Nearly one year ago, I left my full-time legal career to transition into life as a travel writer and editor and fashion blogger and stylist. What I’ve learned in that time about work, life and style could fill a book. The flexibility that comes with a freelancing mutli-hyphen career. The freedom from office politics. The new perspective on life. And, most of all, the increased room to play with my style choices. Continue reading “My Multi-Hyphen Style”
You may have noticed sleepwear has been stealthily making its way out of the bedroom, out of the living room and onto the streets lately. It’s no longer confined to the domains of sleep, working from home (don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) and hungover Sundays on the sofa.
Sleepwear has become the new normal, whether you wear it as co-ordinate pieces or you go “full-pyjama.” And when I saw the recent sleepwear collaboration between the coolest woman on earth (Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine) with the most iconic print and fabric designer in the world (Liberty, natch), I embraced it whole-heartedly.
So if you like the idea of the sleepwear look, but are a little hesitant to try it, read on for seven tips on how to master it with style. Continue reading “Pyjama Party – Sleepwear as Outerwear”
In the first episode of the Netflix series, Love, the female protagonist, Micky, meets up with her ex-boyfriend at a New Age church service, wearing a red swimsuit with Mom jeans and cork heel wedges. She epitomised that cool, laid back California vibe with a nonchalance and ease that made me want to move to Los Angeles and wear swimsuits for every occasion.
It did get me thinking, though. The concept of wearing a swimsuit as a top – its a thing. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and it’s not appropriate for every situation. But it can be done in context-appropriate ways outside of the sunny bubble of Los Angeles. So here’s my take on swimsuit as a top etiquette – where, when and how. Continue reading “Swimsuit as a Top”
In recent years, I’ve not been a fan of shorts as a building block in my summer sartorial creations. I often felt a little frumpy, a little dumpy and ever so slightly plumpy in a pair of shorts.
The reason is that I used to wear shorts with tshirts and nondescript sandals. The result: I looked like one of those tourists who walk in groups following a tour guide who holds up an umbrella and narrates the tour via listening devices stashed away in non-ironic, non-Gucci bum bags (that’s a fanny-pack, to my US readers). You know who I mean. I just didn’t feel good about myself in such a pedestrian ensemble.
But this summer I embraced the bermuda length jean shorts (a la early 2000’s) and realised the error of my short-wearing ways. I took a blue sky approach and devised two looks that make the prospect of wearing jean shorts on the regular positively intriguing. One look is for cruising around town, like a boss. The other for elegantly lounging around a beach, like a mermaid with legs. Continue reading “Bermuda Length Jean Shorts”
On my recent trip to Helsinki I met with two inspiring Finnish fashion designers and found that Finland is teaming with innovative, creative and leading edge design in fashion. Continue reading “Finnish Fashion: Interview with Designers Minna Paussu and Anna Markiz”
If these pants could talk, they would say, “Behold my sparkliness, my stretchiness, my nineteen-seventies-mermaid-inspired fabulousness. I’m going to change your life.” This summer I have discovered the beauty of the summer knit trousers. I took them and ran with them, and in them. Continue reading “Summer Knit Trousers”
I was recently appointed the new London Resident Editor for Luxe City Guides to my absolute delight. Aimed at the more sophisticated traveller, Luxe City Guides gives you the insider guide to the world’s major cities across Europe, Asia, the USA and Australia. I always describe it to people as being a very cool friend you have in each city who tells you where to go for the best, exclusive places to eat, drink, shop, chill and get your dose of local culture (without bumping into the track-suit wearing tourist hoards).
This got me thinking about my city break wardrobe. With the amount of travelling I do, I am constantly planning city break outfits, primarily for trips to Europe. And I am the kind of person who feels better when I think that my outfit is working for me. A bad outfit can affect my mood (not for the better). In those situations, I usually claim it’s because I’m hangry so as not to appear completely materialistic to whichever poor buggers are travelling with me at the time.
So what are the ingredients of a fail-safe, mood-enhancing city break outfit? Continue reading “My City Break Wardrobe”
In my never ending quest to find the perfect trousers that will transform my life and revolutionise style as I know it, I have stumbled across the paper bag waist. Continue reading “For Your Consideration – The Paper Bag Waist”
Now that London’s never-ending and brutal winter has come to an end, I have ceased questioning my life choices, only to find myself grappling with a new complication. I’ve written before about my challenges in dressing for summer. This time, I’m digging a little deeper. So deep, in fact, I’ve discovered and had to face some stark realties about an unhealthy relationship I have with my summer wardrobe. Continue reading “My Complicated Relationship with my Summer Wardrobe”
Nothing says Summer like linen. As soon as you see it in the shop, you immediately picture yourself in it, lounging gracefully on a poolside chaise longue, spritz in hand, laughing delightfully at a joke you just made.
But it’s not all sunshine and spritzers when it comes to linen. It is notoriously difficult to wear. You only have to look at it sideways for it to crease. And no matter how much you iron or steam those creases, it will never return to its pristine, just-off-the-rack condition ever, ever again. Is it even possible to wear it without creasing? This is the existential dilemma so many of my personal styling clients struggle with on a seasonal basis: the desire to breeze around [insert glamorous beachside destination of choice here] in a floaty, carefree linen outfit v. the reality of creases… Continue reading “How to Wear Linen”