Mix n’ Match Monday…

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As Summer 2017 slowly begins to transition into Autumn 2017, you are more than likely to be thinking about re-introducing those winter warmers back into your closet. But transitioning seasons is tricky, what does one wear when it’s too cool for frilly summer dresses and too warm for thick knits? Luckily, some of the top trends of late will see you through the last dregs of Summer and the beginning of early Autumn. Denim dresses are big news, and floral printed jackets have made an unexpected appearance, so forget covering up with that old jumper! Flats and heels in jewel tones and velvet bags add pops of colour and compliment these simple, jean hued dresses in the most beautiful way…

LBD: Balmain

Black & floral jacket: Moschino

Embroidered bag: Loeffer Randall

Purple embroidered mules: Gianvito Rossi

Lapis cocktail ring: Anne Sisteron

Pale denim dress with lace front: Balmain

Bomber style multicoloured patterned jacket: Alice + Olivia

Velvet bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Lapis cross shape ring: Van Cleef & Arpels

Mid-heel electric blue mules: Alexander Wang

Bold horizontal stripe dress: Carolina Herrera

Bright floral jacket: Diane Von Furstenberg

Metallic & transparent heels: Miu Miu

Gold cross body bag: Gucci

Lapis Rings: Monier Freres & Saks Fifth Avenue

Gold & Lapis Necklace: Aurelie Bidermann

White buttoned denim dress: Balmain

Floral blazer: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Cross body velvet bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Tortoiseshell butterfly heels: Sophia Webster

Denim button front v-neck dress: Balmain

Multicolour velvet bag: Tory Burch

Mustard velvet heels with gem detail: No21

Coloured & gold choker: Monier Freres

Cut out denim shift dress: Courreges

Maroon velvet bag: Off White

Burgundy Rockstud flat shoes: Valentino

Moon Lapis necklace: Andrea Fohrman

Multi row gold bracelet: Pippa Small

Zip front mini dress: See by Chloe

Coral velvet shoulder bag: Off White

Electric blue mid heel mules: Alexander Wang

Gold and Lapis cut out bangle: Ippolita

Circle earrings: Jade Jagger

Pale button down denim dress: Stella McCartney

Dusky pink box bag: Stella McCartney

Pale Rockstud flats: Valentino

3 stone gold ring: Ippolita

Pale blue and gold drop earrings: Judy Geib at Barneys New York http://www.barneys.com

Mix n’ Match Midweek…

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Late summer casuals are all about jeans with raw hemlines and fringing, sheer, off the shoulder tops and camisoles and enviable arm candy with plenty of chain details and embellishments!

Off the shoulder and halter style pastel top: Ganni

Raw hem jeans: Rag & Bone

Pastel coloured box bag with chain detailing: Stella McCartney

Silver and orange strappy sandals; Jimmy Choo

Be bold… clash your florals! Don't go for flower power from head to toe, pick out one or two pieces and keep the rest of your outfit plain and unobtrusive, florals are a big trend, but you don't want to turn into a walking hanging basket!

Floral Top: YSL and black vest underneath: Trouva

Jeans: Vetements x Levi's

Floral box bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Flip Flops: Valentino

Blue and white are a classic summer combo. Raw hemmed and straight cut jeans have made a big comeback. Worn with this summer's strappy tops, they just scream off duty cool!


White cami top: Christopher Esber

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Box Bag: Elie Saab

Studded flip flops: Fendi

Sheer blouse: Givenchy

Black vest: Trouva

Embroidered bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Jeans: Komo at Matches Fashion

Embellished sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti

Star print sheer blouse: Red Valentino

Fringed hem jeans: 7 For All Mankind

Chain strap, tattoo print box bag: Valentino

Gold strappy sandals: Toga at Farfetch – http://www.farfetch.com

Yellow sheer off the shoulder top: Alice & Olivia

Jagged hem jeans: Shelter at Intermix Online

Fur detail flip flops: Fendi

Floral bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Mix n’ Match Midweek 

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This season’s cold shoulder, ruffed dresses pack in so much ditzy feminine detailing the best look to balance them out is to add a touch of brutality with the on-trend chunky metallic chokers and block heels to balance out such delicate frills.

Summer White meets film noir inspired accessories for an easily put together monochrome look that is sharp, polished, yet still boasts a touch of flirty playfulness thanks to the loosely cut frills on this off the shoulder Temperley dress.

