NAILED IT

Wearing: ‘Just Nothing‘ Nail polish from Christian Louboutin, ring by Jessie Harris, chain by Eyland.

Just before I left on holiday I went into Christian Louboutin on Mount Street to try out their new beauty range. I’ve been hearing a lot about the nail polish, in particular the insane shape of the bottle, inspired by the highest heel ever created by the brand. Due to a particularly stressful nail biting week I went for a plain nude colour – ‘Just Nothing‘. I’m obsessed with the almost matte finish and how perfectly polished the manicure looks.

Of course they have a limited edition polish out for Christmas called the Rouge Louboutin starlight. With hand placed Strass crystals there are only 1000 in production so get them before they’re gone :)

Manicure by Christian Louboutin

 



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CHRISTMAS WITH H&M


Feat: The best of Christmas with H&M

Suddenly there are people ice skating on my instagram, The Pogues being played on the radio and fairy lights going up on my route home from work, there’s only one conclusion, Christmas is actually around the corner! Even my boyfriend bounced out of bed the other day exclaiming ‘only 50 days to go!’. I had no clue what he was talking about of course or that he was even keeping track.. Christmas does strange things to people.  

Having said that the best thing about this time of year for me is the increased number of chunky knits, layered wools, textured leathers and slouchy sweaters; it’s the cosiest time of year. So I’ve teamed up with H&M to pick my favourite pieces from their website heading up to Christmas. I love this white silk jumpsuit which Joan Smalls makes look impossibly cool with silver brogues. Also the whole layered textured chunky knits WILL be happening, preferably in front of a roaring fire on a sofa somewhere far away from technology and reality for that matter. 

In collaboration with H&M

LAYERING UP WITH MONICA VINADER

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When hunting for new jewellery I love to be able to customise, whether it’s buying multiple rings, and wearing them in different combinations or choosing a chain and stacking up pendants myself. So finding the new Monica Vinader stack necklace tool that you can build yourself on their super sleek website was a bit of a godsend. I went for rose gold (of course), their thinest chain, hammered shell, and intricate diamond hoop. I’m also loving wearing one pendant at a time, anything goes really!

So now you know what’s going on under my sweater, because let’s face it, it’s not quite silk shirt weather anymore – although i will be disappearing to the Canary Islands in two days where it most certainly will be! I simply can’t contain my excitement for the first holiday of the year. I won’t be made to feel the least bit guilty as you were all away for August whilst I was head down in the studio. Make sure to follow me on instagram as I can’t imagine I’ll be blogging too much ;)

In collaboration with Monica Vinader, photos by Matthew

 

INSIDE ROLLS-ROYCE


Inside the Rolls-Royce factory, West Sussex

Pick your colour ladies! Although what you see here is just a glimpse, they have over 44,000 colours to choose from, and if that’s not enough you can always just bring in
your lipstick or beloved pet. Yes that does happen.

The tiny fibre optic lights in the roof of the interiors are all put in by hand..

Every car is made to order so the sky’s the limit on how bespoke you’d like to make it. Seeing how much choice there really is at
the factory, I don’t know how I could ever make my mind up..

Finally it was time to get behind the wheel. Our choices were the Wraith, Ghost Series II or Phantom.

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As the sportier of the three options, the Wraith won my vote. Check out those interiors!

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Driving through the insane beauty of the countryside in this incredible machine, pushing buttons and testing sound and speed

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Pure heaven Inside Rolls-Royce

Last week I had the pleasure of being whisked away to Sussex for the day to test drive a Rolls-Royce of my choosing and, oh, you know, have a look at the factory while we were at it. I couldn’t believe when the email came into my inbox to be honest, as a driver who has only ever pootled along in a tiny Renault Clio, this was certainly a dream come true. Living in London I really miss driving, not that there’s anywhere to go even if I did have my car with me, but this trip has certainly left me with dangerous life aspirations. The Wraith we were driving has stolen my heart. I’m no petrol-head and don’t pretend to understand things like brake horsepower but I do know that it was a dream to drive and be driven in. Time to start saving then.. what pension? 

With the success of their channel 4 documentary (if you haven’t seen it, you must stop what you’re doing right now and go-), Rolls-Royce are launching the ‘Inside Rolls-Royce‘ exhibition this week at the Saatchi Gallery, open for just four days, it promises to be a multi-sensory experience of what the famous great British brand is all about; an insight into the extraordinary lengths required to make the worlds most luxurious car.

The exhibition launches on the 13th November – 16th at the Saatchi Gallery on The Kings Road, London.

Photos in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and The Communication Store

PARIS LIFE


In Paris again for fashion week Spring/summer 2015

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Coveting Jennifer Fisher jewellery at the Valery Demure showroom

Shooting S15 with the very talented Christina Paik outside our showroom

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Two of my favourite cafes for two different reasons, Bob’s Kitchen and Claus.

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Lockwood for Charlie May S15 sunglasses.

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Achilles Ion Gabriel S15 presentation, need these!

