Olivia P: Splurge or Save?

Olivia P

Two years on and I’m still in love with Olivia P; her grace, style and beautiful manners… what’s not to love?!!

Here I’m stealing Olivia P’s style, looking at the way Olivia has teamed a stripe clutch with jeans and a sweater. A box clutch is usually reserved for formal outfits and show stopping evening wear, so seeing Olivia mix a formal clutch with casual jeans is great. I’ve selected a Lulu Guinness clutch and a ASOS clutch for those with more dash than cash (like me!).

Image from Olivia Palermo.

April Wish List

April wish-list

Dannijo necklace, The Outnet, £297.49. Nail Varnish, Butter London, £12. Printed Kaftan, Zara, £35.99. Clutch bag, J.Crew, £150. Riko Heels, Sophie Webster, £595. Ipad sleeve, Liberty London, £95.

Turns out you can have too much of a good thing. If another email promoting this season’s must-have pastel trend pops into my inbox I think I’m going to scream! Two months of sugary sweet pastels is quite enough, if you haven’t bought a pink pastel coat yet, just except the moment is over and start looking ahead to summer. This April my wish-list is full of vibrant shades and fierce fashion…. enjoy!

Stripe Me Happy…

Stripe Trend

Stripes are springing up on Pinterest…. street-style, bloggers and celebs all getting their stripe on.

Olivia Palermo takes a coffee break, layering a monochrome top with a chunky crystal, statement necklace. Blogger and lifestyle guru Natalya of Five Five Fabulous rocks off-duty stripes at Fashion Week in Paris. Grazia snapped this stripy goddess at New York Fashion Week, working the stripe trend from head to toe. I’ve already bought the shoes and skirt in this edit, so just the necklace, top and bag to go then!

Stripe Skirt, Next, £20. Shoes, Next, £35. Top, Next, £4.50. Necklace, ASOS, £15. Lulu Guinness, Katie Bag, £245.

Why do we love whore-couture?

‘Why are you dressed like a prostitute?’ Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson quizzed Victoria. Clearly meant as an insult, Victoria just shrugged the question off and sauntered away.

It makes me question why a well-educated, excruciatingly rich woman, who has a fashion designer as one of her besties, wears clothes more suited to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?

As someone who shunned the Princess Bubblegum look at her own school prom (I opted for a red cocktail dress with clear glass heels), I honestly believe it has a whole lot less to do with sex than you might think. Flashing the flesh and working ‘whore-couture’, for me is about freedom. Freedom to wear whatever the hell I like. The anarchist in me enjoys sticking two fingers up to polite society sometimes. This style doesn’t suit everyone but for all the rule-breakers and risk-takers out there…. this edit is for you.

MATCHESFASHION edit1. Josh Goot dress, £1,300. 2. McQ Alexander McQueen dress, £986. 3. Saint Laurent Silver jacket, £3,215. 4. Givenchy bracelet, £425. 5. Christian Louboutin, £1,095. 6. Charlotte Olympia boots, £795. 7.Azzedine Alaia skirt, £2,830.

Super Sale Saturday

Anya Hindmarch Wilkes Wallet

Pursue a bargain in the January sales…. there’s still time.

Mid January is a great time to bag yourself a bargain in the sales. Ignore those who say the best items have been picked over, this is the time most retailers receive returns of unwanted presents and items bought in hast.

Anya Hindmarch wallet with  my new Jaeger Aimee Star bag.

Anya Hindmarch wallet with my new Jaeger Aimee Star bag.

 

Opt for small leather accessories like gloves, purses and belts in classic shapes and styles that really never date. If you keep an open mind, with a pinch of luck, a little gem like this Anya Hindmarch Wilkes Wallet might find its way to you. Check out the MATCHESFASHION.COM sale here.

Starting the New Year with sparkle & print

Jewellery

Time to make those ill-fated New Year’s resolutions…. this year I’m going to try to work sparkle and shine into my everyday wardrobe.

Charlotte Olympia flats, kitty hat, Ciate

I’ve always been a ‘less is more’ type of girl, opting for pared down chic rather than all out glam. Turning thirty this year I feel it’s time to let loose and rescue those long-lost gems from the back of the wardrobe. Stop waiting for ‘special occasions’ to wear my best clothes, adding jewels and gems to comfy jumpers and jersey dresses. I also plan on adding a quirky twist with print, kitty cats and kitsch to really liven up my look.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

(Top picture a mix of jewellery, mostly from Jaeger. Bottom picture Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Next cat hat, Jaeger print clutch & Ciate Nail polish).

My Flash Trash & Mani Monday

My Flash Trash necklace

Jewels from My Flash Trash and mini-mani nail polish from Ciate…. what a wonderful way to end the year!

On Saturday the postie finally bought a gift addressed to me…. I know it’s Christmas, the time for giving but a spot of self-indulgence never hurt anyone. My Flash Trash mint blue block necklace with sparkly faux diamonds will go perfectly with my fave Swarovski encrusted clutch from Jaeger for an unforgettable Christmas Day look.

flash trash

Nearly a month of Ciate Nail polish and I have a whole chest of colours to choose from. To complement my new necklace, I’m going to give my nails a coat of Pepperminty with a top coat of Snow Globe. Have you planned your Christmas Day outfit yet?

(My necklace has sold out but here’s a similar one.)

Christmas Gift Guide: Online Exclusives

Christmas shopping is the stuff of nightmares. Trudging around town on a wet Wednesday in your lunch break sucks all the fun out of the festive season. Online shopping is a god send for anyone short on time. And I don’t view shopping online as the lazy option compared to stalking the high-street for the ‘right’ present. Why not select items available exclusively online which means it’s unlikely anyone else will have bought the same gift, so no worries about doubling up on any presents.

A couple of weeks ago Selfridges asked me what was on my wish-list…. well here it is-

Christmas Gift List

1. Christopher Kane dress, Net-a-Porter, £795.

2. Taupe Toe Cap shoes, Wallis, £31.50.

3. Mawi Clutch bag, Selfridges, £525.

4. Bracelet, Urban Outfitters, £10.

5. Ralph Lauren Candle, Selfridges, £120.

6. Urban Decay Naked palette, Debenhams, £18.90.

How to wear winter white…

This post is dedicated to all the list making lovelies out there. Peer inside your handbag and if there’s a crumpled to-do list tucked into one of the pockets, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re a list making lovely!

A couple of times a year I try to bring order to the chaos that is my wardrobe. I’ve tried arranging by colour, type and even grouping together items I think would work well together. Fortunately a nifty little app called Cloth is about to go all Cher Horowitz on my wardrobe. Take a snap of your outfit with Cloth and save it with a tag, e.g work, date-night or weekend wear. Instead of checking your wardrobe, just open the app and scroll through your favourite looks. Or you could make it really simple and go for a one colour, winter white wardrobe. Here’s my favourite winter whites this season…
Winter whites

From Top Right… Pearl Necklace, Jaeger, £65, White Glitter Snowflake Bauble, Liberty London, £3.95, True Gift Deluxe, Bare Minerals, £50,  Drina Cardigan, All Saints, £128, Shoes, Charlotte Olympia, £975, Candle, ESPA, £45, Coquette Teddy, Mimi Holiday, £115 and Small Suffolk Bag, Mulberry, £1,350.