RUFFLED



Simplicity is always the best policy, especially when the tops have so much to say.

I recently discovered young up and coming designer JH.Zane and got the chance to play around with a few of his pieces in my studio last week. What started as one photo, quickly turned into a whole photo shoot. Summer needs to hurry up so I can actually wear this out on the street! 

 


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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


So I’m a bit late for this but I’ve been seeing so many amazing inspirational gift guides around this year and I felt it was about time I gave my two scents. I’m a huge online shopper so all of these items should be deliverable just in time for Christmas, phew! I’m sure my Mum could have done with this a month back, but I’m fashionably late as usual.. 


I’m so obsessed with interiors these days, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s about the full package (and not just the full wardrobe). Many of these pieces are on my lust-list or I already own. The gold dripped mug is my favourite coffee mug (that perfect thin china) and the Phillips Juicer was a gift for my birthday last year, no day goes by without me using it, it is the best thing. The Hay Spoon Grips, so random, I know but are perfect for clipping and spooning espresso or sugar packets. The beetle bowl is so heavily on my wish list you cannot believe, I must photograph it at Andrews office every time I’m there. 


Some of my can’t-live-withouts here and perfect for little extras under the tree. The Clarisonic was a present to myself last year (haa) and it’s part of my daily skin routine; along with the Jurlique skin lotion. I recently got the new Herbal Recovery Range and am obsessed with this little number. For my birthday this year a friend gave me the Chanel moisturiser trio and it has been a serious life saver for traveling, available in stores only. Attimo has been my favourite evening fragrance for years, along with Stella McCartney’s signature fragrance for day. And, finally, the Laura Mercier Brow palette, introduced to me by a make up artist and now I couldn’t imagine using anything else.


For the more expensive gifts especially for her.. I doubt there are a huge number of boyfriends reading this, so girls, these can easily fall into the gifts for yourself category, ok? Even though I live mostly in trainers I like to dress up when I eventually leave the studio, these Jimmy Choo’s have been heavily on my mind along with this Adam Lippes skirt of perfection. It’s all about the perfect tomboy-to-lady proportions.

Can we also talk about this perfect fray sweater? To be worn with a Charlie May mesh circle skirt and Gazelles I say. So many amazing knits out there, I’ve had my eye on this Moda Operandi guy for a while, followed by the perfectly minimal lines of the Protagonist stocked by the Line. Everything on their site could have easily been added to these lists, so much goodness. 

COSYING UP FOR THE WEEKEND



As I’m cosying up for the weekend, recovering from our work Christmas party on Thursday night and generally hiding from the cold, I feel myself dreaming of this recent press from Creem mag. Take me to the Devon beaches wrapped in cosy knits! Check out the editorial; so much winter inspo, it’s unreal. 

You all know how I feel about this chalk duo, so excited to be working on Autumn/winter again, lots more knits and textured leathers to come from Charlie May in February.

Photos by Creem Mag. Styled by Basma Khalifa, Photographed by Christopher Fenner, Hair by Terri Capon and Make Up by Kenny Leung.

UNCOVERING POP UP TALENT


Anna Maga Visconti trapped salt pendants to be worn front and back

Minimalist cuts from Icelandic label Tiaber

Mini gold accents from Tina Lilienthal

Black beauty from Katie Darlington with gold closure detailing seen here

It’s not often I find myself in the Fulham end of town but London is full of so many great pop ups right now that it’s worth travelling to find the good stuff, especially goodies ahead of the festive period and especially when they’re young designers just emerging on fashions radar.  

A V A N T – S H O P was created by Stephanie Johnson, originally started as a creative agency to help young talents branch out into the London scene. Building a brand is a difficult task, with universities often not providing enough help outside of the creative fundamentals, you either learn on the job or are lucky enough to find help from agencies such as Stephanies’. Now they’re helping brands further on the sales side with this three month pop up, just two steps from Fulham Broadway underground.

One of the brands that stuck out for me was Hellen Van Rees, using an interesting mix of materials; mostly self created, such as silicone bonded silks, giving a heavy unexpected latex feeling, and ‘Rugging’ – a process of bonding together strands of heavy cotton and pulled apart materials. These two fabrics come together in the amazing white and almost purple pleated and rugged skirt you see above. Then you have Tiaber, another brand who’s cut and minimal aesthetic stood out for me. That beautiful stand up collar with concealed button placket followed by a bubbled top that was almost bubble wrap in fabric form.

For the accessories I immediately recognised modern scandi-cool Italian brand, Ross & Brown, seen on favourite Vanessa of The Haute Pursuit. They have every kind of textured frame imaginable, even denim covered frames, to match your double denim jacket and jean combo no doubt.. I instantly fell in love with Anna Maga Visconti; using fine gold and silver to encase salt particles in triangles and circles (the salt is apparently to be worn for good luck).

A V A N T – S H O P will be open until the end of January with womenswear, menswear and accessories, so make sure you pop by to uncover all the amazing young talent they have there

In collaboration with A V A N T – S H O P 

1ST DEC


Wearing: Thomas Tait coat, Charlie May x Eleven Everything knit, Charlie May split knee trousers, Joseph shirt, Céline boots.

The year’s gone by so fast, and here we are, the first of December! There’s such a feeling of holiday in the air already, Christmas trees lining the streets of Columbia Road yesterday for the weekly flower market, Maria blaring out on every available radio.. And here I am wrapped up to the nines in what I’ve practically been living in the last few months.

This knit from my AW14 collection (now currently on sale only until tonight!) has been a saviour when it comes to the cold. It’s actually the best thing I own! Added with the perfect thick wool coat and pony hair boots. – The only thing left to get cold are my knees, fashion over function etc!

Photos by Matthew

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

 

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 :)

 

 



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