A nautical, mermaid look can be amped up easily with SS17’s very interesting Miss Selfridge chokers, platforms by Salvatore Ferragamo and a chunky Gold Guess watch for a pop of instant beach bar glam.

SEA’s one shoulder dress has three trend boxes in one ticked: off the shoulder, ruffles and stripes! Making this work for a night out is as easy as slipping on the chicest of polished gold accessories and investing in timeless tan arm candy, don’t you just love the little bling ring on this Miu Miu bag!

Ease into this summer’s bohemian prints; plain accessories and a bang on trend envelope bag are a good way to mix n’ match with interesting patterns & tassels. 

Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!


Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)


Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!


Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.


Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!


Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!


Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!


Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!


Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

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June is here, which officially means it’s the start of the summer. Exciting. Festival fever will soon be upon us, which means dropping those dull winter warmers in favour of some sizzling hot trends which ooze boho glamour.  

Taste the rainbow and get summer party ready in these succulent multicolour Sophia Webster sandals. These beauties are so irresistible they should really come with an envy warning!

Fluorescent pom-poms and tassels are big news and will take the festival fashion scene by storm this summer, be they on wedges or flats. An unlikely comeback that’s cool, colourful and a little eccentric, this trend is a festival in itself.


Block heels meet block colour, with plenty of ditzy tassel detailing, pom-poms and laces to add an element of Coachella cool. Not only are these Aquazzura offerings easy to walk in they tick every 2017 style box. Eye catching and comfortable, you really can have the best of both worlds!

Rebecca Minkoff’s relaxed yet vivid vibe is going right in my beach bag this summer!

Tuesday Shoes-day…

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Mules are making a big comeback this summer, Fendi’s floral offerings tick all of the chic boxes with their bright candy colours, block heels and patent finishes… they look good enough to eat!


Fendi sure know how to incorporate florals into their accessories without them looking dated – with ditsy detailing on ultra modern shapes, there are no wardrobe de ja vus here!


Dolce & Gabbana’s use of flamboyant, multicoloured tassels and sequins will guarantee a turn of heads at that summer party!

Rainbow, eccentric, embellished, fringed…? Dolce & Gabbana know Summer 2017 will be all about the most vivid detailing!


Miu Miu’s crystals, sleek satin and feather detailing will make sure your feet do the talking this SS17!

The Big Dress Code Debacle…

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Dress codes for women in the workplace have recently hit headlines for some really wrong reasons.

What started as report of a female employee at London firm Portico getting sent home for not wearing high heels, escalated into much wider concern for the way society expects all women to look at the office.


If dress code is a swear word at your work place, chances are, you, along with many other women have come under fire at some point for turning up breaking your work’s policy, just by what you’re wearing. You’re being paid to be a professional, and to some degree rules are rules, but, there’s nothing professional about working in a client facing office and getting the wrong type of attention from a male customer, because your blouse is too undone, or you’re wearing that skirt, which is a little too above the knee.

You would think the recent dress code debacle was all about trying to stop such breaches… it seems not.


Employers expecting women to turn up sexily dressed may not always be aware they are putting their employees at risk. Now a parliamentary report has said women who face demands to work in revealing outfits, high heels and too much make-up and feel uncomfortable about it should have a legal framework in place to stop dress code discrimination.


Since I worked in people facing local authority offices just over a decade ago, attitudes to how women should look at work seem to have backflipped; When I was training at the local council we were told not to wear anything with a low neckline, to avoid skirts deemed as miniskirts or that were classed as short, and not to wear anything to the office that we would wear on a night out or to wear too much make-up. Some of us were sent to work in offices that commissioned care for children and vulnerable groups of people, so it was always paramount to wear something conservative.


Even though I was style conscious I always used to play it safe with my black bootcut trousers and a smart tank jumper with a blouse underneath. I didn’t always wear high heels. While a high shoe looks smarter, it’s down to comfort and practicality. I couldn’t have moved big boxes of files or walked to and from the photocopier hundreds of times in heels, for those heavier duty days I preferred flats and no one said anything about my footwear.


Unfortunately, the age of such practicality and sense seems to be over. Most employers care more about the company image than the comfort and preferences of individual employees, some of whom may prefer flats to heels, or prefer to come to work a bit more covered up. Sadly, the big dress code argument is often partly or wholly to blame for many women quitting considerably good jobs.