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Victoria Sekrier wearing Joseph and THE bag from Carven

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Outside the beautiful Rainbowwave showroom in Paris

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Wearing full Charlie May AW14 at my favourite new restaurant in Paris, La Belle Epoque on 36 Rue Des Petite Champs

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Our final evening in Paris on our way to Cinq Mars


I’m excited to introduce a travel segment to you, I’ve always been passionate about travel, exploring and documenting and have covered many countries here, on this humble blog O’ mine. I’m off to the Canary Islands in two weeks and I can’t wait to explore and suss out the best places to relay to you here and on gram of course.

Firstly though, I felt it was important to start with those countries closer to home. I’m in Paris twice a year, if not more (three times this year for mens as well as women’s fashion week), and it was this trip that I finally felt like I’d got the lay of the land; discovered great places to eat – read: great places to find a salad, and not just steak frites..

I know my way around the city pretty well by now, so I’ve created this map for any of you travelling out there and wanting to know my regular haunts, mostly food but some of my favourite stores too, such as Christoph Lemaire. I’ll add to it each season, or as soon as I find somewhere new that I NEED to share/ remember myself :)

AUTUMN LAYERING


Wearing: Charlie May coat and trousers, Joseph shirt, Adidas shoes, Céline sunglasses.

Just a quick update with what I was wearing yesterday, leathers from my collection out now and voile Joseph shirt scored at the sample sale this week (the last day is today if you’re in London and free to go to The Music Rooms on South Molten lane), the usual Adidas sneakers on my person at all times and the perfect floor length coat, also from Charlie May AW14. Check out the new arrivals – the Eleven Everything x Charlie May knitwear, buy now as once it’s gone it’s gone :)

 

 

INSIDE THE STUDIO WITH HARRODS


Finally, I can share with you this exciting project I’ve been working on with Harrods and Rupert Sanderson for their
Inside the Studio campaign – live today!



Featuring: Behind the scenes of the Harrods Inside the Studio shoot with Rupert Sanderson.

Naturally I love getting the chance to poke around other designers studios and Rupert has been one of my favourite shoe designers since I moved to London and discovered his boutique off Bruton Place. As well as filming in the boutique itself I got to explore his offices on the top floor, which is just as beautiful as the store itself. I found out that every shoe is named after a variety of Daffodil, and there are over 2000 different varieties written in that little green book alone.

I got to be a fly on the wall during filming of the video, with Rupert’s muse, Jade Parfitt who explained why she’s such a fan of the brand – “They’re modern classics. Shoes I can wear for the next 30 years, I love that he picks up on things that are going on elsewhere in fashion but he still has his own path.” I couldn’t agree more!

To see the full film and see more behind the scenes, visit Harrods for Inside the Studio.

In collaboration with Harrods

A MAYFAIR WELCOME


Wearing: Joseph coat, Bally sweater, Charlie May shirt and trousers, Cara Wyatt boots, Larsson & Jennings watch, Estelle Deve rings.

Back in London after a short recharge of batteries last week and already I’m prowling around some of my favourite haunts. Mount Street in Mayfair is one of my favourite neighbourhoods, even though I’m from the other side of town, it welcomes you in and keeps you there until the late, great hours. Much like the new kid on the block, Bally to new Bond Street, being welcomed in by fellow neighbours as part of the #BallyMayfairWelcome series – I love it when businesses support each other. You can watch the series of short films welcoming Bally to the neighbourhood here as well as catching up with the campaign on their very chic blog.

As for me, I’m back to full-time living in chunky knitwear, this grey dream is from Bally and needs to stay on my body forever please. Paired with a beige oversized cashmere trench from Joseph and the perfect point winter boot from Cara.

Photos by Matthew, in collaboration with Bally.

ROSETTA GETTY


Feat: Rosetta Getty SS15.

The insanely beautiful new collection from Rosetta Getty that I’ve been seeing all over tumblrs and pinterest for the last few weeks. That moment when you discover it’s not just one editorial image but a whole collection! We’re seeing more and more of designers opting for lookbooks over runway shows (myself included) but making those lookbooks so beautiful and editorial that they are shared all over the world and become even more useful than runway images, allowing the designer to give the whole vibe of the collection rather than generic catwalk strut shot. Completely in love with Getty’s work, like something in between the Row and Celine and even some Haider Ackermann. Dreamy!

Photos via Style.com

MILAN PHOTO DIARY


Wearing: Charlie May SS15, Adidas, Estelle Deve bracelet, Kara backpack

This was my first time in Milan for fashion week, I was kindly invited out by Vogue Italia to be part of their Vogue Talents showroom which was amazing. I love travelling to new places and when you can write it all off as a work trip, even better. I love flying to Italy as you fly over the Alps which is so jaw droppingly beautiful, yes, I’m that person looking out the window the entire time on flights, how can you not!?

My favourite part of the trip was discovering Ceresio 7, pictured here a few times. Designed by Dsquared, the rooftop bar and pool was insane, we sat watching the sun set whilst enjoying delicious drinks and food – in Italy it’s tradition to bring out large snacks around 7pm with your drinks, amazing! It definitely gives Shoreditch House a run for it’s money – it felt more like The Row store than a bar at all tbh. We were blessed with 30 degree weather on our trip, which was a little depressing being inside a showroom all day and taking turns alternating the outside sun spot, but as soon as the showroom closed we ran out to eat, drink and enjoy! Thanks to India for keeping me company and letting me pinch her Kara bag more than once :)

 

 



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