Get back to nature this weekend

We’re nearing the end of January and whilst another month of winter is still ahead I feel that spring is almost within reach. Also in London we have been very lucky of late and have been treated to some beautiful bright crisp days. I have been making the most of these and getting out whenever possible and I encourage you to do the same. Take the opportunity today or this weekend to wrap up in a warm coat and woolly scarf and venture out in the open air. And I know it may seem obvious, but whilst you’re out take a look around. Last week I took these photos of my local London park, Tooting Common. As you can see by the shadows these were taken in the late afternoon. I find the low, warm winter light at this time of year stunning. It makes everything incredibly photogenic!

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Above pictures all taken on Tooting Common

On another day of observational exploring I started noticing the features on the surrounding Tooting houses. Having studied fashion design at University I am often inspired by details, be it textures, patterns or colour combinations. This is something that has stayed with me in my work as a stylist and I regularly note clever pairings or interesting decorations along with the more traditional fashion-focused outfit spotting. As you can see you never know what you may find on your doorstep or how it will inspire your work or an outfit in the future. Happy exploring!

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Here the contrast of the stripy pattern of the brickwork and the interlinking circles of the balcony caught my eye.

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A surprise find by the side of a Londis store – mustard, olive and burgundy hued floral tiling

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I love this textural colour combination of matt red bricks, shiny green tiles and black wooden door

The perfect boots (and more)

I recently treated myself to a little splurge in one of my favourite shoe shops Kurt Geiger. As well as finding the perfect pair of black ankle boots – leather, a solid 2 inch heel and great detailing – I also picked up this super cute pompom hat and a red snake print make-up bag that is big enough to double up as a clutch. image image

Leather Skittle ankle boots, £59, Miss KG 

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Saffiano cosmetic pouch, £49, Kurt Geiger London (only pink available online)

Whilst the stores may be filling up with next season’s trends it’s pretty darn cold outside and sometimes sense prevails. For now, I think a warm hat is wiser than a strappy dress and I’ve not taken this one off since I bought it.

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Knitted pompom hat, £35  £15, Kurt Geiger London

Also available in wine £35 £25 and brown £35 £15, Kurt Geiger London

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When I went to write today’s post to tell you all about my shop I had a browse of the Kurt Geiger site and spotted so many amazing bargains that I had to share them with you. I know January is the month of purging, but if you have any money left after Christmas and are searching for great end-of-sale reductions then look no further. Happy shopping all!

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Pair this statement heel with a LBD. Who said the party season is over?

Galaxy studded heels, £150 £69, Carvela Kurt Geiger

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Perfect to wear today with tights and with bare legs in spring.

Hattie snake print heels, £120 £49, KG Kurt Geiger

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Add a touch of sparkle to your trusty go-with-anything flat Chelsea boots. 

Navy Shadow metallic ankle boots, £150 £69, KG Kurt Geiger

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Over-the-knee boots are so on-trend. Wear with skinny jeans or a 70s printed dress.

Pacific leather and suede boots, £220 £139, Cavela Kurt Gieger

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A brogue never goes out of fashion and this pale pair will be a go-to come summer.

Mister brogues in Nude, new season offer £85 £29, Carvela Kurt Geiger

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Another summery ‘I can’t believe the price’ must-have. Best be quick! 

Selina nubuck open toe boots, £130 £39, KG Kurt Geiger

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For hands-free shopping, dancing or any other activity try this fab snake print bag.

Bea Snake Mix crossbody bag, new season offer £55 £29, Carvela Kurt Geiger

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A bold box clutch for the nights when all you need is your phone and a credit card.

Dandy Leopard Box Clutch, £85 £39, KG Kurt Geiger

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For those (like me) who prefer to have enough room for the kitchen sink.

Nell Saffiano leather Tote in pink (also comes in red and grey for £129), £180 £79, Kurt Geiger London

All items can be purchased on http://www.kurtgeiger.com

Get Christmas all wrapped up

It’s only a week until Christmas and the final countdown is on. The tree is up, the turkey has been ordered and most of you will have got your gifts sorted – unless you’re the type that runs around on the 24th in which case good luck! One of my favourite activities is wrapping presents and I love to go all out with colour co-ordinated tags and ribbons. For the last few years I have opted for the stylish tried-and-tested brown paper and black ribbon theme, but this year I have decided to up my wrapping game. If like me you spend hours perusing the aisles of Paperchase and get giddy with excitement at stylish bargain basement Tiger then Hema is the new store for you.

