Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jubilee Week Opening Hours

I'm heading off on holiday this Saturday, so here are the shop's opening hours for the time I'm away.  Enjoy the long weekend!


Saturday 2nd June:       Open
Bank Holiday Monday:     Closed
Jubilee Holiday Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday 6th June:      Open
Thursday 7th June:       Open
Friday 8th June:         Closed
Saturday 9th June:       Closed
Monday 11th June:        Closed


If you have any unsold items with us that are due to be collected next week, they will be kept safely in storage until I'm back in the shop.


Do look out for my posts while I'm away.  I will still be updating the blog daily - internet connection permitting!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Little Black Dress

Herve Leger

























The ultimate LBD has just arrived in store.  Snap up this iconic bandage dress while stock lasts!


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Holiday Must Haves

Hat: Zadig & Voltaire   /   Bag: Marni   /   Sandals: All Saints































These summertime essentials are now in store.  Perfect for vacation or staycation! 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Jean Genius

A few of my denim favourites...


















As you can see, I do love my denim, but shopping for jeans can be quite a challenge.


Not only do we have to navigate through the sheer variety of styles, cuts and finishes on offer, but add the current vogue for colour and print into the mix and finding that perfect pair can turn into a bit of a nightmare.  However, help is at hand...


On a pre-shopping trip to London last week for one of my clients,  I was introduced to Liberty's Denim Specialist Liam O'Connor.  With Liam's expert help, picking out the styles I was keen to source for my client was a breeze.  And on the shopping day itself, his assistance and advice was second to none.  Thank you Liam!
    


If you would like to learn more about booking a personal shopping trip then do pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my contact details. 


Links
Liberty     

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Wild Things

                                  Hobbs                                                            Office                                                                   Jigsaw






















Add a bit of animal magic to your wardrobe!  These super statement shoes have just arrived in store. 
  

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Peplum Perfection

Temperley 
























Spring's new silhouette is showcased perfectly by this gorgeous dress from one of London's top labels.


For a closer look, see it on display in this week's window!
    

Friday, 25 May 2012

Fringe Benefits

style.com
                        Alexis Mabille                                                    Paul & Joe                                                        Moschino


























This micro catwalk trend recently caught my eye, as did this super suede jacket that has found it's way into my wardrobe...


Zara






























While western inspired styles remain under the radar this season, they are set to go mainstream for autumn/winter. So, time to get fashion forward with one of these fringed accessories now in store...


                                              Bag: Susan Farber                                                Scarf: Emporio Armani
  





Thursday, 24 May 2012

Opposites Attract Part 2


'Haute casual' is how Elle Magazine describes the current vogue for mixing high and low pieces together to create new and unpredictable outfits.          


Here, Columbine Smille shows how to perfect this 'pick 'n' mix' style of dressing ... 


Columbine Smille


























The Swedish fashion blogger has played opposites against each other by combining a tailored blazer with relaxed, boyfriend style jeans, and has then upscaled the distressed denim with her amazing metallic heels.


Part of the fun of fashion is creating new looks from your current wardrobe, and by blurring sartorial boundaries this more relaxed approach to dressing means that special pieces can be worn more often too. 


This is one of my favourite 'haute casual' outfits which you may have seen me wearing in the shop.  Ooh, I do love a bit of daytime sparkle... 


    
Denim Jacket / All Saints
Sweatshirt / Isabel Marant
Sequinned Skirt / 2nd Day


If you would like to learn more about booking a one to one styling session then do pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my personal contact details. 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

McQ Magic

McQ 



























We always have a wonderful selection of unique pieces here at the shop, but this daring silk press sample from Alexander McQueen's sister label is something really special.
  

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Roxy

Mulberry Roxy Bag
































Meet the latest Mulberry to land in store.  This beautiful chocolate brown leather bag won't be around for long...

Monday, 21 May 2012

The Summer Boot

lagarconne.com
































Calling all Isabel Marant fans.  This season's Jenny boots have just arrived in store!


Isabel Marant

















These brand new slouchy suede boots have been a sell out, and this pair comes complete with tags, dust bag and box. 

