making shoes since 1873. Today Church's still craft beautiful footwear for men and women using traditional methods, in their hometown of Northampton. These are top of my one-day-I-will-own list.

Dr Martens
An eternal symbol of rebellious Britishness and unconventional style, Dr Martens were originally manufactured in Northampton, England, and a small collection of shoes is today made there. Dr Martens will always hold a place in my heart and wardrobe, having spent the majority of my childhood - not to mention a fair portion of my adult years - running around in them.

New Balance
Although a Boston brand, New Balance have been making their 'Made in England' shoes since the eighties as part of their commitment to maintaining production in both the US and UK. I've been coveting my mother's NBs for a while now, and they still hold a kind of deconstructed Japanese cool about them, so I may invest in my own pair...

Topshop Boutique
British high street favourite Topshop make their concession to UK manufacture with their design-led collection Topshop Boutique, made in England. Topshop Boutique has become one of my go-to high street brands, as I know I get that extra quality and guarantee of UK production, as well as that reliable Topshop balance between on-the-button trend and very wearable clothes.

Who Made Your Pants?
Who Made Your Pants? are a socially conscious enterprise, dedicated to providing work to women in Southampton, England, and seemingly as a bonus, make very lovely looking pants too. 

If you're looking for more British-made brands to buy into, check out the Make it British site.

A x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Life: How to Pack for a Summer City Break

A shares her top tips for summer holiday packing.

It is now a few short weeks until I jet off to sunny Italy on my family holiday. Lucky so-and-so. However, I am a chronically bad packer, so this summer, I resolve to be great at packing. Here's what I've learned (the hard way!) about packing.

My last trip to Tuscany, soaking up the evening sun in the villa on the vineyard.

What to wear
Simplicity is key. In order to pack light, I'll pack a case of classic sundresses and separates that all work together to form a super simple, but super chic and relaxed holiday wardrobe.

Cotton shirts are my go to holiday wear, endlessly more chic than a tight, slightly sweaty t-shirt. Men take note, too! And a good comfy sandal is essential for mooching round markets all day.

The last time I was in Tuscany it was September and having assumed it would be warm, was taken unawares by the relatively cold weather. Don't be caught out and pack for all likely eventualities - and check the forecast before you go!

Rollable Panama: Pachacuti // Denim shorts: Levis // Silk jumpsuit: French Connection // Cotton shirt: Beyond Retro // Leather sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals

Stay beautiful

I have learned the hard way the perfect balance of beauty essentials needed for holidays and work trips alike. I want to always look and feel my best, regardless of where I am, so I take absolutely all of my beauty and skincare staples. I have learned to leave behind the three shades of lipstick and multitude of eyeshadows.

Should you be limited to cabin luggage, you can click and collect to Boots airport branches, which means you can pick up all your skincare items after check-in, without the hassle of stuffing tiny little bottles in tiny little bags!

What to read

A friend recently recommended matching your holiday reading to your holiday destination - what a delightful idea! I'll be searching out a copy of E M Forster's A Room with a View to read whilst imagining myself in Edwardian Florence.

Space in the Case

Wherever you're heading it's likely you'll want to bring things home with you, weather is a speciality cheese from the local region, wonderfully tacky knick-knacks from a seaside town, or artisan goods from the local markets. So be sensible, leave a bit of space in that case for holiday purchases. Or alternatively, steal space in your boyfriend/ brother/ dad's case!

Happy holidays! Do you have any top packing tips you swear by?

A x