Statement checkered coats are hot this autumn. Stella McCartney’s AW2013 checked coats have been seen up and down the catwalks and fashion blogosphere. The trend is a great excuse for another battle of the fashion sisters.
Who wore it better? The checked wool overcoat in gorgeous autumnal colours and three-quarter-length kimono sleeves from Max & Co. I loved the coat colours, , the detailed sleeves and the half belt in the back (but there are only so many coats a girl can have) ! Rebel felt right at home in this beautiful piece too. The colours complemented her type perfectly, not to mention the nougat coloured penny loafers.
I’m wearing Stefanel jeans and Rouge Bunny rouge ballet flats with the checked coat.
I can’t remember a season when we had such an abundance of bold patterned and beautifully crafted coats in such a variety of shapes.
Stella McCartney’s checked coat aw2013
Prada black and pink checked coat AW2013
Knitted dress from TK Max. Grey slip on shoes from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Heart umbrella from Moschino. Black woven leather handbag from Falorni.
Comfy, easy and stylish – the new generation knitted dress is an effortless weekend staple.
When you don’t have time in the mornings, a soft wool knitted dress is easier to pull on than a crisp white blouse but looks just as polished.
How we like to wear it:
- Above: When the wind is blowing cold, wear it with tights and flats and you’re good to go. My red tights (Falke matt 50 in “lipstick”) pick up the red bow of my graphic woolen knitted dress with turtle neck from TK Maxx.
- Below: Wear your knitted dress with a belt to add shape like Rebel. Ankle boots in contrasting colours for a chic winter look. Navy blue, pleated knit dress from Stefanel.
- Wear your knit dress with knee high boots like Angelina Jolie below.
Rebel is wearing a pleated knit dress from Stefanel
Angelina Jolie wearing a navy cable knit dress from italian label Loro Piana
I am wearing a 100% blue silk dress by Stefanel in a geometric print with jewel collar.
London has been hot like a pizza oven the last few weeks! We’ve been having the first prolonged heatwave since 2006, yay! To cool down in these 30plus degree temperatures, I rely on my 100% silk dresses – When I wear them, I feel like I’m naked: the flowing luxurious material doesn’t stick or pinches, I just feel light and free!
Silk is the Queen of fabrics, a high-class natural fibre produced by certain insects larvae to form cocoons. It’s fascinating to think of the production process of silk : The life cycle of silk worm encompasses four stages. The egg, the silk worm, the pupa and the moth. The silk worm, which feeds on mulberry leaves, forms a covering (cocoon of silk thread) around it by secreting a protein like substance through its head.In the factory, the silk is unwound from the cocoons and the strands are collected into skeins. You can watch a video here on how silk is made into fabric.
What attributes make the silk so special?
The typical sheen, the softness and the lightness. The composition of the human skin is similar to the natural silk fibre, meaning even allergic sufferers can wear this fabric without a problem. The long fibres don’t scratch, they are elastic and don’t crease easily. Silk is breathable and insulating: This means it cools in winter and warms in winter.
Silk feels wonderfully light and casual in the heat
How to care for silk:
Silk can be washed by hand or in the wool wash in the washing machine. Make sure to use special silk washing powder so as not to damage the fabric with protein, usually part of conventional washing powder. Dark silk can be water, light silk in luke-warm water. Gently stir the fabric, never, ever brush it or wring it. After washing, wrap the garment in a towel and dry flat (not in sunlight as it dries out the fabric). You can iron it while moist, inside out. Often it’s enough to air the garment and iron it with steam (from the bathroom for example). Silk is naturally dirt-repellent and doesn’t take on smells.
Almost creepy to think that my dress was once a silk caterpillar cocoon!
Stefanel’s peplum puffer jackets
It’s the 1st February only, but I can already feel the first tentative sign of spring: Double digit temperatures, fresh tulips at the flower shops and the first Forsyth blooming by the road. Every spring feels like a rebirth and I feel like binning all of my thick, dark winter wool jumpers.
The colourful peplum down jackets with playful ¾ length sleeves I spotted at Stefanel are perfect for this time of the year: Bright gelato colours to put me in the right mind of spring. The light down jacket provides the required warmth we still need at this time of the year.
I have seen peplums in skirts, tops, leather jackets. Peplum in the shape of a puffer jacket is so unique and feminine. Rock the peplum jackets with fitted trousers and skinny jeans or go ladylike with a pencil skirt. The cute bow leather belt in the same colour as the jacket fits perfectly if you like it more discreet. Clash it with a wider different colour belt for more effect.
What’s your favourite colour: Sunny yellow, minted turquoise or sugary pink?