Add some effortlessly cool Marant chic to your wardrobe, while stock lasts! 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

I Want Candy

Styleby Magazine No 9








































Soft, candy coloured shades offer a subtler alternative to spring's vivid brights. 


These perfect pastel pieces are currently in store... 


                                Furla                                                       Radley                                                            Dior















Saturday, 19 May 2012

British Glamour

vogue.co.uk
Giles Deacon SS07




























Today, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London celebrates the reopening of its famous Fashion Galleries with an exhibition dedicated to British glamour.


'Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950' will feature over sixty stunning evening dresses, including catwalk creations and red carpet gowns. 


The work of established designers such as Alexander McQueen and Zandra Rhodes, will be shown alongside younger labels including Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane in a true celebration of British design talent. 


The exhibition runs until 6th January, 2013 and the V&A are also hosting a series of workshops and talks to accompany the event.  Click here for details. 


Links
Victoria & Albert Museum

Friday, 18 May 2012

Opposites Attract Part 1


As many of you know, I'm rather partial to the colour black.  And while this is often seen as a fail safe option when choosing what to wear, dressing head to toe in this favourite neutral can look a bit, well, flat.  


So to create that essential bit of interest, I've always liked to mix different textures and finishes together, à la Ann Demeulemeester who never strays far from her preferred black palette.
       

style.com
Ann Demeulemeester SS12





























The Belgian designer's catwalk collections are brought to life by the way she plays matt finishes against satin and sheer against opaque.  She also uses fur, feathers and beading to quite dramatic effect. 


Introducing textured pieces into your wardrobe is a great way to have fun with fashion, and not just for those of us who like to dress on the dark side(!).  It's also much easier to pull an outfit together when items have different finishes, as well as being a more fashion forward way of dressing. 


Here are some detailed shots from the spring/summer collections which show how combining different fabrics and finishes can make a real style statement...   


style.com
                 Christopher Kane                                                   Chanel                                                          Fendi
      




















If you would like to learn more about booking a one to one styling session then do pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my personal contact details. 


Look out for part 2 of this post next week...

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Green Day

style.com
                 Jonathan Saunders                                        Marni                                              Louis Vuitton 

























Don't these perfect catwalk pieces look beautifully fresh?  


I'm currently having a bit of a mint moment myself, having fallen in love with this fabulous fuzzy knit...


Acne
























Here's a selection of the pretty green pieces we currently have on sale at the shop. What's your perfect shade?



                          Dress: Karen Millen                                  Top: Ted Baker / Skirt: Prada







Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wish List - 16.05.12

Are you the owner of any of these 'most wanted' items?  If so, and you are interested in selling them, then please do get in touch!

  • See by Chloé  Skinny or Boyfriend Style Jeans - Size 8
  • Black Lace Up Ankle Boots - Size 3
  • Ralph Lauren Polo Dress - Size 12
  • Brown Closed Toe Wedges - Size 4.5
  • Seven for All Mankind Skinny or Boyfriend Style Jeans - Size 8/10
  • Short Navy Long Sleeved Dressy Jacket - Size 8
  • Save The Queen Clothing - Size 12
  • Longchamp Le Pliage Bag - Large
  • Stella McCartney Clothing - Size 10
  • Mulberry Somerset Tote - Black or Brown
  • Woven Leather Belt - Black/Brown/Navy - Size 32
  • Orla Kiely Clothing - Size 12/14

And do let us know if there is a particular item or designer piece that's on your wish list, and we'll do our best to track it down for you.


Thank you!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Bowled Over

Prada




























Looking for that perfect take me anywhere bag?  Then look no further than this beautiful Prada bowling bag, now in store.  


Monday, 14 May 2012

The Art of Effortless Dressing


              fashion.telegraph.co.uk                         glamourmagazine.co.uk                            graziadaily.co.uk
                    Emmanuelle Alt                                    Claudia Winkleman                                 Kate Bosworth


























I very much admire these three super stylish women - they each have their own unique sense of dressing, but all share a keen eye for what suits them.


