Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Family Sunday in the New Forest

As my Nanna visited from Spain a few weeks ago, my Mum and I decided that the three of us were going to exploit a rare Sunday off for me by going for a delicious roast dinner in the beautiful New Forest. It's so easy to forget that the forest is so close to home, but ten minutes on a dual carriageway out of Bournemouth and you'll find yourself surrounded by greenery, ponies and some of England's finest pub lunches. We chose to drive to a place called The Royal Oak at North Gorley which I really couldn't recommend enough. I was too hungry to remember to be a good blogger and take a snap of my main course (vegetarian quiche and meat-free bits of a roast dinner - amazing), but you are lucky that I was satiated enough to preserve the chocolate and hazelnut brownie in picture form. Get ready for your mouth to water. After our divine lunch and cuddles with the resident German Shepherd Roman (I fell in love, you don't want to know how many photos I took of that bear), we drove into Burley for more doggy cuddles and wanders around the little witchy gift shops.

What I'm Wearing:
Mint jacket - H&M | White collared blouse - Primark | Leigh jeans - Topshop | Tan T-Bars - Topshop

One of the gift shops was selling laminated vintage placemats, and my Mum actually picked one up that was a painting of where she grew up! To find a picture of your childhood village nearly 300 miles away is pretty crazy, so we had to get a snap of it.

I hope you all enjoyed this little look into my family Sunday, it was such a novelty to spend the day relaxing with family before settling down to the usual X Factor-Downton marathon. With Sundays like this it officially feels like Autumn and I couldn't be happier!

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NYFW #3: Lela Rose, Veronica Beard, Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta | Spring/Summer 2015: Ready-To-Wear

- Lela Rose -
Lela Rose's show reminds me a lot of Jasper Conran's autumn/winter collection earlier this year; the sleek lines, muted colours and midi length skirts incite the same demure femininity that Conran's did, whilst the more sparkling looks later in the show offer more glamorous options. The mixed prints of similar shades trend that hit big for A/W '14 remains current here; the first four looks shown all work with the formula of different prints of the same colour scheme. Personal favourites include the first and last looks of the second row; one for Audrey and one for Grace. After all, who doesn't look to mid-century Hollywood icons for ultimate elegance?

- Veronica Beard -
Infinitely one of the more wearable collections of the season, Veronica Beard's show presented the same focus on jackets and intricate patterned trousers as her A/W clothes did last season. The cutest of Peter Pan collars and a pretty range of pastel shades as well as some more formal monochrome looks, the Beard collection next spring is all about an easy formality. Simple, chic and fun.

- Jenny Packham -
Jenny Packham's show never fails to disappoint. A favourite for UK Princess (/Duchess, whatever) Kate Middleton, you can always expect some of the prettiest gowns of the season to grace Packham's catwalk. Another show featuring pastels and black and white, it's clear that we're seeing a colour trend forming for S/S '15. The third gown on the second row is particularly similar to some of Lela Rose's looks, whilst the third from last look is really rather Elie Saab in all its floral grandeur. My favourite look has to be the second dress shown here; the embellished decolletage and waistband against the barely blushing pink fabric is absolutely stunning, whilst the slit in the centre adds just a hint of sexuality to an otherwise modest look.

- Oscar de la Renta -
You can always count on Oscar de la Renta to deliver a fresh and inspiring show, despite sticking to a set formula. Form fitting looks to celebrate a woman's figure, extremely wide skirts and the prettiest floral adornments, de la Renta knows what works. The princess coat on the second row is beautiful enough to make me start sewing now and hope that I have something similar by spring (highly unlikely), whilst the inclusion of flats into such a glamorous show is something to make women everywhere sigh with relief.

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That's it for New York Fashion Week! Catch up on the first two parts of the NY series here and here if you haven't already, and stay tuned for my favourite shows of LFW coming in the next few days; you don't want to miss it!

Did you have a favourite collection from NYFW?

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

NYFW #2: Tanya Taylor, Trina Turk, Nonoo, Monique Lhullier, Diane von Furstenberg | Spring/Summer 2015: Ready-To-Wear

- Tanya Taylor -
Tanya Taylor has proved that a quad of colour is more than enough when you're working with opposites. Monochrome bases with wild splashes of orange and blue provide perfectly transitional colours for the movement from winter to spring, the mini lengths of the skirts and shoulder baring tee's confirming the season we're going to be dressing for. My favourite look from the collection is the collared tee and asymmetric skirt in the third image, whilst the lesson in matching your orange toned red lips to your equally as bright accessories is one I plan to learn as soon as warmer weather hits. The colour palette remains simple whilst the more unusual cuts of the clothes do the talking; all hail Taylor's monochrome print army!

- Trina Turk -
Without doubt the most overtly summer inspired show on the runway so far at NYFW, Trina Turk's collection brings all the usual conventions of the hotter months - bright colours, bold prints, short hemlines - to S/S '15. Statement necklaces, bejewelled sandals and clutches to make your eyes sore (nearly), this collection is an absolute step away from the normcore and navy of the previous New York shows this month, and is definitely one that will fare well for those hitting more lively holiday destinations. See you in Ibiza, Trina.

- Nonoo -
Who needs black, say Nonoo. Something about this collection is so ineffably chic, with cool easy fabrics and no fuss shapes. The deep v necks aren't so daring that they make the wearer or watcher uncomfortable, whilst the hemlines remain cheeky yet practical. The two all white ensembles look incredibly stylish for more off duty dressing, whilst the beautiful mint and beige pieces almost beg to be worn lazily whilst frolicking on a Greek island somewhere. Easy all in ones and super strappy sandals; this summer could be the most lazy luxe one yet.

- Monique Lhullier -
Pastels fit for a princess and gowns decked in jewels, this collection was pretty much made for someone with a girlie-at-heart taste like mine. Immediately upon seeing the collection I was reminded of two designers; Dior in shape, and Giambattista Valli in embellishment. The focus on the waist and the floral detailing has to have been influenced by Valli's S/S '14 couture collection, whilst the delicate strapless dresses remind me of many a Dior gown, specifically the one worn by Natalie Portman in the utterly divine Miss Dior ad. Each look celebrates a demure and fun femininity, offset by the sleekness of the poker straight centre-parted hair. A mixture of classic formal fabrics as well as more on trend materials (see the mesh tops and high shine skirts), Monique Lhullier has created a stunningly pretty collection that I will absolutely be looking to for inspiration next spring.

- Diane von Furstenberg -
Let's just get this out there immediately. Along with the rest of the world; we need to talk about Kendall. Like anyone interested in the fashion or modelling worlds, it's safe to say that an air of skepticism arises in me when celebrities get involved with luxury brands, particularly when they come from the reality television end of the spectrum. But seeing Jenner in the DVF show has confirmed her status as worthy of the runway for me (not that the girl's suffering from sleepless nights over my approval, let's be honest here). Not only has she been placed in one of my favourite looks from the entire collection, but her hair, make up and - shall we just say it? - never-ending limbs look just as divine. Moving on to Diane von Furstenberg at large, we have another show this season featuring a mountain of monochrome, this time also showcasing one of the biggest trends set for next summer - gingham. Dresses, two pieces, handbags; it's everywhere. Advice from the top next spring? Go gingham or go home.

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Read the first part of my New York Fashion Week show report series here, and make sure you check back in the next few days for the final installment before we move on to London! And don't forget to let me know in the comments below...

Which collection is your favourite so far?

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