I had my ears pierced when I was just five, I remember it being quite the controversy in the playground and most of my friends had to wait until they were at least thirteen (how I feel about this now I have my own is a whole other blog post). But….. I then waited until this year to add three more piercings – three on the right ear and two on the left ear. I think it was rebellion against becoming a mother and everything I thought came with that – sensible dressing, boring clothing choices, not making an effort anymore. I knew when I was pregnant the way I dressed would change but clothes had always been so important to me, I loved being creative with them and the way a new top could make you feel. I was HUGE when I was pregnant, my mini me was nearly ten pounds, and I mainly lived in my super soft J-brand maternity jeans (which my chubby thighs did rip and I had to get a second pair at eight months!). So after my baby was born I was so excited to get back into experimenting with fashion and back to those shops!!!!

My style has definitely changed, I don’t get dressed up to the max for work anymore but i do look after myself and I make careful choices when spending my money, investing in good boots and a coat that will last and adding a few extras to make the seasons wardrobe fun. But jewellery is something I still love to go wild with, key is not to be a show-off, mix designer with highstreet and handmade friendship bracelets for an eclectic look. I love statement necklaces, big earrings, bangles bangles bangles!!! And now with a total of five ear piercings the world is my oyster!!!!

So here is my round-up of some super gorgeous bling I hope will get you inspired to get adding some jewellery to your everyday look, and maybe even some mum-piercings! Dare you!!!

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.30.55

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.31.08

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.33.18

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.34.30

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.37.43

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.37.50

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.38.10

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.38.32
Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.40.28

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.41.41

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.39.09  Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.42.21
Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.42.44
Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.22.19

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.24.08
Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.24.36

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.25.29

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.26.07

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.26.45

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.26.55
Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 14.27.13

Love for you to comment and let me know any of your own jewellery stories or tips!

Love,

Vx

Share:

When thinking, talking and writing about style I find myself so often referring to attitude. A way of wearing something with a feeling –  attitude, confidence, nonchalance, being fierce, sexy, bold. I really do think that what sets apart two women in the exact same ensemble is the way in which they wear it in terms of their personal attitude. Its so hard to put in to words – in fact – the French who many say do this attitude so well – also say it so well…

…It is that je ne sais quoi.

And the Parisian who has this je ne sais quoi in abundance, and who personally I hold in such high style regards is Caroline de Maigret.  Like Emmanuelle Alt she does that ‘I don’t care but I do care’ thing so well. No make-up, messy hair, thrown together clothes, lots of layers… and then the magic je ne sais quoi.

For me trying to recreate this is where it is so easy to go wrong, you need to not try… just be. Choose clothes you find beautiful and wear them because they are beautiful. Not because you want them to make you beautiful. You’re already beautiful, and knowing that is essential in achieving the je ne sais quoi.

Caroline has been quoted as saying ‘Maybe you take us (Parisiennes) as example because we gave up on the idea of looking. Maybe that’s what’s cool, not running after something that doesn’t exist. There is no Prince Charming. Not how life is, and it’s much more fun once you give up all those demands’.

So in my usual round-up of inspiration here are some of my favourite pictures of the beautiful Caroline de Maigret. Now go flash some je ne sais quoi of your own!

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.00.04

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.00.16

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.00.26

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.00.38

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.00.54

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.01.07

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.01.44

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.01.57

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.02.11

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.02.18

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.02.24

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.02.50

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.03.09

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.03.19

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.03.36

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 19.03.57
Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 15.52.42

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 15.53.08Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 15.52.49
Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 15.53.56

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 15.54.40

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 18.55.04
Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 18.59.14

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 18.59.23

Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 18.59.35

Thanks for reading and I’d love to know your take on that…je ne sais quoi

Love,

Vx

Share:

Over the knee boots have been huge for the past few years and they’re not going anywhere for AW15. Leg lengthening and frankly quite warming… they are the perfect boot for Winter. Rule of thumb… the shorter the skirt, the longer the boot. Thigh high boots are super sexy and this season Stuart Weitzman, Isabel Marant and Gucci are all leading the way. On the highstreet head to highstreet hero Zara for near identical takes on the catwalk pieces, then Aldo, Dune and Kurt Geiger are fantastic for elegant looking designs without the hefty price tag.

The most important thing to wear yours with this season – confidence!

Style wise, select heels or flat versions, I keep my heels for the evenings and flats for every day run arounds… then wearing over jeans is a subtle way to edge into the trend, or with tights and a pair of shorts for the tomboy looks and a big loose jumper dress for that cosy but sexy look.  For the brave, bare legs and a short skirt looks fantastic paired with a baggy top, a loose t-shirt or heavy knit. Here’s my pick of the best boot inspo…. 

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.44.17

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.44.47

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.45.05

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.45.25

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.45.38

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.46.13

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.46.42

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.48.31

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.48.44

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.48.54

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.49.14

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 10.50.30

Images courtesy of Pinterest.