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This summer saw the launch of its first three UK stores with branches in London Victoria, Kingston and Bromley, as well as online for those outside the M25. And what a colourful treat it is. Stacked high with stamps, stickers, wooden toys, quirky snacks, beauty products and more, this popular Dutch import has been a huge hit in the UK. It is perfect for gifts and stocking fillers and with prices starting at 75p, it is also kind on the purse strings (but be warned, you’ll end up buying far more than you planned to). This week I popped to the Kingston store to take a look and my inner stationery geek fell in love. Here’s what I found…

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And in case you fancy some inspiration for your gift wrapping this year I have put together some combinations that will get everyone excited about their presents. I bought all the items in the below image for £20 – I got a little carried away, but this stash will last me well into 2015. Sticky tape at the ready, set, wrap!

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Understated chic: Brown star wrap (£1 for multipack of 3) with jute twine (£0.75) , gold glitter ribbon (£3 for multipack of 3) and printed brown luggage tag (tags £1, stamp £3 for set of 2, ink pads £2.50 for set of 2)

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Sparkly silver: Silver wrap (£1 for 3 rolls) with sparkly ribbons (£3 for multipack of 3) and ‘With Love’ labels and tags (stickers £1.50 for multipack, stamps £3 for set of 2, glitter ink pad £2.50 for set of 2)

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Colourful combos: Candy stripes or polka dot wrap with contrasting stickers (£1 for multipack) and sparkly ribbon (£3 for multipack of 3)

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Print and pink: Triangle print wrap (£1 for multipack of 3) with zig-zag ribbon (£2.50 for 3 colour set) and stickers and stamps (stickers £1.50 for multipack, stamps £3 for set of 2, ink pad £2.50 for set of 2)

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Colour clash: Star print wrap (£1 for multipack of 3) with zig-zag ribbon (£2.50 for 3 colour set) and ‘Special Delivery’ stickers (stamps £3 for set of 2, labels £1.50 for multipack, ink pad £2.50 for set of 2)

Hema, 24 Clarence Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1NX. T: 020 3764 7118. http://www.hemashop.com 

Simone Rocha x J Brand

If you’re a fan of feminine attire, live in dresses and always have a pop of pink in your outfit then today’s blog is just for you. The amazing London Fashion Week designer Simone Rocha has created a collection for revered denim label J Brand that is as far away from basic blue jeans as you can manage.

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Expect Rocha’s signature modern Victoriana style translated onto denim in her favourite three shades – baby pink, bold red and black. Ruffles can be found worked onto oversized jackets, peeping from the hips of boyfriend jeans and circling drop waist dresses.

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The collection launches exclusively today at Dover Street Market, followed by Selfridges, Net-a-Porter and Browns on 1st December. But be sure to be quick, Rocha is a firm fashion favourite and with denim this pretty these rails will clear fast.

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Jacket, £430

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Jacket, £430

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Dress, £495

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Skirt, £270

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Trousers, £270

Simone Rocha x J Brand launches today (Friday 14th November) at Dover Street Market. 

http://shop.doverstreetmarket.com/simone-rocha-x-j-brand

New launch: Petit Bateau x Fifi Lapin

Sometimes an invite comes in that is so darn cute it is like a inbox full of tiny puppies. Or in this case illustrated bunnies. Last night I attended the launch of a collaboration between beloved fashion blogger Fifi Lapin and revered French fashion brand Petit Bateau. And boy was it adorable!

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Internationally acclaimed blogger Fifi Lapin is known for illustrating the latest catwalk looks onto her alter ego bunny. For this collection she has chosen key pieces from the Petit Bateau AW14 collection to create three limited edition T-shirts for adults and girls. The sketches include the iconic striped mariniere, a geo print skirt and a natty yellow barrel bag.

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You didn’t have to be a kid to have fun at last night’s launch party, held at their Marylebone High Street store. A balloon artist was on hand to create all manner of spectacular pieces (including this amazing teapot) and downstairs was an art table where children (and aherm… adults) were encouraged to decorate their own Fifi bunny mask. I have to admit me and Davina couldn’t resist a bit of sparkly fun and got a little carried away with the stars and glitter.

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The collection launches today both in store and online, with girls tees costing £18 and adults starting at £30. Forget the tiny puppy gifs and check out this range for your daily dose of saccharine.

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Petit Bateau x Fifi Lapin launches Thursday 13th November 2014. http://www.petit-bateau.co.uk/e-shop/new-c27/1/petit-bateau-x-fifi-lapin-t-shirts.html