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.

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New Year’s Eve Nails

NYE Nails

Not going out New Year’s Eve…. that’s no reason to avoid a spot of New Year’s sparkle.

I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Eve parties, I prefer to indulge in Christmas and relax at New Year. Instead I plan on staying in and pampering myself rotten. At least I will be able to step into the next year all shiny and refreshed. I gave myself a Ciate Caviar Pearl manicure for the first time today, after seeing the ever stylish Really Ree try one earlier this year. Totally impractical, I doubt it will last far into the New Year but what a fun effect. If you fancy a caviar manicure my top tip is to apply the base colour first, wait until it’s perfectly dry before adding a coat of clear varnish and pressing in the pearls, avoiding smudging the base colour. Both of the colours I used are in the Ciate Calendar which is currently half-price in the sale.

Happy New Year. x

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.

Fashion in 5… Katie Mullally

Meet jewellery designer Katie Mullally, creator of the most beautiful charms made right here in the Uk.

Katie Mullally

Three wishes from Katie Mullally

 1. What’s on your wish-list at the moment?

Would absolutely love a vintage Cartier watch. It is the ultimate in chic time-pieces!

2. Describe your own personal style?

Eclectic meets quintessentially British – just love anything British. I make my own collection in the UK and I am really proud of that. It is great to support British manufacturing. 

3. Which trends will you be working this season?

Check meets sparkles, bold and confident!

Pearl necklace

4. Tell us about your favourite piece of jewellery and what you love about it?

My favourite piece of jewellery has to be my Grandmother’s pearl necklace. I’ve had it since I was young and it’s priceless to me. 

5. Your favourite under-rated brand?

I love Dubarry of Ireland, a wonderful heritage brand who make top quality country and equestrian wear. Great boots in particular!

Thanks Katie.xx

Fashion in 5 with Kirsty Merrett

This week we caught up with jewellery maestro Kirsty Merrett- what this lady doesn’t know about gems and jewels isn’t worth knowing…

1. What’s on your wish-list at the moment?

It would have to be a Pearl and Queenie gold gypsy charm necklace, a pair of Chanel biker boots and this incredible Mary Katrantzou cape I have spotted. It’s pretty much the best thing I have seen in ages! 

Gold gypsy charm necklace

2. Describe your own personal style?

A mix of vintage and designer, lots of black, lots of bright colours, lots of jewellery. 

I’m northern, so I love the bling! I’m not so into the high street, I normally meet my shopping cravings with cheap vintage dresses and then I splash out on something I really want and love! I recently bought the Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, which I adore, although it was so hard choose between the classic kitty’s and the Tom Binns kitty’s, I love a bit of Tom Binns! 

3. Which trends will you be working this season?

Probably a lot of black, a good coat or cape and the Bernstock Spiers veiled beanie. I like to layer up and be warm! 

I love a pinafore too, but I have been wearing them for years, it dates back to my Courtney Love fan-girl days! I always wish I had bought the red heart Meadham Kirchhoff pinafore dress, it was too cute. 

4. Tell us about your favourite piece of jewellery and what you love about it?

Ohhhh! That’s so hard! I have SO much jewellery, I’m a real junky for the jewels! I adore my YSL arty ring, Katie Mullally peg necklace and Chanel pearls. 

But I would have to say my Chanel brooch, it’s simple, classic, I wear it on coats, dresses, jumpers, loads! It is really simple, really special and I have really wonderful memories of when I got it too! 

Chanel brooch

It’s really simple compared to a lot of my jewellery, just a classic Chanel brooch with tiny pearls, it’s lovely! 

5. Your favourite under-rated brand?

I really adore Moschino, I have a nice collection of vintage Moschino, I never think they get enough credit for their amazing designs. It’s been 30 years of brilliance! 

I also love Croon Shoes and the Hong Kong label Daydream Nation. I also have a lot of love for the scarf designer Cleo Ferin Mercury, she’s incredible! I think she will be big news in fashion soon. 

bracelet

I’m really into Joomi Lim jewels at the moment too, they are really special and exciting but I have yet to be able to afford a piece… Hopefully one day!

Thanks so much Kirsty.x

FFH Weekly Gems: Pearls & Pins from Tom Binns

Tom Binns

Pearls and safety pins…. it could only be Tom Binns.

Pearls seem to be the Marmite of the jewellery world, it’s a love or hate thing. Personally I find pearls incredibly beautiful, my first set found their way to me as a gift for my 16th birthday. Admittedly a plain string of pearls might not qualify as cutting edge, although I think Coco Chanel may of had something to say about that.

Punk jewellery designer Tom Binns, famous for his quirky safety-pin creations, isn’t the only designer to favour pearls this season. Take a look at Lanvin for over the top, statement pieces and Miu Miu for super sweet style jewels. Tom Binns adds a fierce vibe to the genteel gems, taking pearls from traditional to tremendous. Go on, give pearls a go…..

(images from MatchesFashion.com)

FFH Weekly Gems….Miu Miu

Miu Miu

 

Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is finally shinning. I’m in the mood for flirty florals, sugar pink gems and pearls. For the first time this year I have an excuse to pile on the sparkly jewellery reserved for high days and holidays. Miu Miu is the go-to brand for girly gems and these earrings are just perfect- afternoon tea anyone…..

FFH Weekly Gems…. Miu Miu Sparkles

Miu Miu

I’m drawn to Miu Miu and all their sparkly jewels like a very stylish magpie. Each season there’s always at least half a dozen pieces I would love to own. The collection is very girly and pretty with a dreamy innocence of bygone days. This piece is a treasure, faux pearls and heaps of sparkling Swarovski crystals. Anyone who owns this bracelet is a lucky girl…..