Friday, 30 November 2018

THE PERFECT PARTY DRESS FROM FINERY LONDON

My definition of the perfect party dress? Something fabulous that feels comfortable, nothing too short so that I can cut some shapes on the dance floor and something completely removed from my everyday attire. Which makes this number from Finery London, ‘The Paloma’ dress, pretty much perfect for me. I love this dress for many reasons: there’s something distinctly Atonement about the cut (that film is pure fashion-gasm) and whilst I don’t normally do prints (they make me anxious) this abstract floral pattern feels grown-up rather than girly. You might think a silky fabric dress is a high-maintenance choice, but this dress is the exact opposite. It’s really nice heavy viscose so it’s virtually impossible to crease and the print will hide any red wine spillages, which are inevitable if you’re me. I’ll wear this in the day too with a black roll neck underneath and a clompy pair of boots for balance. There’s also a whole heap of gorgeous party dresses in the shops at the moment so I’ve done an edit of my other favourites at the bottom of this post too.  Now, where's the dance floor at? 
FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS REVIEW | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER

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FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER
FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER
FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER
FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER
FINERY LONDON PALOMA DRESS | LONDON FASHION BLOGGER

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Photos: Barbara Premo

Monday, 12 November 2018

9 OF THE BEST: FESTIVE JUMPERS

There’s a subtle difference between a festive knit and a Christmas jumper IMOH. I define the festive knit as something with a sense of seasonality (bear with…) – a fair isle knit, a twinkling lurex threaded jumper or a charming slogan number all bring good tidings without appearing tacky.  Then there’s the Christmas jumper, a naff novelty number that tends to be a hard-sartorial sell – if Colin Firth can’t pull a look off, no-one can.  

What also separates a festive knit from a Christmas jumper is shelf-life. Festive knits deliver cost per wear because whilst they look great in December, they won’t be resigned to the back of your wardrobe come January. From a sustainability point of view – the festive knit wins hand down.  Having said that – I do own a t-shirt bearing Wham’s! iconic Last Christmas artwork but between you and I, in private I wear that all year round. If Wham! Isn’t your thing, here’s a edit of the best knits for xmas & beyond: 





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Friday, 26 October 2018

9 OF THE BEST: HIGH STREET SEQUIN MIDI DRESSES

It goes without saying that I absolutely love sequins (I wore this Studio 54 inspired Miss Selfridge rainbow sequin dress for 30th birthday and felt totally fabulous). This  festive season there's a big trend for a sequin midi dress, which somehow feels more modern and less try-hard than a fitted mini number.   If you want to splash out, the designer labels that do sequins best are Ashish and Halpern. However you don't actually need to fork out the big bucks given the amazing options on the high street this year. All of the below dresses available online now from some of my favourite high street stores - just click to shop (Y)

9 OF THE BEST HIGH STREET SEQUIN MIDI DRESSES

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Monday, 22 October 2018

6 REMEDIES FOR DRY WINTER SKIN

Suffering from dry, tight, seasonal skin already? I know the feeling! Until the age of 29 I had easy, low-maintenance skin that needed little to no effort. Then last winter the ageing process hit (sad face), and I woke to find my skin had become really dry overnight. As anyone with dry skin will tell you, moisturiser alone is ineffective in tackling the problem. In fact, it took a complete skincare overhaul to return my skin to normal. If you have dry, tight, flaky skin, here’s the products I used and tweaks I made to solve the winter skin woes:

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

OUTFIT POST: RIXO LONDON MINI WRAP DRESS

A few weeks ago I fulfilled a long-standing London ambition and paid a visit to The Barbican Conservatory. If you've ever visited Barbican Estate you'll know it's an other worldly kind of place, a brutalist masterpiece that divides like marmite. Some find the ambience oppressive, but I personally love the architecture and would give my right arm to live in the postcode. The Conservatory is hard to access because it's open on select Sunday afternoons only, when I can frequently be found nursing a hangover. It's so worth the effort of a trip however, a tropical hot house of flora and fauna intertwined around imposing brutalist concrete work. The contrast between the botanical and the mad-made is extraordinarily beautiful AND there's real life terrapins in there too. 

The tropical 'Cuba Print' dress that I'm wearing is a long-term sartorial crush for me. It's from a brand called Rixo London that I first came across in Paris when I was working in the same showroom as the Rixo founders during fashion week. The trip to Paris was ill-fated (I ate some dodgy salmon tartare, contracted food poisoning and projectile vomited allover my hotel suite) so I promised myself that after such a crappy experience I'd treat myself to a Rixo dress one day. Two years down the line and I picked this one up for less than half price from Depop, it was still eye-watering expensive, but worth every penny. The cut is so beautiful and so flattering, I think every girl needs a little wrap dress in their wardrobe. This exact Rixo dress isn't available any more but there's lots similar on their site. 

Rixo London Mini Wrap Dress | London Fashion Blogger | Barbican Conservatory

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

WHAT TO WEAR TO WORK IN A HEATWAVE: LINEN

What to wear to the office in a heatwave? Getting dressed for work this past month has been a confusing business. How to look smart whilst negating dying a slow painful & overheated death on the Northern Line on route? Step forward linen, a fabric that is the answer to summer sartorial problems.
Linen jumpsuit 1

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Monday, 23 July 2018

THE SECRETS BEHIND QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S FASHION

If you’ve been watching Netflix hit series The Crown, chances are you will have developed a low-key obsession with The Queen. Claire Foy’s pitch-perfect portrayal captures a composed and considered feminist icon, commanding respect against the odds as young women in a patriarchal world. 

Leading with grace, dignity and duty, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest serving monarch, having become the first British monarch to Sapphire Jubilee in February last year – marking 65 years on the throne. 

As well as being an outstanding leader, Queen Elizabeth has also been celebrated for her impeccable fashion sense, which has remained ever present throughout her reign. If you’re left wondering just how she does it, Fulton Umbrellas, designers of bespoke windproof umbrellas are here to lift the lid on the Queen’s fashion secrets, giving you a glimpse into how she stays styled and polished to perfection.