Thursday, 31 July 2014

Neutral Grey

For a classic neutral that wears well season in and season out, Grey always offers alot of options.  Melange, speckled, marle, charcoal, silver, pewter, concrete... it's softer than blacks and warmer than whites and more forgiving than browns.  Mix it with navy, camel or cream for a refreshing take on a luxe wintery outfit.  

It could be a thick rib knit, a wool pant, a sumptuous leather bag (yes please!) or a silky dress... whatever the piece,  let grey in; combine it with your 'already in the wardrobe' basics; embrace it's timelessness, and get ready to have a set of go to pieces for every season.  

Don't forget a bright red lip like the one sported by Bette Franke below.

Photo Sebastian Kim
Allure Magazine, August 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Today I was on the move, just like Chiharu Okunugi, pictured below in Glass Magazine's, Summer 2014 issue; not that I was the image of such chicness and femininity this morning!  But hey, the movement in the skirt, the purposeful stride in her walk, the wind in the hair... I was channeling all that while I was making my way through the shops.

Love the unexpected combination of azure blue with the neutral tawny brown and the tan shoes.  Sometimes the most unexpected things are quite beautiful.

Photo Walter Chin
Glass Magazine

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Home Style... Eclectic Classicism in Istanbul

There is something about a pair of armchairs placed just perfectly in sitting room that beckons.  Is it the symmetry?  Is the centre of attention? Is it the classical lines of these tub chairs?  Who knows.

But this arty home in Istanbul features more; loads of natural light, loads of books, a super stylish dining area and a great gallery wall.  The bathroom is pretty awesome too covered in that fabulous statement marble.

More images via the link below.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Clean Fresh Monday

A new week and a fresh start.

Like these fresh, clean silhouettes in this editorial for US Vogue July issue featuring Karlie Kloss, which kinda remind me of the early/mid 90's lean shapes of Calvin Klein.

Gotta love the beginning of a new week right?

Friday, 25 July 2014

In The Schedule

We've been coasting through the middle of winter this week with frost bitten mornings and sunny afternoons.  With layer upon layer of woollens, felts, scarves and boots, I'll do little to venture outdoors this weekend but will catchup with friends tomorrow for dinner.

Actually, I prefer to stay inside during winter and hibernate most of the time;

Here are some links I found on the web this week...

 + A stylish editorial for a night out on the town featuring Anna Selezneva for Harpers Bazaar August 2014 issue, here.

+  The red lip fights for centre stage in this image by Erik Madigan Heck for Harpers Bazaar UK in their August 2014 edition; and justifiable so.   You will need a punchy red, pink, or fuschia lipstick to complement the burst of chroma in the new Fall 2014 collections don't you think?  This simple monochrome image is my fave.

+  Would love to get a copy of this Rizzoli publication; a history of  Louis Vuittons 60 years of fashion images from celebrated photographers like Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Inez & Vinoodh,   Mario Testino and more, it would certainly make a welcome addition to any fashionable bookshelf don't you think?  Via Vogue Fr.

+  Take a peek into stylish illustrator, Bernadette Pascua's NY home; filled with art prints, books and inspiring tools of her trade, would you ever think otherwise?  Via Design Sponge.

+  Love this.. a story behind the inspiration of Marimekko's Weather Diary collection by designer Aino-Maija Metsola.  Such beautiful illustrations and an interesting process behind the scenes via Marimekko Village.

+  I have a go to Apple Pie recipe that I make every so often; not too often cos that just means I end up eating too much! but I did make one last week which was a hit; zhoom and it's all gone!  But now I have a punnet of blueberries in the fridge and this Blueberry pie looks delish.  And considering blueberries are high in antioxidants the whole think would be really, really good for you right??? Recipe via Love and Olive Oil here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Brrr it's cold outside

Brrrr, it's been a bit chilly out these last few mornings and I was in desperate need of a hooded coat to keep my ears warm.

I used this pic of Sabrina Iofredda for Numero #155 August issue, as inspiration - a sort of Russian 19th Century princess in the winter; but now that sales have already begun, the popular sizes have flown off the racks and it looks like I waited too long yet again!

I did manage to find quite a nice wool coat in Zara with a suitably looking plush hood covered in faux fur ; although once you feel the texture it tends to moult all over the shoulders of the coat.. no good!

Ah well... do I wait until next season or do I keep on the look out knowing that in a few weeks by the end of August, there will be Spring racks all over the shops?  What to do?  What to do?

I love waiting for sales like everyone, but if you wait that one week too long, foof... the good stuff is gone.  Has that happened to you too?

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