Love,

Vx

Share:

For anyone that was a little frightened of contouring (thats me) the latest beauty trend is a softer and easier way of getting on the bandwagon. Strobing is contourings au naturel sister…  swapping bronzer for illuminator you can create beautiful dewy skin, the sort of skin only eight hours sleep, every night creates. In face this really is the perfect trick for us sleep deprived, run ragged, tired mums!

Here’s how to fake your perfect skin…

  1. Preparation is key! Use a hydrating moisturiser or primer (I love the Laura Mercier hydrating primer) – having well prepped skin is even more important when strobing.
  2. Use a tinted moisturiser rather than a heavy foundation, this will give an all over glow. But just as you would with a foundation ensure if matches your skin and you have no marks around your hairline or jaw line.
  3. Choose your highlighter with the help of a professional, it needs to match your skin tone, then apply to your cheekbones, centre of your forehead, arch of your eyebrow, tip of your nose, cupids brow and the centre of your chin.
  4. Use a fan brush to blend the product into your skin so there are no obvious marks.
  5. if your skin is oily make sure you steer away from highlighting any breakouts – keep them matt.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 12.03.50

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 12.04.03

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 12.04.16 Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 12.04.43

Good luck and let me know if you have any of your own beauty tips for faking that perfect skin I crave!

Love,

Vx

Share:

It is rare these days I get to enjoy a date night but when I do boy do I enjoy it and boy does it take preparation. What used to be popping along to the latest restaurant friends are raving about post work, has now become at least a weeks worth of researching and planning in a vague attempt not to make a fatal mistake resulting in major restaurant envy over the place/s we chose not to dine at. So in case this is of help to anyone else planning their date nights in London here are my current favourites and highly recommended staple date nights haunts….

Dean Street Townhouse – safe staple

Well established,  unpretentious, easy going and part of the Soho House group – Dean Street Townhouse offers tasty food in a special setting and in the middle of Soho so you can grab a few drinks afterwards and relive pre-baby days! Ask for a table in the back room which used to be private dining, or by the fire for a more intimate quieter setting.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 18.41.34

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 18.41.52

https://www.deanstreettownhouse.com

Chicken Shop – budget date

Starting back in 2012 Chicken Shop is not your average chicken joint – it offers free-range spit chicken with a whole range of flavourings and sides. Good for the figure and the bank balance!!! And all that protein surely means you can indulge on those date-night cocktails.

p.s. They also do take-out if you’d rather finish the date at home!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 18.55.50

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 18.56.10

http://www.chickenshop.com/

Chiltern Firehouse – Celebrity / VIP haunt

This place was everywhere last year, every celebrity under the sun was pictured leaving here and it helped that all the big designers held their parties here post fashion weeks. It is much easier to get a table now, still not the easiest mind so book in advance. The food is divine and you never know who’ll you spot on your date. The room everyone wants to get into – the Ladder Shed. This is where Poppy Delevingne took her wedding party after she married and where Bill Clinton got behind the custom-made wooden decks and played a set, kicking off with Billie Holiday! It is a sumptuous bar resembling a slice of Palm Beach seen through a Hollywood lens. Officially it’s only possible to step inside here (once you’ve announced yourself and signed the black leather guest book) if you’re a hotel resident or their friend. Officially. Winners of the Ladder Shed lottery are given a tongue-in-cheek token, a coloured gambling chip or a playing card of a certain suit, to show if they wish to re-enter after leaving. (It used to be a red chip, until people started arriving ready-loaded with their own.)

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 19.08.25
Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 19.09.31

http://chilternfirehouse.com

Berners Tavern – Fashionista heaven

The stunning room of Berners Tavern has to be one of the most instagrammed restaurants of London with its huge high ceilings and walls full of glitzy framed art. This is the restaurant of The London Edition, the hotel which during LFW is packed to rafters of designers, VIP’s and fashionistas from all over the world. The food is fab, not too pricey, and cocktails are immense!!! Worth a date night just for the instagram post!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 19.18.46

http://www.bernerstavern.com

Randall and Aubin – first come first served

I was actually taken here as a birthday surprise and it was wonderful. Cool soulful house music plays over a very relaxed setting complete with chandeliers and disco balls, whilst you chow down on the most succulent sea food and other culinary delights! Perfectly placed in Soho you can enjoy a fun night on the town with simple delicious food and well priced champagne. Whats not to like?! This is not the latest coolest restaurant but its high quality and high fun. Plus it is always full and as you cannot book so make sure you arrive before you’re too hungry to wait!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 19.29.55

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 19.30.29

http://www.randallandaubin.com

Bob Bob Ricard – For Champagne Lovers

Another Instagram favourite famous for its ‘Press for Champagne’ bells at every table… this place describes itself as having an electric clientele and as being London’s most glamorous all booth restaurant. Being all booths it is perfect if you’re looking for privacy on you date night. Food is pricey as is the Champagne ordered by private bell so it is one for special evenings. Decor is over the top ’20s and the menu is European, but not your average Euro! Definitely somewhere to impress your date!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 20.41.08

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 20.41.17

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 20.41.38

http://www.bobbobricard.com

Have fun and let me know if you have anywhere you’d recommend – love to hear!

Thanks,

Vx

Share: