Monday, 27 August 2012

Wardrobe Classic - Breton Stripe Top

September is just around the corner and therefore the busiest month in fashion is fast approaching...

So it is time to start embracing my AW wardrobe, sticking to my Wardrobe Classics list. 

After much inspiration and pinning, I have decided that first on my purchase list is going to be the Breton Stipe top, it's classic, versatile and perfect for the transeasonal period.

Here are my top picks...

T by Alexander Wang





Now to hit the shops and find the one with the perfect fit...

Monday, 20 August 2012

Lust Have...

My feet are crying out to be wearing these Givenchy AW12 boots...

I adore Givenchy and think Riccardo Tisci is a genius, the latest collection takes a dark spin on equestrian and I think I love the collection even more than I did in March

They are the perfect winter boot and I know they are loved by the press too, featured in many fashion magazines (why wouldn't they?!). 

Seen here on the runway...

And seen here on Christine Centenera...

and well, if she is wearing it, you know you're on to a winner!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Signature Scent: Coco Chanel Noir

Coco Chanel Noir…

I have been on the hunt for a new perfume for a while now, something that as soon as I smelt it made me go “wow! I need this”, there are plenty that I think are pretty but I need 'The One' and I have found it....

Throughout my life I have had many different perfumes; Marc Jacobs Lola, Chanel Chance, Dolce & Gabbana The One, Gucci Flora, Gucci by Gucci, Miss Dior Cherie… to name just a few.

I found myself really tempted by Tom Ford recently and I think that was my first choice until yesterday.

I’d seen lots of press about Coco Chanel Noir and I’ve always been a fan of Chanel perfumes, they are always; classic, beautiful and elegant. So when I spotted the new bottle whilst perusing the beauty counters of House of Fraser, I had to smell it and now it is all I can think about (I have the card in my bag and keep taking a sniff).

It is definitely THE perfume I want to have as my signature scent.

First of all the bottle, sleek shiny black, simple and classic. According to Chanel perfumer, Christopher Sheldrake the fragrance is inspired by Venice and has an animal sensuality.  It is the third of the Coco franchise (Coco and Coco Mademoiselle) and created by chief perfumer Jacques Polge to represent Coco Chanel’s love of the “dazzle of black and Venice” (I must say I share this feeling!).

It is made up of grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, heart of rose absolute, rose essence, jasmine absolute, narcissus and rose geranium leaf, a drydown of Brazilian tonka bean, Venezuelan tonk bean, Indonesian patchouli, New Caledonian sandalwood, bourbon vanilla and white musk frankincense….

All I can tell you is it is perfect!!!

I will be hopefully purchasing this at Duty Free when I go on holiday, if not, as soon as I land back in London I will be off to the nearest supplier.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Paloma Barcelo

As I'm off on my first summer holiday in a few years in September; my Essentials Wardrobe has slightly been put on hold whilst I buy clothes appropriate for the Spanish coast. 

However, I have been very frugal and have made sure that my summer buys are investments/transeasonal pieces.

The other day I spotted an amazing bargain on The Outnet (one of my go to shopping sites)...

These amazing Paloma Barcelo wedges for an fantastic £44 reduced from £220!!!

I wasn't too familiar with Paloma Barcelo, but the brand is up on Net-a-Porter so it can't be at all bad. The brand has been around since 1960 and was launched by Manolo Barcelo (now we all know another Manolo who is in the business of shoes, so this also bodes well!) and after a little research, I discovered the brand is know for their cork/raffia summer shoes. AMAZING!

I am so pleased with them, the quality is fantastic and they go with everything! 

I guess in a way, they are classics, so I haven't strayed too far from my Essential Wardrobe.

I really recommend The Outnet as you can get some brilliant pieces, that are great quality for the same, if not cheaper than High Street prices.