For a lucky few, looking perfectly pulled together does seem to come naturally, but you don't have to be born with a great sense of style to look good.  Effortless dressing is an art which can be mastered.  The essential first step is to find your own personal style...


Be inspired
While adopting someone else's look will say more about them than it does about you, taking inspiration from how others dress is a great way to help you develop your own personal style.


Tame the trends
Don't be a slave to fashion.  Looking up to date doesn't mean dressing head to toe in the latest trends.  Instead, seek out those key pieces that will give you the look and feel of the season without compromising your own individual style.


Know your limits
We all have our own fashion boundaries.  Feeling comfortable and confident in what we wear is essential to looking effortlessly dressed, so avoid those pieces that fall outside your sartorial comfort zone.


The personal touch
Real style is about how we wear our clothes rather than the garments we actually wear. Invest in some flexible foundation pieces that can be dressed up or down, together with some well chosen accessories, and you will be able to create a variety of looks that are undeniably yours.


Love your look
If a particular look works well for you, keep wearing it.  A well-edited wardrobe of real favourites, rather than a closet crammed full of clothes you will quickly tire of, will render those dressing dilemmas a thing of the past!  


If you would like to learn more about booking a one to one styling session then do pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my personal contact details.  
 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Soft Touch

Vogue






























A soft knit is the perfect investment piece to take you from spring through to summer. 


Whether you're partial to a soft pastel, a colour popping bright or graphic stripes, we have a great selection of trans-seasonal staples here at the shop including these super shades...    









Clockwise from top left:
Armani Exchange
Ralph Lauren
Reiss
Marilyn Moore

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Fifties Fever

style.com
                                 Giles                                                  Dolce & Gabbana                                               Rochas

























The timeless elegance of fifties fashion makes the era a constant reference point for designers, and this season is no exception.


Here at the shop we have just taken delivery of this fabulous fifties style dress...  


  


  


























And fifties fashion is currently being celebrated at Selfridges, where the store is hosting 'Big Britannica 1951-1953' as part of its Big British Bang event.


The exhibition is a collaboration between the curator Judith Clark and milliner Stephen Jones and runs until 24th June.


Big Britannica 1951-1953





















Friday, 11 May 2012

J'adore...

Dior

























A little taste of summer has just arrived in store!


Now where's that sunshine...

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Conversation Piece

Elsa Schiaparelli & Miuccia Prada

















If you are lucky enough to be spending some time in New York this summer, then a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition is a must for all fashion fans.


This year's event, which opens today, features the work of the Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.  The exhibition has been arranged across seven themed galleries, and focuses on the similarities in the work of the two iconic women who are both known for their defining roles in fashion.   


'Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations' runs until 19th August.


A hardback book has also been published to accompany the exhibition.  Click here for details. 


Links
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Crazy for Paisley

Elle Magazine


























Fashion's print revolution shows no signs of floundering, but if feminine florals aren't for you there is a more edgy alternative. 


Paisley was given a modern makeover this spring.  At Jil Sander, creative director Raf Simons turned to the traditional print to update the label's sleek, minimalist style while maintaining its slightly androgynous aesthetic. 


Paisley was also the print of choice for many other designers this season...
          

                    style.com                                        j-w-anderson.co.uk                                    style.com
             Haider Ackermann                                JW Anderson                               Stella McCartney























Add an edge to your spring wardrobe with one of these paisley printed pieces now in store...
  


                                           Jaeger                                                                                           Zara




   

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Leather Forever

Hermès































As part of its 175th anniversary celebrations, luxury French label Hermès is hosting a new exhibition which opens today in London.


Leather Forever is taking place at The Royal Academy of Arts until 27th May, and will feature items from the brand's archives as well as its current creations.


Also on display will be four one-off versions of the Hermès Passe-Guide handbag, to be auctioned by Christies.  These unique bags have been specially designed for the event, and represent England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 


fashionunited.co.uk
The specially designed Passe-Guide handbags 
























Links
Royal Academy of Arts
Hermès Leather Forever

Monday, 7 May 2012

Game On

style.com
                   Rag & Bone                                           Lacoste                                   Alexander Wang



























Get ready to inject a fitness streak into your fashion!  In this Olympic year, why not add a sporty edge to your style?  These clear winners are currently in store...    




