Saturday, 21 March 2015

Thought: Blogs in Brief

It's all change this week, as Spring has finally sprung! Catch up on the week's highlights. 

This week has been quite spectacular here in the UK, yesterday we experienced a supermoon, a solar eclipse and the Spring equinox all in one day. For those of you that didn't get to see it, the BBC got some stunning coverage from up in the Faroe Islands, it's guaranteed to add a bit of wonder to your weekend.

The fashion world has found itself at a bit of a loss this week. After weeks of back to back shows, we're now left in the black hole where fashion month once was. Fill that gap in your life with our best bits of New York, London, Milan and Paris.

One of the most enjoyable things about fashion week is the street style, quite apart from what's on the catwalks, we know we can rely on the fashion crew themselves to provide us with plenty of outfit inspiration. Tommy Ton shot some great looks on

And after that, put on some sensible shoes and go outside! It's a beautiful day and the daffodils are in full bloom - go and give them the attention they deserve and give yourself a well-deserved breath of fresh air.

Have a great weekend.

A x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Style: Spring Summer Wishlist

E takes us through her SS15 wish list. 

A few things have made they're way onto my wish list, of course it's always when you have no money that these things happen...

Starting with this lovely loose fit silk jacket, from Cos. It just looks so effortlessly classy, and easy to wear.

Monki's delightfully playful Yasmin skirt comes next, with the warmer season coming up I can't help but dream of swishy skirts.

This Topshop Jacquard Crop Top and skirt combo looks like it could contribute to a classy cocktail-filled night out.

Of course a wish list wouldn't be complete without something from the all time favourite Clarks, so these Dusty Pink Hamble Oak Brogues, have caught my eye.

What's on your wish list? E x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Style: Paris Fashion Week Highlights AW15

Bonjour Paris! The crème de la crème of the shows this season.

There's fashion week, and then there's Paris. After New York, London, and Milan, I find myself wondering, what is there left to see? And then Paris goes and blows the other cities out the water. It was incredibly difficult to narrow things down for this post, but we don't shy from a challenge, so here's our best of the best of Paris Autumn-Winter '15.

Paying little heed to the ruling trends of the catwalks, Dries van Noten quite typically created his own aesthetic, but definitely joined in with the wonderfully celebratory feeling that swept all of the fashion weeks this season. Lush fabrics; brocade, velvet, silks, contrasted boldly with military standards; khaki; combat trousers; and neat little jackets walked alongside sweeping ballgown skirts. It was a joyous celebration of colour, texture and form, perfect for brightening up any Winter's Day.

Key piece: a neat brocade jacket will add some pizzazz (yeah, I said it) to your Winter wardrobe.

Season after season, Celine provides us with cool-girl, no-fuss chic like no-one else. This collection was a lesson in understatement - mostly neutrals with the odd statement floral or Autumnal bright here and there, and everything worn in one of two sizes; slightly too big or vastly over-sized. Practical and bold giant leather totes were the accessory of choice.

Key piece: a neutral, over-sized jumper to throw on for off-duty cool.

From the bold, fresh monochrome, right through to the exquisite textiles inspired by Celia Birtwell and artists such as Gustav Klimt, Valentino was a symphony of triumphs. We may have thought everything that could have been done with lace has been done, but Valentino proved us wrong. A strong 60's aesthetic was re-interpreted with heavily embellished fabrics and super sharp cuts.

Key piece: bold, monochrome separates will ensure a confident look.

Since his arrival at Balmain, Olivier Rousteing has revitalised the brand, and proved again his life-giving powers with this extravagant collection. The 80's influence was obvious with strong shoulders, palazzo pants as wide as a Cheshire cat's smile, and bold, bright, even verging on brash colours. These colours - gold, fuchsia, violet, cobalt, tangerine - made Balmain stand out from the tough competition that Paris provides.

Key piece: palazzo pants so wide you could smuggle puppies underneath.

Karl is still king and the Chanel show was testament to that. Quite apart from the celebrity pull, and the specially-built Brasserie Gabrielle, the clothes were rather nice. The quintessential Chanel looks were made fresh yet again. Who knew the futuristic 80's power-dressing librarian was going to be your new favourite look? Karl did.

Key piece: get your outerwear game on with something long, grey and luxurious.

And now a bittersweet moment as I realise the craziness fashion month is over for another season *sigh*. So, if you're left wanting more, head to Vogue for all the photos from all the shows, or follow us on Instagram @RAJEdesign to keep us with our fashion antics and quite a lot of coffee-related activity.

A x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Come Fly With Me

R shares her holiday hopes and plans.  

This time of year is famous for being the time people start booking holidays. Companies start advertising getaway offers, magazines start talking weight loss and tourism boards start the yearly ritual of promising us that really, a holiday in this country you've never heard of is a fantastic idea. Credit Card companies also employ stricter checks on all flight bookings, who knew? I didn't, so when mine got blocked I was understandably miffed! 

This year me and my Favourite are spending a week in wonderful Florence with my family in July and then in October we're treating ourselves to two weeks of indulgence in NYC. Having these booked has made the year ahead feel somewhat lighter. Each Monday is that bit less Monday-ish, and each day is that bit brighter thanks to the promise of wonderful things ahead. 

Do you have a holiday booked in yet? If not, hop to it! If you're stuck for inspiration, I would suggest following your stomach, what culture's cuisine do you really love? Why not go and taste the authentic version?

R x