Stylish Loan shows us that less is more in a woman’s streamlined world. Resist the urge for frippery in this gorgeous outfit: Knitted grey bat wing sleeve jumper bought in Japan, skinny Jeans from Topshop and boots from Camper.
Layer chunky or loose fitted knits over only a slim trouser, a skirt, or leggings. Otherwise, you’ll just look weighed down.
Fellow Londoner Claudia Schiffer chic in casual knit.
Italian label Stefanel is known for it’s expertise in knitwear- whether it’s a fitted dress or an oversized cardigan, no one does knits as elegantly as Stefanel in classic colours – such as caramel, black and grey. Here Bianca Balti wears a grey Stefanel knit poncho.
This morning it occurred to me that I haven’t worn Jeans for weeks! Casual Fridays are the perfect opportunity to wear jeans to work.
My “problem zones” are my bum and wide hips, so I always make sure that the fit of the jeans is not too low (and these days that’s quite a challenge!). Low sitting denims accentuate wide hips and muffin tops whereas in high fitting jeans, everything is nice packed away. Stretch material is a must as it slims the silhouette.
I’m wearing Jeans by Stefanel (by the way, no, I’m not being paid by them, I just love the fit and style of this Italian High Street brand). Boucle Jacket from TK Maxx, wedged espadrilles by Ras.
Like the look? get it!
Espadrille wedges from Ras and Boucle knit jacket by Zara
Jeans with skinny leg from Stefanel
Ladies, have your credit cards at the ready! This weekend is Sale weekend: Shop and grab yourself high quality brands that usually are out of your wallet’s reach. Whether it’s a timeless classic or a statement piece just for one season, now is the time to splash out.
Department stores are my favourite sale destination; they have massive reductions on everything ranging from High Street to Designer. In the recession-ridden UK, these discounts are 75%!
This Playful Moschino Cheap & Chic dress demonstrates beautifully how designer is different from the high street: The unusual yellow wheat crop print fabric is something a Zara factory in China cannot copy! And the light linen/cotton material is a dream to wear on hot summer days. This dress was reduced from a whopping 395£ to a mere 95£! Yes please I’ll have one! Seen at Selfridges.
Miss Minimalist: Combine a Clean white shirt chic with a romantic nude coloured pleated skirt all rolled into one dress! Stefanel:
was £135, now £70!
Too busy to shop after work? If you know your size at certain brands or you have eyeballed a few items in the shops before, just shop online. This classic white waitress shirt from Stefanel
with Peter Pan collar and green edging detail is a steal for just 40% of its original prize.
Feeling luxurious? This beige ostrich leather wallet from Mulberry comes in at £180 – a bargain compared to its original price of £695! Seen at Selfridges.
Vichy checked pink pants with bird print – Miu Miu £80 seen at Selfridges London
Don’t you just love those balmy summer nights when you can sit outside a restaurant in just a dress without a cardi or blazer? My tiered ruffle little black dress from DKNY and a perfect partner for a night like this. I put my hair up in two buns to match the playful ruffles and to avoid a sweaty neck from too much hair on a hot night!
Brown waist belt from Stefanel and sunglasses from Chloe
My beloved flower clutch handbag from Dolce & gabbana – a generous loan from Mummy Romantique!
My all time summer essential: Espadrilles wedges. The cute polka dots go well with the playful theme of the dress.
It’s Sardinia for me the second time round as we leave dreary London behind for a little bit of springy sunshine in one of Italy’s most beautiful spots.
On arrival in Olbia, I’m wearing a silk A-line skirt by Stefanel in one of my favourite colour combinations – turquoise and brown. A light trench coat is a safe option for a spring trip – after all it can rain in the Mediterranean too! Nude ballet pumps from Pretty Ballerina will fit with any colour packed in my suitcase. The light pink straw bag is from Sofia C.
Mummy Romantique is wearing a white, ruffled blouse by Airfield, lemon yellow handbag by Mulberry and quilted ballet pumps by Pretty Ballerina.
Last year I bought a leather jacket from Massimo Dutti and while I wasn’t sure at first whether it fits my style (I prefered blazer and cardigans), I’m so glad I did! A leather jacket can be virutally worn with any and everything and you can style it romantic or rocky, the choice is yours!
Adding a splash of colour, it’s spring after all! Corderouy pencil skirt from Stefanel, opaque tights from Wolford, shoes Pretty Ballerina, marine shirt from Esprit and sunglasses from Chloe.
Same jacket, another gorgeous spring day in Wimbledon: Pleated wool skirt from Stefanel, ankle boots from Goertz, jumper from Antoni & Alison.
Soaking up the first rays of the year in Richmond in Pepita Capri trousers and a bright yellow cotton jumper. Woven handbag: Falorni.