                                  Dress: Ralph Lauren                      Top: Marc Cain  /  Skirt: Soaked in Luxury





Sunday, 6 May 2012

Wicker Wonder

French Vogue




























Swap your leather carry all for something lighter this spring.


This beautiful basket-style bag has just arrived in store...


LK Bennett












    

Saturday, 5 May 2012

To Dye For

style.com
                   Danielle Scutt                                           Isabel Marant                                    House of Holland
























With tie dye pieces already firm fashion favourites among the style set this season, this mini catwalk trend is about to go mainstream. 


Stay one step ahead in this gorgeous tie dye dress that has just arrived in store...


Velvet







Friday, 4 May 2012

Punk + Patriotism

fashion.telegraph.co.uk
Vivienne Westward Red Carpet Collection
























These gorgeous gowns are part of a special capsule collection designed by Dame Vivienne Westward to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


Each of the elegant designs has been inspired by dresses the Queen herself has worn, and they are available to buy from the designer's stores from this month.


For a piece of Westward closer to home, simply call into the shop!  We have recently taken delivery of four great garments by the iconic designer, and this dramatic dress is just one of them...  


Vivienne Westward








Thursday, 3 May 2012

Total Wardrobe Care

This month sees the start of the dreaded moth season, so it's time to take action against those pesky pests!


Here at the shop we stock the Total Wardrobe Care range of anti-moth products, a beautifully scented and naturally organic range made from a unique blend of essential oils.


Prices start from just £3 for an infused drawer sachet, and here are details of the products we have in store...



























Moth Box
The adhesive strip inside the box is impregnated with the female pheromone,  so it attracts the male moths who stick to it and therefore breaks the breeding cycle.  Moth boxes are effective for twelve weeks after opening.


Natural Anti-Moth Linen Spray
This linen spray has been specially formulated to protect garments against moths and keep wardrobes fresh.  The wonderful fragrance also makes the perfect anti-moth room spray. 


Anti-Moth Drawer & Hanging Sachets
These sachets are made from a blend of essential oils in a natural stone powder base. Once opened, they will release a natural, anti-moth fragrance which will protect wardrobes and drawers for approximately six months. 


Natural Anti-Moth Candle
This hand-blended natural soya candle repels moths by diffusing its blend of essential oils to protect wardrobe and bedroom areas, keeping them fresh, fragrant and free of moths.  It will burn for approximately 30 hours. 


And as well as protecting current season clothes, these essential anti-moth products can be used to protect garments that you want to store away, and they also make great gifts. 


Pop into the shop and pick up your clothes protectors today!      


Click here to discover five simple steps to a moth free wardrobe.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Runway to Reality Part 2


The catwalk is home to many wearable clothes.  Next time you're flicking through a magazine or surfing the style sites, take a closer look at the individual pieces the models are wearing, rather than how their outfits have been styled.   


It's much more fashion savvy to style a piece your own way, than to lift an entire look straight from the runway, so think about how you would incorporate an individual piece into your own wardrobe. 


I recently bought this Isabel Marant tie dye top, which was styled with clashing prints on the catwalk...


                                                                                                          style.com
                                                                    Isabel Marant SS12


























But I would style it with these pieces from my wardrobe...


























Leather Gilet / Alexander Wang
Skinny Jeans / Gap
Biker Boots / Laurence Dacade
Suede & Metal Belt / Mango 


For more runway to reality looks, courtesy of French Vogue, click here

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Sole Desire

Images: Christian Louboutin / Rizzoli


















Today, the Design Museum in London opens its much anticipated exhibition dedicated to the career of Christian Louboutin. 


It's the first UK retrospective of the French shoe designer's work, and celebrates his twenty years in the fashion industry.


The exhibition showcases Louboutin's designs and inspirations, including the origins of those iconic red soles, and runs until 9th July.



Links
The Design Museum
Christian Louboutin