As the fashion train rolled into every fashion capital of the world over the past few weeks, the staple bit of kit in every style setters and followers wardrobe seemed to be that perennial favourite, the Breton striped top.
Last year I bought, what I thought, was a one season wonder, a black jumpsuit. How wrong I was, that jumpsuit has been a real investment piece & one of the things I have worn more than most other items currently hanging in my wardrobe. Cost per wear, it was a steal.
The black jumpsuit is quickly turning into a wardrobe staple, maybe its the new LBD? Perfect for wearing to work, shopping or the school run, with skater shoes or a pair of converse, equally perfect for dressing up in the evening with a clutch and a pair of heels.
Image above from SheerLuxe
As I'm off to Berlin next week for a few days and not checking any luggage in on our budget airline flight, for ease of travel as well as principle (don't get me started on budget airline hidden extras!) my versatile black jumpsuit will be joining me for sure.
Here are a few of some of the best, in my humble opinion, of the pick on the High Street.
I've been thinking about having a few inches cut off my hair for quite a while now but after seeing Sienna Miller's new hair cut, I think I'm going to go for it. Its just the right side of messy whilst looking sophisticated but still cool.
I have a problem though, as only the last but one hair cut, I had a long fringe cut in and the beauty of the messy bob is it's equal length provides the versatility I love. One of it's main attractions is you can change your parting as often as you change your underwear and due to my fringe, there will now have to be a transition period!!!!
If you're in the same boat as I am, here are a few options for the sitting it out stage whilst your fringe grows. Good luck my friends!
The trend for coastal, nautical style comes round every year as sure as the tides roll back and forth. This year for S/S 15 I was asked to interpret the style for a client, in a very simple pared back way, using natural elements associated with the coast.
Below are some of the shots I styled for the trend that the client called Super Shore. I used bits of flotsam and jetsam that I had picked up on the North Wales coast after a weekend with friends, such as driftwood, pebbles and shells and added further texture using succulents and dried cow parsley and poppy seed heads.
The design board I created for the trend.
The scene was completed by filling jars and glass lamp bases with shells and sand with pieces of larger drift wood scattered around the floor. Although the images were shot as we approached Autumn, it felt and looked as though we were living the dream in a coastal property in The Hamptons.
The best interiors, to me, represent their owners perfectly and this home owned by the handsome model David Gandy, he of the famous Marks & Spencer underwear campaigns, is a perfect example.
Classic details, with a very British style and strong masculine aesthetic
With tongue firmly out of cheek though, I can honestly say that I am smitten with the finish and detailing of his house, in West London. What is even more impressive than the design, is the fact, that, rather than employ an interior designer, Mr Gandy has furnished his home himself. Using savvy buys from online auction sites, some recycled ,such as new upholstery to seating, choosing Saville Row type fabrics and lots of reclaimed materials, such as the flooring and the vintage haberdashery units, which adorn his dressing room, the finished project is a master class in the stylish dressing of a home.
I Wonder how long it will be before Marks & Spencer cotton on to the fact that this guy is not just a one trick pony and commission him to design a homeware range for them?
I love reading online magazines and one of my favourites is HeartHome magazine,who consistently feature beautiful interiors that we can all aspire to.
This beautiful home in Walthamstow has just been featured, which is full of character, achieved using dark moody wall colours with eclectic period pieces, such as the reupholstered cinema chairs.
I love the simplicity of the bathroom with interest added by using this monochrome patterned floor tile. It's very similar to the design board I made for our bathroom renovation, which I blogged about last April and you can read here. I actually feel quite embarrassed that I'm still talking about renovating our bathroom and almost a year has passed with no progress made, if you read the post you will see that it's not the first time I'd mentioned it either! Seeing this lovely room will spur me on to make a start (honest!)
Last week Mr B was lucky enough to grab an early bit of sunshine in Tarragona Spain, whilst he was (supposedly?) working. Knowing me well, as he does, he came home armed with chocolate covered almonds and some lovely Spanish interior mags.
This Spanish casa uses splashes of bright yellow as an accent colour which is a brilliant way to bring a little bit of spring into the home. Yellow is a move on from the mustard tone that has been around for a few seasons and works wonderfully with a more neutral backdrop to add a spark of interest.